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The Bolt Hole
Downalong, St Ives

£587 - £1419 per week

The Bolt Hole is a quaint three storey cottage situated down a secluded cobbled lane, in the centre of town and only a short walk to Porthmeor beach. The tasteful interior gives great comfort and warmth, retaining character features of a typical St Ives cottage including a delightful woodburner in the kitchen. You are only moments away from St Ives Harbour and the popular Fore Street filled with shops, eateries and galleries.

Thoughtful touches like original oil paintings from local artists and mood lighting will soothe away the hassles of day-to-day life and ensure your holiday becomes an effortless home from home experience. With harbour glimpses to keep you in touch with the world outside, why leave the cottage?

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2



via a stable door from cobbled street into:

Sitting room

sofa, two armchairs, HD Smart TV, Amazon Fire stick, Blu-ray/DVD, decorative fireplace, dresser, Bose speaker. Steep stairs leading down to:

Kitchen/dining room

double oven and hob, Nespresso coffee machine, Belfast sink, dishwasher, washing machine, woodburner, table and chairs, DAB radio with Bluetooth app streaming. Stable door opens to back yard where guests can store their surfboard and a hose is available to wash down wetsuits.Stairs lead from sitting room up to:

Shower room

shower, WC, basin.

Bedroom 1

double bed. Steep stairs leading up to attic room:

Bedroom 2

double bed, TV/DVD, sea views. The headroom is restricted within this room.

Additional information

loyalty discount offered to repeat guests, parking space 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk away on Porthminster Terrace no height restriction suitable for a large 4x4 or van please see photos, gas central heating, outdoor area to store surfboards/wash wetsuits, please note due to being a beautiful traditional cottage the staircases are steep, WiFi, short breaks available.


I would recommend anybody booking a property In Cornwall to consider Aspect Holidays who were absolutely first class.

November 2023

Beautiful authentic atmospheric Cottage situated in a lovely Cobbled Lane. Close to the gorgeous Harbour & eclectic Fore Street with all the fabulous shops, galleries, restaurants & bars but we didn’t hear a thing apart from the birds x This is St Ives at its best.

June 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.

I would recommend anybody booking a property In Cornwall to consider Aspect Holidays who were absolutely first class.

Beautiful authentic atmospheric Cottage situated in a lovely Cobbled Lane. Close to the gorgeous Harbour & eclectic Fore Street with all the fabulous shops, galleries, restaurants & bars but we didn’t hear a thing apart from the birds x This is St Ives at its best.

If like us you want a holiday right in the heart of St Ives with easy access to the surfing beach (Porthmeor) and the harbour, plus all the great pubs and cafes, then you could not pick a better cottage. I'm sure we will be back again.

Lovely apartment situated in a great location close to all the beaches, shops, restaurants and bars. Clean and beautifully presented.

Lovely fisherman's cottage.

The Bolt Hole is a fantastic little cottage right in the heart of St Ives. Absolutely loved our stay here.

Another lovely stay at The Bolt Hole - excellent location and a lovely property. Stairs are steep and bathroom/shower small, as expected in this type of property and part of town but it is decorated to a high standard and feels like home from home. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and appreciated the little touches that made it feel so welcoming.

Great location! Good kitchen equipment . Reviews that reference stairs being steep are correct but not a reason not to stay. Found dropping off suitcases absolutely fine.

Brilliant property in a great location, parking space is a massive plus as parking is difficult in the area. Would definitely stay here again, we had a great time!

Another lovely stay in St Ives - predictably busy at this time of the year but we found some quieter spots and had a great time.

Just had a great stay at the Bolt Hole. All was as indicated on the website. Fantastic location near the harbour, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden Beaches but still a peaceful location. Would definitely recommend.

Location is great and just what we needed for our requirements. The accommodation was cosy with plenty of space and comfortable. Overall a great week away and would stay in the Bolt Hole again.

This was our 2nd stay at the Bolt Hole and we would definitely stay again - it’s a great little property in a perfect central location!

Another very enjoyable stay in the heart of St Ives. The Bolt Hole is a lovely cottage in a great location - it does have steep narrow stairs but that helped me get my daily steps exercise in! Perfect for the two of us for the week.

Great cottage in a lovely location. They aren’t kidding about the stairs being narrow and steep, but the cottage has a really cosy feel and it is equipped to a very high standard - all the home comforts we could wish for. Looking forward to staying there again soon.

The Bolt Hole was a great place to stay when visiting St Ives. The location was fantastic as it was right on the harbour and close to the shops and beaches but the house was located down a quiet side street so there was no noise at night. It had everything you could possibly need and was a nice homely place to stay. The only negatives are that the stairs are super steep especially to the top bedroom but we were already aware of this and that its difficult to unload/pack up your car as the property is located on a street not accessible by car and the surrounding area is always really busy. This wouldn’t stop me staying here again though and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you very much for your review. We were so pleased to see that you had such a great stay at The Bolt Hole. Tucked away in the Downalong, it is such a great little spot for being within the heart of the town but as you have pointed out, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy spots, which does mean that the property isn't accessible by car, but we hope that you'll agree it is worth the short walk for the quieter spot! As with many of the traditional fisherman's cottage, the steps within are quite steep, which may not suit everybody, but we do try to capture this as best as possible within the website description and photos. Thanks again for your feedback and for the comments recommending The Bolt Hole, we hope to welcome you back again soon. Ben, Customer Services

A delightful cottage which looked like the pictures. The cottage was clean, compact and well equipped. The stairs are narrow and steep but hand holds are in the right spots. The Aspects team were friendly and really helped us out when we called for assistance. A great service. Thank you.

Excellent location very near to Porthmeor and to the center of St Ives. Very well equipped and comfortable to stay in

From the point of booking to arrival and departure, everything was easy for me and the property was lovely, perfect location and well kitted our with lots of nice homely touches. The stairs are steep and narrow, as I expected but thoughtfully placed grab handles help with access to an from the top floor. I would happily stay here again.

Beautiful cosy welcoming cottage. Equipped to a high standard. Extremely comfortable, fantastic location. Parking a bonus with easy access. A delightful holiday home.

Fantastic location for all the shops, bars and restaurants and most importantly the beaches - in any given direction. Lovely house with every last detail included, couldn’t have asked for more.

Great location, and a quirky well presented cottage. Enjoyed a great holiday here.

Great home for a holiday. Lots of impressive space savings items. I particularly liked the dryer. The top bedroom has steep stairs but my elderly parents coped with the rest of the home. I would be happy to recommend both Aspect and The Bolt Hole.

Beautiful cottage in such a good location everything we needed just be aware stairs are steep so not for the elderly, we will be back later in the year thanks again

The cottage was very convenient for the harbour. Very well equipped and comfortable. Wi-Fi, dab radio and smart tv were a great addition. Parking space was not at the cottage but was a 10 minute walk away, however was much easier for going out as then didn't need to drive into the harbour which is always a nightmare.

An excellent location in the middle of the town. All beaches are easily accessible. Nicely decorated with lots of added extras to make the holiday even better.

great location !

This has to be the best cottage I have ever stayed in in St Ives in the last 5 years. Perfect in layout, comfortable, private and thoroughly fitted out. It's been a fantastic trip, weather great for walking and painting! Had excellent reflexology at Garden Retreat at Carbis Bay. Fabulous base - I would definitely book again. Thanks

Wonderful location with great access to the beaches and harbour.

Location , well equipped and clean , plus the added benefit of parking ,

The Bolt Hole is a lovely quaint cottage, it is in a fantastic location, and the décor is perfect for the cottage, it is small so suggest that you are very good friends with anyone else staying with you as any sound carries however for a week's break in St Ives it was excellent. The parking is a nightmare and so suggest parking at the leisure centre where you can get a space anytime however I understand that parking will be provided next year which will be perfect.

Good location, small cottage very well equiped.

Highly recommended for the level of comfort, facilities, decor, fixtures, fittings and perfect location. Perfect for a couple, maybe a bit tight for two couples. If you want to cook in, the kitchen has everything you could possibly need, dishwasher is a bonus. Compared to other places we have stayed this the best.