WELCOME TO JESSIE'S PLACE IN ST IVES
PUBLISHED: 11:20 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:15 30 August 2017
Amazing sea views, sumptuous bedrooms, a hand-crafted kitchen and a high-tech entertainment system are just a few of the many special features of Jessie’s Place in St Ives
Situated in an enviable position with sea views overlooking the famous harbour and St Ives Bay, Jessie’s Place it is a delight.
A tour of the townhouse - which operates as a holiday let (and graded five stars with VisitEngland) reveals a carefully considered layout and stylish interiors with an attention to detail that we rarely find in our own homes. Jessie’s Place, is set over three floors and has been completely refurbished and redecorated to a very high standard throughout with luxurious finishing touches and an impressive interior which will take your breath away.
The owners of Jessie’s Place are Paul and Julia Parry and they admit when they first purchased the property it had more than a few undesirable features. It was like it was stuck in a time warp from 30 years ago with pine clad bathroom, avocado suite and lino flooring,’ says Paul. The kitchen area was also very small with dated kitchen units, the back garden was totally overgrown and the outside had not seen any fresh paint for a very long time!
The whole place looked tired,’ Paul says. But underneath it all, they knew immediately a house filled with character and warmth was hidden beneath the 1980s decor and felt it deserved a thorough and thoughtful modernisation. From the first time they saw the house, they envisaged larger spaces rather than small rooms so the beautiful views could be enjoyed from anywhere in the house and all three floors.
Today, the overall look is an elegant townhouse (rather than a traditional seaside cottage) which has been painstakingly achieved over two years. The process meant taking down ceilings, rebuilding and repositioning the stairs and also clearing the entire outside area. They also added a balcony to the master bedroom.
The owners wanted the property to reflect its seaside location but without being twee. St Ives is renowned for its incredible light thanks to its peninsula position - and this has been enhanced with the colour scheme of white with hints of grey and blue shades throughout. The colour palette has been extended through the key pieces of furniture.
The owners spent a great deal of time sourcing items from - as much as possible - local retailers and also through online auctions. Favourite accessories include the original ship porthole and the gold mirror in the master bedroom which came from Kudos, St Ives (kudos1.co.uk) which prides itself on stocking impossible-to-find vintage accessories.
But Jessie’s Place hasn’t all been about out with the old and in with the new’. Wherever possible the owners have tried to refurbish rather than simply replace. The house still has its original sash windows, although the addition of underfloor heating and a new boiler system keeps the property nice and warm in chillier months. There is also solid oak flooring throughout, which was reclaimed from an old barn in Bedford.
The owners thought very carefully about the bedrooms (the house sleeps six) and designed one with children in mind. There are twin beds and navy accents for a more nautical and we do like to be beside the seaside’ theme.
In the second bedroom on the ground floor, they moved away from the simple palette and so opted to use decorative wallpaper. The room also offers glimpses of the sea and the grey chair (from made.com), provides a comfortable place to sit and watch the world go by.
Upstairs, in order to keep the first floor comfortable and uncluttered, the owners opted for a handmade, bespoke fitted kitchen and TV unit, which was made by a small independent company. The gorgeous white quartz worktops were supplied by the local Helston-based company, Duke Stone (dukestoneofcornwall.co.uk). And to retain the feel of openness in the kitchen, the owners fitted a Franke downdraught extractor which slots into the island, rather than the more traditional hood fitted to the ceiling. To add to the feel of luxury, the kitchen also offers a steam oven, boiling water tap and a Nespresso coffee machine.
The owners gave particularly careful consideration to the master bedroom on the third floor - which features vintage chandeliers. The furniture has been carefully placed to ensure visitors wake up to the most spectacular view possible. This meant that the ceiling was taken down to give a light, airy and luxurious feel. They also added French doors and a Juliet balcony to take in the magnificent views. The en-suite bathroom was added and the rest of the room fitted around it which meant rebuilding and repositioning the stairs. Here there is also carefully chosen vintage furniture which has been upcycled to complement the colour scheme. The contemporary open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchen provide the ideal space for socialising - and come complete with iPad, Smart TV with Sky and Netflix.
And what of the valuable outside area? Once overgrown and difficult to access, the rear garden has been completely cleared with steps added for ease of access and the rear stone repaired using local craftsmen. It now offers a slice of luxurious outside living, with a pretty terrace and the addition of rattan garden furniture - the ideal spot for al fresco dining or just relaxing outdoors while enjoying views down to the sea. You will also find an outside heated shower - perfect for rinsing off after a dip in the sea.
Out of a tired and unmodernised empty house, the owner’s have created a real home from home, where the interiors have been individually styled and the layout designed to make the most of those views that will keep reminding you where you are - by the sea in one of the UK’s favourite sunny spots.
Jessie’s Place is available to book through Cornish Horizons from £834 per week.
Cornish Horizons is one of Cornwall’s leading Visit England accredited agencies representing some of the best holiday cottages throughout Cornwall. Choose from a collection of more than 500 cottages in popular locations including St Ives, Carbis Bay, Padstow, Looe, Newquay and Fowey.