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About Clare Hughes
Clare & Neil are joint owners of Sam's Place and Andy's Place, 13 Park Avenue, St Ives. We moved to Cornwall from Bradford in 2008. Clare was already running her successful interior design company, CH Design, and decided to continue the business in Cornwall. It was with these skills that she and Neil undertook the full refurbishment of 13 Park Avenue, in preparation for letting the apartments out for holiday use. "It was in 2009 that we began to let the apartments. We love Cornwall, and know we've made the right decision in moving here...and of course we are continually meeting new people through our business, with many becoming good friends as they return to our apartments year after year".
Why Clare Hughes chose Saint Ives
The main reasons for purchasing 13 Park Avenue, aside from it being in the wonderful location of St Ives, was for the spectacular view out over the pretty harbour and town. It is conveniently situated just on the edge of the town, which means we get the best of both worlds: we are just 5 minutes walk form the town centre, but also in a more quiet residential area. This is ideal for families and groups who may love the hustle and bustle of the town and beaches during the daytime, but want a more peaceful quiet place to escape back to for relaxation later.
What makes this Apartment unique
Sam's Place has the additional benefit of a back garden, which gets sunshine throughout most of the day and is a really peaceful sun trap. The late evening sunshine reaches the upper terrace of the garden during the summer months, which is fantastic for BBQs. Andy's Place has a small front garden that also benefits from late afternoon & evening sunshine. It's lovely to sit and dream, with that evening drink in hand, just soaking in the lovely view.
Our flat is situated in a fairly peaceful, residential part of St Ives, which means that you can retire to relative calm after the bustling hubbub of St Ives then centre, despite us being just 5 minutes walk from the nearest beach. With this in mind we politely request that guests respect the location and therefore no loud music to be played after 10pm - thank you. We ask guests to adhere to our manual (left on the coffee table in the flat) and please ensure all rubbish is put out into the wheelie bins at the front of the property on Thursday evenings. We have a TV & playstation set up to work, and also a mini-jack for connection to MP3 player. Please do NOT remover or exchange any cabling to the back of the TV or games console. Please note that if we are called out to attend to the TV not working, and it's found to be a result of the disconnection/incorrect re-connection of wiring, we will have to charge A £15.00 call out. As part of the rental agreement we thoroughly clean and launder the flats after each rental - but we ask that you respect our flat and leave it in a clean and tidy state when you leave - thank you. Please inform us of any damages or if anything is not working and we will come out to attend to it as soon as is possible. We thank you for our understanding of our house rules.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful view and great location!
Very close to shops and downtown (2min walk) and also has great views of St. Ivy’s and the ocean.
This apartment was lovely. Perfect for our family 5 as a base for full days at the beach. There was plenty of room for us all and all our belongings for 5 days. It was easy to keep clean and practical. The platform bed was fine for a teenager, the other room great for 2 younger children (11&7). The main room is reasonably small but has well thought out storage. The shower is a little tight and easy to turn off by accident with your elbow but you learn to avoid it. It is quite a climb from the beaches & town to the house, including 71 steps but you get that everywhere in St Ives unless in the town centre. Might be trickier with a pushchair or toddlers. The ‘host’ is lovely too. We had fresh flowers in the living and kitchen areas and a text the day after we arrived to check everything was ok. Clare also replied to questions we had like where’s best to watch the football! Thanks. We’ve had a fabulous break.
Great Spacious Property
We loved the property and it's location. Steps were a little tricky with a buggy but otherwise great location only 5 mins from town and everything we needed. Love love St Ives so much and was so lovely to see the beautiful view of rooftops and harbour from the large bay window each morning. Thank you
Comfortable clean and great location
We all had a fantastic time
Many thank for your great review.
We loved having you to stay at our place and hope to see you here again some time.
Stunning views of St Ives!
Welcoming/comfortable atmosphere in the flat! We had a great time staying in Sam’s place; all felt relaxed and like it had been longer than a weekend! 😀
Many thanks for your review Emily, we are so pleased that you all had a good time, and that you were all happy with our flat.
Clare & Neil.
Great spot in a great place
A great stay in a great location. We loved the modern feel of the well equipped apartment while still it retained many original Victorian features. View from the lounge on the first floor is stunning.
Apartment was spotless and pristine.
Overall a great base to spend time in St Ives. Will definitely be returning to this property in the future.
Many thanks for your great review - we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our flat.
Thanks again for booking with us and we hope to see you here again some time.
Clare & Neil.
St Ives is a very pretty old fishing town and offers a wealth of activities for our visitors, including many wonderful bars and restaurants, the Tate and Barbara Hepworth galleries, 4 glorious beaches, a pretty harbour, lovely shops and the quaint meandering cobbled streets of Downalong.
It has a famous artist community and you will find many small private studios and art galleries as well as the larger public galleries.
The train from St Ives to Lelant hugs the coastline and well worth a trip
The nearest airpost to St Ives is Newquay, which is approximately 40 minutes drive away.
There is a train from Newquay to St Ives, but this service is a local one and doesn't run early in the morning. It's worth checking times prior to travelling.
We advise hiring a car if you have an early morning flight departure.
Train travel is the best form of public transport for long distance travellers who don't want to drive. There is a regular train service from most major towns & cities to St Ives.
St Ives to Penzance - approximately 9 miles.
St Ives to Truro - approximately 25 miles.
St Ives to Newquay - approximately 35 miles.
St Ives to Eden Project, nr. St Austell - approximately 45 miles.
Other interesting places to visit:
Cape Cornwall for walking; Land's End; Geevor tin mine; The Eden Project near St Austell; Paradise Park in Hayle; Newquay Zoo & Newquay beaches.
St Ives has 2 Co-ops in the town and a larger Tesco in Carbis Bay, about 2 miles out of the town.
Banks in St Ives include Lloyds, Barclays and Nat West. All have cash points.
St Ives has 2 post offices, the main one on Tregenna Hill and a smaller one in Fore Street.