The Lighthouse

St Ives, Cornwall

Grown-up lighthouse getaway with glorious sea views from balcony & bedrooms in the heart of buzzing St Ives. Perfect for longer breaks


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Light floods in, waves crash on the rocks and views cascade from a large glass balcony over St Ives bay, where dolphins, seals and boats play. This grown-up designer lighthouse stands slim and tall on Crab Rock, off a pedestrian street of Cornish cottages, a flip-flop from the beaches and town centre. Enter four storeys of light-bathed tranquillity and quirky retro 50s design. Shocking pinks, deep reds and sky blue splash colour on white walls and curtains; mirrors gleam and floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around the edges of a compact sitting room. There’s an authentic American diner set and Smeg fridge in the little kitchen, jazzy flowers on pillows, crinkled lampshades and a proper balcony – one of the few properties to have one. The views are seriously beautiful, soaring over the sea to the harbour, town and bays. There’s a sea view from both calm, minimalist bedrooms – one is on the ground floor, the other is up a spiral blue metal staircase (not for very young children) and has dormer windows framed by sunny yellow blinds. It’s a two-minute walk to the St Ives train or bus station and best value out of season. Fabulous. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Short breaks occasionally available November, January & February. Children over 12 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £60
Weekly price
from £420
Damage deposit
1 Lighthouse for 4
From £602 beds2 bedrooms


I have been to St Ives three time in the past three years, coming from the United States. By far, The Lighthouse was the most relaxing and lovely place I stayed in, in no great part due to the wonderful views from my bedroom across the harbour, and the amazing balcony where I could look out over the water, hear the waves lap against the rocks, and feel all stress leave my system. The decor is lovely and the owners take great pride in their property. I had difficulty with the spiral steps initially, but got used to them. I'd stay there in a flash if I come again. Thank you, Carol and Mike!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michael & Carol Millward

  • You are 2 mins walk to Porthminster Beach, the Harbour (boat trips and beach), and many restaurants and shops. Porthmeor Beach (surfing lessons, beach cafe and the best sunsets in town) and The Tate are a five minute stroll as is Porthgwidden Beach.
  • Within an hour or so by car, bus or train (station is 100 yards away), you can visit the Eden Project, the stunning outdoor Minack Theatre, St Michael's Mount, the Lizard, Land's End and gardens such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah.
  • Discover the coastal path - head for Zennor. Walk past the seal colony and have a meal at The Tinner's Arms before taking the bus back to St Ives. Or you can set off to Lelant and Porthkidney beach - take the scenic train back from Lelant Downs.
  • Walk up to the Leach Pottery, or enrol in an Art Class at St Ives School of Painting. Catch artists at work in the various open studios across the town, and enjoy the ambience of St Ives Arts Club, at the bottom of the lane from the Lighthouse.
  • Enjoy the September Arts and Music Festival, where you can listen to musicians playing in Norway Square, or go and see a famous band or singer at the Guildhall.
  • Spend an evening listening to live music in one of the local pubs (the Kettle and Wink is a well-known haunt for musicians from all over the country). Try the Pilchard Press micro pub on the harbour front, frequented by locals and visitors alike.