Standing tall on Crab Rock, off a pedestrian street of Cornish cottages, this seafront getaway is in a delightful setting. Gaze at St Ives bay from all four storeys, linked by a spiral staircase.
Through the compact sitting room a large glass balcony is the best place for watching boats bob and looking out for seals and dolphins. Cook for yourselves in the retro kitchen or wander into town for galleries, craft shops, pubs and restaurants.
Pack up your beach gear and head to Porthmeor for surfing or Porthminster for kayaking or hike for miles on the coastal path; in spring the wild flowers are overwhelming, in winter the skies are superb. There’s a music and art festival in September that brings the town to life.