St Ives, Cornwall

Steps from the sea, a former milking parlour in get-away-from-it-all scenery – half an hour’s walk from St Ives’ arty heart


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


The surf crashes against the rocks, seabirds wheel overhead and cattle low in the fields – you’re a mile along the cliff path from all the bustle of town. Escape down a lane off the St Ives to Zennor road and find this granite cottage in a small hamlet looking out to sea, backed by some of West Cornwall’s highest hills.

Calming, French-accented interiors feel elegant but the kids will be in their element – the old smuggling tunnel encased in glass under the kitchen floor will fire little imaginations, and a slide and swings wait in the garden. It’s all about getting outdoors and running wild here, with walks aplenty from the doorstep.

Head along to glorious Porthminster beach, gallery hop in St Ives and dip into its buzzing restaurant scene, or if the weather is foul just hunker down around the cottage’s wood-burner and enjoy the views.

Country view of gate leading out towards the sea

We think you'll love

  • Being in the middle of nowhere close to a vibrant town
  • Staring at the sea and the stars from the main bedroom’s balcony
  • All the books, games and toys for children
Baragwainaith Cornwall, gorgeous master bedroom with with double bed and balcony

Home truths

  • You’ll need a car to go shopping
  • There are steps down to the house


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm on Friday, please get in touch for check in in low season
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £93
Weekly price
from £650
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 5
From £932 bedrooms


We booked the holidays impromptu because we needed a break as a family, and Baragwainaith turned out to be the perfect place for us. The cottage is perfectly equipped with everything one needs for holiday comfort, from squishy sofas to audio equipment and a dishwasher. Most importantly, everything was exactly as described and pictured on the Sawdays website, only the original is more lovely than photos can ever be. The views from the garden and the windows are truly stunning. We took our teenage children who had a good time on the St.Ives beach.


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The neighbourhood

It’s tempting to stay super local and soak up the beauty on your doorstep here, but you’ll want to walk the mile to St Ives and its famous galleries, with the Tate, Barbara Hepworth’s studio, and countless smaller places to discover. Find your favourite from the selection of family-friendly beaches locally – Porthminster, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden – catering for everyone from surfers to the bucket-and-spade brigade. Or walk the coastal path in the other direction towards wilder Zennor, where you can refuel with good food and drink at the Tinner’s Arms or the famous Gurnard’s Head.

Local points of interest from Natalia Byng

  • A few minutes drive or a stunning 25 minute walk and you will be at some of the best beaches in Europe. Porthminster Beach is great for families with a lovely wide sandy beach and a seasonal lifeguard. Watch out for seagulls trying to grab your ice cream
  • Porthmeor Beach is famous for its waves and is a great haunt for surfers and surf schools. The Harbour offers lovely boat trips and a small beach. Porthgwidden beach is smaller, sheltered and good for families.
  • Explore St Ives with its many galleries including the world famous Tate and Barbara Hepworth and many restaurants and shops. Visit one of the many spectacular National Trust properties within an hour or so by car, bus or train, or zip to Land's End.
  • Cross over to Marazion to marvel at St Michael’s Mount and walk the Giant’s causeway. Catch a play at the stunning Minack Theatre. Pop to the Eden Project.
  • Walk along the coastal path from right outside the back gate and head for Zennor. Have a lovely meal at The Tinner's Arms, and visit the church which houses a bench depicting the Mermaid of Zennor. Eat a Moomaid ice cream and grab a Cornish cream tea.
  • Take the spectacular coastal train ride from Lelant to St Ives. It’s definitely one not to miss. Get your kids on a pottery class at Leach Pottery.Get your culinary taste buds going with a trip to Gunnards Head (Zennor) or the Hasletown Inn (5 mins away)


Natalia Byng

Natalia, her partner and children live in London, so you’ll be left alone at Baragwainaith. They initially drove 300 miles overnight with two small children in tow to view the cottage - their retreat from the city - and weren’t disappointed when they arrived. Natalia understands what makes a great family holiday and enjoys adding the special touches that make the house feel like home for other families, too.