Flat 2, immediately below Flat 4 on the first floor, shares the amazing views stretching 180 degrees from Porthmeor right round to Carbis Bay and down the coast. Flat 2 is a studio flat - the good sized room with that amazing view from its large bay window has a pull down bed. It's very comfortable, and it is easily hidden in its wall unit, bedding in place. There’s TV with Freeview, a DVD player, and broadband internet access.
You can also see the sea from the kitchen, which is well equipped with gas hob, electric oven, microwave oven, toaster and kettle. The bathroom has an in-bath thermostatic shower with glass shower screen.
Short breaks – minimum 3 nights - are available at quieter times, or at the last moment, just ask. Our garage can be hired when it's available.
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
An amazing little place
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!
(9 traveller reviews)
An amazing little place
This apt (apt2)has everything you need for a relaxing holiday in St Ives. The views are breathtaking, probably the best in StIves as you can see from Porthmeor right around to the harbour, and beyond to Porthminster. Although compact, it feels surprisingly spacious, because of the huge bay window. Not suitable if you don't like hills!
Great view for two
Wonderful views of the sea. Enjoyed being here in the winter. 5 minutes walk to the harbour.
surprisingly spacious with fab views
love staying in flat 2 seabirds and enjoying the amazing views - more time to gaze at st ives even when resting after walks can still enjoy the wonderful views . watching the sunsets and sunrises in bed is such a treat. This is our third stay here - it is a great location just a few minutes from town yet very quiet. surf beach also easy to get to from the flat which my other half appreciated.
Clean, compact apartment with amazing views of the sea!!
Clean, compact apartment right in the heart of St Ives! It's in the perfect location for exploring all the fabulous beaches, shops and restaurants that St Ives has to offer...it is situated at the top of a hill, so those with mobility problems may struggle...but the climb up there is worth it as the panoramic views of the harbour and the sea from the living area are amazing!! We had a great week away and would definitely return for future holidays :-)
Lovely flat, great views
I stayed in flat 2 for 3 nights. It was absolutely lovely, really great stunning views of both the beach and the harbour. Very good location, within 2/3 min walk of the shops in the village, and a 2 min walk to the beach. I'd definitely stay here again and would recommend it to everyone.
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 ...
- 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
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1
- 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.