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Sneaky Peek
Downalong, St Ives

£441 - £1160 per week

Sneaky Peek is a charming and quirky cottage situated in a unique location, only a few minutes' walk to the harbour, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beaches. The cottage is decorated in an attractive and characteristic style, and although centrally located, the property is private once inside and very convenient. Sneaky Peek also has a small sunny outside area, great for watching the world go by. This is also where you can catch a tiny 'sneaky peek' of the sea through the cottages.

Enjoy relaxing walks along the beaches and coastal paths and discover the eclectic mix of bars and restaurants in St Ives.


via front door from Bethesda Hill into:


electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge with ice box, storage cupboard for beach gear and body boards, stable door leading out to small courtyard. (Please note that there is no washing machine at this property).

Sitting/dining room

three seater sofa, armchair, footstool, TV/DVD, Radio/CD player, decorative fireplace, dining table and chairs. Stairs up to first floor:

Bedroom 1

bunk beds with top bunk at an angle to the bottom bunk, TV/DVD.

Shower room

shower, basin, WC. Fairly steep stairs from the landing to the second floor:

Bedroom 2

double bed, TV.

Outside area

small courtyard with patio table and four chairs.

Additional information

gas central heating, travel cot provided, please note that the bunk room is quite small but has plenty of storage, private parking available at St Ives Rugby Club (£42 per week), please ask for more details, the top bunk is slightly shorter in length and has restricted head room so maybe suitable for children only, WiFi.


Sneaky Peek was a wonderful space for our family holiday. Our kids loved the bunk room and we loved the upstairs bedroom which was big and bright. The flat was cozy and inviting, and we met the local black cat who popped by to say hello! The flat was well located and beautifully decorated.

April 2022

Another perfect half term week. Comfort, cosy, lovely atmosphere and has everything you need to have a wonderful time.

October 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.

Sneaky Peek was a wonderful space for our family holiday. Our kids loved the bunk room and we loved the upstairs bedroom which was big and bright. The flat was cozy and inviting, and we met the local black cat who popped by to say hello! The flat was well located and beautifully decorated.

Another perfect half term week. Comfort, cosy, lovely atmosphere and has everything you need to have a wonderful time.

Perfectly cozy for a small family & amazing location with everything on ur doorstep to the harbour, beaches, shops & restaurants.

Amazing cottage in the best location of St Ives! We loved the decor and hope to visit again. Thank you.

Sneaky Peek is a lovely, well-appointed, and comfortable cottage just a few minutes walk from beautiful Porthgwidden beach and the harbour. The 'sunset beach' at Porthmeor is also very close by. We have had a really lovely holiday there.

A few practical things to note: if you come by car, you will need to park it quite a long way away up a very steep hill at the St Ives rugby club, so factor into your holiday planning that you won't want to go up and down the hill very often to get it. There is no washing machine at the property. One of the children's beds is quite short - so probably only suitable for a child of up to about 12 (our 9-year-old twins loved it).

Excellent location and very comfortable for the 2 of us and couldn't ask for anything more

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful cottage. Very well equipped beautifully clean and fantastic location. The owners have clearly gone to a great deal of trouble to make it a really lovely home from home and we were absolutely delighted with our holiday, can’t wait to go back! Thank you very much

Lovely holiday home. Great location, extremely comfortable & very well equipped. Fab decor, quirky & in keeping with st Ives. We loved sitting in the courtyard catching the sea glimpses & watching the world go by. Would definitely book again.

It was honestly the best place we have ever stayed and we have stayed in many St Ives properties. The attention to detail with the decoration and furnishings was so well thought out. The location was wonderful, so close to the harbour yet nice and quiet. You could tell the owner actually cared. We can’t wait to stay again.

We genuinely both absolutely loved everything and were blown away. We were so looking forward to staying here and the expectations were completely exceeded. Thankyou for giving us the perfect foundations to a wonderful week!

Gorgeous property so close to harbour , beaches , shops .Loved every minute there.

This was our second stay at Sneaky Peek. A very cosy cottage and the location could not be better. Would thoroughly recommend!

We have had the best 2 weeks staying in Sneaky Peek , after wandering road the cobbled streets last year whilst on holiday looking for our 2020 holiday let we came across this beautiful cottage on Bethesda Hill with the sneaky view of the harbour and we knew that was the one , the owners have thought of everything you need , the decor is amazing and the cottage is so cosy and fully equipped , I would definitely recommend staying here , but I have to say our visit from Harvey the St ives cat was the icing on the cake . We stayed from 25:7:20 - 8:8:20

We loved staying at cosy Sneaky Peek. It's perfect situated in Downalong St. Ives, it takes just a minute to harbour and beaches and a few lovely cafes. The cottage provides everything you need. It's so well and lovely furnished, it really makes you feeling home. We've been there in october and found it a quiet place, though central on the Island. We'd definetely recommend Sneaky Peek and book again. Thank you!

Stayed at Sneaky Peek for 5 days. The cottage was lovely and we had a great time. Everything you would need is there and we couldn't find any faults with the accommodation, the decor is very nice and you can see the owners have put a lot of thought in the choice of furnishing. Bed and settee were very comfortable ( I had some excellent sleeps). For cat lover's Harvey was always willing to come in curl up and fall asleep. We would certainly recommend Sneaky Peek to our friends, Nigel & Jenny.

The location is excellent and Sneaky Peek is a perfect size for our family of 3. We’ll be back next year! Plus our son loves Harvey the cat who visits each day. Parking is a bit far away but that encouraged us to leave the car in the car park during our stay and just stick in St Ives as opposed to venturing out anywhere else.

The cottage is in an excellent location, whether going to the fantastic beaches within a few minutes walk, a mooch around the shops, dinner at the many restaurants or out for a more enegertic coastal walk.

We area family of 3 and the cottage was ideal in terms of size and is extremely well equipped from hairdryer to windbreak.

The furnishings are fitting for a quaint fisherman's cottage and with the stable door open there were many passers-by taking a 'sneaky peek'!

Excellent accommodation in a fantastic location made this a lovely holiday. First time in St Ives, not disappointed at all, in fact we fell in love with the place! All the restaurants and cafes were excellent with excellent service. Sneaky Peek played a massive part in us feeling totally at home, hopefully be returning very soon!

Sneaky Peek is a little gem! So perfectly situated to enjoy all of St Ives. Close to the harbour, beaches, shops and restaurants. Had lovely food and cocktails in the HUBBOX and enjoyed the cottage whilst attending the Food Festival. Very clean and well equipped cottage so thank you for a lovely stay.

We had a lovely Easter week at Sneaky Peek. Its a cosy, homely and well appointed cottage in a great location set between the Harbour and Porthgwidden beaches. The galley kitchen has everything you need and the lounge is particularly comfortable. The cottage is decorated with a 'seaside' theme which the children will like. A 50m walk down the cobbles of Bethesda Hill will take you to the Wharf with plenty of shops, restaurants and of course the Sloop pub. I would definitely recommend this property.

We said we’d be back soon and we were! Still in love with this place the only trouble is the holiday went too fast. Aspects you are just as good as this cottage your service is superb. Thank you all again for a wonderful stay in St Ives and we’ll see you again soon.

We love Sneaky Peek! As soon as we stepped foot through the door we were welcomed by such a warm, calm and relaxing feel to the cottage. Best place to stay in St Ives by far. We'll be back soon!

Cottage is in a great location, so close to beaches, shops, car parks. It has everything you need for a home away from home break in St Ives. Children’s bunk bed was a hit for my 6 year old daughter and she loved the TV in her room and the large wardrobe space for all her clothes. Would definitely return.

A fantastically equipped cottage with everything you need. Perfect location and size for a small family.

Sneaky Peak is a lovely, quirky cottage in an amazing location - just steps (literally) from the harbour! We couldn't have picked a better place to stay.

Best property I've stayed in. Location is central yet tucked away and the house is so carefully thought out it was simply wonderful. I would quite happily live there permanently!

Lovely cottage in a great location! Very clean and excellent use of space! Had everything you would need and the shower was great. Would definitely book again with Aspects.

Beautiful cottage in stunning location. Please be aware though that the very tiny outside area is shared with next door property.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your feedback; we were very sorry to hear about the outside area, and have since spoken to the owners of the property. They have assured us that the outside area is for Sneaky Peek alone, but the neighbours were being a bit cheeky, using it when they shouldn't. The owners were following up on this, and we will monitor this very closely. You should expect it to not be shared with anyone, so we are very sorry if that had not been the case during your time here. Thank you for letting us know. Tanya, Customer services.