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Balgwidden Downalong, St Ives

£478 - £1400 per week

Balgwidden is conveniently located in Back Road East in the Downalong area of St Ives and is a great family friendly property, just metres from the year-round dog walking, Bamaluz beach and within a five minute walk, or less, to three other beaches, so you'll have your pick of the bunch! The property is spread over four floors, with some of the most incredible views from the sitting room and one of the bedrooms.

You can open your window in the morning, climb back into bed and listen to the waves crashing against the Harbour and, later on, watch the ever changing tides and local fishing boats, from the comfort of the sofa. Please note from Easter 2019, Balgwidden will have a shower room on the first floor and king size bunk bed with single bed over. For bookings prior to this, there will be a cloakroom with WC only on the first floor, with the shower room on the basement level.


several slate and stone steps lead up from Back Road East into:

Kitchen/dining room

lovely dining area with window to Back Road East, TV, dining table with seating for six, gas hob, electric oven, fridge and freezer. Staircase rising to first floor and bespoke spiral staircase leading down to:

Utility room

washing machine and tumble dryer, Belfast sink, door with access to back lane.

Wet room

large tiled shower area.

Sitting room

first floor, sofa, TV/DVD, picture window offering superb harbour and sea views.

Bedroom 1

double bunk bed with single over, hanging pegs.

Shower room

shower, basin, WC. Stairs from landing area to:

Bedroom 2

double bed, hanging pegs, superb sea and harbour views.

Bedroom 3

twin beds.

Additional information

gas central heating. The basement provides access for dogs to enter and leave the property with ease, however please note this is not enclosed. Although family friendly, please note that the property is set over four floors with some steep stairs and includes a spiral staircase from the kitchen to the basement level, WiFi, two dogs welcome, short breaks available.


First time we've booked a fortnight, so was a little concerned that we'd get bored. No chance of that! Could have happily stayed for 3 weeks!

September 2019

We had a wonderful family stay at Balgwidden. If you want great views and a perfect location for the dog beach chose this house. Service from Aspects was excellent too.

August 2019

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Situated between Porthmeor Beach and the harbour, where fishermen still land a daily catch, holiday cottages in this area are ideally situated for those guests who want to stay right in the heart of the town within seconds of all St Ives has to offer. The cottages, most of which still retain much of their original character and features, have been updated to accommodate modern day living and offer a home from home whilst giving a true feeling of the real St Ives. Read about Holidays in St Ives.

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Local events

St Ives Feast Day

Held on the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD, Feast Day offers visitors to witness - and even join in with - some centuries-old traditions. A morning precesison led by the Mayor to bless the Well of St Eia. Following this, the Mayor will 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into a crowd of children who assemble on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon the Mayor then throw pennies from the balcony of the Guildhall for children to collect.

4th February 2020

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

10th - 12th May 2020

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Choose from a 6 minute flight from £35 to a 30 minute flight from £96 and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

Dates TBC August 2020

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the HM Coastguard helicpoters!

8th August 2020

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

14th - 28th September 2020

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2020

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What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

We have used Aspects to book our holidays in Cornwall for 10 + years. They are always helpful and friendly. Balgwidden is perfectly located in St Ives, with amazing views of the harbour. Clean & tidy, but could do with some updating which reflects in rental price.

Jan 2020

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your feedback, and for your lovely comments about the service. It was great to see you back here again. Your feedback was passed on to the property owners, and we are pleased to report that they have been working hard on some updates and have further plans for the future as well. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

First time we've booked a fortnight, so was a little concerned that we'd get bored. No chance of that! Could have happily stayed for 3 weeks!

Oct 2019

Lovely cottage. Good position for easy access to beaches and shops. Great views over the harbour.

The only slight downside was the steepness of the stairs.... but it is an old property. You just have to keep your wits about you!

Oct 2019

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your helpful comments. Whilst we already stated that although the property is family friendly, it is set over four floors and includes a spiral staircase from the kitchen to the basement level; to make the nature of the stairs even clearer, we have now added a note about steep stairs to the website description. We would always want to be as open and honest as possible, and to ensure that they are accurately represented within the photos and descriptions, so we hope that this will help. Thanks again. Tanya, Customer Services.

Excellent location. Beautiful sea views. Great for families but be mindful of the steep staircases and no bathroom for two bedrooms so you have to come down one flight of stairs. Good quality bedding and towels.

Sep 2019

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your comments and it is great to hear how much you liked Balgwidden. Traditional fishermans cottages like Balgwidden, whilst full of character, can be a little smaller, with layouts/stairs more quirky and steeper than in more modern buildings, so it is definitely an important consideration when booking a property like this. This property is set over 4 floors and includes a spiral staircase from the kitchen to the basement level, which may not be suitable for some. We always try to give an accurate representation of properties within our photos and descriptions, and hope that we have achieved that in this case, but we will continue to monitor feedback. We hope that this property worked well for all of your family and that you enjoyed everything that this fantastic location and cottage had to offer, and hopefully we will see you back here soon. Tanya, Customer Services

We had a wonderful family stay at Balgwidden. If you want great views and a perfect location for the dog beach chose this house. Service from Aspects was excellent too.

Aug 2019

Had a fantastic week staying at Balgwidden and the sun shone all week. I was a bit concerned after booking that from the description of property there might only be one bathroom for six persons but my worries were unfounded as the proposed alterations as described were done prior to Easter. Hence 2 shower rooms and 2 wcs and even 3 extra beds. Great facilities. Just , when cooking, worktop space is a bit lacking. Would definitely stay at this property again.

Apr 2019

A lovely cottage and the view gives it that little bit of something extra special.

Oct 2018

Lovely views and perfect location where you can walk to everything. The separate entrance and space downstairs was really useful for all the body boards and wetsuits.

Sep 2018

A beautiful cottage in an absolutely fabulous location. Amazing views from the upper 2 floors. Holiday thoroughly enjoyed by 3 generations and a very happy dog.

Jul 2018