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Leo's Cottage

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 13 reviews

Very Good 4.5/5 

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Sea view to Godrevy lighthouse, from master bedroom. The South West Coastal path goes past the door.

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 7

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome

** Please check prices! These range from £470 to £1,890 per week depending on the time of year. **

Leo's Cottage has arguably the best sea views in town, and is in the heart of Downalong, the old fishing quarter - a maze of narrow, cobbled streets, artists studios and cafes. A quiet No Through Road and sea wall are all that separate the house from Bamaluz beach - a small cove with year round, unrestricted access for dog walkers and a golden, sandy beach at low tide. Parking is within easy reach at the Island and Smeaton's Pier long stay car parks.

Built around 1840, the house has been fixed up and redecorated since 2013's record-breakingly wet and windy winter. You'll find superfast broadband/WiFi, comfy mattresses, vintage furniture, Egyptian cotton bed linen and other home comforts.

Walls are painted in shades of chalky white and grey to reflect St Ives wonderful light, which bounces around the house from the east-facing front in the morning to the west-facing rear in the afternoon.

The kitchen cupboards are made from the original wooden doors of the cottage and there are tiny paw prints in kitchen tiles made before the clay was fired. Ripping out those bits out seemed too heavy handed, so while there are all mod cons including dishwasher and washing machine, the history of the house is still intact. Designed for living by the sea, it's extremely practical for families with children and pets.

- The South West Coastal path goes right past the door.

- A few seconds to the right is the harbour with its cafes, shops, pubs and pale gold sandy beach.

- Five minutes to the left: Porthgwidden beach, with a wonderful cafe and views to Godrevy lighthouse. Best for swimming.

Ground floor:

- Well-equipped kitchen, cosy breakfast room, seats eight

- Porch with stable doors facing the quiet street outside and the sea

- Tide clock: half past low or quarter to high?

First floor

Living room: Views across St Ives Bay to make the most jaded heart sing. Facing east-west, this room gets wonderful light, morning and afternoon. Furnished with art from local galleries, the room runs the length of the second floor.

You might spot dolphins and seals, along with cormorants, kittiwakes, turnstones and other seabirds.

Two sofas, two armchairs, window seat and space for children to play, plus:

- Books, DVDs, Plasma screen TV/DVD player with Freeview channels and iPod dock, board games, cards.

- Double sofa bed, proper sprung mattress

- Small sofa

- Small bureau

- Throws for afternoon snoozes

Sea-facing area with dark blue sofa bed can be curtained off for privacy.

West-facing rear window overlooks a small patio, a quiet lane and other cottages.

Family bathroom

- Multicoloured slate floors, white suite, limestone walls

- Bath with over bath power shower

- WC

- Shaver sockets

- Mirrored cabinets

- Heated towel rail

Second floor:

- Master bedroom - wonderful sea views, window seat; ensuite (shower, basin, loo, shaver socket); double wardrobe; blackout blind

- Smaller double, and small single room - both with views of the slate roofs and quaint streets of Downalong

- All have pretty mirrors, hanging space and chests of drawers.

- Landing cupboard with space to hang clothes

At the front of the house:

- A hose to wash down boards and sandy feet

- A porch to store wellies, coats, beach gear

- Stable doors open on to the quiet road outside.

To the rear

A small courtyard with a clothes line. The steps up to what was once the front door catch the afternoon sun. The small window was once where pilchards were poured into the kitchen, which like most other cottages in Downalong, is slightly lower than ground level because it was once a pilchard cellar.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bamaluz, the Harbour, Porthgwidden
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 800 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay 44 km, Nearest railway: St Ives 500 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, King Beds (1), Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Further details indoors

- High quality mattresses

- Hypo allergenic duvets

- Feather and down or hypo allergenic pillows

- Good central heating

- Floors are wooden or tiled

- Hairdryer

- Walk in shower (ensuite)

- Combi boiler - hot water won't run out

- Heated towel rails

- Combined shower / bath (family bathroom)

- Shaver sockets

Kitchen equipment includes

- Landline telephone for incoming and emergency calls

- iPod / iPad / iPhone docking speaker

- Radio

- Cookery books - Rick Stein, Mary Berry's cakes, Jamie Oliver...

- Wine glasses (red, white, fizz, port)

- Microwave, can also be used as a normal oven

- Lots of roasting, baking and serving dishes

- Food processor

- Large and small teapots, cafetiere

- Melamine cups for beach picnics

- Oyster shucking block and knife

- Barbecue tools

The breakfast room comfortably seats eight around the (extendable) table, with additional seating for hanging out in the kitchen.


- Walks around St Ives

- Maps of Cornwall

- Cornish myths and mysteries

- Cornish shipwrecks

- Art books - Hepworth museum, local art scene

- Novels set in Cornwall by Daphne du Maurier and Virginia Woolf

- Various novels, poetry and non-fiction

Further details outdoors

- Drop off luggage outside the front door

- Long and short stay parking around the corner at the Island or Smeaton's Pier public car parks

- Other parking near the Tate and near Tesco's

Further details

Up to two well behaved pets are welcome.

Tell us your experience of staying in the cottage.

Discounts for repeat bookings.

The Cornwall region

Cornwall is a magical place, steeped in ancient folklore and traditions. Its coastline has a rugged beauty and a bloody history, the scene of gruesome shipwrecks and the most successful smuggling scene in Europe a few hundred years ago.

The smugglers pubs and hideouts remain, but the clientele is more likely to feature people enjoying some of the best restaurants, cafes and surf beaches in Britain. Food in Cornwall is an absolute delight - you'll still find cream teas, cake shops and pubs serving real ale, along with world class seafood, wonderful local cheeses, award-winning wine from the Camel Valley, homemade breads and responsibly farmed meat, which can make self-catering as much as a pleasure as eating out.

Vegetarians and those looking for gluten-free versions of the same are well catered for. The tea shop nearest the cottage does home-made, gluten-free scones and pastries.

There's lots to do in Cornwall - festivals, kids theatre, Lost Gardens of Heligon, the Eden Project, art events, gardens open to the public, birdwatching, golf, guided art and history walks, and more.

St Ives

St Ives fame as an artists' colony is well documented. The reason painters and sculptors have flocked to this little town is partly the light: being surrounded on three sides by sea, the light is like nowhere else on mainland Britain.

The other element is the scale and nature of the town, which as sculptor Barbara Hepworth put it, means it is possible to live a simple life. You can walk everywhere, buy everything you need, and entertain yourself within a ten-minute radius. It's bliss. There are some pretty good clothes and jewellery shops.

- Voted BEST SEASIDE RESORT in the UK by US British Heritage Magazine

- Member of the exclusive BEAUTIFUL BAYS IN THE WORLD Club.

Downlong, the old fishing quarter, is a maze of slate-roofed granite cottages and artists' studios surrounded on three sides by beaches, each of which is different. It's pretty, and has a lot of character - superficially and especially when you dig deeper.

After many other places, it also feels clean. Very clean. Porthminster beach has again been awarded Marine Conservation Society stamp of approval (higher than the European designated standard) for its sparkling sand and clear water. You breathe champagne air.

Beaches are pinky-white and golden sand with a few shells. The Harbour and Porthgwidden beaches are perfect for families with children, and safe for swimmers. On Porthmeor beach (the long one, by the Tate), there are more likely to be waves. St Ives has had a surf school there since the 1950. Rent a wetsuit, take a lesson, or a seat on the deck of Porthmeor cafe to watch the action.

Nor do you you have to leave the beach to get something (very) nice to eat or drink. Try the Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Porthminster (voted best restaurant in the UK by the Times and the Telegraph in recent years) beach cafes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice creams, fish and chips, juices... gluten free cream teas at The Tea Room - or pick up a pastie in town or maybe some fresh crab and make your own sandwiches.

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Review 1-10 of 13

20 Jan 2015


"Nice location but property would benefit from refurbishment"

The property is in a nice location being very close to both the sea and the center of st Ives.The property would benefit from a degree of expenditure to bring it up to the standards and expectations … More

The property is a fisherman's cottage which as previous reviews will testify, enjoys a great location for the beaches and amenities of St. Ives. The views are extraordinary. The property enjoys all mod cons i.e. gas central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, super fast WiFi, 1 bathroom , 1 en suite, strong water pressure so good showers, double glazed timber windows. It has 2 double rooms, 1 single room and also 1 sofa bed in the living room. Linen is all white Egyptian cotton and the mattresses super comfy. My specific response to this feedback is as below :
1) Kitchen - the kitchen consists of wooden cabinets, composite worktop and modern appliances. Everything works and is low maintenance but I accept that the style of the kitchen may not be to everyone's taste. The floor is a combination of stone and wood. It's a former fisherman's cottage and not a Bauhaus villa and therefore I feel that a decor consisting of stainless steel, granite worktops, LED spotlights, rubber flooring and anything ultra modern would not be in harmony with the property. So I've kept it rustic, clean and most importantly, everything works!!
2) Narrow stairs - the property has 3 levels and the stairs are narrow compared to modern properties. However I don't consider the stairs dangerous nor difficult to climb and have had all age groups staying at my property including parents with babies and elderly disabled people.
3) Sofabed - this is in the living room and naturally enough will compromise the use of the living room when used. The cottage clearly advertises 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and therefore comfortably accommodates 5 but can stretch to 7 with the sofa bed. If this guest did not want to be compromised by the use of the sofa bed then he should really have rented a 4 bedroom cottage which over the same period (Xmas 2014) and area would have cost approx. £700 per week more.

20 Oct 2014



Absolutely perfect!!! The house was amazing and equipped with everything you would need, a home from home BUT with views to take your breath away!!! We got up at 6.30 every day just to watch the sun r… More

30 Sep 2014


"Our best holiday ever"

This wonderful cottage has, in my humble opinion, the best view in St Ives, we were woken every morning by stunning sunrises, we saw dolphins and seals and the beach is close and one of the only ones … More

20 Aug 2014


"A wonderful holiday"

We have just returned from a really lovely holiday in St Ives, staying at Leo's Cottage. The cotttage is very well equipped and comfortable. The views, as mentioned in other reviews, are spectac… More

6 Aug 2014


"Lovely place"

This little cottage is very nice, it tastefully decorated and has a gorgeous view from the windows, The location is just great,Bamaluz dog friendly beach which is right in front of the house and a par… More

6 Jun 2014


" in St Ives"

We have been coming to Cornwall for over 15 years and stayed at many holiday let cottages and nothing will beat this cottage.We were spoilt with fine weather, the awesome view and location so close to… More

Wow, that is quite a recommendation! Thank you for taking the time. Really glad to hear it went well for you.

5 Jan 2014


"So perfect we didnt want to come home!!"

We stayed at this lovely cottage for our "25th" Wedding Anniversary and couldn't have wished for anything more perfect. Going to sleep listening to the waves, sitting drinking coffee,(o… More

So pleased to hear it all worked out and that you were all able to enjoy such a special time together. Congratulations on notching up 25 years! Best wishes.

13 Aug 2013


"Our stay was so perfect, that we dreamed of living there"

Nothing beats the sound of the waves lapping at the shore, or the amazing view from both the top master bedroom and living room. Our stay was relaxing and peaceful for the whole family, the cottage is full of charm and suited us all, It was a real bonus that the cottage was dog friendly and overlooking the dog friendly beach. We shall certainly be looking to book Leo's cottage again and are confident we shall have a great time despite the weather.

14 May 2013


"magical week"

looking to book this years holiday , finding it difficult as my thoughts are taken back to october at leo's cottage and st Ives. being able to take the lovely walks to all the nearby beaches and … More

That's so good to hear! (Not the bit about parking tickets obviously). Thank you for taking the time, and you describe it all so well. Best wishes, Leo.

7 Jun 2012


"Very Lovely Cottage"

This is a great place to stay if you are spending vast amounts of time in St. Ives. Once we figured out where to park (can't park near the cottage, had to park in a pay lot, but very reasonable … More

Thank you for taking the trouble to leave your comments - and glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday. I think the tiny roads come as a surprise to everyone! Buses and trains run all over this part of Cornwall, and are well used by locals and visitors.

You've reminded me to collect information about parking:
- Seven day pass for all Cornwall Council run long stay car parks in St Ives costs £35 (January 2013)
- These car parks include: The Island, Barnoon, Station, Park Avenue and Trenwith car parks
Short stay car parks include Smeaton's Pier.
Disabled parking:
- Blue Badge holders - free parking but must display valid tax disc marked nil and disabled, Blue Badge and clock set to time of arrival
have a specially adapted vehicle

Seven day tickets: Payment by card or coins via machine
Shorter tickets: Payment by card, coins, or via your mobile (call 0187288)

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    Calendar last updated:26 Apr 2015

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