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Quality in Tourism GOLD Award overlooking Porthminster Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Two bed, two en-suite, hard-to-find ocean-view veranda with dedicated parking

Tucked away, a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of St. Ives, The Apartment is a calm beach retreat perched above Porthminster Beach. Enjoy the boutique style of a hotel with all the comfort and freedom of home. GOLD Award by Visit Britain Quality in Tourism.

Each room has been individually set by the designer behind the Queen Mary 2 interiors. The Apartment is furnished to a high standard with custom furniture and fixtures and fittings by Pierre Frey and Philippe Starck. Art Nouveau wardrobes, deco photographs of local scenes, and a whopping chandelier give a contemporary-classic twist to the beachside location. Previous guests say in the Visitors' Book:

"What a gem of an apartment." [Will and Barbara]

"The apartment is beautiful." [Karen & Craig]

"Very stylish apartment, well equipped with everything you need" [The Browns]

"Many thoughtful touches...especially the very comfortable beds." [Gill & Kate]

"This booking has been fantastic from start to finish. Your communication is welcoming and efficient and can't wait to stay again" [Becky & friends]

The Apartment includes high-speed broadband and a 32’ HD surround-sound HD TV system. Netflix and Amazon Prime included from Summer 2018. Personal touches include board games, Molton Brown bath products, and a welcome tray of tea, coffee, milk, and biscuits waiting on arrival.

Front bedroom: Art Nouveau wardrobe and exquisitely comfortable bed (5ft width). French door leading directly onto the terrace with ocean and harbor views. Minimalist en-suite with rain shower, Philippe Starck fittings and low-level LED night-lighting.

Rear bedroom: Dressing area with Ralph-Lauren style black dresser, 'zip-n-link' beds for flexible accommodation as twin beds or a king-size. Separate bathroom with low-level LED night-lighting, Italian-designed sink and dark Italian stone tiling.

Lounge: Engulfing wing chairs, sofa, reading lamps, antique chandelier, dark wood floors and light linen rug. High-end surround sound system with 32' LCD TV and cable to connect your own music source. Bioethanol gel fireplace (gel not supplied).

Dining Area: Round glass table with 4 contemporary back fabric chairs, two of which offer harbour and ocean views.

Kitchen Area: Fully equipped with washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave (with browning grill), electric cooker and hob fridge and freezer. Black granite counter tops and stainless appliances. Plunger-style cafétiere plus filter coffee maker.

Veranda: Modern eating area for 4, halogen heater, two planters with sub-tropical planting (succulents, agave-family evergreens and lampranthus flowering in early summer). Sweeping views of St. Ives Harbour and Bay.

The Apartment has a dedicated parking space right in front. All bed linen and towels are provided. Just bring beach towels. Electricity, gas, water, parking, wireless internet included in the rental.

Booking and Arrival Information:

- Check the availability and rates for your preferred dates

- Complete the booking form this web site and / or call the owner, Alan Hocking, on (44) (0) 7739 713876

- Pay your deposit and balance with a credit card via this website

- Contact me to say whether you would like the second bedroom to be made up with twin beds or a Super King-sized bed

- Pick-up the keys from a secure lock box at the apartment on arrival

- The Apartment's dedicated parking space is right in front, level with property entrance


The apartment is a 3 minute walk from St. Ives train station up a short but steep hill (with views from the veranda as the pay-back). Access by car is via a steep, single lane private road.

For a comprehensive Access Statement, please e-mail:

More Details

Alan Hocking
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Alan Hocking

The owner, Alan Hocking, is a Cornishman raised a few miles from St. Ives. He lives and works in London and makes frequent visits back to Cornwall where his family still live.

Alan Hocking purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Alan Hocking chose St Ives

St. Ives was my favourite place to visit as kid. We only lived 11 miles away but it felt like a world away. Like being on holiday for a day. I moved to London in 1991 vowed to buy a place in St. Ives as soon as I could scrape together a deposit. In 1994 my mum and her hilarious golf buddy, (the late and dearly missed) Joan Harvey went on the hunt and fell in love with this apartment so I pounced on it without even seeing it myself. Many years later my good friend Alan McVitty (the above-mentioned cruise liner interior designer) and cousin, Glen Prisk, stripped the place back to its four walls and remodelled it back to its former Victorian glory with a contemporary twist and yesteryear throw backs including silver-plate local photography by my grandfather, Cecil Thomas taken in the 1930's. So there's a lot of heart, soul and personal history wrapped up in the apartment as it stands today. It's a place I love to come back to and hope you will too.

What makes this apartment unique

Parking, luxury comfort, veranda, sea views, tasteful.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(The following review appears on Trip Advisor where the guest rated The Apartment 5/5)

"The Apartment is located in just the right place for a great holiday by the beach. It is set back from the hustle and bustle but near enough to pop out with a young child to eat out in the evening. If you want to stay in, the kitchen has everything you need and more and the dining table located in the bay window gives you the best view in St Ives with its view of the harbour".
May 2013
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St Ives Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , or zip 'n' link King
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The Apartment is located 100 metres from the beach up a short steep hill which guests with mobility challenges should consider. The Apartment is managed by professional Housekeepers, Amanda and Chris of Helping Hands who will attend swiftly to any issues. Pease e-mail for a comprehensive Access Statement.


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Quality in Tourism GOLD Award overlooking Porthminster Beach
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 19 reviews

Brilliant place to stay would recommend to family and friends

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the apartment this summer for a week and loved every minute of it. The décor is amazing and the beds are so comfortable we slept like babies. The apartment is two minutes from a beautiful sandy beach and 5 minutes walk into St Ives. We took our teenage daughter and a friend and they had a great time too.

We ate at the restaurant on the beach which we would really recommend but suggest booking as busy at night We love to play tennis and the courts next to the apartment where perfect and look out to sea. A morning in the Spa then lunch was another high light.

We definitely want to stay in the apartment again as the whole experience was so relaxing and comfortable and the décor of the apartment makes you feel really special

Thanks Alan for a great week!


  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Seamless, smooth stay in St Ives

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this lovely property in St Ives. The apartment was exactly as described and shown in the photographs, and was in great condition.

It's a very comfortable place and in a great location for Porthminster Beach and the stroll to the centre of St Ives.

The kitchenette area was surprisingly well stocked with equipment, and the tea, coffee, sugar, and Cornish biscuits was a nice touch.

Communication with the owner was fast and easy, which all helped to make it a smooth and enjoyable stay.


  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location within easy walking distance of everything. Compact but well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Welcome pack and all the information on the house and nearby attractions were much appreciated.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We love this property. It has everything you need and is decorated to a very high opulent standard.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, clean, well equipped. The outside patio heater was a really lovely added extra this year. Comfy beds and overall a great property to stay in. We will definitely book again

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Elegant seaside living

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us stay in your glorious apartment. It really was every bit as beautiful as the photos on the website suggested - the sort of enviable taste that makes one never want to leave. St. Ives was perfect - the weather was kind, the town charming, the sea blue and the restaurants you recommended were just as good as you suggested. Portminster cafe became a regular haunt for its food and exceptional view. Hidden Kitchen got our vote for food. Sloop for beer and afternoon sun (good to find a pub that does both beer and a decent Provencal rose), and interesting clientele. Didn’t have time or room for much more, but hope we can make a return visit next year and, if life is kind, your apartment might be available when we come again. I have kept a bit of sand in one of my shoes to remind me that it wasn’t that long ago we were walking on the beach. Thank you once again for the brief few days of elegant seaside living. We loved it! The Kershaws

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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Luxury, well equipped perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views, small but well equipped kitchen. Really comfortable beds, 2 great ensure shower rooms. Sky tv a bonus and great surround sound. Has everything you needed and the bonus of a car parking space right outside the property.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
The Pedn Olva Hotel
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
0.4 Kilometres
Tregenna Castle
Nearest Train
0.1 Kilometres
St. Ives
Nearest Motorway
172 Kilometres
M5 at Exeter
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Porthminster Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The Apartment, St. Ives is perched above Porthminster Beach with uninterrupted view of St. Ives harbor, Godrevy lighthouse and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The renowned Porthminster Beach Cafe is a two minute walk from the front door and the Tate St. Ives is a 10 minute stroll along along the water's edge to Porthmeor Beach. Short stays available (including off-peak mid-week breaks at £270 for 3 nights). Peak weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.

The best of the South West are all within an easy drive of St. Ives, including St. Michael's Mount, The Minnack Theater, Lands End and the Eden Project.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $142.94
Change over clean $71.47

7 night-minimum bookings run from Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.