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About Island Retreat
Island Retreat is a dog-friendly cottage in St Ives, perfectly 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 cottages 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 cottage 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 a king-sized bedroom with a large built-in wardrobe which is great for all the holiday essentials! Next, you will find the double bedroom, which 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 six guests. There is also a family bathroom on this floor with a bath, shower over and WC, 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 a large dining table that can comfortably seat six guests. Just off the dining area is a separate utility room where 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.
Just like all our holiday cottages in St Ives, Island Retreat provides all bed linen and towels too, but we kindly ask that you bring your own beach towels. There is also a 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.
Guests staying at Island Retreat have the use of an allocated parking space that has been provided on Westward Road. This is approximately an 8- 10 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 and the end of September. The specific dates change annually so be sure to check our Area Guides online for more information. 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. The closest restaurant is Porthgwidden Beach Café; perched just over the beach you're able to 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 are travelling with a second car, the nearest public car park is the Island car park which is a long stay. It can get very busy during school holidays between Easter and September so we recommend trying St Ives Rugby Club or St Ives leisure centre too which are much larger.
To re-cap, this Downalong holiday cottage in St Ives is dog-friendly, has parking for one car and is moments from all St Ives' beaches, restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries and shops yet is tucked away to remain peaceful when you want to retire for the evening. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as an additional ground floor cloakroom with WC.
Ian and Marion Stenning
Sep 08 2023
Always book with Orange Roofs their standard of property's is excellent, also staff are always very pleasant & helpful. See you next year.
Sep 16 2023
I cant recomend Island Retreat highly enough, this is the
second time we have stayed here.
the fixtures and fittings are all first class, the beds are very comfortable and the house is spotless. The house is right on the doorstep of both Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beaches and only a 5 minute stroll to the harbour ,shops and restaurants so very conviently placed
Jun 24 2023
Absolutely perfect beautiful property very clean very comfy and close to parking and the beach. It was loverly to arrive and have basics to be able to make a hot drink
May 20 2023
We have just stayed at Island Retreat in St Ives for the
2nd time in 4 years. It was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday as
usual. The apartment is beautifully appointed and everything was
just perfect. I can honestly say that 'Orange Roofs' were
absolutely brilliant as usual to deal with.
Communication, the property folder and general information about the property was first-class!
Special thanks go out to 'Billie' for her help with this booking. You were so accommodating.
Apr 28 2023
We stayed at the Island Retreat and it was a beautiful
property and very clean.
Perfectly located just a few minutes walk away from the island and Porthmoer beach. A five minute walk and you are on the harbour too.
We will definitely be booking again! Soon!
Thank you OrangeRoofs
May 08 2023
Just come back from a fabulous weekend in St.Ives, staying at The Island Retreat. The property itself was very modern and clean and well equipped (including outside shower for wetsuits and sandy feet!). The parking was a real bonus for St. Ives and the property was ideally located between Porthdwidden and Porthmeor beach! Would definitely recommend and will be returning !
Sep 12 2022
We first stayed at this place 52 years ago with my percents, it was then a first floor flat , I was excited to book as we had two vey happy holidays at Rockcliffe and wow what a change, it's now a 3 bedroom Ed house and is finished to the highest standard.Upon arrival there was a lovely welcome pack, all high quality goodies, the house was immaculate we were so impressed that I booked for Sept 2023. I can't fault the position right by Porthwigdden beach and I can throughly recommend this property, Kim Vanderlee
Sep 04 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is that property doesn't have a sea view and downstairs can be a little on the dark side. However the location is ideal for the beach, it's spacious, and comes with the added benefit of parking. There is everything you need to enjoy your holiday including 3 toilets! The property was beautifully presented and only wish we could have got in before 5pm, you do feel like you're missing a day of your holiday. Would happily stay here again.
Aug 22 2022
We have stayed at Island Retreat many times now. The location is perfect for a family beach holiday. The on-site garage is a real bonus however I think this facility isn't available next year. This year we have had a lovely holiday and overall the accommodation was still good. There has been a change of ownership recently and we noticed a few little extra things that were missing, for example board games and dvds. The accomodations cleanliness is usually top notch however this year we didn't feel it was as good (dust under the fire place and on shelving). Outside area was covered in sand and hadn't been swept or washed from previous occupiers. The towels and bedding are lovely quality and the goody hamper left for us was lovely. We really do enjoy our stays at Island Retreat and would recommend the property. Orange Roofs are a great company to book through and their staff are very helpful.
Orange Roofs comment:
Thank you Bren for your review and we love welcoming you and your family back annually! The games, DVDs etc were removed during the pandemic and perhaps had not been returned given the change in ownership around the same time but we will happily suggest to Adam and Claire (the lovely new owners of Island Retreat) that some games would be a welcome addition to their holiday home. I will certainly pass on your comments to the housekeepers of Island Retreat about the cleanliness issues you found on arrival. We always encourage any disappointment in cleaning to be reported to us on the day of arrival so we can get it rectified that same day, the housekeepers do their best on busy changeovers but sometimes areas may get missed unintentionally and they are very happy to re-attend to recitfy things when asked.
Jul 18 2022
Our 4th time at island retreat and again delivered 100%
obviously one of the big pluses is parking…for anyone booking we
have a Kia Sportage and fits in the garage no problem. Kitchen is
very well equipped as this year we actually (well I) cooked
breakfast most days, the outside shower is a godsend after a day on
the beach of which you gave 2 within minutes to use…my favourite is
Porthgwidden, your also close to some lovely eateries…The Loft, The
Mermaid, The captains Table at The Sloop and Cafe Pasta are
favourites of ours. Not the only property we've booked via Orange
Roofs and definitely not the last…looking forward to our next
Orange Roofs comment:
Thank you so much for your lovely review Pam and it is always a pleasure helping you have a great holiday in St Ives. Just a note to say that parking in 2023 for Island Retreat is a space just off Porthmeor Hill and will no longer be in the garage. The space a nice space for a family saloon or SUV car.
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.
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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.