Simply one of the best all year round properties in the town
About Michael Millward
We have lived in St Ives for over six years, though Mike used to visit Cornwall as a child. Some things never change, and the lovely beaches and town remain as beautiful as ever. Living by the sea is always interesting and exhilarating, and though we still love to travel, coming home never fails to excite us.
Michael Millward purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Michael Millward chose Saint Ives
We chose the Lighthouse due to its location and layout. It stands proud on Crab Rock, four floors high, each floor offering something a bit different, yet each floor boasting amazing views across the harbour, and towards Godrevy Lighthouse and the coastline beyond. We wanted to find somewhere extra special in town, and hope our guests (and also our family and friends) enjoy their stay as much as we've enjoyed creating our home from home. The retro style and bright colours reflect the beautiful natural colours of the seascape outside, and we chose the authentic 50s furniture to complement the curved shapes of the rooms on each floor. Finding The Lighthouse and turning it into a labour of love has been a really satisfying and enjoyable process for us both.
What makes this Cottage unique
With its curved, blue spiral staircase and circular rooms, The Lighthouse is unique both in its modern architecture, and in its striking position on Crab Rock. Despite its central position, once you're in the house, you somehow feel you're away from it all, as the waves lap directly beneath the windows, and the vastness of the sea and the skies extend to Godrevy Lighthouse and the horizon beyond. The spectacular, ever-changing views from every room at the front of the house are a constant source of enjoyment. The Lighthouse has a spacious balcony where guests can enjoy the stunning sunrise every morning. This is the perfect spot for bird-watching, or simply gazing out to sea. The colourful fishing boats, returning to the harbour after a day's work, are often followed by a flock of seabirds, and a couple of seals. Dolphins can sometimes be spotted in the distance, and body or stand-up boarders, sailors and the occasional brave swimmer are often to be seen just beyond Crab Rock. If you can wrench yourself away from the view, the town is on your doorstep, and the beaches are all within a few minutes' walk. You can even forget about your car, and use the local train or bus (both stations are a stone's throw from the property) so that you can explore some of the spectacular Cornish villages and attractions.
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The most intoxicating view.
First time staying at this property, and hopefully it won't be the last. As soon as I dropped the first suitcase in the bedroom and saw the view, I fell in love. The place is wonderful. I would spend hours just staring out to sea, watching the ships go by and seals pop up in the harbour. Fireworks greeted us on our second night which was perfect. Several times we actually took food back to the property, rather than stay in the restaurant as it had the best view. A week went by in a flash and before I knew it, it was sadly time to leave. Already planning our next visit.
Thank you so much for your lovely review - we really appreciate your positive comments about the Lighthouse.
We would also like to thank you for leaving our home from home in such a clean and tidy state.
We hope to be able to welcome you back at some point in the future.
Carol and Mike
We loved this little house. The views from every room are gorgeous, the beds were so comfortable and our hosts were very helpful throughout our stay. I hope to return!
Many thanks for your lovely review.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our Lighthouse.
We know we are lucky to have such amazing views! Do hope you'll return one day.
Our best wishes, Carol and Mike
Our stay at the Lighthouse.
We loved the quirkiness of the Lighthouse with it's spiral staircase and the views were spectacular. The welcome pack was a lovely touch and much appreciated. We have been going to St Ives for the past five years ever since our eldest son moved there we love it as a second home, we have stayed in many cottages in St Ives but the Lighthouse has to be one of the best and we would recommend it to anyone. A big thank you to Carol and Mike for being amazing hosts.
Thanks so much for your lovely feedback.
It's always great to know our guests like our Lighthouse as much as we do.
A big thank you also for leaving everything in such a clean and tidy state!
Our best wishes
Carol and Mike
A little Gem
We stayed in The Lighthouse over Christmas, it was fabulous. On arrival we were treated to a generous welcome pack including 4 delicious Cornish scones with jam and clotted cream, just what we needed after a long journey from the Midlands. The accommodation is in a stunning location of St Ives with views from every floor. We were Lucy enough to see seals on a daily basis from the balcony and bedroom window and watched dolphins twice within our week swimming in the bay.The house has a very warm and inviting feel to it , it is beautifully kept and is equipped with everything you need for your stay, You are a very short walk away from shops, galleries, pubs and plenty of restaurants offering great food. The beaches are superb, when the tide is out you can even clamber down the rocks and onto the beach from the Lighthouse, our children loved doing this. A wonderful week had by all.
Dear Gary and Helen
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse and thank you for your generous comments and leaving the property as you found it, which we really appreciate. Hope to see you back one day
Best regards Mike and Carol
Quirky, well-kitted out with stunning views
Great location though a hair-raising pedestrian packed narrow street to negotiate through by car to drop off your gear. Don't be confused by the name. It's not a lighthouse, rather a house full of light with a narrow open metal spiral staircase over 4 flights. You can't move barefoot from 1 floor to the next - worth remembering if a visit to bathroom needed in the night!
These negatives didn't spoil the holiday and I thoroughly recommend staying here - just useful info to know however if you're portly and unfit like me! Carrying your gear up to the top bedroom is character-building and wipes out enough calories for your first clotted cream tea.
Thank you for writing a review about The Lighthouse, and we are pleased you would heartily recommend staying here.
Excellent accomodation in a stunning location - St. Ives has everything for a relaxing holiday
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review for us. It was a pleasure having you to stay in our Lighthouse, and we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday.
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