St Ives in Cornwall is one of the prettiest British seaside towns. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. It’s a perfect destination for those looking for peace and relaxation by the sea and with gorgeous coastal scenery.
Weather in St Ives
For those that don’t appreciate extreme weather condition, be it too hot or cold, St Ives has a great natural year round temperate climate. Cornwall is considered one of the warmest places in the UK. Its southern proximity to the gulf stream means it has much warmer winters than other parts of the country. Come the summer and the soothing sea breezes ensure that the weather stays very agreeable. The fairly constant winds also make it ideal for windsurfing.
Much of life in St Ives revolves around the harbour, framed by the ancient granite quays and the sea, with lots of cobbled streets and picturesque cottages seemingly at every turn. St Ives has a few lovely little beaches with soft white sand and clear blue and turquoise water.
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Beach life and strolling
The compact nature of St Ives means that wherever you stay you are never really far from a beach. The little town is made for strolling whether it’s down by the harbour grabbing some delicious fish and chips or a famous local speciality a Cornish pasty or taking in the myriad of delightful cottages or galleries. There are a number of nice restaurants in town and quite a few offer outdoor terrace dining with great views overlooking the sea. Fish and seafood lovers will really enjoy the abundance of quality daily catches a lot of which also reaches some of the country’s finest restaurants.
The area has a history of attracting artists since the 19th century. In the 20th century St Ives was a haven for some of the leading players of British Modernism, notably Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. The Tate St Ives offers constantly changing exhibitions along with an excellent permanent collection. There are also numerous elegant and quaint little galleries dotted all over the place.
Where to stay
A lot of accommodation options are available including hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages. I stayed at the Tregenna Castle Estate, which like most of St Ives is very family friendly. The sprawling Tregenna grounds includes perfect lawns overlooking the bay and large gardens with an abundance of flowers and fauna. You can choose from idyllic holiday homes, sea view rooms, luxury cottages and apartments. Tregenna is a very popular venue for weddings which adds an extra jovial aspect for sociable guests during their stay.
Tregenna offers a lot to keep the adults and kids happy. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a croquet lawn, outdoor tennis courts and indoor squash and badminton courts. Tregenna also has a challenging and fun 18 hole par 3 golf course which is ideal for players of all levels.
Walking from the 10th tee the blooming flowers and foliage make it seem like Cornwall’s answer to the Augusta National and The Masters. The view from the 11th tee with the bay as a backdrop is truly breathtaking and definitely the most beautiful hole on the course.
The hotel also has an excellent gym and offers a range of spa treatments for those that seek a little pampering.