About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Apartments in St Ives, Cornwall, England - Less Than 5 Minutes Walk From Porthmeor, Porthgwidden & The Harbour Beaches, Shops & Restaurants
Seabirds House is a large Edwardian sea-captain's house with a very commanding position overlooking St Ives and the sea in all directions.
The views are superb - even window cleaners are amazed by them! It’s almost unique in St Ives to be able to see both the crashing waves on the Porthmeor surf beach, and the sheltered harbour beach – and you can see right around St Ives Bay and down the north Cornwall coast too.
Godrevy Terrace is quiet with very little passing traffic - you'll only hear the wind, the seagulls and the sea itself. Yet it's 2 or 3 minutes down the hill to the lively heart of this bustling little holiday town, and equally quick to get to the 3 main beaches. It takes a little longer to walk back up the very steep hill - so Seabirds is not really suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
These two 2 bedroom family flats have washer/dryers and allocated parking spaces. The flats are bright and modern, comfortable and convenient with everything you need for a holiday. But we don't claim to provide "luxury" accommodation and we don't have dishwashers or very posh kitchens so our prices are reasonable for comfortable holiday accommodation that undoubtedly has the very best views in St Ives.
We also have 3 one bedroom flats in Seabirds House, which are on a separate listing - 8154012.
And a small separate one bed flat 100 yards away - our Barnoon Flat - listing 8151990.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Mary Brown
Hello! We are Mary and Henry Brown, the owners. We live in London and have a wonderful team of people in St Ives who help us to take care of Barnoon and Seabirds House. Henry looks after any issues with the building, and I manage the bookings. I really enjoy the contact with our guests - many regulars feel like friends even when all the contact has been by email. Apart from St Ives and family, our main interest is sailing - in a dinghy on the Thames and a bigger boat on the sea.
Mary Brown purchased this Apartment in 2000
Why Mary Brown chose St Ives
In 1998 we bought a little flat in Barnoon Terrace, having fallen in love with St Ives, and the view. We let it as well as using it ourselves from the start. Then we saw another property just up the hill which was in a very sorry state indeed. We bought it and had the inside completely rebuilt, turning the original 7 flatlets into 5 lovely flats, taking full advantage of the view. This is Seabirds House. and we think the position and views are unbeatable. The flats are bright and cheerful, IKEA style. No chintz!
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Lovely place to live 😍
Very nice and clean flat with beautiful view for the sea and close distance to the beach . And is much bigger than we thought. Highly recommend !!!
Fantastic break in St.Ives, even sunshine in April!!
Great apartment providing just what we needed and well located for the Tate, beaches, shops and restaurants. And fantastic views - we watched dolphins jumping whilst enjoying breakfast on the patio.
We had the most wonderful time
We really enjoyed staying at Mary brown apartment it was clean very comfortable loved it many thanks
Great location, Great Views
Well presented property, comfortable accommodation, even when the weather is not brilliant sitting in the lounge and taking in the views is relaxing. Very much enjoyed the stay.
Just what we needed
We stayed in flat 1 which has the advantage of its own large patio + perfect views. The flat was ideal for sharing with friends, spacious and well equipped. It is ideally located for exploring St. Ives and of course the North Cornish coast. Would definitely return
Photos do not do it justice - it's really heavenly!
When we first walked into the apartment (flat 1) we were absolutely astonished by the view - it's basically 180 degrees of seaside and lovely houses with palm trees. (there is a bit of construction as well, but it was not a problem). The house is on a steep hill but you get used to it quickly. I think it was a 3 minute walk down to the beach, which was amazing. It was a perfect location within St. Ives. We took the train and had plenty to do with our 6-year-old during the time we were in St. Ives.
The terrace on flat 1 was really a treat - it was so sunny in the mornings that we ate our breakfast out there. (note: there is an enthusiastic seagull - we named him Pete - that you have to watch for, but we found that an amusing part of the trip) It was April for our visit so by evening we were usually too chilly to eat our evening meal outside - I'm sure you could in summertime.
The kitchen was easy to cook in and had everything we needed (no dishwasher, but we weren't cooking complicated meals with lots of prep), and the whole apartment was super-clean and airy. I found the beds to be quite comfortable!
Only minor comments I'll make is that the laundry washer has a very slow cycle (so just give yourself time if you want to wash clothes before bedtime, as it's relatively noisy), and that if you are having a low-tech holiday - as we were - there is no clock in the bedroom so you'll need some sort of alarm clock if you need to set one :) (I realise this is rare to not have a smartphone, but we really don't!)
We didn't need to interact with Mary very much but she was very helpful when we did so!
We had a wonderful vacation in St. Ives and would definitely highly recommend this flat! We are big fans of VRBO and this is one of our all-time favorite accommodations :) Great value too!
It's a 4 minute walk from Seabirds to Porthmeor Beach or the Harbour beach. Porthmeor is wide and faces west, so that there are often good waves rolling in from the Atlantic. There's a surf school, surf board and wetsuit hire, and an excellent cafe. The Tate Gallery also overlooks this beach.
2 minutes round the headland is the smaller Porthgwidden Beach.
3 minutes in the other direction is the picturesque harbour with its clean golden sand at low tide.
It's 6 minutes to Porthminster beach.
St Ives can be reached quite easily by train. Many main line trains from London to Penzance stop at St Erth from where there is a charming little branch line to St Ives with a frequent service. Seabirds is 15 minutes walk from the station or there are plenty of local taxis.
There is a small airport at Newquay, 30 miles away.
From west of London, including Heathrow Airport, it is a 6 hour drive to St Ives.
Lands End 16 miles
Penzance 8 miles
Marazion and St Michael's Mount 9 miles
Minack cliff top open air theatre 14 miles
Falmouth (Maritime Museum) 24 miles
Eden Project 38 miles
Padstow 42 miles
Newquay (airport) 28 miles
Restaurants: St Ives has many very good restaurants - mostly open all year. We send some recommendations with your booking information.
Shopping: The town also has all the small shops and banks you will need, including 2 small Co-op supermarkets. There is a Tesco on the outskirts of town, and Tesco also does home delivery to Seabirds.
Places of interest: Tate Gallery St Ives, Barbara Hepworth's House and Sculpture Garden, Bernard Leach Pottery, St Ives Museum
A local company, Oates Travel, does coach trips to other places of interest in Cornwall including the Eden Project.
Activities: Learn to surf on Porthmeor Beach at the St Ives Surf School.
Improve your painting and drawing skills at the St Ives School of Painting.
Fabulous cliff top walks - around the "Island" which takes around 45 minutes, or all the way to Zennor 2.5 hours if fit and fast, 4 hours to stop and gaze ...
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Short breaks are often possible at quieter times or at the last moment. Our short break pricing formula is weekly rate divided by 7, multiplied by the number of nights, plus £25. The minimum is 3 nights. Changeover day for weekly bookings is Saturday, with arrival at any time after 3pm, and departure before 10am. The flats are no smoking, and sorry, no pets. To make a booking please email or phone me and I will send you a booking form. We ask for £50 per week deposit, and the balance one month before your holiday. On our own website there's also an online booking system. Bedlinen is provided, towels can be hired. It is £10 for a batch of towels for 2 people (2 hand, bath and teatowels). Other quantities on request. The garage is £50 per week. The garage door is only 7ft wide so check your car before booking. Once inside, there's more space so you will be able to open the doors!