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Seabirds House - 4 Lovely Holiday Flats with Best Possible Sea Views In St Ives - Flat 1 Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Flat 1 Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms)

Flat 1, on the ground floor of Seabirds House, sleeps up to 5 people in 2 bedrooms. The larger bedroom has a double and a single bed, the other bedroom a double.

The large sitting/dining room has expansive sea views right round from Porthmeor and "the Island" to the harbour and Bay. It has a door to a large raised private terrace with the same amazing views. The terrace has decking with a table and chairs for outdoor eating and a large area covered with local Gunwalloe gravel. There’s TV with Freeview, a DVD player, and broadband internet access.

The kitchen is well equipped with gas hob, electric oven, microwave oven, toaster and kettle. A washer dryer is in a cupboard beside the bathroom, which has an in-bath thermostatic shower with glass shower screen.

Flat 1 has its own allocated parking space immediately behind the house. Short breaks – minimum 3 nights - are available at quieter times, or at the last moment, just ask.

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About the property


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 may not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems. 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. Our 2 bedroom, family flats do have washer/dryers and allocated parking spaces, and there’s a garage that can be hired by anyone staying in one of our other flats.

Mary Brown
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

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 area

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I put in the visitor book that it

was exactly as advertised. I mean that as a genuine compliment

because in my experience often places are marketed with creative

descriptions, but in your case there is no need and it was a lovely

space. B.P. (Flat 1)

Just returned from the above & what a lovely time we’ve all had. We were all blown away by the fantastic view & looked forward to coming back to the flat to watch the world go by, so relaxing with a glass of wine in one hand & a good book in the other.J.B (Flat 4)

Hi Mary. Just to let you know my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the

weekend in St. Ives and the flat was lovely. Your description of the

views were not exaggerated! JW (Flat 4)

Thanks once again for the privilege of staying in this wonderful flat - it just gets better every time. M and H (Flat 2)

It was a wonderful stay in St Ives and in flat 3. We were sitting a lot by

the window just watching the harbour scenery. TG (Flat 3)
Feb 2014
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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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint Ives in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • apartment
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Internet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Golf ...
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Outside: Flat 4 has a small balcony. There are two folding chairs that can be taken outside. Flat 1 has a large private terrace with a garden table and chairs for outside eating. Flats 2 and 3 have no private outside space. At the back of the house beside the parking are there is a retractable washing line that can be used by any of our guests.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)


home from home

  • 5 of 5

Third visit to Seabirds- first to Flat one. We loved it. I was unwell so could not go out as much as I wished and was doing some writing for work. The space and view were inspiring and we ate in lots as we did not feel a need to go out with the view. Bed very comfy and I nearly out the bedding in my bag as it is so cheery and bright. The kitchen is smaller than Flat 4 but was fine for a few nice meals. Parking was fine once we sussed it and I do have a minivan. Great contact with Mary who I now feel I know well after so many friendly emails. I have suggested a milk jug and this is going to be done as in the letter booking instructions Mary is always up for "tell me what you need". I spent so much time just sitting drinking tea watching the view with the lovely big teapot. Our friend who joined us could not stop thanking us for having him as he was blown away by the space. I haven't taken kids but would do as its not prissy or too perfect. The surfboards show that it's ok to come in with sand on our feet...

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our favourite stay in St Ives!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Flat 1 in July 2016. This was our fourth time holidaying in St Ives and our first time at Seabirds House. We loved it and have already rebooked for next year! The first time we've returned to the same property in St Ives - we just can't beat this flat in terms of location and price.

Location is perfect. Fabulous views of Porthmeor Beach, the harbour and rooftops of St Ives. Possibly my favourite thing of our stay was sitting in the large bay window looking out at the view.

A very short walk (albeit pretty steep - but our young children managed it fine) to the town and beaches and you don't have to drive through the centre of St Ives to get to the flat, which we think is a huge positive. It makes going out in the car much easier. The parking space is fine - we have a large people carrier and the other car in the parking area was a 4x4 - there is definitely enough space although the walls around the parking area did require us to manoeuvre with care - but we've never parked anywhere in St Ives that didn't require careful parking!

The flat is really spacious. We had lots of room to spread out. We gave the kids the larger bedroom which gave them a nice place to play too! The living/dining room is large, light and airy with the fantastic views. The kitchen is small but adequate (and has a nice view from the window!).

Everything was clean and tidy when we arrived, and we ordered 2 packs of towels which were in the flat too.

Wifi was easy to connect to and worked fine.

The terrace has great views - wish we could have used it more but the weather wasn't really on our side!

The flat is not luxurious, but we weren't expecting that. It is furnished very comfortably, with lots of space and great views in one of the best locations in St Ives - we think it is amazing value. (The flats next door are far more expensive!)

Looking forward to our return in 2017!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a lovely find!

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a three night break which was a surprise for my partners 40th birthday. We travelled with our 11 month of boy and had a lovely time.

There were no hidden unwelcome surprises. Just exactly what we expected. All to often places show photos that are a bit economical with the truth. However, we stayed in flat one and all the pictures are a true reflection on what you find.

The view was outstanding and the terrace was ideal. The shops and beaches are a very short walk away. We did plenty of walking with a buggy or carrier and it was more than comfortable for two very out of practice walkers!

The kitchen is a little small but perfectly manageable. There were a few points that were a bit of a shame in terms of maintainence such as rusting shelving in the bathroom painting needed in a few rooms where some badly patched repairs have been done. There isn't a travel cot or high chair due to storage constraints. We took our travel cot and had to buy a booster seat to attach on the dining chairs. A booster seat would fit under the stairs in the cupboard, which it's worth mentioning has several things for beach activities for kids such as body boards, a football and windbreaks etc.

We are honest with our review and are genuinely delighted with our stay. One star lacking from the full five purely due to the maintainence mentioned.

Owners direct gave a different price to the owners when I contacted to book. They were very reasonable and apologetic about this. Despite the stay being over my planned budget I am thrilled I booked. Mary was brilliant in term of communicating with me and always prompt.

We are already thinking ahead to next year and heading back for more, thanks for a lovely stay.


  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so pleased you had a good time, and thank you very much for giving us a review. I also appreciate your feedback. We meant to replace the bathroom shelf – mea culpa, I forgot about it. The shower head we didn’t know about so that’s really useful – will get that replaced asap. The patches of repaired paint is part of an ongoing and intractable problem. Granite walls – you’d think they’d keep damp out but they don’t! We’ve dry lined in parts, had repointing done, sprayed the outside, sprayed the inside … But at the end of the day it gets through and local patching and repainting has be done on a horribly regular basis! I just wanted you to know – it’s not for want of trying. Thanks again for the review and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Amazing accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We have had a fantastic holiday and we can't speak more highly of the accommodation. The flat is excellently kitted out and the views are amazing! Our three children (8, 5, 3) want to abort our summer plans and return here! The accommodation is supplemented with a more than ample parking space. It should be said that another car utilised a parking space next to ours and there was still plenty of room and both cars were people carriers. Great holiday

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic home-from-home

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful week here. I found it hard to drag myself away from the fantastic view and my 7 year old son loved watching the boats and the seabirds from the big window- make sure you bring binoculars! We loved nipping down the picturesque little alleyways to get to the Tate (we did a great Beach Art workshop organised by them), the beaches, the harbour and our favourite ice cream shop (Moomaid) and fish & chip shop (The Balancing Eel), all only a few minutes away. We found Porthmeor beach best in the mornings for body boarding, while Porthgwideon, though a bit more crowded, is more sheltered for sandcastle building and paddling. St Ives has so much to offer we hardly drove anywhere, so we very much appreciated having a parking space so we didn't have to worry about the car.

The flat is very clean and well maintained and had more equipment, such as kitchen items, than you usually expect in a holiday let. With two young children, it was really good to have such a generous sized living room, especially the few times it rained. We were even able to have my parents over for dinner when they came to stay nearby. The children also liked playing in the safe little garden- looking at other holiday cottages nearby, this flat is blessed with a lot of space.

In terms of places we went to, the Minack theatre is only about 40 mins drive away. We went to see a children's show, but it's spectacular in it's own right. We used our visit to the Eden Project to break our journey home, but it was an easy enough hour's drive away.

Everything about arranging the stay went very smoothly (we got lost on the way into town the first time, but that's because we were using Satnav and not the instructions!) and we've already recommended Seabirds House to our friends- and are plotting when we might return!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Flat 1

  • 1 of 5

The cleanliness of the flat was lacking, the cutlery tray in drawer did not look like it had been washed for some time with a tin opener that was broken(we had to go & purchase one).Odd numbers of cutllery, glasses & a plate that had a chip. The cooker and grill pan were dirty with old, damaged cooking utensils. I found an out of date magazine & a dirty tissue behind sofa. Only 4 dining chairs when it sleeps 5, no attention to detail.Table & chairs on terrace had seen better days. The so called 'probably the best view in st.ives was dissapointingly obscured with rooftops. The washing machine soap dispensing drawer was absolutely disgusting. The base ot the beds was covered with material which had all come away and was exposing the bed frame, only visible under the valance.Parking space is no way big enough for 2 family cars, it would be ok for 1 large car or 2 small cars so be prepared to pay car parking fees if you have a big car. As the owners are not on sight or within easy reaching distance the general cleaning etc is being run by a cleaning company which unfortunately is not being done with much care, and unfortunately this shows throughout the flat. The price of staying in Seabirds is obviously because of location but for me the cleanliness & general upkeep of the property should come a long way before location if you want value for money.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry indeed to receive this review, it is a real shock. Unfortunately the guests did not contact us directly about any of the issues except the parking. If they had we would have sent a replacement can opener and offered to send a cleaner. Huge apologies for the flat not being as clean as it should be. Our cleaning agency has let us down on this occasion. There are in fact 5 chairs but one is stored in a cupboard as most often there are fewer guests. I now realise I haven't made that clear in the information pack, and will do so in future. As for the parking 2 normal cars do fit. This time there were 2 large vehicles. When the reviewer told me they needed to go to the public carpark for the last few days I voluntarily refunded the cost, and she seemed happy. She made no mention of any of the other issues.
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