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“great house, poor show”
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Wonderful views across St Ives Bay to the west and the sunset
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Wonderful views across St Ives Bay to the west and the sunset
Enjoy stunning views from the conservatory The Big Beach House, St. Ives Bay. Perfect for large groups
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17 reviews
Wonderful views across St Ives Bay to the west and the sunset
Enjoy stunning views from the conservatory
The Big Beach House, St. Ives Bay. Perfect for large groups
Situated right on the finest beach in Cornwall
Great views from all over the house
Comfortable seating for large groups
Features include flatscreen TV and Wi-Fi
Plenty of dining space
Enjoy use of the new pale blue Aga oven
Great views from bedrooms too!
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Villa -
9 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Hayle, Cornwall, England

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Very good - based on 17 reviews
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Catherine...
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great house, poor show”
Reviewed September 21, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

This is a fantastic house which more than met expectations and was an ideal place for an extended family holiday.
However, we had a problem with the tumble dryer, not insignificant with 5 children on board, but multiple calls and emails to our hosts were simply ignored. We managed to sort the problem out ourselves, but were left wondering what would have happened had there been a serious problem in the house? We couldn't help feeling that the proprietors let themselves, and their gorgeous house, down very badly.

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Liked best: the house
Liked least: the service
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Hello Catherine. I've just found out how to respond to your review, so I do apologise for the delay in coming back to you. Unfortunately we were away on a 12 week trip of a lifetime (to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary) and left our caretakers in charge. Their phone number should have been on the welcome letter (which we send by email so only the person booking the holiday will receive this, unless we hear different). On the lack of tumble dryer, that's a deliberate decision. We are actually trying to be an eco-house, so we have a low energy Aga fuelled by solar pv electricity, and this is why we have a large drying rack over the cooker for drying clothes. We stay in the house with our extended family over Christmas, and we find that a full load of washing can be hung up there to dry overnight (which is a good idea so it won't attract cooking odours). Of course in the summer it's better to dry washing on the washing line. We also have solar thermal panels for hot water, collect rainwater in a tank for the outside shower and collect water in a massive tank under the car park for the garden and car washing, etc.
I do hope this answers your comments, and do apologise sincerely that you felt abandoned by us. I was picking up emails so I would have found your messages when I had reception, but unfortunately I didn't receive any of yours, so I really couldn't help on this occasion. I do hope it won't put you off coming back again, as you were very good guests (so qualifying for our 10% discount - as are all nice re-bookers). Additionally, our caretakers appreciated how nice and tidy you left everything. Yours sincerely, Lesley Price
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SomersetD...
Somerset
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wonderful house for a large family”
Reviewed February 18, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
1
person found this review helpful

18 of us-- two grandparents, four children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and our springer spaniel stayed here to celebrate my husband's birthday for a long weekend in February. The house was very welcoming, warm, clean and spacious with the most amazing view and easy access to the beach. Plenty of seating and a super Aga stove to cook on. We couldn't fault it, perfect for every one, we all can't wait to return.

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Liked best: The size and the location
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Gosh it has taken me a long time to find out how to respond to reviews! Thank you our Somerset guests, and thank you for your return visit! You're always welcome.
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Reena D
Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful views, close to beach - Amazing Weekend!”
Reviewed July 17, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Thank you so much for making this house available, it is a wonderful property, loads of room to socialise together as a big group or separately within the house. The beach is a 5 minute walk, if that! Great beach equipment made available to use, buckets & spades, mini surf boards, fishing nets, wind breakers and much more. Cannot recommend this place enough. Already planning our next visit.

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Liked best: The close proximity of the beach
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Thank you very much Reena for your review, and for your visit. I've just found out how to respond so I am very pleased to be able to come back to you. You'll be most welcome to come back and, as always, there's a discount for nice re-bookers. All the very best from Lesley
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Louise D
London
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Our reason for going to Cornwall and needing a large house, was our company design retreat. We go away twice a year and this time found ourselves in this amazing house in Cornwall.
Its a beautiful old house with very spacious rooms.
The view is outstanding and second to none.
The kitchen with its Agar was particularly loved by myself and used to boil water for the copious cups of tea and coffee we drank.
I would highly recommend this house to anyone who just wants to get away from it all for a bit. So peaceful.

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Thank you very much Louise, you were great guests and you'll be more than welcome to return to us. As you'll see, I am very very late in responding but I've only just now realised that I can respond to reviews! Wishing you all the very best, yours sincerely, Lesley
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Mark S
Taunton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding”
Reviewed May 27, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We recently had a short break with 4 other families and had a excellent time at the Big Beach House. The owners had thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable. The house is massive, plenty of room for 10 adults and 10 teenagers. The views across the bay are breathtaking and the beach is only 5 mins away.

The whole process of booking with Lesley was a breeze and we hope to return again one day for another memorable experience.

Plenty to see and do nearby (St Ives is a must) and for the teenagers wifi was superfast !

Thanks again

We will be back !

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Liked best: Location and size of house
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Hello Mark. It was lovely to host you all and thank you for leaving the house so tidy. I apologise for the slow response but I've just realised that I can respond! Please do come back, you'll be most welcome! All the best from Lesley
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TheA2ZHor...
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed May 5, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We have reluctantly returned today from a long weekend stay at The Big Beach House. Thank you to little Mark for booking (which he said was a great experience too)!
It is a fabulous house (I like the new layout we had dif from the pics) with 10 adults & 10 children aged 11 - 15. (Plenty of cots available if we had required them. We had so much space that it didn't feel like that many people!
All the little touches make it extra special cream tea facilities, a welcome note and loving artistic touches made this holiday unforgettable.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Thank you so much for your kind review. I have just worked out how to respond so it's a bit late, but I do appreciate you taking the time to let us know what a good time you had. If you'd like to come back, we can offer you a discount - as we do for all nice re-bookers - and you'll be most welcome. All the best from Lesley
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turningja...
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“What Cornwall is all about!”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed at The Big Beach House the last weekend of February and cannot rate the place highly enough. The house is beautiful, full of really lovely little touches with plenty of space, a wonderful AGA and a great mix of relaxation and activities. We stayed as a large group to celebrate our wedding anniversary and came away with some fantastic memories.

The house has absolutely everything you could need or want and is superbly located. The views of the ocean are probably the best in Cornwall (and we've seen a fair few) and it feels so private, away from the hustle and bustle of St. Ives whilst still being able to see it.

As a group we went surfing on the Saturday (highly recommend The Shore Surf School, which is walkable if some just want to walk along the beach and watch others) and went to Hayle a few times for amenities, casual lunch etc which is within walking distance.

We will definitely be returning and thank Lesley for her help throughout!

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Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
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Liked best: The space and seclusion
Liked least: It was a little tricky to find, better signage might help...
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
18 Feb 2016
Thank you so much for your kind words. I've just realised that I can respond to reviews, so although it's a bit late, thank you so much for putting 'pen to paper' and reviewing us in such detail. Do come back, you'll be most welcome! With all best wishes from Lesley
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