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Back Of Beyond

(Ref. 959345)

St Ives, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely place in a lovely location."

    The complementary cream tea, hot cross buns and Easter eggs were a really nice touch and much appreciated by all. Would definitely recommend. Edmund and family

    Reviewed by Edmund5.0Mar 2024

  • "Fabulous place with everything we needed for our stay, loved the special touches including cream tea."

    Great location close to the pub and some very scenic walks, our dog loved it!!

    Reviewed by Nadine5.0Mar 2024

  • "Excellent very homely and inviting."

    Property owner very approachable. Everything you need for a great week. Just bring your clothes , toiletries ,food and drink.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "This holiday accommodation offers luxury living in an area of outstanding natural beauty."

    We loved our stay and despite the January booking, we enjoyed winter sunshine each day. We explored St Ives, Marazion with the famous St Michael's Mount, Penzance and St Just, not forgetting the lovely little village of Zennor just down the road. The owners of the property were very helpful and explained the workings of the Aga and the woodburner when we arrived. They spoiled us with a Cornish cream tea, local apple juice, chocolates and flowers which were very much appreciated. No wonder so many guests return repeatedly. We would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful holiday home.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had an absolutely amazing stay at back of beyond, it is the best place we have ever stayed."

    Back of beyond had everything we needed for us and our dog

    Reviewed by Tash5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent everything could want location quality left in piece"

    Reviewed by Chrisopher4.7Oct 2023

  • "A special property very spacious but still cosy and homely S pointlessly clean with every convenience and a large, well kept garden Loved the Aga."

    Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a fantastic holiday at Back of Beyond, the best accommodation we’ve ever stayed at and could highly recommend."

    Lovely host who left fresh flowers, scones , jam and cream on arrival and made our Cocker Spaniel very welcome too.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2023

  • "Really nice and well-equipped cottage in beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2023

  • "Arrived to a very warm welcome from the owners and very thoughtful scones, jam and clotted cream."

    Back of Beyond is superb with great facilities and the garden is glorious with a fantastic view. We couldn’t have asked for anything better for our lovely and so relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0May 2023

  • "We have never stayed in such a lovely holiday cottage."

    Perfect in every way. Truly home from home. 10 out of 10. The kitchen was stocked with every item you could ever need. The beds were so very comfortable. The en suite, superb. The lounge has views to die for. Spotlessly clean all round . Mr & Mrs Brown are a lovely couple. Not in the least intrusive, but on hand with help, if needed. I could go on……… needless to say, we shall return.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0May 2023

  • "Had a fabulous stay at Back of Beyond Cottage."

    Could not fault a thing. Everything that one could want in a holiday cottage is there. Comfy beds, clean en-suites, lovely lounge and garden area. Highlight is the Aga, loved using it, plenty of kitchen equipment. Walks from the cottage either to the sea or the pub, would want nothing else!

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Apr 2023

  • "A bit of a mix up with how to get the keys as per email said to ring a couple of days before but had no answer then finally got through to be told they were going out and to ring the next day ."

    ( times in the email was 7-9 pm ) Also think that maybe another arm chair would be better than a 3 seater sofa and one arm chair. Apart from that it’s a lovely cottage and the owner was friendly and welcoming .

    Thank you for your feedback. As mentioned in our conversation, when we spoke, the signal was not the best, so we contacted you the following day. In regard to the 3-seater sofa suggested, there would be no extra room, and we have not had any previous comments on this. We appreciate your feedback and happy to hear you found Back of beyond a lovely cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Property very well maintained and enjoyed fresh flowers and welcome food on arrival."

    It was well heated as cold outside in February.Owners were around to answer any queries ,most welcoming.Bed was very comfortable. Garden was delightful for morning stroll.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Feb 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Back of Beyond."

    The property is well maintained, clean and tidy. Also fully equipped with everything you need to stay in and cook an evening meal. The location was perfect for us, with views of the sea from the lawned garden, and two pubs within walking distance. We will return in the future and would not hesitate to recommend a stay if you are looking for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2023

  • "We were very impressed by Back of Beyond - very spacious, extremely well equipped, very comfortable and a great location."

    It was really Back of Beyond if you wanted it to be, but only 4 miles from Penzance if you need shops. And every "mod con", down to an Amazon Echo in the kitchen and wiresless chargers for phones in the bedroom. And we loved the Aga! We would love to stay again at some point, it was so quiet and relaxing.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Feb 2023

  • "One of the best places I have stayed."

    Wonderfully warm and spotlessly clean. Perfect with dogs as the floor is tiled and has easy access to the garden. Nothing could have been added and we greatly appreciated the scones cream and jam left for us. I would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Karren5.0Jan 2023

  • "This was our second stay at back of beyond and was Amazing as always."

    The owners are professional and Courteous and very helpful at all times. A big 5 stars……

    Reviewed by George5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    It was extremely well equipped, with plenty of crockery and cutlery to fill the dishwasher many times over! We loved the large garden, with its fantastic sea views, and so did our dog. The owners were very helpful and obliging without being intrusive. The only downside was that the aga made the whole cottage, especially the kitchen, very hot in the warm weather. We were too hot at night in the bedroom and I felt a bit queasy sitting in the kitchen for any length of time. It seemed very wasteful to have to have the windows open just to let the heat out. It would have been very cosy in the winter though. Apart from that however everything was perfect and we had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Sep 2021

  • "So much effort put into the cottage by Mr and Mrs."

    Baker - a truly beautiful and homely place with everything thought of. We had read reviews of the intrusiveness of the owners but have to say we did not find this at all - they were welcoming and respectful of our holiday, making every effort to make us feel welcome. Lovely people and a truly amazing place to stay.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2021

  • "Back of Beyond is just that - and it’s perfect!"

    The view from the windows of the sea and countryside was stunning. It has the most wonderful garden that we loved to sit in. Our dog Dudley thoroughly enjoyed his stay too. We have an Aga at home so it was a true home from home in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2021

  • "Back of Behond is truly one of the best holiday cottages We have stayed in."

    The views from the property are superb and the garden is a delight to sit in. it was very peaceful . There are lots of scenic walks from the doorstep, stunning sunsets. A beautiful area to explore. Sarah , Bob & Jo were so accommodating such friendly people nothing was too much trouble. The scones and jam with clotted cream were a lovely touch to arrive to after a long journey as was the Cornish cider. The property has been converted to an excellent standard and we can’t wait to return. A little piece of heaven

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jun 2021

  • "Been twice to this cottage and absolutely love everything about it."

    Reviewed by Darren5.0May 2021

  • "The only issue is that there is an Aga in the kitchen which also supplies the ..."

    The only issue is that there is an Aga in the kitchen which also supplies the hot water, that is fine in cooler weather but it would make the kitchen very hot in warmer weather

    Reviewed by Colin4.7May 2021

  • "Back of beyond is exactly the kind of vacation we were looking for."

    Extremely comfy cottage with good facilities. Decent pub nearby although it's open only for breakfast and lunch. All the tourist spots are easily accessible by a car. Will definitely be coming again.

    Reviewed by Roshan5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in gorgeous surroundings, everything we hoped for."

    The owner was friendly but not intrusive 10 out of 10 from us.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2020

  • "Absolutely stunning location!"

    The accommodation was 1st class throughout. The owners were very welcoming & explained how everything worked when we arrived, including the Aga, which if you are not used to takes a bit of getting used to. The local pub, the Gunnards Head, although requiring reservations for dinner, has a large garden with lots of socially distant tables which you don't need a reservation for if you just want a refreshing drink. The next nearest pub is the Tinners Arms, about a 40 minute walk away, again reservation maybe required for food, but not for drinks in the garden. If you want a break away from everything this is the place for you, it really is the back of beyond, but St Ives or Penzance is only a 30 minute drive away! Although I would not recommend trying to drive into either of those. For St Ives, drive to St Erth train station and park your car there for the day (£3.70) and catch the train to either St Ives or get off at Carbis bay and walk the coastal path in, absolutely stunning.

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was listed as an enclosed garden which is suitable for dogs."

    This was not the case the garden is not enclosed the dog could not roam the beautiful massive garden because there were several exit points he could get out from and the garden backed onto other peoples gardens who left there gates open so our dog could escape onto the road. We enquired about the enclosed garden with the owners prior to going and they did put a temporary gate up on one of the exit points, however when we came back to the property after being out, the gate had been left open every time. Meaning that people were accessing the garden that we had paid for when we were out, that makes me feel uneasy and wonder if they were also accessing the cottage itself. We had to close the gate each time we came back to ensure the dog did not escape when we opened the doors to the garden. The owners were very intrusive and decided it would be OK to mow the massive lawn on a Sunday lunch time whilst we were trying to have our lunch on the patio due to gorgeous weather and limited access to restaurants because of the Covid regulations, even though he could see we were eating he continued on his electric ride on mower until it was finished. I would have expected this to be done prior to our holiday. The entrance to the cottage is in a shared courtyard with the owners who have one property and the sister who the other property and we were constantly being monitored when coming and going. Either the owner at the fence looking in or the sister and partner smoking in the courtyard looking into our property The cottage itself was absolutely gorgeous, facilities were brilliant and the views were amazing, we really loved the place however the constant intrusion was off putting and upsetting. We would never go back which is a shame because the place was idyllic!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback – as you can see from previous reviews other guests only report positive encounters with the owners of the property. They took steps to help ensure the garden was enclosed prior to your stay they are certain that gates weren’t left open. As you’ll appreciate such a lovely garden requires regular maintenance (and sometimes this needs to be scheduled as the weather allows): the owners did check with you prior to cutting the grass and you were happy for them to proceed at the time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy4.4Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful property in a stunning location."

    Sarah and Bob were lovely hosts, couldn't be more helpful. We hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2020

  • "It was a true home from home , warm and cozy, clean and comfortable."

    Lovely welcome package on arrival, milk in the fridge with jam cream and lovely scones , spectacular views , breathtaking walks to the rocky north coast ( 1 mile ) , fully equipped kitchen , a lovely quiet place to relax but only a short drive to St Ives which is stunning. All in all I would definitely recommend this fantastic place which was perfect for the Christmas and New Years break with my Wife and two teenage daughters ...Bob and Sarah the hosts are lovely helpful people..many thanks ..Steve and Family

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2019

  • "Perfect from start to finish."

    Lovely welcoming accommodation extremely clean and well cared for. Smashing hosts and a bonus welcome treat. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Desmond5.0Nov 2019

  • "Brilliant welcome from owners."

    Prosecco, milk, apple juice in the fridge together with jam, cream, scones and saffron buns which lasted about 5 days. Delicious. Very comfortable and spacious cottage. Bed too soft and Aga made the kitchen rather hot. Fabulous views and lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Anna4.4Aug 2019

  • "What an absolutely STUNNING location and accommodation - our first every holiday with a dog and we could not have chosen a more perfect holiday."

    The lovely owner provided us with lots of lovely goodies on arrival and was very warm and welcoming. We cannot recommend it highly enough - ten out of ten !!!

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2019

  • "The information on the website stated that the property was on one level, however there were two steps up to the bedrooms and bathroom in the twin room had a step."

    As two people in this party had mobility issues this was unexpected. The property itself was excellent in all other respects, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. The outside space was exceptional. The owners were very friendly, with a lovely cream tea and a bottle of cornish cider awaiting us on arrival. We would highly recommend this property and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Lyn4.4Jul 2019

  • "Back of Beyond is a lovely place to stay."

    It is in a beautiful setting. On arrival we found a lovely cream tea and few other suprises in the fridge which were most welcome after our long journey. We would definitely consider going to stay there again, If we win the £1000 draw we will definitely be going!! Only one negative the dishwasher was a bit temperamental but Mr Baker did say he was thinking they might have to change it but it didn't spoil our holiday we had a wonderful time and Gurnards Head was beautiful, steep in places when walking but worth the effort. Bob and Bernadette Kavanagh and Tuppence the Yorkie.

    Reviewed by Bernadette3.8May 2019

  • "Lovely location great views really relaxing holiday."

    Reviewed by Darren5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely barn conversion."

    The pictures do not do this place justice, it’s lovely, with a sea view from the garden. It’s completely kitted out. Everything you need with added extras like fresh flowers and scones with clotted cream and jam. It’s so cozy you feel completely relaxed and at home immediately. I really can’t praise this place enough. It is remote which means you need to hook up to the WiFi to boost your phone signal. I didn’t bother. It’s lovated in a great spot and everything is not that far away. We loved it and will return next time we visit Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Mar 2019

  • "Absolutely stunning place and we didn't want for anything."

    we were left lots of lovely treats by the owners who were on hand if needed. The views were spectacular and lots to do and places to go. I will definitely be back again highly recommended. Thank you

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely hosts and a very warm welcome for us and our 2 large furry friends."

    The hosts have gone out of their way to make the property a home from home from the lovely tasty welcome goodies for the humans to the generous supply of available dog towels. The dogs found their welcome treats very quickly in the little dog box. Beautiful location with ample parking and a good sized garden. Great access to the south coastal path right on the doorstep perfect for the dog walks. Lovely dog friendly pub 2 minutes walk up the road.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Nov 2018

  • "The place and people were amazing!"

    The owners had made us fresh scones with cream and jam as well as having all the basics for arriving like milk tea etc!!! The holiday cottage was spot on with a great wood burner which made it very cosy! Definitely going to visit again in the future...

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Nov 2018

  • "Stunning sea view, beautiful cottage, nice welcome from the owners when we arrived."

    Wine, cakes, home made jam and flowers as an extra additional touch. Nice location to explore what Cornwall has to offer. Definitely coming back.

    Reviewed by George5.0Nov 2018

  • "Sarah is a fantastic host, gave us a very warm welcome, provided some lovely touches, like fresh flowers and also included a cream tea (best scones we have ever tasted!"

    ) The accommodation was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and homely. The views are spectacular and is a wonderful place for walkers and hikers. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday, Sarah has covered all eventualities. We would definitely return to the "Back of Beyond"

    Reviewed by Don5.0Sep 2018

  • "Back of Beyond was a wonderful place to stay."

    We really appreciated how clean the property was on our arrival. It was great to have the goodies (scones, jam, cream plus Cornish cider etc) as a welcome. We also appreciated all the extras that had been included (soap, loo roll) and the quality of the bedding towels and crockery was very good indeed. We appreciated having the owners on hand if we needed any advice etc but also valued the privacy they gave us. Altogether a great place to stay!

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Jul 2018

  • "No phone signal."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "Stunning location and fantastic property very well maintained and a pleasure to in"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2018

  • "Extremely comfortable accommodation."

    Owners left flowers, wine and other treats like cream teas for us which were much appreciated. The barn conversion was very cosy, curtesy of the Aga in the kitchen and nicely furnished. In an excellent location for visiting The Tate, the Minac theatre, Sennen Cove, some National trust gardens and other interesting places to take in. The dogs adored the large garden. Would definitely consider booking again.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2018

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  • Mostly on one level
  • Two steps up to two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with step up to en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen diner
  • Sitting room with Smart TV.
  • Underfloor heating
  • AGA (with operating instructions), Krups coffee machine with pods, combination microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Alexa, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Electric vehicle charging point
  • Patio with outdoor furniture and lawned garden beyond
  • Up to two well-behaved pets welcome at £25 each per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 2 mins walk
  • Note:This property can only accept Friday-Friday bookings over Xmas and New year period, please contact office for prices.

The property

Located on the road between St Ives and Lands End in beautiful rugged west Cornwall, this former barn offers the most fabulous panoramic sea vista from its cliff top location.

Remote and wild, a stay here is a true escape from everyday life; a haven for ramblers, rock climbers and artists or indeed anyone seeking peaceful seclusion, reflection and relaxation.

Beautifully adapted to a welcoming and comfortable holiday home, Back of Beyond offers an excellent standard of accommodation.

With underfloor heating and a wood burning stove, its not just for summer; in fact it makes a wonderfully cosy sanctuary from where to watch the winter storms whip up the Atlantic.

The spacious lounge is equipped with a Smart TV and a selection of books and games, and the homely kitchen diner comes complete with a warming AGA.

Two luxuriously restful bedrooms, both en-suite - promise deep sleep after a long day out in the sea air.

Outside, a sunny patio boasts 180 degree views of the ocean, extending out to a large lawned garden bordered by Cornish hedges and farm gates.

The land surrounding Back of Beyond is quite stunning; mysterious, windswept moorland peppered with gorse, engine house ruins and ancient stone circles and quoits.

It would be easy to spend a week cosied up in this little refuge, but if you choose to venture further, there is much to see and do in the local area.

For a truly unique experience, don't miss the open-air Minack Theatre, carved into the cliff face by local landowner Rowena Cade in the early 1930s.

Captivating St Michaels Mount is just a short drive away, and Lands End with its iconic signpost is also within easy reach.

Lovers of good food and drink should also be sure to visit the Gurnards Head gastro-pub, just a short stroll from the barn.

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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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Note: This property can only accept Friday-Friday bookings over Xmas and New year period, please contact office for prices.
Note: Although property mostly on one level internally there are two steps up to bedroom and one step up to twin room en suite.
Note: Guests need to request access to the electric vehicle charging point before arrival. There will be a charge for use according to the cost of electricity used during the stay to be paid directly to the owner before departure.