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Former sea captain’s harbour-front cottage becomes luxury St Ives holiday destination

Published May 12th, 2022

A new luxury self-catering holiday cottage, designed specifically for couples, is due to open in St Ives, Cornwall, this summer.

Named The Balcony Studio, the one-bedroomed property is in the late stages of a full renovation, transforming it into a year-round harbour-front holiday destination. The renovations are due to be completed by July 2022, ready for the summer season.

Sitting in the heart of St Ives, the cottage has uninterrupted sea views, direct access to the town and nearby beaches, and luxurious, high-end interior design.

Owner, David Baxendale, said: “Our goal with The Balcony Studio has been to create a first-class holiday experience which does the amazing property and its prime location justice. The work has been carried out sympathetically to create a uniquely Cornish romantic escape for couples.

“With thick walls, low ceilings and bags of character, we’ve taken care to integrate as many traditional cottage features with a level of modern luxury, through new high-end fixtures and fittings.”

Showcasing its main feature – the view – the bedroom will be home to a king-sized bed which will sit centrally in front of the windows leading to the balcony. Set in the floor on either side of the room will be glass panels looking directly into the bathroom below.

The large downstairs spa bathroom will feature a porthole window, twin basins and waterfall showers, innovative wetsuit drying room, and a giant William Holland Alvius spa bath, made out of tin to tie in with Cornwall’s mining heritage.

David continued: “We wanted the layout and design to make the most of the superb location. For example, the bedroom’s main focal point is the stunning view, not a TV screen, and the wetsuit drying room offers a practical solution to the horrible task of having to squeeze back into a wet wetsuit.

“No expense has been spared in making this one of the best places to stay in St Ives and we’re very happy with how the project is progressing. We can’t wait to welcome our first guests this summer!”

Extensive work has also been carried out to update the plumbing and electrics, bringing it in line with regulations. New windows have been installed in the bedroom to protect the property from the waves that regularly crash against them during winter storms.

The Grade-II listed cottage is steeped in history, once being home to a sea captain, followed by several artists such as Pauline Hewitt and Patrick Heron. Most recently, the property was owned by children’s author, Philip Moran. To commemorate the former sea captain and its sea-front location, The Balcony Studio will donate a percentage of its profits each year to the RNLI.

Due to its history and location, the sale of the property caught national attention. It was regarded as a once in a generation opportunity, as it was the first time the property had been on the market in 50 years.

The Balcony Studio will be available to book on from July 2022, with prices starting from £175 per night in low season, to £310 in high season.

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