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The Sail Loft

(Ref. 1045640)

St Ives, Cornwall Show on map


  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "The Sail Loft was fabulous, everything that you could ask for, nothing to much trouble from the owner, we had a lovely time and will definitely be back!"


    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2023

  • "Five F's Five Stars: Property Five Stars: Location Five Stars:"

    Communication from owner - start to finish Five Stars: Already booked in again for 2024 :) Fiona : Thank You

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2023

  • "A very nice property, would consider booking again next year if it was available."

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "The location of the sail loft is ideal, you are less than 2 minutes walk to beaches and the harbour but still in a quiet location tucked away behind a little Cafe."

    We didn't hear any noise from the cafe at any point. Property has no outside space but with us being so close to the beach this wasn't too much of an issue. The sail loft is accessible down some steep stone steps, we had a 2 year old with us and I myself am pregnant and found this a little tricky. Once down stairs into the property the kitchen and living space are specious, clean and lovely but not really any natural light with it being below ground. The bedrooms and bathroom where clean and fresh and a big bath tub was a bonus. The stairs however are in my opinion a bit dangerous. They are open wooden stairs with no rail or barrier at one side to stop you falling off. We had to be extremely careful with the 2 year old and I was very conscious myself going up and down. A simple hand rail would make this so much safer. Saying that the host was lovely and helpful, beds and bedding where lovely, lots of fresh towels and bits for the beach to use over your stay. I recommend this but maybe not with anyone who has little children or is a bit unsteady under foot.

    Reviewed by Sophie4.4May 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely overall."

    The decor was lovely, the bed linen felt really fresh and crisp, and the towels were deliciously huge. We loved the location and having the bonus free entry to the Tate etc and the delicious cream tea at Olives, was the icing on the cake! The only downside was that we didn’t find the sofas particularly comfortable because they were very soft and the cushions that you sit on aren’t anchored so slip forwards all of the time. Also there was quite a lot of transferred noise from adjoining properties, including what sounded like a huge tumble dryer or dishwasher that would go on until nearly 11pm. Greta was an extremely good host and sent loads of really useful information and was very understanding when we contacted her about an accident we had; which was fantastic and such a relief. So overall our experience was brilliant- thank you

    Thank you for the feedback, we are glad to hear you had a lovely stay and we are sorry to hear about the noise from next door. We hope to see you again at The Sail Loft. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam4.7Apr 2023

  • "We spent an amazing here at the Sail Loft."

    We have visited St Ives regularly over the last 25 years and this is a fantastic place to stay. Perfect location for the beaches and the best of the town. We brought along our dogs this time as in the past have struggled to find accommodation for the 2 dogs. The sleeping arrangements for our 2 teenagers was perfect too! Not having to share a room was a bonus for them! Will definitely recommend again and hopefully stay again next year! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage in the heart of St Ives with lots of extra touches."

    2 downsides, 1. No outside space and the stairs are a bit dodgy (open wooden staircase) but these did not spoil the great stay we had.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Mar 2023

  • "A fabulous property."

    Excellent location.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property was brilliant - very clean and home from home."

    It's situated in the best place for all facilities and we really enjoyed our holiday there.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at the Sail Loft."

    We had a family group of 5 staying and the property met all of our needs. We loved the fact that the Sail Loft was at the heart of the old town, only a few minutes walk away from the glorious beaches, the harbour, the cobbled streets with so many independent shops and with a real range of great places to eat and drink. It was our first visit to St Ives and the town had a lovely atmosphere and is suitable for all ages. The information provided on the property and area was spot on and the owner could not have been more helpful with excellent advance communication. We have no hesitation in recommending to others.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Sail Loft is in an excellent location for easy access to the beaches and also to the town for shopping and eating out."

    It is extremely comfortably accommodation. We had 5 adults staying and everyone was pleased with the bedrooms and living space. We were also fortunate to have wall to wall sunshine so the wet room by the entrance was very welcome for showering off after a day at the beach.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Sail Loft is beautifully decorated, lovingly furnished and very clean."

    We have had a very relaxing holiday with our grown-up kids and our family dog. We visited quite a few of our usual places such as Newquay, Falmouth, Truro and new places such as Penzance which we travelled to by train. Wished we had used the train earlier on in our holiday as I think we would have used it more. We normally stay at Portreath but it has been brilliant to be able to have St Ives as a base as opposed to somewhere we would just visit for a few hours. We enjoyed visiting the Tate Gallery the views of St Ives from inside the building are definitely worth seeing.

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Sail Loft Very clean and very well ..."

    Really enjoyed our stay at Sail Loft Very clean and very well equipped Location perfect for us Loved it and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay."

    The owner was extremely helpful and everything was just perfect.

    Reviewed by Beckie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great was extremely helpful and made us feel incredibly welcome."

    We actually have our own flat in Back Road East that we had already rented out, and we both agree that the standard of communications and information that Greta and Sykes provided was excellent. The house itself is perfectly located and the furnishing very tasteful and warm. I hope you don't mind but the only thing that we felt should be upgraded was the TV. Tech has moved so quickly over the last few years and I think a new smart TV would fit in well in such a great cottage. Many thanks Simon and Vivien

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback - and you were right, our TV was very outdated! Your feedback has prompted us to install a shiny new Smart TV. Thanks again and best wishes, Greta Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2021

  • "It was a lovely little holiday home with everything you could ever need."

    Located in a fabulous spot in St Ives. We will definitely be returning.

    Thanks for your kind feedback Lucy, much appreciated - we'd be delighted to welcome you back. Best wishes, Greta Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at The Sail Loft very much."

    It was clean, very well presented, well located but peaceful. Thank you very much

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at the 'Sail Loft'."

    The property is perfectly placed in St Ives for access to all the town has to offer. The Sail loft was clean, comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed for a happy holiday. The complementary cream tea at 'Olives' was a real treat! Thank you to Greta, the owner, who's communication and helpfulness was excellent!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great holiday and lovely cottage thanks"

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fantastic location, the cleanest cottage I think I’ve ever stayed in."

    Very comfy beds everything you need and the cream tea at Olives was a lovely treat. We would love to stay next summer but as the price is almost double for the same week this won’t be possible which is sad

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really great location within walking distance of everything St Ives has to offer."

    Comfortable and welcoming, and very useful to have a parking space even though it is a gentle 10 minute walk away. We enjoyed our break and would love to return.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2021

  • "Home from home, a great place to stay and having several beaches in walking distance is ideal."

    We hope to return - the parking spot is a bonus and allowed us to walk off the pasties and cream teas

    Reviewed by Alastair5.0Apr 2021

  • "Fantastic value for money: we really enjoyed staying at the The Sail Loft."

    It did feel a little bit like being on a boat but that was all part of the fun of the accommodation. The owner, Greta, provided lots of useful information before our arrival and Geraldine, the house keeper, was also very helpful. The location is great, close to the the harbour but also quiet, the beds are amazingly comfortable and the little extras were an additional treat. Having the use of a parking space in St Ives is like gold dust and the complimentary cream tea at Olive's Cafe was delicious. We had a great holiday with St Ives working it's Cornish magic once again!

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x doubles, 1 twin (zip/link, can be king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Wet room with shower and WC
  • Open plan living space with kitchen, dining and living area
  • Central heating and electric woodburner effect fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher
  • TV, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available to hire (extra)
  • Reserved parking for 1 car
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.3 miles
  • Note: There is a £25 fee for the second pet

The property

In the heart of the stunning coastal town of St Ives, in a brilliantly central location with three fantastic beaches within walking distance and the stunning harbour just a stones’ throw away, is The Sail Loft.

Once used as storage for fisherman's sails and nets, the property is now beautifully and creatively converted to offer a unique, spacious and stylish three-bedroom home.

Seven steps from the lane lead down to a large open plan living/dining/kitchen with well equipped kitchen, beamed ceiling (formed from ships masts!) and flagstone floors; the perfect spot for making plans for the day whilst sat around the large dining table or hunkering down on the sofa after a busy day exploring the coastal paths and local beaches.

From the sitting-room a door leads to a good-sized twin bedroom (or king) and open tread, open sided stairs lead up to two further elegant double bedrooms with high ceilings plus a swish family bathroom.

There’s an additional wet room and loo by the entrance – perfectly placed for rinsing off salt and sandy adventure.

On arrival, once you've negotiated the maze of streets, you can unload right outside the cottage and there is a parking space reserved at the St Ives Rugby Club located around 20 minutes on foot from the house.

Once you've parked your car, St Ives has so much to offer it's unlikely you'll want to use it again until you go home!

Well placed for exploring the excellent local eateries, traditional inns and coffee houses on the waterfront overlooking the boats in the harbour, exploring the cobbled streets full of galleries (including the Tate modern) and boutique shops or watching the azure surf action on Porthmeor beach or enjoying the water sports at Porthminster this is a brilliant base all year round for families and couples searching for a holiday in this favoured Cornish town.

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

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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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