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Harbour Watch
Downalong, St Ives

£406 - £1057 per week

This unique little cottage is nestled in the very heart of old St Ives and over the decades has had many uses; from sail loft to a craftsman's workshop. Now a lovely bolthole, from its picture window you can take in the superb view of the beach and out to sea. This tranquil retreat is just moments from the glorious beaches, array of eateries, shops and galleries through the cobbled streets of St Ives. Harbour Watch overlooks the picturesque working harbour and almost as close is the surfing beach, Porthmeor and the more sheltered Porthgwidden beach. Whether it's an early morning walk or an evening stroll across any one of the soft sandy beaches, you will never tire of the beautiful scenery, alternatively simply cosy up inside your holiday home and enjoy the view.

Living and sleeping are beautifully combined upstairs, all focused around the large window spectacularly showcasing the views across the beach and harbour. The double bed is at the rear of the room, raised for superb sea views. Pull up one of the two snuggly armchairs with footstools to watch the comings and goings on the beach below or to watch the large 4K Smart TV, which is placed on adjustable arm, to be able to watch comfortably from the bed or the sitting area. The wardrobe is tucked away downstairs and there's storage under the bed. Stripped wooden floorboards give you a warm, homely feel underfoot and high vaulted ceilings with mood lighting all go a long way to creating that ambience you desire for a romantic break away.


via front door off Back Road East down one grantite step into:

Kitchen/dining room

gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, sea views. Open stairs to:

Shower room

double shower with rain head, WC, basin. Open stairs to:

Bedroom/sitting room

double bed, two armchairs, 4K Smart TV, sea views.

Additional information

15 minute walk uphill to parking space, gas central heating, WiFi, short breaks available.


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Harbour Watch is in the perfect position for the harbour and beaches. The view is absolutely amazing and there’s always something to watch. It was hard to tear yourself away. Having parking is a huge benefit and we didn’t use the car after it was parked as we had amazing weather. We spent the time between the beaches, harbour and town which are all within a minute or two. The house is beautifully decorated and so well equipped, great kitchen and bathroom and very comfortable bed. We look forward to returning and are missing the view.

July 2021

The view was amazing ! Ease of access to the town was great. The products left from Aspects like bread, cheese, butter, milk, Prosecco, soap, toilet rolls, slippers, dressing gowns. Even masks & hand sanitizer. These little touches were really appreciated- you wouldn’t get this service anywhere else for self catering !

May 2021

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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 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.

Harbour Watch is in the perfect position for the harbour and beaches. The view is absolutely amazing and there’s always something to watch. It was hard to tear yourself away. Having parking is a huge benefit and we didn’t use the car after it was parked as we had amazing weather. We spent the time between the beaches, harbour and town which are all within a minute or two. The house is beautifully decorated and so well equipped, great kitchen and bathroom and very comfortable bed. We look forward to returning and are missing the view.

The view was amazing ! Ease of access to the town was great. The products left from Aspects like bread, cheese, butter, milk, Prosecco, soap, toilet rolls, slippers, dressing gowns. Even masks & hand sanitizer. These little touches were really appreciated- you wouldn’t get this service anywhere else for self catering !

Fantastic stay , great location and great service . St Ives is just wonderful and will stay again at Harbour Watch

We had the best time in Harbour Watch. Fantastic location in the heart of St Ives. The view from the window was incredible. The cottage was well equipped and very cosy. We loved heading back after a walk on the many beautiful beaches. Couldn’t fault it!

Our stay was perfect. The property itself is charming, with a fantastic view. Attention to detail and comfort provided was second-to-none and we loved our stay. We will definitely be back.

We had a lovely stay at Harbour Watch, the accommodation was as described, perfect in every way and with a fabulous view of the harbour. The welcome food, drink and flowers were a lovely touch. Aspect Holidays service throughout was also excellent. Ruth & James Pritchard.

What a perfect place to stay, our 3rd stay there in fact and next year booked already! Everything there for a lovely stay. The views from this property are to die for. Can't fault this little love nest! Thank you Aspects for your consistent high standards and helpful staff.

Fabulous property. Excellent location and beautifully decorated. There's part of me that doesn't want to tell anyone else about it so I can make sure it is available for me!

Harbour watch is in a great location and has everything you need in it will definitely be back again

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. It was enhanced by falling very luckily with the weather. Harbour watch is exactly what it says. Perfect for 2 people to have a relaxing holiday. Some lovely touches for your arrival which made the cottage welcoming. You do have to play musical chairs a little especially when opening the window but it wasnt an issue really as when the window was open it gave you a great view and atmosphere. All in all a very pleasurable holiday. Oh and they arent kidding about the hill to the car. Thanks very much

Harbour Watch is quite simply a stunning place to spend some time in lovely St Ives! The location and the accommodation both exceeded our expectations during our recent visit in March. Quality fixtures and fittings, a bathroom most hotels would be proud of and the close proximity to bars and restaurants made Harbour Watch the perfect place to be! With its own dedicated parking space, albeit a decent hike away, we would thoroughly recommend trying this little gem if a visit to Cornwall is on your list.

Had an amazing holiday. Big window so was lovely to watch the harbour and views. Was very comfortable and location was excellent. Parking was good. Was given lovely goodies on arrival. Would definitely stay here again.

Stunning cottage with amazing views, great location. Everything about this property is pure luxury. Thoughtful owners providing everything you could need including bottle of prosecco, flowers, cheese, butter, bread and milk. Would definitely recommend and would stay again in a heartbeat.

A stylish property fitted with everything one might need. The view is truly spectacular! The slippers and dressing gowns were a real bonus for the cold January evenings. Would highly recommend this property.

Couldn't fault the facilities provided in this gorgeous property with an amazing view to match! Loved it.

Harbour Watch is a perfect retreat for two. It is a home away from home. We were celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary. The welcome pack was a lovely touch: Presecco, Sour dough bread, Cornish butter and cheese, milk and flowers. Thank you for that. All the furnishings are high quality. The towels are big and fluffy and the dressing gowns and slippers another nice touch. We never tired of the stunning views from the picture window. The weather can't spoil a holiday at Harbour Watch. Just step out of the door and the harbour is literally around the corner. The parking space was also an added bonus we don't usually get in Cornwall. We parked our car on arrival and didn't use it again until our departure day. We loved every minute of our holiday. We will be back in 2020. Thank you to the Aspects Team for all your excellent customer service. Lisa & Neil Oxfordshire

A wonderful quirky property ideally situated in Downalong. Suitable for a couple, comfortable and delightfully furnished and with a Harbour view to die for. The owners left a very generous welcome package of Prosecco, bread, butter, cheese and milk. Just what you need after a long drive. Access is easy with a keysafe avoiding the need to pick up and return keys. The elevated bed (with the Harbour view) whilst very comfortable, may be difficult for older or less mobile people.

Excellent quirky property with a parking space. Amazing views. Fantastic location. Loved all the added little extras... the welcome pack and the dressing gowns. We've stayed in a fair few properties in st Ives over the years, but we would happily book this one again! It honestly felt like the best one so far and suited us perfectly.

This is the second time my wife and I have stayed at Harbour Watch and each time we have found it to be a wonderful spot. The view is amazing and sitting on an evening looking out across the harbour is fantastic. The location is right in amongst everything you could need. Shops, pubs and beaches are all just within less than a five minute walk away. Parking is at the other side of St Ives and up along a very steep hill which could be an issue for some people, but parking in St Ives is at a premium so always comes at a cost. We just walked with our luggage to the house which was all down hill so wasn't too bad at all; leaving our car parked up most of the week. We did however drive into the centre and park outside the property to quickly pack our things into the car on checkout. It is a small and compact space; especially the bed which is snug but we quite liked it. We would certainly recommend this property.

Perfect location and house has absolutely everything you need to have a really enjoyable stay views you can’t get bored of only kind of issue we had was how steep the hill is to the parking but lucky to get parking with the property so can’t complain too much would definitely stay again

We love aspects !!! We decided our honeymoon just had to be in st.ives and from start to Finnish the team have been fantastic!!! Even leaving us a beautiful card and bubbles upon arrival!!! We will definitely be booking with them again and would recommend if you haven’t already you do to! Thanks to the aspects team for a honeymoon to remember! We will look forward to booking our next stop in st.ives.

I loved the location and the view from the apartment was amazing. A perfect week in superb accommodation. Thank you for all the goodies on arrival, much appreciated. Thanks Aspects, I will definitely be using you again.

Mr Odell Cambridgeshire

A perfect cosy getaway ideally situated in Downalong and close to all amenities and the wharf. Harbour Watch has all the comfortable facilities for a short stay and even has its own parking space, a 15 minute steep walk away. Fantastic view over the harbour means that even in inclement weather you can settle down and watch everything going on. Funky lighting is a novel twist and the heating is available all the time. Would definitely revisit!

Beautiful little hamlet with a fabulous view. Ticked all the boxes & hopefully we can book again soon. Thank you 'Harbour Watch'. A tonic much needed.

This is an amazing apartment and I would recommend it to anyone. Just be warned car park is a 15 minute walk away up hill. Other then that this is the perfect place to stay. P.S thanks to the seagulls you need to clean the window on a daily basis to enjoy the view!

Such a beautiful property in St Ives. Fantastic weekend away.

This is a really cosy hideaway for two. The location and view are second to none and the kitchen is really well equipped. Remote controlled lighting in the bedroom and bathroom add a nice touch. Not a great deal of storage room but just enough! Stairs are a little steep and narrow and you need to climb up to the bed so not suitable if you have any mobility problems. No bedside tables but there is a little gap between the mattress and the wall, where you can safely put your phone, bottle of water etc. Armchairs with footstools are very comfortable whilst you enjoy the magnificent view. We’ve stayed here twice and will be returning in a few months.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are delighted to hear how much you enjoy it here; it's a lovely little place isn't it? It certainly may be somewhere that may not suit everyone, particularly with the access to the bed, but we hope that we have showed all of this clearly within the photos so that guests have a good idea of what to expect. We are glad to hear that it works so perfectly for you and we look forward to seeing you back here again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

excellent location with views to die for. Ideal for a couple,with everything you could hope for in the cottage and all good quality

Harbour Watch gave me a cozy little resting place while visiting St Ives. It’s exactly as listed and in a great location. I absolutely loved staying here and would definitely highly recommend it!

Love this place with all my heart. Two idyllic holidays spent here. A little piece of heaven. Wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

Lovely stay at Harbour Watch. Delightful little property, perfect for 2. Ideally located. Very comfortable and with the most amazing view!

Great location for beaches, bars and restaurants.

Perfect accommodation for a short break for 2.

Stunning views you would never tire of.

Beware the seagulls who will pinch any food on show & make an almighty din all night long.

A perfect getaway, nestled right in the heart of St Ives harbour. This was our second stay at ‘Harbour Watch’ - many more stays will follow.

I emailed a request to use the parking space at the property before check in and I had a response within minutes. The staff were very helpful. The email shortly after arrival to check we knew how to contact them if needed and to see if everything was ok , was much appreciated and reasuring that we had help at hand if needed. The cottage though small was perfect in everyway, from the view down to the small details in the kitcken equipment. Everything you could possible need and more was provided. The essentials provided even included bread, milk, cheese and wine! My only suggestion for improvement would be a shelf above the bed for the thinks you may need in the night like a drink, spectacles etc Couldn’t be happier, everything was great from viewing the properties to filling out this questionaire, simple yet professional. Thank you

Harbour Watch is the quintessential Cornish fishing harbour cottage. Petite in size, quirky in layout and huge in character. Located slap bang in the centre of the Down-Along area of St Ives beaches, restaurants and bars are all within easy reach through the miriad of narrow, winding cobbled alleyways. As for the name? To lie in bed and have a perfect view of the harbour - it does what is says on the tin!

A delightful holiday hideaway!!

To say this is an absolutely stunning cottage would be an understatement! The cottage has the most spectacular view of St Ives and is the most romantic and cosiest place to stay. The layout of the place is perfect and the fact that you can wake up and look straight out at the beach is just breath taking. We couldn't have wished for anywhere better to stay and we will 100% be returning back here. Loved everything about this beautiful property. Thank you for making our Anniversary so special ??

Wonderful location with amazing views. Very bejou but beautifully equipped. You need to be able to negotiate quite steep stairs up and down from kitchen but we are not ‘spring chickens’ and managed with a little care. Will certainly return.

A beautiful and cosy romantic retreat with one of the best views out of any window in the world!

had a lovely stay in Harbour Watch a great base from which to discover Cornwall.

Lovely place to stay lovely view while laid in bed

Amazing views, cosy little bolt hole for the week! First time in St Ives and what an amazing trip we had - thank you for making us feel welcome aspects! Definitely will be returning to cornwall next year :)

A really romantic cottage with quality furnishings and appliances. Really close to the beaches and shops and cafés. We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Harbour Watch.

What an absolutely stunning cottage to stay in. The view is to die for, so much so that we never even shut the blinds! The cottage is very high spec and all the fixtures and fittings give it a luxurious feel. The location is another bonus, being quiet and out of the way, yet just seconds away from the shops, cafes and restaurants. Perfect!

The location of Harbour Watch is excellent; 34 seconds from the door to the beach. The view from the picture window is stunning

Beautifully situated and perfect place to explore st Ives. Will definitely be back!

Harbour watch is such a nice place to stay its the perfect get away for 2 people. My wife and I loved it the owner keeps it to a very high standard we will definitely be coming back here to stay again. If you love st Ives like we do you need to stay in a property like this the view was superb. Can't wait to stay there again.

Great little cottage for a couple. Beautiful view of Harbour and 20 seconds away from the Searoom Restaurant which is outstanding and very friendly. Also came with free parking space which although 15 minutes walk away did save us a considerable amount of money and time looking for a space!

Harbour Watch is the perfect place for a getaway. Beautifully situated above the harbour, it was comfy and cosy - we didn't want to leave!

This is a stunning property which is exceptionally light and comfortable in a prime location with a stunning view. Everything is of top notch quality and the bed, chairs and foot rests are very comfortable. We loved the blankets provided on the stools, the mood lighting in the lounge and the view!!

What an awesome holiday cottage with dreamy views of the harbour and beyond! Very cosy and stylish it is all we could have asked for. Thank you owners and thank you aspects holidays!

This bijou cottage is in one of the best locations in St Ives. The massive picture window gives uninterrupted views of the harbour and Porthminster beach whilst within three minutes one can be surfing on Porthmeor. A wonderful cottage in which to unwind. Great for couples or those travelling solo.

This is our second stay in harbour watch and it wont be our last, love everything about the place. The decor and equipment is to a high standard and the view out of the upper window is spectacular. The shower is fantastic. On arrival we were greeted with fresh bread, butter, cheese, bottle of bubbly and a vase of fresh flowers. Shelley and deka

Just to say a cosy stunning little hideaway that is so peaceful with just about the best view .

A gorgeous, bijou little cottage with fabulous views and in an excellent location. Furnished and equipped to a very high standard.

Great location, great views, well equipped and added bonus of car parking space!

Amazing. Fabulous location, super comfy bed and pillows and no skimping with M&S furnishings and beautiful local glass artwork. Loved it!!!

Harbour View Cottage is a beautiful cottage with exceptional views across the Harbour. Location is great and the car parking space was an added bonus. I would highly recommend Harbour View Cottage to anyone looking for a break in the wonderful St Ives.

Exellent cottage for 2 people. Bubbly, flowers, butter and bread on arrival were an excellent thought. decor and equipment fantastic. View from window is breathtaking. Loved it so much weve booked it again for 2016. thanks for a great holiday deka and shelley .

The view has made it for us.

This was the most beautiful well equipped property I've ever come across.

A most romantic and stunning place to stay. We loved it start to finish!

Harbour Watch is in an excellent location. The view from the main room is fantastic, overlooking the harbour. The rooms are very well appointed and there is a great attention to detail.

Loved the decor with the reclaimed wood stripes and high quality bathroom/shower and kitchen. The owners made clever use of the available space and managed to make a very small place look fantastic, I loved it! So many large places are available that look amazing, so it's great to find a small place done so well, that's affordable for a solo traveller. Hip interior. Super location. Great view. And a parking space. Need I say more?

Beautifully designed property with a stunning view out to the Harbor and a comfortable, characterful interior tastefully decorated with local art. We fell in love with this cottage and it's quirky layout. It has everything you need and is perfectly situated for exploring St Ives.