St Ives, Cornwall

A stunning apartment for 2 with a unique botanical garden, in the heart of buzzy St Ives

1 Bathroom

Close to a beach


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

There are masses of apartments to rent in St Ives, but this is head and shoulders above the rest (apart from its upstairs sister!). The lower half of a house in the picturesque Downalong region – the former fishermen’s quarter – it combines the creative heritage of the town with unique mid-century decor, and overlooks Porthgwidden beach.

The owners spent months sourcing the vintage furniture and choosing the quirky modern furnishings to offset it, and we adore its colourful green pallette. There’s a 50s velvet cocktail chair, bold emerald tiling and a vintage rocking chair. Tall wicker lampshades dangle over the Eero Saarinen dining table; quirky art includes a papier mache horse head and a folksy loom weaving. Every tiny detail exudes style. And best of all, once you’ve explored the town’s winding lanes and golden beaches, there’s a private botanical garden for balmy evenings and alfresco breakfasts.

Getting here: drive (there’s a parking space), or train to St Ives direct from London Paddington then taxi (5 mins)

Owners of the St Ives Studios

Owners Angela and Olivier met at a hotel school in Switzerland. Over the years they’ve travelled the world, had kids, and considered setting up a hotel in Brazil… until they fell in love with St Ives. They also run a super-stylish B&B in town: Trevose Harbour House.

My Kip favourites

They love
“Sitting in the little garden with a chilled aperitivo!”

We love
The incredible attention to detail. Every piece of furniture and furnishing is quirky and beautiful.

You may not love
A changeable min stay requirement. You’ll need to pay a security deposit – see FAQs.

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  • "Quite simply superb. Studio doesn't do this place justice. It is more like a beautiful, roomy ground-floor apartment with an inspiring garden, perfect for a sun-kissed morning coffee. The proximity to Porthgwidden makes it all the more exclusive. A real gem of a place that we can't wait to return to again and again."


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    St Ives
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    St Ives via Unsplash
  • Meander the cobbled streets of Downalong, popping into the independent galleries and artist’s studios.
  • Spend a day on gorgeous Porthmeor beach, and try your hand at surfing. St Ives Surf School offers tuition and board hire. Round off your day in the excellent Porthmeor Beach Cafe.
  • The beach is overlooked by the iconic Tate Gallery – visit its world-class exhibitions or just have coffee on the rooftop terrace, soaking in the sea panoramas.
  • At the other end of town you’ll find golden Porthminster beach, another beauty, with aquamarine waters. The Porthminster Cafe does fab fish & chips for lunch.
  • Angela highly recommends the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
  • Walk the South West Coastal path towards Zennor with incredible views in all directions. Have lunch at the Gurnard’s head, if you can; one of the best meals you’ll ever eat.


  • One bed apartment
  • Kingsize bed wrapped in Egyptian cottons
  • Ensuite shower bathroom with bathrobes; toiletries provided
  • Living room with Smart TV, books and radio
  • Well equipped kitchen with Nespresso. Basics provided
  • Welcome hamper of Cornish goodies
  • Underfloor heating and washing machine/dryer
  • Private botanical garden
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Walk to shops, pubs and restaurants
  • Private parking space (like gold dust in St Ives!)
  • Or come by train, direct from London Paddington (5 min taxi)
  • Booking conditions: min stays vary, according to time of year – see calendar
  • Remember to pack: beach towels

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30% deposit on booking, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.
See our full booking Ts & Cs


Check in: 10am
Check out: 3pm

There is a £200 refundable security deposit payable once a booking is made.

We only accept guests aged 12 years and up or babies under 1 year of age but guests must bring their own travel cot etc.

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