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Shell Cottage
Downalong, St Ives

£503 - £1480 per week

Shell Cottage is situated in a quiet oasis called Hicks Court, just a few metres from the cobbled streets of The Digey in the heart of the Downalong area of St Ives. The cottage is ideal for couples or a family alike and your dog is welcome too! Being within a stone's throw of the life-guarded beach of Porthmeor with surf school and beach cafe plus the colourful selection of shops, bistro bars and restaurants, you will have plenty to see and do right on your doorstep.


stable door from Hicks Court leading into:

Kitchen/dining room

oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, dining table with cushioned window seat and chairs to seat six. Stairs to first floor, door to:


bath, shower, WC and basin.

Sitting room

two leather sofas, tub armchair, coffee table, SMART TV, DVD player, door leading to private and enclosed courtyard with table and bench seats. Located on the first floor. Doors to:

Bedroom 1

double bed.

Bedroom 2

zip and link (king or twin) beds.

Outside area

small enclosed courtyard area accessed from the sitting room with table and chairs.

Additional information

included in your rental the property offers secure parking for one car at St Ives car park ( plus shuttle bus for a small fee if you wish to use your car during the week, please ask if you would like to add this onto your stay, WiFi, up to two dogs welcome, short breaks available.


Beautiful cottage, excellent location. Would highly recommend.

March 2022

Excellent accommodation, prime location.

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!

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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.

Beautiful cottage, excellent location. Would highly recommend.

Excellent accommodation, prime location.

Lovely cottage very central would stay there again but anyone who has leg problems might not cope with the stairs as the bathroom is on the lower floor but as I said lovely place to stay

Great little place to stay,very central & very close to the beach.

Had a very enjoyable stay. Cottage in a fantastic location and was cosy, clean and well decorated. Would have absolutely no hesitation in booking again.

Stayed here for the 2nd time in October this year having stayed last year as well, great cottage ideal for a family of 4, good living space and ideally located right in the middle of the hussle and bussle of St Ives but in a quiet courtyard

Super stay at Shell Cottage. It is located in a quiet courtyard, yet very convenient location for shops and beaches.
The cottage is cozy, comfortable and warm (great for an autumn break). It’s well equipped with a super bathroom.
Ideal for a couple or or 2/3 friends & dog friendly! . Would book again.

Very short walk to Harbour front and shops etc. Quite Courtyard location. Clean with nice decor. Excellent shower room. Great Free TV Packages.

Lovely, comfortable holiday cottage. Perfectly located in the heart of St Ives yet tucked away to provide seclusion and privacy. Already booked for next year.

Fantastic location, really nice property, bigger than expected upstairs. Car unload/load was far easier than expected. Secure parking a bonus.

Great location. Loading and unloading from the car is a bit of an issue as there is nowhere to do this without either blocking the main street out of the town or to attempt to drive down the main narrow shopping street that is busy with pedestrians. Parking is also awkward on the outskirts of town and the allocated space wasn’t available on our arrival. Outdoor space could do with some TLC. Otherwise, clean and comfortable cottage in a great location to access the beaches and shops easily.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry to hear that you had a bit of trouble with unloading and loading. Many tend to pull in on the corner by the café at the top end of The Digey, which is usually ok for a few minutes but it has been exceptionally busy this year so perhaps there has been a bit more traffic and pedestrian footfall than normal. Unfortunately, as an old fishing village, the roads just weren't designed for the traffic or parking requirements that we have today, so Saturdays in particular, with a lot of arrival and departure traffic, can be a little busy for unloading and loading but it all tends to settle down for the rest of the week, and the fantastic location, we hope you agree, well and truly makes up for it. Thank you for also letting us know about the outdoor area; we have passed on your comments to the property owner, for their consideration. We are glad to hear that you otherwise enjoyed your time here in Shell Cottage and St Ives. Tanya, Customer Services

We loved our stay at Shell Cottage and would definitely return. The location is fabulous and the cottage has everything needed. It’s extremely close to neighboring properties Therefore can be noisy and all conversations overheard. Also next door were all smokers so they were outside smoking (from 6am onwards) our house smelt of smoke throughout if the windows were open, closing them made the cottage extremely hot. All that said, we would definitely return

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry to hear about all the smell of smoke getting into the property while you were there. This isn't something that we have had reported before, that we are aware of, so we would assume that it was a bit of a one-off with guests renting the neighbouring property, as opposed to a resident, and similarly with the noise. Whilst it is in the heart of St Ives, where there can be a lot of footfall, Shell Cottage is tucked away and generally fairly quiet for the central location. We will keep a close eye on any further feedback though, so thank you for making us aware and we are glad that you had such a great time. Hope to see you back here soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Shell Cottage Hicks Court just off the Digey. A lovely cottage in a quiet place just 2 minutes walk away from the harbour one way and 2 minutes walk to Porthmeor beach. The cottage was home from home with everything you will need.

Excellent cottage excellent service excellent location overall excellent holiday experience we will be back. Excellent for our dog aswell

Great location to spend Christmas Cottage was very comfortable & clean Really enjoyed my stay so did my dogs

Really enjoyed Shell cottage, very quiet, yet right in the thick of it all, yes would return to this property, but we like to try different places, just 2 mins from Porthmeor beach which is so lovely, already looking to book for March, Aspects’s are just great.

Wonderful cottage, cosy and well equipped kitchen, lovely big modern bathroom, beds really comfortable, cosy lounge with nice little terrace.all immaculately clean. Cottage is set back in courtyard so very quiet but only moments from shops harbour and beaches midway down the digey. Wonderful breakfasts all freshly cooked to order in the digey food room opposite Abundance of cafes and restaurants all serving good quality meals, but on my experience would not recommend the lifeboat inn. Staff of Aspects holidays very efficient and helpful. Would definitely recommend

Excellent location, fab interior

We had a lovely stay in Shell cottage. Ideally located for the town, but not in the main flow of the busy streets. It is modern, decent size and very comfortable. We have booked again already. The only downside is the arrival / departure is difficult with the location and parking is also quite far away up hill.

Just spent a great weekend in shell cottage Really great location in the centre of St Ives.

We loved our stay at Shell Cottage. Although close to everything it was tucked away and felt private and very quiet, which is hard to find in such a great location in central St.Ives! We loved having breakfast on the sunny and sheltered terrace. A great little cottage, thank you.

Shell Cottage was perfect for our family 2 adults and 2 children and our dog, It had everything that we needed for our holiday and a fantastic location.

Lovely comfortable cottage in an excellent location. Well furnished and an impressive bathroom to boot! That impressed we have already booked to return next year.

Perfect property located in a quaint courtyard right in the centre of St Ives, we will definitely be booking this one again, and the big bonus is it has its own private garage 5 minutes walk away.

Shell Cottage enjoys the a near perfect location, close to shops and Porthmeor beach, yet tucked away from the main streets. It was very comfortable and we would not hesitate to go back, we loved it.

Lovely little cottage in the middle of St Ives. Perfect for our mini-moon with the dog! Great location, brilliant for the dog, good size for 2 of us, everything we needed in the cottage for our stay! Had a brilliant time.

It was lovely being in the heart of St Ives.

Lovely comfortable cottage in a great location. The service and communication from Aspect Holidays was excellent Thank you!

We so enjoyed our stay at shell cottage, so lovely close to beaches and shops , just didnot want to go home.

The location is excellent, central for beaches and shopping.

Lovely little cottage in a ideal location, would highly recommend

A lovely feature cottage, well equipped and in a great central position. Very cosy in the colder months, very useful private courtyard off the living room which is on the first floor.