Stay at The Balcony Studio – a listed building in St Ives for a front row seat to epic sea views with your four-legged friend in tow. The gorgeous studio is a complete restoration project, designed to bring the outside in. Think seaside bolthole, made for hunkering down, the perfect place to reboot for a couple of days. Thoughtfully transformed, the owners salvaged many of its original features including large beams and exposed stone walls with an original ship’s mast still forming part of the spa bathroom ceiling. On one side of the property, you and your pal can step out onto the narrow winding streets that form part of the Warren – the traditional artists quarter – and on the opposite side is the sea, St Ives Bay, the Harbour and Godrevy Lighthouse.
A famous landmark property in St. Ives, the studio space has been used as an artist’s studio for many years as well as home to Sea Captain and author, Captain Phil Moran. The space retains plenty of character with features that emphasise the studio’s unique history as one of the oldest properties in St Ives; transformed into a light-filled space with a connection to its inimitable location by the sea – it’s the kind of place that cossets you from the minute you step inside. Built across three floors, and painted in a neutral palette, reminiscent of the coast, there’s a kitchen on the ground floor boasting breakfast bar seating, SMEG appliances and a wine fridge with stairs that lead up to an open-plan bedroom/living space with an imposing four-poster bed positioned in front of windows that run the length of the balcony, overlooking St Ives harbour. A unique part of the revamp includes two large glass floor panels built into the spa ceiling allowing the St. Ives light to flood into the bathroom. A further set of winding stairs takes you up to a snug with Sonos sound system, and HD TV. Down in the basement is a show-stopping spa bathroom with an impressive handmade William Holland tin spa bath and double tin basins – honouring Cornwall’s tin heritage. There’s also a double rainfall shower and wetsuit drying with a bespoke copper shower and drying rails.
It feels luxe without being pretentious, offering an unforgettable stay in a brilliant location.
There’s plenty of great walks from the doorstep – explore St Ives town centre and three stunning golden sand beaches – all in walking distance from The Balcony Studio. Both Porthminster and Blue Flag Porthmeor Beach allow dogs 24/7 aside from the seasonal ban between 15th May to 30th September when they’re only permitted outside the hours of 10am and 6pm. The Harbour Beach has a shorter seasonal ban, running throughout July and August. Walk up to Knill’s Monument, a historical landmark overlooking St Ives Bay and beyond.
There’s also the spectacular South West Coast Path with many routes of exhilarating walking to enjoy with your pal at your side; it’s an easy four-mile stretch to Carbis Bay with superb clifftop views across to Godrevy Lighthouse and around St Ives Bay. We also love Porthkidney Beach, with its expansive white sands, welcoming dogs all-year-round – it’s just over an hour’s walk along the South West Coast Path with gentle to moderate inclines. If you dog needs lots of exercise, we recommend the six-mile stretch into Zennor, which takes an hour-and-a-half at a steady pace.
Dine with a view at the cosy table set up in front of the balcony windows – there’s a host of takeout options available just a stick’s throw away including super dog-friendly Hub Box, which originated in St Ives. If you fancy dining out, we rate the award-winning beachside Porthminser Beach Café and for flavoursome Asian-inspired dishes, head to Porthmeor Beach Café where you can dine to a backdrop of sand and sea – both have a selection of dog-friendly seating areas outside, some of which is under cover.
For something more traditional, head to The Mermaid in the centre of town. As well as the fabulous foodie scene, there are a host of great cocktail and wine bars and locals pubs.
Great news, there’s no additional charge for your dog to stay too!
The Balcony Studio is a pawesome spot for us four-legs, perched on the rocks, overlooking the beach. I couldn’t get enough of the salt-fresh air – infused with fish and chips – and dramatic sea views; it was great fun sit at the balcony window, listening to the waves and watching the gulls circling the bay. There’s plenty of great walks right on the doorstep including some brilliant sandy beaches to play on, as well as those rugged coastal path routes to explore.
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