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Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage, St Ives

Artisan Cottage

Close to Porthmeor beach and the Tate gallery in St Ives

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (+ cot) Friday arrival Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Escape to the heart of St Ives in this original fisherman’s cottage set above a small craft pottery studio. This cosy cottage sleeps four in comfort — big enough for a family, but still cosy enough for a romantic couple’s getaway. It is excellently located, being just moments from stunning Porthmeor Beach and the Tate gallery, and a short stroll through cobbled streets from the picturesque harbour and town centre. There are even glimpses of the big blue from the master bedroom.

Artisan Cottage has been lovingly refurbished to a high standard, retaining its authentic character and delightful sense of homely coastal charm. Small, yet perfectly formed, Artisan Cottage is one of the charming granite-built homes in ‘down along’, the old harbourside heart of St Ives. The cottage is arranged on two levels and beautifully furnished with the little details that make a holiday home feel just right. Whether you choose to make this your base for exploring the beautiful coastline of St Ives Bay and the Penwith peninsula, or you simply want to settle in and soak up Cornwall’s most iconic harbour town with its galleries, beaches and restaurants, Artisan Cottage makes a great choice.

Inside Artisan Cottage

You’ll enter Artisan Cottage up a short flight of ancient granite steps and step through stable doors into a cosy and well furnished living area with beamed ceiling and two sofas, TV/DVD player and a delightful window seat looking out over the narrow street that leads to Porthmeor beach and the Tate in one direction (100m), and to St Ives Island and the harbour in the other. A small but delightful and very well equipped kitchen/dining room is also to be found on this floor. Up a turn of stairs, the upper floor contains the master bedroom with glimpses of the sea over the slate rooftops, and the twin bedroom. A family bathroom completes the cottage.

Forever Cornwall Artisan Cottage St Ives Comfy Sofa

Outside the cottage

Straight from your door you’ll be able to amble down cobbled streets to the harbour, or to the inviting little shops in Fore Street. You’ll be spoilt for beaches; on the North coast of St Ives you’ll find the drama of Porthmeor, St Ives’ famous surf beach (hire a board or book a surf lesson). On the West side of the Island the beaches of Porthminster, Porthgwidden, Harbour and Bamaluz are sheltered in most weather conditions and offer clean white sands and safe family-friendly waters – so it’s easy to find a sheltered sun-trap. Porthmeor and Porthminster are lifeguarded in summer months.

All the main St Ives beaches are dog-friendly between the first of October and the Sunday before Easter of the following year. The town boasts numerous art galleries, ranging from the internationally famous Tate, to tiny tucked away private galleries, where serious collectors browse side by side with curious visitors. All this, plus a thriving restaurant culture, and a climate that’s sub tropical most of the year, right on your doorstep.

Things we love…

We love the way the owners of Artisan Cottage have brought out the character of this authentic St Ives Cottage. They have wisely resisted the temptation to over modernise, but instead have ensured that all of the comforts you’d expect are sensitively integrated into the cottage, alongside the personal touches that really bring the St Ives experience to life – like delightful handmade soft furnishings, collections of paintings, prints and well-chosen books. Artisan cottage makes an ideal choice for a family or couple wanting a classic fisherman’s cottage in the heart of old St Ives, moments from a choice of things to do that will spoil you – from five bright sandy beaches, numerous shops and restaurants, galleries, coastal paths and places to visit.

A note on parking

The closest car park is ‘The Island’ (129 spaces, postcode TR26 1SY). It is approximately 200 yards away. There are four other long stay car parks in St Ives.

You can buy a weekly ticket that allows you to park in any council car parks in St Ives, on the spot. Better still, you can buy a Rover Ticket in advance (allow two weeks) that will permit you to park in St Ives car parks and most other council car parks throughout Cornwall, so this can be a great holiday investment. Find out more about Rover Tickets here. Both types of ticket cost £47 currently.

A wonderful two-week stay at Artisan Cottage. So comfy and peaceful, it really is a home away from home. We've explored galleries, beaches, coast paths and more. So much to do here in St Ives. Thank you for providing such a lovely bolthole.
Susannah — October 2021

Retreat Features

  • Traditional Cornish fisherman's cottage
  • In the heart of St Ives
  • Moments from beaches
  • Near to the Tate Gallery
  • Close to the South West Coast Path
  • Free, fast WiFi
Principal bedroom: double bed
Bedroom two: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Two sofas
Comfy armchair
32 inch TV, DVD player
Books and games
Free WiFi
Well equipped kitchen
4 ring hob
Oven and grill
Wooden work tops
Dishwasher and microwave
Fridge and freezer
Washing machine
Tea towels provided
Family bathroom with shower over bath
Bathroom towels provided
Exterior steps with handrail
Internal steps with handrail
Access to bedroom via stairs
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Electric heating
Travel cot on request (no linen)
High chair on request
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome
Long stay car park 100m, see note above
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am


For many people, if you tell them to imagine Cornwall, they will imagine the beautiful picture of St Ives – however it has many more strings to its bow than just beauty. It is the Cornish mecca for artists, a paradise for thrill seekers and a haven for foodies, located on the North coast of West Cornwall.

Travel times

  • Artisan Cottage is about 5 miles from the nearest mainline station at St Erth. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK. Alternatively, a branch line takes you straight into St Ives.
  • Artisan Cottage is in the old town of St Ives, moments from Porthmeor Beach and the Tate St Ives. Driving time from London is just over five hours in normal traffic while Exeter is around two hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • Charming fisherman's cottage
  • Moments from St Ives' stunning beaches
  • Within walking distance of exploring St Ives art culture - the Tate Gallery is just a 5-minute walk away
  • Set above the street with an air of privacy from the town's hustle and bustle
Guests Say
  • Peaceful

    A wonderful two-week stay at Artisan Cottage. So comfy and peaceful, it really is a home away from home. We've explored galleries, beaches, coast paths and more. So much to do here in St Ives. Thank you for providing such a lovely bolthole.

    Susannah — October 2021
  • A wonderful week

    Thank you so much for letting us stay at your delightful cottage. We have all had a wonderful week here in St Ives and done lots of things, as well as eating out. We do hope to see you again soon.

    Maurice & Family — September 2021
  • Lovely

    We have had a lovely week in Artisan Cottage. So beautifully decorated with everything we needed, plus more! Our dog, Lula, loved the window seat. The cottage has a lovely feel about it. Thank you very much.

    The Halls — August 2021
  • A cosy and central base in town

    Another fabulous stay at Artisan Cottage! We have grown to love St Ives, it really is so beautiful and wonderful to have a cosy and central base in town. This cottage really is a home away from home. Thank you!

    The O'Doherty Family — July 2021
  • A great location

    We had a lovely stay at Artisan Cottage for the week, with everything we needed and all very comfortable. Our little dog loved watching the world go by from the window seats and it's a great location - so close to the beach. Thank you for a lovely week!

    The Simpson & Weston Families – June 2021
  • An amazing stay

    Thank you for an amazing stay - this is our third visit to Artisan Cottage. This cottage really makes our stay - the decor, the comfy beds! We will be visiting you again. Thank you so much.

    The Surry Family — May 2021
  • Relaxed stay

    Lovely relaxed stay with all of the amenities you need close to hand. Plenty of walking and playing for our dog! We enjoyed Artisan cottage very much and will definitely return in the future.

    The Cavin Family — July 2019
  • Definitely recommend

    A perfect stay at Artisan cottage! It was so tastefully decorated and is a wonderful place to relax in. We really did not want to leave and had a fantastic time exploring St Ives. Our holiday in Cornwall would not have been the same if we had stayed elsewhere. Will definitely recommend and hope to stay again!

    Jo, Gaya & Salina — June 2019
  • Fabulous

    Another fabulous stay - perfect! Thank you. We look forward to coming back!

    The Joyce's — May 2019
  • As lovely as ever

    This is the second time we have stayed in Artisan and it is as lovely as ever. Our pooch has enjoyed it the most! We look forward to visiting again. Thank you.

    The Osborne-Jones Family — April 2019
  • Lovely week!

    Another lovely week in St ives and a great stay at Artisan cottage! As ever it was fab and a great place to stay.

    The Smith & Dobson Family — April 2019
  • Will definitely be back

    Really enjoyed our stay - comfortable, warm and cosy. Impressed by massive storm during our stay! Will definitely be back.

    Jane & Ken — February 2019
  • Gorgeous decor

    Lovely cottage with gorgeous decor. Lots of little touches that were appreciated. It was quiet, warm and comfortable, thank you very much.

    Felicity & Deborah — January 2019
  • An oasis
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    Clemie & Richard — January 2016
  • Perfect

    We had a wonderful time here - a lovely home from home. Cosy, comfortable and peaceful. Plenty of walks, wine and snoozes! Thank you to Gaynor and Simon, lovely welcoming owners. The treats on arrival were amazing and the cottage is perfect.

    Tom & Cher — November 2015
  • Warm and cosy

    Many thanks for a lovely stay in your cottage. Warm and cosy, just right for our week. Proud to say I proposed to Rosie at Land's End on the 31st October and she said yes!

    Ian & Rosie — November 2015
  • Delightful and tastefully decorated
    Dave & Andrea — October 2015
  • Very nice and comfortable
    The Hobsons — August 2015
  • Delightful

    We have had a delightful stay in your cottage and it is our very first visit to St Ives and it will not be our last..! You have thought of everything, thank you.

    Sharon & Bill — July 2015
  • A fantastic stay at an amazing cottage

    A fantastic stay at an amazing cottage. One of the best equipped cottages we've stayed at. Norway Stores (just down the road) are great, selling everything you seem to need, including some great bread.

    Glenn, Rachel, Megan & Katie — June 2015
  • Very well equipped

    A very well equipped and beautifully decorated cottage. It's deceptively large as well - a lot bigger than the photos suggest! Great location for getting the most out of dear old St Ives. I've been coming here for many years, and now enjoying bringing my children. These two weeks have been our best yet and definitely enhanced by staying at Artisan Cottage, (the weather helped too). Thank you for the lovely welcome food and drink and for all the child-friendly touches, our daughter took her first steps in the living room, so it will always have significance for us! We hope to return in 2016.

    Anna, Sithu, Leon & Elspeth — June 2015
  • So wonderful

    Greetings from Singapore! I'm going to miss Artisan Cottage for the memories I made here, the ambience and because I am happy we stayed here. Thank you for making our stay in the cottage so wonderful. I hope to someday find my way back to St Ives.

    Alfred, Grace, Evan & Emma — May 2015
  • Beautiful stay in a beautiful cottage
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    Lisa, Dave and baby Charlie — May 2015
  • Decorated to perfection!

    Thank you so much for a wonderful cottage! Very cosy and comfortable. Decorated to perfection and everything you could need. We have had a great week and reluctantly leaving to go home, you have a true gem!

    Michael, Sharon & Daisy the dog — April 2015
  • Perfect cottage

    Perfect cottage for a relaxing girly trip. For great cocktails go to The Rum and Crab Shack and great Fish and Chips go to The Balancing Eel. These were both tips from a local and we LOVED both places. Wishing future guests amazing weather and as much fun as we’ve had in St Ives and this lovely cottage.

    Niki, Brittany & Sam — April 2015
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