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About Artist's Light
Artist’s Light is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in St Ives. If you have strolled the cobbled path of Fore Street, you would have passed its front door many times without even knowing. Now the secret is out about this beautifully renovated apartment within a town house, in the heart of St Ives! At a glance, Artist’s Light can sleep six guests in three bedrooms and three bathrooms, it accepts a well-mannered, medium-sizeddog and has an allocated parking space at St Ives Rugby Club. Let us explain more, though, as this apartment has a quirky notion! Two of the bedrooms and bathrooms are in the main apartment, which overlooks St Ives Harbour and has stupendous sea views, and then the third bedroom and en-suite is in a lower-ground-floor annexe, less than 20 seconds away along Custom House Passage. As the annexe is not integral to the apartment, we believe it suitable for older teenagers or adults only. The parking is located at the St Ives Rugby Club, which is approximately a 15-minute walk away. You will have a washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher, and the property also provides a highchair and travel cot.
You'll spot the blue front door of this luxury self-catered accommodation, which is located in the centre of Fore Street, but when you enter you instantly feel set back from the cobbled road and begin to feel the true sense of comfort that Artist's Light provides. Upon entering the property you'll find the utility room to your left, and then there is a flight of internal stairs you take to reach the first floor. Here is where you'll catch your uninterrupted views of St Ives' much-loved harbour.
The living room boasts a portrait view of Smeaton's Pier and its lighthouse, meaning it is one of the best spots to sit and watch the tide roll in and out. If you're struggling to draw yourself from the sea views, you'll find a perfectly positioned large and comfortable G Plan swivel chair, although this is the arguably the best seat in the house so there may be a little competition for it! For the evenings or just simply relaxing, there are two sofas and a Smart TV where you can log in to your own Netflix, Amazon Prime or enjoy iPlayer and other catch-up programmes, so you won't miss any of the family favourites. If you're looking for a quiet corner in the house to get creative (or, as so many of us are doing these days, working from home) there's a desk space which offers a great base for you to get stuck into your masterpiece!
Down the hallway, at the front of the house, is the spacious and newly renovated kitchen. With two large sash windows it allows natural light to pour in and is a great space to sit and enjoy your morning coffee whilst watching the world go by. The kitchen overlooks Fore Street where there is often a buzz of life, with fresh coffees, homemade fudge stores and The Allotment Deli all just a matter of moments from your front door. As the kitchen is well above ground level, you are able to enjoy the excitement of the day with your own privacy. It is equipped with all you need for your self-catered accommodation, including all essential integrated appliances and an added bonus of a dishwasher.
Both of the bedrooms in the main part of the house are set back to the rear of the house. The master bedroom has a large, super-king-sized bed that oozes comfort and luxury. The only thing that may coax you out of bed in the morning is the beautiful view from the bedroom window that looks over St Ives Harbour. This bedroom also has an en-suite shower room with a large overhead shower (and remarkable for a St Ives' cottage, it suits a very tall person also!). The twin bedroom (that can also be made into a king if requested before arrival) comfortably sleeps two guests and has a few essential homely touches to truly help you ease into your stay. Whilst the building has had a complete internal refurbishment, it has kept much of its traditional structure and, in the twin room, you'll spot the very high Velux window in the vaulted ceiling - controlled at a push of a button. The family bathroom caters for all your needs: there is a large, free-standing bathtub with a hand-held shower head, perfect for warming you up after a dip in the Cornish sea, as well as a separate, walk-in shower.
One of our favourite and most unique parts of this property is its annexe, located off the old Custom House Passage. Again, as this is separate from the main house, it's only suitable for older teenagers or adults. What would have once been a storeroom for the 19th century shop has now been converted in a stylish and spacious, self-contained, annexe. With high ceilings, a luxury super-king-sized bed (two singles if requested in advance), a TV with Chromecast (for streaming only), an en-suite and your own mini pantry area (including a kettle and mini-fridge). You'll certainly struggle to decide which part of the house you wish to stay in! Please note, there is no direct access from the main house to the annexe: you are only able to access the annexe via its own front door located in Custom House Passage. However, it is only a very short walk between the front door of the main house and annexe, about 25 steps or less than 20 seconds!
Whilst talking about the alley, this is your quickest route to the sea! Ideally located on Fore Street, your self-catered accommodation is just a matter of moments from the St Ives Harbour and Harbour Beach. If you fancy a different beach, you are roughly equal distance from our two Blue Flag awarded beaches in St Ives: Porthmeor Beach and Porthminster Beach. Fore Street is also lined with galleries and independent stores celebrating local talent and local crafted goodies, perfect for browsing! You have a range of cafes and restaurants just moments from your front door, but we would recommended making the short trip across to The Allotment Deli (where the owners have negotiated 10% off for Artist's Light guests) to try out all their amazing local produce, including coffees and hot and cold food!
May 05 2021
We absolutely LOVED this property, we've stayed in many in St Ives and this is definitely our favourite so far. Situated overlooking Fore St at the front and Harbour beach and the lighthouse to the rear, the views across the bay are breathtaking both from the lounge and main bedroom. I believe we were the first guests to stay after the owners had carried out a major renovation and it was immaculate. Furnished beautifully, with everything you could possibly need, everything is of a high quality and very well thought out. We didn't use the 'annex' apartment room down the passageway, but had a peep in there and it is just as beautifully decorated as upstairs and would be ideal for another couple or teenagers. Well done to the owners on a fantastic renovation! We can't wait to return and have booked another week here next year already.