Bungalow in St Ives, Cornwall, England - Peaceful Location Close To St Ives
About Tina Swift
Hi - my name is Tina and my husbands name is Mike and we are the owners of these lovely bungalows. After travelling from Yorkshire to Cornwall for our holidays for the past 20 years, we eventually made the plunge to 'emigrate ' down here 3 years ago. The idea was to move down here for a less hectic pace of life and everything was going to plan until 1 day I spotted a holiday bungalow for sale and hauled my lovely husband off to view it. It was a real mess but I saw straight past its dated, smelly interior and could instantly see the swan lurking within. So - we bought it and the hard work began. Mike doesn't do anything by halves so within a week or so it was knocked back to a bare shell and then the real work started ! We worked every minute we could, and when we werent physically working I was ordering and planning, and eventually after spending twice as much as we intended,we were almost there. . Every evening 2 Seagulls would visit us, firstly landing on the roof and then making their way to the front door requesting any left overs we had. This is why we decided to call it ' Seagulls Rest ' .. Mike ( who like I said never does things in halves), then wanted to buy more , so the whole renovation process started again with Starfish and then Butterfly Rest. We have learnt by our mistakes along the way, and there were times during all the hard work, that I wished that I had never seen the advertisement, but the end result is that our hard work has paid off.. We now have 3 beautiful bungalows available which I personally manage myself. It is hard work but I am from Yorkshire and I believe that if you " want a good job doin - then do it yer Sen!" I am always available for potential guests to phone me (07899962463), and will always answer any questions you have openly and honestly. If I think my bungalows aren't for you I will say so, as I would rather you not book than book and then be disappointed in anyway. X
Tina Swift purchased this Bungalow in 2014
Why Tina Swift chose Lelant
I will be honest - They were in a dreadful state, but as soon as I walked in I had a vision of what they could become. Slowly as they started to come together that vision became a reality and the thing that pleases me the most is when guests text me when they arrive and say " wow Tina this is gorgeous , I love the attention to detail, you have though of everything ".. Believe me I try very hard ! X
What makes this Bungalow unique
Apart from the bungalows lovely seaside themed interiors, the location of my bungalows is what I most love about them. The squirrels literally do come right up to the windows requesting their breakfast, and the woodland walks are a joy. The bedroom windows back right onto the dense woodland and if you take the time to stand and gaze all manners of wildlife can be seen. One very late summer evening, ( when I had the unusual pleasure of staying in Starfish Rest, beacause I had family staying), I went outside for some fresh air and 2 young foxes were nosing around in the grassy area literally 2 yards away from where I was quietly sat. You are surrounded by wildlife, all you have to do is take the time to look. On the other hand however, all the hustle and bustle of St Ives is a short 10 minute drive away. During the summer months, parking in St Ives can be a bit of a nightmare, and this is where the open topped bus service becomes very useful. It currently runs from Spring Bank until September, and pulls right into the holiday village at least hourly, and runs into St Ives or Penzance. It's last return visit from St Ives is quite late so it is ideal for meal out with a few drinks in St Ives, without anybody having to be the designated driver. Another way to travel into St Ives without the hassle of parking the car is to use the park and ride at the bottom of the hill and catch the train in. The views from the train along the coast are second to none and a family park and ride pass is very reasonable, and the station in St Ives is literally a couple of minutes walk from the beach. I personally manage and clean all 4 of my holiday let's, and try to get to know as much as I can about my potential guests without coming across as nosey! This is so that I can make them as personally inviting as I can, So please tell me as much about yourself. I am genuinely interested and try to make your holiday in my bungalows as pleasant as possible . Please phone me anytime X
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Pity we can't control the weather
Clean, well equipped and lovely quiet location. The 4G signal in the area was very poor for my phone but everyone else in our party was fine. WiFi would be a potential upgrade to the accommodation. Initial impression was that the place was quite small but especially in the main bedroom but we soon got used to our surroundings and it wasn't a problem. Everything else was spot on and a can't think of anything we needed that wasn't provided. There was even a load of DVD's to keep us entertained on the wet and miserable days.
The local squirrels were very inquisitive and would look through the glass doors in search of more nuts. I swear that they would have used the doorbell if there was one. We did get the passes to use the parks facilities but I hindsight we probably shouldn't have bothered as we didn't use the facilities other than our youngest who used the pool a couple of times although on three occasions the the pool was closed.
We would definitely revisit and can highly recommend.
Lovely place to stay
We had a brilliant week staying at seagulls rest, everything you needed was in the property, including games and dvds for the rainy days. Upon arrival there were chocolates and sweets for the kids waiting, such a lovely gesture. We would definitely return.
Charismatic exceptionally clean bijou seaside themed chalet. Tina has thought of everything you will need for a self catering holiday with some very thoughtful extra touches. Watching the squirrels and baby rabbits from the sofa was very relaxing, they do enjoy a nut or two. We travelled to the scilly Isles and all over the bottom of Cornwall easily with the seagulls rest as our base. Hourly bus from the park entrance into st ives very handy and gave driver a rest. The bus was cheap and easy as parking scarce in st ives. Would definitely return, thanks Tina.
Brilliant accomodation, clean, well equipped and nicely located in a peaceful area.
Seagulls Rest is fantastic. The holiday park was not so good. The pool was hardly open.
Lovely stay and very clean
Easy process from start to finish.
Beautiful little holiday home, lovely and clean, good communication with Host.
We would definitely stay again.
Great property with lovely decor - great base for seeing the area
Would look to rent again - all went smoothly
Special interest holidays:
Horse Riding. -- Old Mill Stables is an ABRS approved riding school just outside the entrance to the park. It is a 5 minute walk away.Telephone number 01736 753045
Porthkidney is a dog friendly beach approx 5 minute drive.
Carbis bay is approx 5 to 10 minute drive.
St Ives beaches are approx 10 minute drive but can also be accessed via local train or a bus services.
A car is the easiest way to arrive and get around but not essential.
Newquay airport is approx 40 minute drive away with hire cars available.
Main train line runs to Penzance and St Erth, where a taxi can be taken to the park.
Public transport runs directly to and from the park at certain times of the year.
Nearest airport = Newquay 30 miles
Nearest ferry = Penzance 6 miles
Nearest train = Lelant saltings 1.5 miles
Nearest motorway = M5 110 miles
St Ives = 10 minute drive
lands End = 35 minute drive
Falmouth = 40 minute drive
Hayle = 10 minute drive
Penzance = 25 minute drive
St Ives comes into its own during the Christmas period and is a great place to do Christmas shopping. Its unique gift shops are stocked with local art, cornish clothing and unusual stocking fillers. Exploring the beautiful lanes of shops is a pleasure, before calling into one of the many quaint tea rooms for refreshments.
New Year in St Ives has become a famous celebration with street parties, fireworks,and almost compulsory fancy dress. The electrifying party atmosphere spills out from the bars and restaurants and onto the streets with an amazing midnight climax. Not for the faint hearted but definitely not to be missed.
Close by Angarrack, ( the secret village hidden away behind the M&S / Next retail park ) , comes alive during the festive period when they welcome everyone into the village with a spectacular christmas light display. The not too far away village of Mousehole also has an amazing harbour light display each evening from December 14th to January 3rd.