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The Flying Pilchard Downalong, St Ives

£392 - £990 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 and you can even bring along your four-legged friend to enjoy the walks too. 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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Sitting room

two sofas, TV/DVD, digital radio. Stairs to first floor.

Kitchen/dining room

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


king size double bed.


bath with shower over, WC, basin.

Additional information

gas central heating. WiFi, one small dog welcome, short breaks available.


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

September 2020

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

December 2019

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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. 

TBC 31st December 2020

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St Ives Feast Day

Held on the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD, Feast Day offers visitors to witness - and even join in with - some centuries-old traditions. A morning precesison led by the Mayor to bless the Well of St Eia. Following this, the Mayor will 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into a crowd of children who assemble on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon the Mayor then throw pennies from the balcony of the Guildhall for children to collect.


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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.


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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! Choose from a 6 minute flight from £35 to a 30 minute flight from £96 and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

Dates TBC August 2021

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the HM Coastguard helicpoters!


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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.


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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.

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

1 day ago

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

Dec 2019

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.

Dec 2019

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.

Oct 2019

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!

Aug 2019

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.

Apr 2019

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.

Feb 2019

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

Nov 2018

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

Oct 2018

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

Jun 2018

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

Jun 2018

lovely place to stay and the neighbours are friendly

Mar 2018

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

May 2017

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.

May 2017