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Porthole Cottage


Porthole Cottage is situated in a great and central location within St Ives, perfect for both a family holiday or a couple’s retreat. An authentic Downalong fisherman’s cottage nestled in the tiny, cobbled and traffic free Baileys Lane. Just steps away from St Ives harbour and all of the amenities that St Ives town has to offer. The owners of Porthole Cottage have created a stylish and uplifting renovation, which makes this cottage an absolute joy to stay in.

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2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5
1.5 Bathrooms
No Pets
Log Burner
Linen & Towels Provided
Wifi Available (38 Mbps)
No Smoking

To simply book online just click on your preferred date for arrival and then again for departure on the calendar. Click 'Book Now' to secure your stay. Note: During school holidays the arrival/departure day for this property is Friday.

£540 - £1620 per week

Lovingly restored downalong cottage..

Porthole Cottage can not be missed on Baileys Lane, with its statement baby blue doors and porthole window. Through the ground floor stable door you enter the recently renovated fitted kitchen with on trend navy cabinets, ceramic hob with two electric ovens and grill. Dishwasher, Smeg fridge with small freezer box, microwave, Krups coffee machine and washer dryer. A wall mounted Smart TV and cottage table to seat five people with a mixture of booth style seating and church chairs. The cloakroom WC adjoins the kitchen diner area.

Up the stairs to the first floor of Porthole Cottage you reach the living area with large south facing windows. Corner shaped sofa and Werkstadt slipper chair. Charnwood logburner on a slate hearth and a wall mounted Smart TV. Double window seat facing east, bluetooth speaker and a door to a small atrium leading down the steps to Baileys Lane. The two bedrooms and bathroom are located on the second floor.

A king sized bedroom with an occasional chair, large built in wardrobe and wall mounted TV. A double bedroom with east facing window with sea views over the harbour and St Ives Bay. A single bunk style bed over the top of a double bed with ladder to access single bed under the bed. Occasional chair, wall shelf with clothes hanging facility and a wall mounted TV with DVD player. Family bathroom with WC, wash basin and bath with thermostatic power shower over.  

A perfect place..

Thoughtfully renovated to a high standard, Porthole Cottage has a surprisingly spacious and light interior that is both stylish and homely making it the perfect place for a cosy winter weekend getaway for two or a week long family holiday in the summer. Porthole Cottage is close in proximity to all of the local shops, bars, restaurants and beaches. You will feel truly immersed in the hustle and bustle of all that St Ives harbour has to offer.

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Honestly couldn’t recommend enough!

The cottage feels luxurious and well decorated with a stylish nod to the seaside setting. The space was comfortably big enough for four adults to sleep, relax and eat and the kitchen was very well equipped to whip up something tasty. Beds were very comfortable to sink into. The bottle of bubbly and biscuits upon arrival was a great touch!

The location is fantastic, less than a minute down to the harbour with shops and restaurants, or just a few minutes in the other direction to the Tate and porthmeor beach. Despite being so central it was quiet and delivered that much-craved seaside peacefulness.

Yes navigating the surrounding roads is tricky, and requires patience. But it’s worth it. We tried to park at the Island which was closest to the cottage but with all the will in the world we couldn’t get a space and ended up parking at the rugby club which cost ~£46 for the week and always had plenty of space. It’s a bit of an uphill trek but there was also a shuttle bus available.

We would also thoroughly recommend - among others - the porthmeor beach services cafe for a fantastic beachside breakfast spot, rum and crab shack for great Happy Hour cocktails, the harbour seafood restaurant for the freshest fish and chips, yellow canary for crab sandwiches and the beachcomber cafe for a generous Cornish cream tea.

Thanks to the hosts for a truly wonderful break away, many happy memories were made!


This little cottage is well designed, beautiful kitchen, living area and bedrooms. It is well equipped and has everything you need and the welcome bottle of wine and ginger biscuits were a welcoming surprise. It's a perfect location for wandering around St Ives, right near the harbour, the beaches and easy to start hikes from up and down the coast. At night it was quiet because it's up a small alley without cars. A really nice place to stay.


Gorgeous and quaint little house in the centre of St Ives! It was literally round the corner from the main shops and restaurants.

Porthole Cottage was absolutely spotless and we were greeted with a bottle of prosecco.

I would def recommend this when visiting St Ives!


We really enjoyed our stay at Porthole Cottage, the location was perfect for us and our children - only a stones throw from the harbour, local restaurants and shops and very easy walking distance to all four beaches. The property was just like the photos and very comfortable, plus added extras like toilet roll, hand wash, sponges, tea towels and washing up liquid were really appreciated. Lisa was so helpful, and responsive, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a stay there!


The cottage is lovely, it is very well decorated, there are a lot of cushions, throws and pictures which are making this place very cosy. The cottage is on the quiet street which is great for a good night sleep, but at the same time it is seconds away from the harbour and all the restaurants and cafes. Bedrooms are nice and beds are very comfy. Kitchen has everything you need to cook and have tea/coffee. A bottle of Prosecco on arrival was nice touch from the host. We really enjoyed staying at this cottage and would definitely recommend it.


An amazing cottage so comfortable and beautifully decorated! Very clean and bright! Perfect! A fabulous stay could not fault it!!


What a beautiful find. Literally a stones throw from the beach front, restaurants and shops.
Stunning property. Immaculately clean, beds were so comfortable. I would rate it 11/10!
We had the best time. I took my two young children and we felt so safe.
Loved the wood burner and children loved the bedroom.
Can’t wait to return.


We stayed for a week in Lisa’s cottage and felt immediately at home the moment we walked through the door. The cottage is beautiful, comfortable, and private as it is located on a quiet lane, but also centrally located in St. Ives. We had a fabulous time in this wonderful coastal town in Cornwall thanks to Lisa who provided us with a thorough guidebook and other recommendations. We appreciated the little extra touches—Lisa was kind enough to leave a bottle of wine and some cookies for us, which we thoroughly enjoyed after our journey to get here. She also allowed us to check out late (with a slight surcharge) when our flight got delayed, so we had the bonus of almost an entire extra day here. I highly recommend staying at this lovely cottage. Thank you, Lisa!


Really top notch cottage just a few steps from the harbour. Very clean, very warm, comfortable & stylish. Parked behind the Sloop Inn to off load & re load. Steps from Norway Stores and all the restaurants, shops & galleries. Probably the best we’ve stayed in. Appreciated the coffee machine, lovely wine glasses, the SMART TV and the washer/drier. No sea view but you can in fact glimpse the sea from the back bedroom and through the porthole on the front door that faces down the Lane. Communication swift & easy. Would highly recommend.



Porthole Cottage