Reviews from guests that have stayed with us.
Often, we are asked what we think is the ‘perfect’ Cornish Secret stay and we simply can’t answer that. All our properties have their special secrets simply awaiting discovery, but don’t take our word for it. People are individuals, with their own special preferences, places and spaces, so we let them do the talking through their own personal testimonials to give you a true taste of Cornish Secrets.
Wow what a view! We soon forgot the steps when we saw the prize at the top!
Waking up and looking out to the sea was a fantastic start to every day, can't wait to return
Harbour Heights is beautifully decorated and spectacular views from all over the house, including the bath!
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A stunning house in a beautiful location. Faultless. Views over St Ives bay are exceptional but more than enough to do in the house on a rainy day with an indoor pool and home cinema.
The house is stunning and everything in it is high quality. The pool and hot tub were a dream, especially with the sonos sound system on, as was the cinema room. The entire house is so well thought through, and despite its size, has a cosy feel to it. The location is fab too. The views are beautiful, the coastal path is right on the doorstep and St Ives town is only a 10 minute walk away. This is a truly special place and we feel very fortunate to have been able to stay here.
What a wonderful house and very well managed as a holiday let. We had a wonderful time and there was always something to do if it rained with the swimming pool and cinema room. The views over st Ives will be something I will remember for ever.
Wow! What a place!! Had a fantastic week here, with plenty of space for all our party and dogs
Spectacular views from all the front rooms, cosy beds and everything you need.
Trecarne is in a great location and all of the beautiful areas of St Ives can easily be reached.
Fantastic, spacious apartment. All the comforts from home. Lovely sea views from living room and main bedroom. Ideally located for surfing beach at Porthmeor and short walk into town for shops, restaurants and pubs. Highly recommended. Great host.
What a beautiful place to relax, unwind and watch the weather unfold from the balcony. The description of this place is more than accurate, it is tidy, clean and comfortable. The close proximity to the shops and restaurants and beaches of the centre of St Ives is incredible.
This space worked brilliantly for us to relax with our 20 month old. The flat is wonderfully spacious and open, close to beaches and shops, and the view is stunning. The covered balcony was the perfect romantic spot for us to sit after we put our son to bed, rain or shine. It was safely enclosed for him to be out there at breakfast as well so we really spent most of our time just on that balcony. At the end, we probably even would have rather cooked in more than gone out to the restaurants.
Brilliant location and views. The apartment itself is also immaculate and furnished to an amazingly high standard. Loved it from the moment we stepped inside. Great value.
I would like to thank the staff at Cornish secrets for helping me find a last minute holiday in St Ives, all queries were answered quickly and they were always very friendly. The accommodation was lovely and walking distance to restaurants and beaches.
Absolutely beautiful house in a perfect location. We holiday in Cornwall every year but I have to say this is one of the nicest places we have stayed.
The property was perfect for kids with 2 buggies, high chair, booster seat, dvds, beach equipment & toys galore provided saving us loads of space in the car
‘Luxury and diversity’ encapsulate the Cornish Secrets ethos. We specialise in sourcing and sharing the most exceptional, beautiful hidden secret Cornwall Cottage properties, so you don’t have to.
Cornwall is the well-deserved top holiday destination in the U.K., a market leader in providing the most exciting, interesting and breathtaking properties in the exciting U.K. travel sector.
From secretly spectacular sea view holiday homes perched high on the craggy Cornish cliffs; or next to a sandy beach with panoramic views stretching miles out across the shoreline; to the cool chic contemporary country barn conversion; we have it all.
There are many elements to consider when ensuring our secrets deliver exactly what a guest expects when they seek out a special stay in a Cornish Secrets cottage.
It’s all about Cornwall and the balance between historical value and style; this has to be ‘right on the mark’ for the ultimate Cornwall Cottage experience. Perhaps, you seek an atmospheric St Ives fisherman’s cottage or maybe a Cornish Engine house, both lovingly restored, yet sympathetic to the historic significance of the buildings.
For the modern touch, there are the contemporary grand designs, individually built for maximum space, light and beauty, in the most gloriously iconic locations. Many talented people painstakingly work together as a team to create these exceptional, breathtaking experiences – from the intuitive eye of the interior designer to the highly-skilled carpentry of the Cornish craftsman. The choice is yours.
Fabulous facilities are vital. Feedback from our Cornish Secrets guests on their perfect holiday tells us they adore relaxing hot tubs, cosy log burners, swimming pools, cinema rooms, saunas and balconies with exceptional sea views. These extra-special touches create a seriously special Cornish Cottage stay.
Our prestige property management services ensure everything is of a consistently impeccable standard, for that luxury element our visitors expect. From the crisp white bed sheets to a gift from Cornwall (in a hamper packed full of delicious, local Cornish produce), our local presence means we offer seriously sustainable eco-friendly options.
Need some extra help while away? Why not let our Cornish chef prepare dinner for that special night in or let our concierge team take care of any requests you may have?
We believe all our properties stand out with their own unique identity. Some are set in special Cornish towns, such as St Ives, or in their own perfect tranquil secret secluded position.
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Lavish and luxurious Regency holiday home
Pets Welcome: Yes
Parking: Private parking for 2
After a couple of nights in this luxurious holiday home we did not want to leave! It’s beautiful and situated right in the heart of St Ives. The views are outstanding from every window.
What an amazing family house to stay in at beautiful St Ives. The location is excellent and the house is luxurious and comfortable
The views are amazing from this stunning house. The workmanship in the house is first class and decorated to the highest standard. Warm and homely with an easy to use log burner and every home comfort that you could wish for.
We loved this house – perfect for a family holiday based in St Ives. The house is located very centrally, with easy walking distance to the 4 town beaches and the shops/bars. The house itself is great for entertaining (we recommend the Cornish Chef for a special Dinner Party in your own home) and the views over the town and harbour are sublime. There is ample private parking for 2 large cars, although we didn’t move our cars all week – that is how good the location is! A perfect location, a house that is truly ‘salubrious’ are all the ingredients for a memorable holiday. Cornish Secrets were excellent hosts and were on hand with all the information and support as we required it.
A truly wonderful home with so many beautiful areas within the house to explore. There is something for everyone, you could never be bored. We recommend going to St Ives Bakery for your morning breakfast (the pastries are amazing), have dinner at the beach cafes (the views are stunning) and have a cosy evening at home with the family (you have to try the bath!).
The views and location are second to none. It was such a pleasure to be able to walk almost everywhere without taking the car. So many lovely restaurants and cafes, we never got bored. The only negative is having to leave!
A lovely place for a birthday celebration! Thanks so much.
Beautiful Victorian townhouse
Pets Welcome: No
Parking: Secured space
Special Feature: Fabulous patio areas
Loved the views from the top bedroom, made use of the barbecue and fairy lights in the garden even though it was the end of October. The house was beautifully decorated, spacious and very comfortable. Very handy for local shops, walks and beaches. Highly recommended!
Perfect location, central to St Ives centre and Porthminster beach, allowing easy access. This is a well thought out accommodation with enough space and rooms for a larger family / group to feel like they have their own space in the same house.
It has a bright airy feel inside and an amazing outdoor space. The facilities are high spec and and clean. This property also has secure parking - a luxury in St Ives. This was our second visit to Hillside, and hopefully not our last!
Enhanting and charming Old Watch House
Pets Welcome: Yes
Parking: For 3 cars
We had such a fantastic stay at The Old Watch House. It was extremely well equipped and perfectly located. The garden is great for seal and boat spotting.
Perfect! Lovely house and gardens
What a wonderful house matched by the enchanting Mousehole. Loved the incredible views and enjoyed seeing the sunbathing seals
Stunning sea view apartment
Pets Welcome: Yes
Parking: Private space
Special Feature: Spectacular sea views from balcony
simply fantastic place to go to relax and enjoy st Ives
Beautiful location with amazing views. Easy access and quick responses. Had a wonderful week !!
We had a lovely holiday and so enjoyed being in your wonderful bright apartment with sea views all around. I thought the coffee machine and the microwave and the tv were the cherries on the top of the cake. I would recommend your property to anyone.
We loved staying at Beach Haven !! The location was perfect for us as we have a dog who loves the beach and enjoys an early morning walk , also very convenient for kayaking as beach a stones throw away !! We would love to return to Beach Haven in the future !
A quality apartment with great Views over the beach. Fully equipped with quality fittings and comfortable beds. I recommend this apartment as a great holiday destination and value for money.
Stunning Georgian house minutes away from the beach
Pets Welcome: Yes
Parking: For 2 vehicles
Special Feature: Minutes walk from the beach
Super house, brilliantly located to take advantage of all that St Ives and the surrounding area has to offer.
Great family home within easy reach of the beach and town. We had a fantastic holiday and cannot wait to return
We loved our stay at Springfield and have already booked again!
Wonderful house, in the most lovely setting - on a hill, but that leads you straight onto the beach, seafront walk to town and coastal path - highly recommend! Also Porthminster Beach Cafe minutes away - what more could you ask for.
We had a lovely stay and would return to the same property in the future (we’ve been staying there for a few years now).”