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A  holiday cottage by the sea in St Ives offers you the ultimate flexibility, whether you are taking a short break or enjoying a main summer holiday.  StIves_Oct2010_14

The town is almost completely surrounded by the sea. Find a St Ives holiday let in the right place and you could be a few  meters from  a beautiful beach or the harbour  front, with two or three  more amazing beaches less than a five minute walk. This local diversity could be important should a coastal breeze pick up or  perhaps you just fancy gazing across an alternative vista as you enjoy your next Cornish ice-cream.

In the heart of St Ives you’ll be  spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants.  The well equipped kitchens provided with ‘self catering’  accommodation can turn out to be under-utilised with so many great places to eat only a few paces away.

The listings below currently focus on the self catering holidays  by the sea. We have listed local holiday-let agencies who have a good spread of holiday cottages with good access to the sea, mainly in central St Ives and the immediate surrounding area.  These holiday letting companies have expert local knowledge to support and advise visitors to St Ives.  In due course we will also add recommendations for hotels and camping.

Finding your holiday cottage in St Ives....

click for LanhamsLanhams, St Ives Holidays
  • Based in the High Street, Lanhams has 240+ quality self catering properties in St Ives
  • The staff are very helpful and friendly and have an excellent local knowledge.
  • Many of the holiday rentals are in the most desirable locations in St Ives.
click for AspectsAspects
  • With over 220 properties, Aspects has a strong presence in St Ives/surrounding area.
  • Based on the harbour-front and staffed by local people with expert local knowledge.
  • Aspects’ rental portfolio includes uxury options and extends to other parts of Cornwall.
click for Cornish Riviera Holiday CottagesCornish Riviera
  • Manage over 70 fisherman's cottages and harbour side flats- all in the heart of St.Ives.
  • Based in the middle of St Ives, run by local staff with good local knowledge.
  • Again, the holiday rentals are central to most desirable locations in St Ives.
click for West Cornwall Cottage HolidaysWest Country Cottage Holidays
  • Based in Penzance, managing properties across West Cornwall including St Ives.
  • The agent prides itself as the premier provider of holiday cottages in the region.
  • The website reflects and good range of self catering options in the surrounding area.
Our Best Recommendation
  • Located in the old fishing quarter in the heart of St Ives, 30m from the entrance to Porthmeor Beach.
  • Short walk to restaurants and St Ives based activities referenced on this website.
  • Well equipped and flexible accommodation (sleeps 6) with parking.
  • Highly recommended due to it’s prime location, facilities and competitive charges.



St Ives, Cornwall is connected via a branch line to the London / Penzance InterCity.  The train station is about a 10 to 15  minute walk to the harbour front and/or High Street. If you have traveled to St Ives by train for your  holiday or for a day trip, you’ll find that pretty much everything  in the town will be walkable from the station.

St Ives is an art colony, attracting people with a passion for art all year round. It is a wonderful location for people who love the great outdoors with fabulous walks and cycling. The surfing  in St Ives is at it’s best from October through to April,  while windsurfing and kitesurfing  are a short drive (9 miles) to the South Coast at Marizion.

St Ives is an excellent base to explore Cornwall’s historic monuments, areas  of outstanding natural beauty and some world famous tourist attractions making it  an all year round destination for holidays and short breaks.

For Easter breaks in St Ives, it will be worth checking the websites listed above , as we all know know sometimes things change and last minute bookings  become available.

About St Ives



St Ives is in west Cornwall, less than 20 miles from Lands End. Situated on the rugged north coast, this beautiful old fishing port is steeped in fascinating history, mixed with legends and myths. Culturally rich, St Ives is recognised around the world as a vibrant art colony and is home to many artists and musicians, with galleries, regular festivals and an eclectic music scene.

St Ives is a wonderful destination for a day trip, a short break or for a main holiday in the UK. On this website we’ve highlighted our favourite restaurants, attractions and activities and recommended where to go for places to stay. If you want to know how to get to St Ives then try our amazing route planner that will provide you the best travel directions to this wonderful seaside town. To plan your day properly we can provide you with the latest weather forecast for St Ives area, together with the tide times and surf forecast (for Gwithian beach).

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For holiday accommodation, we’ve listed the Holiday Cottage / self catering holiday let agents who specialise in St Ives and the surroundaing area. In due course we plan to add hotels and camping to our recommendations.

St Ives has miles of golden sand, with coves and beaches pointing in all compass directions. This means there is always an amazing choice of safe swimming, surfing, body-bording or playing in the sand, sheltered from sea breezes in the sunshine. With the benefit of the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the town also enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate during the summer months.

For more than 600 years this a delightful seaside town flourished on rich fishing grounds and mining for tin, supplemented with agriculture. Now the local economy benefits from all year-round tourism and art. The narrow, cobbled streets now offer a wide variety of shops, high class restaurants, cafes and bars.

St Ives has a thriving art scene which includes the Tate Gallery, Penwith Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Museum and many other smaller galleries.


You don’t have to walk far from the main town to experience the magnificent scenery along the Cornish cost-line, with breath-taking views across the undulating countryside, spectacular granite cliff faces and beyond to the Atlantic.

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