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Driftwood Haven

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely property which was relatively clean and had some lovely decor."

    What disappointed me after a long tiring journey,…there wasn’t any welcome pack such as a pint of milk, tea or coffee. This wasn’t a cheap property and little welcoming touches make a difference. There was a very thick duvet on the bed and needs to be changed in warm weather as made sleep very difficult. I was disappointed that we couldn’t see the sea when sat in the garden as the pictures give the impression that you can. The back garden has no furniture and very little room for sitting out. The front garden has the sunshine in the mornings but there is no view except for a garage and driveway opposite and the garden is not particularly pretty. Overall I didn’t think it represented good value for money.

    Reviewed by Debra3.8Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful house and fantastic location."

    Quiet in the evening but easy to walk to lots of restaurants, beaches and Tesco! Bus stop outside incase we didn’t fancy walking in to St Ives, though it’s not far. Ideal for the five of us. Amazing sea views from two of the bedrooms which was an added bonus. Lovely bedrooms, en-suite, living area, kitchen and front decking perfect for a sunny breakfast spot. Only suggestions for improvement would be to give the grout in the shower in the main bathroom a clean up and also in the back garden, there was a little BBQ but no outdoor seating. A little table and a few chairs would have been handy, but I accept it’s probably not usually as hot and sunny as it was when we were there! Thank you

    Reviewed by Abby4.7May 2023

  • "We could not give any points for cleanliness because there were still a lot of dark hairs on the floor from previous guests."

    This is disgusting and you can see that it was not cleaned properly. Superficially the house was clean, but on closer inspection it was not. The oven was so encrusted with dirt from the previous tenants that we had to clean it for a long time before we could use. The cleaning team should also have a look in there. The cleaning team has some learning to do. Sorry. Also, the fact that there were only 4 towels for a two-week stay is not okay. You can't eat anything hard with the cheap forks and the knives don't cut either. Maybe something can be improved. It is written everywhere that you should strip the beds when you leave, we did it for whatever reason, but the old hand soap containers were still in the bathroom. This is not in line with Covid regulations, if is the same for the beds. Also, the guest does not want so see the stains left on the mattresses by the previous guest!! For the price and rating, it could be better. Also, we missed a welcome basket. The decor of the house is very well done. After some initial hassle and cleaning, we were able to enjoy our holiday in our beloved Cornwall. We are sorry that we cannot give a full score, but the cleaning should be better. And it is supposed to be an honest feedback.

    Reviewed by Roland2.8Sep 2022

  • "Lovely house."

    We enjoyed our stay here and would book again. Perfect location for us, just outside of the hustle and bustle but well within walking distance of it all. Bus stop just down the road if you don’t want the climb back from st Ives. House was nice and clean, lovey furnishings and everything we needed. One small suggestion it would have been nice to have access to Netflix etc especially if the weather had turned bad, otherwise brilliant stay. Thank you

    Thankyou for your comments and pleased you enjoyed your stay. Just to note that Netflix is available on the television (as is Prime and all the other digital channels) - you just have to log in with your details. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2022

  • "Modern property and a good base for a holiday in this part of Cornwall."

    Good choice of restaurants locally. The tapas bar close by is excellent. Walkable to the sands at Carbis Bay and St Ives although the hills are steep. Beach is nice and patrolled by lifeguards. Easy drive to Penzance and St Michaels Mount and the larger shops down there if needed.

    Reviewed by Philip4.1Sep 2022

  • "The property was lovely, very spacious and had everything we needed for a family of five for the week."

    It was a great location to walk down to Carbis Bay beach and we walked to St Ives easily one day in about 25 mins. There is also a bus stop two minutes walk from the house which took about 5 mins to get to St Ives should you not want to walk. There is a Tesco around the corner and some restaurants and a pub within walking distance also. Great house and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely gorgeous property and very clean."

    6 adults staying and we didn’t feel overcrowded at all. Sea views from 2 bedrooms. Everything you needed was supplied in the property. Very quiet area. st Ives is walking distance or there’s a bus every 1/2 hour. We got all 3 cars on the drive with ease. Will definitely be staying here again.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0May 2022

  • "Hi, fantastic house, lovely decor and views."

    We very much enjoyed staying in this house. If I had to make any constructive feedback I would suggest that the main en suite should have a sliding door as the current set up is very awkward to access the toilet, especially in the night when you don't want to put lights in etc. Access to the front door is via steps or slope, but there is a half step in the decking which each one of us tripped on at least a few times. Would suggest, although I appreciate not pretty, it really needs some kind of hazard or yellow tape to show the change in level. Otherwise would return no problem

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great holiday fab accommodation"

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely house in a great location We found the house to be exactly as described and pictured."

    Perfectly located to wander down to the beach at Carbis Bay or into St Ives (our preference over driving the narrow streets). Ideally located just next to a supermarket for those quick essentials. Furnishings and decor were like a home from home, very comfy and well equipped. Utility room was a huge bonus as we got caught in a few autumnal rain showers so really valued the washer/dryer and drying rack. We didn't have any issues with access, yes the road is narrow and unmade, but the listing was clear on that. We have two large SUVs that we travelled in and were perfectly able to get down the lane and comfortably parked on the drive. We'd have no hesitation to stay again.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Sep 2021

  • "Driftwood Haven is a really lovely place to stay in a good location."

    It's away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives, but close enough to make it accessible on foot (30 minute walk). Tesco's is a stone's throw away. Gwithian beach is good for surfing and is about a 15-20 minute drive from the house. The property itself is great, the only thing missing is a large frying pan! In high season it's wise to pre-book restaurants and taxis. Beck's fish and chips in Carbis Bay is definitely worth a visit. We would have no hesitation staying at Driftwood Haven again.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday in Driftwood Haven."

    The house is very well equipped but with one down side the sofas are very uncomfortable. Everything else was first class.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2020

  • "Driftwood Haven is a beautiful house in a great location with excellent facilities right on the doorstep."

    We were 3 couples and the house offered everything we could ask for. The furniture and decor were high quality and it felt like a real home from home. We contacted the owner to ask a couple of questions and he couldn’t have been more accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed our break and will certainly go back if we tour the area again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Roma5.0Oct 2020

  • "Access to the property is very poor and this wasn’t made clear in the listing."

    The lane is very narrow and uneven. I have an SUV and struggled to fit down the lane, if I had anything larger I wouldn’t have been able to drive to the property. It’s also difficult to get on and off the driveway.

    Reviewed by Geraint4.4Sep 2020

  • "Great first holiday following lockdown, we really enjoyed the property, carbis bay and St ives."

    Great location for walking to the beaches of Carbis bay or St ives. The lane leading to the property is tight, although I have a Discovery and managed it fine. Well laid out and well equipped property, we will use again if we return to Carbis Bay.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility room
  • Ground-floor underfloor heating with first-floor gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, Smart TV with sound bar and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed front garden with patio furniture
  • Enclosed back garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles

The property

Driftwood Haven is a well-appointed luxury cottage, sitting in the seaside village of Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

With its chic decor and sociable open-plan living space, this luxurious abode is the perfect location for groups of six that seek an unforgettable escape to the Cornish coast.

Admire the stunning exterior of this property as you pull onto the gravelled driveway and make your way up onto the patio.

Step into the bright white hallway and head for the open-plan living space, filled with bright natural light from the contemporary patio doors.

Gather snacks from the fully-fitted kitchen boasting stylish dark grey units and marble-style worktops, before re-grouping on the sofas and feeling like your part of the movie as you watch the latest blockbuster on the 65" TV with surround sound from high-tech sound bar.

Take a seat at the breakfast bar and watch the chef of the group show off their talents as they prepare an exquisite three course meal, to be devoured at the dining table; no need to fight over who's turn it is to do the dishes, leave it to the dishwasher.

At the end of the hallway, a handy utility space provides the perfect area to wash and dry your clothes after an action-packed day on the beach.

Head up the airy staircase to the shower room and indulge in a refreshing waterfall shower, whilst your towel keeps warm on the heated rail.

Wander into your bedroom for the week and take your time to pick out an outfit for the evening ahead; an immaculate king-size bedroom has been beautifully decorated in neutral tones with blue accents and sweet little nods to the coastal location, making this a tranquil spot to lay your head to rest.

Further down the hall you will find an attractive double bedroom with built-in storage for all of your belongings and en-suite with waterfall shower; this bedroom also features gorgeous patio doors out to a balcony with breath-taking views of the sea.

A charming twin bedroom with crisp white bedding and lovely decor is a great spot to rest for those wanting to stay with a friend.

Back on the ground-floor, you will also find access to the rear garden of the property, make the most of this space during the summer months with lunch on the lawn, or instead, why not tuck into breakfast around the outdoor table on the front patio.

When you can manage to tear yourself away from this sumptuous dwelling, wander down to Carbis Bay and take a stroll along the white sands as you admire the clear waters.

Develop new and exciting skills with an exhilarating surf lesson with Roam Cornwall, or head into St Ives where you can catch a boat ride or hire out a kayak or wine and dine at one of the many local bars and restaurants.

Spend an afternoon on a scenic walk through Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve before visiting the historical sites of Knill's Monument and Trencrom Hill.

For a chilled-out retreat to the vibrant village of Carbis Bay, stay at Driftwood Haven.

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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.

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