Porthia Flat

Downalong, St Ives

  • 3 Star
  • Cosy and characterful accommodation for two.

You can book this property from:

  • £315 per week
  • £45 per night
  • 3 Star


Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Surfing
  • Fishing

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Smart TV
  • Welcome pack

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower


  • On one level, no stairs
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom


Porthia Flat is a charming ground floor property in what was once an original fisherman’s cottage. It is centrally located off the quaint Downalong Area of St Ives halfway along Island Road on the approach to St Nicholas Chapel on St Ives Head. The property is surrounded by 3 beaches; Porthgwidden Beach, Porthmeor Beach and Bamaluz Beach along with St Ives Harbour and beach, all are within 5 minutes walking distance from the property. The Tate St Ives is within a 5 minutes walking distance as is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and St Ives Society of Artists. Porthia Flat is surrounded by an abundance of galleries, cafes, shops, restaurants and pubs for you to explore and immerse yourselves in. If you wish to explore further afield the area is spoilt with many spectacular coastal walks with breaktaking views along the coastline. After a busy day exploring return back to Porthia Flat, for a cosy Cornish getaway for two.

Kitchen: Electric hob and oven, fridge with ice box.
Lounge/Diner: Smart TV, DAB digital radio, feature fireplace, dining table with chairs.
Bedroom: Double bed (4'6"), bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, TV, built in wardrobe, skylight.
En Suite Shower Room: Shower (with step up), basin, w.c.

GARDEN AND PARKING: No garden and no private parking. Nearest long stay public car park is located at the end of Island Road - The Island Car Park (TR26 1SY).

Pets Welcome: 
Maximum 1 dog; £25 per pet per week. Information about bringing your pet.
Power and Heat: Electricity and heating included in the rent. 
Bedding and Linen: Bed linen and towels provided, please bring your own beach towels.
Baby Equipment: None provided at this property. Take a look at our hire page.
Beach: 0.1 ml. Pub: 0.1 ml.

NOTES: Please note the ceiling height is low in places. No smoking. WiFi available. Important information about internet usage. Mobile reception varies. Information about mobile phone coverage.

Important - Please Note

House Rules

  • No more than 1 pet
  • Check in: 16:00
  • Check out: 10:00

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

Property Name: Porthia Flat 

Property Location: Island Road, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NT

Description: Ground floor flat consisting of two rooms and 1 en-suite, used for self-catering holiday lettings based on two persons sharing.

Pre-arrival and local facilities 

The nearest bus stop: Malakoff Bus Station

The nearest train station: St Ives, Tregenna Hill

The Nearest petrol station: Texaco hayle & Texaco St Erth 

The nearest electric vehicle charging point: Tesco, St Ives

The nearest food shop: Norway Stores, 32 Back road west 

The nearest pub/restaurant: Mermaid, Fish Street, porthgwidden Beach Cafe, Sloop Inn

Mobility equipment hire: N/A - property not suitable for mobility scooter access.

Arrival and car parking

Type of parking available: Long stay car park situated at end of Island Road on first come first served basis, this car park is pay on exit. There are other short and long stay car parks situated in and around St Ives.

Number of spaces available: Around 120 spaces.

For what sized car: All sized cars and short wheelbase vans.

Parking surface: Concrete 

Is the parking level: Yes 

Is there good space to unload once parked: Yes 

Distance to property from parking:100 metres

Distance to nearest public parking area: 100 metres, there are many other carparks in and around St Ives.

Is it pay and display: No, Island road car park is pay on exit.

The width of the path to the property is:No pathway, property entrance is on island road.

How many steps are there en-route to the entrance? None, car park steps can be avoided and the first step is the one into the entrance of Porthia Flat.

Main Entrance

The main entrance door width is: 86cm

Number of steps to the main entrance: 1, there is a further 1 step as you enter the property from hallway into the lounge/kitchen area.

The height of the key safe is: 104cm

The height of the keyhole is: 86cm

How many other entrances to the property are there: 0

Is the entrance well lit: Yes, there is street lighting in and around Island Road and a solar powered light above the front door which can be pressed on. The key safe has illuminated number dials. There is a light switch immediately on the left as you enter the property which controls bright LED ceiling lights in the lounge and kitchen areas.

Living and Dining Rooms

The flooring is: flat, slate floor in entrance hall, concrete with vinyl floor covering in lounge.

Are there any rugs: yes there is one long runner alongside the kitchen units to prevent slips on water spillages from the sink area and there is one small rug located within the en-suite to prevent slips on water in the en-suite.

The door widths within these areas 58cm

Is there good space between furniture: Yes 

Is the Furniture movable or fixed: Moveable

Is the floor level and step free: There is one step up from the street up into the property and then 1 small step as you enter the hallway into the kitchen/lounge area, all other floors areas in lounge and kitchen are level.

Are wall plugs set high or low: Both

Are electric sockets high or low: Both


The flooring is: flat concrete with a vinyl floor covering.

Is the floor level and step free:Level apart from one step between from the sheet into the entrance hall and from the entrance hall into the kitchen.

The width of the doorways is: 58cm

What height is the worktop to the floor: 89cm

Is the oven set high or low: Low 

The fridge height is 84cm

The freezer height is: 84cm, contained with the fridge.

Is crockery stored high or low: Mostly high with a few also in the low cupboard.

Are wall plugs set high or low: most are high, fridge is low

Are electric sockets high or low: Most are high, fridge is low

Is any equipment stored externally or away from the main kitchen and if yes? what and where?: No kitchen equipment is stored away from the kitchen area.

Bedrooms and landings

How many floors does the property have: 1 - ground floor only

The number of steps between floors is: 0 steps from lounge into bedroom, 1 small lip between bedroom and en-suite

The flooring is:flat, concrete with a vinyl floor covering.

Is the flooring level in each bedroom: Yes with 1 lip between and en-suite.

The door widths are 58cm

Bed Size are: Double width 152cm, length 200cm, height 110cm

Is the bedroom furniture moveable or fixed: Moveable 

Are wall plugs set high or low: both 

Are electric sockets high or low: both

Bathrooms and cloakrooms

Type of flooring:Floor tiles

Is the flooring level:There is a lip between bedroom and en-suite and 2 steps up into the shower cubicle from the en-suite.

Width of the doorways: 61cm

Is there an accessible or adapted WC: Accessible but not adapted.

Is there an accessible or adapted bath or shower: Accessible but not adapted.

Is there a ground floor WC: Yes

Is there a ground floor bathroom or shower room: Yes

Does any bath or shower have a grab rail or handle fitted: No

Is there any shower where access is level rather than a step up: No

Outdoor facilities

External areas are: none

Is permanent seating provided: No

Is there lighting outside: Yes, solar light above doorway which can be switched on.

Is there colour contrast of critical surfaces (eg. edges of steps): Yes

Are there footpaths to follow for visually/mobility impaired: No 

Are there barriers to entry into any part of the garden: No garden or outside areas

Are there any other hazards (eg. ponds, water features): No


Is there a landline telephone for guests to use: No

Mobile phone reception information: mobile phone reception can be poor inside the flat.

Wifi: Yes

Can you easily access an electrical socket in all rooms without having to move furniture (not cloakrooms or bathrooms): Yes 

Do you provide speciality alarms for hearing and sight impaired guests: No 



Smart property for 2 plus a dog. Within easy reach of the beaches and carpark. Will definitely book again.

Mrs O,

I had a lovely week in Porthia flat, the location is fantastic, just a few minutes from the beaches and shops. It’s very cute and well-presented. Kitchen space is fairly limited, so probably not the best option if you plan on doing lots of cooking.

Miss B,

This compact cottage was perfectly positioned for us to enjoy a winter break in St Ives. We had everything we needed to enjoy cosy nights in and everything else was right on our doorstep

Mr S,

A very central spot in St Ives- perfect for beach hopping and exploring the town. Porthia was a good size for the two of us, and much easier with a small kitchen to prepare drinks and lunches to take with us. As it’s a old fisherman’s cottage the door ways, and the shower was quite small- so be careful if you’re over 6ft you might not fit! We’d definitely stay again.

Miss P,


St Ives is one of Cornwall's top destinations and a beautiful seaside town where visitors can enjoy a traditional beach holiday with a twist. It's easy to understand why the town has been attracting painters, sculptors and ceramists for decades with its stunning scenery and natural quality of light- one of only four Tate Galleries in the world is located here in the heart of the town. The town itself arcs around the working harbour- the heart of the historic fishing community. You could lose yourself for hours in the charming cobbled streets which are crammed with gift and craft shops, art galleries, top notch restaurants and welcoming local pubs- a real treasure trove just waiting to be explored!
St Ives also has four fabulous beaches, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Harbour beach and Porthminster which between them offer miles of golden sand and hours of building sand castles, playing in the rock pools and other family friendly activities. Dogs are welcomed out of season. Throughout the year, St Ives has a busy event calendar including the St Ives Food & Drink Festival in May and a Music & Arts Festival in September.
So what are you waiting for? Why not discover what St Ives is all about today!