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Labour in Vain

St Ives, Cornwall (Ref. 1004346)


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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "I stayed in this cottage 20 years ago."

    It was such a fabulous cottage I couldn't believe when it came up as available. Not been away for 2 years I paid £4000 for 2 weeks in August. It is in a perfect location and many of the same features and positives remain. But It has been allowed to fall into disrepair. The garden is embarrassing, dead plants, no love, care or attention, especially when the gardens next door and at the B and B are fab. The window frames are rusty and inoperable for the main. Worry of all the mattresses are disgraceful , lumpy and very uncomfortable.Slats making from best frames. Key Items missing from kitchen like can opener, basement room is smelly, damp and frankly unusable, no fuel for fires so unusable, no instructions on how to operate the central heating, outside chairs dirty and one collapsed whilst we were there...I could go on. I wanted to contact the firm when we were there, but frankly couldn't be bothered to spend time on my first holiday for 2 years been angry. The owner needs to stop looking at this as a cash cow and give this beautiful cottage the TLC it deserves.

    Reviewed by JaniceAug 2021

  • "The house is located in a superb location and a consequence of this is the difficulty in gaining access for a car."

    I was lucky not to damage my car and so guidance on the best route to the property would have been invaluable. Also, stating that ‘parking is 100yds away’ is disingenuous as this is highly sought after and other properties have Located permits for the car parks - ours didn’t so we parked some miles away.

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2021

  • "Had to scrub the shower clean with bleach to get the mould off the grout."

    Banisters and doors not cleaned and surfaces felt sticky on worktops etc. Penetrating damp in the cellar room and kitchen cupboard. Hinges on kitchen units badly rusted and plastic door wrap peeling off in kitchen and bathroom. Bathroom fan runs but the vents are clogged and do not open. No spare bulbs left to replace the 5 blown bulbs. Could do with new pillows and old ones clooged up the cupboards. Great location and a comfortable cottage and we still enjoyed our stay despite the above.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

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The property

Labour in Vain is a traditional, semi-detached cottage in the centre of St Ives, a short walk from a host of attractions, amenities and selection of pristine sandy beaches.

This three-storey property is ideal accommodation for a family or group of six wanting to enjoy the attractions, beaches and art scene that St Ives boasts, as well as being within easy reach of the South West Coast Path and picturesque Penwith Heritage Coast.

The property is 100 metres from a car park, where guests can leave their vehicles, and access to the property is via the front gate, past the pretty, enclosed courtyard garden, where you can enjoy sitting out in the sunshine with a morning coffee or alfresco lunch.

Enter the property into the quarry tiled, contemporary kitchen, with neutral tones, wooden worktops and well-equipped with all the necessary appliances to cook up a fantastic meal, to be enjoyed at the dining table in the dining room, beside the charming woodburning stove, adding to the homely feel of the space.

At the end of the day, relax in the sitting room, four steps up from the kitchen, where you can cosy up on the large corner sofa and enjoy your favourite shows on the TV as the woodburning stove heats up the room.

Alternatively, head down the staircase from the sitting room into the lower-ground-floor games room, with a TV, sofa, table football and dartboard, guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment.

Heading back upstairs, the staircase to the first floor is accessed from the dining room, where you will encounter three spacious and stylish bedrooms, decorated with a coastal theme and offering ample storage space, with a double bedroom featuring a woodburning stove, a second double bedroom with distant beach and sea views and a bunk room, all served by the partly tiled family bathroom.

Right in the heart of the thriving harbour town of St Ives, you are a stone's throw from a host of shops, restaurants, pubs, cafés and beaches.

Known for its thriving art scene, a visit to Tate St Ives and the Barabara Hepworth Museum are a must, with a host of other galleries within walking distance as well as narrow streets packed with picturesque cottages nestled around the quayside.

St Ives offers wonderful swimming and surfing opportunities, on North Cornwall's Atlantic coastline, known for its rolling waves, with a choice of four stunning sandy beaches within walking distance of the cottage.

Walkers can join the magnificent South West Coast Path and explore the coastline in both directions; head west towards the Penwith Heritage Coast, where you will discover excellent hiking at Hellesveor Cliff and Zennor Beach, the scenic view point at Gurnard's Head, Pendeen Watch Lighthouse and the Bronze Age site of Mên-an-Tol, while a journey east will encompass the beaches of Porthminster, Carbis Bay and Porthkidney, the town of Hayle and its wildlife-orientated attractions of RSPB Hayle Estuary and Paradise Park and JungleBarn.

Cornwall's most westerly town, Penzance, is around eight miles away, with a pretty promenade, gallery & museum, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and 16th century country house of Trengwainton Garden.

The Lizard heritage Coast and its selection of beautiful beaches at Praa Sands, Porthleven and Mullion are also close by, along with attractions like Flambards Theme Park, Trebah Garden botanical garden and Poldark Mine & The Cornish Heritage Collection.

This is the perfect base from which to explore the picturesque North Cornwall coastline.


  • Over three floors: 1 x double with woodburning stove, 1 x double, 1 x bunk room
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Lower-ground-floor games room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, dartboard and table football
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Front courtyard garden with seating
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and beach within 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is no parking for this property, however there is a public carpark 100 metres away

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Penzance 6 miles.

One of Cornwall's prettiest harbour towns, St Ives offers narrow streets, tight-packed cottages nestling around the quayside, the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth museum, fabulous beaches, superb shops, a thriving community of artists, great pubs and restaurants and much more. With its semi Bohemian lifestyle and romantic air, it's easy to see why this is the county's premier holiday resort. The surrounding area has much for the visitor to see and do with abundant wildlife, fabulous coastal walks, top quality surfing and the Celtic mysteries of the Land's End Peninsula are all within easy reach. A superb destination!

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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