Tucked away in the heart of St Ives just metres from its pretty harbour and seafront, Saffron Cottage is a hidden gem.
One of just a few properties in the town’s 15th Century Academy Place, the cottage nestles in blissful obscurity behind Fore Street’s boutiques, bakeries and cafes. There are no street-facing windows or clues to its existence other than an inconspicuous set of steps running between two shops, so for guests who love the idea of being away from it all yet close to the beach and the town's terrific restaurants, it’s simply perfect.
Once inside, you’ll feel immediately welcomed into a cosy space awash with period features and comfortable furnishings. Low beamed ceilings and exposed dry-stone walls in the living area nod to the building’s age and heritage, while the two upper floor bedrooms create bright and airy sanctuaries for relaxation and sleep. The kitchen is amply equipped for cooking and baking, with an outside laundry room offering guests all the convenience of home. The small courtyard garden to the back of the cottage means those with pups in tow have a secure space for all members of the family to soak up the sunshine or stretch their legs.
One of Cornwall’s most popular beauty spots, the pretty port of St Ives boasts views over an aquamarine bay, along with four main sandy beaches including Porthmeor, Porthmister, Porthgwidden and Harbour Beach. Carbis Bay lies a scenic walk away, and within easy driving distance too are Porthkidney Sands, Hayle, Upton Towans and Gwithian. Of course, St Ives is well-known for its long-standing and vibrant art scene, with galleries like The Tate showcasing some of the best of Cornish creativity. The town also has a terrific selection of foodie spots, so if you fancy eating out you'll have award-winning beachside cafes, seafood restaurants and bistros to choose from.
To access the cottage guests will need to climb 13 steps which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
Please note that guests are asked to take care when opening the cottage’s sash windows
The lounge is located on the ground floor of the cottage with access to the courtyard. It features two sofas, a Smart TV (with Freeview), DVD player, and a decorative cast iron fireplace
This room also has a large store cupboard which houses the boiler, a vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board
The spacious kitchen is equipped with an oven and grill, induction hob, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. A selection of cutlery, crockery and cookware is also provided
A small laundry room is located in the garden and contains a washing machine, storage drawers and laundry baskets.
The dining area can be found within the kitchen and features a wooden table with seating for four
The larger of the two, this upper floor bedroom contains a zip and link super king size bed that can be split into twins on request. The room offers plenty of storage in a big free-standing wardrobe with drawers, a bedside pedestal and chest of drawers. Other furniture includes a dressing table with mirror and a chair.
Please note that the door to the walk in cupboard is locked and is not for use as it is an equipment store
The bottom sash window is fixed for safety
The second bedroom is also on the upper floor and has a double bed, freestanding wardrobe , a chair, and pedestal with lamp
Please note that the bottom sash is fixed closed for safety
The shower room with WC is situated on the upper floor and has a walk-in cubicle with rain head attachment, heated towel rail, hand basin, electric mirror and cabinet
The small private courtyard garden to the back of the cottage is fully enclosed, and furnished with a bistro table, chairs and a garden bench. A handy outside tap is ideal for rinsing off sandy wetsuits, dogs and beach gear.
This property does not have parking.
There are however several car parks in the town which are close to the property but please note that parking near the sea front will be limited especially during the busier seasons.
The Island Car Park 0.1 mile (3 minutes walk)
Smeatons Pier Car Park 0.1 mile (3 minutes walk)
Barnoon 0.3 miles (8 minutes walk)
For information and tariffs for these and other car parks in St Ives please click here
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