Twenty five years and a week at Ednovean

Sea views beyond the garden at Ednovean Farm near Penzance

A sunny morning o look down over the gardens her at Ednovean Farm

Each year the summer seems to take on its own quiet momentum and yet it doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been hosting a bed and breakfast at Ednovean Farm for Twenty five years now.  Still we’ve had another busy week here at Ednovean farm with our Bed and Breakfast guests but we’ve still found time for a few adjustments to our popular Blue bedroom!

Twenty five years this year as a Bed and Breakfast!

A vintage sign for Ednovean Farm

One of the first hand painted signs that i made for our B&B – naturally it featured a horse!

I still remember our first guest so very clearly; she was a brave lady, as whilst I was skilled at bran mashes and boiled linseed for horses, I was at a loss with human food.

We had put a hand painted sign at the end of the lane but I was still surprised when our very first guest arrived.  I gingerly showed her our first guest bedroom – the Yellow room at the time, which was a pretty white washed twin bedroom, with a flamboyant Sanderson printed curtains and duvets called Water Lilly which had been a gift from Charles’s mother. When the lady kindly said she would like to stay with us I coquettishly opened our new natty Liberty print visitors book at the second page so that she wouldn’t realise that she was our very first guest.

I had to work out how to cook Breakfast of course in those early days and to start with, Charles would break all of the eggs into cups before he went to work in the morning as I couldn’t get them out of their shells unaided. For years I used to hope that guests would order scrambled eggs in the mornings! It still gives me so much pleasure to hear a guests say “That was a very good Breakfast” as they walk down through the house together and I think I’ve mastered the art of breaking the eggs too! Well mostly, I had better not tempt fate

Tweaking the Blue bedroom

Romantic french bed in a double bedroom ready for new B&B guests

The pretty French bed with glittering glass bedside lights

For us our most momentous moment of the week was the mounting of a new larger TV on the wall in the Blue bedroom, which then allowed for a slight repositioning of the furniture. The wardrobe was put in the corner at a slight angle which according to advice from Charles’s mother many years ago is “a good way to “loose” large pieces of furniture that might dominate a room” and then the big roundtable substituted with a neat hospitality trolley to hold tea trays and bottled water.

Ednovean Farm has a modern take on vintage style and pretty personal touches such as fresh roses in the bedrooms

Roses set on a dressing table ready to welcome a new guest


We planned the day for the electrician to position the electric cables carefully and chose a for a changeover day. Well as I should expect, like the best laid plans of mice and men, there was a hitch inserting the cable into the wall cavity so we will have to live with a wall mounted lead until the Blue room is free at the end of the season for a serious “chat”. As it was, the bedroom was ready for our new guests with twenty minutes to spare! Still I was quite pleased with the result – despite the cable – what do you think?

And finally I searched through a huge box of real photos this afternoon, taken in the days when they used to go off to be developed and I found this lovely black and white photo. It must have been taken by pro photographer Bob Berry, just after we finished the Blue Bedroom back in the year 2000. I wonder how he managed to get the view and the room in one shot, although these days the garden has grown up a lot more – must be the work of a pro!!

Lovely photo by Bob Berry of teh Blue bedroom showing the sea views

I found this contact print when searching for an early sign -The year 2000 in the blue room by Bob Berry

About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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