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St Ives, Cornwall
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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Right in the centre of St Ives, this property is a great base for a couple wishing to explore the area.

This cosy ground floor holiday cottage is perfect for couples to enjoy all year round, in the heart of the picturesque town of St Ives and just a short stroll from the harbour, shops, galleries and beaches. It is located in an area known as ‘Downalong’ on the approach to the peninsula called The Island, with its granite cottages and labyrinth of lanes and alleys. Step out of the door and within a few yards, guests can enjoy the St Ives scene with its cosmopolitan mix of cafés and restaurants, many dotted along the waterfront. Famous for its light and Mediterranean Sea colour, St Ives has been a magnet for artists over the years and boasts numerous art galleries, including the Tate Modern and Barbara Hepworth Museum. There is a popular September festival in the town, with music, exhibitions, workshops, theatre and poetry. Christmas and New Year festivities include lights and street parties. Take the scenic coastal train from St Ives to St Erth passing the wide estuary at Hayle and many glorious beaches on route. The area is perfect for exploring the rugged North Cornish Coast, popular with surfers or the gateway to West Cornwall, including Land’s End, Sennen Beach, Marazion with St Michael’s Mount perched on its rocky island, or the busy harbour and town of Penzance. Take the scenic coastal drive from St Ives to Pendeen over heather-clad moorland, passing the tiny village of Zennor, famous for its mermaid tales. The area has something for everyone, wild life and bird watchers will love the marshes at Marazion, and Hayle attracts bird watchers from around the world. Walkers enjoy the area with easy access to the South West Coastal path. Cyclists are spoiled for choice, as the area has a number of excellent cycle trails, bridal ways and cycle hire. Explore glorious gardens, including the sub-tropical gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Public car park, 200 yards. No smoking.

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  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan

Customer Comments

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2018
    The cottage was lovely in a great location. Things that let it down: 1. Leaking gutter from previous feedback this has been a problem since Jan 18. Keeps you awake at night if raining. 2. Cottage ready for a deep clean - floors filthy nothing to clean them with other than an old steam mop with no pads. Tiles want a good scrub in bathroom. Replace shower curtain as it smells. Wash all kitchen equipment as greasy 3. Needs de cluttering- too many books and nic nacs that take up valuable space in a tiny property. Clear shelf in kitchen and bedrooms. No drawer space In bedroom shelves could be used. No space in kitchen cuboards or draws 4. Summer weight duvet needed as it’s extemely warm 5. Foisty smell in bedroom from gas meter

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    Great location for restaurants and beaches . Parking is impossible nearby unless you arrive before 6am and are prepared to wait . Very small cottage and cute decoration .Shower was difficult as either boiling or freezing.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for leaving feedback for us - good or bad we really appreciate this as we do our best to act upon this to try to improve our guest experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over parking. We would love to be able to offer a parking space but this is not possible - we can advise re options if we are contacted prior to guests arriving and help wherever we can but parking is an issue beyond our control. Yes, we are a small cottage but our location is the very best. Thank you for your comment re our decoration - we have had guests add to our cottage beam, which is just lovely. We have recently stayed to test the shower and had no problems. We did not reply until we had tried it out to ensure we gave an accurate reply so we are at a loss as to the issues you experienced - however as it’s a combi boiler we wondered if someone was using the sink while you showered. This would influence the hot/cold ratio.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/07/2018
    Excellent cottage/holiday! St Ives is fantastic, and the cottage was lovely.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you so much for your lovely feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Driftwood.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/06/2018
    Love st ives so all cottages would be good to me.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your lovely feedback - St Ives is just the perfect place for a recharge in this oh so busy world we live in.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2018
    Have booked again day after. Returning that will be 3rd year

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback for us, 3 visits. We must be doing something right. Have an amazing time next time you visit this jewel in Cornwalls Crown

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2018
    I would like to thank you so much for the use of your cottage myself and my mother and our dog had a fantastic two week stay we had everything we needed. The cottage is right on the doorstep in-between three beaches and also a dog beach close to the bay and lovely shops and restaurants we didn't want for anything.we will definitely be booking this cottage next year.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; So glad you enjoyed your stay - please do return again. Thank You for your feedback, it really is appreciated.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    Had another excellent stay at Driftwood in March. Will probably book up again for December. Our only comment would be that it does become extremely expensive to hire in the middle of the year. However that is entrepreneurship for you...

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback - we really appreciate your taking the time to leave this for us.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2018
    Excellent accommodation. Easy to drift -off at Driftwood. We have stayed in all types of accommodation at St.Ives from camping, caravans, hotels and cottages. Driftwood rates as one of the best A*

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; What a lovely review. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback for us. We appreciate - and welcome - all comments as this helps us ensure our guests have the best experience we can possibly deliver. We hope that you drift back in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/01/2018
    Beautiful little cottage with fabulous information, décor and ambience. However, the guttering above (not part of this cottage) is broken and water splashed all night over three night making a lot of noise. This needs looking at as it was obtrusive.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your wonderful feedback which we really appreciate. We apologise for the guttering issue and have contacted the owner of the neighbouring property to make her aware of this. We have been assured that arrangements have been made to fix it so it will not trouble future guests.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2018
    This cottage is in a fab location to get to all the main parts of st ives. The owners have thought of everything to put in the cottage and the cottage is in good order. The bedroom is just a tad to tight to get round the bed without shuffling sideways as it is a metal bed with corner posts. It was nice and clean and warm when we arrived and our stay was pleasant.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much for your feedback - we really appreciate our guests taking the time to do this and, if we can, we act on comments which can help improve the guest experience. The issue of the bed has come up a few times now so we are delighted to say a new divan bed - without footplate will be installed very soon. We hope this will give that little extra bit of manoeuvrability in the bedroom. We are also having Wi-Fi installed in February. Once again, thank you for your helpful comments.

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8.6 out of 10 – based on 21 reviews collected by Reevoo
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