Light floods in, waves crash on the rocks and views cascade from a large glass balcony over St Ives bay, where dolphins, seals and boats play. This grown-up designer lighthouse stands slim and tall on Crab Rock, off a pedestrian street of Cornish cottages, a flip-flop from the beaches and town centre. Enter four storeys of light-bathed tranquillity and quirky retro 50s design. Shocking pinks, deep reds and sky blue splash colour on white walls and curtains; mirrors gleam and floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around the edges of a compact sitting room. There’s an authentic American diner set and Smeg fridge in the little kitchen, jazzy flowers on pillows, crinkled lampshades and a proper balcony – one of the few properties to have one. The views are seriously beautiful, soaring over the sea to the harbour, town and bays. There’s a sea view from both calm, minimalist bedrooms – one is on the ground floor, the other is up a spiral blue metal staircase (not for very young children) and has dormer windows framed by sunny yellow blinds. It’s a two-minute walk to the St Ives train or bus station and best value out of season. Fabulous.