Tim and Roz started Cherished Cottages in 2011 with the aim of representing only the highest calibre luxury properties in the heart of St Ives. Starting with two cottages in the famous Downalong area, we now have a collection of handpicked 5-star standard properties each offering something special, whether it is a spectacular sea view, fantastic location with parking, or the opportunity to stay in a traditional fisherman’s cottage.

Over the last couple of years the ‘Cherished family’ has welcomed new members.  Each member of the team has their part to play in offering the highest customer service; this level of personal service is backed up with our easy to search website and a booking system that allows you to book at a time convenient for you, day or night! Of course we also love to speak to our customers too, so we are available in the office 6 days a week, and we have an emergency contact number for those issues that just cannot wait till office hours.

The area of St Ives is beautiful and the Cherished team know this well; with award winning beaches, a bustling harbour, top quality restaurants, lovely independent shops, wonderful art, and of course, the best pasties in the land!

Take your time planning your holiday, and if you need any additional information, please give us a call. There is so much to see and do in Cornwall and we are here to ensure you have the perfect base to do it all from.

Be sure, be happy, be Cherished

Tim PetersenCompany Director

Tim left a very busy career in Coffee shops behind in 2002, to move to St Ives, a place he absolutely adores and now calls home. Originally from Oxford, Tim fell in love with Cornwall & St Ives in particular, back in the 1990’s, where any spare moment was spent escaping city life, jumping in the car with Roz & their beloved Labradors to head South West for a fix of fresh sea air and beautiful beaches.

After relocating and running a successful B&B and their own holiday cottages for several years in St Ives, in 2011, Tim & Roz decided it was time to offer the holiday lettings market something different and started their own bespoke high end lettings agency, and priding themselves on personal service, attention to detail and luxurious properties, Cherished was born!

Tim’s enthusiasm for the business has flourished & with the backup of his loyal Cherished ladies, has seen the business grow over the years, while still remaining small and personable.

In his spare time, Tim will always be out exploring St Ives and the surrounding area either on his road bike or with his son Alfie, wife Katie and their faithful dogs Miggy, Bertie & Icy!

Roz ‘Roo’ Petersen – 4 June 1970 – 1 June 2015

Roz and Tim met in Oxford in 1990, and together they ran the family coffee shop business for nearly fifteen years. This was until Roz, smitten by the delights of St Ives & Cornwall, together with Tim made the exciting journey South West in 2002. Roz was the joint founder of Cherished Cottages and even chose the name which is so specific to how we carry out our business to this day. A very driven, passionate & focused woman, Roz dedicated herself wholeheartedly to every aspect of life. With her huge smile and warm, outgoing personality, she attracted friends wherever she went.  Roz ensured that the foundations of her ideas for a bespoke luxury holiday lettings company would go from strength to strength.

Roz’s spare time was taken up being a devoted Mother to their loving son Alfie, and spending quality family time exploring the wonderful Cornish coastline and countryside with their Labradors Millie & Maisie, and in later years Bertie & Icy.

Her dream became a reality in ‘realising’ a very special quality of life in St Ives, for which she had always strived and her legacy remains at Cherished to this day. Roz passed away in June 2015 and will always be loved, remembered and missed by us all.

Christine Cusick
Office Administrator

Born in London and having lived and worked there for over 30 years, Christine and her husband George decided it was time for a change and moved South in 1995.  Joining them in this big exciting move were her (then 7 years old) daughter Laura and their two dogs. Christine’s mum is St Ives born and bred so it wasn’t exactly a move into the unknown, as her family had already moved back to St Ives from London a few years before (so they kind of followed them)!  She has now been down here for over 20 years, and could never go back – having definitely made the right move!  Now she spends her weekends with her family walking, eating out and “trying” to train their rescued lurcher, Poppy.

Since moving down here she has had several exciting jobs: including lecturing IT at a local College and having fun running  pubs with her husband George.

In 2016  she spotted the admin role at Cherished Cottages being advertised, and joined our happy team.  Christine’s role is mainly office based: dealing with the paperwork, supporting our book-keeper Rachel,  helping our guests, taking bookings, talking to our lovely owners, making tea and more to help us keep our office ticking over.

Rachel McLean - Book keeper & Administrator

Cornish born Rachel joined the team in 2017.   She joined initially as our book-keeper, but has since taken on an additional permanent role based in  our office, assisting with owner enquiries and the general day to day administration.