best luxury self-catering accommodation in st ives

Chapel of St Nicholas on top of The Island in St Ives, Cornwall.

wondering where to stay in st ives, cornwall?

The ever-popular St Ives in Cornwall sees thousands of visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why! With an abundance of golden beaches, an ancient Cornish harbour and winding cobbled streets the town’s charms hit you from the moment you arrive. If you’re wondering where to stay in St Ives we’ve handpicked some of our favourite self-catering cottages in St Ives, to help narrow down your search.

safe harbour

Cornish Cottage with log burner and original features.

Safe Harbour, from Aspects Holidays, is perfectly located, only moments away from the tranquillity of St Ives’ picturesque harbour. In times past, the cottage was a family bakery, and now this cosy cottage caters for couples or solo travellers. The self-catering accommodation stylishly combines turn of the century charm with modern luxurious living. The original beams, the limestone floor and the granite hearth, housing a modern log burner, add comfort and history to this cottage. The property sleeps two, with one bathroom and one bedroom. Whether you plan to enjoy Cornish ice cream on Porthmeor beach or visit the Tate St Ives Gallery, this lovely cottage is well placed for an unforgettable and relaxing holiday.


Luxury apartment with private balcony and sea views.

If it’s sea views you’re looking for, we suggest a week in Slipway, the Sail Lofts’ largest and most luxurious self-catering apartment. The private balcony has incredible sea views overlooking Porthmeor Beach and the spacious top floor sitting room provides the perfect area to entertain the whole family. Its location right in the heart of St Ives, close to one of the most popular beaches in Cornwall, makes it the most sought-after apartment in the Sail Lofts. The apartment sleeps six, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

8 west place

Family escape with sea views and alfresco dining.

8 West Place from Cornish Horizons is a stylish four-bedroom self-catering property situated in the sought after area of Barnoon in St Ives. Its elevated position allows for front and rear sea views across Porthmeor Beach and St Ives Harbour, which can easily be accessed on foot within a couple of minutes. The enclosed courtyard off the open plan living area is a great space for alfresco dining during the summer months, making this property a great choice for entertaining. The property sleeps eight, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also greatly benefits from private parking.

north shore

Modern development with a balcony looking out over St Ives Bay.

North Shore from Classic Cottages is a beautifully furnished apartment located on the ground floor of a brand-new development in Carbis Bay, just two miles from St Ives. The most enticing feature is the breathtaking views from the open-plan sitting area and kitchen/diner. Patio doors lead out onto a fabulous balcony, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or two whilst watching the sunset over the north coast. The master bedroom is tastefully decorated and has an en suite shower room. Further along, you have the second bedroom which is decorated in crisp delicate whites and creams. The property sleeps four with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

sands studio

Stylish, retro one bedroom apartment with sea views.

If you’re looking for a romantic trip for two to St Ives we recommend Sands Studio from So St Ives. The apartment is nestled in the heart of the Downalong, just minutes from Porthgwidden beach. The apartment enjoys sweeping views over the bay, stylish interiors and the convenience of a private car parking space. Guests will feel the privacy of their own home with all the decor of a five-star hotel. Echoing the warmth of the area’s sandy beaches in the choice of furnishings and materials alongside the owner’s love of retro and mid-century design, the apartment offers a bespoke designed kitchen, an elegant en-suite shower room and local artwork. The property sleeps two and has one bedroom.


Detached cottage, walking distance from St. Ives harbour.

Hideaway from Stay In Cornwall is tucked away in a quiet corner of St Ives and is the perfect bolthole from which to explore this seaside town. The property has modern decor, with a hint of nautical influence. The open-plan accommodation is stylish with a newly-fitted kitchen, inviting lounge area and French doors opening onto a private enclosed courtyard for al fresco dining. Upstairs, the cosy bedrooms feature sloping ceilings with Velux windows and understated coastal decor. The property sleeps four and has two bedrooms and one bathroom.

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