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Fantastic Barnaloft apartment on Porthmeor beach with amazing sea views

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment with 2 bedrooms sleeps 4. Garage parking with direct access to beach

Barnaloft is an award winning block of apartments created from a former pilchard curing cellar and seine loft. Our ground floor apartment has been in the hands of the same family for over forty years since it was built and until recently only let to friends and family. It has a private access to Porthmeor Beach from the courtyard making it the ideal place to enjoy the surf and sand. There is a large living/dining room with stunning views over the beach and a window seat where you can sit and watch the changing seas. The original Ercol dining table seats 6 and a door leads to a private balcony where many an evening has been passed watching the sun set. The large double bedroom also has panoramic views over the beach and has a large wardrobe and fitted dressing table. There is a smaller second bedroom with twin beds which overlooks the courtyard. There is a fitted galley kitchen and a bathroom with bath and shower over. There is garage parking and access to a coin operated laundrette. Free Wi-Fi

Cathey Groombridge
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Cathey Groombridge

The flat has been in our family since they were built in the early sixties and we have had a love of St Ives since then. We have many happy memories of surfing, fishing and having fun with many families who we met every year. My brother and I have taken over from our parents and still love to go down and enjoy the art and beautiful coast line. The sea however seems to have got a lot colder!

Cathey Groombridge purchased this apartment in 1963

Why Cathey Groombridge chose Saint Ives

My father bought the flat when St Ives was very different but he wanted a place where we could all go and have fun in the holidays. 50 years later we are still enjoying it. What a wise man he was!

What makes this apartment unique

Right on the beach. A short walk to the shops and restaurants and garage parking!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our week in your flat was wonderful, thank you so much. Everything was perfect, even the weather was fine and we had such a good time.

As St Ives has become our favourite summer-holiday destination, we would like to ask if the flat will be available next year again
Jul 2013
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Saint Ives Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is partially tiled. There is a heated towel rail and a large airing cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The double bedroom has beautiful views over the beach. Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, dressing table and bedside tables with lights.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • 4 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Fantastic Barnaloft apartment on Porthmeor beach with amazing sea views
average rating of 4.923077 based on 16 reviews
Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Stunning Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

No. 5 Barnaloft was a wonderful place to stay with my family. My little girl of 16 months absolutely loved having the beach right outside the door. We have previously stayed at No. 5 for the last few years, and the renovations the owners have completed to the flat have really made a lovely impact, whilst giving it more modern home from home luxuries it does not in any way lose any of the original charm of the flat that we absolutely love and makes us go back year on year. The added bonus of wifi is great too. We cannot wait to return in October and I am sure we will be booking our holiday there for next year too very soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review of our flat in St Ives. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your holiday at 5 Barnaloft, and that you like the improvements we have made over the Winter. It is good to hear that you feel we have achieved what we set out to do, which was to bring it up to modern day luxury without losing its original family holiday charm. St Ives is addictive and we are really pleased you have booked to go again in October, only 4 months to wait! Kind regards The Dukes Family
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Homely with perfect location

  • 5 of 5

With a stunning location and home from home accommodation we had a perfect holiday. The apartment was spotlessly clean. There was plenty of hot water and lovely fluffy towels to greet us when we came in from the sea. Great to have somewhere to dry the wetsuits too. The owner was extremely helpful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Holiday Apartment right on the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week in this fantastic beach apartment which has the most amazing views imaginable. Beautifully comfortable beds with good quality cotton bedding & towels. Stylish furnishings & very well equipped with everything one could possibly want or need. Excellent customer service too. We have had a most enjoyable holiday, & would have no hesitation in either recommending or staying here again. It was lovely to be so comfortably close to the sea, sitting on the balcony with a milky coffee, watching the tide come in & out, is my idea of heaven. Thank you Cathey for allowing us to stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and I am so glad you have enjoyed your stay at 5 Barnaloft. I agree that sitting on the balcony watching the ever changing sea and skies is a great way to relax! We hope you will pay a return visit in the future. KR Cathey
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Enjoyable in every way

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from spending a brilliant week in this lovely flat. Situated right on the beach It is difficult to put into words the wonderful ever-changing seascape including spectacular sunsets. We had sunshine each day but I believe any month and any weather would give a different but equally enjoyable experience. The flat itself offered everything one could wish for. It was clean, nice linen, fluffy towels, a good range of crockery and utensils and comfortable in every way.

Close to the town, one was spoilt for choice of good cafes for breakfast, evening meals or of course a cream tea. (Olives cafe just up the road being particularly good for the latter!) Galleries, potteries and other works of art are at every turn. We particularly enjoyed visiting The Bernard Leach Museum and Pottery and Barbara Hepworth's Garden. The owners of the flat were superb and did everything to make the booking easy and our stay enjoyable. We very much hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our flat. We can't always promise sunshine but do hope you will return!
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Brilliant time!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay, with everything you need, perfect for families! Gorgeous views of the beach! Owners were very kind and helpful, would definitely come back again,


  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place in St. Ives

  • 5 of 5

Barnaloft 5 is the perfect place in St. Ives. We (family of 4) really loved staying there.

Located right on the beach as well as in the middle of St. Ives, this apartment is a least as good as the pictures on the Web indicate and has all you need for a great stay. We'll definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you come and stay again! St Ives is addictive!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
St Ives
Car: not necessary

Barnaloft is located in Downalong, the picturesque old quarter of St Ives and stands directly on the famous surfing beach Porthmeor. Only a short walk away you can wander the cobbled streets of St Ives with intriguing names like Teetotal Street and Salubrious Place and enjoy its mix of shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes. An artists paradise for many years due to its clear light and luminous colours, St Ives is home to many contemporary artists and craftsmen and the Tate gallery and Barbara Hepworth museum are just some of the attractions locally. The Cornwall Coastal Path is a few steps away taking you north around the beautiful St Ives Bay or south to the rugged coast of Zennor and Lands End. This is a great location as a base to explore West Cornwall, have an action filled family beach holiday or just relax and enjoy St Ives and all it has to offer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require a deposit of 1/3 of the total cost on booking a holiday in our apartment with full payment due one month before arrival. Bookings made four weeks or less before arrival require full payment. In the event of cancellation your monies will be returned if the property is re-let without loss, but not otherwise.
Payment is by cheque or bank transfer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.