Summer discoveries

Kelly Weaver

As the summer sun casts its warm glow over the British coastline, there's no better time to embark on a journey to the picturesque town of St. Ives. Nestled on the rugged shores of Cornwall, this quaint seaside town beckons travellers with its charming streets, stunning beaches, and vibrant food and arts scene. Join me as we dive into a summertime adventure in St. Ives, where every corner reveals a new delight.

  1. The Beaches

One cannot speak of St. Ives without mentioning its breath-taking beaches. With crystal-clear waters and golden sands stretching as far as the eye can see, they are a haven for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts alike. Porthmeor Beach, renowned for its excellent surfing conditions, invites thrill-seekers to ride the waves, while families can bask in the sun and build sandcastles on the shores of Porthminster Beach. For a quieter retreat, escape to the secluded cove of Bamaluz Beach, where tranquillity reigns supreme. Bamaluz is also dog-friendly all year round making it the perfect spot if you have your pooch in tow.

  1. The Arts

St. Ives has long been a magnet for artists, drawn to its luminous light and stunning landscapes. Wander through the town's winding streets, where galleries and studios showcase a diverse array of artworks, from traditional landscapes to contemporary sculptures. The iconic Tate St. Ives stands as a beacon of creativity, housing a remarkable collection of modern art inspired by the town's surroundings. Don't miss the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, where you can immerse yourself in the works of one of Britain's most celebrated sculptors amid lush greenery and tranquil ponds. Sail Lofts guests can enjoy complimentary entry to both Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens.

  1. The Food

After a day of exploration, treat your taste buds to the culinary delights of St. Ives. From freshly caught seafood to artisanal delights, the town's dining scene is a feast for the senses. Indulge in a hearty Cornish pasty, savour a seafood platter brimming with the day's catch, or sample delectable treats from the local bakeries and cafes. For a truly unforgettable experience, book a table at one of St. Ives' acclaimed restaurants, where innovative chefs showcase the best of Cornwall's seasonal produce against a backdrop of stunning sea views. Our favourites include Porthmeor Beach Café (reserve a pod if you can), Porthminster Café and One Fish Street.

  1. The Outdoors

Beyond its sandy shores and artistic allure, St. Ives offers a plethora of outdoor adventures waiting to be discovered. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a coastal trail, where rugged cliffs and sweeping vistas await around every bend. Explore the rugged beauty of the Cornish coastline aboard a kayak or paddleboard, or set sail on a boat tour to uncover hidden coves and sea caves. For a unique perspective, hop aboard the St. Ives Bay Line, a scenic railway journey that winds its way along the coast, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

  1. The Sunsets

As the day draws to a close, there's no better way to unwind than with a front-row seat to a St. Ives sunset. Grab a picnic and find a quiet spot on Porthmeor, where hues of pink, orange, and gold paint the sky in a mesmerizing display. Let the gentle lull of the waves serenade you as the sun dips below the horizon. In St. Ives, moments like these remind us to slow down, savour the simple pleasures, and embrace the beauty of the natural world.

In the summertime, St. Ives casts its spell upon all who venture to its shores, weaving a tapestry of memories that linger long after the journey ends. Whether you're seeking adventure, inspiration, or simply a moment of tranquillity, our luxury self-catering cottages in St Ives will leave you yearning to return time and time again.

We hope to see you soon,