St Aubyn Estates


Sail Loft wins at Taste of the West Awards 2017/18

Posted by: editor | September 18, 2018

The Sail Loft restaurant, located on the iconic St Michael's Mount was thrilled to be a finalist in the Casual Dining category of the Taste of the West Awards 2017/18. It was a very proud moment for the team when it was announced that the Sail Loft had won!

 A huge well done to the entire team at the Sail Loft of whom the judge said this:

“ With a fantastic welcome, superb food, stunning location and thoughtful attention to local produce, this place comes very close to perfection! The staff are friendly and extremely knowledgeable about their local sourcing.”

Open everyday that the castle is open, 9.30am - 4.00pm during the winter, the Sail Loft is fast becoming a recognised foodie destination. The fact that it is located on a beautiful tidal island is just part of the experience. If you haven't visited before, we highly recommend you come and taste what Greg Milne (Head Chef) and his team are cooking up - it is always locally sourced and packed full of flavour. 


Mount Haven wins Muddy Award for Best Boutique Stay in Cornwall

Posted by: editor | May 25, 2018

A huge congratulations to the team at the Mount Haven for winning the Best Boutique Stay in the recent Muddy Awards. 

Thousands of people voted in the awards, and to receive such an accolade really is testament to the wonderful service that we provide at the Mount Haven.


Taste of the West Gold Award for the Sail Loft

Posted by: editor | May 25, 2018

Congratulations to Greg Milne (Head Chef), and the team at the Sail Loft who have just been awarded a Gold in the Taste of the West Awards 2017/18. 

This makes the third establishment in the St Aubyn Estates hospitality portfolio to win, following the Mount Haven and Godolphin Arms Gold awards.

If you haven't visited the Mount recently, we highly recommend you do and sample some of the food created by Greg and his team.

For more details visit the St Michael's Mount website:



St Aubyn Estates announces Surfers Against Sewage as the company charity for 2018/19

Posted by: editor | May 18, 2018

Every two years St Aubyn Estates staff are asked to nominate a charity based on the following criteria: 

  • Local charity, or national charity with a strong and active branch in West Cornwall.
  • The charity must be based in Cornwall and have a recognized track record of service within the community.
  • The charity will ideally have a spokesperson, or nominated representative who can liaise with St Aubyn Estates for fundraising and other activities.

From the many charities that are nominated, one is selected. Previous charities have included Cornwall Hospice Care and RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station. 

St Aubyn Estates will support the charity and help to raise funds through social events, fundraising events and other activities that help to raise the profile of the charity. 

We are really excited to be working with SAS, and look forward to the next two years of work with this important charity, that was founded in Cornwall, but that has a national significance. 



Posted by: editor | May 14, 2018

We are thrilled to be a finalist in the Muddy Awards 2018 in not one, but two categories!

Best Family Attraction - St Michael's Mount

Best Boutique Stay - Mount Haven Hotel and Restaurant

If you'd like to vote for us in either category please click on the following link:

Voting closes on Friday 18 May so please get voting.


Plastic Free Initiatives across St Aubyn Estates businesses in Marazion

Posted by: editor | March 29, 2018

We have joined the Plastic Free Marazion initiative, and are working with other businesses in the community to gain #Plastic Free Marazion status. Below is a summary of the work our teams have been doing at the hotels and also on the island. Being actively involved in looking after our environment is important to our team, and to our businesses.

Mount Haven Hotel & Restaurant

Action to date: No Takeaway cups, veg ware straws, no more miniature toiletries in rooms – changing for refillable plastic ones (from Mid-March), glass water bottles for guests and packed lunch, tap refill station.
‘Since reopening in February following some further improvement works we wanted to ensure where possible we are reducing the single use plastic we use. We are committed moving forward to making conscientious decisions when it comes to purchasing & product use. We are happy to be a part of Plastic Free Marazion.’
Annys Eastwood, General Manager

Godolphin Arms

Action to date: Beach Bar will make a commitment to use either glass or reusable plastic this summer (glass likely), discontinued the fruit shoot range and also the kid’s cartons of juice which come with a straw - instead it’s just a glass of juice or squash, biodegradable straws offered, tap refill station, organic waste is composted & staff are each provided with a Keep Cup to use when they are at work. No keep cup – no free coffee or tea!
‘It stands to reason that we should be mindful of single use plastics, given our position on the beach here in Marazion, it's important for the longevity of both the beautiful environment here & of the tourist trade who visit us. It’s imperative that we have a clean beach & sea for generations to come.’
Laura Clerehugh, General Manager

Sail Loft & Island Café, St Michael’s Mount

Action to date: No plastic straws – a small amount of paper straws will be available behind the counter, no plastic drinks bottles – all of them are now glass or cans, compostable takeaway cups and lids, ice cream tubs now have a plant-based lining & biodegradable spoons, all organic waste is composted on site, no cellophane bags – all bags are now paper, no plastic cutlery, ice cream spoons or stirrers – all of which are now wooden, changed to recycled napkins, tap refill station & free coffee to staff with reusable cups.
‘Our biggest challenge is to find an alternative to orange juice cartons suitable for our children's take away packed lunches.
Across the Mount as a whole we are looking at ways of reducing single use plastics; the long term goal is to get rid of all of them. As the Food & Beverage Manager I have worked hard over the winter researching & finding ways we can make mindful changes that our customers will be happy with.
The great thing is that many of our suppliers feel as passionately as we do, Roskilly's in particular are already making changes themselves - the take away ice cream tubs for example are now lined with a plant-based alternative to plastic & their small tub spoons are now degradable.
Working where we do the impact of single use plastic is evident in the sugar sachets that blow into the sea & the plastic bottles that are occasionally seen. The Mount staff regularly beach clean but obviously the ideal is to limit these items in the first place!’
Paris Taylor, Food & Beverage Manager


Clean up the County Beach Clean

Posted by: editor | March 16, 2018

As the St Michael's Mount team gear up for opening on Sunday 18 March 2018, they joined the county wide initiative #CleanUpTheCounty and enjoyed a morning beach clean.

The St Aubyn Estates team will be holding regular beach cleans throughout the season.

Do check our social media channels for further updates.


Mount Haven re-opens 1 June 2017

Posted by: editor | June 06, 2017

After six months of renovations - we are excited to announce that we are now open!

The Mount Haven is on the outskirts of Marazion, a historic market town in west Cornwall. The hotel has 19 beautiful bedrooms, a treatment room, a peaceful garden, an excellent restaurant and a contemporary Terrace Bar with mesmerising views out to sea, with St Michael’s Mount as the focal point. A stay here offers the chance to step away from your busy life and truly relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

For all hotel and restaurant bookings please call us on 01736 719937. 


St Aubyn Estates visit the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station

Posted by: editor | March 14, 2017

St Aubyn Estates works closely with a number of charities, and nominates a specific charity every two years as the Company Charity. The nominated Company Charity for 2016/17 is the Penlee Lifeboat Station. In the past year we have enjoyed hosting a Fish Supper at the Godolphin Arms, several fundraising raffles and coffee mornings, and have welcomed the Ivan Ellen lifeboat into the St Michael's Mount harbour for our Lifeboat Day. Staff members get involved in the fundraising activities and as a thank you 12 members of St Aubyn Estates staff were invited to the Penlee Lifeboat Station in Newlyn, and were taken on a very special trip on the Ivan Ellen lifeboat. Staff from the Godolphin Arms, Estate Office, St Michael's Mount & The Saturday Gang presented two cheques totalling £1,856 to Coxswain Patch Harvey.

As the nominated charity of St Aubyn Estates, we have raised over £3,000 towards the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal. Louise Batty said of the day "The 12 of us had the chance to travel around the bay with the amazingly heroic RNLI crew on the Ivan Ellen. We visited the location where the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster tragically occurred on the 19th December 1981 - a truly moving experience."

A big thank you to the Ivan Ellen crew, and Elaine Trethowan for organising such a memorable experience.


St Michael’s Mount awarded Silver at the Cornwall Tourism Awards

Posted by: editor | November 07, 2016

The St Michael's Mount team were awarded Silver in the Large Visitor Attraction category at the recent Cornwall Tourism Awards, held at the Headland Hotel, Newquay.

Gold was awarded to our National Trust colleagues at Lanhydrock - many congratulations to them.

Recognition at this level demonstrates the commitment and passion that the St Michael's Mount team has in delivering a first class visitor experience. 

We will continue to strive and develop, and look forward to entering again next year.