About Us

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 been extended with the addition of Sarah, Amy, Christine, Rachel, Jo and now our newest member Molly (who is currently covering for our Amy who is on maternity leave).  Each member of the team has their part to play in offering the highest customer service; this high 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 wonderful and the Cherished team know this as we all live here. We genuinely wouldn’t be able to think of anywhere more beautiful; with award winning beaches, a bustling harbour, top quality restaurants, lovely independent shops, beautiful 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 and their faithful Labradors 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.

Sarah WellsHouse Keeping

Born in Manchester, and raised in St Ives since the age of two, Sarah considers herself a proud member of the local community. A busy mother to four children, in her spare time Sarah is usually gallivanting around the county taking her kids to Netball, Rugby or Surfing and with the little time she gets to herself, Sarah will often be found beach combing with hot chocolate in hand while her family hit the surf!

After successfully running her own housekeeping business for years, Sarah became Cherished Cottages first recruit way back in 2013, and has remained ever loyal.  Sarah, a fantastic multi-tasker takes pride in everything that Cherished does, and her days in the office are mainly spent in the ever growing role as head of housekeeping at Cherished.

Amy Robson - Property Support

Amy and her family fell in love with St Ives over 20 years ago when her parents invested in a holiday home within the Downalong location of the town.  Most of her holidays have been enjoyed here, soaking up the sunshine on one of the many glorious beaches that we are so lucky to have and sampling the excellent food and drink on offer in the vast array of restaurants and bars that line the cobbled streets – what more could anyone want from life?

Having taught in an independent school in Warwickshire for almost a decade, Amy and her partner Oli decided the time was right for them to make the move to the coast.

Since moving here (over three years ago),  with the added welcome addition of her gorgeous rescued dog Eva, the three of them spend most of their time discovering more parts of this wonderfully picturesque county by stomping along many a coast path and rehydrating with a tipple or two afterwards.

Amy joined the Cherished Team in the Autumn of 2015 and being a self-confessed perfectionist, she makes keeping the properties looking tiptop her number one priority on every changeover all year round.  With her hands on approach Amy will often be out meeting new owners and offering her advice on interior design for the lovely properties she signs up to the Cherished portfolio.

Amy is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her and Oli’s first child.

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 living down here she has had several exciting jobs: including lecturing IT at a local College and having fun running their own pubs.

Three years ago 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 all the other hundreds of little things (too numerous to list) that help us keep our office ticking over.