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Mermaid's Rest Downalong, St Ives

£440 - £1167 per week

If a true taste of traditional St Ives is what you seek then look no further. Mermaid's Rest is a charming stone cottage, set over four floors and tastefully furnished and featuring original wooden floorboards throughout. This traditional four storey cottage is located in the conservation area of Downalong, and is literally seconds away from the beautiful Harbour beach and only a couple of minutes walk away from the surfing beach, Porthmeor. Although close to all the local shops, restaurants and beaches Mermaid's Rest is within a residential area so is a perfect getaway for couples or families any time of the year.

Sitting/dining room

two sofas, TV/DVD, Bluetooth speaker, dining table and chairs. Stairs down to kitchen. Stairs up to bedrooms:


electric hob/oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine.


bath with shower over, WC, basin. Back door leading to small yard area.

Bedroom 1

twin beds.

Bedroom 2

king size bed.

Separate WC

steep staircase up to attic:

Bedroom 3

twin beds, TV, views of the harbour and Porthminster beach.

Outside area

small shared outside area

Additional information

gas central heating, travel cot available, beach toys and beach break provided, please note that standard stairgates are not suitable for these staircases, stairs are also steep and may not be suitable for some. Please note there is no WIFI at the property, .


Overall a very good family holiday with access to all that west Cornwall has to offer. I would to see emphasis on making sure people can recycle waste - paper, plastic, glass and metal plus food waste/peelings etc

August 2015

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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 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 2019 

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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 2019

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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 2019

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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 2019

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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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What our guests say...

We love hearing about our guests’ experiences, and 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.

The location of Mermaids Rest is excellent, and handy for the beaches and the centre of St Ives. However the property is spread over four floors with very steep steps and not suitable for everyone.

Aug 2016

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We always try to ensure that our descriptions are open and honest, and while we had already included in the description that the property is set over 4 floors; we have reviewed the description and agree that the steepness and suitability of the stairs should be made clearer, so have amended the description to refect this. Thank you for your very helpful comments. Tanya, Customer Services

Central location but let down by lack of wifi.

Jul 2016

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your review. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the location of Mermaids Rest; it certainly is in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the town. I'm afraid that this property does not include or advertise wifi currently. If this facility is a must, look out for the wifi symbol in our brochure or check on the 'At a glance' section on the property overview page where we list other features such as wifi. We hope that we will see you back here again soon; please do not hesitate to contact one of the team so that we can help you in finding a suitable property with wifi included. Tanya, Customer Service.

Overall a very good family holiday with access to all that west Cornwall has to offer. I would to see emphasis on making sure people can recycle waste - paper, plastic, glass and metal plus food waste/peelings etc

Aug 2015