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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a glorious stay at Dolphin Watch."

    The photos don't do the place justice. There was loads of room for the four of us, comfortable beds, hot shower, TV and Alexa, every appliance we could want, even buckets and spades for the beach.... But the view was just incredible. The train station at the end of the road made it easy getting into st Ives and carbis bay beach was just lovely.. My kids had a great time and so did we. The only thing that could have made it better where tongs in the kitchen and the wardrobes made our clothes damp, but this is a small gripe against an absolutely lovely Easter break.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Mar 2024

  • "Guide book needs to be updated."

    Point of contact for problems not correct in book. TV system very complicated in lounge. Property wad not decorated for Christmas as promised

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment with incredible views."

    We’ve stayed in Carbis many times and this has been our favourite place so far! Spacious, clean and very well equipped. It’s well positioned to get into St Ives on the train or just walking to Carbis Beach. We even saw lots of seals in the sea. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Pip5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment for a perfect holiday."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful place to stay."

    Couldn’t recommend it enough. It has everything you need, is spotlessly clean and that view is unbelievable. The only negative is that we didn’t stay longer. We loved our time here. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Jul 2023

  • "Broken front window (opening)."

    Filthy windows and not what we expected from the superb online pictures as advertised - this is what sold us the accommodation, but every time you looked out of the window you were drawn to this. The windows haven’t been cleaned in months. Broken toaster (9/21 comments in Visitors book) so has been for sometime and not replaced. Broken blinds (both rooms). Towel radiator inoperable. Screeching kitchen cold tap. Bedroom TV inoperable. Had to buy Fairy liquid and hand wash soap in St Ives as none. Double bed lumpy. Shower dirty internally. Apartment needs updating. Shame in the fact you can always tell when the owners do not use it themselves, needs TLC. Upside: Excellent area to explore Cornwall, beach super and very practical area to explore with young child. Scenery and wild flowers in May a delight. However £1400 for a week is not reflective value for money, prices have increased and many owners using COVID as an excuse to double prices. Would like compensation.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your Feedback comment following your recent stay at Dolphin Watch and bringing the points you raised to our attention. For future reference if you have an issue whilst staying at a Carbis Bay Holidays property, please do not hesitate to make the team at our local office aware by calling us on 01736 630015 (Option 2) so we have the opportunity to attend to these as soon as possible. With regards to the points you raised in the Feedback you left following your stay, we are very sorry to hear of these and have passed them on to the team that looks after the property for their attention. With regards to your request for compensation, I understand my colleague has been in touch with you personally regarding this. Kind regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas2.8May 2023

  • "TV bit complicated to work out especially if you are not very tech saavy."

    Also could have done with the info booklets for the appliances.The microwave had me baffled. Otherwise a very enjoyable and comfortable stay.

    Thank you very much for leaving us feedback and comments following your stay at Dolphin Watch. We thank you for making us aware and want to let you know that we have taken your suggestions on board. The owner has informed us that they are planning on updating the Quick Start Guide of the property with some further instructions to avoid any difficulties going forward. We also want to let you know that we are always available to help solving any problems during your stay on 01736 630015 and Option 2. We are pleased to hear you have overall had a nice stay and hope to get the opportunity to welcome you back in the future! With Kind Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Everything about this property was fantastic."

    We had no complaints. We have recommended it to friends and wouldn't hesitate to return ourselves.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment with fantastic views over Carbis Bay."

    Well equipped with everything you could want. Parking a bonus - our car hardly moved as we used the train, just a 2 minute walk away Will definitely come again

    Thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Best wishes, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "The second bedroom was very cold and the bed felt even more so away from radiator and next to external wall."

    Without my hot water bottle I would have found it difficult to get warm enough to sleep. When we arrived all leads for tv were pulled out but we eventually managed to get the talk talk working only because my friend was knowledgeable about such things. Tea towel and oven gloves needed to bring kitchen up to standard of rest of apartment. If I could I would have given 4.5 stars. Apart from the above I loved it and will likely go back.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to hear that you had a few issues during your stay. These have been reported to the necessary departments to look into. If you have any issues during your stay please contact the local office on 01736 630015 option 2, and one of the local team will be able to assist you straight away. We hope to get the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Mar 2023

  • "Lovely stay and really comfortable but just a few little niggles."

    Few of untensils in kitchen drawer needed washing as dirty. Was very cold when we arrived could do with being warmed through ready for arrival as storage heaters took a day or too to get up to normal temperature.front door security when in property needs looking at as top dead bolt has peice missing . Could not get any hot water in taps as needed timer issue but did not want to mess about with timers .toaster as other people have mentioned only works on one side . We have only listed these things as an advisory for owners but other than this a lovely and enjoyable stay

    Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to hear that you have come across a couple of issues during your stay, we apologise. Your feedback has been taken on board, reported to the necessary department and the housekeeper to ensure this does not occur again. The team are also always available to help deal with any issues during your stay on 01736 630015 option 2 and would do what we can to resolve them as soon as possible. We are very pleased you overall still had a lovely and enjoyable stay. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Kinds Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Oct 2022

  • "Very good property."

    Well equipped. Excellent views. Access to the beach only for fit people though due to very steep hill. Car park at the beach is £20 per day. No return.

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you loved the property and your stay! Thank you so much again for your comments and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Kinds Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Sep 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Watch and would definitely recommend it."

    It was very clean and comfortable. The view from the window is spectacular and an excellent feature to the property. The parking space is very handy. The location is perfect too, being so close to Carbis Bay beach, (be warned though it is a very steep road to access it), the train station and the coastal walk. Would easily visit again. Thank you.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful, positive feedback as it is very important to us! We are so pleased to hear that you had a great stay and are looking forward to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2022

  • "Couldn't of wished for anything more."

    The property had everything.Clean,comfortable and an incredible view. Wish we had booked for longer.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you loved the property and your stay! Thank you so much again for your comments and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Kinds Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2022

  • "Whilst the property was lovely we didn’t appreciate arriving to a full overloaded dish washer which had clearly been set before we arrived."

    It was so full that nothing cleaned properly, including a frying pan that had obviously been used for scrambled eggs or something similar - I know this as I had to clean it myself. Not something you wish to do on your first day of holidays. Even if everything had cleaned again I don’t appreciate having to empty a dishwasher on my first day of holidays. Perhaps all of this can be fed back to the previous occupants/cleaners.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to hear that you had this issue as soon as you arrived, we apologise. Your feedback has been taken on board, reported to the necessary department to ensure this does not occur again. The team are also always available to help deal with any issues during your stay on 01736 630015 option 2 and would do what we can to resolve them as soon as possible. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Kinds Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4May 2022

  • "Dolphin Watch was a fantastic experience, the accommodation was clean, very well equipped and the view from the property is truly amazing."

    I was a little disappointed that we were without a cooker for two days before an engineer came to fix it. But once it was fixed everything was fine.

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you loved the property and your stay! We are sorry to hear about your little issue but glad that we managed to sort it out for you! Thank you so much again for your comments and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Kinds Regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by D4.7Apr 2022

  • "Great accommodation for a family with all the necessary facilities to make the stay comfortable."

    Location was spot on for us.

    Dear Mrs Tucker, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a nice feedback! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to welcome you in the near future. Kind regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Our week stay at end of March was very enjoyable at Dolphin Watch ."

    The kitchen was equipped very well and every where was clean. The apartment is very spacious and the obvious highlight is the view from the lounge window. The bay is beautiful and the sea always interesting and when the surf was high at the end of the week keeping an eye on the surfers was fun. The negative side of the wind coming up was the lounge window was very draughty with the curtains moving and hence the place became cold . The fact there is covered parking provided seems a positive but the spaces are very small and with anything other than a small car you will struggle to park . We would return at this time of the year , but not in summer as no balcony in hot weather would be disappointing. We would also look to return with a smaller car !

    Thank you for your feedback, it is really appreciated. We are delighted to hear you had an enjoyable stay and enjoyed the beautiful views from the lounge window. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Kindest Regards The Carbis Bay Holidays Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2022

  • "The heating was off on our arrival."

    Dishwasher was full from prviouse people so had to empty it ourselves, never had to do that before. the bedrooms and hall both smelt stayle. we both struggle with dust allergys and nasal issues so this wasnt good for our health. this could have been due to the apoartment being shut up with no heating on. we kept the doors shut on the dinning room due to this issue. the living room, kitchen, and bathroom was all perfect. stunning views and brillient kitchen facilities. open plan was amazing. bed was so comfortable it was like being at home. the portable heater did not work but i took my own and we used it alot in the living room as it was so cold. wifi did not work well so couldn't watch stuff on tv. we had an amazing holiday. the coastal walks and the italian up the road were fantastic. walk to st ives was fantastic, i am very unfit but managed to do it. carbis bay is a stunning area. just them couple of issues that need sorting to make this stay 100% perfect.

    Dear Mrs Rowley-Hine Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback, it is appreciated. We are sorry you experienced some issues during your stay. We will be passing your comments onto the housekeeper. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful coastline and hope to welcome you back again soon. Kindest Regards The Carbis Bay Holidays Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Mar 2022

  • "The apartment was really lovely."

    It was perfectly clean and it was great that there were some essential cleaning materials there to use. The view as everyone says is just perfect. The bed was comfortable and the bedding was lovely. The apartment was warm. The key was easily accessed and instructions were clear. The kitchen was very well equipped and having the fridge and freezer was useful. We didn’t use the washing machine and only used the dishwasher once, but it was useful that cleaning tablets had been left for both. One little thing-the dish rack was quite rigid and as a result I broke one wine glass then my husband did the same. We did replace them but future guests be careful! It was great to have the coastal path on our doorstep and we walked both directions. What spectacular views. How lucky we felt looking at the area all week.

    Dear Mrs Deshi, Thank you for taking the time to leave Feedback following your stay at Dolphin Watch and we are so pleased to hear you were pleased with the apartment and especially enjoyed the wonderful views over the Bay. We am very sorry to hear of the issues with the wine glasses and thank you so much for replacing these. We do hope you will come and stay again in the future. Kind regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aileen5.0Feb 2022

  • "The views are the real plus point for this flat, and it was a very comfortable and relaxing stay."

    Appreciated the fully stocked kitchen equipment and the washer dryer.

    Dear Mrs Cameron, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Dolphin Watch. We are delighted to hear you had an enjoyable stay and we hope to be able to invite you back in the near future. Kind Regards, Owner Relations Team, Carbis Bay Holidays. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Dec 2021

  • "A fantastic apartment with great facilities."

    Only negative point was we were unable to use the dryer and could not find any instructions to make it work. This would have been useful with the lack of outside space for drying but other than this a fantastic place to spend a week. Thank you

    Reviewed by Gabriel5.0Oct 2021

  • "Second stay Superb apartment with beautiful views."

    Arrangements excellent Very well equipped and immaculately clean. Thoroughly enjoyed stay Sadly won’t be staying again as new management has increased cost for equivalent week next year from £649 to £896! an increase of some 38% Blatant profiteering

    Dear Roger, Thank you for your Feedback following your recent holiday at Dolphin Watch and I’m so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay. I am very sorry that you are unhappy with the current increase in the rental amount for a stay in 2022, there has been a huge demand for staycations this year and next, which has increased prices in line with other letting agencies throughout the country. Prices also vary in line with the way school holiday weeks fall, and are also subject to annual price reviews. We would like to reassure you that the prices for 2022 are all monitored very closely and priced with seasonal variance and demand to establish the right balance. Kind regards, The Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Sep 2021

  • "Great apartment!"

    Fantastic views all the way from St Ives to Godrevy lighthouse, I'd never tire of waking up to that view! The kitchen is very well equipped too which is always a bonus. The apartment is a good size, we were only one couple but there's plenty of room for a couple of kids too, without feeling on top of each other. For anyone with mobility issues - there are 10 steps to get up into the apartment, but once inside everything is on one level. There is also a separate shower and bath, although it's quite a large step to get into the shower. We very much enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Watch, I'm sure we'll be back!

    Reviewed by Natalie4.7Sep 2021

  • "Great accommodation, beautiful location & views."

    If you want to walk to the beach be prepared to climb. Would of booked again for next year but it’s doubled in price

    Dear Wenda, Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback, it helps us and the owners going forward and we always take all points into consideration. Its lovely to hear you enjoyed the apartment, and we totally agree, the view is stunning. We are sorry to hear to hear you have been put off by the pricing. Please be assured that the pricing is regularly reviewed by the owners and ourselves. Please don't hesitate to take a look at the prices in the future as they can change at anytime. We sincerely hope you enjoyed your stay, Carbis Bay Holidays Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wenda5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a toxic gas leak from the fridge in the apartment at Dolphin Watch, that could have been deadly."

    The Company were swift in replacing the fridge for us (although I had to help....assisting with the lifting down stairs of the old fridge and the lifting upstairs of the new one. We also had a faulty toilet, this was not rectified. When I tried to engage with Carbis Bay Holidays about our experience and the stress of the toxic gas leak, they ignored all my emails for over two weeks. When I got through on the phone to ask why my emails had not been answerd, they advised me that the owners of the property would offer no apology or compensation of any kind, as they could not be 100 percent sure that the fridge had been leaking toxic gas. After all the research I did online I can be certain it was a gas leak....I can also be certain that the cleaner must have smelled it too when cleaning before our arrival - but she did nothing to report it to anyone. Overall I found the customer service of Carbis Bay Holidays to be very poor - not returning any of my emails. And the attitude of the owners to not offer any form of compensation or apology for our stress and inconvenience, shows them to be rather miserly in my opinion. I would avoid Dolphin Watch for this reason and I would not be inclined to book again with Carbis Bay Holidays or indeed Sykes Cottages, their new owner.

    Reviewed by Adam2.5Jul 2021

  • ""The most spectacular views of the bay."

    Dolphin Bay met all our expectations and beyond. The kids were in awe of the stunning views from Dolphin Bay and the excitement of seeing the train running past down below made our son's day. The look on our kids' faces when they saw the views was unforgettable. Our stay at Dolphin Bay will always be treasured as a time where we as a family made much happy memories. It was all that was needed for our family to have the much desired time together after a stressful few months of both emotional and physical challenges. Thank you Dolphin Bay."
    Raj Bange

    ReviewApr 2019

  • ""We had a wonderful week at Dolphin Watch the apartment is beautiful & every bit as fab as it looked on the internet."

    Website was really easy to navigate & loads of pictures which was good. Booking was all seamless & I like your online payment method made it really easy to pay anytime of the day." M.Elliot

    TestimonialJul 2015

  • ""WOW WOW WOW, and that was just the view!"

    We had such an amazing week in Dolphin Watch. The apartment was fantastic, so clean and well kept and everything we could possibly need. Carbis bay beach was glorious, we had fantastic weather and it wasn't crowded so had a very relaxing time. The coastal walks and views were stunning. We are now converts and will be returning next year and not be venturing abroad. We were so sorry to leave and my daughter of 7 years old has asked if we could move there permanently!! OH IF ONLY" S. Hinkler

    TestimonialJul 2015

  • ""We really enjoyed our stay in Dolphin Watch."

    The apartment was clean, warm and immaculate. Everything that we required was provided. We were impressed by the smooth handover and the goodies in the fridge! After our long journey to Carbis Bay, the first thing we did was to have a cup of tea and a scone! (It's the small things that count!!) The highlight of our stay was to see the dolphins swimming across the bay in Coverack. Wow! " R. & I. Gerrard

    TestimonialJun 2015

  • ""Dolphin Watch at Carbis must rate as having one of the most stunning views in the whole of Cornwall, our accommodation was a true delight, we wanted for nothing."

    The advantage of being so close to the charming railway is also a bonus because you can leave the car and take in the views. We eat out at several restaruants but out of them all we liked the food and views offered at the Lifeboat Inn at St Ives." G. Childs

    TestimonialJun 2015

  • ""Well accommodation was very good so much so we are booking again!"

    The view from the apartment well say no more what a view!! We walked yet again one of our favourite walks, Helford to St Anthony then to Carne, up to Manaccan and then to Frenchmen's creek via Kestle before our return to Helford,Another favourite walk -Lizard to Kynance Cove, then follow coastal path back to Lizard Lighthouse then go on to Lifeboat station before a return to Lizard village. Another walk - Lizard to Cadgwith following coast path and return, after taking some brown bread and butter and purchasing some wonderful crab in Cadgwith, walking back up to the coast path, finding a bench and devouring the crab wonderful. We also completed a further 4 lengthy walks including Minack theatre to Lands End and return " M. Randell

    TestimonialMay 2015

  • ""We enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Watch very much indeed, as we thought we would miss the hustle and bustle of St Ives but that's where the coastal train line came into it's own."

    It was so incredibly convenient, punctual and reasonably priced that we hardly used the car during the whole week of our stay. The apartment was very comfortable and very well equipped, the 'dolphin spotting' binoculars were a nice touch although we didn't see any dolphins this time around, they did give a good view of St Ives though, and we actually spotted a genuine tall sail ship one day." J. Hough

    TestimonialMay 2015

  • ""From the moment we stepped into Dolphin Watch we felt at home."

    Our 2 year old daughter loved the view as much as we did! We had everything which we needed and really appreciated the few bits that were left in the fridge for us - especially the cream tea. Carbis Bay beach is wonderful and we used the train nearly everyday. The Sloop Inn in St Ives was great for a relaxing drink and we used the Dolphin pub in Penzance which was very child friendly. Paradise Park was really good for a rainy day as was the swimming pool at St Ives." L. Goodman

    TestimonialApr 2015

  • ""What a great week we had at Dolphin Watch No Dolphin sightings but a very comfortable and enjoyable break."

    The coastal walk to St Ives was very scenic. The Barbara Hepworth museum was worth a visit. We enjoyed an evening meal at the Italian restaurant at Carbis Bay and the take away Fish and chips were fantastic! The view from the lounge window was beautiful and something we will remember for a long time. This is one place that we hope to be returning to again soon." E. Dunkerton

    TestimonialApr 2015

  • ""We enjoyed the week in St."

    Ives. The apartment was great, particularly the view from the lounge. The location was ideal for us, as we travelled to Cornwall by train. So the proximity of the station allowed us to travel extensively. The apartment had everything we needed." M. Green

    TestimonialMar 2015

  • ""This was the 3rd consecutive year we have stayed at Dolphin Watch and once again the administration and accommodation was of a high standard and without fault."

    Regarding the local area Blas in St Ives serves excellent burgers in a small yet relaxed environment. The Gurnards Head at Zennor produces superb food as does Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay. I can also recommend One Eyed Cat bar/bistro to grab a good lunch whilst in Truro." J. Enright

    TestimonialMar 2015

  • ""We had a fantastic stay ay Dolphin Watch last week, the apartment itself was very clean and welcoming - everything we could want."

    No faults at all. The weather last week was lovely and we were able to leave the car as much as possible and walk or catch the train. We had lots of days on the beach both at Carbis Bay and St Ives." L. Speake

    TestimonialFeb 2015

  • ""We thought that Dolphin Watch was a wonderful flat that had everything, the view from the window almost wasn't real it was fantastic."

    The furnishing was lovely and myself, my husband and my daughter thoroughly loved it." C. Armstrong

    TestimonialFeb 2015

  • ""Our 2nd stay at Dolphin Watch was fabulous."

    The apartment is very well furnished and equipped, very comfortable, and in a fantastic location. To eat in the local area I would certainly recommend the Gurnard's Head Inn near Zennor - great choices, especially fish and vegetarian. Also for Mexican food try The Mex in St Ives near the cinema. Small but pleasant surroundings with a varied menu at reasonable prices. The One Eyed Cat in Truro is great for lunch to support a shopping trip.And for a wonderful place to visit I recommend the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek." J. Enright

    TestimonialDec 2014

  • ""Lovely holilday thank you."

    Accommodation clean and well furnished with stunning views, admintration of booking very effiecient. Sloop Inn and the Hub in St. Ives both gastro pub food for the fraction of the price, couldn't believe it compared to London! Nice walk along coast into St. Ives, also had a good walk along Lands End cliffs." M. Stone

    TestimonialNov 2014

  • ""As ever, Dolphin Watch was a delight (this was our 2nd visit this year) and we are already looking at dates for the coming year."

    It is such a fabulous apartment with an amazing view, and what with all the dvd's/binoculars/puzzles and games provided, you really don't need to spend a fortune by going out every night. Thanks to all at Carbis Bay Holidays for making everything so smooth and hassle free. The apartment was once again spotless." W. Lawler

    TestimonialOct 2014

  • ""We had another lovely holiday in Carbis Bay and the weather was really nice and sunny during our stay."

    Dolphin Watch apartment was spotless, homely, well equipped and had the most spectacular views. To all of you in admin, thank you once again, as everything from booking to the standard of accommodation - was first class." J. & J. Hayes

    TestimonialSep 2014

  • ""Dolphin Watch was beautiful and it was obvious that the family who owned it really wanted visitors to have a good time in Cornwall."

    Most mornings were spent admiring our beautiful view across the bay and into St Ives. The Carbis Bay Team have been most helpful and I found booking the holiday simple,and any queries I had were answered swiftly and efficiently,we will certainly be booking with you again. We would highly recommend visits to St Michaels Mount and the Minack Theatre,where we had lovely lunches both days. The Eden Project was top of out list of places to visit and it didn't disappoint,but we are glad we got there as it opened as by 1pm the place was heaving." K Gooden

    TestimonialSep 2014

  • ""Dolphin Watch enjoys an amazing view overlooking the beach."

    Walks we enjoyed included going to Godrevy headland where seals might be spotted on occasions. Drive on the road from St Ives to St Just is very scenic and recommended by Cornwall guide for views of sea and sunset. The Black Rock restaurant at St Ives serves excellent quality food." P. Wong

    TestimonialAug 2014

  • ""Just to say a big thank you to yourselves, and to the owners of 'dolphin Watch' - the apartment was superb in everyway."

    Cleanliness was to a very high standard, and there were nice little touches within, like the binoculars and the games/video's and dvd's. We loved it so much I have already booked a return visit in September." W. Lawlor

    TestimonialAug 2014

  • ""We really enjoyed our holiday in Dolphin Watch."

    The accommodation was good and very comfortable. We saw around 11 or 12 seals both from the apartment window and different places on the shore in St. Ives and Carbis Bay. I would recommend the seal sanctuary in Gweek for a good family day out and nothing can beat the Roskillies ice cream, its a really lovely place to go to for fudge, cream tea and ice cream." J. Hurry

    TestimonialJul 2014

  • ""Absolutely fantastic!"

    !! I have already recommended you to my boss who is considering booking his holiday with you. The website is simple to use, the booking process is just as easy, and the accommodation (Dolphin Watch) was simply amazing! I dont think the photos do it justice!! We are already working out when to come back. Cornwall is an amazing area, and you certainly seem to find the best locations!!" L. Mustafic

    TestimonialJul 2014

  • ""Where do we start!"

    The apartment was fabulous, great views over the bay (didn't see any dolphins but never mind!) It was very tidy, well decorated and comfortable, everything you needed - great bathroom and a very comfy bed! Having the towels as part of the package was a small detail but very nice touch, as was the use of the binoculars - for my sea gazing!" Y. Tompkins

    TestimonialJun 2014

  • ""The accommodation certainly met all our requirements and the view from the lounge is absolutely fantastic."

    We have recommended your website and Dolphin Watch in particular to at least 5 friends already." J. Ead

    TestimonialJun 2014

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This property is part of the Carbis Bay Holidays collection.
Escape to a luxury holiday cottage nudging the Cornish coast. Carbis Bay Holidays collection of stylish self-catering accommodation ranges from penthouse apartments overlooking the white-sand beaches of St Ives, to designer country homes a pebble’s throw from the coast.


  • First-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with LCD TV with Freeview, 1 x family room with single and bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Electric heating
  • Double oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • TV with Apple TV and Freeview, TV with Freeview, DVD player, Alexa Echo, Wifi, a selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair provided
  • Off-road undercover parking for 1 car
  • Seaward facing communal gardens
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 1.1 miles, beach 0.3 miles
  • Note: Please bring your own bedding for use of the cot
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

The stunning views from the bay window of Dolphin Watch are a joy.

This contemporary first-floor apartment is aptly named too, if you are lucky you may spot dolphins playing in the bay.

However, the view alone is breath-taking, stretching across Carbis Bay beach to St Ives and out to Godrevy Lighthouse.

Sleeping four in two well-presented bedrooms, it’s perfect for a family holiday or romantic beach retreat.

A wall of windows showcases this amazing seascape in the open plan sitting and dining area.

Sit down in the window seat or relax in one of the two large sofas and enjoy watching nature at play or enjoy the entertainment provided on a Smart TV with Freeview.

The dining area is to the rear of the sitting area benefitting from its wonderful sea views.

This delightful space is furnished with wooden floors, a large dining table, six matching chairs and a large serving hatch to the kitchen, allowing the cook to still join in the fun.

The chef won’t miss out on the sea views either as a second opening from the kitchen to the sitting area reveals more ocean scenes.

A well-appointed stylish kitchen to the rear has everything you need in your superb home from home.

Both bedrooms are to the rear and separated from the rest of the living accommodation by glass sliding doors.

This is a bonus if you or your children want an early night without being disturbed by others in the living room.

The master bedroom has a beautifully dressed double bed, the second room is fitted with a single bed and a bunk bed.

The second room is also large enough for the travel cot which is provided.

The bathroom of Dolphin Watch is incredibly spacious with ceramic wall tiles and wood effect flooring.

The beautiful communal gardens of Gwel Marten are available for guests to use and benefit from stunning views and access to the South West Coastal Path and Carbis Bay beach.

The coastal path offers a dramatic scenic walk to the beautiful Cornish fishing village of St Ives or you can catch the scenic railway nearby.

This visits St Ives and the surrounding area and is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the country.

Dolphin Watch’s setting is truly magical and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this beachside retreat and who knows you may spot some extra friends too.

Gwel Marten

Gwel Marten Apartments occupy a superb position on Headland Road at Carbis Bay. With dramatic views along Carbis Bay beach across to St Ives and Godrevy Lighthouse in the other direction.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


St Ives 2 miles ; Hayle 3.5 miles ; Penzance 8.5 miles

Just a short drive from iconic St Ives, the seaside village of Carbis Bay is best-known for its beautiful stretch of pure white sand. With turquoise waters and sheltered conditions, the beach feels almost subtropical and is the perfect spot for a good old-fashioned day by the sea. The beach is also home to the Ocean Sports Centre, so if sunbathing is not really your thing, why not hire a kayak or SUP and get out on the water instead. Or why not treat yourself to a Spa day at the delightful hotel which overlooks the beach and has a fabulous terrace where cocktails can be enjoyed in the Cornish sunshine? Carbis Bay has a small range of local shops and restaurants as well as a fish & chip takeaway and railway branch line. The train journey from Carbis Bay into St Ives is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the country; St Ives additionally makes for a great day out, with plenty of galleries to explore. The quayside town of Hayle also isn't far and is home to activities for the all the family, including a golf and a wildlife sanctuary. The Godrevy Nature Reserve and Penwith Heritage Coast are also within easy reach from Carbis Bay, providing outdoors and watersports plans with even more activities to partake in, including coasteering and birdwatching. Carbis Bay is truly a wonderful holiday location for those wanting to experience Cornwall's breathtaking coastline.

There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100 for this property. Access from the parking area is up one level via five steps with hand rails.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas