Holiday Cottages in St Ives
Long renowned for attracting artists, St Ives has a wealth of working artists’ studios, art galleries and a lively year-round programme of exhibitions and events.
St Ives School of Painting with one of the most stunning locations in the world overlooking the ocean, offers a whole range of workshops and courses. These can be booked in advance and there are also some "drop in" classes for all levels from complete beginners to those with more experience.
The Tate, a charitable organisation holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day along with international modern and contemporary art and Tate St Ives has a year round programme of exhibitions, workshops, children's programmes and a book/gift shop and cafe on the top floor which is well worth a visit with its spectacular views over Porthmeor beach.
St Ives offers a stunning choice of restaurants cafes and bars. Cornwall is becoming known as a foodies paradise, with an incredible range of fish, high quality locally reared meats, artisan bakers, cheese makers and some of the finest fresh produce in the country. Whether dining in or eating out you will experience great quality, accessible locally produced food.
We are continually working on our website to update you with more information on some of our favourite local food producers and cafes, tea rooms and restaurants.
Here are just a few of our local favourites:
THE TINNERS ARMS
A former tin miner's local dating from 1271, the Tinners Arms offers a traditional pub experience with plenty of charm and character with 2 log fires, beams and large flagstones, and a good selection of Cornish ales.
Menu changes daily with locally sourced meat, fish and produce.
There is a sunny terrace overlooking the Atlantic ocean to sit and watch the sun go down.
T: 01726 796927
THE GURNARD'S HEAD
In an imposing setting, outlined against the Atlantic coastline between St Ives and St Just,
on the B3306 road from Zennor painted in striking Mediterranean colours, this gastro pub has a mouth-watering menu created by acclaimed chef Bruce Rennie. The menu changes daily with their maxim being to keep it simple using seasonal fresh local ingredients.
The interior is bright, comfortable and relaxed with long refrectory tables, and for warmer weather there is an enclosed terrace and garden with lovely country views.
Good selection of local beers and ciders too in the bar,
T: 01726 796928
THE BEACH RESTAURANT - SENNEN COVE
The clean-lined cedar clad contemporary building is west facing overlooking Sennen beach.
Head chef Justin Ashton and team offer a daily menu taking advantage of seasonal local produce and catches.
The Beach Restaurant strikes a perfect balance between being relaxed and informal, whilst offering great consistent quality.
There is also a spacious decked terrace-great for morning coffee or afternoon tea. Good selection of cakes, deserts and local Roskilly's ice-cream.
T: 01726 871191
An independent wine merchant, deli and cafe based at The Old Forge, Lelant
just outside St Ives.
Serving great coffees, cakes and delicious lunches every day.
From February they are open for tapas in the evenings too.
Great cosy but cool interior and laid-back, relaxed feel, with a wonderful
log burner in winter and sunny terrace seating.
A great range of carefully selected wines from around the world, and the
deli stocks a wide variety of mediterranean-inspired goodies
such as olives, cheeses, honey, local artisan breads, garlic strings etc
with a focus on Cornish producers, many of whom are based within
just a few miles of Lelant.
9am to 6pm - Monday to Saturday
9am to 5pm - Sunday
T: 0844 847 2839
The Old Forge, Lelant, Cornwall TR27 6JG
KYNANCE BEACH CAFE
This cafe has a truly glorious setting - set on a grassy ledge overlooking the magnificent cove,
on a summer's day with the sun shining and the water glinting below, this really is hard to beat
as a setting for afternoon tea or morning coffee.
The delightful shiplapped cafe has a wonderful timeless seaside feel. Built in 1929 and
renovated and owned (since 1999) by the National Trust, the cafe is now fitted with
solar roof tiles and a Bio Bubble waste treatment system.
The cafe sells a good selection of light lunches, cream teas and cakes, locally made ice-cream
and pasties -perfect after beaching! There is also a shop with an array of seaside goods, clothes,
guides and postcards etc
With its mild climate and position, Kynance Cove as well as a spot of great natural beauty, is
also an area of great biological importance, with rare species and a great diversity of wildlife.
There are a number of beautiful walks around the area including the south west coastal path.
T: 01326 290941
Contemporary log-cabin style building with verandah and balcony with great views
built within the dunes at Godrevy beach. Very relaxed and open all day serving great
breakfasts - great for a Sunday brunch with the papers - lunches and
also open in the evenings during most of the year.
Great seasonal menu from local fish dishes and mezze to a wide variety of
sandwiches,soups, cakes and fantastic hot chocolate with all the extras as a kids treat.
There is also an annexe building outside used during the season selling local ice-cream.
T: 01326 757999
St Ives offers a range of beaches to unwind and escape to.
PORTHMINSTER to the south is sheltered and calm with a long stretch of golden sand, flanked by cafes and shops, and wonderful views out across St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse. Scenic walk to Carbis Bay on the South West Coast Path, The St Ives branch line draws up at the top of the steps. Putting green, and level access to the town centre.
PORTHMEOR to the north is a Blue Flag Atlantic Ocean family and Surfing beach with surf school.
During the summer the beach has lifeguards. Restaurants and cafes right on the beach.
Tate Gallery overlooks this beach with wonderful panoramic views from the top floor cafe and restaurant.
PORTHGWIDDEN A lovely small sandy cove very popular with families. Porthgwidden Cafe serves great food with a terrace overlooking the cove .A great sun-trap for morning coffee!
HARBOUR A working port with fisherman bringing in their catches at the harbourside. Sheltered sandy beach right in the heart of the town. Vibrant, bustling feel with cafes and shops and all facilities all around the harbour front.
There is also an unmissable and inspirational walk around the island headland with the chapel perched at the top. Bursting with wild flowers in May and September with spectacular changing views across the coastline, rock formations and out to sea.
St Ives is a perfect base for days out. with an amazing choice of activities, attractions and destinations from The Eden Project and the Minnack Theatre to boat trips up the River Fal and spectacular coastal walks.
Unique wildlife and a rich landscape enjoying a warmer climate provides a great diversity within a small area from sub-tropical gardens to windswept headlands and beautiful secluded coves around the Lizard Peninsula.
We are currently updating this site to provide you with a selection of our favourite places around West Cornwall and recommendations for your holiday along with guest recommendations.
We appreciate how important your holiday is and we would like to help you to make the time spent here special and memorable.