Samphire Studio is every design enthusiast's dream - a stylishly spectacular sanctuary for two in stunning St Ives, where vintage class blends with beachside charm for a truly unforgettable retreat
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights


When you step off the cobbled streets of Downalong (the heart of old St Ives) into this incredible ground-floor studio apartment, you’ll soon understand how Samphire Studio got its name. Throughout this exquisitely finished space, beautiful touches of green pay homage to the coastal staple – creating a vibrant yet calming feel in every room.

Alongside this gorgeous colour palette, you’re treated to a plethora of vintage delights crafted by some of the mid-century’s greatest designers – from the Lucian Ercolani pebble tables to the Eero Saarinen dining table. You’ll also find fabrics by Designers Guild, Voyage and Romo, not to mention a variety of unique artwork by a local artist. And to top it all, Samphire Studio has been expertly finished with your ultimate comfort in mind, meaning you can enjoy every second of your stay in total luxury!

Behind the front door, you’ll find a welcoming hall space leading to the large, open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Cook up some Cornish treats from your Welcome Hamper in the fully fitted bespoke kitchen, beautifully finished with glacier white worktops and gorgeous emerald subway tiles. A Nespresso coffee machine, a washing machine and a dishwasher add extra touches of luxury (you are on holiday, after all!).

The dining table is perfectly positioned in the light and airy conservatory, which offers a relaxing backdrop of the exotic garden outside. On fine days, you can even enjoy a late breakfast or evening drinks at the charming table for two, enjoying the sweet scent of foliage mingling with the sea air – magnificent.

Meanwhile, the adjacent living area provides a step back in time to 1970s retro glamour, inviting you to unwind on the jungle green ‘sofa, the stunning teal cocktail chair or the relaxing mid-century rocker. Spend a while dipping into one of the vintage books on display, or take a moment to plan tomorrow’s activities out and about in St Ives.

The bedroom at Samphire Studio is a perfectly tranquil place, where whitewashed brick walls create light, space and peace. Sink into the sumptuous Hypnos mattress and feel the day wash away in the comfort of Egyptian cotton bed linen. Here too are touches of mid-century charm, including the retro scatter cushions and unique wall hangings, blending perfectly with the modern décor for ultimate chic. The custom fitted wardrobes provide ample space for all your belongings, making this calming space feel even more like home.

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At a glance

  • Luxurious studio apartment featuring unique mid-century design in idyllic St Ives
  • Sleeps two (king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room)
  • Unique vintage furnishings combine with elegant modern design
  • Beautiful botanic garden; private parking space
  • Welcome Hamper on arrival; Concierge Service on request
  • Just steps from Porthgwidden Beach
  • Located in desirable Downalong – perfect for all St Ives attractions


  • Seaside Breaks


Sleeps 2, king size bedroom, bedding & towels provided, fitted wardrobes, en-suite shower room, organic amenities, underfloor heating, fully-equipped designer kitchen, Nespresso machine, washer, dishwasher, clotheshorse, smart TV, Freeview, radio, Wi-Fi, private parking space, welcome hamper with Cornish goodies, concierge service, private botanical garden.

Local activities

Beaches, galleries, coastal walks, swimming, surfing, watersports, Land’s End, Minack Theatre, restaurants, birdwatching, Egyptian House, museums, gardens, boat tours, cinema, historical/ancient sites.

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You’ll also find a beautifully finished en-suite shower room, complete with blush honeycomb tiles and delicate gold fittings. Lather up in the gorgeous organic scents of the Pure Nuff Stuff toiletries before drying off with the perfectly fluffy towels provided for your comfort.

Additional luxuries include underfloor heating (making Samphire Studio the ideal year-round retreat) and a private car parking space (a rarity in St Ives!). You can even take advantage of Samphire Studio’s concierge service – covering everything from fridge stocking and restaurant reservations to providing the perfect picnic hamper!

And what better place to enjoy a picnic than on the golden sands of Porthgwidden Beach, just a few steps from your front door? Spend a day on the sand, enjoy a romantic paddle in the beautiful blue sea, and finish it off with an evening in one of St Ives’ many outstanding restaurants. From fine dining to traditional fish and chips, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to superb quality and fresh, local ingredients. The town is also well known for its many art galleries and museums, and is of course ideally placed for adventures further afield in Cornwall and even daytrips to the Isles of Scilly.

What more could you want when planning an unforgettable escape? Sun, sea and Samphire Studio – they really are the perfect trio.

Things to note

Short stays are available in low season (minimum stay 3 nights), the apartment is strictly no smoking. Unfortunately pets are not permitted to stay.

Where you'll be staying

St Ives, Cornwall

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