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The Flying Pilchard
Downalong, St Ives

£453 - £985 per week

The Flying Pilchard is a beautiful retreat for two in the centre of St Ives, tucked away in the Downalong area. You are a minute's walk from Porthmeor beach, where you can surf and sunbathe to your heart's content and nip home for a cuppa whenever you please. The interior is crisp and fresh, yet cosy and comfortable. You'll be in an ideal spot to explore the coastline with the many beautiful walks on your doorstep. The Flying Pilchard is an impressive bolthole for a romantic escape by the sea with your loved one.

You are bound to catch some of the best sunsets around on Porthmeor Beach. The property is also within touching distance of a small, very well stocked local shop if you need to grab any provisions including a bottle of your favourite tipple, to sit back and relax with after a day of adventuring. Although close to lots of amenities, the location of the cottage is set in a row of cottages along a cobbled no through area, so it is quiet and secluded.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1



via cobbled no through road into:

Sitting room

sofa, TV/DVD, digital radio. Stairs to first floor.

Kitchen/dining room

electric oven, gas hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, table with seating.


king size bed.


bath with shower over, WC, basin.

Additional information

gas central heating. WiFi, short breaks available.


We love the Flying Pilchard. Perfect for 2. Local neighbours either side, so please be respectful for them. They deserve good holiday guests. Location is brilliant too. For beaches and shops.

June 2024

The Flying Pilchard is a snug place to stay, so close to beaches, cafes, shops & walks but quiet & peaceful. It’s also surprisingly roomy for two people with large comfy lounge & big bathroom & kitchen! Loved our stay there over New Year - it was super cosy in bad weather to retreat home there.

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.

We love the Flying Pilchard. Perfect for 2. Local neighbours either side, so please be respectful for them. They deserve good holiday guests. Location is brilliant too. For beaches and shops.

The Flying Pilchard is a snug place to stay, so close to beaches, cafes, shops & walks but quiet & peaceful. It’s also surprisingly roomy for two people with large comfy lounge & big bathroom & kitchen! Loved our stay there over New Year - it was super cosy in bad weather to retreat home there.

Lovely just lovely! Ideal spot for everything you need clean and tidy with a well stocked kitchen that is better than at home we found ! Central heating is great for those chilly nights and mornings

The cottage was very lovely, the location was very central. Everything was very easy to walk to. The facilities in the cottage were excellent. I would highly recommend the cottage.

Great little cottage, hidden away and very handy for everything in St. Ives. Close to 3 beaches for the early morning dog walk.

Please enjoy this property for its quietness and lovely respectful local neighbours. This may be a small cottage but every room is somehow a very good size. Fantastic airy kitchen to sit and eat in. A lovely relaxing sitting room and the bedroom has a great sized bed with great storage space. The bathroom is ample and the shower works well too. It’s a little gem. But please don’t book it when we want it!

Comfortable and cosy, perfect for a couple. Close to everything St Ives has to offer but nice, peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle!

St. Ives is a special place and Aspects makes your stay equally as special.

Excellent week at the Flying Pilchard. Enjoyed the welcome pack which was very much appreciated. Aspects very responsive in dealing with any house keeping issues. Great place to stay for two, close to beaches and Tate.

The Flying Pilchard is perfectly situated in the heart of St Ives with easy access to all the best beaches

Lovely cosy cottage perfect for two and ideally situated for exploring in and around St Ives.

The flying pilchard is a charming little cottage in an excellent area of St.Ives. It is well decorated and has a homely feel. It is situated in a row of residential cottages so need to be respectful of that. However, the dog next door is quite noisy (but not a real problem) Overall the cottage is a great little bolt hole. I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

Perfect location

Beautiful cottage. Fabulous location in gorgeous St. Ives. Would definitely recommend. ??

Charming little cottage in a perfect location,we'll definitely be staying again

Perfect for two. Tucked away in North Place. The neighbours either side are St Ives residents so deserve guests who are quiet and respectful of their homes. The Flying Pilchard is small but perfectly sized and it’s kitchen space is light and airy. It’s a lovely comfortable and homely property. Proximity to Porthmeor beach and Porthminster is exceptionally close. Having Norway Stores less than 100ft away is a real bonus.

The Flying Pilchard is a great little holiday let in a great location , there’s no reason I wouldn’t stay again .

Wonderful home and Aspects were really professional as usual. Highly recommend both.

We had a fabulous time, thoroughly recharges batteries.
Bad weather no problem as we relaxed in the house with a book and had a lovely time.

Couldn't ask for more.

Warm, cosy & clean. Good location, close to the harbour. The little shop just across the road was useful for when we needed to top up our shopping. Close to the car park, which made arriving/leaving easy. We love St Ives and come here as often as we can during the winter months, this was our first time staying at the flying pilchard and it didn’t disappoint.

We had a lovely holiday in the Flying Pilchard. Very comfortable and spacious property.
Comfy bed and sofas.
Everything you need for a relaxing holiday.

We have stayed at many aspect cottage over the last 15yrs but i must say this was the nicest because it was spacious, quiet,location fab,spotless . Bed was very was just great .will be booking the flying pilchard again.

We had a lovely week staying in the flying pilchard it was spacious really clean and comfortable. I particularly like the big bathroom. Everything is in the doorstep.Norway stores is just opposite which is so handy. Couldn’t fault anything.

Wonderful 4th stay at the flying pilchard . Location and accommodation for two people perfect. We did have some housekeeping issues , which were addressed by aspects as soon as we contacted them . Would be nice if you re introduced the welcome pack as this was sadly missing . Cornish biscuits , tea, milk, cake would be nice . It’s the little things that make the greatest impact .

Good Location for access to beaches, walks, restuarants and the Town.

Lovely cottage in a perfect location in St Ives. Nicely decorated and felt spacious. Great for having a young baby and a small dog. Concerns we had during our stay about construction work happening to the building opposite the cottage were dealt with in an excellent manner by both Aspects and the cottage owner!

Our stay at the flying pilchard st Ives Was amazing. Brilliant location, nice and quiet yet 2 mins walk to harbour. Clean and tidy most of all very cosy cottage and would choose accommodation again it was fantastic, could not fault anything about aspect holidays or accommodation Loved it .??

Highly recommend. Had a fantastic stay in this spacious house for two. Great location to beaches and town. Clean and modern furniture. Aspects were helpful and efficient, will happily book with them again. Hope to be back soon.

Great service,as always.Such a nice treat to get away at this time.Beaches clean,clear and empty,all that fresh air,felt very safe.

Good location within easy reach of beaches and Fore Street. Basic property sadly in need of a bit of a refurb.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your helpful comments. We have passed them on to the owner, who has a lot of plans for the property over the next few months, so we are certain that she will be keen to hear your thoughts and bear them in mind for when work is being carried out. Many thanks. Tanya, Customer Services

Lovely cottage great location so close to everything. We will be staying again.

Perfect location for exploring all the benefits of St Ives but nice and quiet position. Cosy and comfortable and ideal for a couple.

The Flying Pilchard is perfect for a winter stay! Close to the beach and quiet enough in Autumn/winter to enjoy St Ives without it being too busy.

Great location, very comfortable, brilliant it takes dogs and Aspects are a top company to deal with. Many thanks. Would stay here again, will recommend to others, brilliant service and welcome pack from Aspects.

Excellent stay at The Flying Pilchard! A beautiful little property a stones throw from Porthmeor beach, 3 mins walk to the harbour. Very clean, modern and bright inside and brilliant service from Aspects. A great find!

Lovely home in a perfect area of St. Ives. We would definitely long as renovations are not going on at the same time as our next visit.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are glad that you liked the Flying Pilchard, and although we spoke to you at the time of your stay, we would again like to apologise for the disturbances caused by the roofing works taking place on the neighbouring property. Had we been aware of this before your arrival, we would have pre-warned you, and we are very sorry that we had not had that opportunity. Unfortunately, in a residential area like this, it can come up from time to time without warning, but we are happy to read that it has not put you off returning to The Flying Pilchard. Tanya, Customer Services

Lovely cottage very quiet and good location.

Wonderful location that allowed us to explore St Ives easily. Cosy property which would be perfect if it had any form of parking.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

It's great to hear how much you enjoyed The Flying Pilchard. Parking is unfortunately at a premium in St Ives, with many properties not having this facility. For those without this facility, it is always worth looking into parking options beforehand on the local council website and looking into private parking availability, particularly for peak weeks. There is also a park and ride facility which some find useful. Please feel free to contact the team for any advice. Thanks for your comments, and we hope to see you back here soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Just returned from our second visit to the flying pilchard and it did was fab, it is in such a fab location, lovely warm ,clean and spacious property will definatly return

A beautiful and very comfortable cottage, perfectly located for all the best in St Ives.

Lovely cosy cottage,tastefully furnished ,central for beach ,harbour &very well stocked shop almost on doorstep!!!! Yet tucked away from hustle &bustle.

lovely place to stay and the neighbours are friendly

This cottage is very comfortable and clean, everything was perfect, highly recommend it.

The Flying Pilchard is light and spacious, equipped to a high standard. It is perfectly positioned for The Tate, the town and several of the beaches. A real bonus is Norway Stores, quaint but amazingly well stocked and only 50 yards away.