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Stunning Cottage 1 minute walk to 3 Beaches With Patio & WiFi - Sleeps up to 6

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Cottage in St Ives, Cornwall - Designer Interior - Sleeps 6 - Great Location

Porthia is a stunning and spacious cottage that sleeps 6 with free wi-fi close to the harbour, the Tate gallery and Porthmeor beach in the charming, cobbled Downalong area of St Ives.

Its large, vaulted rooms are airy and spacious. Full of character as well as designer features, it can comfortably sleep up to 6, but would also suit a couple looking for space.

Its rooms are bright and airy. The vaulted 30ft sitting room has a feature exposed granite wall and open chimney-breast, high ceilings, original artwork and a window seat with views down to the harbour.

There is a beautiful chandelier, two comfy double sofa beds and bookcases filled with novels, CDs and DVDs. The designer kitchen has a 6 hob range cooker, washer/dryer, dish-washer and microwave and there is a dinner table with seating for six.

There is a modern, luxury bathroom with a rainforest shower and large luxury bath.

There is also a large enclosed patio for your sole use, great for sitting out on for breakfast or in the evenings.

The main bedroom - which feels very private - has a super kingsize bed and an en suite toilet. The second bedroom - which is on a separate floor - has twin beds which can be pushed together to form a double.

It is ideal if you are a family or two couples who are looking for separate floors - one floor has the twin room, bathroom, kitchen and sitting room and the other has the kingsize room (with its own en suite toilet) which feels private and has great views over the St Ives rooftops.

There are also two comfortable double sofabeds in the sitting room.

Parking is just 2/3 minutes walk away.

More Details

Property Manager
Jane Johnson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Jane Johnson

I love writing and work in the media and fell for St Ives when I visited on family holidays as a child. I chose this property because it is light, spacious (a lot of St Ives properties are small because they were fishermen's cottages, this was once a sail loft so is nice and airy) and close to three great beaches. It is a lovely, relaxing place, great for family breaks or anyone who wants to get away from it all. There are lots of books, paintings, DVDs and CDs to enjoy.

It is also a great location, handy for a small local shop called Norway Stores. We're in the Downalong area which has so much character, close to Porthmeor beach, Porthgwidden Beach and the Harbour. It is a great location for walks, the School of Painting, picnics and surfing!

Why Jane Johnson chose St Ives

It is a wonderful place with lots of character, but also all the modern convenience of wi-fi, a flatscreen TV and a six hob range cooker. There are great galleries, restaurants and beaches close by. It's such a central location in one of the prettiest parts of St Ives. There is an exposed stone wall on two sides of the large sitting room which give it lots of character and I enjoy sitting on the window seat - you can see the Sloop (a lovely whitewashed old 14th century pub) from the window seat, and it looks down to the harbour beach. It is a lovely location, tucked away and private.

What makes this cottage unique

It is really handy for Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and the Harbour beaches. Norway Grocery Stores is just two minutes walk away and there are lovely restaurants - Porthminster, Porthgwidden Cafe and the Loft are a very short walk away. Lots to do on your doorstep.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • The main bathroom is newly refurbished and has a large luxury bath with a shower. There is also an en-suite toilet off the king size bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two bedrooms. One kingsize (lovely views over the St Ives rooftops) with TV/video, wardrobe, chest of drawers and ensuite toilet. One twin room with comfy mattresses and large wardrobe. Plus: two double sofabeds in the sitting room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
Notes on accommodation: There is plenty of space for children - including a secure patio area. Pets may be accepted by prior arrangement. There is a hair dryer and plenty of blankets, pillows and duvets at the property. There are two high chairs and a stair safety gate. Outside: There is a decked patio area with a bistro table and outdoor chairs lovely for sitting out on a warm day or evening. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included. Bath towels and tea towel provided.


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Stunning Cottage 1 minute walk to 3 Beaches With Patio & WiFi - Sleeps up to 6
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Best holiday cottage in St Ives!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our fifth trip to the lovely Porthia. Having tried a few other properties in St Ives, we always return here because it's our absolute favourite!

This beautiful cottage really does have have it all. The whole place has a wonderful atmosphere with heaps of character. There's stunning artwork and a huge choice of books on the bookshelves, Wi-fi, DVDs galore and a gorgeous window seat where you can see what's going on in the harbour. Unusually for St Ives period cottages the lounge has a vaulted ceiling which gives it an airy feel and there's two comfy sofas to squish into, too.

The two bedrooms are great - master bedroom upstairs has a king-size bed in it which is super-comfy and has a little loo off the bedroom. Downstairs there are twin beds in the second bedroom and also two comfy double sofa beds in the lounge where my teenage daughter sleeps when we visit (it means she can stay up later than everyone else, so she's happy).The main bathroom has a fantastic shower over the bath - which is huge. The kids say it's like our own spa bath!

The kitchen has everything you need and the table can seat up to eight people, there's a very large gas hob cooker, microwave and loads of crockery, mugs and glasses (plus the all-important cafetiere!). If it's warm, there's also a private decked area where you can dine alfresco. The children love it out there, too.

Two minutes walk from Porthia and you're in the centre of St Ives with all its amazing eateries and quirky shops and galleries. Our favourites are Porthgwidden Beach Cafe for dinner, Porthmeor Beach Cafe (mmm, bit a of a beach theme here!) and we love the Digey for brunch. If you're coming in the school holidays, it might sound bit boring but it really is a good idea to book ahead at the most popular places, especially if you want to eat early.

The owner, Jane, has left a folder with suggestions on places to eat, tips on spa treatments etc too, which is useful. One of the best things, as far as our family is concerned, is that Porthia is a two minute walk to the harbour and to the amazing Porthmeor beach and a five minute stroll to Porthgwidden beach, which is very pretty and sheltered.

The Tate is just around the corner, there are art shops and galleries galore and stunning cliff walks nearby.

It really does have it all and I'm always very sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic bolt hole in the centre of St Ives

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at this gem of a cottage situated very close to town. Fantastic access to 3 nearby stunning beaches, the local stores and only a 2 minute walk to the centre of town.

Porthia was perfect for us (a family of 4) while being very clean and well maintained. The large living room space and ample room for the children was a real plus. The large bath and particularly the 'Rainfall' shower in the downstairs bathroom were a delight after a long hard day at the beach!

The owner was a lovely and very helpful with all our questions and queries. We will be planning a return.

Cant speak highly enough regarding this property and the owner.

Paul Taunton May 2017

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, private,close to everywhere!

  • 4 of 5

Portia was very spacious for a St Ives property and was in a fabulous location. It had a lovely view in the living room down to the Harbour along a cobbled street and lovely floor to ceiling windows that opened to let you watch the world go by. There were also lovely calming views towards the sea over the roof tops from the main bedroom. It was bright with many windows on all sides and tucked away from the hustle and bustle which was right on the doorstep! One beach was one short walk in one direction and the other beaches,shops and harbour another, nowhere was far away! There was an area you could sit out in the summer and the kitchen had everything you need including a large table for dining.The house was bright and airy and the high ceilings and beams made it seem even more spacious! There would be lots of room for 4 people or a family easily. The traditional Cornish stone wall in the living room enhanced its charm and with a wall of fantastic books to browse through, you might not want to leave to go out.Parking and the nearest store were literally seconds away, as were the fantastic restaurants St Ives has to offer.We always love the sea food café, rum and crab shack, the mermaid ( opposite one of the flat windows it was so close!) and if you fancy a lovely coastal walk towards Lelant (the branch line back if you fancy) then Scarlet's is the place to eat! Enjoy! Gill and Pedro Glasgow Feb 9th-13th 2016

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fab cottage, plenty of space for group of friends

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this stylish and comfortable cottage for its light airiness as well as comfort and location.

The lounge is hugely spacious and has a brilliant library of books, CDs and DVDs. From there you can step out to the enclosed suntrap courtyard, it was a real advantage to have some outside space, especially as the weather was so lovely.

I could have spent the whole week in the upstairs bedroom alone – with its own en suite loo, super kingsize bed, sofa and lots of space, it was like a studio.

As we were busy in the day on an art course at the St Ives School of Painting, we ate out a lot so we didn't make full use of the amazing cooking range but it would make a big dinner party lots of fun, and there's a great kitchen/diner with a long table to do that.

One of my favourite things after I tried running round the stunning coastline was the bathroom, the shower gives a good drenching, which is important...nothing more annoying than a feeble electric shower.

Porthia feels nice and private because it's tucked away down a little path, but in moments you can walk to three very different, but equally beautiful beaches (Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and the Harbour), also to the famous Sloop pub for a drink, the Porthminster Kitchen for a gorgeous meal overlooking the harbour, or any of the many harbour-side cafes. And Norway Stores is a few steps away which is great for groceries and has pastries delivered daily.

The Loft restaurant/cafe is a few moments away and has a great terrace looking over the rooftops to the sea. And we only had to leave for our painting classes two minutes

before they began!

The owner was very helpful, the property was spotless and gorgeous and I couldn't recommend it highly enough whether you're a family, a group of friends or a couple looking for space, light and a great location.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Nearby is the St Ives School of Painting, the Tate, the Leach Pottery and several horse riding stables. There is also a surf school on Porthmeor Beach.


Porthmeor surfing beach is a 2 minute walk. There is a surf school on the beach which teaches pupils of different abilities. The Harbour beach is also a 3 minute walk. The pretty, sheltered Porthgwidden Beach with a lovely cafe overlooking the sea is a 4 minute walk. The large Porthminster Beach is a 7 minute walk.


Newquay Airport is a 50 minute drive away.


The nearest local grocery store, Norway Stores, is 2 minutes away. The main street with lots of clothes and gift shops is 3 minutes away.

Further Details:

There are lots of lovely restaurants including the Porthminster Cafe and Porthgwidden Cafe both overlooking the beach.

There is a new spa that does luxury pedicures, manicures, massages, facials, all using organic products- it is called Sail Loft Ocean Spa and is on Porthmeor Road.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in St Ives, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
23 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To secure booking I require a 50 per cent deposit on booking and the balance 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Prices start from £350 a week and go up to £1600 in the high season.
Please call for out of season mini-break or longer let prices. I can do last minute deals if you are booking at short notice and there is still a vacancy.
Best to book ahead in school holidays as the property books up fast.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.