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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 and it accepts a well-mannered, medium-sized, dog. 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. 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-catering accommodation in St Ives, 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, The Allotment Deli, Beer and Bird and good old traditional Cornish pubs too; 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, Nespresso machine 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!
The parking for Artist's Light is located at the St Ives Rugby Club, which is approximately a 15-minute walk away. We appreciate it may be slightly more of a walk than a public car park but the owners kindly wish to provide a guaranteed and free parking space for their guests during their stay.
May 16 2022
This 2 bedroom apartment has everything needed and is really centrally located. The Orange Roofs' service was really efficient and friendly, and the information on the app is comprehensive.
Apr 26 2022
Wow, what an amazing place! So big and spacious, extremely comfortable, perfect location, well equipped (turns out I didn't need to bring my Nespresso machine from home ) clean and beautifully furnished. We had a baby stay with us so the travel cot, high chair, childrens plates, cups, bowls, safety plugs, books, games, toys were great. They even had a sippy cup in case you forgot your own! Just missing a safety gate at the top of the stairs but I can see it would be difficult due to the design/shape of the wall and location of the radiator/pipes in the hallway. We just kept the doors shut which was fine. The beds were super comfortable and the bathrooms beautiful. The master bedroom didn't have any draw space but we managed to fit our 'draw stuff' in the shelves at the side of the wardrobe so all good. The kitchen and dining area overlooks Fore Street, from one floor up, we opened the windows during the day and would relax with a morning coffee and listen to the hustle and bustle below. I did wonder if noise would be an issue at night (we've stayed at properties on Fore Street before and found the pubs noisey at night), but Artists Light was perfect, we didn't hear a thing. The living room and bedrooms are set back and look out to the harbour. In fact I didn't even hear a thing from room to room, perfect when your partner tends to get up at 5am! The Annex is a really quirky addition, again decorated beautifully with super comfy bed and ensuite shower/bathroom. I've stayed at a lot of Properties in St Ives and have booked with Orange Roofs in the past. I will always recommend Orange Roofs to people, its a real personable service and everyone I have spoken too have been fantastic. Plus the properties they manage are another level of luxury. We can't wait to come back to Artists Light, I thought I'd found all the hidden gems already until Orange Roofs advertised this place. I cant recommend this apartment enough, it was perfect.
Dec 14 2021
Was a delight to deal with Orange Roofs, they gave great communication and contacted us the moment we could move in to the property (over 2 hours earlier than anticipated). When entering the property you could see the attention to detail and quality finish put into all aspects of the property. Also the Christmas tree was a nice touch. All in all a really lovely holiday thoroughly enjoyed in a great property. Will definitely rebook if we return to St Ives in future. One very slight request would be a little more colour in the property as it is quite neutral throughout but certainly didn't detract from the holiday.
Sep 07 2021
Artists Light in St Ives is a wonderful place to stay. It is a beautifully decorated with fabulous attention to detail and brilliant views. It is situated right in the heart of the town, moments from the harbour, yet is a quiet haven. The third bedroom is in an annexe a few yards away, which provides privacy for older children, or if different couples are staying together. This has all the amenities you need, including a mini kitchen, ensuite and TV. The information provided by Orange Roofs about both the property and the local area are the best we have ever received. Really comprehensive and useful. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Sep 07 2021
Absolutely fantastic stay in Artists light. The first time for us in the centre of town and we were not disappointed, really close to everything St ives has to offer. The apartment was spotless and luxurious, everything you could possibly need and more was available. There's a fantastic view from the sitting room and main bedroom a fantastic spot to watch the sunrise from your bed and great for people watching and being a part of the atmosphere of the town from the kitchen diner. We had one minor issue with the Annex shower drain this was sorted within a few hours to suit us, couldn't fault the service provided by orange roofs. All in all we had an absolutely amazing week, the sun shone every day and we were very sad to leave. Thank you!
Jul 25 2021
My family and I recently stayed at Artist light in June The accommodation is perfectly located just a stone throw away from the harbour beach. Very clean snd tidy and fully equipped. Very central to pop out to shops, great deli across the road. it was perfect for us as we have older teens as Annexe is a less than a minute walk down side public alleyway leading to harbour. The accommodation itself is stunning and beautifully designed, with everything you could possibly need with views right across the harbour ..we hope to return again next year. Thank you. Jean Adam Kate Becky and Aimee.
Jul 17 2021
Artists Lights is wonderful. An amazing, immaculately presented apartment with views over the harbour one side and the main street over the other. I don't think there could be a better location. We all loved it and can't wait to return. Thank you so much xx
Jul 11 2021
Wow what a find. Artists light is an amazing apartment, everything you need for a great holiday. Location is perfect, the view from the lounge and master bedroom is stunning. Interior design is amazing. It's just a perfect apartment in every way. The annexe is great, but we didn't use it. We hope to be back one day.. the welcome pack was great, we enjoyed the clotted cream, scones, jam and prosecco. Thank you
Jul 03 2021
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful apartment. We didn't want to leave, such a fantastic location you can look out to sea from your armchair in the morning. at the harbour. The location is great as we could pop to restaurant bars snd shops and pop back easily. Deli across the road has everything you need. Artist light has no expense spared it is finished to a very high standard and spotless. Home from home everything you could possibly need.. it is set up perfectly for a family with older children as the Annexe was a great for two of my daughter who are late teens. We will be returning next year if it's available. Thank you Jean Adam Kate Becky Aimee.xxx
Jun 22 2021
Wow is what we all kept saying as we wandered around Artists Light for the first time! The space is absolutely beautiful and has been very carefully finished with every last detail being spot on! It was spotlessly clean and really did feel like a home from home! Not only was it perfectly decorated but they have thought of everything, hot water bottles, torches, games, maps...everything you need is there! Location is also brilliant, as long as you don't mind the hustle and bustle of Fore Street (which quietens off around 6pm) Will definitely be returning for a second trip :)
Jun 16 2021
We stayed for a week in the newly refurbished Artists Light, a fab stylish apartment opposite the wonderful Allotment Deli on Fore Street. The property is spacious and full of light, with very comfortable beds and fantastic bathrooms. Everything is really high quality, and the owners have really thought hard about making their guests' stay enjoyable. There are great views over the Harbour from one side, and you can people watch on Fore Street from the other. Beaches, museums, cafes, restaurants, bars & shops are all on your doorstep. The Annex is literally just round the corner, it is cosy and self contained, with the same quality and attention to detail, and was perfect for two teenagers. The rugby club (for car parking) is about a 20 minute walk up some steep hills - just what you need to walk off the pasties and ice cream, although we didn't use the car all week. Orange Roofs were a pleasure to deal with - really friendly and efficient, answered emails and questions straight away, and very helpful with suggestions for good places to eat and drink. We had a really lovely stay at Artists Light - thank you.
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.