Flat 3 is at the back of the house on the first floor. Its large double aspect sitting/dining room has a lovely view of St Ives harbour from its smaller window, and a large bay at the other end of the room which faces west, flooding the room with light. There’s TV with Freeview, a DVD player, and broadband internet access. The double bedroom is small but fine, and has an ensuite shower room. The kitchen is well equipped with gas hob, electric oven, microwave oven, toaster and kettle. 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
St ives magic
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!
(7 traveller reviews)
Cosy and clean
A cosy clean apartment which was ideally situated for our week in st ives. Away from the buzz of the resort but only a few minutes walk away. Lovely and quiet. There is a building site opposite ( the tate gallery extension) but don't worry the builders were so quiet and did not disturb our stay. In any case work finishes in a few months. A perfect stay for a relaxing week.
A nice place perfectly positioned
A nice spacious living room with a nice view of st Ives from the window. A smallish double bedroom but perfectly adequate. Well positioned with a 2 minute walk to the centre with restaurants and beaches. If you bring a car do what we did and book in advance a space in one of the long term car parks and leave it there! Driving in the centre is a nightmare, best to walk and take buses and trains. Lots of good restaurants around but book well in advance. St Ives bakery do a really good sourdough bread and other stuff
Well located apartment in St Ives
We had an amazing time in St Ives- it was a great place for a relaxing break with plenty to do and see with the most gorgeous scenery.
The apartment was lovely and comfortable, with a lovely new kitchen and large windows.
We felt it would be have been useful to have (or have been told that) no kitchen towel, shower gel, more than one roll of toilet paper would be provided. It would have been nice to have these very basics, and would have also really appreciated basics such as tea and coffee when we arrived. It would be what made this house into a little more of a home, but was clean, comfortable and worked well for a great weekend away.
St ives magic
The property was first rate , very clean & tidy, very well equipped , very comfortable bed, great base to explore the whole area, your spoilt for chose when eating out , so many great places.
Fantastic holiday flat
The flat was bright, clean and comfortable with beautiful harbour views. Ideally located just a short walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be booking again and hope to go again next year. Mary the owner was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Mary!
Sue and Brian
Last year we spent our holiday in Flat 3. It was our second holiday in Flat 3 and our fifth in one of Mary's and Henry's flats. Flat 3 is a very nice flat for two, a cosy living-room, a small, but fine bedroom, the kitchen is well-equipped and the small bathroom has a very good shower. The flats were always clean when we arrived.
The location is fabulous and one of the best in St. Ives. There is a nice harbour view from the living-room and it is only a two-minutes walk to the harbour. At the other side is Porthmeor Beach, two minutes away. To the shops and the city center you need not more than five minutes. And even the South-West Coast Path is not more than fifteen minutes away. The flats are perfect for a holiday in St. Ives. They are quiet despite the hustle and bustle in St. Ives. You can do a lot of wonderful walks in and around St. Ives. The bus traffic is very good, so you can take a bus to Lelant and walk back to St. Ives along the Coast Path. The other direction is Zennor, take the bus and walk back to St. Ives. By car you can go to Godrevy Lighthouse, Botallack, the Minack Theatre etc. There is so much to see and to do.
We can warmly recommend a holiday in Mary's and Henry's flats. If there is any problem, Mary helps immediately. We enjoyed every holiday in Flat 3, Flat 2 and Barnoon Terrace. We recommended these flats to friends and colleagues and they all liked to stay there very much. We hope to come back soon for another unforgettable holiday in St. Ives.
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 ...
- Heating ...
- Dining Area
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- bird watching
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Shower room 1 - 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.