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Beach hut themed, contemporary self catering bungalows in woodland setting . - Starfish Rest

Bedrooms 2
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fireplace



Starfish Rest

Starfish Rest underwent a total internal renovation.. It is decorated in a contemporary, fresh manner with some unique touches of detail it offers a welcoming home at all times of year. It is situated in a peacefull corner of the park with direct access onto woodland walks.

About the property


Seagulls, Starfish and Butterfly Rest are stunning contemporary self catering bungalows within St Ives Holiday Village. Both properties have been totally renovated and are set in a peaceful area with woodland views from all windows. The interiors are fresh and contemporary with an open plan kitchen / living room, leading to a double bedroom,twin bed room and a family bathroom. The bungalows are a perfect place to recharge your batteries and so are an ideal retreat for couples. Families with small children will love the seaside themed interior aspect and the properties are just far enough from the car park to warrant a reasonably safe enough place for children and parents to relax outside. The 2 double front aspect doors open fully to let the outdoors in, and the woodland is literally on your doorstep. The beaches and hustle and bustle of St Ives are only about a 10 minute drive away, allowing you to then return back to your peaceful retreat at the end of the day for a nice deserved glass of wine on the patio. All the amenities of St Ives Holiday Village are a 5 minute walk away and can be used if you wish and are currently open late March to October. ( charges may apply). Both bungalows boasts a truly unique setting where all manners of wildlife can be viewed from inside and out. Rabbits, squirrels, jays, robins,finches and of course seagulls regularly visit, and cuckoos, woodpeckers and owls can often be heard.

Double glazing, underfloor heating, and a log effect electric stove make them a cosy year round retreat for couples and families. A real hidden gem !

More Details

Tina Swift
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Tina Swift

Hi - my name is Tina and my husbands name is Mike and we are the owners of these lovely bungalows.

After travelling from Yorkshire to Cornwall for our holidays for the past 20 years, we eventually made the plunge to 'emigrate ' down here 3 years ago. The idea was to move down here for a less hectic pace of life and everything was going to plan until 1 day I spotted a holiday bungalow for sale and hauled my lovely husband off to view it. It was a real mess but I saw straight past its dated, smelly interior and could instantly see the swan lurking within. So - we bought it and the hard work began. Mike doesn't do anything by halves so within a week or so it was knocked back to a bare shell and then the real work started !

We worked every minute we could, and when we werent physically working I was ordering and planning, and eventually after spending twice as much as we intended,we were almost there. . Every evening 2 Seagulls would visit us, firstly landing on the roof and then making their way to the front door requesting any left overs we had. This is why we decided to call it ' Seagulls Rest ' ..

Mike ( who like I said never does things in halves), then wanted to buy more , so the whole renovation process started again with Starfish and then Butterfly Rest. We have learnt by our mistakes along the way, and there were times during all the hard work, that I wished that I had never seen the advertisement, but the end result is that our hard work has paid off.. We now have 3 beautiful bungalows available which I personally manage myself. It is hard work but I am from Yorkshire and I believe that if you " want a good job doin - then do it yer Sen!"

I am always available for potential guests to phone me (07899962463), and will always answer any questions you have openly and honestly. If I think my bungalows aren't for you I will say so, as I would rather you not book than book and then be disappointed in anyway. X

Tina Swift purchased this bungalow in 2014

Why Tina Swift chose Cornwall

I will be honest - because of the dreadful state they were in, they were relatively cheap ! Also as soon as I walked in I had a vision of what they could become. Slowly as they started to come together that vision became a reality and the think that pleases me the most is when guests text me when they arrive and say " wow Tina this is gorgeous , I love the attention to detail, you have though of everything ".. Believe me I try very hard ! X

What makes this bungalow unique

Apart from the bungalows lovely seaside themed interiors, the location of my bungalows is what I most love about them. The squirrels literally do come right up to the windows requesting their breakfast, and the woodland walks are a joy. The bedroom windows back right onto the dense woodland and if you take the time to stand and gaze all manners of wildlife can be seen. One very late summer evening, ( when I had the unusual pleasure of staying in Starfish Rest, beacause I had family staying), I went outside for some fresh air and 2 young foxes were nosing around in the grassy area literally 2 yards away from where I was quietly sat.

You are surrounded by wildlife, all you have to do is take the time to look.

On the other hand however, all the hustle and bustle of St Ives is a short 10 minute drive away. During the summer months, parking in St Ives can be a bit of a nightmare, and this is where the open topped bus service becomes very useful. It currently runs from Spring Bank until September, and pulls right into the holiday village at least hourly, and runs into St Ives or Penzance. It's last return visit from St Ives is quite late so it is ideal for meal out with a few drinks in St Ives, without anybody having to be the designated driver.

Another way to travel into St Ives without the hassle of parking the car is to use the park and ride at the bottom of the hill and catch the train in. The views from the train along the coast are second to none and a family park and ride pass is very reasonable, and the station in St Ives is literally a couple of minutes walk from the beach.

I personally manage and clean all 3 of my holiday let's, and try to get to know as much as I can about my potential guests without coming across as nosey! This is so that I can make them as personally inviting as I can, So please tell me as much about yourself. I am genuinely interested and try to make your holiday in my bungalows as pleasant as possible . Please phone me anytime X

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Reservations and queries can be made by phone or email.

Payment is accepted by cheque or BACS

A refundable cleaning / damage deposit of £100 is required.

A £100 unrefundable deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance becoming payable 4 weeks prior to holiday start date.

Prior written consent must be obtained from the owner before any pets are taken into the holiday cottage. A £30 charge is also applicable.

Changeover Day:
Change over day = Changeable / as agreed at time of booking.

Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is before 10am. The key is located in a secure locked box and guests will be given the code prior to arrival.

Notes on prices:
Holiday cancellation insurance is the responsibility of the guests and is NOT included in any of the prices.

Prices can be changed at the owners discretion.

Prices include cost of electricity and the use of bed linen and tea towels.


Saint Ives Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink with cupboard and mirror with integrated light.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 has a double With a luxury memory foam mattress. It has ample storage space , a full sized mirror and a hairdryer . Bedroom 2 has twin beds a wardrobe , full sized mirror and a wall hung TV with built in DVDS player.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Treat someone special to a surprise short winter break in one of our beautiful cottages in a truly unique woodland setting amongst the birds and squirrels. # Contact owner ( Tina) to see if any special offers are available for your dates.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Starfish Rest
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I loved it. Starfish Rest was booked for me by my daughter as part of my 70th birthday celebrations and my son took me for a long weekend. The decor is gorgeous and there is everything you need, a real home from home. The owner, Tina, also left me some birthday surprises which was really thoughtful. The location is great for exploring St Ives and West Penwith. We ate at the clubhouse one night, who have a 5* rating. I would recommend Starfish Rest to anyone, it's a real credit to Tina, thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - what a lovely review and thank you ever so much. I always attempt to add a bit of sparkle to all bookings that are part of a special occasion or surprise. If guests let me know at the time of booking as your daughter did, then I can get my thinking cap on. I have trimmed up for quite a few honeymoons and a couple of birthdays but this is the first 70th I have done. I am glad you appreciated it and enjoyed your stay in Starfish, and also let me take this opportunity to thank you for leaving everything so clean and tidy. Best wishes - Tina
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Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous........

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect. Myself, my mum and my daughter loved it. It was the end bungalow and was quiet and tranquill......we had plenty of woodland visitors too. Tina has made this place feel like home from home, she has thought of everything. It was really comfortable and spacious. My daughter loved the 'DVD cupboard', there are also games provided and lots of attraction leaflets. Love the fairy lights....... The little touches were great too, me and mum enjoyed the fizz and cake and my daughter the haribo's. The photos show exactly how the bungalow is...... PERFECT. 💖 Thank you Tina we will be back next year xx

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an amazing review , I am so thrilled you loved Starfish as much as I do. Thank you, thank you, thank you, X
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Beautiful little retreat!☀️🌲🐚

  • 5 of 5

WOW!! Starfish Rest was just stunning! For a small little cabin/bungalow it was surprising how spacious it felt. EVERYTHING possible you could want in a self catering place was thought of and it was spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. Attention to detail was excellent. It was fresh, light'n'airy and very comfortable. Starfish Rest was nestled in a quiet corner of a rather run down holiday site but you could tell that it won't be long before more and more of these privately owned and well presented little chalets will be present. Trees to the front and rear of the property and easy driving either down into St.Ives or further afield. Thank you so much Tina and for making both our stay and Harriet's birthday more memorable with the delicious cake, prosecco and card. Really kind of you. We will DEFINITELY come and stay at Starfish Rest again and have been recommending it already.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Starfish Rest was an oasis initially after the long journey to Cornwall and then at the end of each day during our stay. The bright welcoming décor was homely, beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. From the moment we walked through the door, there was a welcoming gift for everyone in the party, instructions to make our stay stress free and an atmosphere that was warm and welcoming. Tina has really made this a home away from home, with everything needed to feel comfortable. It was lovely after a long day exploring Cornwall, to come back to this sanctuary in the woods, where there is an environment of peace and relaxation. We had a wonderful week at Starfish Rest and I think next time I will book two weeks instead. Tina has created a lovely holiday home and I for one will be back. Thanks Tina.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving this review. I try very hard to make my holiday bungalows as welcoming as possible and I am always grateful to guests who leave me reviews like this as it reassures me that I am doing things right.. If you are thinking about booking starfish again for next year then I must urge you to contact me, because half the summer school holiday weeks are already booked! I am currently only asking for £50 deposit to reserve holidays for summer 2016. It would be lovely to welcome both yourself and your cheeky little chappie back - all the best - Tina x
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Lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely property. Modern decor and exceptionally clean and well looked after. We had a lovely week away here, bus really handy as parking a nightmare in St Ives. Cosy at night as lodge has a really good feeling about it. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a fantastic birthday week we had!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in Cornwall. The cottage has been lovingly brought back to life in such a tasteful way. The site itself could do with a revamp which I believe is in progress but this didn't taint our experience here. The cottage had literally everything you can imagine and more,we didn't want to leave. The standard of cleanliness goes way beyond any expectations,it was perfect.The location is perfect for woodland walks or its only a short drive to St Ives and the coast. We can't wait to return! Thank you Tina, keep you the good work and see you soon!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Horse Riding. -- Old Mill Stables is an ABRS approved riding school just outside the entrance to the park. It is a 5 minute walk away.Telephone number 01736 753045


Porthkidney is a dog friendly beach approx 5 minute drive.

Carbis bay is approx 5 to 10 minute drive.

St Ives beaches are approx 10 minute drive but can also be accessed via local train or a bus services.


A car is the easiest way to arrive and get around but not essential.

Newquay airport is approx 40 minute drive away with hire cars available.

Main train line runs to Penzance and St Erth, where a taxi can be taken to the park.

Public transport runs directly to and from the park at certain times of the year.


Nearest airport = Newquay 30 miles

Nearest ferry = Penzance 6 miles

Nearest train = Lelant saltings 1.5 miles

Nearest motorway = M5 110 miles

St Ives = 10 minute drive

lands End = 35 minute drive

Falmouth = 40 minute drive

Hayle = 10 minute drive

Penzance = 25 minute drive

Further Details:


St Ives comes into its own during the Christmas period and is a great place to do Christmas shopping. Its unique gift shops are stocked with local art, cornish clothing and unusual stocking fillers. Exploring the beautiful lanes of shops is a pleasure, before calling into one of the many quaint tea rooms for refreshments.

New Year in St Ives has become a famous celebration with street parties, fireworks,and almost compulsory fancy dress. The electrifying party atmosphere spills out from the bars and restaurants and onto the streets with an amazing midnight climax. Not for the faint hearted but definitely not to be missed.

Close by Angarrack, ( the secret village hidden away behind the M&S / Next retail park ) , comes alive during the festive period when they welcome everyone into the village with a spectacular christmas light display. The not too far away village of Mousehole also has an amazing harbour light display each evening from December 14th to January 3rd.


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