Apartment in St Ives, England

Old Saltings

Architect's Fishing Loft on Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Sleeps 7 (4 bedrooms)

  • Rates: (GBP)

    £1250 - £2850WEEKLY
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    • Property type:Apartment
    • Sleeps:7 (4 bedrooms)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:2
    • Internet access
    • Wheelchair friendly


    Property description

    Old Saltings is an extraordinary space which ends at the sea. If it is high tide, you might think you are on a comfortable boat. We've used oak, slate and stainless steel to create a quirky, high quality, meticulously designed holiday haven A 3 meter window seat, Landsdown sofa and rocking chair provide a space to gather, to swap stories, or nurse a cup of tea. A long oak dining table and soft lighting provide a relaxed setting for post dinner debates. For excitement, the kitchen is designed to have views of spray and surfers from both sink and hob as well as top class appliances. Two queen bedrooms, 1 twin/ bunk room and our 'zen beach bedroom' where you may sleep lulled by waves. Two bathrooms with powerful showers (one ensuite) full Wi-Fi, walk-in larder, washer dryer cupboard, an entrance hall with room for surf boards and wet suits plus dozens of architectural surprises await you as our house guests.

    As far as we know, Old Saltings is a one-off on several counts.

    1) The living area that overlooks the beach is vast ( 8 x 6 metres) as is the window seat (3 x 1.5 metres) plus a chef size kitchen and dining space for 12/14.

    2) The design exploits the high quality of Cornish craftmanship, as well as architects' innovations .

    All the fitting are individually designed and custom-made as is most of the furniture. The curtains are painted with scenes reflecting St Ives art and artists as well as faces in the pub and figures on the beach. The bedroom walls echo upturned boat hulls, mirrors give slant double view of sea and sky. a new window frames the chapel on the Island. The interior is as unexpected and exciting as the views.

    3). Just two steps up from Porthmeor Road, Old Saltings is all on one level and designed with wide doors. and an ensuite with a walk- in shower, so should anyone among family or friends be a bit unsteady or even need a wheel chair, access is easy. We have given much thought to make the design of the living area welcoming.

    4)For family reunions, anniversaries, special birthdays, Old Saltings and Upper Saltings could be taken together

    Each part could sleep 8 , with the option to spend some time and meals together, but other quiet times apart.

    Our family tried this for the first time last Christmas and thought it a great success.

    All of these ideas have evolved over the last 20 years when we converted Upper Saltings and promptly fell in love with the space, the location and our family holidays.

    Very soon, other people shared our enthusiasm and helped us to stay solvent by becoming 'regulars' and often friends. When Old Saltings, on the floor below became vacant, we gulped hard and decided with the same architects and builder to make another space to include what we liked most in Upper Saltings and what we had been on our wish list over 2 decades.

    Now the project is complete we offer it to you for approval. If you decide to come, we would like you to consider

    yoursleves as house guests, not just renters. We will do our bit to make it so.

    Accommodation description


    Bedroom 1 : 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 : 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 : 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 : 1 Double Bed

    Bedroom 1 and the ensuite shower room are both suitable for guests with limited mobility. Throughout the property, hall and doors are wide to accommodate a walker or wheel chair
    Bathroom 1 : Toilet, Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 : Bath with Shower

    Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Freezer, Hob, Oven, Microwave, Grill, Blender, Pantry Items, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Cooking Utensils

    Television, Satellite / Cable, Radio, Stereo, CD Player, Books, Books for Kids, Games for Kids, DVD Player, Books - Fiction / Non-fiction, Games

    Hob/Stove, Oven, Fridge, Fridge/Freezer, Microwave, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Iron.

    Cable, Satellite, TV, Telephone, Central Heating, Internet Access.

    non smoking only, pets not allowed, wheelchair accessible, suitable for elderly or infirm, children welcome


    This property has the following outside: Balcony.

    Important notes on accommodation

    The entire space is designed to be comfortable for the elderly or infirm. Our housekeepr couple will be on hand to help load and unload, both equipment and guests and to provide ramp to the entrance.



    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    1 March 2014 - 21 March 2014 £ 1250.00 7
    22 March 2014 - 28 March 2014 £ 1600.00 7
    29 March 2014 - 4 April 2014 £ 1800.00 7
    5 April 2014 - 18 April 2014 £ 2400.00 7
    19 April 2014 - 25 April 2014 £ 2200.00 7
    26 April 2014 - 9 May 2014 £ 1650.00 7
    10 May 2014 - 23 May 2014 £ 2000.00 7
    24 May 2014 - 30 May 2014 £ 2600.00 7
    31 May 2014 - 20 June 2014 £ 2000.00 7
    21 June 2014 - 4 July 2014 £ 2200.00 7
    5 July 2014 - 18 July 2014 £ 2600.00 7
    19 July 2014 - 29 August 2014 £ 2850.00 7
    30 August 2014 - 5 September 2014 £ 2400.00 7
    6 September 2014 - 19 September 2014 £ 2200.00 7
    20 September 2014 - 26 September 2014 £ 1850.00 7
    27 September 2014 - 24 October 2014 £ 1600.00 7
    25 October 2014 - 31 October 2014 £ 2200.00 7
    1 November 2014 - 19 December 2014 £ 1250.00 7
    20 December 2014 - 26 December 2014 £ 2400.00 7
    27 December 2014 - 2 January 2015 £ 2600.00 7

    Notes on prices

    Rates subject to change until confirmed. 2013 Outside school holidays: Parties of 4 or fewer - deduct £100. Outside school holidays: 1 November to 1 April short breaks (3 nights) £850, £650 for up to 4 people Deposit of £300 - will be refunded promptly after receipt of Post-Holiday note and caretaker's report come in. To cover accidental damage, breakages, gas & electricity units used - only from 1 October to 1 April - extra final cleaning (5 hours included).

    Rates subject to change until confirmed 2014 Reduction of £200 for party of 4 guests or less excluding school holidays Prices include all utilities, linen and final cleaning up to 5 hours


    Apartment in St Ives, England

    About the area

    How to get there
    Car not necessary

    Nearest AIRPORT - Newquay: 23 Miles
    Nearest FERRY - Plymouth: 70 Miles
    Nearest TRAIN - St Ives: 1 Kilometres
    Nearest MOTORWAY - Exeter: 90 Miles
    Nearest BARPUB - The Sloop: 50 Metres
    Nearest RESTAURANT - Porthwidden Cafe: 125 Metres

    Further Details

    Location Information: In 2011, St Ives was voted the top beach destination in the UK and beat all the beach resorts in Spain, France and Italy in the score for Europe. Perhaps the reason is the sheer diversity on offer. For families: fine golden sand, clean clear water, rock pools and surf . For walkers: green headlands and cliff paths skirting small coves with basking seals and dolphins. For historians and poets: the land of the Celts where Cornish is still spoken and sung in ancient granite churches with carved mermaid pew ends. And where the trail to Land's End passes a bronze age village, standing stone menhirs and mysterious stone circles. For sports: Thriving surf school on Porthmeor Beach, Sailing Club, Tennis, Golf at Carbis Bay, Scuba diving. For painters: St Ives harbour where the small fleet of fishing boats land the catch each morning. For Artists: St Ives School of Painting with life classes open to visitors on Wednesday evenings. For Art Lovers: The Tate St Ives with its gallery, workshops and coffee bar right on Porthmeor Beach. Dozens of smaller galleries, often run by artists, scattered throughout the town. The Leach School of Pottery and workshop For Gourmets: Porthminster Cafe on Porthminster Beach was voted 2011 Restaurant of the Year. A dozen other restaurants are in the running for elegant honest menus drawing on local produce. The harbour now boast a new place called Gourmet Fish and Chips, worthy of the name. For Trips out of town: All within bus, taxi or easy drive: the Eden Project, The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. Lamorna Cove, Christmas lights at Mousehole, Truro Cathedral and the Lost Gardens of `Heligan , Yet none of these facts explain how St Ives tugs at the heart. Is it the clarity of light, the surface of stone, the salt smell, the sea in many moods and colours, the rhythm of the tides? Perhaps it is because surrounded by beauty, one simply feels creative. Anything is possible. Choice is almost limitless. Still, if you are anything like us, your favourite spot in all St Ives will be the window seat at Old Saltings, glass in hand, observing the scene on the sand and waves below.

    Guest reviews

    7 reviews
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    Reviewed by: Sunni R., United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 23 July 2014

    Date of stay: July 2014

    "Absolutely perfect!"

    We've just had the most idyllic family holiday at Old Saltings. Old Saltings is exceptionally unique, beautiful and comfortable. We arrived at high tide with the sun streaming through the entire living space and it took my breath away - it really does feel as though the sea comes right up to the window! It's impossible not to while away the hours sitting in the window seat looking out to sea. The property itself is very well thought out and is extremely accommodating. Every time we needed anything we looked in the most logical place and inevitably it was there! We absolutely loved our week here, it really felt like a home from home and the welcoming wine and cheese was a lovely touch. If you're looking for stunning views and accommodation with that little something special - then you've just found it!

    Response to review:
    Thank you for sharing the things we love about being in Old Saltings. The coming in and going out of the tide and the beach life that changes with it is a spectator sport to be long remembered. In equipping Old Saltings we worked with the architect make the most of being directly on Porthmeor Beach . Delighted that you found it worked well.
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    Reviewed by: Elizabeth L., United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 7 May 2013

    Date of stay: April 2013

    "We cannot wait to return to the Old Saltings!"

    The Old Saltings is, if anything, better than the photos and description would leave you to believe. It is a comfortable apartment packed out with high quality appliances, bedding, showers and cooking equipment. The artwork, books and games are a delight, and the TV (if you have time to watch anything) is large enough to suit any sports fan, but is not intrusive. The truly wonderful attraction is of course the picture window onto the beach! Many happy hours were spent looking at the beach and the sea. The apartment would suit all ages. The elderly and less mobile can enjoy the view, young children can run onto the beach and build sand castles, and teenagers can surf. We were lucky with the weather, but would be comfortable here in bad weather. We liked Porthgwidden Café (the scallops and squid tasted of the sea), Porthmeor Café, just close to the Tate, (lovely tapas), and Porthminster Beach Café. The Porthminster Gallery is world class, Barbara Hepworth Gallery a delight, I admire the owners for including the Zen room, it would have been easy to leave it out of the apartment design, but it has its own special place. As a retreat it is perfect. Our welcome was warm and helpful, and the cheese and wine a lovely surprise after a long journey.

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    Reviewed by: Amanda R., United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 22 August 2012

    Date of stay: July 2012

    "Our Paradise!"

    Having had a very wet and muddy week under canvas the previous week we were more than ready for hot showers, dry towels and some sunshine.......The Old Saltings came up trumps! The accommodation was exactly as described on the web site - beautifully presented, deliciously comfortable and homely. From the moment we filled the foyer with our wet suits, surf boards and buckets and spades we adults relaxed - somewhere easy to put all the beach kit, an outdoor shower to wash the sand away, breathtaking views over the beach with sunsets from picture postcards, coffee on tap, restaurants within walking distance and a corner shop that sells everything and that the kids were fighting to run errands to. It was a very hard apartment to leave and the kids are already clamouring to go back........obviously that has nothing to do with having the BEST babysitter referred to us by The Old Saltings.....but lets keep that a secret! Thank You!

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    Owner submitted review

    Submitted: 20 December 2011

    Date of stay: September 2011

    "Outstanding Luxury Holiday Aparmtent!"

    Our holiday has been an exceptionally enjoyable experience due to the thought that has gone into the design and furnishing of ‘Old Saltings’. An outstanding luxury holiday apartment in an amazing location. Thank you so much.

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    Owner submitted review

    Submitted: 20 December 2011

    Date of stay: October 2011

    "Wonderful Week in All Weathers!"

    We have had a wonderful week staying at the ‘Old Saltings. Experiencing the different views offered by gale force winds, rain and glorious sunshine. A perfect location, beautifully furnished and exceptionally comfortable for adults and children, toddlers and babies alike. Jenny and Arthur have been incredibly helpful also.

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