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The best of St Ives

While you’re staying at the Sail Lofts, we want you to experience the very best of St Ives…

Supporting our local, independent businesses is important to us and we’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with businesses in St Ives.

To ensure that our guests have the very best holiday we have compiled some of our favourite places around the town. Whether you’re interested in art, food or even interior decor, discover more about the people and places that help make St Ives so special.

New Craftsman Gallery

Now in its 54th year, the New Craftsman is the oldest art gallery in St Ives and has a prestigious history associated with the St Ives School, the Leach Pottery and now the very best in contemporary Cornish art and craft. The first floor hosts an ever changing programme of exhibitions by Cornwall and the UKs best artists and designer makers whilst the bright, dynamic ground floored space is the perfect backdrop for the gallery's wide selection of works. If you're staying at the Sail Lofts at an opportune time you will find an invitation to the New Craftsman's Private View in your apartment. Peruse the works with a glass of bubbly and enjoy hand made chocolates on arrival. View upcoming exhibitions here.

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New Craftsman st Ives Cornwall

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

In a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount; the woods, stream and dramatic vistas are the perfect setting for exotic and sub-tropical planting. Children will love the wildlife can be found in abundance at Tremenheere and you can even pick up a children’s adventure map from the ticket desk. As well as the sculpture gardens and the gallery, Tremenheere boasts an excellent café, gift shop and nursery, specialising in rare and unusual succulent varieties.

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St Ives Surf School

Located on Porthmeor Beach, just a hop, skip and jump away from your luxury cottage, St Ives Surf School is highly regarded as one of the best places to learn to surf in Cornwall. Not only do they run fantastic surf lessons but they also provide Stand Up Paddleboarding, Coasteering and sea kayaking, all from beautiful beach locations in the heart of St Ives. As our guests you benefit from a 10% discount across activities! (Not to be used alongside any other promotions). If you're ready to go it alone you're also able to hire everything from wetsuits and boards to boots and gloves.

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St Ives Surf School


Situated on Fore Street, OSKA is a contemporary fashion brand offering high-quality clothing and accessories for women. It is a style, which does not disguise but brings out the personality. Think clear simple shapes and choice materials: an unostentatious but unique look. Enjoy 10% off in store when you sign up to OSKA St Ives' mailing list. For understated elegance look no further than OSKA.

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Oska St Ives Cornwall


'A visit to Sweetlime will take you on a journey, which will inspire and uplift on even the cloudiest of days' - Expect jewellery, cushions and blankets, ceramics, tassel and pom poms in the most irresistable textures and sumptous colours. If you find yourself thinking you've never seen anything like it then you probably haven't - many of the items are exclusive to sweetlime having been created or hand finished by founder and Creative Director Elspeth J. Walker making this the ultimate stop for one of a kind gifts or simply a treat for yourself.

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Sweetlime St Ives

Olives Café

Located just around the corner to the Sail Lofts, Olives provides a quiet haven from the bustle of the town, with additional seating out front to watch the world pass by whilst you enjoy a cream tea with their delectable freshly made scones (arguably the best cream tea in St Ives), a slice of one of their delicious cakes or a mouth watering light meal.

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Olive's Cafe St Ives

I Should Coco/ Coco Kitchen

I Should Coco is no ordinary chocolate shop. Launched in 2008, the family run business is dedicated to handmaking the most scrumptious chocolates in the West Country using fresh cream and wondrous local ingredients. If you're looking for a rainy day activity, why not try a chocolate workshop? Available through Coco Kitchen, it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser. I Should Coco is our go to chocolate shop, whether its Easter treats for all of our guests or a special birthday Chocogram!

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I should Coco