Island Retreat

Tucked away in the middle of St Ives, Island Retreat provides Tardis-like space, quality throughout and an on-site garage to boot.

At a glance

Beds 3
Sleep 6
Baths 2
Dog Friendly

About Island Retreat

Island Retreat is a 3 bedroom duplex apartment within the extensively refurbished Rockcliff Court building so arguably has to be one of the best placed self-catering properties in St Ives! The Rockcliff Court building is quite literally 100 metres from Porthmeor or Porthgwidden beaches each with fabulous surf and beach side gastro bars or, if you fancy an evening stroll to stretch the legs and take in the spectacular sunsets, the Island Chapel is just 200m away.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor; a king size bedroom with a large built-in wardrobe, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC which also has a large built in storage area for suitcases and hanging rail for clothes and then finally a twin bedroom. There is also a family bathroom with bath and shower over perfectly placed between all bedrooms.

Downstairs you have an open plan kitchen, dining and living area so just what you need for some quality holiday time together. There are lovely touches of granite, slate and oak with the stylish hand made staircase as well as super comfy sofas and a large dining table to seat six. The TV has freeview channels and there is also a DVD player for some in-house entertainment if the weather takes a turn. A separate utility room has a washer/ dryer, WC and wash basin as well as an iron and plenty of cleaning materials if you fancy a spot of tidying up! 

There is a narrow, slate paved area outside Island Retreat but enough room to sit and sip your favourite tipple before heading out or, remember, you are just a few moments from the turquoise waters and golden sand of Porthgwidden beach if you fancied dinner alfresco... There is also an outside shower if you've got sand in places your prefer you didn't or wash the salt off your wetsuits before heading indoors.

All bed linen and towels are provided for your stay (please bring along your own beach towels) and ladies no need to pack a hairdryer as one is provided. There is a high chair for your use and the opportunity to hire a travel cot if needs be. 

But what really sets Island Retreat apart from the rest considering its fabulous location is the fact you have your very own secure garage parking just a few metres from your front door!

If you're coming as a larger family and wish to all stay within the same part of St Ives, Chapel Watch (also on our website and owned by the same owners as Island Retreat) is on the top floor of Rockcliff Court so you conveniently have your own space yet are within a minute of each other.

Garage dimensions are doorway 211cm wide, inside garage 270cm wide, 500cm deep and 193cm high. If you think your car may not fit, subject to availability, another space may be available instead on Beach Road which is a 10 minute stroll across Porthmeor beach. Please do get in touch with us if this is the case.

Island Retreat

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D. Morris

Jul 06 2019

Excellent location, immaculately clean property with great facilities, would highly recommend this duplex apartment. It also came with a good size garage, which made life very easy as we didn’t need to drive around looking for a parking space. Well worth the money. Sam & Billie were superb at keeping us updated from the booking of the holiday right up to us leaving. Nothing was too much trouble and both were very helpful.


Apr 15 2019

"Island Retreat" was everything we hoped it would be, and more! There were comfortable beds, lovely bathrooms, a beautiful kitchen and quality carpets. The kitchen was superbly equipped with many pots, pans, casserole dishes, even a full Denby dinner service including pasta bowls! There was plenty of storage for clothes, food, coats, shoes etc. The added bonus of a garage (tiled and heated!) took away the stress of worrying about parking during the Easter holidays. The apartment was spotlessly clean and there was even a beautiful vase of fresh flowers on the table. Sam and the team at Orange Roofs are excellent communicators and the whole admin process was very smooth. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Orange Roofs and Island Retreat. I would feel very confident about using them again next year!


Mar 19 2019

We were pleasantly surprised to see that the website photos truly did represent the property, it was clean, tastefully decorated, fully equipped with everything you need and it felt like home. The instructions given by Orange Roofs were comprehensive and spot on making arrival and departure easy. The property is centrally located for everything St Ives has to offer, and the on site parking was a real bonus, our Kia Sportage fitted in snuggly.

Ashley robinson

Mar 04 2019

The house is a stones throw from Porthwidden cove. The house had every amenity you could ask for. The house was clean and comfortable but homely. Just the best area to holiday beautiful StIves


Dec 18 2018

Island Retreat is a wonderful base for a trip to St Ives. Seconds from the Island and tucked away in a private corner with the added bonus of a garage. The interior is finished to a high standard and provides everything you may need. Thank you, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to the next one!

Julie G

Nov 30 2018

This cottage is in a great location, just around the corner from the beaches and within 5 minutes walk through the lovely cobbled streets to the town. It was extremely clean and very modern and very well equipped. Great having a garage( Ford Focus went in no problem) as car parks get very busy in high season. Service from Orange Roofs was excellent with clear instructions. Definitely would go back.

Alison Ward

Oct 15 2018

We have recently returned from our second successive annual stay at Island Retreat. This property is ideally located, being less than a 2 minute stroll to Porthgwidden beach and café. The central location lends itself very well to lazy days and evenings strolling around St Ives partaking of all that the local establishments have to offer. The interior of the apartment is immaculate and extremely well equipped and the provision of an on site garage is the icing on the cake ( or should I say the clotted cream in the scone). The service from Ross, Sam and the team at Orange Roofs is exemplary and we have no hesitation in recommending them. Roll on our next visit.


Sep 23 2018

We have been renting accommodation in St Ives for the past 15 years, both as a couple and with family, and have a simple list of criteria we try to meet. This time, travelling with our daughter and 3 year old grandson, our priority was convenience. The location of Island Retreat couldn't be bettered, with 3 beaches within 5 minutes walk, parking on site, and the Norway Stores round the corner for our morning croissants. The accommodation itself is high quality, and exceptionally well equipped. The service from Orange Roofs was excellent with clear instructions and useful information transmitted by regular emails. The only thing missing from our list was a sea view. But, as someone once said, 'you can't have everything ' !

Martyn Cooper

Sep 17 2018

Island Retreat is a fantastic place to stay for a holiday right in the heart of St Ives. Nicely tucked away from the busy streets, but within 100 metres or so of two amazing beaches (Porthmeor and Porthgwidden). Then within a 5 minute walk, you are in the heart of St Ives, with restaurants, shops and amenities. I would highly recommend staying here and would certainly book through Orange Roofs again - their communication is the best I have experienced leading up to a holiday.

Deborah McBarnet

Aug 20 2018

If you know St Ives, you’ll know this cottage is in a fantastic location...just around the corner from Porthgwidden beach. The cottage is modern, spacious and spotlessly clean - everything you want in a holiday home.

Francisco Gochez Espinoza

Jul 30 2018

The location is unbeatable and the place is well appointed and pretty. Was there with the whole family and we had a blast. St Ives is a special place and Island Retreat made it even more special.


Jul 04 2018

Well equipped and very clean. Location was perfect for walking. Really enjoyed our stay. The addition of fans for bedrooms are Pyle be nice since there’s no AC.


Jun 24 2018

Loved the whole cottage and location. It is great to have a garage and not to have to worry about parking. Our only suggestion would be to have at least a basic sky package for the tv. Will visit again.


May 21 2018

Island retreat is a beautiful house, with three good sized bedroom and high quality fittings throughout. It is only 2 minutes from 3 different beaches and 5 minuted from the town and all its amenities. I really can’t fault the house, it was perfect for our holiday. Many thanks! David


Apr 30 2018

Found the appartment very easily thanks to great instructions. Entry etc very simple. Very well presented accomodation in excellent ocation with garage attached. Couldn't have expected anything beter for the price. Excellent location, right next to the beaches and town centre. Brilliant

Mike Reeve

Apr 15 2018

Highly appointed and exceptionally presented cottage in St Ives. Garage very handy. Highly recommended.

Claire Furnival

Jun 04 2016

We've had a really fantastic holiday, the best we've had in the UK! New to St Ives, we weren't really sure what to expect from the town or location of the house, but we couldn't fault either! The house is gorgeous, the best location, just metres away from 2 of best beaches we've been to in the UK. The house is gorgeous inside, lovely quality furnishing and decoration and brilliantly equipped. Although we were very close to the town, we were far enough away to not be bothered by the crowds whilst we were in our accommodation. We ate out a few times and would recommend people either prebook or book ahead as most restaurants have been full all week. Porthmeor cafe in particular was fantastic! We tried the self drive boats, kayaking, body boarding, kite flying, rock pooling and shopping! And would recommend it all. We don't usually revisit the same place twice as there are too many interesting places to visit but we'll be hard pressed to find better so I'm hoping to convince husband that we need to book again for next year (if I don't persuade him to relocate first!)


Aug 02 2016

Had a really great week staying in this property. the location was excellent for the beaches and for the town, all within walking distance. The facilities of the property were great, and all that a family of 4 could require, and the overall service from Sam and her team were top notch. As regular visitors to St Ives we would definately look to stay in this property and use Orange Roofs again


Sep 19 2016

We booked Island Retreat for a week stay for the September Festival, it is a few years since i have stayed in Saint Ives and in the past we had used other local letting agents. I am so pleased we found Orange Roofs, the service we received was a total refreshing change. Full detailed instructions from Sam and the team for arrival and departure plus handy tips for our stay, restaurants and bars etc. Island retreat is located on Rockcliffe Court and is stunning, the location is brilliant, we did not touch the car for a whole week, You are literally on what is called the Island, walk a few steps with your mug of tea in the morning and just simply gaze out to sea and watch the world and sea go by. Island retreat is spotlessly clean, very well equipped and very comfortable and cosy. I honestly have never stayed in such a fantastic self catering apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to return, however i am tempted to look at the the other properties on the orange roofs website as they simply are a class above the competition. All in all fantastic holiday, simply the best location, we loved strolling back down the little streets after a superb meal and full of rum or gin or brandy or local ciders and beers, yes we tried them all. People would not believe we spent a full afternoon in the sea on porthgwidden beach just metres from Island Retreat in late September with a beautiful Seal playing in the cove just feet from us. stunning Orange Roofs Thank You, for being different from the rest and having the best properties in Saint Ives and most of all caring for our stay, We will back for another experience.

Alison Clayton

Mar 26 2017

Absolutely excellent in all respects. Orange Roofs were so lovely to deal with. The accommodation was first class, and just right for entertaining the family and friends we invited to a small party for my 60th birthday. Sam suggested we use 'Sandy Toes' for providing our party food, which was a fantastic idea - food from local suppliers delivered to our door. And of course the location couldn't be better. All in all one of the best short holidays I've had in this country. Thank you so much Orange Roofs and Sandy Toes.

Steve Jones

May 01 2017

Lovely place to stay, very clean & tidy. We thought the duvets could be wider as they just fit the bed. So close to the Island for walking our dog. I drive a Mondeo and this fitted into the garage snuggly. This is also a bonus as it cuts out parking charges. Kitchen well appointed with plenty of crockery. We have been to St. Ives very often and Island retreat is one of the best places we've stayed at.

Pam Gibbs

Jul 24 2017

We stayed here a couple of weeks ago...thou originally I first stayed at Rockcliffe Court in what a difference it was just two flats then so was really nice to see how it's changed... 5 stars don't do it justice Orange a Roofs were and are excellent in fact we've just booked another cottage for next year...would most definitely recommend

Alison Ward

Oct 10 2017

We have just returned from a perfect week in Island Retreat. Last year we stayed in the apartment above ; Chapel Watch, but were enticed by the garage parking to book Island Retreat and very pleased we were too. Everything was PERFECT and the lovely welcome hamper was a very nice touch. We will be back again next year. Thankyou to Sam and Ross for your exemplary service.
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