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Widely considered the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, St Ives is a treasure in itself, offering so much to visitors far and wide. With its historical fishing town connections and as the art centre of West Cornwall, the town has much individuality and identity. It is the most famous of Cornwall’s holiday towns and with easy access to the rest of the county, it’s a fantastic base. Its sub-tropical climate, golden sandy beaches, sea-side charm and vast amount of activities have made it a fond holiday spot for generations of families.
To make your stay in St Ives even more special we’ve got a huge range of stunning holiday cottages. We want to make sure you have everything you need, so our properties have a lot to offer. St Ives can be a lovely romantic destination for you and your partner, so you might want to check out some of our romantic cottages. We even have several with sea views and some have a hot tub, which can be a wonderful addition to your holiday.If you’re taking a family trip or travelling with a group of friends then we also have plenty of large cottages to suit you.
We don’t like to leave out that other family member - your four-legged friend! We have dog-friendly properties so he can come too! St Ives is surrounded by many stunning coastal paths where your dog will love running free and taking in the sea air.
St Ives offers plenty of opportunities to take in some of Cornwall’s most treasured coastline, from award winning sandy beaches to breathtaking cliff top and coastal paths. Harbour beach in the centre of St Ives is a great place to soak up some of the traditional working harbour atmosphere as you watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch from your spot on the sandy beach. Harbour beach has everything you could possibly need, especially as it is at the centre of the bustling town. If you favour a less central sandy-spot then the Blue Flag award winning, Porthminster beach is just a short walk from the centre of St Ives. You can take in the tropical feel and gorgeous views across to Godvery Lighthouse which was the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘To the Lighthouse’.
Porthmeor is St Ives largest beach and also holds a Blue Flag award. It is a popular day out for families, with many essential onsite facilities such as Porthmeor Beach Café which is open from March, serving everything from breakfasts to tapas. There is even a takeaway which in the summer will hold BBQ nights on the outside decking and a surf school with equipment hire also runs during peak seasons.
Another Blue Flag award winner, Carbis Bay is part of the larger St Ives Bay which is one of the only two in the UK to be considered as a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World organisation. It’s a truly stunning location, bordered by Porthminster Point and Hawke’s Point and situated along The South West Coast Path. A fantastic opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the coastline is the Carbis and Porthkidney Sands circular walk. At 3.1 miles the route runs either side of the railway line above St Ives before returning on the old pilgrim route, St Michael’s Way. What’s great is that Porthkidney Sands is a dog friendly beach so your four-legged friend can join the discoveries.
One spot that you do not want to miss is the West Penwith Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, running from St Ives all the way round to Mousehole and taking in the villages of Sennen and Zennor and the small granite town of St Just.
Make the most of St Ives
Today St Ives holds the legacy of its rich artistic history which in the 20th Century attracted many names from British Modernism, including Barbara Hepworth and husband, Ben Nicholson. Celebrating the very best of contemporary art, you will find Tate St Ives, the South West’s opportunity to experience the most prestigious art works in the world. The iconic building overlooks Porthmeor beach and the colourful exhibits and commissions are a must see during your visit. The Tate also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden which is a unique and special experience in itself giving a fantastic insight into the world of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists. Belgrave St Ives is a further opportunity to experience the very best of modern and urban artworks.
If you’ve had enough of culture and art and you need something for the kids to do then you can take to Paradise Park and Jungle Barn around the headland in Hayle. Here you can discover exotic gardens, tropical birds and various other wild animals such as otters and red pandas. There is also a fun farm, Parrot Jungle walk, feeding and flying displays and a mini train. It’s a perfect day out for animal-lovers and energetic children.
The town itself is a maze of quirky cobbled streets, meandering past independent boutiques, cosy cafes, classy restaurants and friendly pubs and bars. Everywhere you turn in St Ives you’ll be reminded of the artistic history, so make sure you make most of the smaller galleries that you’ll find dotted around the streets.