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History of Cornerways

Our History

Built in the 1830s as a fisherman’s cottage, Cornerways has been welcoming guests for more than 70 years, including some very famous visitors.

The story of Cornerways

Cornerways Guest House is tucked away down the cobbled streets of Downalong, the oldest part of St Ives. This was once the Fisherman’s quarter, as it’s only 50 yards from the harbour, but in later years became known as the Artist’s Quarter, as fishing gave way to artists, sculptors and writers looking to find inspiration in Cornwall’s beautiful coastal towns.

The building itself was made to last, with walls made from Cornish Granite, and supported by beautiful beams that are a fabulous feature in many of our rooms. And despite being in the heart of town, there’s no passing traffic, so you can be sure of a peaceful night’s sleep.

Daphne du Maurier

Cornerways’ most famous guest (so far!) is the great author and playwright Daphne du Maurier, who regularly stayed with us during the 1940s.

Du Maurier’s works were often set in and inspired by the Cornish coastal towns, including Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. Our rooms are named for some of her great novels and characters to commemorate her great love for St Ives and the local area.

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