Flat 4 is on the top (second) floor of Seabirds House. It sleeps 4 in a double and a twin bedroom. The large stylish sitting room has full height glass sliding doors to a small balcony. The views from this room and the balcony are really exceptional - an uninterrupted panorama stretching 180 degrees, from Porthmeor right round to Carbis Bay and down the coast. Photographs don't do it justice, it's stunning. There’s TV with Freeview, a DVD player, and broadband internet access.
There are also sea views from the double bedroom and the kitchen, which 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 4 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.
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.
Top Traveller Review
Wonderful views, perfect for families and parking
About the Owner
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!
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!
(5 traveller reviews)
Wonderful views, perfect for families and parking
We had a fabulous week in Flat 4. Our girls (16 and 5) loved their bedroom. The views are amazing and we never tired of sitting in the living room and watching the ever changing lighting over the sea and beaches. It was an added bonus to have a parking space. Will definitely return, The owner was very friendly and helpful too.
Lovely flat with stunning views
Stayed here for a week at easter. Booking process very easy. Flat as advertised - very well equipped with washer dryer which was handy with the children. Beds very comfortable, warm and clean. Outstanding views of all beaches and the island. Lovely. Lots of lovely places to eat - Seafood cafe, Peppers, Cornish Deli. Great art galleries. Highly recommended.
We've stayed in flat 2 before, so when deciding to come to St Ives for New Years, seabirds house was an instant decision, and flat 4 didn't disappoint! With the best views of st Ives possible, 180 degrees over the bay!
That flat was clean and so spacious! Plenty of room!
We're already planning New Years 2016/17 and certainly will be booking here again!!
11 February 2015
We enjoyed our winter short-stay in this flat as we have now for 3 years running. The view is something to "die" for, overlooking much of St. Ives as it does. The flat itself "sparkles" and is well appointed - and the beds are comfortable, a great bonus! We were four adults and because most of the rooms are spacious, there was no bumping into one another. The owner is concerned and attentive and listens to comments. We are happy to recommend a stay in this flat, full stop. Herb Tandree
New Year Visit
We have visited St Ives many times but have not stayed in this accommodation before. We had no difficulty finding the flat from the very comprehensive instructions we received from the owners and the flat was exactly as expected from the pictures we had seen, although the photos could not do justice to the magnificent views.
Everything was clean and well maintained and we felt very comfortable and at home. Seabirds is at the top of the town so there is peace and quiet away from the crowds when you want it but it is only a few minutes’ walk into the main streets. However, you need your flat shoes and a bit of energy as the going is steep!
St Ives has so much to offer all year round with the superb beaches, Tate St Ives and the other smaller art galleries, and the shops and restaurants.
We have never been at New Year before but will certainly be going again. The atmosphere during the week was so lively especially on New Year's Eve when everyone puts on fancy dress, and the fireworks display at midnight is amazing. We watched this from our balcony with a glass of champagne in hand and it was the most memorable New Year for us in a long time.
Nearby we visited the Christmas lights at Mousehole and Angarrack, and also had a lovely lunch at the Godolphin Arms in Marazion, all of which we would recommend. However, there is still plenty to see and do in the town if you don't come by car, and if the weather isn't quite so good you have the perfect excuse to sit and look at the views.
We have no hesitation in recommending the property and will hopefully be returning soon.
From the Owner
“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!”
Activity and Interests
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 ...
- Dining Area
- near the sea
- bird watching
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- 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.