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Mea Cottage
Downalong, St Ives

£716 - £1990 per week

This charming, renovated fisherman's cottage is set over three floors and is in the perfect location, just a few seconds from Fore Street, but quietly situated in a quaint corner of St Ives town. It offers all the comfort you need and even enjoys fabulous, dual aspect sea views from the top bedroom, over the rooftops to both the Island and St Ives Bay. As you are in the heart of the town, you can step from your door and in 100 paces arrive at either Harbour beach or Porthmeor beach.

When you open the doors you will walk in to an attractive sitting room and you can immediately see how much care and detail the owners have put into decorating the cottage. As you ascend you will see that many of the items in the property have been skilfully and lovingly handmade. Mea Cottage really is a beautiful sight to behold.


entrance door from Virgin Street leading into:

Sitting/dining room

three sofas, TV/DVD, table with seating for six.


gas hob, oven, small dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, door that leads to:

Wet room

WC, basin, shower, heated flooring, hand held shower head, wetsuit hanging area.

Bedroom 1

double bed, TV/DVD, en suite with WC, small shower unit, basin.

Bedroom 2

twin beds, TV/DVD, hanging hooks, stairs inside bedroom leading to top floor bedroom.

Bedroom 3

double bed, TV/DVD, hanging hooks, dual aspect sea views.

Additional information

gas central heating, children must be accompanied at all times when in the top bedroom due to the low windows, to access the top bedroom you have to walk through the twin bedroom, travel cot provided, 2 stairgates provided. Please note - parking is not outside the property, it is located a two minute drive or a ten minute walk away on Trerice Place. Please note the wet room is on the ground floor and some may find the stairs a little steeper than they are used to. WiFi, short breaks available.


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We stayed at Mea Cottage for a few nights for my wife's birthday and have to say that the place was immaculately clean with a lovely gift and card from the owner. We have stayed at this property several times in the past and therefore knew that it was in a prime location and was well equipped to suit our needs. Once again, we had a fantastic stay at this property and would recommend this without reservation.

January 2022

Best of the cottages we have stayed in in St Ives. Has the character of a fisherman’s cottage but is still an easy, liveable space. Feels loved and well set out, very well located, would return.

December 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

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 2022

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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. 

6th February 2023

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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.

13th - 15th May 2021

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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.

10th - 24th September 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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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 stayed at Mea Cottage for a few nights for my wife's birthday and have to say that the place was immaculately clean with a lovely gift and card from the owner. We have stayed at this property several times in the past and therefore knew that it was in a prime location and was well equipped to suit our needs. Once again, we had a fantastic stay at this property and would recommend this without reservation.

Best of the cottages we have stayed in in St Ives. Has the character of a fisherman’s cottage but is still an easy, liveable space. Feels loved and well set out, very well located, would return.

We have booked many cottages with Aspects and have stayed at Mea Cottage on 4 previous occasions. We arrived 1 day late, on 21st December and advised Aspects of the same. On arrival, we noted that the previous occupants' dirty linen was in 3 large bags in the living area. The "welcome pack" from the owner of property consisted of 4 tea bags, some sugar packets, a black bag and a sponge. Also, there was some out of date milk in the fridge. The milk was dated 18th December and was therefore out of date prior to our original date of arrival. I have to say that the standards of Aspects have really taken a nosedive since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and now, almost 2 years into the same, it would seem more of an excuse for bad service than an acceptable slip. I have booked another cottage with Aspects for September 2022 but am seriously considering a cancellation due to the service received on this, and my previous 2 occasions.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We were so sorry to hear this and would like to assure you that this is not what you should expect at any time, pandemic or no pandemic. We have since spoken on the phone and I hope that after everything that we have discussed you know how genuinely disappointed ourselves and the property owner are to hear this. The housekeeping company are a third-party cleaning company who are contracted to the owners, as opposed to being Aspects employees, but please rest assured that we are following this up with them and taking your comments very seriously, as both the owners and we would hate for this to be a continuing pattern that anybody experiences. Thank you so much for letting us know and we will look forward to seeing you back here in September and hopefully back at Mea Cottage in the future, where we are certain that you will find everything to the high standards that you would expect. Tanya, Customer Services

Lovely compact cottage with modern decoration. Well appointed, everything we needed for our stay. Very close to the shops and beaches. We had a great holiday and I would highly recommend Mea Cottage.

Delightful stay at Mea Cottage, beautiful interior and stunning views from the top bedroom. Excellent location for the town and beaches. Great to have a parking space included also, even though a few mins walk away, makes a huge difference! Thank you for a wonderful week.

We had a really comfortable time at Mea Cottage, great to be so close to Harbour & Porthmeor Beach. Would definitely stay there again

Lovely, comfortable cottage in a central location which is handy for everything in St Ives. It's generally well equipped for self catering, good quality kitchen knives too! We would definitely consider staying here again. The only downside we found is you may need to take some recycling bags, as there's no extra ones supplied. There are no spare bulbs for the lamps if they fail either (we had 3 go in the fortnight!). Just so you are aware, you are expected to purchase the bulbs and they will reimburse you at some point if this happens.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

It is great to hear that you enjoyed Mea Cottage, so much so, that you would consider staying again! You should have had adequate bags left for your stay and spare bulbs, so we are really sorry that this was not the case. Ordinarily, if there had been a shortage of bulbs in a property, you would not have been asked to replace them yourselves, but unfortunately, in the current climate, we have had to minimise contact between staff, guests, trades and housekeepers, so we are sorry that we have not been able to offer our normal level of service as a result and we hope that this wasn't too much of an inconvenience. Thanks for getting in touch and we hope to see you back soon. Lucy, Customer Services

Lovely relaxing stay at Mea cottage. Location to the beaches and harbour was second to none.

Gorgeous place! I would defiantly recommend it. The views are stunning from the upper floor, and it was very comfortable for a family of 4. Perfect location as well!

We had a lovely stay in Mea cottage, great location - only 1 minutes to Fore Street but still very quiet and 5 minutes to the beach. The cottage was very cosy, beautifully decorated, with comfy beds, well equipped and felt like home from home.

mea cottage Is well appointed equipment wise and comfortable, as 3 adults we had plenty of space, however larger groups of just adults may find it cramped. Location is great very short walking distance to harbour, restaurants, beaches, Tate etc, and views from attic room lovely. Access to cottage is down a steep cobbled street with steps and parking is a good 10 minutes away so bear that in mind!

Lovely sea views from loft bedroom. Great location. Small property for a party of 6 and inconvenient having to access the loft bedroom via the twin room.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry to hear that the size and layout didn't quite work for you. It may not suit everyone, but many enjoy returning year after year to these quirky and characterful fisherman's cottages, that boast such an amazing location, right in the heart this lovely town. You are literally a short stroll from all the unique shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries and beaches. These fisherman's cottages do not offer loads of open space, but there are enough beds here to sleep 6, and enough dining and living room seating as well. We try to show and describe everything as clearly as we can on the website so that customers will have a good idea of what to expect but we will monitor for any further feedback in case we need to make anything clearer. We hope that despite the layout and size not quite working for you, you still enjoyed the charm of this cottage and the thoughtful touches provided by the owners and enjoyed exploring all the amazing sights around here. Tanya, Customer Services

Iv been coming to stives now for over 24 years.. I would highly recommend aspects property’s .. I wouldn’t go with any other holiday agents as iv found these are the best.. my family have tried different agents in the past & had some bad experiences..aspects have been brilliant ??

Wonderful relaxing time. Nice to be so close to all St. Ives has to offer. Excellent well equipped cottage.

I can highly recommend this well located and beautifully decorated and equipped cottage. Although small, space is well used with layout thoughtfully designed to optimise functionality and comfort including 3 very comfortable sofas and a spacious wet room. Double aspect top floor bedroom with views over 2 beaches quite exceptional and made up for fact that bathroom servicing this bedroom was located on ground floor.

Fantastic location, nicely decorated cottage but very dark and would be too cramped for six adults.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your comments and it is great to hear how much you liked it at Mea Cottage. A large number of properties within the heart of St Ives are traditional fishermans cottages. They are packed full of character inside and out, but often a little smaller and layouts more quirky than in more modern buildings. We always try to be as open and honest as possible, so whilst it can accommodate 6, with 2 double bedrooms and a twin bedroom, and there is seating for 6 in the dining and sitting area, we try to give an accurate representation of the size and layout of all properties within our photos and descriptions, so hope that we have achieved that in this case, but we will continue to monitor feedback. We hope that it suited all members of your party, and hope that you enjoyed everything that St Ives had to offer. Tanya, Customer Services

Lovely coattge in a fanstastic central location!

Really enjoyed our stay there.. loved the property& decor absolutely loved the furniture.. very similar to my own taste.. would highly recommend kind regards dawn

Mea cottage was lovely. The location was perfect: near enough to shops and beaches but still quiet. Views from the top bedroom where stunning...

Lovely family home. Thoughtfully decorated and close to all the amenities shops and beaches. Beautiful views from the loft space. Quiet and peaceful even though you are close to everything. Situated on a pretty cobbled street. Has everything you would expect from a cottage. Would recommend

We had a magical stay at Mea Cottage. The location was perfect to enjoy all that St. Ives has to offer. The refurb of the property was to a very high standard and it was a lovely home from home. We especially loved the views from the double aspect top bedroom! Very highly recommended...

A wonderful centrally located quality cottage. Perfect for a small family holiday.

Beautiful cottage with all the home comforts and amazing views! Hamper was a welcome surprise on arrival.

A very comfortable cottage and very well equipped in a perfect location of St Ives close to beaches, harbour and shops, I would highly recommend staying in Mea Cottage and look forward to returning in the future

Amazing views and great location, very tastefully decorated, comfortable cottage.

Spotlessly clean and a great location for all St Ives has to offer as right in the heart of the town. Access to the cottage is a little steep so maybe not the best for people who have difficulty walking