April 27, 2014

One of the reasons our Cornwall escape was so perfect, was thanks to our beautiful B&B; West By Five – we laid in bed morning and night and watched the surfers from under the duvet, ate homemade cookies (which were left in our room daily) and finally, felt like we had properly escaped the wonderful, but insanely fast paced land of London. 

West By Five is only a baby in the B&B world (having only been opened a couple of months), the property however, is a different story. No. 7 Clody view was built in 1907 for a sea captain! However, new owners, Neil & Sheila (the gorgeous owners of WbF) are what make this little spot so special. 

Neil & Sheila found no. 7 after a 2 year search for the perfect place. They then spent 7 months renovating the entire building; “Our guiding light was to create a space that we wanted to be our home and one that we wanted to share with others – a relaxing, calm, contemporary space.”-N&S (who also answer the following…)
What’s the meaning behind the name, West by Five? 
We thought about loads of names but came up with West by Five, as St Ives is 5 degrees West of the Greenwich meridian – the choice of name is based on the co-ordinates of the house.  
Your favourite spot for sunset views?
Our favourite spot is the view from the front of the house, with the sun setting across Porthmeor beach – we see it so often but are still inspired by the majesty – the light is clear and the panaroma is so open, we love it!
You mentioned that you sourced all your produce from local suppliers…
We chose our suppliers following months of research (including blind tastings with friends!) We look for Cornish producers that share the same ethics i.e. they look after the produce, adding little other than love:
Our Apple juice comes from “ Helford Creek“, we blind tasted to choose our apple variety and totally support what Gem and Sarah are doing – it tastes great. (I agree!)
Our sausages, hogs pudding and bacon all come from Phllip Warren in Launceston, they’ve been farming butchers for centuries.  The hogs pudding recipe is 120 years old, the bacon is dry cured by them and the sausages are made to their breakfast recipe.
Our fish comes from Trelawney fish in Newlyn – they have their own boats and they naturally smoke our haddock for us, our fishmonger is called Ian Monk and he is a craftsmen / artisan / hero. 
Our Eggs come from Higher Trenowin Farm where the chickens are totally free range and run across the slopes near Nanclandra, enjoying the view of Mounts Bay – they’re happy , we’re happy.
For our toiletries we chose Neal’s Yard because they’re an ethically sound company who make great products, but we also wanted to use something from Cornwall, which is why we chose the Cornish Soap Box for hand wash & lotions, as again, they follow an ethical business pattern and produce lovely toiletries.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself down in St Ives, check if WbF have availability! We really did have the most relaxing break & I just can’t wait to return!!


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  • Reply Neil Gribbin April 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hi – we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back

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