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Chyvelah House (Truro)
Member Name: Epiphany
Chyvelah House (Truro)
Date: 17/05/01, updated on 20/08/01 (99 review reads)
Advantages: Close to main road for access, Close to the town, Clean, friendly and accomodating
Disadvantages: Close to the main road (traffic noise), Can be hard to find (although if you book I think they provide a map)
Chyvelah House is situated in an area of Truro called Gloweth. Now, this in itself is interesting to me, as I never realised Truro was broken up in this way. To me, the area in which this guesthouse is situated in is ‘Truro, up by the hospital’. It can be found on the main road out of Truro heading towards Treliske Hospital, before Truro College, and on the same side of the road. You can easily miss it, as it is set back from the road and the sign is not very prominent. However, there is a helpful feature that will help you find it: at the entrance to the drive, there are black, white and red bollards on each side. These bollards are more easily seen than the sign itself, which is quite high up near some greenery.
So, starting from the beginning…
My partner and I were invited to a birthday party in Newquay. The girl whose birthday it was, is a trainee nurse at Treliske Hospital, and the bus was going to be leaving from there. My boyfriend looked in the yellow pages and eventually found Chyvelah House who were happy to cater for us, despite them knowing we were going to be coming home in the early hours of the morning and booking in around tea time. They assured us this would not be a problem and that we could choose to have breakfast the following morning, or just stay in bed. They also said that instead of the usual checkout time of 10 am, they would allow us to stay until mid-day.
Later in the day, there was a courtesy call to make sure the booking was still needed and that everything was in order. We watched the FA Cup final in a pub local to my parents home, and then headed down to Truro, arriving at the guesthouse at about 6pm. We first went to a street called “Gloweth View” as this is where we believed the guesthouse to be (not knowing there was a part of Truro called Gloweth). From there, we phoned the guesthouse to get further directions. We followed these but ended up going to far and reaching the co
llege. Then my mobile rang and it was the people from the guesthouse wondering where we had got to. We talked on the phone as my boyfriend drove back along the dual carriageway, looking for the chap on the phone who was waving from the driveway. This was incredibly helpful and went well beyond what you would normally expect from accommodation owners.
Turning into the drive can be a little risky. As I think I have mentioned before, it is situated on the edge of a dual carriageway, and whilst there is a roundabout prior to this stretch of road, and another following it, people tend to still reach high speeds along here. If drivers are not very observant, they may not realise what you are doing and exactly how slow you need to be going to make the turn into the drive. Much care is needed here!
There is limited parking, but as there are only three rooms, it is adequate. The house itself is exactly that. It is a house that has been extended to provide extra rooms. All of these rooms are on one level so they would be suitable for people who cannot manage stairs. I am not sure if the doorways are wide enough for wheel chairs, but there is only one step into the building, and the dining room is only a short walk along a corridor.
The room itself was gorgeous! There was both a double and a single bed, a wardrobe equipped with plenty of coat hangers, bedside tables as you would expect, and a longer dressing table in front of a mirror which had a kettle and everything you would need to make a cup of tea or coffee with. The decorating was well done and everything was clean. There were windows on both ‘ends’ of the room, that is, at the front of the house facing the road, and also at the back, looking into the garden. There were net curtains up that reduced visibility from outside which increased privacy in the room. The bathroom was also well decorated and clean, the shower was powerful enough but not so powerful it blasts your skin off. H
and soaps and liquid hand and face soap is provided, but there are no shampoos or shower gels for you to use. There is also no toothpaste provided – both myself and my boyfriend forgot ours!
Being so close to the road means there is some noise. This didn’t bother me, perhaps because I had been drinking, or perhaps due to the fact I was wearing earplugs, but if you are a very light sleeper, and you want to keep the window open to get some air in the room as you sleep, this might be something you would want to be aware of. I don’t think it is that bad however, and if you can wear earplugs, they’ll do the trick!
There is a choice of breakfast; I think it was a choice between a muffin with scrambled egg on (not sure about that) or a fried breakfast. There is a fresh fruit salad and cereals to eat as well whilst your breakfast proper is being prepared. The fried breakfast is comprised of 2 sausages, 2 or 3 rashers of bacon (I think it was 3 but I’m not sure), 2 eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and hash browns. A side order of toast arrives shortly after. It was lovely, and perfectly cooked! I talked a lot over breakfast with the other guests and our host and, again, the friendliness of the place shone through.
I had a most enjoyable time here and was very impressed with the place. The owners are very friendly and helpful and most accommodating. I would recommend this guesthouse if you are spending some time in the Truro area. As it is fairly close to the town, the Hospital and the College, there must be a number of buses that stop somewhere nearby, and Truro is a lovely place to visit with it’s shops and cathedral… but that is another opinion!
(By the way... we paid £38 to stay here for one night.)
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