An Edwardian house in a privileged spot with the sea stretching as far as the eye can see. Built in 1910 for Edward Hain using brick ballast from his ships, the exterior is traditional but inside you’ll find subtle seaside chic. It’s an easy space for families and friends to come together or spread out. Everywhere, the outlook dominates – one of the bedrooms is the prime seal-watching perch.Be welcomed with a few thoughtful luxuries, including pillow mist and local chocolates, and a healthy supply of logs for the wood-burner. Barbecue on the terrace, then scramble up the terraced garden for ever-more impressive views. It’s just a five-minute walk down the coastal path to one of St Ives’s lovely beaches, so pack up all the gear and a picnic.This location works whatever your agenda: lose yourself in art, shopping and nightlife down in St Ives, then retreat to your own little world with only gulls for company.