St Ives House comes number 9 in The Times 20 Best Beach Houses

9. St Ives House, St Ives, Cornwall

Sit on the rooftop bar and watch the seagulls dive-bombing the tourists’ fish and chips below this stylish three-bedroom house overlooking St Ives’ harbour beach. The boutique hotel-style interior includes local art and a beautiful nickel bath in the master bedroom (there is one other double and a twin). As well as a wine fridge, ice-making machine, the latest Xbox and free wi-fi, you get temporary membership of a spa and gym. A few minutes’ walk away is Porthmeor, the best local beach and surfers’ favourite, with its pale soft sand overlooked by Tate St Ives.