Only a mile from the seemingly endless golden sands skirting St Ives Bay, pretty little Saffron Cottage lies just a few yards from the scenic Hayle river estuary, a birdwatchers' paradise and is perfect for a car-free and care-free holiday. The station just up the hill is ideal for getting here; also for trips to St Ives, Penzance or Truro. Hayle's many cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops (three dedicated to the famous Cornish pasty!) and even the seasonal lido are all only a stroll away. The cottage is full of charm and character inside with low doorways and ceilings, typically steep, open-sided stairs, and a lovely old (ornamental) Cornish range, alongside modern equipment including an iPod dock.
Upstairs are the two unexpectedly spacious bedrooms; downstairs are the cosy sitting-room, the small but well-equipped kitchen/dining-room, and the bathroom – which includes a separate shower cubicle (as well as a bath) with a fabulous drench-head shower. Outside, a tiny front courtyard garden is bathed in sunshine in the evening. Perfect for a couple or small family, this delightful little gem is only strides away from just about anything you might need!
Kitchen/Dining-room with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Step to Sitting-room with TV, DVD player, iPod dock/CD player and coal-effect gas fire
Step to Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5')
Bedroom 2 with ‘zip and link’ (6' double or twin) beds
*A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Parking on road
- Telephone with honesty-box (At cost)
- No smoking
- Pub 150 yds
- Patio furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
Saffron Cottage faces west, the little front courtyard catching the late afternoon and evening sun.
The kitchen/dining-room is small but cleverly designed and well-equipped.
The view to the cottage (centre, right) from the train station carpark.
The sitting-room includes a living-flame gas fire set into the original fireplace.
The view from the little station’s platform, along the estuary towards St Ives in the distance.
The lovely old (ornamental) Cornish range in the kitchen.
An archway leads from the sitting-room through to the kitchen/dining-room.
The original phone – and it still works!
The surprisingly spacious bathroom is downstairs beyond the kitchen.
The bathroom includes a double shower cubicle as well as a bath.
The shower cubicle is fitted with a fabulous drench-head shower.
The cottage staircase has been imaginatively and colourfully painted.
The pretty double bedroom (Bedroom 1).
Crisp white hotel-quality bed linens complement the hand-painted bed and bedside cabinets.
The double bedroom looks out to the front of the cottage.
The Owners restore old furniture, and examples of their craft are all around the cottage.
Bedroom 2 is furnished with versatile 'zip and link' (double or twin) beds.
Bedroom 2 also looks out to the street outside.
The front courtyard may be small but it is a lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by.
Every available corner is beautifully planted with colourful flowers.
There are climbing roses round the front door and in pots to either side.
Looking up the hill towards the little station, you can take the train to St Ives (change at St Erth), it takes about 25 minutes and saves trying to find a parking space.
As you drive through the town on your way to Saffron Cottage, the tidal river estuary is on your right.
From the cottage, it is an almost level walk along the river back towards the town....
....and you could always call in at the pasty shop on the way, then sit and admire the scenery over lunch!
Another view of the estuary at high tide, with the pretty King George V Walk along the left-hand side.
The Lido is beside the river estuary and the road leading to the beach.
The swimming pool is open-air and great for children on a hot summer’s day.
Picturesque St Ives is well worth a visit.
Porthminster Beach, one of St Ives’ beautiful golden beaches.
On its journey between Hayle and St Ives, the little seaside train stops at spectacular Carbis Bay.
Miles of golden sands stretch between Hayle beach and Godrevy lighthouse at the far end of St Ives Bay.
Paradise Park, Cornwalls top Wildlife Sanctuary is just up the road from Saffron Cottage.
Get up close and personal with some brightly coloured feathered friends.
Little children and big kids will enjoy the fun rides!