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Safe Harbour
Downalong, St Ives

£516 - £1201 per week

Safe Harbour is perfectly located, only moments away from the tranquillity of St Ives' picturesque harbour. It is a truly one off Cornish cottage. In times past, the cottage was a family bakery. The cottage now caters for couples or solo travellers and stylishly combines turn of the century charm with modern luxurious living. The original beams, the limestone floor and the granite hearth, housing a modern log burner, add comfort and history to this cottage. You also have the benefit of a private parking space a short walk away, for a stress-free arrival. Whether you plan to enjoy ice cream on the beach or visit the Tate Gallery, this lovely cottage is well placed for an unforgettable and relaxing holiday.

The modern kitchen combines function and style with its quartz worktop and Smeg appliances, all in crisp grey and white. The cast iron spiral staircase leads to a luxurious king-size bedroom with exposed beams and unique touches such as a fish shoal chandelier and a handcrafted mirror. The bathroom is spectacular: The walk-in shower with rain fall effect allows for a refreshing start to the day and the free-standing spa bath with in-bath lighting provides true indulgence after a day at the beach. For your entertainment there is a Smart TV in the comfortable living room and a 4K Smart TV in the bedroom. A range of DVDs and books have been thoughtfully provided.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1



front door leading to:

Sitting/dining room

sofa, Smart TV, woodburner, table with two stools. Spiral staircase to bedroom.


gas hob, electric oven, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave.


king size bed, 4K Smart TV/DVD. Located on the first floor.


spa bath with changing LED lighting, WC, basin, rain fall shower, Jack and Jill sinks.

Additional information

please note there is a wrought iron spiral staircase in the property and care must be taken at all times, 15 minute walk uphill to parking space, gas central heating. WiFi.


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Safe Harbour was recommended to us by a friend and we weren't disappointed. It was great to have a parking space and the cottage location was perfect. Loved using the Jacuzzi bath and enjoyed the log fire. We only drove out of St Ives once to a National Trust site called Godrevy. It was only a short drive and well worth a visit for lovely walks and a great view of grey seals.

April 2024

From the great location to the welcome pack and ease of parking there is nothing negative to say about Safe Harbour. This was our second stay and we have already booked to New Year 25 and are looking forward to it. Just a 2 minute walk to the harbour, with shops, pubs and restaurants its a great location. Spotlessly clean and every thing you could imagine that you might need in the property. Its feels like home from home. Would highly recommend.

December 2023

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Holidays in Downalong

One of the most popular areas of St Ives, Downalong is an idyllic spot for a seaside retreat. Overlooking the picturesque Harbour beach and just minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Porthmeor and Porthgwidden, and the iconic Tate St Ives. Meander along cobbled lanes, dotted with traditional fisherman's cottages, and admire this quintessential corner of Cornwall.

Steeped in history, Downalong is a timeless haven that captures the fishing heritage and thriving art community of this enchanting area of St Ives. With all that St Ives has to offer on your doorstep, spend endless days exploring the sandy shores, stunning coastal paths and bustling harbourside.

Did you know...

Downalong is a historic Cornish term for an area of harbourside fisherman's cottages 'down along the harbour'?

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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.

Safe Harbour was recommended to us by a friend and we weren't disappointed. It was great to have a parking space and the cottage location was perfect. Loved using the Jacuzzi bath and enjoyed the log fire. We only drove out of St Ives once to a National Trust site called Godrevy. It was only a short drive and well worth a visit for lovely walks and a great view of grey seals.

From the great location to the welcome pack and ease of parking there is nothing negative to say about Safe Harbour. This was our second stay and we have already booked to New Year 25 and are looking forward to it. Just a 2 minute walk to the harbour, with shops, pubs and restaurants its a great location. Spotlessly clean and every thing you could imagine that you might need in the property. Its feels like home from home. Would highly recommend.

Loved our stay at Safe Harbour. Great location and pretty perfect inside. The log burner was great after cold November walks. The bed was really comfortable and black out blinds meant we had great nights sleep. Thoughtful touches like having bread, milk and cheese already for you was really appreciated. Would book again.

Safe Harbour exceeded our expectations. I actually burst into tears at how beautiful it is . Totally stunning inside with top end furniture and fittings . Exceptionally clean , unbelievable how clean with brand new bits , washing up liquid, rubber gloves , clothes , along with tin foil , washing machine powder and dishwasher tablets . The bedroom and bathroom were incredible, we never wanted to leave . We slept so well , black out blinds at every window . Brilliant location , could not be better. We were left some very thoughtful goodies Milk , bread , cheese, butter and Prosecco. We have never had this level of service in a self catering accommodation before . Totally upping my standards now . Thank you so much .

Had a wonderful weeks holiday in Safe Harbour. The welcome pack was very much appreciated nothing is too much trouble for the owners. Lovely people and very accommodating. Highly recommend a stay here.

We have just returned from a wonderful last minute stay at Safe Harbour. Perfect size for a couple and very comfortable. The location was perfect to just keep popping back to. Having a reserved parking space for us is a must when visiting St Ives. Takes away all the worry of not getting one. Bed was very comfortable and the bath was an added treat to soak in after a day on the beach. Only negative for us was property is located on the busy road out of the harbour which was very noisy at night, so we had to close the window that then made the bedroom very hot. Would stay again but probably in the winter when it would be very cosy.

We loved our stay. Perfectly placed and with lots of extras

Beautiful, ideally located accommodation. Lovely welcome hamper. Perfect retreat. Every appliance you could want for. We’ve been staying in St Ives for over 20 years and this property is head and shoulders above the rest.

We absolutely loved staying at Safe Harbour. The location, cleanliness and furnishing of the house is absolutely great. We’ve been coming to St Ives for a number of years and we’ve always walked past Safe Harbour and commented on how nice it looked, and it absolutely did not disappoint when staying here. The facilities are absolutely second to none. Both the bath and shower were amazing. Perfect after a day at the beach.

You will go want for nothing if you stay here, we cannot fault it at all.

The private car parking space is the icing on the cake too - it takes so much stress out of a trip to St Ives in my opinion.

We will be back!

I loved my stay at Safe Harbour, first to last. It was truly Unique and Boutique, as advertised! The spiral staircase, the bathtub, the kitchen appliances, and decor in general were spot on. I enjoyed sitting out on the porch with a cup of tea, in the sunshine, every day. I would highly recommend Safe Harbour to any St Ives lover!

A superb little cottage that has everything. We keep returning - says it all.

A wonderful stay in a wonderful place. A great cottage well furnished with loads of character.

Exactly what is says “UNIQUE & BOUTIQUE “ lovely property, well equipped, perfect location, never been so relaxed, so close to everything. Perfect accommodation for a romantic break ??????????

Safe Harbour is an exceptional property that is well located in the heart of St Ives. It is very well equipped and is the perfect bolthole for a relaxing and romantic getaway. It is the perfect base to explore the local amenities and for going further afield. The property is very well appointed and the guest welcome pack is a lovely touch. We had a perfect week here and fully intend to return at some point in the future. Thank you.

We enjoyed a lovely week in Safe Harbour. Excellent location..great to walk out of the door and enjoy everything about St Ives. Very useful to have a dedicated car parking space not too far away.

We had a wonderful stay at Safe Harbour. Exceptionally clean and fully equipped with everything you could want. Great location right in the centre of St Ives. The welcome touches of fresh flowers, bread, cornish butter and cheese was a lovely surprise. Have already booked again for next new year and can't wait!

This is our 3rd stay at safe harbour, and it's lovely.the location could not be better. You are so close to everything, a very short walk into the town centre, which means it's idea for popping in and out it's a great little bolt hole .if you're doing a bit of shopping and have a lot of bags, you can quickly drop them off and go back out . We will definitely be booking again in the near future for our one weekend child free . Cannot recommend this place highly enough. We tend to use it in the winter and love the log burner for a cosy night in .bathroom is stunning and very well equipped. Can't wait to stay there again.

great location

Safe Harbour has been the perfect accommodation for a winter break. After long windy beach walks and lazy lunches it has been the perfect cosy place to return to for the evening. The car parking space made everything so easy.

Once again a blissful holiday in idyllic Safe Harbour. Everything we need is there, luxurious comfort and so well thought out ... and just a few steps in one direction to the harbour; in the other direction a few steps to the Tate and Porthmeor beach, and in between there's Porthgwidden beach too. What more could anyone ask? We'll be back ... yet again.

Our second visit to Safe Harbour, we just love the whole experience - top quality accommodation and location, we’ll be back!

The most beautiful property and perfectly situated.

The apartment location was excellent. Very clean and all the mod cons you need. A car park space made coming and going so much easier, even if the car park spot was 10 minute walk away. The stairs made the job of putting the suitcases up them somewhat difficult as we were both over 60, So be warned . Overall a very good apartment and a good time was had. I would recommend to anybody.

Just returned from excellent weeks holiday at safe harbour. Superb location excellent host First class accommodation we will definitely be returning.

Perfect stay for couples, Safe Harbour has everything you need and we have enjoyed staying there for the last 5 years.

Absolutely ideal property for a couple and we keep returning! Very high standard of appliances and all equipment. Everything spotlessly clean. Owner, Joel had gone above and beyond in providing all the small things needed for a stay. Highly recommended.

Beautiful cosy house, extremely comfortable, excellent appliances, lovely decorations, very clean and supplied everything we required to start enjoying our holiday from the minute we arrived. Went over and above our expectations, amazing location too, we will definitely be booking again

Perfect bolt hole/ chocolate box . Ideal for a couple . Central to everything . Loved it . ??

Safe Harbour is an amazing property and great accommodation for a break for two. Location was superb, right in the heart of everything. Spotlessly clean. Bathroom was a treat with a walk in shower, double sinks and a jacuzzi bath! Well kitted out throughout the property. We have booked for next year already.

This was our first time at Safe Harbour and we will definitely return. Lovely flowers , bubbles and essentials welcomed us as we stepped through the door. Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday was provided by Safe Harbour. Great location matched by the wonderful furnishings and fittings in the cottage. We had a wonderful holiday and would definitely recommend to others.

I’ve stayed here a good number of times now and each time, the cottage blows me away. The place is faultless, and I eagerly await the next time I stay here.

This is our second time at Safe Harbour and this property certainly never disappoints. Safe Harbour is a fabulous, cozy, well furnished property and a joy to be in and relax. We will definitely return again.

January 2022

Amanda & Simon from Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Beautiful property, stylishly decorated. Loved the wood fire and jacuzzi bath. Such a cosy retreat to come back to after a long cold walk along the cliffs. Easy key collection, convenient parking space, comfy bed and a nice space to spend some down time. Often walked down to the beaches at night as they were so close. Will be back again!

Lovely accommodation for two in a marvellous location.

Absolutely stunning property. Spotlessly clean and superbly furnished. The property made our anniversary break feel even more special, even a bottle of bubbly and some flowers to greet us. Tasteful Xmas decorations also had been put up. Everything was just perfect. Faultless!!

Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location- parking a short walk away is a real bonus. The bathroom is stunning with a brilliant shower.

Stunning property, excellent location and brilliant service from Aspects. If I could take the bath and fireplace with me I would have done. Will definitely be staying again!

Once again we fully enjoyed our stay at safe harbour. Everything about the place makes the holiday extra special. It’s prime location means everything is more or less on the doorstep. With the added bonus of a parking space just a short(ish) walk away, this is the perfect place for a couple to kick back and unwind whilst enjoying everything St Ives has to offer. I must not forget to add that booking through aspects is simple and stress free, and they are always on hand should you have any problems.

Lovely well positioned cottage. Very clean. Well equipped. Parking space very welcome albeit a bit of a walk from the cottage. Nice touch with the welcome goodies. Would definitely stay again.

Once again Safe Harbour was the perfect holiday home. Everything we need for our holiday is there, perfectly prepared and presented. Comfort and luxury in the perfect spot. We've already booked for next year.

Absolutely beautiful place to stay, well equipped and very clean. A short walking distance to the town centre, harbour and all beaches. Would definitely stay here again and would recommend Safe Harbour to others. Another excellent Aspects holiday.

Lovely property and so clean with everything you need for your stay.

Great stay at Safe Harbour. Fab location, so convenient for beaches and near to amenities yet set back from most of the crowds. Accommodation was very clean, well presented and tastefully decorated, with lovely finishing touches. Would love to return!

What's not to like about Safe Harbour, it consists of high spec appliances and has all you need to make you feel home from home, This is our 4th year staying here we love it. If you want a bolthole to escape and unwind, then this is the place to stay.

Exceptional cottage in perfect location. Spotlessly prepared for our arrival. It has the benefit of a parking space about a 10 minute walk from the cottage. We arrived earlier in the afternoon than the 4pm entry time and were able to park there and still have the afternoon in St Ives. This was our second stay at this cottage and we have already booked it again - Highly recommended!

Fantastic accommodation, perfect for a couple and in a great location. The parking space provided was also really appreciated if a little way up hill from the property.

Safe Harbour is an outstanding holiday property A lot of thought has gone into making your stay a really pleasant one ,as everything you need is provided for. Although the car parking is a short walk away it’s still a bonus to know that if you wish to go away from st ives for the day you can still park when you get back. Safe Harbour made our holiday enjoyable even though storm Alex raged outside

Safe harbour is a fantastic place for a couple to stay when in St Ives. We have stayed here for the last few years, and fully intend to stay here for our future holidays. We love the place, everything about it is fantastic.

A superb boutique cottage with everything perfect, located within a two minute walk to St Ives harbour and beach. Only five minutes from Porthmear and Porthgwidden Beaches. Parking included although a 15 minute walk away.

My wife and I were so impressed that we have already booked a two week holiday for 2021.

Having stumbled of Safe Harbour a few years ago this has become our yearly bolt hole. All the appliances are top quality and there is everything you need to enjoy your stay. It's ideally situated for all amenities and has the bonus of a car parking space. Just be aware the space is up a steep hill, although by the end of our holiday we could manage this without stopping!

We stayed at Safe Harbour for one week and found the property extremely comfortable and very well furnished to a high standard. It is situated within a minutes walk from the harbour front. The parking space is an asset but it is a very steep walk up Porthmeor Hill. The welcome pack was very much appreciated. We would definitely recommend Safe harbour.

We have been coming to St Ives every summer for several years now and must say that this has become our new favourite property to stay in. There has been no expense spared on the luxury decor and this felt like a real upgrade on some of our previous visits to St Ives. The bathroom is fantastic and the bedroom and living room are both very comfortable. The parking space is an added bonus to save yourself from the potential long waits for a space elsewhere however it is worth noting that the parking space is up the top of the hill by Porthmear beach so ideally need to drop your bags at the property with your veichle first. This was quite straight forward as you can pull up right outside the property and quickly unload before heading to park. Overall we would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a luxury visit to St Ives.

Fabulous stay, really enjoyed our time at the property. Would highly recommend the Safe Harbour property and Aspect Holidays as a whole.

This is a beautiful place to stay. The treats of prosecco and cheese and bread and flowers makes it extra special. 2nd time staying here and will come back again, and again! Parking space few minutes walk away an added bonus in this area.

Lovely property in a very central location. Fitted out to a high standard. Loved the jacuzzi bath!

The cottage was so so cosy and very comfortable. We felt very much at home and were able to relax instantly. The attention throughout the cottage was amazing.

The welcome flowers and goodies were much appreciated. The bed was extremely comfortable. The rain shower was so refreshing and the Jacuzzi bath a real treat.

Highly recommended. We will most definitely be back!!

Mr & Mrs Russell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

You will not be disappointed, absolutely perfect for couples!

Amazing cottage. Beautifully furnished. Stunning bathroom. Parking an added bonus. Will definitely rebook Safe Harbour cottage for more stays. Loved it.

The place we stayed at was a fantastically well appointed, cosy, stylish, with attention to detail, especially the welcoming prosecco etc., clean, very good location. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, a truly 'Safe Harbour'. The staff at Aspects are always friendly and helpful, we have used them for many years and will do for many years to come.

What can I say... perfect in everyway, I will definitely be booking my next stay in St Ives to come back to safe harbour, thank you for making my 50th Birthday one to remember.

An amazing cottage finished to high specifications. A great living area with tv, sofa and breakfast bar area to eat. The kitchen was fitted with washing machine/tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge with freezer toolbox, coffee machine, toaster, kettle and electric oven. Spiral staircase from the living room leads to the bedroom and bathroom. Another TV in the bedroom and a set of storage drawers. A great feature wall in the bedroom. The bathroom consisted of a jacuzzi bath, separate walk in shower, toilet and two hand basins. Parking is on Chanel Road, about a five minute walk (opposite the church by the Tate gallery). An Ideal place to stay for couples. I'd definitely recommend and stay again.

Once again, everything at Safe Harbour was perfect ... every little thing has been thought of and provided for us ... the ultimate in a clean and luxurious little home from home for our annual week in St Ives. Love it.

A beautiful property with excellent quality furnishings and fittings. A lovely touch to arrive to a bottle of fizz, fresh bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee, hand soap etc. A very comfortable property in a great location with everything on your doorstep. The bath is amazing as is the rainforest shower, we just wish we could have made use of the lovely wood burner but luckily for us, the weather was kind! My daughter and I had a wonderful stay and we would definitely return and recommend to others. Thank you.

This is a perfect apartment for 2 people. Everything is of the highest standard & it’s in a perfect location

Safe harbour is situated at the heart of St Ives, making it easy for all amenities it's a gem of a place to stay furnished to a very high standard. The owner has thought of everything to make your stay as smooth as possible.

A fantastic property which is really well appointed. Spotlessly clean. Great location.

A fantastic romantic getaway in the heart of St Ives. The property was very well-appointed and clean, and the owners provided everything we needed for the weekend, including basic foodstuffs (milk, bread, cheese, butter). The free parking is a good 10-15 minute walk away but there is a pay/display car park on the headland two minutes from the property. In the event of inclement weather, the cottage has a great selection of books and DVDs, as well as Netflicks. Bathroom has two sinks, as well as a superb shower and a spa bath. Bed (king) very comfortable.

Safe Harbour cottage is great for a romantic getaway for two. It’s in a great location for restaurants,bars and of course the beaches . We will return later in the year .

Our second visit to Safe Harbour and it was as brilliant as the first. Spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and appointed, and in an ideal location in the heart of the town but just back from the noisier harbour front. Hard to imagine a better place for a couple to stay in St. Ives!

We had a wonderful time at St Ives & loved staying in Safe Harbour. Its a beautiful cottage & we absolutely loved it & will recommend it to our friends & family. We were a bit belwidered with the bin situation though so appologies if it wasnt emptied by the bin men on Friday. We would like to thank you for the anniversary card & prossecco, so thoughtful & appreciated. Could you also pass our thanks on to Joel for the flowers & prossecco & the lovely welcome pack too. We really appreciated the extra little touches around the cottage. Safe Harbour cottage was one of the best we've stayed in, the spa bath was tremendous! The only 'improvements' we could think could be made was possibly a new matress for the bed as it was extremely soft & rather lumpy, maybe a rug in front of the sofa as the floor gets a bit 'scratchy' on bare feet & the addition of a bench to the outside raised entrance area would be great for people watching for nosey folk like us! Once again thank you so much for everything & we had a wonderful anniversary. We'd definately come back to St Ives again & wouldn't hesitate to use Aspects.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you so much for your lovely and helpful comments, and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your anniversary celebrations here. Your feedback is automatically sent to owners, so that they can see guest suggestions, and we will also monitor further comments and suggestions on these areas over the coming months. Thanks again. Tanya, Customer Services

I have just returned from a weeks stay at 'Safe Harbour' and I cannot stress enough about how amazing the place is, both in terms of the actual property and the location. The whole experience of staying there was fantastic and you are right in the centre of St Ives, literally a minute away from the shops, bars and restaurants - perfect.

There has obviously been alot of money spent on the place and the appliances throughout. The owner has thought of everything around the place in terms of home comforts and it was much appreciated to arrive to the lovely fresh flowers, a bottle of fizz and good quality essentials to start our holiday. The bed was so comfortable and it was great to have the 3D TV and a good selection of films for relaxing at the cottage. The bathroom and shower are so luxurious - better than anywhere else I've stayed. I really cannot fault anything about the place and I hope to return. Thank you!

The cottage is in an excellent position for access all of St Ives. You are right in the middle of everything.

Wonderful holiday. Very clean and nice touches like a bottle of fizz, milk and bread etc were really welcomed after a long journey. The owner was really friendly. Looking forward to our return visit already.

Fantastic little hideaway cottage perfect for couples

A fantastic house for two in a superb central location. It feels like home from the moment that you walk in.

We had a blissful holiday ... Safe Harbour is just perfect; clean, luxurious and comfortable, and every little thing has been thought of so that we didn't have to ... we will be back.

Beautiful property great for a romantic getaway .Close to all the local restaurants and bars .

This cottage is beautiful and in a great location and the added bonus of the car parking space nearby is great.

We loved our stay at Safe Harbour!! The bottle of prosecco etc. went down a treat after our very long car journey and we felt relaxed instantly. Everything in the cottage was perfect, we personally liked the wood burner and spa bath!! We felt truly spoilt and had the most relaxing week, we will definitely be booking again!

We absolutely loved “Safe Harbour”. It is stylish and quirky and presented to a very high standard. The location is great with a very short walk to the harbour. We will definitely be returning to this lovely cottage again.

Gorgeous cottage. Perfect for a romantic getaway. Would thoroughly recommend.

First class accommodation and only 50 yards from harbour front. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we have already booked again for our next holiday.

Absolutely brilliant property, high spec equipment, spotlessly cleaned, very well maintained, great location a very short walk away from all the shops, restaurants and seafront. Will definitely stay here again when returning to St. Ives

What a great week we had in Safe Harbour. The wind howled outside for the first two nights, but we felt warm and cozy in front of the log burner. The luxurious fittings made us feel thoroughly spoilt, from the amazing hot tub bath to the 3D TV and the fittings in the kitchen, the owners have spared no expense. What a treat this cottage is. We shall definitely be staying again.

Once again,perfect cottage,owners obviously spent thousands,the missus loved the spa bath,I loved the shower,and the jack and Jill basins were a nice touch,Kitchen had everything you needed,and the 3 D tv was a bonus,as were the glass artwork in the lounge,Also the fish chandelier was beautiful,all in all a wonderful 9 days stay.