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Mermaid's Rest
St Ives

£500 - £1350 per week

Mermaid's Rest is a superb first floor apartment (from street level, but four storeys up from the wharf behind) boasting incredible views over St Ives harbour. The sitting and dining area benefit from having patio doors and a small balcony overlooking the bay and being situated on Fore Street, guests can enjoy an array of independent shops and restaurants right on their doorstep. From your early morning cuppa on the balcony watching the sunrise, to your late-night tipple at the end of day, you will never tire of the view. The accommodation is suitable for two people, friends or a couple who will enjoy the luxury and space that comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The Property also has a stair lift that goes from the Communal entrance to the apartment door, use of this can be organised prior to your stay.


three external steps from Fore Street to the entrance, then staircase to the apartment. Door into small hallway with doors to all rooms.

Kitchen/dining/sitting room

two sofas, armchair, dining table and six chairs, gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher.

Bedroom 1

double bed


bath with separate shower, WC, basin

Bedroom 2

twin beds, en suite shower room with WC and basin.

Additional information

The apartment is located right in the very centre of town and is great for those who love to be at the heart of the action. However, please be aware that you will hear noise from the restaurants and pubs in the immediate area, especially during high season. Having restaurants below you (which is very handy!) also means you will often notice cooking smells during the day - depending on wind direction and with the balcony doors left open. For these reasons we think Mermaid’s Rest is ideally suited to guests who want to be out and about, enjoying the apartment as a base for exploring the best of St Ives and Cornwall, rather than having a quiet home-from-home holiday. Guests booking Starfish Dreams and Mermaid's Rest together for the same week will receive 10% discount, please speak to the bookings team to apply this. Whilst the property is only suitable for two people, friends or a couple can enjoy the use of two bedrooms during their stay. WiFi.


Stunning views of the harbour and out to sea. Excellent location. Easy for shops and eateries. Roomy and comfortable living and kitchen area. Access stairs (one short flight) a bit tight, and ensuite to twin room smallish, although bathroom makes up for this. Overall we were very pleased and would definitely return. Thank you.

October 2021

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1 Jan - 26 Mar500
2 Apr - 16 Apr833
23 Apr - 21 May722
28 May1080
4 Jun - 16 Jul1000
23 Jul - 20 Aug1350
27 August1215
3 Sep - 24 Sep1000
1 Oct - 8 Oct722
15 Oct - 22 Oct833
29 October722
5 Nov - 10 Dec500
17 December833
24 Dec - 31 Dec1000

Holidays in St Ives

Experience a holiday in St Ives and you’ll never want to leave. Spend your days meandering through the cobbled streets, exploring artists’ studios, sampling local produce and relaxing on the many beautiful beaches.

One of the best things about a holiday in St Ives is that you don’t have to leave the seaside town during your stay. With several stunning beaches all within St Ives; from the golden bay of Porthminster, to the Blue Flag Beach at Porthmeor, there’s no need to pack up the car; simply stroll down to any one of the nearby beaches.

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, other than taking a dip in the turquoise waters, why not have a go at surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking? Alternatively, you might have a more relaxing holiday in mind, imagine sunbathing on the beach, harbour-watching from your holiday home, spa days at the local hotel and sipping coffee in quaint cafes.

Top tip

When planning a day at the beach, check out our webcams to see where the weather looks best!

Beaches in St Ives

With your holiday cottage located in St Ives, you’ll be perfectly placed next to several stunning beaches, including Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden. With each beach boasting its own charm and appeal; you'll find something for everyone, with family friendly beaches, popular watersports venues, wide-open flat sands and hidden rock pools.

Things to do in St Ives

Art Galleries

With a huge art culture in St Ives, there are dozens of art galleries and artist studios lining the cobbled streets, you can even view local artists at work. Located on the site of the former gas works, the iconic Tate Gallery features international, modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The Barbara Hepworth Museum showcases inspiring sculptures, paintings and drawings. If you would prefer to get a more hands-on experience, you can book an art course with the St Ives School of Painting, or try one of their drop-in life drawing sessions.


With an array of quirky, independent shops throughout the town, shopping in St Ives is unlike shopping anywhere else. Purchase local produce, handmade goods and local artwork, alongside perusing the more well-known shops such as Cath Kidson, Fatface and Superdry. 

Boat Trips

Boat trips run regularly from the harbour throughout the summer, where you can enjoy the views from a different angle. If you're lucky you may even see one of the 'resident' seals or view the dolphins at play.

Surfing & Watersports

In Cornwall, one of the most popular pastimes is surfing, and if you fancy giving it a go, you can learn to surf at the St Ives Surf School based at Porthmeor beach. Alternatively, you could try out paddleboarding or kayaking at Porthminster beach. If you’re already a keen surfer, you’re sure to find some waves somewhere on the coast in Cornwall during your stay. 

Dining Out

When choosing a self-catering holiday cottage, you have the flexibility to eat in or eat out during your stay. With so many eateries in St Ives, there’s plenty of choice for everyone, including locally caught fish and chips, seafood restaurants, gourmet burgers, Italian restaurants and a selection of excellent pubs. If, however, you choose to eat in, you can purchase local produce from The Allotment Deli and the Norway Stores.

What's on in St Ives

Holidays in St Ives are popular all year round. Whether enjoying a family summer holiday or an out-of-season break, there's usually something happening in St Ives.

Christmas & New Year's Eve in St Ives

Visit during the festive period and you can watch Santa arrive on an RNLI lifeboat, admire the magical lantern parade and join in with the big light switch on. Soak up the atmosphere on New Year's Eve in St Ives, where everyone dresses in fancy dress, and the evening ends with a spectacular firework display. Be warned though, it gets extremely busy so be sure to book tables in advance for pubs and restaurants to avoid disappointment. Read more about New Year's Eve in St Ives >

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Held on Porthminster beach in the middle of May each year, the St Ives Food and Drink festival is the UK's only festival of this type to take place on a beach. Enjoy live music, a wide range of products from Cornwall's finest food producers, and demonstrations from some of the country's best chefs. Held across two days, this event attracts both locals and visitors alike.

September Festival

Running for two weeks each September, St Ives hosts the increasingly popular September Festival. The festival includes live music, theatrical performances and comedy sketches, with something suitable for the whole family. Browse the dozens of artist studios, take part in a theatrical workshop or just simply soak up the atmosphere on the harbour front.

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2021

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St Ives Shanty Shout Weekend

Featuring more than 20 sea shanty groups and with sailor and pirate themed fancy dress, this year's event will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and its New Heli Appeal. It'll take place in various pubs and venues in St Ives.

19th - 20th November 2021

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

TBC February 2022

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

17th - 19th September 2021

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

11th - 25th September 2021

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the HM Coastguard helicpoters!

TBC Summer 2022

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

July and August 2022

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Getting around

In St Ives the best way to get around is, of course, on foot. However, if you wish to explore more of West Cornwall, there’s a train station in St Ives, which takes you on the most beautiful coastal train journey to St Erth station, from which you can catch connecting trains to Penzance, Truro and further afield. Alternatively, by car, you could take the stunning coastal road from St Ives across to Penzance and onto Land’s End.

What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

We loved Mermaid’s rest It is comfortable in many ways with stunning views can’t beat them On the doorstep to amenities but being one floor up there is hardly any noise Couple things we recommend changing having stayed in a lot of higher end aspect properties is the Tv in the lounge to a large smart Tv as lots of room fir one on the cabinet and add one in the master bedroom Not everyone is out all the time it’s nice to have options The modern traveller likes to have a choice I’d add luxury linen and pillows .as was a bit starchy Think it would then be perfect Oh, and remove the stair lift on entry it takes a quarter width of the communal staircase and is a little dangerous coming down as the stair tread is not that wide .

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your helpful suggestions. All guest feedback is passed on to owners for their consideration. When you are staying in a property you get to experience them in a different way than we do when we visit properties, so suggestions like this are really useful for ourselves and the property owners. Thanks again and we hope you had a great time here. Tanya, Customer Services

Stunning views of the harbour and out to sea. Excellent location. Easy for shops and eateries. Roomy and comfortable living and kitchen area. Access stairs (one short flight) a bit tight, and ensuite to twin room smallish, although bathroom makes up for this. Overall we were very pleased and would definitely return. Thank you.