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Hotel Highlights

  • Cliff-edge location with vast coastal views
  • Three miles of beaches on your doorstep
  • Spacious rooms with slick modern interiors

Overview

Luxury-laden Salt House on the edge of St Ives is a boutique B&B glowing in the special light this region is famed for. The two rooms are simple and spectacular, with bay-spanning views through floor-to-ceiling glass, balconies to breakfast on and hi-tech heaven in the entertainment department.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Salt House with us:

Half a bottle of champagne

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Two.

Check–out

11am. Check in is between 3pm and 6pm, unless an alternative time has been agreed with the hotel in advance.

Rates

Double rooms from $317.57 (£192), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

The hotel is in a residential area just outside St Ives. A 10-minute walk along a coastal path will get you to the town centre; there’s a torch in your room to guide you back after dark.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, CD/DVD library, parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Sky+, CD/Blu-Ray/DVD player, king-size Heal’s bed, minibar and free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

There are only two: one has an epic bathroom, the other wins the colour wars. The North Room has a freestanding bath in a huge space overlooking the balcony (overlooking Godrevy Beach) and a walk-in shower that could cleanse an army. The South Room’s bathroom doesn’t scrimp, either – it has a walk-in shower and a double-ended bath.

Packing tips

Binoculars for ocean ogling and seagull spotting. Windbreakers for the winding walks.

Also

A minimum two-night stay applies.

Children

Salt House is more of an adults' hideaway.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, just a breakfast menu of cooked and Continental items which you pick from and pop in the special postbox. It’s then brought up to your room at the designated time.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar, but you’ll find an amply stocked (and complimentary) minibar in your room, as well as all the necessaries for tea and coffee.

Last orders

Breakfast will be delivered to your room between 8am and 9.30am.

Room service

None.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Suitably seadoggy: salt-washed and weathered.

Top table

There aren’t any communal spaces but curl up on your balcony for bay views and beauty courtesy of the Cornish shores.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Wander down to Willy Waller’s Ice Cream Factory (+44 (0)1736 795761) for Wonka-worthy flavours, such as blackcurrant and liquorice and lavender and honey. St Ives Ceramics on Fish Street (+44 (0)1736 794930) has an impressive collection of works on display by local potters as well as international names. The Tate St Ives on Porthmeor Beach (+44 (0)1736 796226) has a world-class permanent collection and a rather good exhibition guestlist, too. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Scultpure Garden.

Local restaurants

A quick hop from St Ives will take you to Porthminster Beach and the Porthminster Café (+44 (0)1736 795352) for fresh fish, seafood and local produce. Juicy burgers await at eco-friendly Blas Burgers (+44 (0)1736 797272), a relaxed and informal eatery where the furniture’s made from driftwood and all takeaway boxes are biodegradeable. Try out the simple Italian fare and impressive wine list at Pizza Patio Al Fresco on Fore Street (+44 (0)1736 798265).

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Gazing on Godrevy

Salt House

Venton Road, Cornwall TR26 2AQ, United Kingdom

Planes

Newquay airport is around a 45-minute drive from the hotel. If a long drive west doesn’t take your fancy, fly there from London Gatwick in just an hour.

Trains

The station in St Ives is a mile away, hooked up by First Great Western (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk), but for direct services to big towns such as Plymouth and London, get to St Erth instead (a 10-minute drive or an indirect train journey away). To London Paddington, it’s five hours. The hotel can call up your cab.

Automobiles

The hotel’s on a coastal stretch in between St Ives and Carbis Bay. From Truro, it’s just over 30 minutes down the A30 and A3074. There’s free parking.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Salt House – even the name of the boutique bed and breakfast makes the promise of sea air palpable. Sand between our toes, skin kissed with sea salt, the scent of lingering sunscreen… We’re swooning with such thoughts as we alight our First Great Western sleeper train to Cornwall. Delirious, we arrive super early at St Ives. A cheery taxi driver wends us through the quaint, flow…
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Salt House

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Salt House – even the name of the boutique bed and breakfast makes the promise of sea air palpable. Sand between our toes, skin kissed with sea salt, the scent of lingering sunscreen… We’re swooning with such thoughts as we alight our First Great Western sleeper train to Cornwall. Delirious, we arrive super early at St Ives. A cheery taxi driver wends us through the quaint, flower-lined roads whistling all the way, asking cheerily how our journey down from London was.

Symmetrical, gentle and uninterrupted – these are the words that jump into my head as our eyes rest upon our final destination, a symmetrical house set against a calm cobalt sea. Modernist and perfectly rectangular, our boutique retreat is a contemporary sculpture of simplicity. A man waves from the kitchen. We wave back. He slides across a glass door and two chocolate labradors bound out onto the wooden deck, and head over to give us a friendly sniff.

Softly spoken and smiling, Alan, comes out to greet us. One half of the couple behind Salt House, he parks our luggage in his minimalist kitchen where a homemade breakfast on the counter awaits delivery to one of the two pairs of guests. As our room isn’t ready yet, he thoughtfully gives us a map of the area and marks spots for a great breakfast and dinner later, and points out where the much-lauded south-west outpost of the Tate is. Alan and his wife take care of every aspect of the hospitality offered from their chic private home.

We stroll into town, flip-flopping along for 10 minutes, until our feet hit soft sand. Flinging off our shoes, we gallop towards the water. Oh – the first feel of beach and then sea after a long winter! Instead of following the coastal road back for brunch, we dart into St Ives' side streets, meandering along a cobblestone path lined with art galleries, cafés and cosy restaurants.

Porthgwidden Beach Café, overlooking the sea, provides a hearty late English breakfast – especially comforting after on-board grazing on cold train sandwiches. As we take a post-prandial wander around the bay, Mr Smith remarks how saturated the colours all seem. It’s like a PhotoShopped picture where the happy families and kids playing badminton on the beach look posed and ultra-enhanced. But this is how it is in Cornwall. The colours are that luminous, the sea is that turquoise, the sand really looks golden and the sky is that bright blue! And the people are honestly smiling that much.

By early afternoon we’re peckish again and we sieze our chance to enjoy that most famous Cornish comestible: the pasty. Sinking our teeth into flaky St Ives Bakery pastries, we hear someone shout ‘Mind the seagulls!’ with a chuckle. Baffled, we perch beachside with our snacks. Soon enough, two gulls land in front of us. They watch… wait… stare… pace. We feel saved by the bell when Alan rings to tell us our room is ready!

What a boudoir after our long journey. A sliding glass door leads to balcony overlooking a neat manicured garden backdropped by soothing sea views beyond. The bedroom is huge too – we could do a Viennese waltz and not hit anything. Oat biscuits in Alessi jars area are decadently buttery and soon all that’s left of them is a few crumbs on the White Company linen-clad perfumed duvet. In the palatial bathroom there’s a freestanding white porcelain bathtub big enough for a family. The rainshower is the size of a walk-in closet. If we’d headed to Cornwall just to experience the bathroom at Salt House, it might have been worth it.

Eager not to lose sunshine time, we squeeze pasty bodies into bathing suits and head down the stairs, out onto the path into town, clutching freshly perfumed towels. A postcard-perfect coastal scene awaits of scampering children, sandcastle-building parents and dogs shaking water from their fur. The sun is warm, the air just refreshing enough, and the water the right side of bracing. Soon it segues into evening and into another delicious cliché: fish and chips for supper. Splattered with tartar sauce and a wincing amount of vinegar we wash them down with a glass of house white at St Andrew’s Street Bistro. Content, tipsy and tired, we slosh back to our boutique B&B haven and sink into bed.

We awake the next day with the remote control still in our hands. Over fluffy yet gooey chocolate croissants and poached eggs with bacon, we ponder the drizzle and hovering clouds and debate where to go. Alan pops our breakfast on a table inside but we call the clouds’ bluff and sneak out onto the balcony with our coffees. Mr Smith says with a wink he wouldn’t mind it raining, seeking an excuse for a duvet and DVD day. But out peeks the sun and we head to the Hepworth Gallery. The iconic artist’s garden was transformed into a 10-minute walking tour of her work. It is just enough culture to feel like we’ve done something educational, considering we our fleeting Tate drive-by the day before.

Idly making our way along cobblestones, the next stop on our culinary tour of Cornwall is Madeline’s Tea Shop for crab sandwiches. Legs dangling from the pier, we wolf rye bread packed with pure crabmeat and laced with fresh lemon juice. Iced clotted cream from Willy Wallers is dessert, followed astonishingly 20 minutes later, by more ice-cream from the Moomaid. Well, it is our duty to research everything thoroughly.

If there’s one eatery visitors must try it’s Porthminster Restaurant – our date for an early dinner. Situated smack on the beach, glorious views of  beige sand and blue water accompany couldn’t-be-fresher seafood. And no pretentious portions here – these servings are suited to hungry people who’ve been outdoors all day.

By 8pm the Salt House has lured us home. Cocooned in our boutique B&B corner, we savour the home-from-home feel to Alan and Sharon’s stay. There’s just enough privacy to feel it’s our own space, and sufficient interaction with genial hosts to have a holiday vibe. All that’s left is to hop into a Molton Browny bubble bath and watch the light disappear behind hills. Mr Smith – cue up that DVD player…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Salt House's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the location on the coastal path just out of town, the panoramic ocean view through floor-to-ceiling glass, the plush bed and the huge bath and shower. The stylish and extremely comfortable décor makes the apartment a pleasure to return to each night. The home-made cookies were addictive and the breakfasts served on the private balcony were absolutely fresh and delicious. The hosts are friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The entire place exudes style and would stay there again tomorrow if I could!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

An inspiring property, nicely decorated with quality iconic furniture. Owners are very friendly and will go the extra mile to make your stay special.

Don’t expect

N/A (for me!)

Rating: 10/10 stars