2 bedroom, 2 bathroom designer apartment sleeping 4 close to beaches
Mark & Sophie
- English, French
About Mark & Sophie
Originally from the Home Counties, Mark and Sophie spend as much time as they can in St. Ives which has become a home from home. Both work for the same company (he in sustainability and she in property management) and both share a passion for travel, the environment, art and good food. Their family recently welcomed a baby girl to the fold and this is certainly keeping them busy!
Mark & Sophie purchased this Apartment in 2018
Why Mark & Sophie chose Saint Ives
Mark and Sophie were keen to buy a home at Salt when these luxury apartments were constructed on the site of an old hotel in one of St Ives' most prestigious residential areas, The Belyars. In 2016, Salt was completed. They have named their St. Ives home "Samphire", reflecting their understanding of the marine environment which is at the heart of Britain's coastline and no more so than the spectacular beaches and water around St. Ives and the Penwith peninsula. In Samphire, they have sought to design and furnish a holiday home that is calming, contemporary and above all, luxurious, but in a way that is understated, with interior design and decor touches reminiscent of their stays in beach houses in their travels to the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Salt provides the ideal location, complemented by a high build quality throughout and an overall feel of calm and sophistication - the building's decor features muted ocean-inspired tones of blues, whites and greys throughout, with extensive use of glass and local slate on the external surfaces, reflecting the importance of such a material to Cornwall and giving guests the maximum views of the ocean. Internally, the property benefits from state of the art features including underfloor heating throughout, dimmable downlighting, oak flooring and bathrooms by Villeroy & Boch.
What makes this Apartment unique
As well as the glorious sea views from this particular apartment, Samphire not only has a front-facing balcony affording elevated and extended sea views, but also features a large side sun terrace which makes it a perfect place whatever the weather. The apartment offers highly flexible accommodation for couples, adults and families, since Bedroom 2 can be set up as a super king bed or two singles - with premium bedding by Hypnos for a great night's sleep! Salt itself is also ideally situated, being very close to the town and harbour (via a short and scenic walk), but is also in a very pretty and quiet residential street and has very little traffic. Salt enjoys gated privacy and security, covered parking for cars, an outdoor shower and an external surf store providing dedicated lockable storage for each property.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Excellent Accommodation in a perfect location
We loved our stay so much and with the weather being fantastic decided to extend our stay at Sapphire by 2 further days making a 9 day stay in total. Mark the owner was extremely helpful at all times and the apartment is lovely. Very new and clean and with all great modern amenities. For us the disabled access lift for our little boy who cannot walk was a huge benefit as normally we have to stay in ground floor properties with easy access. The apartment is in a great location for Porthminster beach and the town itself. A little bit of walking required and the odd hill but we didnt mind that.
My only tiny recommendations for extras to be provided would be as follows ( please note these are minor and were not of great issue to us at all )!!:
1. a teapot in the kitchen. Great coffee machine but I love a good old fashioned teapot. Everything else has been well thought of as far as utensils and kitchen equipment provided
2. a DVD player. As we have young children and particularly for our disabled son who loves to sit and watch Paw Patrol - we ended up buying a cheap £25 one in the local Tesco and that did the trick. There is no Sky TV only Freeview so a DVD player or Sky TV would be a great addition
3. A dressing table mirror or long dressing mirror in the Master Bedroom
4. A notice board in the kitchen with info/leaflets about local days out/guides, local takeaway menus etc is always a great idea when you are new to the area.
We loved the availability of a washing machine/dryer as for families it really helps keep on top of the endless amounts of holiday washing.
Overall we would rate this place 5* and had a fantastic break away.
We will definitely be back. Thanks to Mark & Sophie x
Thank you for the very comprehensive and positive review Samantha - we really enjoyed having your family stay and delighted to hear that you would like to return! Your recommendations on things to include at Samphire are well noted and agreed - so we will make sure that we include things like another full length mirror (as there is one in Bedroom 2), a DVD player and teapot (that was oversight on our part, but as you know the apartment has only recently been available as a holiday property!). Overall so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and just let us know any time you'd like to come again. Our best wishes to you and the family, Mark & Sophie x
Lovely and spacious apartment
We really enjoyed our stay in St. Ives. The apartment is great, very modern and spacious with good amenities. Added bonus having the parking space and the little niceties on arrival were very much appreciated. We would certainly look to come back.
We absolutely loved having Chris and his family staying at Samphire. His communication before and after the booking was first class, they were great guests and we are really pleased that they enjoyed their visit to St Ives. We would welcome Chris back again anytime !
Fabulous Apartment, in a beautiful town!
We had a great stay over New Year, the apartment is fabulous, very modern, well equiped & in a good location with a lovely view!
Thanks Joanne! We’re so glad that you guys had a good time over new year and enjoyed staying at Samphire. We’d be happy to welcome you back anytime ! Best wishes for 2019, Mark and Sophie