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Luxury penthouse apartment, stunning views, heart of St Ives.

Bedrooms 2
Space 441 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

'As new' penthouse, high specification, luxury getaway.

This penthouse apartment is finished to a superb standard and is situated in the very heart of St Ives offering unrivaled views of surrounding bay, harbour and beaches. The perfect base for a luxury romantic holiday, but moments away from a wealth of restaurants, individual shops, galleries and beautiful beaches.

The one bedroom apartment, plus unique port hole bolt hole room will comfortably accommodate 2 adults looking for a designer holiday home for a holiday any time of the year. With the Fore Street Deli across the street, open daily, selling freshly baked bread, meats, hand made curries, fresh vegetables, beers, wines and gorgeous West country produce self-catering is a breeze. Our apartment is the perfect base from which you can make your Cornwall dreams come true. Visit The world acclaimed Eden Project, Lands End, St Michaels Mount, Minack Theatre or Newquay Zoo. Summer, winter, relaxing, romantic or active, small families or couples will love this apartment.

Passionate about pleasing you: We are passionate about St Ives and proud to present our stunning, exclusive penthouse apartment in this unique coastal location. We aim to offer you the best coastal holiday ever, and have innovatively styled our apartment to complement and make the most of its exceptional setting. The owner lives moments away from the apartment and is on hand to offer a full concierge service.

A stress free eco friendly holiday: Once you've parked your car, if you choose, you can forget it for the week. No airport hassles or carbon footprint either. Fantastic coastal walking, an exceptionally mild climate and views to rival the Mediterranean. After a week in our penthouse you'll feel revived, relaxed and revitalised and on top of the world.

Recommendations: 'This apartment just has to have one of the beast views in St Ives. You feel the harbor and the bay are yours for the duration of your holiday. The apartment itself is very well equipped and finished to a high standard - stunning!' Tony, London

'Can't wait to come back, everything we ever dreamed of'.

'The weather was lovely, the apartment was perfect, you've thought of everything. We hope to be back later this year.'

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Laura Tan
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

About Laura Tan

Born in Hong Kong, but adopted to England in 1961. Owner has travelled extensively and driven an ambulance to Mongolia! However the love of St Ives has finally taken hold and the owner now lives moments away from Harbourside Penthouse so is on hand to help you make the best of your stay, offering a full concierege service if required including spa passes, Tate and Barbara Hepworth passes, delivered to your door. Or welcome champagne, chocolate and flowers for special celebration stays.

Laura Tan purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Laura Tan chose St Ives area

Simply one of the best locations in St Ives. Drop down into the heart of everything but escape to luxury and views to die for when you want to feel on top of the world. Everything you need is here, and everything you desire just moments away. Just bring yourself, a few toiletries and your toothbrush.

What makes this apartment unique

A helpful St Ives loving owner just moments away will meet and greet you if you require and organise anything for you during your stay. Luxury at an affordable price. The only thing we can't guarantee is sunshine, but we're working on it!


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

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 441 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • resort
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Contemporary fully tiled luxury bathroom with invigorating shower, cotton soft towels, low level lighting, shaver point and designer basin and fittings. With a salon quality hairdryer, you only need bring your personal toiletries and a toothbrush.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • Relax and sleep in style and luxury, cocooned in Egyptian cotton sheets, on a quality King size mattress. Duvet and all bed linen provided. Breakfast in bed, in our oriental inspired bedroom, or whilst taking in the breathtaking views - arguably the best in St Ives. If required, we can make up a temporary single bed in the uniquely designed porthole room, this area is fab for storing your luggage but can also offer comfortable sleeping arrangements for a small child or a room to put a travel cot. Please bring your own linen.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Children are welcome in the apartment (we have our own!) but due to the stair access and Juliette balcony, the apartment may not be suitable for toddlers. We can provide a temporary bed which would suit a child but not a large adult. Similarly elderly guests or guests with mobility difficulties may not find the apartment suitable for their needs. Sorry not smokers or pets please. Please note, balcony is Juliette style balcony with fully retractable bi fold doors rather than a full balcony extending outside of the property. The pool is not on site. It is at the nearby 4* Spa - 10 minutes walk away and passes are charged extra to your weekly accommodation charge. Access times are limited for children. You can stay for the day and enjoy spa facilities and the outdoor deck with stunning views over Porthminster beach


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Luxury penthouse apartment, stunning views, heart of St Ives.
average rating of 4.904762 based on 42 reviews

The stunning view is just the icing on the cake

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a wonderful week away in St Ives with my wife and daughter, made all the more special thanks to Laura and her amazing apartment. We could not have wished for better accommodation for our holiday.

They say location is everything, and this is located on the main shopping street right in the heart of St Ives with all the shops, bakeries and restaurants you could want a few steps from the door. With the Seafood Café on one side and the Cellar Bistro on the other, the deli opposite and the Rum and Crab shack down the alleyway that runs alongside we weren't short of spectacular places to eat. The alleyway provides a route straight onto the harbour front so you really are in the heart of everything.

The apartment itself is very clean, very comfortable and tastefully furnished. As a family of three we were a little apprehensive about the size and comfort of the second bedroom before we arrived, particularly as there were no photos on the site, but Laura told us not to worry and that our daughter would be sure to love it, and she was absolutely right. The bedroom was perfect - a very comfortable mattress under a small porthole window through which my daughter could watch her new feathery friend "Steven Seagull" stroll past every evening.

The bathroom was very clean with a lovely powerful shower. The kitchen well appointed, although we didn't make much use of it (did I mention the restaurants?). The washing machine came in very handy though.

The living room area has a huge corner settee to relax on after a hard day's paddling and eating, where you can watch one of the supplied dvd's on the huge TV (my daughter recommends Paddington). Although to watch TV you would have to tear your eyes away from the completely awesome view through the sliding balcony doors. St Ives truly is a picture postcard town and this apartment affords you what must be one of the best views of the iconic harbour and pier. I purposefully woke early on several mornings just to watch the sun rise over the harbour. I'm getting wistful just thinking about it!

Finally, a huge thanks to Laura for making us feel so welcome. There was really nothing we needed, but I know that if there was then Laura would have been on hand to provide it.

I thoroughly recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in St Ives - just not when we are planning to revisit :-)

Paul, Em & Melody

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to have helped you and your family have a holiday that you'll always remember. And look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks for taking the time to write such a helpful review
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Beautiful apartment with lovely touches of luxury and amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay - the owner was very helpful. The apartment was even better than the photos suggested- clean, spacious and with all mod cons. We couldn't have asked for a better place and recommend it heartily to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantasic location, wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful apartment with a fantastic view right in the heart of St Ives. Very well eqipped. The entrance to the apartment is on Fore street where there are plenty of lovely gift shops , tea rooms etc. We would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful. Suits the whole feel of St.Ives

  • 5 of 5

I find it difficult to add to the existing 5 star comments of this penthouse. However, I'll try.

The location is just amazing. If you've ever been to St.Ives before you will know Fore St. as it's main shopping street; the entrance is on this street. We stayed during the festival which meant that street entertainment was just outside the front door: music, dance, moving 'statues' (as you'll see in Covent Garden).

We had a wonderful time. The sun shone; we saw Seth Lakeman in the Guildhall; we bought a painting from the Millenium Gallery; we ate out every night and breakfast too, most days. Just the two of us.

A strange thing. We only took the car out once, and then missed St. Ives so much, we came back again within about 3 hours. St. Ives is a magical place.

I would recommend the taxi service as does Laura, the owner of the property. I've thanked them separately as they were so good. Laura herself was very helpful and kind. I booked late so had to pay the whole rent up-front direct to her. I received the keys, sent directly to my house without any problem, and with several emails informing me what was happening. Thank you Laura.

Absolutely recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christmas idyll

  • 5 of 5

Everything about my Christmas in Laura's delightful penthouse appartment was perfect, from the cream tea that greeted us on arrival to the charming taxi driver who collected us when it was time to go back to our cars. And Laura herself was the perfect host - responding patiently to my somewhat anxious queries, suggesting pleasant things to do and responding calmly and efficiently to a last-minute change of plan.

The appartment itself is compact, but cleverly laid out to give an impression of space and is admirably pristine. We were three adults for part of my stay and there was plenty of room for us to flop onto the deep sofas to admire the view or dine in comfort. However, that being said, you would have to know each other pretty well. The bedroom is also deceptively spacious with plenty of storage and even an Ipod dock, although I preferred to snuggle up under the duvet and listen to the raindrops pattering on the dormer window. (Although there was also plenty of walking on the beach in the sunshine admiring the waves!)

And as for that view, to my mind it is quite simply the best in St Ives and you really don't need any other entertainment than watching the sun rise and set and the tide roll in and out. I did, though, like being in such close proximity to all the restaurants, pubs and cafes. We had a memorable Sunday lunch in the Seafood Cafe just down the street as well as some fortifying glasses of mulled cider in the pub over the road. I had also booked myself in for a Boxing Day of spa treatments at the Harbour Hotel, which was well worth the 10 minute stroll it took to get there.

Were there any disadvantages? Well, it is on the top floor, but hence the view, which to my mind makes it worth it, and if my 80 year-old mother can manage the stairs then so can most people. And a few more glasses and pots and pans wouldn't have gone amiss (I had to be quite creative when cooking my Christmas dinner). But these are only minor niggles and my true estimation of this property is shown in the fact that I would be there now in a heartbeat and that I hope to visit it many more times in both summer and winter for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jan, for such a full and hearfelt review, and yes, come back soon and enjoy all that Harbourside Penthouse and St Ives has to offer. We were just looking at what needs updating in the apartment, and yes you're quite right, we woulld benefit from increasing stocks of glasses and pots and pans. We always like our guests to be perfectly happy with no niggles, so thanks for the useful feedback and all the other useful tips for future guests. Now I am living in St Ives, hopefully I will be able to help guests with anything that crops up during their stay. I'm only sorry that due to family illness I wasn't around during your week to respond to requests. January is the perfect time to upgrade, refresh and renew and we are just having the sofa reupholstered, repainting, replacing the microwave and other important details. We look forward to welcoming you and your family for many years. Best wishes Laura Tan
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Perfect vacation in a perfect apartment

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views/very nice decoration/very clean/great location

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Maren, glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for recommending us to your friends and family. See you again. Laura Tan
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
St Ives
Car: not necessary

News Flash. Just back on the market for a few available weeks after fab refurb and upgrade of space. Now bifold doors open the apartment completely to the harbour sunshine. Built in wardrobes and state of the art wall mounted 4K 49" television and soundbar. New furniture and mattress for this season. Putting the luxury back into this luxury accommodation.

Harbourside Penthouse enjoys stunning unrivalled views across the Harbour. Watch the waves lap against the shore right below you and feel your troubles disappear. Explore the harbour and meander through the cobbled streets. Let us make a dinner reservation for you at one of the many fabulous restaurants serving world class seasonal and local food along with mesmerising sea views. This really is the perfect escape...

And if you need an extra special romantic holiday, or are celebrating or want to do your holiday in style, for an extra £100 to the weekly rate, we offer a fully inclusive package to include chilled bubbly on arrival, cream tea for two, hand made Cornish chocolates, a hand tied bouquet, day passes to the 4* Spa featuring an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and sun deck, plus passes for Barbara Hepworth and the Tate, all ready for you at the start of your holiday.

Elevated high above the harbour in our luxury stunning penthouse apartment, right in the heart of town, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're King of the World. Let your aspirations soar skyward as you plan how to make the very best of your time in St Ives, the jewel in Cornwall's crown, voted best holiday town 2007 by the Guardian. Renowned for its mild climate there is something for everyone, including the famous picturesque harbour, award winning beaches for relaxing, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, motorboat trips, fishing and diving. The town offers charming walks along cobbled streets past quaint fisherman's cottages along to the harbour. No trip to St Ives would be complete without a visit to the world famous Tate Gallery, or one of the more intimate galleries or a refreshing visit to charming pubs, high quality restaurants and shops. Local activities include golf, horse riding and coastal walks. The town also benefits from a leisure centre and cinema.

*STOP PRESS JULY 2013* Owner loves St Ives so much she now lives there and is able to offer a full concierge service to make your holiday extra special, from meet and greet, to welcome hampers, hand tied bouquets, champagne, chocolates, babysitting, welcome cream teas, discounted spa days and Tate and Barbara Hepworth visits. Call Laura on 077022 68790 for full information. We can do almost anything - please don't hesitate to ask.

Other Activities: Galleries and all year round art classes.

PARKING - Don't Panic!

Don't worry about parking, there's a loading bay opposite the apartment for easy unloading/loading at the beginning and end of your holiday. Then you can park in Barnoon car park 2 minutes walk away which you can pre book with www.ringgo.co.uk or buy a Rover ticket for the week from http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=27992 which is transferrable between all long stay car parks in St Ives.

Or why not treat yourself with the luxury of secure parking with dooor to door delivery and collection and assistance with luggage from the lovely Paul at http://www.stivescarpark.com/


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Saint Ives, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
September Festival
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September/October 2017
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Half Term 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2017
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Rates quoted are for the whole apartment sleeping 2 adults with additional sofa bed accommodation for a child or teenager. The booking fee includes for provision of duvets, cotton bed linen, cotton towels and tea towel. Please bring your own beach towels. A Cornish welcome pack includes coffee, milk, tea, sugar, Cornish biscuits and flowers (subject to availability) . A breakage/security depos

One third of weekly rental payable to secure booking. Balance, plus £100 refundable damage deposit due 6 weeks before holiday start date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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