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Architect's Converted Sail Loft on Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives

Bedrooms 4
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Upper Saltings is part of a 19th Century granite building right on famous Porthmeor Beach. Over the years it has been used for drying nets, fish, sails, and as artists' studios. We have now converted the space to make an extraordinary holiday retreat. The living room is huge (40 feet by 25 feet) with a nine foot wide window seat directly above the sand and sea and includes a quiet WI-FI internet corner.

You may spend most time there mesmerized by the sky and the light which drew so many 20th Century artists to this place: Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, W. Barnes-Graham, all of whose work may be seen in the Tate St Ives Museum further along the beach.

We have used slate, maple, and stainless steel to make a 21st century kitchen with every appliance. What you may remember most is the view from the kitchen sink: surfers riding the waves and spray shooting over the rocks. Under two big skylights (excellent for watching gulls, clouds, and stars), you will find a long dining table, for long convivial meals.

A fireplace, sofas, a yew table with broadband access, low children's tables, wide screen TV, DVD player, board games, and lots of books and art materials provide equipment - even for a rainy day. The four bedrooms have bedside reading lights, cupboards, and good mattresses.There are two doubles, one twin, and one boat-like bunk room. This sleeps 4/6 in nautical built-in beds and is a very popular feature. Two bathrooms and a utility room complete the space.

Should this be your first visit to St Ives, you are bound to fall in love with the cobbles, the fishing boats, the many small galleries, the green hills, harbour, and ever changing sea. The cliff path above small coves and basking seals will take you through National Trust land in Penrith to Land's End, past standing stone menhirs, stone circles, and a bronze age village. In this land of the Celts, Cornish is still spoken and sung. For us, it is a magic place; the folk tales are almost believable.

We use Upper Saltings for three main purposes. The first is for a family holiday. Youngsters can have an independent run of the town in safety and build sand castle just below the balcony. The second is as a place for 'time-out' to reflect, to read, to paint, and to revel in the elements. The third is for reunions. It is a great place to gather. Additional sleeping quarters can be found in other apartments but it is hard to beat Upper Saltings for a memorable evening - watching the setting of the sun and the rising of the moon, wine glass in hand.

As you can probably tell, we adore being in Upper Saltings and suspect you may too. If you would like a smaller place on Porthmeor Beach, go to our other property, Listing #56858.

Keywords: Apartment, condominium, flat

Please note that a reservation is not complete until funds have been received and booking form returned.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
February 6, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fabulous place - everyone loved the big beach view window.

Great sense of space, relaxation and holiday. We tried most of the local beach cafes and some of the restaurants, and will be coming back to try more.

We will be back for the view, beach and location of Upper Saltings one day soon!

Many thanks for a wonderful holiday.

Farr & HJ family
Jul 2015
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Saint Ives Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2) Bedside lights, cupboards and good mattresses., Twin or Single Beds (2), One travel cot., Bunk Beds (4) Sleeps 4/6 in nautical built-ins. Some people think this is the best part of the apartment!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Architect's Converted Sail Loft on Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Perfect for families with teenagers

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a spectacular sunset, & enjoyed champagne by the huge picture window with views of beach, sea & glowing sky - a great start to the holiday. We especially loved the massive open plan living area, we saw far more of the kids this week than usual! The beds were very comfy, the showers powerful, the kitchen well-equipped. So easy to run round the corner to the beach & back for a hot shower. Great bread each morning from the grocery on the corner. Fantastic restaurants - our favourite evening meal was at The Tearoom. You can walk everywhere easily, good shops & pubs, also had a night out at the theatre. All round successful holiday, hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Space

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Upper Saltings was even better than anticipated. The space of the flat is beautifully designed with careful attention to detail that we really appreciated. The window seat is a huge draw, as others have noted-- a great perch from which to watch the tides roll in and out, the surfers attempting to master the waves, and the dogs at play. The kitchen is well equipped and very light. The flat is in an excellent location, close to restaurants, galleries, food shopping, but the access to the beach is the best part. We especially enjoyed the Hepworth sculpture garden and the Aquatopia exhibit at the Tate (just down the beach). The photos on the website give you a very accurate idea of the beauty of the place. Dealing with the owner and manager was easy, and the key box made our arrival stress-free. We followed the advice we received and enjoyed a number of the restaurants recommended. We have done a number of house swaps and rentals with our friends, and this was by far the best. Hope to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Family Tradition

  • 5 of 5

Going for a holiday at Upper Saltings has become a bit of a family tradition that we have been doing since my children had just started school (his is now off to University). What has been wonderful about the place is that it has catered for all ages whether young, old or middling and we have had all ages stay with us on holiday from a one month old baby to a 80 year old granny.

The situation is perfect, everything within a few minutes or even a few seconds walk - shops, restaurants, beach and sea. If you don't feel like moving you can always just curl up in the beautiful window seat over looking Porthmeor beach and observe everyone else below.

The loft has been beautifully and sympathetically converted in a very comfortable living space - the large open plan area becomes the hub of the holiday where everyone meets. The kitchen is well stocked with all a cook could ask for and the bathrooms have just been done up this year so are very sleek. The bunk bedroom is a real treat for those of a younger age. My kids would disappear into it and spend hours playing, reading and talking whilst hanging off the bunks at various different levels from the floor.

For the past few years we have not even moved the car from the car park spending all our time in St Ives visiting the galleries, walking round the cliffs and body boarding.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday place this has to be it.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Exactly What we Hoped for!

  • 5 of 5

I'd recommend this place to anyone that wants an easy walk into the heart of St. Ives but the peacefulness of being on the ocean. The views were magnificent and while we had planned hikes around the area we actually spent 2 of our days enjoying the house. Loved working with the owner, she's a delight and everything was so easy - even from the US. This house is very special to me and I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Out of season short break

  • 5 of 5

Seeing this great apartment as an out of season short break years ago, we are now regulars, reluctant to let others know about it! A good place for families, couples, young or old, St Ives offers a relaxing break, without the need for a car. Lying on the window seat (more of a bed really) looking out over Porthmeor beach, watching the sea and the sky in all weathers, is a memorable experience to savour for the rest of the year.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Best location in St Ives !!

  • 5 of 5

Stepped into Upper Saltings and completely overwhelmed by the amazing space and view from the large window looking out onto white sand, turquoise sea and blue sky ( lucky , we had sunny weather !) Fresh flowers on tables was a nice touch. The whole property has been beautifully designed and decorated and one of those places which you wish belonged to you !! Loved the artwork and ornaments. .Beautiful yet practical, the fully equipped kitchen was joy and made you think you were taking part in 'Master Chef'' thoughtful storage for boots, shoes, wetsuits, coats etc. Short walk to excellent restaurants, , coffee shops , galleries and main town shops.

Truthfully say we enjoyed every minute of our stay , surfed every day , painted and sketched, the everchanging seascape, We go back home refreshed, relaxed and happy.

Thank you

we'll be back ! ..

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience with us. You do seem to have made the most of the location and of your week. We ,too, are drawn to the magnet of the window seat. One often sees dolphins swimming along with the surfers. The skill of the surfers is sometimes breathtaking. In early morning the little St Ives fishing boats are both comforting and exciting. What will be on offer at the harbour mid -morning? Delighted you took time out to sketch and paint. We do too and enjoy the workshop sessions at the Tate and the Wednesday evening life classes at the School of Painting along the beach. Once one is spoiled by a week in St Ives, there is no other!
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Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
The Sloop Inn
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
St Ives train station
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Porthgwidden Cafe or Porthmeor Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Porthmeor beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Tate St Ives
Nearest Point of Interest
Barbara Hepworth Museum
Car: not necessary

The unique Eden Project, ecological tourist site is nearby at St Austell. Celt standing stones and Merry Maidens stone circle on Penwith. Penzance, 8 miles away, has large fishing fleet,museums and Mont St Michael.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $488.76

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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