Linda Harrison lives the dream at Wharf Watch Morwenstow Apartments St Ives.
Just the view from the balcony would be enough.
Wall to wall sky and sea – and all with that special St Ives light.
I would go back to Wharf Watch Morwenstow Apartments St Ives every summer just for that view. It’s certainly hard to think of a better place to enjoy your morning cuppa.
And then there’s the quiet. The luxury apartment is perched on a cliff high above the bustling seaside town of St Ives. So while the elevated view allows you to watch the boats bobbing in St Ives harbour, all you hear is the odd seagull and the occasional rustle of trees from the complex’s beautiful landscaped gardens below.
This all makes the spacious balcony an oasis of calm and a great spot to plan the day’s activities whilst working on your tan.
And so we found ourselves, having gambled on a family staycation in Cornwall in early June, marvelling at what could have been a view of the sunny Med from our balcony.
I’ve had holidays in Cornwall with my husband Karl many times in the 10 years we’ve been together, including a few soggy camping trips (one particular storm on Bodmin Moor where the winds nearly flattened our new tent was particularly memorable). But with a four year old – our son Harry – in tow, we’d opted for the safer route of self-catering.
With blue skies forecast all week, and a luxury pad a short walk from the beach, I couldn’t believe our luck; that bucket and spade was going to get a lot of use.
We were lucky enough to be staying for a week at Wharf Watch with Aspects Holidays. The apartment is part of the stylish Morwenstow Apartments complex, a relative newcomer to the tourist scene in sunny St Ives.
Wharf Watch is simply stunning and in a fantastic location. It’s contemporary, comfortable, spacious and spotless, with a high spec open plan kitchen equipped with everything you could possibly need. When we arrived, we were greeted with a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge plus tea, fresh milk, Cornish biscuits and fresh flowers.
The living room has an L-shaped sofa to lounge on and a dining area – all with unlimited seaviews from the bifolds.
It’s a very relaxing space and there’s loads of room for a family to spread out. We grabbed the front bedroom with comfy king-size bed, Juliet balcony (more sea views) and en suite with shower.
Meanwhile, Harry got the run of the kids’ room – arguably big enough to play football in – with twin beds, sofa, desk and large smart TV.
There’s also a family bathroom with double ended bath and shower, and a utility room with a handy washer/dryer.
Meanwhile, there’s underfloor heating throughout – not that we needed it during our unexpected June heatwave – and secure gated parking (a godsend in St Ives where driving and parking in the maze of the narrow winding streets in town can be a nightmare. Best bet? Dump the car and walk).
We could have quite happily spent a week just enjoying the apartment but that bucket and spade needed an outing.
Wharf Watch is on the Upper Garden Level and it’s a very pretty walk to the beach via a gate at the bottom of the gardens. The path winds onto the coastal footpath, so you can walk left to St Ives or right to the white sands of Carbis Bay. Spoilt for choice, really.
We turned left and took a stroll down the shaded footpath to Porthminster Beach – just five minutes’ away (much less, of course, with an excited four year old).
Porthminster is a brilliant family beach. At low tide, the turquoise waters are perfect for a paddle, while its soft sand makes towering sandcastles.
But the icing on the cake has to be the Porthminster Beach Café – it’s no wonder this seafood restaurant is multi award winning. Firstly, the restaurant sits right on the beach. Secondly, it’s got amazing sea views and a chilled out, friendly atmosphere. And thirdly, the Mediterranean and Asian-themed seafood is out of this world.
As the week went on, we developed a pretty chilled routine of our own – breakfast on the sunny balcony looking out over the fishing harbour followed by a potter down to the beach. Post paddle, we’d explore the independent shops, galleries and cafes in the town. Then some days – if we were feeling flush – we’d head to the Porthminster Beach Café for lunch; undoubtedly the highlight of the day.
The best meal? Probably the Seafood Linguini I had with Crab, Langoustine, Prawns, Mussels, Chilli, Garlic, Parsley and Lemon. Or maybe the Cornish Hake Fillet with Saffron Potatoes, Manchego Sauce and Gremolata…
The fish and chips also looked pretty amazing (and were extremely popular).
If you get the chance to visit, please keep room for a dessert. I’d make the journey again tomorrow for the Manuka panna cotta with Fresh Figs.
After lunch, we’d spend the afternoon on the beach then head back up the hill to Wharf Watch for an evening glass of wine on the balcony as the sun set.
It was a pretty blissful holiday all in all, we really couldn’t fault it. We did head out for a couple of day trips, including St Michael’s Mount near Penzance to walk across the cobbled causeway at low tide to the castle on the island.
Run by the National Trust, there are canons on the castle walls and rocky sub-tropical gardens to marvel at. It’s a really fantastic place. For Harry, the highlight was looking down as the sea gradually covered the causeway, meaning we had to hop on a boat to cross back to the mainland. Magical.
I also took a dip in the Art Deco Jubilee Pool in Penzance – a real treat as it’s one of Europe’s few remaining saltwater lidos.
But most days, we didn’t venture much further than St Ives. Many ice creams were eaten, deckchairs snoozed in and sandcastles built, and with a splash of luxury thrown in. What more could you ask for?
Relaxing for the kids as well as for the adults, Wharf Watch Morwenstow Apartments St Ives was the perfect family holiday in just about every way.
How to get to Wharf Watch Morwenstow Apartments St Ives without flying:
Trains from London Paddington to St Ives train station take about five hours 50 minutes, changing at St Erth for the branch line to St Ives. You can also travel in style with the Night Riviera Sleeper train from London Paddington to Penzance – book a cabin and get a complimentary breakfast and wake-up call. You’ll then need to change trains to St Ives.
St Ives is off the A30, about 30 miles from Newquay.
Words: Linda Harrison for Feet on the Ground
Pictures: Linda Harrison/Aspects Holidays
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