Christmas 2023 In St Ives – What to see & do!

With Christmas fast approaching its time to plan your visit to get out and about and explore everything Christmassy in St Ives and the surrounding area whether you are going to be enjoying a Cherished Christmas in one of our cosy cottages, or just on a day trip, there’s going to be plenty on to see and do with all … Read More

Halloween Fun – October Half Term In St Ives

With the autumn school holidays only a few weeks away it’s time to start planning ahead and thinking of fun things to see & activities to do with the children, family & friends this coming October half term when visiting St Ives at this magical time of year, which also includes the fun filled spooky activities to see & explore … Read More

St Ives in Autumn, time to explore!

St Ives is a fab destination at any time of the year but rolling into autumn always seems very special, after the busy summer months fade with happy memories for all holiday makers and visitors, and a more civilised and slower pace of life resume for all! September through to the October half term ticks along nicely with many tourist … Read More

Dog friendly things to do in and around St Ives during the summer

Beautiful St Ives in Cornwall is becoming one of the best seaside destinations within Cornwall if not the whole of the UK and should be on every Brits ‘Bucket list’ of places to visit, as year on year the tourist season extends and makes it one of the most perfect places to visit all year round. With its glorious sandy … Read More

Parking in St Ives – the ultimate insiders guide!

St Ives is one of the jewels in the crown of British seaside holiday destinations and is renowned for its beautiful golden sandy beaches making it a mecca to visit at any time of year but particularly during the peak season its popularity can harbour its own problems with the main one at the top of everyone’s  ‘worry list’ is … Read More

Right on your doorstep in St Ives!

With a very successful Easter enjoyed by us all, we were once again able to get into our stride to look forward to the busy season ahead.  Okay, the weather wasn’t quite on our side but we should all know what to expect at this time of year in good old blighty! The next official busy week after the two … Read More

Explore St Ives this Spring & Easter

It’s nearly that time of year again, Spring has officially now sprung at the beginning of March and that can only mean that we are steaming towards the first major school holidays of the year with the Easter holidays fast approaching ! Early signs of spring are upon us with daffodils and other spring flowers already making an appearance but … Read More

Family fun February half term 2023!

February half term in Cornwall In the middle of the winter its always good to have something to look forward to, with the nights already starting to get lighter as we head into February, it’s a great time to plan a family holiday to Cornwall. Whilst the weather isn’t always guaranteed at this time of year, with the thought of … Read More

Foodie Delights, Not to be missed, Near St Ives!

St  Ives has just been voted one of the happiest places to live within the UK which is a fabulous accolade to have and we can certainly see why given its prominence of one of the finest seaside destinations in the UK with its endless choice of golden sandy beaches, incredible scenery, pretty harbour and the countless small independent retail … Read More

Christmas Lights in & Around St Ives 2022

As we rapidly approach December it is time once again to get excited about Christmas in Cornwall! With the dark nights drawing in early at this time of year, whether you are already staying with us or living locally, there’s nothing better than getting out with friends and family and exploring the Christmas festivities in and around St Ives! St … Read More

All About the Beaches in St Ives!

There’s no doubt about it, St Ives is a Mecca when it comes down to golden sandy beaches… we are totally spoiled for choice. Whether an annual summer holiday, a day trip for the locals or budding surfers, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy …. oh, and that includes our four legged friends – always welcome any time of … Read More

Pet Friendly Eating Out In St Ives!

St Ives is the most perfect place to come on holiday at any time of the year with friends and family, but it’s also a haven for dog lovers too, so don’t forget to pack your furry friends into the car before you set off, it has to be one of the most dog friendly seaside resorts in the UK … Read More

Things to do this April in St Ives

Here in sunny St Ives and surrounding areas we have plenty to entertain our visitors of all ages over the Easter period. The art fans amongst you can pay a visit to The Leach Pottery who are running Easter weekend open days along with tours of the pottery and a shop full of their fabulous pottery for you to buy. … Read More

Storm Watching in Cornwall

If you are making the trip down to our beautiful patch of the world this winter, you could well be met with a spectacular storm battering the Cornish coast. Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis have passed through already this February and being Cornwall, we are probably not out the woods yet on the wild weather front. Read on for our … Read More

Valentines in St Ives

The cobbled streets and cosy fisherman’s cottages of St Ives make for the perfect setting to fall in love under Cornwall’s spell. Fill your days with dreamy Atlantic views and blustery winter walks along the coast. Read on for our top tips for a delightful romantic break. Fall in love with the sea If you’re an adventurous pair dive in … Read More

Cosy Cherished Cottages in the Heart of St Ives

St Ives Downalong is a charming stretch of fishermans cottages nestled amongst quaint cobbled streets. Tucked away behind the harbour, with Porthgwidden and Bamaluz beaches at one end and Porthmeor at the other ‘The Fishermans Quarter’ is a stone’s throw St Ives town and the iconic Tate Gallery too. Our Cherished portfolio boasts twelve beautiful properties, so take a stroll … Read More

10 Reasons to Visit St Ives in Winter

Winter is traditionally a quieter time of year in St Ives, but our little harbour town tucked away in West Cornwall continues to thrive in the winter winds too.   Although perhaps slightly biased, read on for ten reasons to visit and fall in love with St Ives outside the summer season. BEACHES As dog bans are lifted at the … Read More

Top 10 Plastic Free Tips for your St Ives Holiday

As the darker evenings roll in and our Cherished summer guests on their St Ives holiday head home, the Cherished Cottages team have a little more breathing space to think on some projects close to our own hearts. The crisis of plastic in our environment has been highly publicised for several years; it is one of the most pressing environmental … Read More

Tim’s Dog Blog!

Autumn is upon us once again and the busy restrictive summer months of dog beach bans will soon be behind us. As an avid dog lover and proud owner of two very faithful black Labradors, Bertie and Icy, October 1st can’t come soon enough! After a summer of finding alternative walks in West Cornwall, local dog lovers and holidaymakers alike … Read More

St Ives has a warm Vegan welcome for you!

We may be a small seaside town, but we pride ourselves on our ability to cater for everyone’s tastes in our unique “St Ives foodie style!” This blog focuses on those of us who have chosen to follow a plant-based Vegan diet and lifestyle, and as you will discover below, there are plenty of venues in St Ives which you … Read More

February in St Ives

Outside of the peak season the fabulous little town of St Ives and surrounding villages have plenty to offer all of our lovely holiday makers and visitors to Cornwall. Early in February we have the ancient annual tradition of the St Ives Feast Day, celebrating the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434.  Offering the rare chance … Read More

Doggy Days Out in Cornwall (Other than the Beach)!

Naturally, when you are on holiday in lovely St Ives in one of our stunning pet friendly properties, during the busy summer months, you will want to take your four legged friends onto the beaches,  but there are many other places that you can go where your pet will also be very welcome.  As we all know, Cornwall is a fantastic … Read More

Al Fresco Dining In Cornwall

Here in pretty St Ives and the surrounding areas we have many wonderful places to dine in, but to take full advantage of the wonderful summer we are having this year, we have come up with a selection of our favourite eateries that go that one step further and offer Al Fresco dining. The Porthmeor Beach Cafe First up we … Read More

Our Winter Break in St Ives by Lucy Shrimpton – Travel Writer and Blogger

  On the doorstep in St Ives, from a very Cherished Cottage We tried to go somewhere else. We really did. But when half-term push comes to shove, it has to be St Ives. Whilst there are many near and far-flung places we’d love to explore, sometimes it’s just too tempting to just stomp one’s stomping ground. Maybe we’re not … Read More

Surfing St Ives – by guest Author Johnnie Wells

Who wants to go surfing? A question that in our house delivers a very weather dependent response, on warm summer days we are likely to be packing the wagon with half a dozen boards, a collection of wetsuits and a full set of kids, on winter days like we have been having recently it is a much smaller hardy bunch … Read More

Out & About: Active in St Ives this November!

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

Autumn In St Ives

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

Where to Eat in St Ives: Part Two – New Twists to Old Places

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!

Where to Eat in St Ives – Part One: Our Favourite New Openings

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

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

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

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.

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.