Lee Strickland – Cohort Hostel
In 2011, husband & wife team Lee & Dan Strickland moved to Cornwall from London to run a guest house in St Ives. After three years, while looking for a larger B & B, they discovered the dilapidated St Ives Backpackers building was on the market.
Neither of us were classic B&B-ers, however we had both travelled extensively using hostels and so when the St Ives Backpackers came on the market (in 2015) it felt like a no-brainer; we had a real ‘a hostel! Why hadn’t we thought of this before?’ moment.
The Grade II listed former Methodist Church and school situated in the centre of St Ives was run down and in need of renovation. Lee and Dan proceeded to refurbish and modernise it into a chilled out, relaxed, stylish hostel.
Now, with a clutch of industry awards under their belts, they offer budget accommodation for all their guests include independent travellers, couples, school groups, wedding guests, surfers, walkers, and just about anyone who wants to experience St Ives without paying St Ives prices.
As a small business … you don’t have anyone to bounce off ideas with – and so that’s what the Growth Hub has given us, is that opportunity to talk though our business, to really understand it and to give us an objective idea of what we should be prioritising … and always with really good humour and really like they genuinely care that our business is growing. It’s been great!