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House near Beautiful Beaches - tucked away in centre of St Ives

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Bedroom 2, Bathroom 1, Sleeps 4

Although Vivian House is in the centre of St Ives and has all the amenities on its doorstep, it is tucked away from the crowds. This typical double fronted Cornish granite cottage dates back to the eighteenth century and was once a bakery. The bus and railway station, shops and harbour are less than a five minute walk away and the beautiful beaches less than a ten minute amble, all on the flat. Sleeps 4 For more information check our own website

Owner / Manager
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2018

About Owner / Manager

Charles and I are semi-retired and moved down to St Ives and to Vivian House in the summer of 2014. Charles is a musician and continues to teach part-time at Truro college and I work part-time in heritage tourism. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country and welcome the opportunity to share it with others. We live in Vivian House on the first floor and manage the Apartment and Annexe ourselves, this means that if there were any problem we are always on hand. We offer a friendly service but we also respect guests' privacy and will only be a there at the start to help guests to unload if they so wish and show them to their accommodation. Otherwise we will leave them to explore St Ives and the surrounding area and to enjoy their stay.

Owner / Manager purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Owner / Manager chose St Ives

The Apartment is on the ground floor of Vivian House. Its central location makes it an ideal choice for families and groups. There are no steps to negotiate into town because everything is on the doorstep.

The sitting room has a TV/DVD player and a selection of board games. There is a granite fireplace with an electric wood burning stove, which makes the Apartment a cosy choice for out of season holidays as well as seaside summers.

The spacious kitchen has an electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and dish washer. The kitchen stable door opens straight out onto the pretty courtyard where there are seats and a table.

Two double bedrooms lead off the hallway, one has a 4’ 6’’ double bed, the other has a zip and link double bed, which offers flexible sleeping arrangements, either as a 6’ double or as 2 x 3’ single beds.

After a few hours on the beach the outdoor shower is invaluable to wash down wet suits and then to sit and relax in the courtyard, which is shared with the Annexe and access to Vivian House.

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What makes this apartment unique

The close proximity to the railway station makes arriving by train ideal. For those who come by car we can also provide parking in a gated car park (for an extra charge). All the shops, restaurants and beaches are very close which means that you can walk everywhere


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in St Ives in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 zip&link beds can be put together to make Kingsize double
  • Bedroom 2 has a zip and link bed making flexible sleeping arrangements - so it can either be a kingsize double or it can be made up as two single beds We also have a wooden cot so please let us know if you would like to use it
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The Apartment is on the ground floor of Vivian House. Its central location makes it an ideal choice for families and groups. There are no steps to negotiate into town because everything is on the doorstep. There is free wi-fi provided. There is a Leisure centre close by which has a children's pool, a regular pool, a gym and fitness classes. The cinema is very close too. The bus and railway station are just a 5 minute walk away.


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House near Beautiful Beaches - tucked away in centre of St Ives
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Great property in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Vivien House. The apartment is really comfortable and well equipped. The hosts, Anna and Charles were very welcoming and helpful in getting us settled. The location is excellent, right in the centre but just set back a bit so feels private and secluded. There is a shop 2 minutes walk away which was very handy, and the beach and harbour were 5 minutes walk. The little courtyard area was a lovely suntrap and secure for young children to run around. The car parking is a short walk away but this was no issue at all. All in all we would definitely recommend and would go back in a flash!

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your positive feedback Laura. We loved having your family and only wished your stay could have been longer. Do come again! Charles and I are always happy to welcome holiday guests so that they can get on and enjoy their holiday. The central location of Vivian apartment is ideally suited because everything is just a short walk away.
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Clean, comfortable, convenient.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cozy place located in town and so an easy walk to the harbor, beach, shops, and restaurants. Comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen. Quiet. Parking nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Charles and I are pleased you both enjoyed your stay at Vivian Apartment.
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property suited us. Well equipped comfortable and great location.we made use of parking which is a must . Would highly recommend a stay here

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. Charles and I hope you will return. Best wishes Anna
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A welcoming surprisingly spacious central property

  • 5 of 5

We have been to St Ives many times over the last 12 years and this is a little gem! We are a family of 5 with a young 7 month old and 2 boys. Anna and Charles are so welcoming and have created a wonderful home away from home. There was everything we could have needed and nothing was too much trouble. The only downside is there is no sea view but massively compensated by its central location, spacious, tastefully decorated and comfortable property with lovely owners. Would definitely recommend and stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vicki It was lovely having you and your family - you were delightful guests. We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your very kind and enthusiastic review. Very best wishes Anna & Charles
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Centrally situated, beautifully cared for property. Helpful owners, respectful of guest's privacy.

  • 5 of 5

Our visit was all we had hoped for. The property is clean and fresh with contemporary decor and furnishings - everything works. An ideal base for visits at any time of year.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. Charles and I hope you will return soon. Best wishes Anna
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Vivian House, everything we needed was there and the hosts are lovely.

The beds are comfy and it was spotlessly clean.

Only a few minutes walk to the harbour and a corner shop just down the road.

I highly recommend staying and also would recommend hiring the parking space up the road.

We will be back😄

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return. Best wishes Anna & Charles
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Car: not necessary

St Ives is also the perfect base for taking day trips. Here are just a few ideas:

Tin mining once played an important part in Cornwall's economy, find out more by visiting Levant, and Geevor mines.

For the more adventurous, take a trip by air or sea to the lovely Isles of Scilly. Day trips are available and run through the summer months.

The peninsular is at its narrowest point between St Ives and Marazion, which is one of the oldest chartered towns in the UK. From there you can visit St Michael’s Mount, the iconic castle set on a tidal island.

Penwith contains a great concentration of Bronze Age, Iron Age archaeological remains.

Explore Truro, the only city in Cornwall. It has some fine Georgian architecture and the Cathedral spire dominates the skyline. It is the main shopping town of Cornwall with a wide range of independent shops and high street stores.

Porthcurno not only has a beautiful beach – The Telegraph Museum charts its fascinating history, when the place became a Victorian Silicon Valley. Porthcurno is also the home of the Minack Theatre, Cornwall’s world famous open air theatre.

Visit the Eden Project, which can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Its massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity and there are summer concerts as well as year-round family events.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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