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Ispoyntel House is a proper “Wow!” property. The architect designed holiday home was built in 2013 to the highest specification. Sleeping six people in three bedrooms (with the use of a fold-up single bed) it is equally as appealing for families as it is couples. Just a ten-minute walk from the super-stylish restaurants, bars and beaches of St Ives, Ispoyntel House delivers on its promise of excellence.
The light, the landscape and the innate charm of St Ives have made it a favourite holiday destination for artists, photographers, potters and writers for generations. The mere fact that there is a branch of the Tate Gallery in St Ives is a testament to its artistic credentials, and you can see more at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, and The Leach Pottery. St Ives also has a thriving community of performing artists and seeing a show at the open-air Minack Theatre near Penzance, carved into the cliff-face above Porthcurno beach is a fantastic experience.
Artists value all of their senses so it is no surprise that there are some fantastic restaurants and bars in St Ives. Although Ispoyntel House is very well equipped for self-catering, you should certainly treat yourself to at least one meal out. Book somewhere special, discover a family run gem as you wander along the narrow cobbled lanes near the harbour, or grab some fish and chips and eat them straight from the paper as you wiggle your toes in the sand.
Treat your offspring to the sort of bucket-and-spade holiday you enjoyed as a child at St Ives’s four beautiful beaches. Lambeth Walk is close to the centre of town although it is only accessible at low tide. Porthmeor Beach is world-famous with surfers, while Porthgwidden is ideal for families having a row of two-storey beach huts that can be hired from the council. Porthminster and Harbour Beaches are also worth investigating.
St Ives’ mild climate and the average 1,850 hours of sunshine a year make it perfect for being outside. The Sustrans network covers Cornwall and includes the Camel Trail, Cornish Way and Pentewan Trail. If you are feeling particularly energetic, then you can cycle from St Ives to Lands End in around two hours. Those who prefer walking to cycling will appreciate the spring beauty on the circular walk from St Erth along part of the River Hayle, or the route along the coastal path from Carbis Bay to Zennor. There are two excellent golf courses near St Ives, so whether you like to look at the ocean or the fairway, you will find a view you love.
Ispoyntel House elevates a typical vacation in St Ives into something extraordinary. It is not an average house. Your holiday tan may fade, but the memories you make during your stay in this incredible home will remain with you forever.
Paul and Lesley Dadson joined Independent Cottages in March 2018
Everything about Ispoyntel House has been designed with ease in mind - this is a holiday property, after all. The L-shaped, minimalist design keeps all accommodation on the same level, so there are no stairs or terraces to navigate.
Outside: A spacious terrace features a barbecue, table and chairs, as well as bench seating - a lovely place to sit and enjoy the ocean view. Gates have intercom security access. There is off-street parking and turning space for two cars.
Additional Information: Ispoyntel House has underfloor heating in the main living room and bathrooms, as well as a heat ventilation system which circulates warm air in the bedrooms. WiFi throughout. All utilities, linen and towels are included, though guests are required to bring their own beach towels. Short breaks are possible between November and February, depending on availability (three nights £315 and four nights charged at £380). No smoking. Sorry but no pets.
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| Sat, 24 Mar 2018 for 7 nights, £700
Easter week reduced for late availability.