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About Island Retreat
Island Retreat is a dog friendly cottage in St Ives, ideally located in the heart of Downalong. Many of you may have strolled past Rockcliff Court on your way to Porthmeor or Porthgwidden Beach, it is tucked away quite literally a 100 metre walk away from either beach. Island Retreat is part of Rockcliff Court and is arguably one of the best placed self-catering cottage in St Ives. Not only are you a stone’s throw from two of St Ives’ favourite beaches, the Island Chapel is approximately a 200-metre walk from your front door, meaning you are never far from an excellent view and sunset watching spot. This apartment has three bedrooms, a large open plan kitchen, dining area and living room, two bathrooms and allocated parking for one car. So, whether you’re coming for a cosy winter getaway or an exciting summer, Island Retreat is the perfect place to start your holiday.
At Island Retreat, you will find all three bedrooms up a flight of stairs on the first floor. There is king sized bedroom with a large built-in wardrobe which is great for all the holiday essentials! Next you will find the double bedroom, this has its own en-suite shower room and WC, as well as suitable built in storage for suitcases and a hanging rail for clothes. The final bedroom at Island Retreat is a twin room, making this property able to comfortably sleep 6 guests. There is also a family bathroom on this floor, central to all three of the bedrooms.
On the ground floor, as you enter the property, you will see the fully equipped, open plan kitchen, with built in appliances, as well as the dining and living area, perfect for socialising and a great space in this dog friendly accommodation. The touches of granite, slate and oak add a truly Cornish ambience to the property and the handmade staircase shows the thought put into the interior finish. In the living area you'll find a large comfy corner sofa with a Smart TV. In this area there is also the large dining table that can comfortably seat 6 guests. Just off the dining area is a separate utility room. Here you will find the washer/dryer, the iron and ironing board for the property and some cleaning materials as well as an additional WC and wash basin.
In the property, all bed linen and towels are provided for you, but we kindly ask that you bring your own beach towels. There is also hairdryer. If you are travelling with children, there's a highchair available for you to use and the opportunity to hire a travel cot if necessary.
For 2022 guests, an additional perk to staying at Island Retreat is not only are you located central to almost all the beaches, you have the luxury of your own secure garage to park your car for the duration of you stay, a matter of metres from the front door. The garage dimensions are the following:
Doorway - 211cm wide
Inside the garage - 270cm wide
Depth - 500cm
Height - 193cm
From January 4th 2023, guests will be given an allocated parking space on Westward Road which is a 5-8 minute walk from the property.
Outside Island Retreat, you have a narrow slate paved area. In this space there is an outside shower, which is perfect for rinsing sand off yourself and your wetsuit after a day at the beach. It's not really an area to sit and dine out but the beach is literally 30 seconds away for a beach picnic!
As we have mentioned above (rather a few times!), you are a matter of moments from the beloved Porthmeor and Porthwidden Beach. Both of these beaches have seasonal dog bans in place during the peak seasons. This is usually between mid-April until the end of September. The specific dates change annually so be sure to check on the Cornwall council website. Out of season, dogs are welcome on the beach at all times! If you're looking for an all year round dog friendly beach, in St Ives, you have Bamaluz Beach which is tucked around behind the harbour. Please be aware the size of this beach is dramatically impacted by the tide so be sure to check ahead. Porthkidney beach, in Lelant, is also dog friendly all year round, it is much larger and only a 10-minute drive away.
Island Retreat is not just ideally located near the beaches, but also the fantastic restaurants in St Ives. Your closest restaurant to Island Retreat is Porthgwidden Beach Café. Perched just over the beach you're able enjoy the spectacular sea views in true Cornish style. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you're able to treat yourself all day long! You're also a few minutes' walk from St Ives harbour front where you'll find a great variety of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Being this central means you're also able to easily access all the attractions in St Ives such as a variety of boat trips and the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum are a stone's throw away.
If you're fancying a day trip away from St Ives, there are a few beautiful National Trust sites just a short drive away - St Michaels Mount, Godrevy, Porthcurno and Trengwainton Garden. The nearest golf course to Island Retreat is West Cornwall Golf Club in Lelant.
Apr 25 2022
The people in the office and the house keeper, who we met, were exceptionally kind and helpful! We were delighted to find everything we needed waiting for us, from plenty of loo roll to a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge! Fresh milk, teas, coffee and even a loaf of delicious, local bread, eggs and Cornish butter were just what we wanted after our long journey- what an amazing treat! The towels were fresh and plentiful, the sheets and beds clean and comfortable -absolutely great! Being able to park in the garage took away all the stresses of unloading a car on a narrow street! We knew the location was perfect but the little things like dishwasher tablets and hand soap, just made everything so much easier - thank you!!
Jan 11 2022
We had a great week over New Year at Island Retreat. A beautiful, well presented property with ample equipment and seating. The garage was a bonus. Would definitely use the property again.
Nov 16 2021
Just had a fabulous week staying in Island Retreat.A perfect home from home.Well equipped with everything you could need.Our first time holidaying in November and it didn't disappoint.All the little touches like tea,coffee,hand soaps,washing up liquid etc were much appreciated.The location for us was perfect right between porthmeor and porthgwidden beaches and only 3 minutes down to the harbour.Having a private garage was an added bonus.Overall we had a very comfortable relaxing stay and we wouldn't hesitate to book this property again in the future.
Sep 20 2021
Stayed at Island Retreat for a week, location was perfect, 5 minutes walk from the town centre, 2 mins walk to the beach. The added bonus was having a garage. The house was spotless and everything was made easy by Orange Roofs. Would love to come back and would certainly recommend staying here.
Jul 25 2021
Beautifully decorated, very comfortable, amazing location. There is absolutely everything you need for a comfortable holiday stay. Plenty of storage space. Beds are very comfy. Everything is incredibly clean. Customer services are fantastic, also the app and text messages/email correspondence. Do not hesitate to use orange roofs and stay at Island retreat.
Jun 22 2021
This is our fourth time staying at Island Retreat and will go back again next year. Perfect location!
Jun 07 2021
Excellent property. Well equipped plenty of space for six. Added bonus of garage. Unexpected extra`s milk etc. Lovely and clean throughout.
Jan 17 2020
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Sep 09 2019
We had a lovely time at Island Retreat. We have been visiting St Ives for over 30 years and this was a great place to stay. There were 6 of us so full use was made of the whole upstairs and was good to have an en suite too. The garage was a huge advantage even though the weather was so good we never used the car once! Will definitely book to return. The Orange Roofs team were helpful and the booking process was very slick and we were kept informed every step of the way! Thank you.