The Story of Red Sails – St Ives Cornwall

Red Sails Holiday Cottage St Ives Cornwall

With a Grade II listing, Red Sails is one of our many properties of historical notability. The quaint, three-storey cottage was previously built for fishermen and their families, showing how life and work were so closely intertwined, and is dated back to the first half of the 19th century. It contains many of the original features and is steeped in … Read More

Rosamunde Pilcher: The Woman behind the Words

Godrevy Lighthouse Cornwall

As an exceptional novelist, writer and woman, Rosamunde Pilcher is a treasure to Cornwall, and to Britain as a whole. However, although her books are quite widely known, the woman herself is not so. If you search for her online, it’s quite difficult to find any substantial information about Pilcher – who is she? Who was she before she became … Read More

Rosamunde Pilcher: Her Life’s Work

Over the course of her writing career – a career that, incidentally, spans over 60 years -Pilcher has become internationally recognised and praised. Her novels are sold all over the world and have amassed over 60 million sales, her success labelling her as one the most celebrated contemporary female authors. It’s safe to say, Pilcher’s pretty good at what she … Read More

Rosamunde Pilcher – The German Link

Cornish Coastline

If you already know of Rosamunde Pilcher, you’ll be aware that she is up there with the greatest of female contemporary writers, having sold more than 60 million novels worldwide. However, despite her success, she isn’t really that well-known in the UK. Not in the way that we all know Shakespeare, C.S Lewis or George Orwell. Even here in Cornwall, … Read More

New Year’s Eve in St Ives

What began as a little bit of fun for locals has quickly turned into something that attracts people from across the whole of the UK, and is one of the countries most anticipated New Year’s Eve celebrations. Yes, we’re talking about New Years in St Ives! Every year, 1,000’s of people flock to the seaside town in Cornwall to welcome … Read More

Dog Friendly St Ives

As Autumn draws in the dog beach ban lifts in St Ives. Us locals (and visitors alike) are keen to get back on the beaches with our dogs. The weather down here is superb at the moment: glorious sunrises and sunsets, misty mornings and golden leaves on the trees. Where better to spend a break with your pet?  We can’t … Read More

The St Michaels Way Trail

The St Michaels Way walking trail runs from Lelant on the coast of Cornwall near St Ives to Marazion, and of course the famed St Michael’s mount. The walk itself is 12.5 miles long; not too strenuous but certainly not for those less-inclined to a bit of exercise! The route meanders along the beautiful north and south coast of Cornwall, … Read More

St Ives September Festival 2016

Thirty-eight years after its debut, the St Ives September festival is still one of the most popular and diverse cultural experiences in Cornwall. This year, the festival runs from Saturday 10th to Saturday 24th September, and boasts a huge line-up of acts and events. Music, theatre, poetry, art exhibitions and a whole host of other unmissable experiences are on offer … Read More

St Ives to St Just: A Scenic English Road Trip

St Ives from Zennor

The B3306 from St Ives to St Just – or the other way round, depending on which direction you head from – is one of the most beautiful road routes in England. With quaint villages and stunning views from start to finish, it’s definitely not a trip to pass up. Take your whole family on a day out to enjoy … Read More

St Ives – September Festival & Much More

The beautiful Cornish town of St Ives is synonymous with sea, sand and sunshine. It is also a mecca for the arts, with artists of all fields having made a beeline for the resort since the mid-1800s. So combine the atypical British climate with the stunning scenery and the renowned respect shown to the artistic community, and you have the … Read More

Five Reasons for a Family Friendly Holiday in St Ives

When it comes to planning holidays away as a family, you’ve likely got a lot of criteria to fill. Everybody wants something different, and sometimes tastes can be conflicting. Choosing to visit St Ives however solves all of your problems. It’s a place the whole family can enjoy, the ideal destination for a truly memorable getaway.

Porthmeor Beach & Atlantic View Holiday Cottages

Atlantic Watch is one of our sea view properties, conveniently located just a few dozen steps from Porthmeor Beach, St Ives. It’s the perfect place for groups of friends or large families to use as a base to explore everything that St Ives and Penwith has to offer. The property boasts enough space to sleep 12, with five bathrooms, three … Read More

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Week in Cornwall

Want to come to Cornwall, but aren’t sure you’ve got the time? Many people instantly think of spending a couple of weeks in the south west. It’s a big commitment, both in terms of time and money, so it’s not surprising that you might decide you can’t make it.

Tate St Ives Phase Two Improvement Works Continue

It’s hard to think of St Ives without thinking of the Tate. The town has been synonymous with art and artists for such a long time that the gallery feels as if it has always been there. The Tate has gone through several improvements over the years to ensure it offers the best possible experience to art lovers. For the … Read More

St Ives September Festival 2015 What Does It Have To Offer?

The September Festival never fails to attract both big talents and big crowds to the town of St Ives. Running from the 12th to 26th September, this two-week festival celebrates art and artistic culture in all its forms in one of the most creative places in the county. Including music, exhibitions, spoken word, comedy, dance, readings, and much more, this … Read More

St Ives the Perfect Place for Pet Holidays

Having to go on holiday and leave your dog behind can make it feel like there is a vital part of your family missing. As a primarily rural area Cornwall is the perfect location to bring a pet, and with plenty of dog friendly cottages to stay in – there really is no excuse not to.

What Beaches Are There Near St Ives

Whatever reason you come to Cornwall for a holiday, it’s pretty much impossible not to spend some time on the beach. With so many of Cornwall’s important towns and landmarks being located on the coast, you’re never far away from sun and sand. Probably the most famous Cornish seaside town of them all, St Ives, is no exception. In fact, … Read More

St Erth to St Ives a Great British Rail Journey

Most of the time you go on holiday, the journey is simply something you need to do to get to an exciting attraction or beautiful landscape. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to visiting the world-famous seaside town of St Ives. Visiting by rail, the journey takes you along some of the most beautiful and picturesque … Read More

The St Ives Society of Artists Members’ Spring Show

St Ives Society of Artists is a key player in the town’s vibrant and thriving arts culture. Comprising 70 members, the Society was one of the first organisations to bring the many artists living in or visiting St Ives together to celebrate their talents and creations. The Society holds multiple exhibitions throughout the year, featuring work from resident and guest … Read More

Hurling the Silver Ball – who will win this Year?

Cornwall loves its traditions. It is one of the things that makes it such a wonderful county to visit. The people of Cornwall are very in touch with their past, and continue to honour the ways of life that have gone before them. Heritage is important, as is evidenced by the many museums and historical-themed attractions dotted up and down … Read More

Abstract Art comes to St Ives as Kazimir Malevich comes to Tate Modern

St Ives is a much respected and well known place for arts among the international community. Its history, influence, and claims to fame mean that its galleries can display some of the finest works by the most talented and significant artists of any generation. The Tate St Ives is a valuable and necessary part of the Tate family, cementing the … Read More

St Ives Summer – What Can I Expect?

St Ives is one of those places which is fantastic all year around, and there is no denying that summer is when the town really comes alive. There’s always something happening, and in a town this vibrant, you can be sure there will be an event that tickles your fancy. There are plenty of things to see and do, and … Read More

Spring Break & Two Great Festivals in St Ives

After such a terrible winter throughout the UK you will be glad to hear that spring seems to finally be on its way. The first signs of the changing seasons are a welcome sight in Cornwall. The daffodils are open, the birds are singing, and leaves are appearing again on the trees. Spring is a great time in Cornwall, not … Read More

Christmas in St Ives

St Ives is an idyllic town all year round. At Christmas, the quaint streets and intriguing shops buzz with festive spirit.  Whether it’s something artistic, something traditional, something tasty, or something a little out of the ordinary, there’s plenty to do for a St Ives Christmas. The run up to Christmas has already begun, and St Ives offers some of … Read More

Autumn Holidays in St Ives

It’s too easy to overlook the fact Cornwall is a wonderful place to be at all times of year. You probably instantly think of beaches and ice creams, and other things you can do in the hot weather. There is so much more to Cornwall than those frantic summer months. Most of the people may leave, and the sun may … Read More

A Quick Guide to St Ives Cornwall

St Ives is a smorgasbord of sights, sounds and activities for visitors. Combining the historic charm of a Cornish seaside town with a strong contemporary arts, music, and theatre culture, it is no surprise that St Ives is one of the most popular destinations in Cornwall. Whatever you want from your holiday, St Ives is able to provide. From families … Read More

St Ives September Festival 2013 – a small taster

The very first St Ives September Festival in 1978 was an ambitious affair that brought together folk music, fine arts, poetry, chamber music, dance, theatre and arts & craft. Having run for 35 years, the St Ives September Festival once again returns with an impressive programme of events. For those planning a short break in St Ives, the September Festival … Read More

Food glorious food!

Food Glorious Food! Not long now until the St Ives Food and Drink Festival 2013