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Self Catering Reviews for Sea Shells at The Sands Apartments

Average rating: (6 reviews)

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Sea Shells at The Sands Apartments, Porthrepta Road, CARBIS BAY, St Ives, Cornwall inc Scilly, TR26 2FG

Description of the holiday cottage

Sea Shells at The Sands Apartments is a 5* Gold luxury seafacing garden apartment, sleeping 4 (+ infant). NOTE: We can sleep up to 8 guests in 2 neighbouring apartments - see also SEA SPRAY at The Sands. This premium self catering holiday accommodation boasts fabulous uninterrupted sea views from its 8 ft patio doors. Furnished to a very high standard, Sea Shells has the advantage of having a private patio area on the seaward side of the property giving access to the communal gardens, as well as benefitting from a south facing, fully enclosed, sunny rear terrace.

Best Features

The spacious open plan living accommodation has two sofas, matching designer Calligaris furniture, to include sideboard, media unit and table & chairs. The media unit is home to a 49" Panasonic 4K Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD Player, PURE stereo system and Playstation 4 Games Console.

The open plan dining area leads onto the desigher ROK Punkt kitchen, with high gloss units and grainite tops. Fully equipped with NEFF fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, oven/hob & dishwasher, there's also a microwave and plenty of essentials (such as a baby blender and slow cooker) to ensure your holiday home is a real home from home. The cupboards are full of high end items, such as Denby crockery, ovenware and cutlery, and Dartington Crystal glasses and John Lewis saucepans. There is underfloor heating throughout the apartment as well as fibre wifi.

The two roomy bedrooms offer flexilbe sleeping making Sea Shells the perfect holiday home for families or friends. The master bedroom boasts a king size bed with ensuite shower room, whilst the second bedroom can be made up either with two single beds or one super king.

The master bedroom has an oak bedstead topped with a high quality Hypnos pocket sprung mattress and plenty of matching Ercol bedside units and drawers, whilst the second bedroom has luxury Hypnos pocket sprung zip and link beds, Ercol bedisde units and matching wardrobe. Both rooms have flat screen TV's, hairdryers, stereo systems and plenty of soft white towels for everyone. Beds are made up with crisp white bedding and the blue and white decor in the second bedroom makes the room a perfect choice for children, teenagers or adults.

There is a sumptuous fully tiled en-suite shower room with lovely drench shower plus a family bathroom, also fully tiled, with a smart, sleek contemporary Italian basin, toilet and bath with overhead thermostatically controlled shower, streamlined taps, a large mirrored cabinet and a heated towel rail.

Outside there is a sea facing private patio area with table and four chairs, leading onto the well stocked communal gardens. To the rear of the proeprty is a wonderful fully enclosed terrace, a real suntrap, and home to a table and four chairs as well as sun loungers.

Sea Shells is a five minute walk to the beautiful Blue Flag Carbis Bay beach, and about two or three minutes to the Carbis Bay station where you can hop on the St IVes Bay branch line and be in the centre of St IVes within minutes. The journey takes about 3 minutes and is certainly the way to travel as driving into St IVes can be quite a challenge!

Next door to Sea Shells is Sea Spray, also sleeping 4 + an infant, furnished and equipped to the same high standards and ideal for larger groups - book both apartments for up to 8 guests.

Sleeps: from 2 to 4

Pets: No

Contact Details

Contact Name: Fay R

Telephone: 07758 653724

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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 06/2021
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This trip was mine and my boyfriends first trip to Cornwall and my god it did not disappoint. Amazing location, stunning apartment and fantastic views. We will absolutely be returning. Thank you for having us !!!

Make up of party:  Couple
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: Molly and Joe Review Added: 24.08.2021
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 06/2021
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We arrived at Sea Shells after a 7 hour drive from Yorkshire to be greeted with a very much appreciated welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk, scones and champagne.

The apartment has everything you need kitchen wise and was one of the best equipped self catered accommodations we have stayed in. Even little things like salt & pepper, tin foil, kitchen roll etc are provided.

The information booklet provided useful tips but also recommendations for things to do and leaflets on nearby activities.

The patio is a lovely sun trap and the views from the front are amazing. Parking is gated & secure.

Brilliant apartment and the hosts were very responsive with any queries I had ahead of our stay.

Make up of party:  Couple
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: Sarah Beck Review Added: 16.08.2021
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 09/2020
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Sea shells is a beautiful apartment and an ideal place to stay with family or friends. On arrival we received a lovely card and welcome pack with teabags coffee milk chocolate and a bottle of bubbly which were very nice so we could have a nice cuppa as soon as we arrived after our long journey. The apartment is very clean and equipped with everything you need, beds are very comfortable and towels are soft and white. Lovely sea view and patio area. Ideal base for touring Cornwall. I would highly recommend and definitely stay there again in the near future

Make up of party:  Family sharing party 4
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: Carol Needham Review Added: 03.10.2020
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 03/2013
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Absolutely amazing stay! Highly recommend a stay here.

Apartment is spacious and very well appointed; 2 good sized bedrooms (one ensuite)that both open onto a sun-trap private courtyard. All mod-cons in the kitchen (dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave). Comfy beds, gorgeous bathroom and divine shower in the en-suite. Plenty of towels (beach and bathroom), plates, glasses and lots of attention to the details that matter (windbreaks, beach toys, games, music and DVD's for if it's wet). The 'how to' manual for the property is detailed and clearly presented covering off everything from how to use the dishwasher to the frequency of the local train.

When we arrived we were met by the property manager who gave us a guided tour of the property, showed us where everything was and gave us recommendations of things to see and do in the local area that were perhaps a little off the beaten track. The welcome pack (tea, coffee, biscuits and a lovely bar of chocolate) was just the cherry on the cake.

And all of this before you take in the view from the lounge over the bay, which is simply stunning.

The property has it's own parking space in a private, gated car park, this is very handy in a place where on-street parking is at a premium.

The location is the perfect base for a holiday. 2 minute walk down the steep hill to the train station (train every hour into St Ives takes 3 minutes). 3 minutes walk further down the hill and you get to the quiet, clean and pretty Carbis bay beach. 5 minutes walk away is a local convenience store or 3 minutes drive to the local supermarket.

In short, we had a fabulous time staying here and I can't speak highly enough of it. Everything from the apartment itself, to the helpful and friendly advice from the owners and manager made our stay truly memorable.

Make up of party:  2 couples plus one infant (19 months)
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: harblinger Review Added: 09.05.2013
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2012
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SEA SHELLS was a ground floor holiday apartment with fantastic floor to ceiling views. Located within The Sands Apartments in Carbis Bay we were absolutely delighted with the location as we could walk to the beach in just a few minutes. Carbis Bay station was close and the two minute train journey into St Ives was delightful.

The apartment was extremely clean and very spacious and was so well kitted with everything you could need on holiday. We are not easily pleased but couldnt fault a thing. The owners have thought of everything and their efforts were appreciated.

The welcome pack was a real surprise and set the scene for what was atruly remarkable holiday. We will definately be going back .... soon!

Make up of party:  family . . 2 adults plus children
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: ljr Review Added: 09.05.2012
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9 of 15 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 10/2011
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We cannot praise this apartment highly enough. From the moment we stepped into the property we knew we had made the right choice. The spec of the apartment is to such a high standard, talk about that home from home feel - it was better!! The Welcome Pack was such a lovely and thoughtful touch and got our break off to an fab start. The property is in an excellent location, the view from the lounge overlooking Carbis Bay is out of this world, we couldn't wait to draw the curtains each morning. The apartment is well equipped to an incredibly high standard - absolutely everything has been thought of and the quality of every single item is beyond expectations. The kitchen is brilliant and is such a focal point - I want one! The bedrooms were spacious, plenty of storage and the beds were so extremely comfortable another example of the owners just getting it right! The location is first class, Carbis bay is on the doorstep, we loved the local train that got us into St Ives. The owners left so much information on ideas of where to eat, how to occupy our children with local places of interest to visit and things to do, we are now hooked on surfing!! We just didn't have enough time to fit it all in, so next year we are going to try for two weeks! We just could not find anything to fault - wow we had such a great holiday, thanks for letting us stay!

Make up of party:  Families
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: MC21 Review Added: 01.02.2012
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Guest's Initials: D, J & O Date of visit: 01/10/2011
Cottage Review: Second time to Sea Shells - we liked it so much we came back for more!!
Another great week in St Ives - apartment great, had everything we needed.
Thanks once again.

Guest's Initials: A, M, C & J Date of visit: 01/06/2011
Cottage Review: We have throroughly enjoyed our week at your wonderful apartment. From the moment we arrived with your welcoming touches and the high quality furnishings throughout - we have had a very 'luxury' self-catering holiday.
We will definately be back!

Guest's Initials: J, D, J & D Date of visit: 01/08/2011
Cottage Review: This was our second year running to Carbis Bay, but our first to Sea Shells.
Our boys are both under 5 and this apartment was perfect for them - thank you for the use of all the toys - next time we will not pack so many of our own!
As our older boy said 'Mummy, this is a better Cornwall house' - and last years was 5* gold too!
We were blessed with good weather and made the beach every day - a real treat.
Looking forward to next years visit already.

Guest's Initials: J & R Date of visit: 01/09/2011
Cottage Review: Just what we needed, a lovely relaxing break. The apartment could not have been better, you have thought of everything - the effort was clear to see.

We will be spreading the word to our friends and family, and we will be back!

Guest's Initials: S & J Date of visit: 01/10/2011
Cottage Review: WOW!! Truely: one of the best weekends EVER!
Sea Shells could not have been better equipped, with such attention to detail. It was a delight to stay here.
Will definately be recommending to friends and family as a great base to see and enjoy all of Cornwall.

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