St Ives needs little or no introduction. Famous for its cobbled streets, harbour and fabulous beaches, it is also known for its long association with artists. Barnabas Cottage, one of a group of fishermen’s cottages thought to date back to the 17th Century, has been renovated to the highest standard. Solid oak floors run throughout the stylish open plan living-room, the Shaker-style kitchen and dining-area providing the setting for family meals. Steep stairs lead up to the bedrooms, shower-room and separate WC. The private parking space is half a mile away up a small hill; the cottage itself is tucked down a narrow side street just 60 yards from the beach – perfect for an evening amble along the promenade.