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Birdsong : Detached Large Luxury Home above St Ives Bay Available Sept.1st

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,863 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Birdsong, St Ives/ Carbis Bay, 5 bed house, games room and gardens.

Birdsong is an open plan, reverse level home. There is parking for 2 cars on the drive. Through the front door is an entrance porch with cloakroom and coat hanging space. This opens onto an L shaped lounge with panoramic views of the coast. The kitchen is part of the lounge with bespoke units, Smeg appliance, dishwasher and all that you need for a perfect holiday.The lounge and kitchen face onto a huge balcony perfect for al fresco dining. Downstairs is another lounge kitted out as a games room. There are 4 double bedrooms, nursery, family bathroom and utility room leading off this lounge. The lower lounge leads to another patio and onto the garden. Two of the bedrooms have en-suites, with shower, wc and basin, the bathroom has the addition of a bath. Utility room has a washing machine, tumble drier, indoor and outdoor drying area. The garden is landscaped with open terracing with a greenhouse.

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Melanie

We are a married couple with 4 children. We purchased Birdsong 19 years ago as a place to holiday with our children. We have spent many many happy hours with friends and family, walking across the Bay to Lelant, playing golf, walking into St Ives, Paddle boarding and surfing at Carbis Bay. Popping to Sennen cove an dPorthcurno for days out, plus visiting the many wonderful gardens in this part of the world.

Melanie purchased this house in 2002

Why Melanie chose Cornwall

Birdsong was our wow house because of its position. Birdsong has a vast terrace is close to beaches, the town, supermarket, and with a great garden. The boys love the sport and the girls love the terraces for sunbathing. We all love eating al fresco, even picking mussels off the rocks to eat and strawberries from the garden. We walk into St Ives to surf or drive a short distance to Godrey and then have to stop off at Becks for fish and chips on route home.

What makes this house unique

Birdsong is unique because of its size availablility and ease of parking. Pluds there are few houses that can boast a proper sea view from nearly every room. A local electrician commented he had never been in a rental with so much to do!!!! Come and check it out for yourself!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful views, excellent position, this is the life to aspire to. We lived the dream for a week not long enough. Whitfords (Skipton)

Thanks! This is a lovely house with really spacious and comfortable rooms. We had an amazing week which included a wonderful sight of dolphins from the balcony. Landys ( Middlesex)

We all had a fab time with 2 young families the house was ideal-spacious, superb views, access to the beach, we'll definitely be back. Jones (Cardiff)

We really liked St Ives before we discovered Birdsong. Now we really really like St Ives. A Very hard place to leave so we will be back in September. Thomas (Good Friday, Cheshire).

We love this house, its heaven! The garden is gorgeous, the outlook outstanding, the weather wonderful I could go on but I'll spare you any more.

Bryan ( London)

We had a very special week at Birdsong which has given us everything we wanted- peaceful house, spectacular views and wonderful beaches within walking distance. Jeffrys
Mar 2012
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Saint Ives House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2863 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We allow up to 6 adults and 2 children with parking for 2 cars on the drive. WE HAVE A FRIDAY CHANGEOVER.
  • We allow up to 2 PETS with prior negotiation on size and there is an extra cleaning fee of £30 per pet.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • The large family bathroom has a fitted power shower, large bath with an original 1960's 'dolphin tap', wc and washbasin. This bathroom has the same bespoke units that were used in the kitchen. The en suites each have a unique circular window.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 5 - 1 baby crib , NURSERY
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 8 Notes on bedrooms: The 2 master bedrooms have en suites, an oak double bed, LCD TV's, fitted mirror wardrobes, rug, chest of drawers, table , chair and bedside tables. The two other bedrooms have 2 single beds each, chest of drawers and wardrobe, chair and rugs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Birdsong was bought after we outgrew Admiral Cottage In St Ives. It has only had 3 owners, since it was built in 1963, all of which were reluctant to sell. We bought on position, we walked in and were blown away by the view. We have enjoyed many happy times in this relaxing house, there is something special about the space and quality of light and we would like you to share it. Click on our website in order to see the most amazing video of Birdsong and its We also have a twitter page which we often update with our own personal NO smoking is allowed in the house. Pets are allowed by prior arrangement and an extra cleaning fee is applicable. Outside: The garden is open and terraced with a greenhouse. This means that children must be supervised at all times. There are steps between the levels and the 2 balcony areas. Utility Room: We have 2 utility rooms, 1 is used for washing and has a sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and laundry equipment. The other is a garden room with equipment, sports gear, tools and toys: available to use with caution. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The rental costs include all linen and utilities. Our housekeeper lives near by and is available for babysitting if needed. Other: The house is let throughout the year and has full gas central heating. It is suitable for anyone: romantic couples or large family groups, it is near a supermarket and parking is easy. The house sleeps a maximum of 8, 4 - 6 adults and 2- 4 children.


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Birdsong : Detached Large Luxury Home above St Ives Bay Available Sept.1st
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Fabulous house and location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday at Birdsong. The holiday was to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were three generations. The house is very spacious, well equipped and was clean and welcoming. It is a short walk to a lovely clean beach and the grandchildren loved it there. The pool table and football game provided lots of entertainment and competition. I would recommend a stay at Birdsong to everyone and hope to stay there again before too long. Melanie provided all the information needed before our visit and my deposit was returned very promptly. A beautiful house and I can't find fault with it.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderfully theraputic break

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property- breathtaking views, easy access to the coastal path, beach and shops. My mobility was poor on arrival but improved with every day we stayed in this amazing place. If I didn't feel good I could even gaze at the view from bed!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous home with a spectacular view of the sea

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Birdsong for three nights in March and it was perfect. It's a large house that accommodates big groups, so we never felt on top of each other. It has everything you could possibly need; multiple bathroom facilities, a big kitchen and living room and a pool/football table to keep us occupied after a long walk or while waiting for the rain to clear. We immediately felt at home. Best of all was the view of the sea which is breathtaking and totally unexpected.

The house is a short walk to the white sandy beach and blue sea. Definitely one of the UK's hidden gems. St.Ives is also a lovely little place and I especially enjoyed my trip to the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture gardens - not to be missed if you are a fan of her work or sculptures generally!

I hope to visit again very soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful family Easter week

  • 5 of 5

we had a fabulous family week at Birdsong. The pool table was in regular use and the location and wider facilities were greatly enjoyed. More than lived up to our expectations thank you!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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A great family holiday home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second holiday at Birdsong. We had a very good week’s holiday in May 2015 with our son daughter, her husband and two young grandchildren.

The property was exactly as described and booking, payment, etc was straightforward. We found the house clean and well maintained.

The layout of the house is excellent for a large group with all of the facilities you need for cooking, etc and the views are superb. Everyone enjoyed the pool, table tennis and table football.

We love the location of the house with close proximity to St Ives, the restaurants, bars and the beaches.

Negatives are few but most of us all felt that the bed mattresses and pillows were in need of replacement as they did not give very good support.

Fortunately the weather was kind and we were able to go to the Porthminster beach most days. I can recommend the bacon baps from the cafe on the beach.

We decided to go out to one of the better restaurants for dinner but didn’t reserve a table as it was early in the season. All of the restaurants were fully booked so we ate at the Curry Garden where we had an excellent but not cheap meal. In future I would definitely reserve a table in advance whatever time of the year.

I would certainly recommend Birdsong.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Birdsong, St Ives

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed at Birdsong for a long weekend break. We left London looking for some rest and relaxation. Birdsong was perfect. It is a large detached house with breathtaking views. Even though it was February we lay in the Cornish sunshine drinking coffee, ate at the multitude of fantastic restaurants in St. Ives and went for long hikes over beaches and around headlands. On Sunday morning we woke up to a stunning sunrise that we could watch without even needing to get out of bed. It was the perfect mini break, I could never get bored of that view. Will bring our friends and family with us next time. Thank you for letting us share your family home.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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St Michael's Mount
Tate St Ives
Porthminster Beach Cafe
Barbara Hepworth Museum
Mount Zion Coffee
Porthgwidden Beach Cafe
Porthmeor Cafe
Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Birdsong is a super base to stay in if you want to explore Cornwall. St Ives has its own festival in September, a huge street party at New Year, a fish festival in Newlyn in August and many more events through out the year.

We provide lots of sports equipment so there is no excuse to not get fit or improve your snooker whilst staying with us.

The coastal path is our garden boundary and you can follwo the path to numerous wonderful beaches.


Birdsong is a short walk (10 minutes) to Carbis Bay beach in one direction and Porthminster Beach St Ives in the other. If you love to surf, it is a short drive to Godrey and the Towans, which face Birdsong across the bay.


Birdsong is a 15 minute walk from Carbis Bay train station or St Ives. The train line from both London and the South west are frequent. Newquay Airport is a 30 minute drive away. For drivers follow the A30 throughout Cornwall To Hayle and St Ives, we are off the main road into St Ives.


We are a 10 minute walk into St Ives with its stunning beaches, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and shops. We recommend you walk everywhere, there are also very good local buses to get you up any hills!

Further Details:

We are close to a large supermarket, or you can shop online, or travel to Hayle and use the 3 major supermarkets the town has. Self catering gives you the flexibility to spend on what you choose.

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Rates & Availability

Saint Ives House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
September Fun and Festival
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
October Half term
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2017 - Dec 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/ New Year
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
Feb 10 2018 - Feb 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 24 2018 - Mar 17 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mar 18 2018 - Apr 21 2018
7 night minimum stay
Apr 22 2018 - May 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
May Day
May 5 2018 - May 11 2018
7 night minimum stay
Blossom Time
May 13 2018 - May 19 2018
7 night minimum stay
May 20 2018 - Jun 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
School's Out
Jul 15 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for a third of the rental price as a deposit to secure any booking. The remaining sum is to be paid before the holiday, and then we are able to give out the key safe code for that week.

Changeover Day:
Our usual changeover day is Friday. Lets run from 5pm Friday to the following Friday at 10am.

Notes on prices:
Please ask for future bookings and personal holiday requirements.

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.