Cornwall, United Kingdom

Trevose Harbour House Samphire Studio




Peeking on Porthgwidden





Created by the design-savvy duo behind Trevose Harbour House, coastal villa Samphire Studio is nestled among fishermen’s cottages in the characterful ‘downalong’ area of St Ives, with pretty Porthgwidden cove just a few steps away. Flaunting a rich-green colour scheme, the interiors are a masterclass in mid-century design, showcasing an Eero Saarinen dining table, re-upholstered 1970s chairs and pebble tables by Lucian Ercolani. The whitewashed walls are decorated with the work of local artists, providing a snapshot of St Ives’ thriving scene. If you find yourself fancying a change from the beach, you need only step outside, where you’ll find Cornish palms swaying in your own botanical garden. 

Smith Extra

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A glass of Prosecco each on arrival, or a bottle of Prosecco for Smiths staying three nights or more

First Glance

  • The immaculately designed interiors draw inspiration from mid-century and modern design.
  • Luxury fabrics from Designers Guild, Voyage and Romo.
  • 1950s furniture, including a sheepskin-laden rocking chair.
  • Parquet wood flooring with underfloor heating.
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with jade green subway tiles.

Villa highlights

  • Steps to the beach
  • Botanical garden
  • Mid-century design

Sleeping arrangements

  • The bedroom has a whitewashed brick walls hung with local artwork, brass reading lamps and a hanging pendant light. The king-size bed is topped with a super-comfy Hypnos mattress.
  • In the ensuite bathroom, there's a walk-in shower with hexagonal tiles and brass fixtures.

Key kit

  • Free WiFi
  • Welcome hamper
  • Smart TV
  • Radio
  • Underfloor heating
  • Laundry room
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Pure Nuff Stuff bath products
  • Concierge service


  • There’s a table for two in the private botanical garden, which is filled with lush tropical succulents.
  • One parking space.


  • St Ives is almost at the tip of Cornwall, on the north coast. It’s five hours’ drive from London (six hours by train from London Paddington).
  • Newquay is the closest airport, an hour’s drive from St Ives. There are regular flights from London and most major UK cities.
  • The apartment is just a few yards from Porthgwidden beach, a sheltered cove with beach huts and an excellent all-day cafe. St Ives harbour is a five-minute walk away, as is the spectacular surf beach, Porthmeor.
  • St Ives is a small town which packs a big punch – there’s an outpost of the Tate gallery, a Barbara Hepworth museum, high-end seafood (book a table at the Porthminster Cafe) and lots of good old fashioned fish ‘n’ chips (watch out for seagulls).

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