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Leo's Cottage, St Ives, Cornwall

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
7 guests
3 nights minimum
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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. These get very busy in peak season (July and August). Built around 1840, the house is a traditional fisherman's cottage, but with 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...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. These get very busy in peak season (July and August). Built around 1840, the house is a traditional fisherman's cottage, but with 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 pawprints 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. Ground floor: - Well-equipped kitchen, cosy breakfast room, seats eight - Porch with stable doors facing the quiet street outside and the sea 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 as it was once a pilchard cellar. More
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Sanjay T
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2011
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Reviewed August 17, 2019

We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage. It in a great location with easy access to beaches and the main town. The views are stunning, we were very luck to see seals in the cove on several occasions. It was more spacious than we...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank JosephineP35
Reviewed January 5, 2019

A brilliant location,very near the beaches .Easy to walk into the town and shops . Property on three levels , living room and bedrooms have great views. This is the second time we have stayed here and would certainly stay again.

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Adventure728218
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

The location is amazing, just around the corner from the happening bustle of St Ives main sea front on a quiet little road directly overlooking Bamaluz Beach and out to sea, 1 minute is all it takes to step from bubbly beach life to relaxing...More

Date of stay: June 2018
1  Thank AllyB2501
Reviewed July 27, 2017

The location was amazing. The cottage was lovely. We had an excellent time. We will definitely be back.

Date of stay: July 2017
1  Thank Trek695712
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Great location and smashing views and a comfortable cottage with character upstairs. It was let down by the kitchen not being cleaned, it needs a a refit, tiles coming up on the floor, rising damp on the walls and in the cupboards, lots of chipped...More

Date of stay: August 2016
3  Thank David H
Management response:Responded April 9, 2017

Sorry you thought so David - we were loathe to rip out the kitchen as it has so much character compared to the new and shiny versions but it should of course have been clean. It's unusual to hear that as we have an excellent...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Yard
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Stove
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Good Nightlife
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Patio
Additional amenities & feature info
- 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 - Heated towel rails- Combined shower / bath (family bathroom) - Shaver socketsKitchen 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 - teapots, cafetiere- Melamine cups for 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.Books - 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
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About the neighborhood
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...
Getting around
For trips exploring the sights around Cornwall, a car is useful. It's by no means necessary in St Ives, particularly in Downalong, where cafes, shops and beaches are within a few minutes walk. Several taxi companies serve the town and there are local bus services between St Ives and Penzance, and along the coast road to Zennor and Penlee.
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