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Balgwidden
Downalong, St Ives

£846 - £2500 per week
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Recently refurbished, Balgwidden is conveniently located on Back Road East, in the heart of the Downalong area of St Ives, and is a great family friendly property, just a stone's throw away from two of the town's five sandy beaches: Bamaluz and the Harbour. Being so central, you can spend your holiday exploring St Ives on foot with ease. Start out sunbathing on Porthminster beach, then perhaps enjoy a spot of lunch, overlooking the stunning blue waters from the popular Porthminster Beach Café, and then if you can tear yourself away, make your way along Fore Street to browse the variety of shops and boutiques on offer. Families and children can enjoy some competitive family fun in the arcade, while the adults can head to a nearby bar, or a quick stop for a Cornish cream tea, with harbour views. The property is spread over four floors, with some of the most incredible views of the harbour and Smeatons Pier from the sitting room and top floor bedroom. You can open your window in the morning, climb back into bed and listen to the waves lapping against the Harbour wall, then later on, watch the ever-changing tides and local fishing boats, from the comfort of the sofa.

Entrance

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

Kitchen/dining room

dining area with window to Back Road East, Smart TV, dining table with built in bench seating, window seat and four chairs, fridge/freezer, boiling water tap, induction hob, electric oven, dishwasher. Staircase rising to first floor sitting room and staircase leading down to:

Utility room

washing machine and tumble dryer, door with access to back lane. Door to:

Wet room

rainfall shower, basin, WC.

Bedroom 1

bunk beds, (sash window opens fully to provide escape in the event of an emergency).

Sitting room

corner sofa, Smart TV, large tilt and turn window offering superb harbour and sea views. Stairs to second floor. Doors to:

Shower room

rainfall shower, basin, WC.

Bedroom 2

bunk bed with single bed over a double bed, hanging pegs.

Bedroom 3

kingsize bed, large double opening tilt and turn window offering superb harbour and sea views, open hanging, en suite with bath, separate rainfall shower, basin, WC. Located on the top floor.

Additional information

gas central heating, although family friendly, please note that the property is set over four floors with some steep stairs and includes a bunk bedroom on the lower ground floor, alongside a door with access to the back lane, WiFi.

 
 

Excellent location. Great wetroom/shower space in basement can be accessed from outside but stairs are steep down to it from kitchen. The kitchen is very dated and basic and not the standard we expected from Aspects.If you want a top location and eat out a lot it will be fine but not very good if you want to cook/entertain. Not very cosy.

July 2020

This is a lovely appartment has a good view of the harbour from the lounge and the double bedroom . Very close to the harbour one street back only a 3-4 minute walk into the hub of everything and access to all the beaches and the island and was very peaceful at night. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and as usual St ives was as beautiful as every as the weather favoured us.

July 2020

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2021

1 Jan - 25 Sep2500
2 Oct - 9 Oct1900
16 Oct - 23 Oct2500
30 October1900
6 Nov - 11 Dec846
18 Dec - 31 Dec2500

2022

1 Jan - 5 Feb893
12 Feb - 19 Feb1034
26 February928
5 Mar - 19 Mar940
26 March1022
2 Apr - 16 Apr1363
23 April1034
30 April1163
7 May - 21 May1234
28 May1927
4 June1469
11 June1504
18 June1645
25 June1833
2 Jul - 9 Jul1927
16 July2186
23 Jul - 20 Aug2350
27 August2186
3 September1528
10 September1363
17 Sep - 24 Sep1269
1 Oct - 8 Oct1081
15 Oct - 22 Oct1316
29 Oct - 10 Dec893
17 December1457
24 Dec - 31 Dec1810
 

Downalong

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 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.

11th - 25th September 2021

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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.

17th - 19th September 2021

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St Ives Shanty Shout Weekend

Featuring more than 20 sea shanty groups and with sailor and pirate themed fancy dress, this year's event will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and its New Heli Appeal. It'll take place in various pubs and venues in St Ives.

19th - 20th November 2021

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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 2021

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

TBC February 2022

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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! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

July and August 2022

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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!

TBC Summer 2022

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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.

Excellent location. Great wetroom/shower space in basement can be accessed from outside but stairs are steep down to it from kitchen. The kitchen is very dated and basic and not the standard we expected from Aspects.If you want a top location and eat out a lot it will be fine but not very good if you want to cook/entertain. Not very cosy.

This is a lovely appartment has a good view of the harbour from the lounge and the double bedroom . Very close to the harbour one street back only a 3-4 minute walk into the hub of everything and access to all the beaches and the island and was very peaceful at night. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and as usual St ives was as beautiful as every as the weather favoured us.

The apartment in general looks very ‘tired’. We expected access to two bathrooms but the one in the basement had lukewarm water so we only used the upstairs bathroom. The sofa is stained and could probably be deeply cleansed or replaced. The bedroom with the bunk bed has a door that is jammed and can sometimes take a few minutes to open. Directly outside this bedroom and towards the upstairs bathroom, the floorboards are loose. The oven wouldn’t ignite so used the grill as an oven, a few days into the trip the grill also stopped igniting upon pressing the ignition. The basement is generally dirty looking, we made use of the washing machine and dryer but two nights before the end of the visit, the dryer packed in too. It stopped every 5 minutes so we had to air dry the clothes and actually brought some clothes back in a damp state. The holiday was amazing, but due to the location and not apartment Itself I’m afraid.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.