September Days in St Ives | Cornwall

Charlotte Ballam

With its lingering rays of sunshine and jam packed calendar of events there is no better time to visit St Ives than September, while staying at the Sail Lofts luxury self-catering cottages in St Ives puts you in the midst of all the happenings. So you can enjoy the very best of St Ives right on your doorstep.

Breakfast on the Beach

Treat yourself to the most important meal of the day on the beach. Both Porthmeor Café (just minutes from your luxury cottage in St Ives) and Porthminster Beach café have excellent breakfast menus boasting everything from the traditional fry up to kippers, hot smoked salmon with halloumi and even beef brisket. Plenty of freshly ground coffee and unbeatable views make it a feast for all the senses.

Visit Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden

An unexpected, tranquil haven in the heart of St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden is just a few minutes away from your luxury cottage in St Ives. The garden is home to an oasis of sub-tropical plants saturated with Hepworth’s iconic sculptures of bronze and stone - many of which remain exactly where the artist placed them herself. Visiting the museum and sculpture garden is a must when in St Ives and as guests at the Sail Lofts you can enjoy free admission – just pop into the office for your tickets.

The September Festival

An annual celebration of music, literature and the arts, the September Festival has been going strong for some 30 years and sees hundreds of events taking place all over St Ives during the two-weeks over which it spans. Expect open studios, art classes, talks, poetry, dancing and no end of live music throughout the town’s pubs and bars. The festival runs from 14th-28th September this year, if you’re planning a trip to St Ives this September don’t miss out - a full programme of events can be seen here:

Walk to Zennor

Cornwall’s coastal paths are a perfect way to explore the county and offer alternative views of the coastline that can only be enjoyed when you venture out on foot. Many paths are easily accessed from St Ives so whether you're a well seasoned walker or scenic stroller, there is a route for everyone: If you can make a day of it, we highly recommend St Ives to Zennor. At around 6 miles this route can be demanding at times, however is perfectly achievable for most if taken at your own pace. The sanctuary of the Tinner's Arms in Zennor lies in wait and will see you rewarded for your efforts before heading back to your luxury cottage in St Ives via bus or taxi. You can pick up the Coast Path via the cliffs on the West side of Porthmeor beach – just below the Sail Lofts car park.

Prepare a Cornish Feast

If you're feeling inspired, why not let us arrange some delicious fresh produce for you to try your hand at some Cornish cuisine? There is nowhere better to order from than the very suppliers that provide many a chef in St Ives with their delicious fresh ingredients.

Matthew Stevens and his team supply the best in sustainable Cornish fish, shellfish and seafood. The choice very much depends on the days catch, but can include monkfish, bass, haddock, cod, lemon sole, John Dory, brill, lobster, scallops and crab.

Harvey Brothers, a traditional family run butchers based on Tregenna in St Ives, pride themselves on their locally sourced meat, much of which is reared on their own farm in Pendeen. Our onsite concierge team will collect your order so it is ready for when you get to your luxury cottage in St Ives or on the day of your choosing.

If you’d like to place an order just pop into the office and let us know what you’d like and we’ll do the rest for you.

Luxury Cottages in St Ives

September is a popular time to visit St Ives and accommodation in St Ives will get booked up quickly. If you'd like to see St Ives the Sail Lofts, you can view all of our luxury cottages and check availability here.