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Porth House. Centrally located house with a private garden and parking

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Beautiful And Comfortable House Benefiting From Private Garden And Parking

Porth House is a beautiful and comfortable holiday home for groups of up to seven and equally suited to smaller groups and couples who want just that little bit more space. A double fronted period property, which has been completely refurbished but retaining many original features, including stained glass windows and original shutters. It offers sea views, a private south facing courtyard garden, a large open plan kitchen, 4 bedrooms and secure garage parking. Located between a five to ten minute walk from the house to either the Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth museum, award winning Porthmeor and Porthminster beaches, surf school, the Harbour or St Ives’ many restaurants, shops and galleries.

This is a beautiful bright town house equally ideal for couples or groups. With so many original features and carefully chosen art it really is a lovely house to spend time in. It is perfect to use as a base to explore St Ives due to its central location so you won't need to use your car. However parking can be difficult in St Ives in peak holiday season, and if you do want to explore the surrounding area its very useful that we have parking on site. This secure garage has direct access into the kitchen and a useful after beach shower for surfers (or even swimmers).

The large open plan kitchen has been designed with sociable holidays in mind with a breakfast bar with barstools and a table overlooking the garden seating up to 8. It has an adjoining seating area with beautiful afternoon light. Off the kitchen is a useful utility room with a loo and plenty of storage for beach and surf equipment.

There is a large living room with TV/DVD for those who want to escape somewhere quieter, with plenty of books and games. This room over looks the garden.

There are 4 beautifully appointed and comfortable bedrooms. All have plenty of storage and thoughtful lighting.

Bedroom 1: kingsize bed and ensuite shower room.

Bedroom 2: Kingsize bed

Bedroom 3: 2x single beds

Bedroom 1x single bed.

All the beds have comfortable mattresses with high quality bedding.

The family bathroom has a large bath and rain head shower, sink, loo and a supply of fluffy towels.

Unusually for St Ives we also have a secure and private paved garden which is south facing and a real sun trap. It has mature trees and its own 'beach hut' which children particularly enjoy.

We have excellent wifi connection.

Bookings are on a Friday to Friday basis with some flexibility out of peak season. Please use the enquiry button to contact Alison if you want to discuss your holiday in more detail.

More Details

Alison Still
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Alison Still

I'm a designer so the combination of beautiful beaches and the arts heritage of St Ives makes this an inspiring place to be. We have been holidaying in St Ives for many years and had some fantastic times with our children and friends, plus of course this has given us first hand experience of what we need from a house to have a good time!

Alison Still purchased this house in 2012

Why Alison Still chose St Ives area

I was sold on this house before I got through the front door because of the lovely garden. It's so unusual in St Ives to have one but this is private and south facing! The house has a wealth of original features including stained glass windows and wooden shutters, then theres the location to the centre of town and Porthmeor beach AND a garage, I don't think there is a more perfect house.

What makes this house unique

This is a spacious house, particularly benefiting from the open plan kitchen to gather in. Its close proximity to town, beaches, shops, galleries and restaurants means its ideal for everyone to do things together or separately. And of course having the car on hand means you can explore the surrounding area without worrying about losing that Barnoon car parking space!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A wonderful house, so beautifully thought through. Highlights include the sunset on Porthmeor beach, kids playing 'til dark....Think we'll definitely be back'

From the Guest Book

August 2013

'A delightful stay - wonderful weather, beautiful house.'

From the Guest Book

August 2013
Jul 2013
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Saint Ives House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • The main bathroom has bath with over head 'rain' shower, sink and wc. Finished in traditional panelling. The ensuite to bedroom 1 has a large shower, sink and wc. 1x large fluffy towel per guest supplied plus hand towels. The twin room has a very useful sink and vanity area which is hidden away in its own cupboard. There is a further wc in the utility room on ground level and an outside shower in the garage for after beach showering.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 7 + infant (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All have original painted floorboards with plenty of storage and thoughtful lighting. The beds all have high quality mattresses and bedding, ensuring the best possible sleep. Bedroom 1: King size bed, wardrobes, chest of drawers, bedside lights and tables, full length mirror. Ensuite shower room. Large picture window over looking the garden, with town views to the sea. Bedroom 2: King size bed, wardrobes, bedside lights and tables, large picture window and window seat over looking garden, with town views to the sea. Bedroom 3: 2x single beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside lights. Cupboarded sink. Storage for travel cot. Bedroom 4: 1x single bed, chest of drawers, hanging space, bedside light. Large picture window over looking garden, with town views to the sea.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: St Ives is perfect for a car free holiday and parking is limited in the town during peak holiday times. We have garage parking for one car and the nearest public car park is Barnoon, which is a 3 minute walk away. Outside: It is unusual for St Ives' houses to have any outside space, but we have a large secure, paved garden to the front of the house with mature trees and shrubs. It has the extra bonus of being south facing and sunny all day long. There is also a 'beach hut' for extra storage. Utility Room: Along with a washing machine, a loo and sink, its got the all important storage for beach, surf and walking things. This is a warm room contained within the house with plenty of space for drying. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included (excluding beach towels). The linen is changed and property cleaned weekly. Other: The garage is for 1 parallel parked car. Bowling Green Terrace is narrow and the garage has some restriction and measures: L:6m D:2.8m H:1.9m. The largest car we have fitted in is a Rav 4 L:4570 D:1845 H:1660


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Porth House. Centrally located house with a private garden and parking
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful holiday home, centrally located.

  • 5 of 5

This was a one week visit in September, with quite reasonable weather for the time of the year, which is very often the case in our experience.

Porth House turned out to be one of the finest properties we have stayed at in the St Ives area, in more than 25 years of regular visits, and we would find it difficult to find fault. The house is decorated and maintained to a high standard, and all necessary equipment is supplied, including toys and other items suitable for our 16 month old grandson. A very spacious property with a small suntrap front garden. The parking might be considered a problem, necessitating reverse parallel parking into the 6 metre garage from a narrow back road. However, with strategically placed watchers, I managed this manoeuvre about 8 times with a 4.5 metre long car, and no mishaps. We would not hesitate to return to this property at some time in the future, having enjoyed our stay immensely.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated house in a great location with some thoughtful additions which helped to make our holiday even more enjoyable. An easy walk to the fantastic Porthmeor beach and to the centre of St Ives. The shower in the garage was great to clean off the sand following a day at the beach and there is plenty of space for storing all the gear. The courtyard garden is lovely and perfect for a morning coffee or evening drink. I would definitely stay in Porth House again and recommend to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Review of Porth House - Amazing house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday staying here, what a great house! We were 4 adults and 3 children and the house was spacious enough for all of us, great little garden and gorgeous furnishings. Allison the host was kind enough to book us a table at the Porthminster Café and was very easy to deal with. Would highly recommend as a place to stay (although you need great parking skills to park the car!)

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in numerous properties around Cornwall this is by far one of the best. From initial contact with the owner she was always helpful and maintained great contact upto the day of arrival. The property was immaculately clean provided such an amazing amount of space for our family to enjoy a wonderful holiday and the outside space was brilliant for two young children to enjoy. The only down side was the parking, the garage has certain limitations and we were unable to get our car into it. However the long stay carpark is a very very short walk away.

We enjoyed as much of St Ives as we could in a week and wouldn't hesitate to return to this house in the future, just in a smaller car!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay. The house is perfectly located close to town and Porthmeor beach with the added bonus of parking.

Inside the house is beautifully decorated, spacious, clean, extremely comfortable and has everything you need. You honestly can't fault it. It's so lovely we've already booked in for another week in the summer!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A sojourn in St Ives for six (aged 16 to 50+)

  • 5 of 5

This was our first holiday in St Ives. It's a truly lovely place. We all enjoyed it immensely. Staying at Porth House was a delight.

Here's why:

Porth House is spacious (larger than we anticipated). It accommodated our family with ease. Downstairs the rooms flow and all are well designed. Fabulous lighting throughout made the house look wonderful at night.

I had been a trifle concerned that this might be a 'precious' house but it's not at all. Very pleased to discover it's robust, comfortable and furnished with lovely things to be enjoyed. I would recommend it for younger families too. There's secure outside space, room for kit and room to play.

Large windows (no glazing bars at the bottoms, what a clever idea) give wonderful views, the garden, the palm fronds, the town, the snaking street lights even the sea!

The garage and the area around the back door served us as a working end to the house. Dumping grounds for wetsuits, wellies, sandy shoes, painting kit, fishing tackle etc. By confining our clutter to these areas we were able to keep the remainder of the house looking as lovely as in the pictures. Hooray!

The kitchen is well equipped. We found everything we needed. There's plenty of china, cutlery and glasses. The sitting room has lots of comfortable seating. The blue sofa is enormous.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are great too. Crisp bed linen, soft towels, lots of storage, masses of proper wooden hangers, great lights for reading in bed.

The standard of the housekeeping is high throughout. The house was clean, nothing felt dated and everything worked. On our arrival the heating was on, the towel rails were warm and the house felt welcoming.

Porth House is set high on a hill. It's a fairly steep, though not long walk, to the beaches and the town centre. It's brilliantly close to Porthmeor beach and the Barnoon car park ( should your party consist of more than one car load).

Booking our stay with Alison was easy. Helpful and quick to respond, she provided brilliant directions to the property that took us straight to the garage door. Can't wait for another visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Car: not necessary

Porth House is ideally Iocated for everything St Ives has to offer and you can easily spend a week here without using a car. There are several beaches, all within a six to ten minute walk from the house and each offering a different beach experience. Porthmeor beach is closest to the house and is a 6 minute walk away. This award winning beach is a huge stretch of sand with two excellent cafes supplying fabulous breakfasts and an excellent spot to watch the sun go down. You can also find the surf school here. The Tate gallery can also be found here, over looking Porthmeor. We are also within a 5 minutes walk of the Barbara Hepworth museum, several art galleries, many restaurants, the Harbour and Fore Street which is the main shopping street., Porthminster beach is 10 minutes walk away. This has calm seas and the lovely Porthminster restaurant.

Please enquire to contact Alison should you want to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.


Rates & Availability

Saint Ives House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
rate 40
Mar 17 2017 - Mar 30 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 47
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 6 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 41
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 20 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 42
Apr 21 2017 - May 11 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 43
May 12 2017 - May 18 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 44
May 19 2017 - May 25 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 45
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 46
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 15 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 47
Jun 23 2017 - Jul 6 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 47
Jul 7 2017 - Jul 20 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
rate 46
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Rate 48
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment for the house is made via BACs transfer. Information will be emailed to you once your booking is confirmed.

Price includes:
Hotel quality linen and towels (please bring your own beach towels)
Garage parking for one car next to the house for the duration of your stay
A welcome pack
Excellent Wifi

Changeover Day:
Friday. Check in 4pm and check out 10.00am

Notes on prices:
These prices are for 7 nights on a Friday to Friday basis.

Porth House is mostly booked on a weekly basis but 3 night breaks are available during February, March, November and December 2015 for a 10% discount of full weekly price for 3+ people and 15% discount for couples.

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