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About 45 Back Road West
(Please note that the photos online are temporary, and a full set of new images will be taken late November after the owner has made some lovely improvements to the soft furnishings and decoration of the cottage). When coming to St Ives, what better accommodation to choose than a quaint and traditional St Ives holiday cottage within moments of the best beaches in St Ives as well as the town with all its galleries, restaurants, pubs and shops. 45 Back Road West is a chocolate box of a cottage that sits almost on the corner of Porthmeor Road which draws sea and beach lovers directly to Porthmeor beach. From its front steps, you can meander into the heart of St Ives where you have practically everything on your doorstep (including the super deli/ corner shop called Norway Stores where you can buy warmed danishes to enjoy with your Cornish coffee!) The Cottage has two bedrooms and two bathrooms; one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The living room and kitchen/ dining area is all open plan so soak up the inclusive and warm holiday feeling with your loved ones whatever the weather outside.
Granite steps lead up from the road to the front door of 45 Back Road West which welcomes you into its open plan living area. A place to hang up your surf robies, coats or brollies is immediately on your left as you come in and then mooch on into the heart of the home. There is a L-shaped sofa ample enough to stretch out and relax and a folding dining table that seats 4 easily. The bijou kitchen has everything you need for a St Ives holiday including a slimline dishwasher - who wants to wash up on holiday?
On the ground floor leading off the living area is a door to the double bedroom with ensuite shower room; it comes with a wardrobe and a small dressing table. The ensuite has an enclosed shower, wash basin and WC. On the first floor, there is another bedroom that can either be a super king bed or twin beds, it also has a chest of drawers and wardrobe so plenty of holiday clothes storage space! Next to that bedroom is the family bathroom that has a bath, shower hose, wash basin and WC. The washer/ dryer is neatly located in the eaves of the loft space, easily accessible by a door off the landing outside the bathroom.
Your four-legged friends are very welcome to join you on holiday but they do need to be small and have impeccable manners.
45 Back Road West is quite literally a minute's walk from Porthmeor beach or St Ives Wharf. The harbour with its boats moored (and either stranded at low tide or bobbing on crystal clear and calm waters at high tide) is simply the best place to mooch and people watch. It's a place to sit and while away the time with a delicious Cornish ice-cream or traditional (or vegan) pasty. While the sun glistens on the water, there is so much activity you can sit and watch while you steadily unwind and relax into holiday mode. You could of course do this with a cool Rattler or Doombar at The Sloop Inn too!
There are 5 beaches to choose to visit in St Ives. Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Harbour and Bamaluz beach are the closest to 45 Back Road; all within a few minutes of the cottage. Each of them offer something different to the St Ives visitor; Porthmeor is well-known for its surf and its tapas bar as well as West Beach pizzas, Porthgwidden is sheltered and also has a wonderful café perched above the beach, Bamaluz is dog-friendly all year round and can disappear with the tide but when the tide is low, its sheltered and offers turquoise sea bathing for humans and canines and finally the harbour beach is great for people watching and trying your hand at stand-up paddle boarding as well as it being the place where pleasure boat trips operate from. Palm-tree lined Porthminster beach is a 10-minute walk from the cottage and it too has a stupendous beach café and restaurant offering great views and even greater dining! For the active, it's a great spot to kayak from as well as try stand-up paddle boarding.
If you wanted to leave St Ives and take a day trip out, the choice of where to go is infinitely large! There are so many gorgeous places to go but some of our favourites are St Michael's Mount, Sennen Cove and Land's End coast walk, Mousehole, Porthcurno and The Minack Theatre, Tremenheere gardens as well as the National Trust gardens of Trengwainton near Penzance, a cider-tasting tour at Polgoon and a trip further afield to Kynance Cove and Penrose Estate and Porthleven. Whatever you choose to do, let us know if you need help, we have visited most places and would love to share our experiences with you.
Please note, your parking space is at St Ives Rugby Club which is a 20 minute (uphill) walk or, during the peak weeks, there is a shuttle bus that runs from in front of the Tate to your parking space every 30 minutes and costs around £1.50. All bed linen and towels are provided but please bring your own beach towels. There is no travel cot or high chair at 45 Back Road West but there is a local company that can hire and deliver it to the cottage so please ask for details when booking.