Five Star Accommodation & Cosy Spots in St Ives
As we wave goodbye to Christmas and with it the time spent with loved ones, gifts and Baileys in our coffee, we can all be forgiven for feeling a little glum. But - instead of lamenting the end of the holidays, why not embrace all the things that make the cold season great; bracing weekend walks, open fires, pubs!
Indeed, the winter presents an opportunity to see St Ives and the rest of Cornwall at it's most stripped back. Ragged coastlines and wild seas can be enjoyed without the hustle and bustle that has become synonymous with the summer. And Sail Lofts five star accommodation affords you the luxury of being perfectly placed to enjoy all that the town has to offer. We've put together some of our favourite cosy spots that lend themselves so perfectly to the cold weather that they just might be better in the winter than they are in the summer. So whether you fancy a stroll through St Ives, a hike to Zennor or a trip further afield in the car, we've got you covered.
The Tinner's Arms - Zennor
"Built in 1271, The Tinners Arms has been at the heart of village life in Zennor for over 700 years. Originally built to accommodate the masons who constructed St Senara’s Church, famous for its mermaid, you’ll find little has changed over the years. Modern life slips away as you step inside". Boasting a traditional cosy bar, beer garden and a lighter, airy dining room, you'll find a good melting pot of local families, visitors, and walkers gathered at the Tinner's Arms. The menu showcases the best in local produce; Crab fresh from Newlyn, mackerel from Mount’s Bay, 28-day-hung steak from herds reared on local pastures and Moomaid ice-cream, churned quite literally down the lane.
Whether you’re seeking a well deserved lunch after battling the coastal path (a must for avid walkers) or a leisurely Sunday roast, you can count on washing it down with plenty of local ale.
"One of Cornwall's oldest and most famous Inns, favourite haunt of locals, fishermen, artists and tourists all year round. Believed to date from around 1312 AD, the Sloop Inn is situated right on the harbour front at St Ives with only a cobbled forecourt and road separating it from the sea". When you notice a crowd spilling out onto the road you've found the Sloop. Whether you opt for a snug corner under the low-slung beams or a bench outside from which to watch the world go by, come rain or shine, there's always a good buzz about the place. The sloop serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as, of course, drinks all day and is just a couple of minute's walk away from Sail Lofts five star accommodation.
'The Old Coastguard, a seaside hotel in the fishing village of Mousehole, near the beaches and gardens of West Cornwall, the Minack Theatre and the artists' studios of Newlyn, Penzance and St. Ives". The Old Coastguard is similar to a pub only much better, expect a spacious yet warm dining area with tables fit for banqueting, deep leather sofas overlooking the sweeping lawn and sea beyond and a menu full of locally sourced, traditional produce. Mousehole is no more than half an hour away in the car and there's plenty more to explore in the Penzance area. With our designated parking, you needn't fear struggling to park upon your return.
The Halsetown Inn - Halsetown, St Ives
"Relaxed country pub with great food and local ales" - located just outside of St Ives in the midst of rolling hills, gorse and ponies, the Halsetown Inn is a five minute drive away (with ample parking,) or an easy and picturesque walk through the countryside - the going isn't too tough but it will take a good hour from town should you choose to walk. The Halsetown Inn is comprised of three small dining rooms as well as a cosy bar area complete with open fires. Formerly of the Tate St Ives, Head Chef Fraser Bruce focuses on a local and sustainable menu, boasting the kind of delicious and gratifying food you'd hope to find in a pub, whilst being simultaneously inventive and refined.
If you fancy a pint or two in a good Cornish bar, a quick bite in the beer garden or dinner to mark a special occasion, make a beeline for the Halsetown Inn.
This is but a taste of what St Ives has to offer and the quiet season affords you the luxury to peruse restaurants and bars at your leisure without the pressure of needing to make reservations. All of the aforementioned places are dog friendly meaning your four legged family members can never need leave your side. Dogs are welcome at Sail Lofts' five star accommodation all year round, the winter is undoubtedly the best time for them to accompany you as the beach ban is lifted. You can view our dog friendly apartments here, just look out for the dog icon under the apartment.