Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in St Ives
Sleeps 5, in three large bedrooms, steps away from shops, beach and harbour
A classic 110 year old former fisherman's cottage, with sea views, situated in the conservation 'Downalong' area of St Ives, on a pedestrian only quaint cobbled street, just off the most photographed street in this gem of a Cornish town. The cottage is tucked away in a quiet lane behind the main area for shops/restaurants and harbour front, therefore no steep hills to climb, common in St Ives! The location is just perfect. The cottage has been totally refurbished over the years and offers accommodation over 4 floors, walking into the large lounge/diner with two fireplaces and a beamed ceiling, steps down to the large kitchen/breakfast room with beamed ceiling and toilet off, and outside covered courtyard with drying area, steps up from the dining room to two large bedrooms again with beams, one double, and one set up as a large single that has sea views, bathroom with shower, up to a large attic room with twin beds and far reaching views over St Ives Bay. A quirky, quaint but modern cottage, typical St Ives.
As with most of the cottages/houses in the lower central part of the town, there is no parking, however, there is a long stay (weekly) car park behind Porthgwidden beach on 'the island' and I would say, anywhere that has parking will generally be at the top of the town, and a steep climb, or on the outer reaches, so it's a bit of a trade off. Personally, I would much rather be down in the harbour area with all the restaurants and beaches minutes away! The car park is also a few minutes walk away.
The cottage is larger than average for St Ives, and could accommodate more people but I have chosen to keep numbers to a sensible level so everyone has their own space, however, it is suitable for couples, up to the larger family, as it has a warm and cosy feel despite the extra space.
Lower ground floor. Kitchen/breakfast room with open beamed ceiling, quarry tiled floor, Bosch electric fan oven and grill, electric hob, microwave, flat screen LCD TV with Free view and integral DVD player, fridge, new Bosch water saving dishwasher and washing machine, table and chairs currently set up for four, for childrens meals or snacks, a sturdy wooden baby high chair, separate WC and back door to covered courtyard area for hanging washing and storing boards etc, wheelie bin and back alley leading down to Fore Street, and all the best shops and restaurants, perfect!
GROUND FLOOR: Main entrance from pedestrian only quaint cobbled lane in to small porch area, steps up to large lounge/dining room with open beamed ceiling and real leather chocolate and cream sofa and chairs, real flame/coal enclosed gas fire,32' Panasonic flat screen LCD TV with Freeview, DVD, Micro Hi Fi system with DAB radio, CD and Ipod dock, small library of books, second cast iron Victorian fireplace in dining room (not in use), second dining table for 5 people.
FIRST FLOOR AND ATTIC ROOM: Main bedroom with cast iron and brass double bed and beamed ceiling, Main bathroom with cast iron bath and shower over, a large single bedroom with pretty cast iron bed, tongue and groove colour washed and beamed ceiling and halogen spots and sea views over roof tops across the bay, steep stairs to a large attic bedroom with colour washed ceilings and halogen spots and two cream metal single beds, wide ranging views across St Ives bay and beyond.
All of the above rooms are tastefully decorated and have original art work hanging on the walls.
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a super Easter at this cottage, plus weather was amazing. it was a summer holiday in Spring, without the flights! Everything went smoothly and the holiday was totally stress free. The cottage is very spacious and well provisioned. Being close to three amazing beaches, you can choose which beach to relax on depending on the wind direction and if you are up for a surf, this is also on tap. You don't really need a car as you are surrounded by beaches, walks, shops and restaurants. We are going to book again for 2011 as the location is so good. By the way, watch out for the seagulls in St Ives, they like ice cream and pasties and are experienced at getting these from you!
Mrs Debbie Elliott
I have had a love affair with St Ives ever since my children were young, now they are grown up with children of their own! I live in Hampshire but Cornwall is my second home. We have 3 whippet dogs who love nothing better than to run and explore as soon as they get down to Cornwall. I grew up with a father in the RAF, so we were always on the move, so a home is very important, whether it be here in Hampshire, or in St Ives.
St Ives holds a special place in our family. So when camping up on the top of the hill when the children were in their teens, house hunting was a must! Finding the cottage was like coming home, it had such a wonderful feel. Over the years the cottage has been refurbished, and loved. I hope you have the same sense of place on entering!
The most convenient, safe, traffic free location, in a quiet spot away from the main shopping street but just a few steps away, so you can pop out for the morning paper, a cake for tea, an urgent pint of milk, and to the pubs and restaurants in the blink of an eye! The harbour is so close, and the famous surfing beach of Porthmeor, and the Tate gallery are a short 5 minute stroll away.