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Bed & Breakfast

Trenwith Sq. St Ives, Cornwall

Built in 1825 with nine comfortably furnished guest rooms, all of which are en-suite and individually decorated.




Bed & Breakfast, St Ives, Cornwall


The Old Count House was built from local granite in 1825 and was so named because it was from here that the wages were counted out and paid to the tin miners of Wheal Trenwith.

The Old Count House has nine comfortably furnished guest rooms, all of which are en-suite and individually decorated - one has a stylish four poster and another a distinctive canopied bed. Seven of our bedrooms are at the front of the house and enjoy magnificent views over the town, harbour and St Ives bay.

The Old Count House is located in a quiet residential area, with private parking and easy access to St Ives town, beaches and Tate Gallery, all of which are within a 5 -10 minute walk. A 'park and ride' scheme operates nearby to save taking your car into town - a great advantage in busy times.

We have ground floor rooms available. All our rooms are heated and have tea-making facilities, hairdryers and all have colour televisions. Our cosy lounge has an open fire for out of season breaks and colour television. We have an authentic Finnish Sauna within our conservatory - a perfect place to spoil yourself and relax whilst looking out onto our beautiful tropical garden.


We offer a very varied choice of breakfasts, which are prepared using fresh local produce and served by ourselves.

We have ample private free parking for our guests.

We are a non-smoking household and we regret we are unable to cater for pets or children.


Our Rooms...

We have a selection of comfortable, en-suite rooms for our guests. These include: our lovely four poster room on the ground floor with en-suite bath and shower/wc with sea views; all of our double bedrooms are en-suite with either a bath or shower/wc, most have a wonderful sea view and our twin room which has wonderful sea views on the first floor and with en-suite shower/wc.



We offer a very varied choice of breakfasts, including a hearty full English grill, freshly baked croissants, several vegetarian options or kippers. Our excellent cuisine is personally prepared using fresh local produce and served by ourselves as resident proprietors, who take pride in our home.

Free Parking

We have ample free private parking for our guests during their stay with us.

This is of huge advantage during the holiday season, as the town can only properly be explored by foot and there is a cheap bus transfer stop nearby.


Golden Beaches...

As one of Cornwall's most famous destinations, St Ives has a working harbour surrounded by fantastic golden sandy beaches.

These Blue Flag beaches due to their locations, ensure dazzling sunlight all day, with majestic sunrises and sunsets. They are renowned for some of the best surfing and windsurfing anywhere in the country.

There are a varied selection of beaches from the quiet, sheltered coves, perfect for bathing, the traditional beaches with all the feel of an English seaside town, to those ideal for crabbing in rock pools beneath the black Cornish cliffs.


St Ives, not only a haven for the Arts...

St Ives is known as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. A picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town voted best family holiday destination by Coast magazine and has one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European beaches.

After the Second World War, this tiny fishing village was transformed into a vibrant, influential art colony, the epicentre of the British Modernist movement. Barbara Hepworth Museum, Bernard Leach Pottery & Museum and Tate St Ives are the legacy this small town has made on the art world. It's worthwhile to spend some time, and discover the many other independent galleries dotted about the town.

There is so much to do in St Ives. Wander lazily through the maze of narrow cobbled streets, its quaint shops and fishermen’s cottages on the Island, in the heart of St Ives. Stop for a coffee, afternoon tea or snack in the numerous cafés, or sample some of its award-winning restaurants and bars.

After sunning yourself on one of its numerous golden, sandy beaches you could wander through a gorgeous garden one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active – joining one of the local surf schools, take a boat trip, or set off on an inspiring walk along the Cornish coastal path.

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For the more energetic, wishing to get out on the water, learn to surf, paddle board or kayak. There are also fishing charters & boat trips to the nearby seal colonies.

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St Ives boasts an enviable choice of delis, fish & chip shops, ice cream parlours, bakeries, tea rooms, pasty shops, vegetarian cafés and specialist coffee shops.

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For an invigorating walk, there is the nearby Cornish section of the Coastal Path or inland there are several interesting and idyllic country paths.

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Whether family-friendly, or romantic fine-dining, the town’s restaurants have access to the best local seafood, hand-reared livestock and organic fruit and veg.


Cornwall's treasures...

Poldark is not the only Cornish treasure in this unique county to the far west of England. Its history and heritage is endless and you’ll love our historic houses, castles, museums and World Heritage Sites. Not forgetting its iconic attractions, they are not to be missed!

St Ives can be the perfect springboard into a wider experience of Cornwall. Visit the National Maritmime Museum in nearby Falmouth to learn about Cornwall’s nautical past or King Henry VIII’s artillery fort at Pendennis Castle. You can venture to the west along the Land’s End peninsula stopping at traditional Cornish villages including Zennor and Sennen Cove towards Land’s End, passing the iconic mines at Levant and Godrevy.

No trip to the far west of Cornwall would be complete without visiting the Minack Theatre, with its stunning location atop high granite cliffs, looking out to the blue ocean. This is one of the world’s most spectacular theatre locations. Also nearby, is the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, the location for the early days of global communication via undersea cables.

Only a half hour journey in the car is the amazing island of St Michael's Mount. Stroll across the granite causeway where a legendary giant once walked and follow the footsteps of pilgrims. If the tide is in, hop on one of the boats to an island where modern life meets layers of history, discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community.

To the east are the Lost Gardens of Heligan at Pentewan near St Austell and the nearby Eden Project. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.

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Cornwall is dominated by the coast, so it is little wonder many of the film locations used in Poldark are coastal.



Geevor Tin Mine, is a tin mine in the far west of Cornwall, between the villages of Pendeen and Trewellard.



The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea.



The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit


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The OLD COUNT HOUSE, Trenwith Square, St Ives, Cornwall


Get in touch with us...


The Old Count House

1 Trenwith Square,

St Ives.


TR26 1DQ

Call us on:+44 (0)1736 795369

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