I left my heart in St Ives. Really I did. As we drove away from this beautiful house, with its stunning views and fabulous interior, I let out a sob. The boys felt it to. The perfect weekend break was ruined by the fact we had to leave.
I’m not usually so affected by a place. Normally by the last day I am ready for the comforts of my own home. But not here. Here we felt at home, easily slipping into seaside life. Waking up to that view, every morning would never tire. Let me show you why.
St Ives House is right on the harbour wall, just few doors down from the Sloop Inn. A perfect spot to truly discover all that St Ives has to offer. Described as ’boutique self-catering’ it certainly is that.
Nothing on the outside of this building, prepares you for what inside is like. Upon arrival we were greeted by the Concierge, who showed us round the house. The view, the view! Right on the harbour, opposite the slipway into the water, we could sit and watch the world go by. The large rotating chair in the bedroom, was big enough for us all to lie back and soak up the daily life on the water.
Fisherman going out to catch their daily haul, pleasure boaters checking their lobster pots and holiday makers hiring a boat for the day. All unfolding below us.
The master bedroom had the best en-suite. A large metal bath with that same stunning view. With a complimentary bottle of processo and locally made fudge, it was love at first sight! I couldn’t wait for the kids to go to bed!
In the morning, we sat in the bay window of the dining room, drinking a coffee and reading the paper. The boys were itching to go to the beach and start crabbing. So we let them. Yes, that was the beauty of this house. Down one flight of stairs, over the small sleepy street, to the beach in front of the house. Dan and I could see everything they were doing, and they could see us in the window. Giving us time to enjoy our coffee before the days adventures began.
On the top floor is the lounge, with a comfortable large sofa, a mini bar, a smart TV and to the delight of the boys an Xbox. Discovering this, they were indulging themselves in hours of bowling and table tennis. Rufus complained of achy arms, but that didn’t stop him!
The lounge is effectively in the roof, and has French doors out onto a small balcony with far reaching views of St Ives harbour and beyond. Behind, views over the lichen covered roof tops of the Downlongs.
The house comfortably sleeps six people. Two double bedrooms with en-suite and one twin with a family bathroom next door. Throughout the house the art work, paintings and sculptures are fascinating. A real art lovers delight. The house feels special, like a gallery, yet homely and well loved too.
The beauty of St Ives House, was that we could come and go as we pleased. Nipping out to the beach, or visiting a gallery. A spot of shopping for seafood or sitting in a local cafe. All possible without the added headache of carrying lots of beach stuff or finding a car park.
To me, St Ives House is the perfect place to really discover the wonders of St Ives. Be warned, you will never want to leave.
Next post: Our favourite things to do in St Ives and my solo visit to The Barbara Hepworth Gallery.
We are invited to St Ives house for the purpose of this review.
All words and opinions are my own.