When browsing our portfolio of beautiful Cornish holiday properties, discerning guests will spot some talented interior designers at work!
Owners love to showcase their style and personal stories, adding unique touches to make guests feel right at home in the inspiring surroundings of St Ives. Some turn to experienced local designers to add extra flair – one of whom is Kerry Knight of Beatengreen.
Kerry recently got to work on the latest property to join our collection – Red Sails. We took the opportunity to catch up with her about other design-led properties she’s work on in the past. We also picked her brains about the best places to seek inspiration in St Ives and the surrounding area.
First up, here’s a quick guide to where you can stay in St Ives with a touch of designer style!
The first four properties are all part of The Courtyard and can be rented individually or as a whole. Combined they offer a super-stylish private retreat in the heart of St Ives sleeping up to 24!
The Old Police Station: Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms
“The brief for The Old Police Station was to create light and airy spaces which accentuated the original features of this unique property (formerly the town’s police station) but with an interesting and fun feel.”
Sergeant’s Retreat: Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms
“Like it’s neighbour The Old Police Station, Sergeant’s Retreat is a luxury large house so the finish had to be of the highest quality. During the creative process, and working alongside the owners, we added personality and warmth with upcycled pieces, soft colours and beautifully framed artwork.”
The Briefing Room: Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom
“This studio apartment was redesigned with a double-height entrance hall and a mezzanine floor to flood the space with light. The Briefing Room features bright colours, geometric accents and white-washed beach style panelling combine to create a funky little haven in the heart of St Ives.”
Inspector’s Watch: Sleeps 2+2 in 1 bedroom
“Inspector’s Watch is a spacious one-bedroom apartment, which is spread over two floors, we opted for a restful look in the bedroom and bathroom. In contrast the living space is colourful and vibrant, with bright furnishings, contemporary artwork, and a very cool oversize clock to remind you that it’s time to hit the beach!”
The Town House: Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
“The Town House is a Victorian property with gorgeous wood floors and an original staircase. The property needed complete renovation, creating a blank canvas. Inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth, we used soft, muted tones and natural fabrics in an organic, multi-textured concept throughout.”
Red Sails: Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
“This beautiful old property in Downalong was a delicious prospect for a designer. Muted colours, white-washed wood and pared back textiles are the theme here, creating a flowing, restful interior. At Red Sails I especially enjoyed the bathrooms where, working alongside Aqua Bathrooms, I opted for simple geometric tiles to give a sophisticated feel.”
Now, here are Kerry’s top tips for finding inspiration on your holiday to St Ives!
Best place for a morning coffee…
If I’m working in St Ives, I always grab a takeaway coffee from The St Ives Pasty Bakery. It’s right on the harbour, so I like to sit on the beach or perch on the quayside just taking in the view while I mentally go through my to-do list for the day. You can become numb to the beauty of St Ives when you spend a lot of time there, so watching people experience on the picturesque harbour for the first time is a good reminder of what a special place it is.
Best place to pick up quirky interior items or gifts…
Anyone who likes browsing small, quirky stores and loves the thrill of unearthing great finds should definitely head to The Foundry in Hayle – a short drive from St Ives. It’s a great place to while away an afternoon browsing a warren of small stores looking for home accessories, artwork, fabric, and various vintage finds. Right outside is Feed, where you can refuel with a bagel, salad or a cheeky piece of cake.
Best place for a creative reset…
Outside of the summer I love to go to Porthgwidden Beach and The Island, where it’s usually quiet. A stomp around The Island is great for blowing away the cobwebs! In the summer I head over to Marazion early in the morning for a swim. Afterwards I grab a coffee from Jordans then – if I’ve got time – have a walk looking out to St Michael’s Mount. It’s a great spot for a bit of exercise and spending time here helps me ground myself ahead of the next creative challenge.
Best place for family time…
My twins (12) like to go to Porthmeor for a play in the waves, then for a pizza at West Beach. They also love St Ives Skate Park, which I’d definitely recommend to any visiting skate enthusiasts.
Best place to find fresh inspiration…
I love Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens on the edge of Penzance. There are some amazing pieces of land art to discover from the likes of David Nash and Richard Long, and the café there serves really delicious lunches. If you happen to be in Cornwall when the degree shows (photography, fine art, fashion etc) take place at Falmouth University, usually in May, it’s well worth the trip over to the south coast. Falmouth is the UK’s top arts university and I’m proud to be an occasional lecturer there in the Interior Design department.