Charming 18th Century St Ives Fisherman’s cottage, moments from the beach
Less than a minute’s walk from Porthmeor Beach, sits Old Arch Cottage, a charming 18th Century Fisherman’s cottage, centrally situated between St Ives’ Fore Street’s shops and restaurants and the famous Tate Gallery. This characterful two-bedroom cottage, in the highly sought after ‘Downalong’ area, was built in c.1760, and was recently renovated by the owners to retain its character and style, while creating the luxury quality of a special beach property. Full of original features, expect exposed stone walling, inset pilchard smoking boxes and reclaimed ship timbers to the cottage’s ceiling beams and fireplace.
Old Arch Cottage is somewhere very special indeed, an oasis of calm in one of Cornwall’s most popular locations, with its colourful artistic history, a place central to the St Ives colony of artists. Off the cobbled streets, as you enter the cottage from the front entrance, you’ll arrive at the attractive living space. Particularly spacious for a property of this type, there’s an open-plan lounge dining room, complete with a large plush chaise family sofa, charming window seat, a 42” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV and a plethora of board games and books. The country-style dining table comfortably seats six.
Step down from here and guests will appreciate the well-appointed, fully fitted country-style kitchen, boasting a range of high spec amenities. Budding chefs can enjoy the Neff electric oven and gas hob, while the integrated dishwasher and washing machine offer home comforts. There’s also an integrated fridge freezer, microwave, and all-important Nespresso coffee machine.
The high standard continues upstairs with two bedrooms and a modern family bathroom, complete with a large bath with shower over. Bedroom one is king sized, offering plenty of space and light, thanks to the rear aspect Velux window. In true hideaway style, the bed neatly fits into the dormer window, there’s a small TV, and plenty of storage from the built-in wardrobes.
The second bedroom features a triple bunk bed and is situated at the front of the house. There’s a sweet window seat overlooking The Digey, a reading chair, well-stocked kids’ bookshelf and each bunk is thoughtfully equipped with its own reading light. Plus, the built-in wardrobe provides hanging and storage space. For extra sleeping space, the oversized reading chair in the the second bedroom is a Cocoon memory foam sofa bed, which converts to a very comfy fourth single.
Back downstairs you’ll also find an additional shower room, just off the kitchen. Positioned next to the rear entrance of the property, it comprises of a shower cubicle with freestanding electric shower, making it a convenient spot to shower off a day at the beach before entering the rest of the property. The door at the rear of the cottage also opens into a sweet courtyard, which features an original stone arch dating to 1611, plus there’s a bench, coffee table and a practical surfboard and wetsuit rack.
Old Arch Cottage is a peaceful retreat, just moments from the buzz of St Ives. While we understand that you may not want to leave the delights of this artistic town brimming with culture and beautiful beaches, you’re also in a great position to explore the rest of what Cornwall has to offer.
Allocated parking space at St Ives R.F.C. (approximately 15-20-minute walk).
High-quality bed linen and towels are provided at all of Cornish Secrets properties.
For beach lovers, there are plenty to choose from… Porthmeor Beach, Porthgwidden Beach, Godrevy, Porthkidney Beach or Carbis Bay to name but a few. Families and couples will enjoy relaxing on the sand or playing in the water. St Ives Surf School offers sessions for surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. All great fun! If you prefer to stay a little drier though, St Ives Boat Trips run sea-life safaris to see the local dolphins and seals!
One of St Ives most well-known attractions is the Tate St Ives, which is one of only four Tate galleries in the UK and is a haven for lovers of modern art. Artists praise St Ives for its beautiful light and it has inspired many pieces.
The cobbled streets of St Ives are home to many shops, galleries and cafes and most businesses are small independents or artisans. Check out Cornwall Soapbox for handmade soaps and aromatherapy products made in Cornwall!
When visiting St Ives, there are many bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Porthminster Kitchen regularly receives great reviews and has a strong focus on fresh local food or head to Blas Burgerworks for a tasty handcrafted burger using ingredients sourced from the area.
St Ives sits at the bottom of the A30, so if you are looking to explore more of the Cornwall coast, then this is a great base and you can book ferries for day trips to the Scilly Isles from Penzance (only a 20 minute drive away).
Our editor’s blog on St Ives shares her favourite ways to spend your time in the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. Read more, here.
Old Arch Cottage, The Digey is available weekly from a Saturday.
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Booking fee: There is a non-refundable booking fee of £35 per booking
Damage deposit: A refundable damage deposit of £200 is payable. This will be held until the end of the occupancy and will be returned to the guest within 2 weeks of departure, subject to deductions for any damage to property caused during the occupancy.
Dog stays: £35/dog/week – up to 2 dogs welcome
NB. All bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions.
Situated in the popular Downalong area in St Ives
30 seconds from Porthmeor Beach
Charming Fisherman's Cottage
Recently renovated and refurbished property
Sleeps six in two bedrooms
Traditional period features throughout
Historical courtyard, featuring original stone arch
Nespresso Coffee Machine
Downstairs shower room, plus wetsuit/surfboard rack
Views out to The Digey
In the heart of the best restaurants and provided a great base to explore the rest of Cornwall. Cottage was very clean and my children loved the bunk beds and toys/ books provided
Easily accessible and close to everything St Ives has to offer of beaches, restaurants, Tate, etc. The cottage was perfect for our three kiddos, the small dog, and us. Just the right size and it had everything we needed. There is a little outdoor space at the rear that is a little hidden gem too. We would visit again.