Cherished Cottages http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk Luxury self-catering holiday properties in and around St Ives. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:07:32 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 February Half Term In St Ives – for all of the family! http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/february-half-term-st-ives-family/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/february-half-term-st-ives-family/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:07:55 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=3198   With February half term fast approaching, St Ives is busy getting ready to welcome back it’s many seasonal visitors, for what is traditionally one of the quieter holidays in the calendar year, enabling you to explore St Ives and the wonderful surrounding area much more easily without the crowds!  There is plenty to do in this pretty little town, ... Read More

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With February half term fast approaching, St Ives is busy getting ready to welcome back it’s many seasonal visitors, for what is traditionally one of the quieter holidays in the calendar year, enabling you to explore St Ives and the wonderful surrounding area much more easily without the crowds!  There is plenty to do in this pretty little town, to entertain guests of all ages in every type of weather.

For the adventurous among you, on a fair weather day, why not take the whole family on a  two hour long treasure trail around St Ives! Simply download the map and follow the route solving the clues as you go!

If the weather isn’t so good take advantage of a couple of  indoor activities.  The Leach Pottery is offering two wonderful “Clay Days” during February half term for all the family to try their hands at pottery, or, for the “sweet toothed” and “chocoholics” among you Coco Kitchen are now offering a bespoke Chocolate Workshop where you will have your own purpose-made work-space and tools to help you indulge and make your own delicious chocolates – and if  you are still peckish after this, pop into their café selling Hot Chocolate, Ice Cream, Coffee, Milkshakes and Bakes.

Beyond  St Ives for a lovely day out there are many fabulous attractions to explore all within an hours drive of St Ives…….

Why not visit the Eden Project? Explore the Biomes and enjoy it’s Winter Ice Skating Rink for some guaranteed fun! Nearby there are the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah and Trelissick Gardens to explore, or closer to home we have the lovely Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.

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With all these activities to chose from during the half term, there is no excuse to only visit our bustling town in the Summer, we love it all year round, and we hope you will too!  So if you are tempted for a very special and memorable Half Term break, why not stay in one of our amazing seaside cottages, beautiful houses or fabulous apartments. We have many unique properties to suit all of your needs. For further information or to book ,visit www.cherishedcottages.co.uk or call our very friendly cherished team on 01736 490 640 now.

Author : Tim Petersen

 

 

 

 

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Pamper Your Pets While On Holiday at The Scrubyard St.Ives http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/pamper-pets-holiday-scrubyard-st-ives/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/pamper-pets-holiday-scrubyard-st-ives/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:26:12 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=3223 Whatever the time of year you may chose to come to St.Ives on holiday, it would not seem quite complete if you didn’t bring your favourite four-legged friends with you too! With easy access to many beautiful beaches, the South West Coastal path, stunning inland waterways & estuaries, ancient woodlands and many beautiful rural areas, Cornwall really does have it ... Read More

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Whatever the time of year you may chose to come to St.Ives on holiday, it would not seem quite complete if you didn’t bring your favourite four-legged friends with you too! With easy access to many beautiful beaches, the South West Coastal path, stunning inland waterways & estuaries, ancient woodlands and many beautiful rural areas, Cornwall really does have it all for you and your pets to explore.
After a lovely long walk you can unwind and relax in one of our cosy pet friendly cottages. Why not put your feet up or have a soak in the bath, whilst you are pampering, perhaps you might like to book a similar experience for your pet too?!!

My very own Cherished Labradors, Bertie and Icy, run a tight ship with their busy schedule of appearing in cottage photo shoots for our dog-friendly properties and join me daily on long dog walks in the surrounding area, where they are often photographed and videoed so everyone can follow their antics on our social media.

Because they have such a demanding workload, they quite often return home muddy, wet and tired, so they were delighted to have received an invitation from Jo who runs the Scrubyard in St Ives for a “scrub up”! They happily accepted Jo’s invitation and visited just before Christmas.

They were spoiled rotten by the lovely Jo, who washed, shampooed and conditioned them, before giving them a long blow dry, then a thorough brushing and finishing with clipping their nails.

When I returned to collect the dogs I was met with two gorgeous smelling, very happy dogs –  they had been sprayed with a lovely doggy cologne!  Bright eyed and bushy tailed Bertie & Icy were then given a delicious handmade gravy bone, licking their lips and wagging their tails, they then left completely satisfied.

Bertie & Icy have now resumed their normal duties with added vigour, and are really keen to re-visit Jo once they have put another good shift in……It really is a dogs life!!

Author: Tim Petersen

P.S 10% discount for any of our Cherished guests pets too! (see flyer in your Welcome Hamper)

 

 

 

 

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Festive fun….Christmas & New year in St Ives 2017! http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/festive-fun-christmas-new-year-st-ives-2017/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/festive-fun-christmas-new-year-st-ives-2017/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:18:53 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=3026 If you are still undecided on where to celebrate Christmas or New Year this year, then why not visit beautiful St Ives for some very special festive seaside fun! While the rest of the UK could be shivering with a seasonally icy cold winter, St Ives always seems to be blessed with mild gulf stream weather. Perfect for bracing beach ... Read More

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If you are still undecided on where to celebrate Christmas or New Year this year, then why not visit beautiful St Ives for some very special festive seaside fun!

While the rest of the UK could be shivering with a seasonally icy cold winter, St Ives always seems to be blessed with mild gulf stream weather. Perfect for bracing beach walks, Christmas shopping in the many lovely independent shops or cosying up in one of the many pubs or restaurants that St Ives has to offer.

St Ives comes alive in early December when Santa officially comes to town on December 2nd at 3pm. Its quite a unique occasion and the kids will love it. Santa comes into the harbour on the ‘Nora Stachura’, the town’s fabulous new life boat and the festivities begin! Santa makes an appearance in The Candyland Christmas grotto at the Salvation Army on Wharf road between 3.30 – 5.30 pm, which is closely followed at 6pm by the St Ives Christmas Parade, where locals and holiday makers alike join the amazing lantern parade starting at St Ia Parish Church and parades through the bustling cobbled streets lit up by all Christmas trees on festive shop fronts.

Leading down to the harbour & collecting Santa from his grotto before all making your way up to the Royal Square where the Xmas lights will be turned on at 7pm sharp accompanied by Christmas stalls & live music from the Phoenix singers to round off a perfect super Saturday in St Ives.

If you fancied going further afield whilst visiting for Christmas, I would recommend an hours drive up to The Eden Project where family ice skating is a must! Make a day of it and visit the wonderful biomes and sample some of the delicious food that’s on tap at the Eden cafes, or make the most of your day and pop into the Lost Gardens of Heligan to round off a perfect day out.

My most favourite tradition is heading over to Mousehole to see arguably the best and most famous Christmas lights in Cornwall. Plan your arrival as dusk falls, but make sure you arrive early enough as parking is limited and the spectacle is always a very busy occasion but very worthwhile. The town and harbour are transformed with many spectacular festive lights which extend right out into the harbour waters and high above Mousehole itself. Of course no trip to Mousehole would be complete without popping into the Ship Inn for a pint or having some excellent, gastronomic pub food at The Old Coastguard, but what I like most is grabbing some take away fish and chips and devouring them overlooking the harbour and soaking up the festive atmosphere.

For the thrill seekers amongst you, why not pop down to Porthminster beach on Boxing Day, brave the waves and partake in the annual Boxing Day Swim to blow away the cobwebs and excesses of Christmas Day!! Take your four legged friends too, they will love a post Christmas swim. Don’t worry about getting cold, as you can soon warm up with a very welcome bacon butty or hot chocolate from the beach café.

Finally for one of the main events of the year, everyone should join in with the New Year’s Eve celebrations in St Ives where thousands of revelers all dress up in weird and wonderful fancy dress to celebrate and enjoy one of the best street parties in the UK! Every year I am amazed how many people make such an effort to dress up with the vast majority making their own unique outfits. Remember if you are hiring a costume, book it well in advance. You never know, you may be famous with the local paper who are always keen to take photos of the best dressed revelers! With live music and fireworks at midnight from Smeaton’s Pier, it will truly be a memorable night and best way to see in 2018!

So if you are tempted for a very special and memorable Xmas and New Year, why not stay in one of our amazing seaside cottages, beautiful houses or fabulous apartments. We have many unique properties to suit all of your needs. For further information or to book ,visit www.cherishedcottages.co.uk or call our very friendly cherished team on 01736 490 640 now. Festive greetings!

Author : Tim Petersen

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Out & About: Active in St Ives this November! http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/active-st-ives-november/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/active-st-ives-november/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=2913 The beauty of St Ives is it’s all year round ability for finding something for everyone to do no matter what time of year you visit. If you feel like an active holiday without the crowds, November is the perfect time to visit Cornwall, so why not jump in your car, pack the wetsuits, bikes and dogs and head South West ... Read More

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The beauty of St Ives is it’s all year round ability for finding something for everyone to do no matter what time of year you visit. If you feel like an active holiday without the crowds, November is the perfect time to visit Cornwall, so why not jump in your car, pack the wetsuits, bikes and dogs and head South West this year?

 

For the keen cyclists among you:

If you fancy a great day out to enjoy a bike ride that’s off the beaten track, then one of my favourites that should be on your list is Portreath to Devoran.

This is best undertaken on a mountain bike, and is suitable for all ages and ability. Start your ride at the small former fishing port of Portreath, just 20 minutes up the north coast from St Ives, and head inland towards Devoran. A superb 14 mile cycle route takes you pretty much traffic free all the way to Devoran along an old tramway once used to transport minerals from coast to coast, taking in some breathtaking countryside, while passing through some of Cornwall’s most historic mining areas. (half way along the route is a spectacular quarry where you can really practice your off road skills, but not for the faint hearted!)

The round trip takes approx 2.5 hours, but I would recommend that you explore the lovely creeks around Devoran before stopping off to refuel for a welcome pint and very tasty lunch at the Old Key Inn in Devoran (excellent Sunday Roasts!) before starting your return journey to Portreath.

For the dog walkers among you:

This is an absolute ‘must’ for all dog owners and your four legged friends will love you for it!

Take a 15 minute drive up the North Coast from St Ives, just below Portreath and head for Tehidy Country Park  on the North Cliffs. Tehidy is the largest woodland in West Cornwall, set in 250 acres and has miles and miles of wonderful clearly marked paths to explore with your dogs, with most routes being circular from the car park. If you were feeling really adventurous you can extend this walk into Portreath and back up along the South West Coast path with some stunning views over the Atlantic. Pop to Godrevy Café (National Trust) after for some very delicious homemade food and welcome hot drinks, and if you still have the legs for it,drop down onto the beach where a further 3 miles of golden sands awaits with amazing views over the bay across to St Ives…absolute doggy heaven!

For the Seafarers among you:

If you love water sports then its back into St Ives for those wanting to take to the ocean.

St Ives Surf school is open pretty much all year round and daily until mid November where you can learn to surf or participate in stand up paddle boarding, Sea kayaking and for the really brave, Coasteering. (After mid November email them as activities may be considered by prior arrangement).

For the Golfers among you:

If you fancy blowing the cobwebs away on a chilly winters day at a more sedate pace then you should definitely pop down to the West Cornwall Golf Club at Lelant, just a 5 minutes drive from St Ives. Here you will find a fabulous links course situated next to the Hayle Estuary and over looking Porth Kidney beach, and out to Godrevy light house. After 18 holes visit the club house for a lunch and a pint, job done!

At the end of your day, St Ives still awaits with the most amazing shops, restaurants cafes, bars and galleries that are open all year . the perfect way to end your active November day!

To enjoy your November stay in St Ives we have many luxurious cosy holiday cottages to choose from this winter, whether it’s a short break ,or a week’s stay or just a last minute break, you can book online or give our very friendly team a call at the office on 01736 490 640 .

Author: Tim Petersen

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Autumn In St Ives http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/autumn-st-ives/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/autumn-st-ives/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:31:16 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=2802 Autumn in St Ives…and October fun for all! Summer may have gone and the leaves are falling from the trees, but come October it’s time to swap your flipflops and trainers for your wellies and walking boots and come and enjoy what St Ives has to offer in the Autumn! Golden sandy beaches without the crowds, and the very mild ... Read More

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Autumn in St Ives…and October fun for all!

Summer may have gone and the leaves are falling from the trees, but come October it’s time to swap your flipflops and trainers for your wellies and walking boots and come and enjoy what St Ives has to offer in the Autumn!

Golden sandy beaches without the crowds, and the very mild weather makes October a very special time to visit…why not bring your faithful four legged friends too? The beach bans are “history” and roaming is free! Explore the stunning South West Coast path with its spectacular scenery and walk along to Zennor and have lunch and a pint at the Tinners Arms…you can even get the bus back!

For all of you budding artists the Tate’s extensive refurbishment program has nearly finished and officially re-opens on October 14th with an exciting new exhibition of modern art in St Ives focusing on local artists who have lived and worked in St Ives over past and present.

Later in the month, let the family fun begin, as it’s October half term! There are many attractions open:

The Eden Project has Ice skating for all, and why not take your children to the Little Monsters Halloween ball disco after. Paradise Park has its annual Owl prowl or why not take the kids up to Newquay Zoo or Lappa Valley for a really fun day out, or pop over to Flambards theme park and share in their Halloween fireworks. For those made of sterner stuff, Porthmeor beach surf school is open all week, or if you fancy sea sports with a difference, visit Carbis Bay Beach where Ocean sports will be offering standing up paddle boarding, sea kayaking or try their new Hawaiian outrigger experience, fun for all the family!

And of course all of our wonderful restaurants, shops and galleries will be open as usual making St Ives the perfect Autumn getaway this October. 

To take advantage of some very special October offers over half term, or short breaks throughout October, you can book online or just give our very friendly Cherished team a call on 01736 490 640, we’re waiting for your call!

The Team At Cherished

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St Ives’ Artistic Legacy http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/st-ives-artistic-legacy/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/st-ives-artistic-legacy/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:23:00 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=2777 Written by Christine & Paul of “The Lighthouse Apartment” St Ives’ artistic heritage is definitely a draw for us.  You’re so aware of the beautiful light which enfolds the town and beaches, it’s no wonder it became such a magnet for artists.  There’s something beautiful to see wherever you turn – cobbled streets, pretty fisherman’s cottages with their pots of ... Read More

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Written by Christine & Paul of “The Lighthouse Apartment


St Ives’ artistic heritage is definitely a draw for us.  You’re so aware of the beautiful light which enfolds the town and beaches, it’s no wonder it became such a magnet for artists.  There’s something beautiful to see wherever you turn – cobbled streets, pretty fisherman’s cottages with their pots of flowers and colourful boats in the harbour.

The most famous gallery in the town is the Tate St Ives and we’re super excited that the new Gallery will be opening on Saturday 14 October 2017.    We’ve really missed the Tate as it was closed for 18 months due to the building of the new Gallery extension which doubles the size of the current space.  It’s been a huge project which meant building into the rocks behind the existing building – clever stuff!

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Porthmeor Beach, the Tate was originally built on the site of a former gasworks in the heart of the town’s traditional fishing community, so it’s a special building to start with.  At its centre is the spectacular curved gallery with refracted views of Porthmeor beach.  In the mid-20th century St Ives developed into a creative hub of influential British and international artists, hence the Tate came to town.

One of the first exhibitions in the new Tate St Ives gallery will be Modern Art & St Ives which will explore the history of modern art and the relationship of St Ives with the international art world… Definitely a must-see!  At the same time Tate are showing sculptor Rebecca Warren’s first major UK solo exhibition in 8 years.

And, if you’re feeling peckish: The Tate has a great cafe on the top floor together with a roof terrace with stunning views.

Aside from this landmark museum, you may also wish to visit the Leach Pottery, founded by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.  It’s one of the most influential potteries in the world and is open all year. Or, the wonderful home, gardens and museum of the talented sculptress Barbara Hepworth.

There are also a number of privately owned galleries definitely worth a visit if you fancy owning a print or painting of St Ives origin. Our favourite is the Belgrave Gallery which specialises in modern British and contemporary art.  They also have some very good exhibitions of St Ives artists.

THE LIGHTHOUSE APARTMENT

We love the view of St Ives bay from our living area or balcony – the changing light on the sea and headland going out to Godrevy.  Perfect for chilling with a good book or glass of wine.  We hope you love it too.

Cherished are still taking bookings for the Lighthouse Apartment for October.  Why not combine a trip to the opening of the Tate St Ives or book a week for half term?

..Or maybe you’d like to stay at the Lighthouse apartment and see in 2018 at the best party in Cornwall…!

New Year’s Eve is the event of the year in St Ives.  The town is pedestrianised after 6pm so best to leave your car back at base.  Amazing costumes with themed families and groups create a festival like atmosphere and the spectacular firework display at midnight over the harbour is a wow.

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Don’t forget your Dogs………….Autumn in St Ives! http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/dont-forget-dog-autumn-st-ives/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/dont-forget-dog-autumn-st-ives/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:57:52 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=2712 As the end of another Cornish summer draws to a close and with the buckets & spades now packed away for another year, it’s surely time to be thinking of a quiet getaway with your four legged friends to explore the beautiful beaches and walks the stunning area of St Ives has to offer. October 1st is my favourite calendar ... Read More

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The perfect autumnal day!

As the end of another Cornish summer draws to a close and with the buckets & spades now packed away for another year, it’s surely time to be thinking of a quiet getaway with your four legged friends to explore the beautiful beaches and walks the stunning area of St Ives has to offer.

October 1st is my favourite calendar date every year in St Ives as it is when the dog ban is lifted from all of the wonderful beaches in and around St Ives. My two lovely dependable black labs, Bertie & Icy can now run free without the fear of ruining any carefully crafted sandcastles or showering sunbathers with sand….absolute doggy heaven!

Carbis Bay to Lelant

This annual tradition has us heading straight down the valley from Cherished HQ to the spectacular Carbis Bay beach, which is now calm & picturesque with amazing views right out to Godrevy lighthouse and beyond. Bertie & Icy head straight for the ocean for their first autumnal dip before wildly and happily chasing each other up and down the golden sands that surround the bay.

We head up onto the coastal path towards Lelant walking around the spectacular headland of Hawkes Point taking in the stunning views as we climb high above the beach and follow the path around to Porth Kidney beach, a vast expanse of golden sands and sand dunes that is actually dog friendly all year round – bonus!

With my labs racing over towards Hayle Estuary we pass many fellow happy dog walkers, also out celebrating this special day.

We pass fishing boats and kite surfers going about their daily business like any other day for them….but not for us!

We walk up past ‘The Beach house’, former studio of John Miller perched, overlooking the estuary and head up past West Cornwall Golf Course to the stunning St Uny church.

Down Church Lane and onto The Badger Inn (once regularly visited by Virginia Woolf in a bygone era), a very welcoming dog friendly pub, for a well deserved pint and delicious carvery lunch.

Refreshed and revitalised we all head back to Carbis Bay along the coastal path until we reach home with two very tired but happy Labradors. The perfect autumnal day!


If you fancy a pet friendly autumn getaway and want to follow my footsteps to Lelant or try some of my other favourite walks in the area, just visit our website or call us at the office on 01736 490 640 to book one of our many dog friendly cottages.

Author: Tim,  7 September 2017

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Where to Eat in St Ives: Part Two – New Twists to Old Places http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/eat-st-ives-part-two-new-twists-old-places/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/eat-st-ives-part-two-new-twists-old-places/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:15:15 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=2595 The culinary scene in St Ives is certainly never dull! There’s always a new restaurant, bar or café to try out, and even those we’ve had with us for years and years are often shaking things up and trying something new. We just don’t like to stay still! As the second post in our two-part ‘Where to Eat’ series, we ... Read More

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The culinary scene in St Ives is certainly never dull! There’s always a new restaurant, bar or café to try out, and even those we’ve had with us for years and years are often shaking things up and trying something new. We just don’t like to stay still!

As the second post in our two-part ‘Where to Eat’ series, we wanted to take a look at some of the eateries that have undergone recent changes and improvements. This isn’t to say that the places weren’t good before, it just seems as though there’s no limit to how far our culinary greatness can go! Check out these spots that have long been a part of our community but have undergone some changes.

Porthmeor Beach Café

If you fancy sipping your favourite cocktail whilst the cool sea breeze gently moves around you and the sun sets over the sea, Porthmeor Beach Café have got just the spot for you! Their new open-air cocktail bar experience allows for some incredible views and equally incredible drinks! They’ve also extended their al fresco dining area which features heated pods, so you can enjoy outdoor dining throughout the year, no matter what the weather.

West Café

Another great spot on Porthmeor beach is West Café, which has recently opened up a space upstairs, allowing for more spacious dining and accommodating more guests. If you’re free on a Tuesday or Thursday night, you may also want to pop down for their Summer BBQ nights which have finally begun! West Café has a great, laid-back atmosphere which is typical of our coastal town and makes it a perfect holiday spot.

Porthminster Beach Café

With a remodelled outside terrace, Porthminster Beach Café is another great place for some beach-view alfresco dining – but with a twist. The terrace has been fully enclosed in glass, making it usable all year round whilst not interrupting the beautiful sea-view. Openings in the glass let the sea air circulate throughout, providing a cool and gentle breeze. A new decked area has also been added as an extension from the terrace where you can you can sit over the beach for drinks, cocktails, coffee and cake. Delightful!

The Searoom

The Searoom is a rebranding of the top, family-run restaurant The Tea Rooms. With the 2017 Good Food Award and a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering up tasty, traditional seaside food including a variety of fish, we definitely recommend heading down for an authentic St Ives experience. The food is divine and the view is splendid, making this a winner in our books!

If you want to check out more of our culinary recommendations, go and take a peep at our last post on newly opened restaurants. It’s well-worth a read!

If you’re taking a break in one of our luxury homes at Cherished Cottages, be sure to ask us for more top tips and recommendations to make the most of your time. We know St Ives inside out and we love to pass on our secrets to our guests!

 

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Where to Eat in St Ives – Part One: Our Favourite New Openings http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/eat-st-ives-part-one-favourite-new-openings/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/eat-st-ives-part-one-favourite-new-openings/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:42:26 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=2537 Food and St Ives; there has never been a better pair! Our coastal town is full to the brim with a colourful mix of restaurants that serve culinary delights typical of Cornwall as well as tastes from around the world. We are constantly attracting new chefs to our vibrant town, who each bring with them a different flavour for us ... Read More

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Food and St Ives; there has never been a better pair! Our coastal town is full to the brim with a colourful mix of restaurants that serve culinary delights typical of Cornwall as well as tastes from around the world. We are constantly attracting new chefs to our vibrant town, who each bring with them a different flavour for us to enjoy.

As the first of a two-post series that celebrates the lively food scene here in St Ives, we wanted to showcase two new local restaurants. If you’re taking a break in one of our luxury cottage holiday homes, you might want to drop by and sample the delights on offer for yourself!

Gilmores Mexican Restaurant

Gilmore’s bursts on to the St Ives food scene in an explosion of fiery flavour and Mexican spice. The reviews already rolling in on its Facebook page only reiterate our opinion here at Cherished Cottages – it’s amazing!

As you’d probably expect, the menu offers up Mexican delights such as burritos, nachos and tacos, all crafted to perfection. They’re also more than happy to see you early in the morning for breakfast where you can pick from tasty treats such as breakfast burritos, Mexican eggs and avocado & eggs on toast. You’re spoilt for choice!

In terms of drinks, you could go for the fun of a smoothie or milkshake (great for kids and adults too), stick to soft drinks or make things a bit more exciting by turning to their alcohol. On offer are a selection of beers, wines, spirits – including tequila, of course – and cocktails.

The food and drinks are only enhanced by the great décor of this modern eatery. Thick wooden tables, beautiful black plates and an abundance of plants and comfy cushions give Gilmore’s a modern yet laid-back vibe. We definitely recommend a visit!

Beer & Bird

Beer and Bird restaurant St Ives Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For something a bit more traditionally English, head to the newly opened Beer & Bird, bringing a fresh and new taste to a traditional menu. Located on Fore St, this family run business sources local produce and fine craft beers, taking their time so you only get the best. Nice of them, isn’t it?

Their main dish is fried chicken, which compliments their range of great beers and ciders perfectly. Their ‘Buckets of Bird’ (fried chicken in little metal buckets with a side of crispy fries) are enough to get us hungry just thinking about them! They also offer a selection of burgers, as well as great vegetarian options including their ‘Birdless burger’ – consisting mainly of a giant Portobello mushroom – their ‘Beer and Bird salad’ and a tasty mac n’ cheese. Delicious!

Their meat is sourced ethically and locally, finding free-range farms where the birds are given a wonderful, free life. We wouldn’t want anything less.

There are also delicious desserts on offer and tasty sides to tempt you. In terms of drinks, you won’t be disappointed with the selection of beer. As well as ever-changing kegs, they have a beer menu that’s twelve pages long. We know – that’s amazing! They specialise in craft beers but also serve specially selected cider, wine, a huge collection of spirits alongside non-alcoholic soft and hot drinks. Get down there as fast as you can!

If you’re staying in one of our beautiful homes at Cherished Cottages, we want to help you have the best holiday you can. If you want any more recommendations or help, just ask! We don’t bite!

To find out more about the lively St Ives culinary culture, check out our next post on re-vamped restaurants.

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Rosamunde Pilcher: Her Life’s Work http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/rosamunde-pilcher-lifes-work/ http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/rosamunde-pilcher-lifes-work/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:49:43 +0000 http://www.cherishedcottages.co.uk/?p=1973 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

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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 does! So, we thought that with such success and with the incredible tourism benefits she brings to Cornwall, we should take a look at her work; where it all started and the legacy she has created for herself.

It all began in 1949, when Pilcher was taken under the wings of romance publicists, Mills and Boon, with her first work released under the pseudonym Jane Fraser. She released a further 10 novels under this alias. It wasn’t until 1955 that her covers began to be decorated with the now famous ‘Rosamunde Pilcher’ when she released ‘Secret to Tell’, and by 1965 she had dropped the pseudonym completely.

Her breakthrough in the literary world was with the release of perhaps her most celebrated work, ‘The Shell Seekers’, in 1987. Although her previous novels had gone down well, this was the one that solidified her name amongst the greats of modern authors and is marked as the beginning of many years of success. The novel follows the life on a now elderly woman who re-lives her younger days through flashbacks, watching the evolution of her relationship with her children (who are now adults themselves) whilst living through some of the most prominent eras of social change in modern history. One of the main appeals of this book is Pilcher’s ability to evoke every-day feelings and actions and show just how extraordinary they are, allowing the reader to relish in the little moments within their own lives. It also displayed her incredible talent for creating intricate relationships between characters and for pure and talented story-telling. The novel sold over 5 million copies world-wide.

Pilcher’s success flourished throughout the rest of her career. Her novel ‘Coming Home’ won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from Romantic Novelists Association in 1996, and many of her books were adapted into films that were prominently shot on location in Cornwall. The first article in our Rosamunde Pilcher series highlights her success particularly in Germany, and the effect her work has had on tourism in Cornwall, so if you’d like to learn more then give it a read!

Pilcher continued writing novels until 2000, where her release of ‘Winter Solstice’ marked her retirement from her long and celebrated career. Though her time with pen and paper may be over, her legacy certainly is not, and her books will remain sold and read for many, many years to come.

Our next article in this series will explore the woman behind the words – so if you’d like to learn more about this successful novelist and the woman who transformed Cornwall’s tourism industry, then be sure to look out for it!

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