The view from the property.
The fabulous open plan living-area, with sea views.
The master bedroom has sea views too, fancy waking up to this?
The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook up a super dinner for the family.
The balcony has amazing views.
The sitting-room is furnished in beautiful pastel colours, which compliment the sea.
The Mermaids Purse.
The kitchen looks through into the open plan living-area.
The balcony is the perfect spot to watch the world sail by.
The master bedroom is furnished in soft yellow's and whites.
You have oodles of storage and space.
There is a little TV in the master bedroom too.
The pretty twin bedroom.
The en suite bathroom.
The family shower-room.
The apartment is set within this complex.
The view from the apartment.
The stunning beach at Carbis Bay.
St Ives town is renowned for its harbour, restaurants and shops.
St Michael's Mount is approximately six miles from Carbis Bay.
The beach at Carbis Bay.

The Mermaid’s Purse


1.1 miles SE of St Ives / Sleeps 4 + cot

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7 Nights from £814

Our favourite place to be in the UK.

Beautifully decorated property with stunning views. Beach is clean and child friendly, with coast guards. Dog friendly at certain times in the day. There are steps leading down to the property so might not be great for those with disabilities. There is a lift further down but a little way to get to apartment on gravel path. Very quiet even though the train station is just behind the apartment. To wake up in the morning to hear the sea and see the beautiful beach is blissful! Thank you Mermaids purse see you again next year!!

Wonderful apartment with excellent sea view. Near wonderful beach and good starting locations for trips around south-west Cornwall.

A lovely, tastefully decorated and well equipped apartment with a stunning view of Carbis Bay. We very much enjoyed sitting out on the deck and enjoying the views and the sound of the sea.

We have been to the Mermaids Purse for a number of years now and always call it our second home. We have a rule of thumb that if you cannot stay in a property or hotel up to the standard of your own home then we stay at home! The Mermiads Purse is just splendid for us. Mr. Peters (housekeeper) a very friendly and helpful person and enjoyed speaking to him. Barbara and Geoff x

Fabulous week for my 70th Birthday with my daughter! Views and constant sound of the waves wonderful! The little train was a treat. Weather was mostly sunny despite the forecasts. The Bay seems to have its own micro climate. We enjoyed seals, Tame robins, seabirds diving for their supper. And we both went for a swim!

Reply from Classic Cottages

Wow - a sea swim in March, you are hardy souls! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review, it sounds as though your birthday celebrations were perfect. Tanya, Customer Support

I doubt you’ll find an apartment with a better view. Waking up to the gentle sounds of waves lapping against the shore is just very special.

Fabulous location and the best in accommodation….highly tecommended

We have visited the Mermaids Purse annually for many years and the reason being it has everything you could possibly require for a perfect holiday together with superb surroundings. It all goes together with the magic of Cornwall whatever more could anyone want.

Great location, comfortable and spacious.

Beautiful apartment - even better than the photos! (and larger than we expected). We hesitated initially because of it being on the ground floor but in fact the patio is much larger than any of the balconies above and the wicker patio furniture a huge plus! We’re so glad we took this ground floor apartment and hope very much to come again.

A wonderfully comfortable and spacious apartment with the most amazing views from it's terrace. Beautiful beach and coastal walks.

Fantastic stay. Everything you could possibly need available. Amazing views from apartment. Lovely area. Lots to do. Did walk the coastal path into st ives but also took the train which is so easy and quick. Saves the nightmare of parking which we liked.Hopefully we will definitely return

Waking up to the sound of the waves lapping on the shores of Carbis Bay is wonderful. The views from both lounge and bedroom are spectacular. We'll never tire of it.

The views was great but the cleanliness of the apartment was not good

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for your review of The Mermaids Purse - the sea views from the balcony are stunning! We're sorrry that you noticed some issues with the cleanliness - we'll certainly pass this to the housekeeper so thanks for letting us know. Alison, Customer Support

Amazing view, great access to lovely, safe beach, beautiful and spotless apartment with great location for places of interest!

The view, the high standard of comfort and finish, well equipped kitchen, the telescope, the ease of parking, the location, the peacefulness all made for a fabulous and relaxing holiday.

Fantastic beautiful apartment. Very clean & tidy & modern. Very spacious & comfy. The views are absolutely breathtaking. Lovely secured area with own car park space. Very quick easy access to the beach.

An almost perfect place to stay. The apartment is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. There's a large terrace and there are glorious views of St Ives in one direction to Godrevy lighthouse in the other. Easy (but steepish) access to lovely Carbis Bay beach and very handy for the train to St Ives if you don't feel like the walk. Plenty of places to eat nearby and a well equipped kitchen to cook in.

We think you would never find anywhere better wherever you travel. It's wonderful.

Fabulous view of beach + Bay in general, lovely terrace to appreciate it all, great for touring or staying put, beautiful clean, comfortable + well euipped!

fantastic location fantastic apartment enjoy

Flat and equipment excellent. Location and view excellent.

'Coming Home' is the feeling we get each year we visit Mermaids Purse. It is really magical to feel its love around you.

This is the perfect location with beautiful sea views one side and the train to St Ives the other. We cannot recommend it highly enough

We have returned to The Mermaid's Purse at Carbis Bay for some time now and really it's just such a beautiful apartment in such a heavenly spot!

This cottage has every thing you need views, very nice inside & and you would find it hard to find anything better.

A glorious location with fantastic sea viewa one side and the direct railway to St Ives the other. A perfect getaway.

We have already recommended this holiday destination to our friends and relatives as the best property we have stayed at in the Classic Cottage brochure.

Very comfortable apartment with a fantastic view of the beach, provided a relaxing and perfect weeks getaway (end of October!).

Anyone considering The Mermaid's Purse should not hesitate - ir's just perfect in every way.

One of the nicest apartments we have rented with super views of Carbis Bay.

Amazing views overlooking the balcony to the sea, lovely to eat out on, very relaxing and spacious areas.

The best location ever for Cornwall,( excellent appartment) train station for St Ives behind appartment, views of beach and surrounding coast line are stunning.

This is a superb apartment in a wonderful location. We have been here 4 times and have never been disappointed. The decked terrace across the width of the apartment is a great place to just sit and look out over the bay. If you want to go into St Ives, it is only a few minutes walk from the train station, and getting into St Ives by train is so much better than trying to do that by car. You do need to be aware that the main bedroom is significantly bigger than the other bedroom and looks out over the bay. However, even the smaller bedroom is perfectly ok.

Perfect base to explore the treasures of South West Cornwall, and to feast on the gourmet delights of St Ives!

Please do not tell too many people how wonderful this place is or we might struggle to re-book. I told my sister and she followed there soon after!!

We really enjoyed our stay in this most comfortable and clean apartment. This fantastic location with a stunning view is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday.

It looked attractive with a wonderful view. We couldn't fault it and would like to go back.

We have stayed there before. Wonderful views and location, excellent facilities.

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