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Destination guide

Rent a cottage near art galleries in picturesque Saint Ives

St Ives is one of the most popular and famous destinations in the region and is perfect for dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Known for surfing beaches and a vibrant arts scene, St Ives has just about any activity you could ask for, many of which allow pets. You can explore places like the Tate St Ives gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, but if you want to bring your dog along, you have numerous options. You can bring dogs to the main beaches along the coast most of the year, and Harbour Beach and Carbis Bay allow dogs in the morning and evening. Dogs are allowed year-round at Bamaluz, a small tidal beach. For more exercise, you can take the coastal path to enjoy the views of the water.

 
History

Historic attractions near Saint Ives holiday homes

Saint Ives boasts an array of historic sites that showcase its unique history. Holiday lettings are available near places like the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, a museum and garden from a famous sculptress with photographs, documents and drawings, and Godrevy Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse overlooking Saint Ives Bay. You could also explore Chysauster Farm, a village of Roman-British homes from the Iron Age.

Things to do

Attractions near Saint Ives holiday lettings

Housed in a striking oceanfront building inspired by the gas works it replaced, Tate St Ives is a world-renowned gallery, which plays host to a programme of ever-rotating exhibitions celebrating the best of modern and contemporary art. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is another must-see for culture vultures. Here, you can learn all about the life and work of one of Saint Ives' most famous former residents, the pioneering 20th-century sculptor who helped transform the town into a thriving centre for the arts. For a fun-packed family day out take the troop to Flambards Theme Park, where you can explore a life-size Victorian village, before getting your adrenaline fix on a host of nerve-wracking thrilling rides.

Activities

What to do near Saint Ives holiday homes

For many, a trip to Saint Ives revolves around the beach. In summer, the gently crashing waters offer ideal conditions for novice surfers, while the experts show up in winter for more challenging waves. If you'd rather try your hand at easier-to-master aquatic pursuits, you can explore the rugged coastline by kayak or standup paddle board. Or perhaps you're content to simply lounge around and soak up some rays. Once the sun goes down, you can retreat to a cosy traditional pub to sample local ales and ciders, or dress to impress and splurge on cocktails in a stylish seafront bar.

Weather

Best time to travel to Saint Ives holiday homes

Saint Ives holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the peak summer season of June to August, when the days are typically pleasantly warm, with plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather is also generally very agreeable in the shoulder months of May and September, when you may find it a little easier to land a good deal on accommodation. Early spring and late autumn tend to be fresh, and winters can get rather chilly, but Cornwall's climate is the mildest and sunniest in the entire UK. However, rainfall is common at all times of year, so be sure to pack something waterproof.

Natural features

Saint Ives' mesmerising marine life

Within moments of leaving the comfort of your Saint Ives holiday rental, you can be immersed in a world of unspoilt natural spectacles. A highlight for many visitors is a peaceful boat trip out to Seal Island, a rocky inshore island that's home to a colony of adorable Atlantic grey seals. If you're extra lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of other mesmerising marine creatures, such as basking sharks, dolphins or porpoises. Saint Ives is also a haven for birdwatchers. With a little planning and patience, you may be able to spot everything from cute puffins to majestic peregrine falcons.

Beaches

Beaches near Saint Ives holiday homes

The beaches of Saint Ives are among its biggest draws. Holiday homes are available near stunning beach locations like Porthgwidden Beach, a sheltered sand beach with a cafe and calm waters for children, and Carbis Bay Beach, a family-friendly bayside beach with a quiet atmosphere. You'll also enjoy the Towans, a coastal beach and dune area with swimming and seaside amenities.

How to get there

Travelling to and around St Ives

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 26.9 mi (43.3 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, St Ives Station, Carbis Bay Station and Lelant Station are the main stations in the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Saint Ives?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,921 holiday lettings around Saint Ives. From 847 cottages to 595 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Saint Ives?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Saint Ives. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • St Ives Harbour: 3,022 holiday lettings
  • Tate St. Ives: 3,010 holiday lettings
  • St. Ives Theatre: 3,005 holiday lettings
  • Art Space Gallery: 3,034 holiday lettings
  • Chapel of Saint Nicholas: 3,048 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Ives listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Saint Ives?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 847 Cottages in Saint Ives. Our other popular types of Saint Ives holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 595 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 399 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 28 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Saint Ives?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 152 holiday homes with pool available in Saint Ives. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.