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Historic cottage right in the heart of St Ives. 1 min walk to the harbour, 2 min walk to the beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

St Eia Cottage - a holiday cottage that sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms

Located right in the heart of St Ives in Downalong, St Eia Cottage is a stunning grade 2 listed 4 storey house just a 1 minute walk to the harbour and a 2 minute walk to the amazing Porthmeor Beach and Porthgwidden beach. Dog friendly, a roaring woodburning fire and beautifully presented bedrooms, this is holiday home you will want to come back to time and time again. Explore winding, narrow streets filled with beautiful shops, historic buildings and world class galleries, including The Tate Gallery and The Barbara Hepworth Museum. With so much to do in the town and incredible beaches on your doorstep, St Eia Cottage is an unmissable opportunity for anyone looking for a holiday cottage in St Ives.

Retaining all of the rustic charm of a ‘proper' Cornish cottage with it's exposed beams, stripped wooden flooring, traditional wood-burner, column radiators and exposed granite throughout, it is a quintessential cottage that combines mod cons with character and comfort. As an historic building, the property does have quite narrow staircases, but this adds to it's charm. There is a really cosy "snug" room on the ground floor to the rear of the kitchen with the roaring wood-burner and a super comfy sitting room on the first floor with a lovely large sofa to relax. The double and twin bedrooms are on the second floor and there is a further twin room in the converted loft space, but do please bear in mind that this is accessed by a staircase off the twin room, so it is ideal for children but perhaps not so private for adults.


Ground Floor: Entrance through into the welcoming kitchen which is fully equipped and includes a double Belfast sink, stripped wooden flooring, dining table to seat 8. Through to the "snug" living room with 2 comfortable sofas and the roaring woodburner to keep you really toasty warm in winter. There is a widescreen TV too. A staircase then leads up.

First Floor: There is a entrance door from the rear where the ground level is higher and up a few steps to a small hallway with a brilliant collection of DVDs to keep you entertained. Off this hall is the main family bathroom which is really spacious and includes a large walk in modern shower and a large roll top freestanding bath. There is the main living room with large sash windows and a big comfortable sofa and widescreen TV. A staircase then leads up.

Second Floor: The master double bedroom has a 4'6" bed and there is a twin room and both are utterly charming and beautifully presented. A further small staircase leads from the twin room to the third floor, something to consider with the makeup of your group.

Third Floor: The loft space is beautifully converted but does have a low ceiling. A dormer window and skylight make this room very atmospheric and it is a perfect place to hide the children!

Facilities & Services

Heating is via gas central heating throughout and the wood-burning stove on the ground floor. A basket of logs is provided on arrival, thereafter logs are available locally. The kitchen has a range of equipment. There is an electric oven and 5 ring gas hob, a microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge / freezer, dishwasher and washer / dryer. The sitting room and snug room both have flat-screen digital TVs, one with a DVD player. There is an iron & ironing board. There is also a hair dryer for guest use.


Electricity, heating, bed linen & towels are all included but you will need to provide your own beach towels. Up to 2 well behaved dogs will be permitted at a small additional cost of £25 per dog / per week. There is public car parking nearby, although it can be very busy in summer and alternative parking is a bit further away, however you are able to unload outside the cottage. Strictly no smoking is allowed. There is a cot and highchair available. Superfast WiFi is available at the property.

General Booking Information

Arrival / Departure is normally a Friday.

Short breaks are available during quieter periods.

£200 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.

Low occupancy discounts for a couple using only one bedroom are available out of the peak season

More Details

Property Manager
CornwallsCottages Booking Team
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in St Ives in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Romantic
  • Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • - 1 Double Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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Historic cottage right in the heart of St Ives. 1 min walk to the harbour, 2 min walk to the beach
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
Tavistock, United Kingdom

Peaceful stay in cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in St Eia Cottage. It is very warm and comfortable. Everything is provided for your stay including wood for the wood-burner (which we ended up not using as the heating was so efficient), ample towels, blankets for beds and consumables in the kitchen (washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, cloths etc). The first floor lounge has an open aspect and we enjoyed watching dvds there on some evenings - plenty provided to borrow so we ended up watching those instead of the ones we brought. Lots of books to read too. The position of the cottage is excellent for the harbour/town and Porthmeor Beach. It is also tucked away, so very quiet. There are some excellent cafes within a very short walk. We had no trouble parking in The Island Car Park which was a 2 minute walk away although, as we left on Good Friday, there was a big queue of cars waiting for a space, so I think it would be more difficult in high season. We took our small dog with us and that was great as we were still able to take him on the beach, our stay being before the annual ban started. Lots of walks around St Ives and beyond on the coastal path too. All in all a lovely week and we would love to come back to stay in St Eia Cottage again.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: CornwallsCottages Ltd
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Cosy, warm and well equipped cottage. Perfect location for beaches and harbour

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage. Well equipped, comfortable and full of character. It’s been tastefully decorated with some lovely touches. The extra lounge upstairs was great for when our friends joined us In the evening as the children had a space to hang out too.

The only real issue is access with the car, as the streets are so narrow and there is no parking. But that is something you just have to accept in St Ives if you want to be by the beaches. The island car park is very close but does fill up quickly at busy times.

The cottage is one of the nicest places we’ve stayed.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nottingham, United Kingdom

pre christmas break

  • 5 of 5

St Eia cottage is a wonderfully appointed and cosy cottage near to everything SW Cornwall and the lovely town of St Ives has to offer. Fantastic for a winter break.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: CornwallsCottages Ltd
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Lutterworth, United Kingdom

A great place to stay in St Ives.

  • 4 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed at St Eia Cottage. The grandchildren love it, they have a lounge to themselves with Netflix on the TV. All areas of St Ives are easily accessible from the cottage especially the Pier for seal watching. The cottage is well maintained and clean, although this time some maintenance on the shower equipment was required. We will definitely come again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: CornwallsCottages Ltd
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom

quirky fishermans cottage in great location

  • 4 of 5

great position in St Ives within easy walking distance to most places

tiny beach at end of next to museum which was v handy for taking dog first thing in morning

two sitting areas proved v useful

nice pieces of art on wall

all well equipped esp kitchen

beach cage at porthgwidden ( just along road ) good for both dinner and breakfast

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: CornwallsCottages Ltd
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Bristol, United Kingdom

Great dog friendly cottage

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely traditional cottage close to the harbour. It is well furnished for a comfortable stay. It was lovely to come in after a blowy walk on the beach to light the log burner and snuggle down. I would recommend this cottage and would like to have a return visit. Only issue might be the steep narrow stairs for the less able.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: CornwallsCottages Ltd
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St Ives, once a busy fishing village, now relies on tourism as its main industry. Turner came and painted a landscape in 1811 and art has played a part in St Ives' history ever since. More recently Barbara Hepworth and the Tate Gallery have put St Ives on the modern map. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is an amazing place to visit, and well worth it even if you're not a budding artist. Trewyn Studios where she lived and worked from 1939 until her tragic death in 1975 has been turned into a fantastic museum, depicting many of her favourite sculptures in the sub tropical garden, is now managed by the Tate. The Tate Gallery St Ives was built in 1993 on the former gas works site displaying various paintings, sculptures and ceramics.

Skidden House at the bottom of Skidden Hill is the oldest working hotel in the town as well as the first hostelry where Guinness was sold in the UK in circa 1760. St Ives and St Columb Major near Newquay are the only two locations left in Cornwall where 'Hurling the Silver Ball' takes place, once one of Cornwall's most ancient and intriguing customs. St Ives and Carbis Bay have recently been presented with a Silver Gilt as part of the Britain in Bloom campaign, they also boast some amazing north coast beaches.


Prices & Availability

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  • Electricity, heating, bed linen & towels are all included but you will need to provide your own beach towels. A basket of logs is provided in the colder months for the woodburner, thereafter logs are available locally

    Discounts available for couples staying for 7 nights outside the peak season, using one bedroom only.
  • Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent

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