With its mild climate, colourful houses, and busy little harbour, St Ives is a popular holiday spot. This picturesque town on Cornwall's north coast was once home to the pilchard fishing industry but in the early 20th century, the luminous quality of its light was a draw for both professional and amateur artists. Today, its art scene is still strong with quirky independent galleries and the magnificent Tate St Ives. Enjoy a holiday right at the heart of this artistic epicentre by picking St Ives holiday cottages. Whether you choose a romantic cottage for two or larger accommodation with room for the family and private parking, you'll enjoy the freedom of your own space along with gardens, terraces, barbecues, and even hot tubs.
All St Ives holiday cottages are within reach of the art scene. Tate St Ives overlooking Porthmeor Beach is a state-making space that houses a permanent collection (including the work of JMW Turner) and regularly changing temporary exhibits. Close by is the home of Barbara Hepworth, a leading 20th-century abstract sculptor. Visit her studio, largely untouched since her death and admire her sculptures which are dotted around her garden and the town.
If you're visiting this part of Cornwall for a family break, pick St Ives holiday cottages with room for the children and even your pet. You'll find St Ives accommodation with cots for your babies and gardens or terraces where you can enjoy an evening barbecue after a day at the beach. St Ives has several beaches. Porthgwidden is safe for little ones to paddle and even has old-fashioned bathing huts while Porthminster Beach is a sheltered stretch of sand. If surfing is part of your holiday fun, find accommodation near Porthmeor and Godrevy beaches. These cater to both novice and expert wave hunters. When the surf dies down, enjoy a cream tea in a local cafe or buy some Cornish pasties to eat in your comfortable St Ives accommodation.