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Higher Carthew
Porthmeor, St Ives

£1693 - £3938 per week

Tucked away above Porthmeor beach in the tranquil Carthew Way, you'll find this stunning, stylish, reverse-level house. Whether for a family or group holiday, Higher Carthew is the perfect getaway, you will feel truly at home whilst being spoilt with breathtaking, uninterrupted sea views from the ceiling to floor windows and balcony.

No expense has been spared for your comfort, with four large bedrooms, three bath or shower rooms and two utility rooms, plenty of space and all that you might need during your stay. On the ground floor you will find a utility room and two beautiful bedrooms, each with the luxury of an en suite. Head upstairs to the bright, airy, kitchen/dining area with sitting area completing the open plan layout, perfect for entertaining all guests, whilst having enough room to enjoy some peace and privacy, you'll also find the 2nd utility room. Through an impressive arched wooden doorway there are a further two double bedrooms with separate shower room, before leading you out through the front door to the private parking area with outdoor shower for hosing off the wetsuits and boards after a fun packed day at one of the five local, golden sandy beaches, just a ten minute walk away. Not only will you be making everlasting memories at Higher Carthew, your four legged friends are more than welcome here too. With an array of eateries around the town for you all to visit, along with the luxury of the pooches' very own year round beach, Bamaluz! You can then head back to Higher Carthew in the evening to enjoy your favourite tipple while watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

Please note: There are building works taking place on a property located on Carthew Way which is nearby to the property. Please get in touch with our customer services department for further information on these works before booking.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1

Zip and link

Bedroom 2


Bedroom 3


Bedroom 4



inner hallway with doors to bedrooms 1 and 2. Feature arch doorway to open plan sitting/kitchen/dining area.

Utility room

range of units, dishwasher, basin.

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

three sofas, occasional chair, lounger, contemporary woodburner, Smart TV, Sonos speaker, stunning sea views over Porthmeor, Mans Head and the Atlantic Ocean, five Bi-fold double glazed doors to a balcony, Mandarin stone marble tiled floor with underfloor heating. Kitchen area: induction hob, double electric oven with integral microwave, fridge freezer, breakfast bar, wooden table with total seating for eight, sea views, curved stairwell leading to lower level, bedrooms 3, 4 and second utility.

Bedroom 1

zip and link beds (super king or two singles), TV, feature curved wall, sea views.

Bedroom 2

double bed.

Wet room

basin, shower, WC.

Bedroom 3

king size bed, TV, sea views, patio doors to the garden, walk in en suite with contemporary free standing slipper bath, shower, basin, WC.

Bedroom 4

king size bed, TV, sea glimpses, feature curved wall, wet room with rain shower, Jack and Jill basins, WC.

Utility room 2

washing machine, tumble dryer. fridge with freezer compartment.

Outside area

the front of the property has parking for two cars and an outdoor rain shower. The rear of the property benefits from sea views, a raised patio with chiminea.

Additional information

travel cot and high chair provided, please ensure that children are supervised in particular around the stairs and the patio in the garden, WiFi, two well behaved dogs welcome.


Our range of luxury cottages in Cornwall for that extra special holiday. Our Unique and Boutique cottages have been hand picked by our team as those that offer an extra special place for your holiday.

We have used Aspects Holidays for years now and every year, Aspects Holidays have always delivered a reliable, friendly and personable service that has made us feel welcomed and secure in the knowledge that everything has been taken care of to give us a fantastic holiday.

March 2024

Higher Carthew is a wonderful place to enjoy a holiday in St Ives. The view is amazing so no matter the weather , grab a cuppa or glass of something and watch the waves . Great open living space to spend family time together. High quality furnishings and decor make it easy to relax . Enclosed garden useful if you have dogs. Our second stay in this property and we will definitely go back again.

December 2023

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Holidays in Porthmeor

Home to the world renowned Tate St Ives gallery, Porthmeor is a tranquil bay embraced by stunning coastal scenery and boasts a beautiful Blue Flag beach. A firm favourite with surfers and families alike, perfect for sandcastle building, sunbathing, surfing, paddling in the shallows, or simply soaking up the atmosphere.


With a beachside cafe boasting panoramic sea views and a popular surf school catering to all abilities, the sheltered cove of Porthmeor has all you need for fun-filled beach days, plus the bustling heart of St Ives and the iconic harbour is just a short walk away. Relax and enjoy the view from one of our many self-catering beach-front apartments in this delightful corner of St Ives. You can plan your beach days by checking our Porthmeor beach webcam.

Did you know...

Porthmeor means 'large cove' in Cornish?

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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 have used Aspects Holidays for years now and every year, Aspects Holidays have always delivered a reliable, friendly and personable service that has made us feel welcomed and secure in the knowledge that everything has been taken care of to give us a fantastic holiday.

Higher Carthew is a wonderful place to enjoy a holiday in St Ives. The view is amazing so no matter the weather , grab a cuppa or glass of something and watch the waves . Great open living space to spend family time together. High quality furnishings and decor make it easy to relax . Enclosed garden useful if you have dogs. Our second stay in this property and we will definitely go back again.

What a lovely week we had. The property was extremely spacious and was more than enough room for seven of us and the dog. The views of Porthmeor beach were stunning and joy to behold every morning. The dog enjoyed the walks to the beach and there's an enclosed park just round the corner if you don't want to walk so far. I would suggest putting the early risers downstairs as foot steps from the main area are noticeable in these bedrooms but not a major issue. The walk into town was fine for us but might be an issue if elderly or infirm. All in all a great place for family and friends alike.

Just like the Tardis, the property opens out into perfectly proportioned accommodation. We were a group of 6 adults (3 couples) and it never felt like we were on top of one another. The property is very well equipped and the welcome basket was much appreciated. On arrival there was a slight issue with a set of keys but this was resolved very quickly by the Aspect’s Holiday team. I would highly recommend Higher Carthew for comfort, location and of course spectacular views.

We have been coming to St Ives for 20yrs and every time with Aspects holidays we always have a fantastic holiday, knowing we are in safe hands and will get great service.

Amazing view Amazing house Amazing space that welcomes large families

This is a wonderful property for a large family with pets. In particular it was brilliant for our father in law whose mobility is restricted. Parking and everything he needed on one level meant that he could fully join in with everything. And what a view - rain or shine, it was spectacular. A brilliant house for a brilliant holiday.

We absolutely loved Higher Carthew, what a beautiful property and stunning view. The pictures online just don’t do it justice, we’re now planning our next stay there

Fabulous property with amazing views and plenty of space but cleanliness in areas was an issue for us .

Great social spaces for family and friends. Beds were comfy, plenty of hot water. Secure garden. Views from balcony outstanding. Little sun trap on the patio. Facilities are great. Would totally recommend.

Higher Carthew is a wonderfully spacious holiday property with the most amazing sea views over Porthmeor beach. We will definitely be returning if we can afford the petrol to travel next year !!!

This property lived up to our expectations and the description and photos on the website are very accurate. It certainly has the wow factor.

Spacious well appointed property with wonderful seaviews with the added benefit of parking for 2 cars rare in St Ives

Will definitely visit again.

Beautiful modern property with stunning views across Porthmeor . We had storm Eunice and Franklin during our week there and to watch the waves was amazing. Property is decorated to a high standard with very comfortable beds. Our only criticism was that the stairs that lead to two of the downstairs bedrooms and garden had no handrail so extra safety was needed. Location of property was very peaceful and quiet.

We stayed at Higher Carthew to celebrate my birthday. We were a party of 7 and the house was ideal for us. The view and location made it a perfect stay in St Ives. The house was lovely and clean and well equipped. We would love to return again one day and we will definitely use Aspect Holidays again for future holidays.

Beautiful house with stunning views. Have stayed here twice and booked again for next year. Lovely and spacious and we had a very relaxing time. Everything you need is here including parking and a garden which is rare in St Ives. It’s just lovely.

We had a fabulous holiday at Higher Carthew, excellent location and views. This apartment had absolutely everything. We took hairdryer and irons but didn’t need them as everything you need is there. Nice little welcome groceries.

Promised lots, looks beautiful in the photos, however, the house is poorly maintained. Heating issues, faulty microwave, stained carpets, dust/cobwebs, faulty light, faulty bathroom fan and a dangerous bedroom storage unit that was not fit for purpose. The house is in a lovely location, with parking and amazing views, however, we would not return due to the poor maintenance.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We were so sorry that you had these issues. We just want to reassure you that this isn’t the ‘norm’ at this property, so if you were ever to return, you would not expect to experience such issues. Unfortunately, things go wrong in properties from time to time, as they do in our own homes but we completely understand how disappointing it must have been, especially at such a stunning property; you understandably want everything to be perfect, and the issues that occurred at the time of your stay were less than ideal and certainly not what you would expect. Had we been aware before your arrival, we would have organised with the owners, to have these addressed so that your stay had not been affected in that way. We can only apologise that we were not aware beforehand and we are very sorry that you did not have the stress-free, relaxing holiday experience that ourselves and the property owners would have wanted for you. I can see that the team had organised trades as soon as they were made aware and the owners had been in contact to try and resolve everything as swiftly as possible and agreed a bit of a refund for the inconvenience, so we really do hope that you were more comfortable once trades had attended, and that you were able to enjoy the property a little more. We hope that you still had a great time here in St Ives; somewhere that we know that you absolutely love, and we hope to see you again soon. Tanya, Customer Services.

Lovely property with fabulous views. Well equipped. Great for active guests but those with walking difficulties may struggle as hills need to be climbed to get to or from the house. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Fabulous home in a great location for exploring St Ives and walks along the coastal paths. Immaculately clean and very spacious.

We had a great weekend , thank you ??

Excellent location but would not recommend Higher Carthew to anyone with young children or elderly as there is no bannister.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your comments. We are very sorry to hear that you would not recommend Higher Carthew due to the lack of a bannister. With all feedback we receive, we monitor the comments and update the webpage as necessary and due to previous feedback, we have included that children should be supervised on the stairs. Your comments are also passed on to the property owner, for their consideration but we will continue to monitor further comments on this in the meantime. We do hope that you still had a lovely time in St Ives and that we will see you again soon. Lucy, Customer Services

Lovely property but needs a tumble dryer in the laundry room

Everything you could want for a winter break away, and oodles of space in which to enjoy. St Ives gave us good weather for the time of year and the dog enjoyed the freedom of the beaches. We appreciated our warm hideaway in the hill, enjoying raging fires when the winds began to howl. With the fire at our back and the sea at our front, Storm Ciara came and went and we felt warm and safe as we watched the waves crashing onto the Island and beach. The location is pretty perfect and we will return again.

Amazing views and excellent location exactly as stated in the property description! Downstairs bedrooms very good but very noisy . Upstairs bedrooms more basic so something to consider according to your family/ families needs! Elderly relatives would find the stairs difficult! Very nice lounge and kitchen and we would book this property again !

Reply from Aspects Holidays

The reverse-level arrangement really does make the most of those spectacular views doesn't it? But it can mean that some noise may be heard in the bedrooms downstairs if others are still walking around upstairs in the living area. This layout and lack of bannister on the stairs, may not suit all parties, but we are glad that it worked well for you and that you had a great time there. Tanya, Customer Services

Wonderful property with amazing view. Great for bringing the family together for quality time in beautiful St Ives. Would definitely book it again

We stayed at Higher Carthew over the Christmas period, we all had a lovely time in the house. A Lovely hamper received by Aspects and the housekeeper which was a nice touch.

A big Steep hill to walk up and down to get into the town which is hard work, although a shortcut in the opposite direction down the street is a must!!

Beautiful views, a spacious and comfortable property to stay in.

Just WOW!!! Fantastic stay last week house is amazing thank you

I booked Higher Carthew as I wanted a four-bedroom property to take my girlfriends for a week in St Ives.

We knew the house looked fantastic online, but it exceeded our expectations. We all said 'wow' when we walked in. The views are stunning and the layout of the house is very sociable and great for a small or larger group.

Upon arrival at the house we were very impressed at how clean and fresh it was, with some lovely touches, such as a welcome pack and toiletries in the bedroom.

We took our dogs with us, who also had a brilliant holiday in St Ives, there was nothing not to like about the house - it is unique, contemporary and very cosy and comfortable. It has everything you could need, plenty of glasses, crockery, Sonos system, great smart TV, luxury beds, lovely bathrooms and a great layout. We didn't really want to leave!!!

I have already booked it for next year and would highly recommend - it isn't cheap but nothing worth having every is.


Beautiful house with the most amazing views, had a wonderful week

This is a beautiful designer house with luxury bedrooms and bathrooms, super open plan upper floor and great balcony accessed via bifold doors, providing wonderful views over Porthmeor beach and out to sea. It comes at the top end of price range but fantastic break for a special treat.

Stunning property with beautiful views. Three generations had fantastic holiday at Higher Carthew. Welcome basket was appreciated. Very comfortable beds and great showers. A hand rail would be helpful for the less able to access downstairs and garden.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your feedback; it sounds like you had an amazing time! All feedback gets passed on to the property owners, so that they can consider guests suggestions when looking at future improvements, so thank you for the useful comment. Hope to see you back soon. Tanya, Customer Services

As a family of 6 across 3 generations we had a fantastic holiday. When you walk through the front door for the first time, you will have an image you will never forget, as I doubt there are many better views in St Ives. There is plenty of space in this property, and actually, the open plan living was a pleasant surprise as it really does allow for more interactions between the family. The bedrooms downstairs are luxurious and the garden area was ideal for Samson our dog. The lounge area was also comfortable with a selection of different style chairs to sit and read or just admire the view. And the balcony with the bi-fold doors was amazing! The only negative I feel I need to highlight is the staircase. My parents are elderly, and without a handrail, and also without carpet, they did not feel safe going up and down the stairs. My daughter was delighted as she had one of the posh bedrooms, but that wasn't the intention. So if you have young children or going with elderly parents, just be aware......

If you go to St Ives you know there are hills to walk up. But the house is close to St Ives centre and there is a cut through at the bottom of the road that I don't think many people are aware of. It makes it a lot easier.

Finally, I'd just like to say a big thanks to Aspect Holiday's for the support they gave on a difficult final day of the holiday. My Dad decided he'd have a suspected heart attack on our last day! But between the Aspect office, the cleaner and myself we kept in touch with the situation and Aspect had arranged for another property for us if we had too stay over. Thanks all - I know its your job to give us a great service, but you did they perfectly!

Excellent location and views and brilliant if one of the group is in a wheelchair. Plenty of space for 8 people. Will book again

St Ives is beautiful and Higher Carthew is in a good location to take advantage of that. Very spacious and lovely décor but the property is not very practical for a self catering family holiday. If you are planning to eat out most evenings then the lack of kitchen work surface wont be a problem and make sure the guests that have the rooms on the lower floor don't require peace and quiet. Tiled floor and lack of sound proofing makes that improbable

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry to hear that the layout of the rooms and the space in the kitchen didn't quite work for your party. The reverse-level arrangement really makes the most of the fantastic views from this property and works brilliantly for many, but we understand that it may not suit everyone. Similarly with the kitchen; you do have the additional utility areas that give you some more work space, but it may not work for everyone. We try to show the set up as clearly as possible within photos and descriptions, so we hope that it was what you had expected from that, and we hope you still had a great time. Tanya, Customer Services

We stayed at Higher Carthew and could not fault the property. We were an extended family of 6 celebrating my mothers 79 birthday, my mother did find the hill a little steep, but this did not put us off going out. We will definitely book with Aspect Holidays again the process was so easy and the accommodation was just as described.