My wife and I found an offer on Travelzoo for bed and breakfast here, with a welcome cocktail and dinner at an inclusive – and attractive! – price of £119. As we were wanting to spend some time in this part of Cornwall, and knowing that The Gannet was the sister hotel of the excellent Carbis Bay hotel, we thought we’d give it a try – and we weren’t disappointed!
The Gannet is situated on the roadside between Carbis Bay and St. Ives, so easy to access, and the hotel has its own car park. Customers can use the swimming pool and other facilities of the Carbis Bay hotel, which is about 10 minutes walk away. Access for disabled or those with mobility issues is possible to the reception, bar and restaurant, but there are no rooms on the ground floor and no lift. However, the hotel owns an annexe next door where access to bedrooms is possible.
Our accommodation was what they call a “Quirky” room, which sounds a bit odd but we couldn’t find any quirks! I think it was their name for their basic room, and the website gives details of the upgrades available. It was however very comfortable, although not as spacious as some we’ve stayed in. The bathroom had been fitted into quite a small space, but overall it was manageable, with all the usual facilities. I attach a couple of photos.
We took our included cocktail in the bar before dinner, although this had to be before 6pm. The bar has views out to sea across Carbis Bay, and the weather was beautiful! Dinner was excellent. Included were two courses, so we both took a starter of scallops – delicious! For our main course, My wife chose hake fillet wrapped in Parma ham, with a langoustine, smoked haddock, pancetta and a vegetable chowder. I had duck breast and duck leg lollipop, with dauphinoise potato, kale, carrots and a red wine jus. We commented, having just watched the whole of the Great British Menu series, that the quality of the food wouldn’t have been out of place on that programme! Excellent!
Breakfast was equally delicious and we left the hotel wondering when we could go again. There was a tip from the receptionist – whenever you see a deal offered on Travelzoo, or anywhere else for that matter, ring the hotel first to ask if they can match – or better – it. She implied that they often do make an upgraded offer, given they don’t have to pay commission to a third party.
Give it a try!