Skippers Den is a hidden gem, moments from Porthmeor Beach and situated in the heart of St Ives in the old fishing quarter known as Downlong', derived from down and along'. The current owner has sensitively updated this charming property, whilst retaining a sense of its history. The whole interior has a cohesive style that flows harmoniously from room to room. It is accessed just off Norway Square.
Norway Square has nothing to do with Vikings it simply means North Way (Nor'way). Skippers Den is among a group of properties which were built in a rectangular formation creating an enclosed courtyard within. It is positioned just across from The St Ives School of Painting, which was opened in 1938 by Borlase Smart and Leonard Fuller, which still offers art courses today. The fisherman and artist, Alfred Wallis, lived in a cottage just across from Norway Square. He was known for his nave paintings which capture St Ives in his lifetime 1855-1942.
The space within the property has been given wise consideration in its design by the current owners by retaining a sense of place whilst carefully providing modern requirements that don't jar with the restful cottage atmosphere. Skippers Den would make a delightful holiday let or your own private escape from the rigors of life, alternatively it would make a lovely permanent home to be proud of.
The accommodation comprises open plan living room, kitchen and dining room on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a shower room on the first-floor.
The property is accessed through a secure gate on the ground level just off Norway Square. This gate opens onto an enclosed communal courtyard. The courtyard is spacious and provides a sheltered and pleasant area. A wood part glazed stable style door within this courtyard opens into Skippers Den which is arranged over two floors.
Tenure: The vendor informs us that the property will be sold with a 999 year lease, effective from 2007. The ground rent is approx. £50pa. The current service charge is £600pa to include buildings insurance.
The main door to the property opens immediately into the living area which is in turn open to the kitchen and dining area. The stable style door is useful as the top section can be opened to let just the right amount of fresh air in on warm days.
Two double glazed wood windows look out to the courtyard and provide light to this welcoming room. The furniture downstairs and upstairs, which sits comfortably in the space is being included in the sale.
The slate flooring in this room is both practical and characterful and fits very well with the cottage style of this property and flows through the living area into the kitchen and dining area. There are spotlights inset into the ceiling providing a good but not intrusive level of light.
Heating is supplied by a wall mounted electric heater. There is also a very attractive cast iron style burner powered by bottled gas, which sits perfectly within the room ready to offer warmth and a cosy glow on a chilly winter evening. The whole downstairs area is well laid out and is a delightful space in which to relax.
The kitchen offers ample storage in a range of base and eye level shaker style cupboards in an attractive soft grey colour. There is also a range of drawers for cutlery and cooking implements. Hidden behind these cupboard doors is an integrated under counter freezer with drawers and an under counter fridge. There is also a free-standing Aquarius washing machine under the counter top, with a good choice of programmes.
The cupboards and drawer units are topped off with solid wood work surfaces. White subway tiles on the wall above the work space finish this area cleanly and stylishly. Looking right at home is a white butler style sink with a mono block mixer tap. Cooking needs are provided for by a 4 ring electric hob with a Hygena fan oven underneath and a cooker hood above.
Pretty china can be displayed on the fitted shelves with hooks underneath for tea cups and coffee mugs. There is a lockable good-sized floor to ceiling larder cupboard ideal for further storage and for tucking larger items away.
The dining table is a good size for a group to sit around and is surrounded by chairs and a lovely bench seat which all sit happily together. There is wood wainscoting along the lower part of the wall behind the dining table which sets the tone for this cottage style dining and kitchen area.
A lovely wooden staircase leads up to the first-floor landing which has a vaulted ceiling. The landing is of a generous size for this period of property and the current owners have styled this area to enhance the exposed granite walls and alcoves, adding to its charm. A built-in cupboard contains an immersion tank. From the landing doors lead to the two bedrooms and the shower room.
Bedroom two is a double bedroom and using a small mezzanine level an area has been cleverly designed to accommodate a single bed, which is accessed by a ladder. This room has a vaulted ceiling which contributes to the character of this space. A double glazed wood window overlooks the courtyard. There is a wall mounted electric heater and cosy carpet underfoot.
The shower room is accessed from the landing and has a super walk in shower with tiled walls, a fixed clear shower screen, and an electric Creda shower. There is a double glazed wood window to the courtyard aspect. There is a wash basin with mono block mixer tap and a low-level WC. This room has inset spotlights and a tiled floor and has been thoughtfully designed, giving it a feeling of being light and open.
Bedroom one is double in size with a lovely wood ship-lap feature wall with wall lamps over the bed. The opposite wall is white painted granite and a vaulted ceiling adds personality to this space. The room is centered by a large nautical style pendant lamp. There is a double glazed window to the side aspect and a built in wardrobe. The floor is carpeted and there is a wall mounted electric heater.
Step outside of Skippers Den and you are back in the spacious communal courtyard. Leaving through the secure gate takes you back out to Norway Square. In the small public garden of Norway Square folk musicians can be heard performing a song on occasions and sometimes art students can be seen painting here. Alternatively, it's a lovely spot to just sit and rest.
St Ives attracts many creative people due to its wonderful quality of light. Spend some time wandering among the artworks in Tate St Ives which is on your doorstep.
In the evening Porthmeor is perfectly positioned for you to experience the beautiful sunsets, while perhaps sipping a glass of wine at a beachside cafe.
A surfer's favourite with its white waves, this beach is also popular with families as children play on the golden stretch of sand or paddle in the water.
A very short walk from here takes you past Norway Stores which sells an array of groceries wines and beers. Always ask the staff if there is something you can't find as they usually have it squirrelled away on a little shelf. From here a short stroll will take you to Porthgwidden Beach which is perfect for those who prefer a gentler swim.
Bamaluz beach is to the right from here and is dog friendly all year round. Moments from here you can reach the harbour front. Watching boats while eating a pasty or an ice cream is a favourite occupation or visit the old Sloop Inn. You can also sit on the harbour beach when the tide is out or meander along the cobbled lanes to sample the restaurants, cafes, little shops and galleries.
From here continue on to the pretty Porthminster beach and you would have visited all five beaches.
There is so much to do in St Ives that getting bored is not an option. Sign up for a painting course at the St Ives School of painting or try your hand at pottery at the famous Leach Pottery studio. Barbara Hepworths garden and museum are delightful, especially in spring when the cherry blossom tree is in full flower. If you should you wish to go further afield the little train stops at Porthminster station which is the end of the branch line is a lovely way to travel.
St Ives was, and still is, a traditional fishing village with pilchards being one of the most widely caught fish. The history of this industry can still be imagined in the cobbled lanes and fisherman's cottages that St Ives is well known for. Artists have been drawn here for its unusual light and atmosphere and many artist have established themselves permanently in beautiful St Ives.
Skippers Den has it all: Character, a sense of history, sandy beaches and the historic harbour all within level walking distance.
For clarification we wish to inform prospective purchasers that the sales particulars produced by this company should only be used as a general guide. We have not carried out a detailed survey, nor tested the services, or specific fittings. All measurements are approximate.