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The perfect beach holiday begins with a holiday rental home or holiday cottage in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Carbis Bay is a village close to Lelant and St Ives in Cornwall. The village overlooks a bay around a family beach, which is bordered by Hawke's Point and Porthminster Point. Carbis Bay has a history of mining and fishing and today is a popular holiday destination. The South West Coastal Path runs through the village, as does one of the most picturesque railways in England, the St Ives Bay Line from St Erth.

Places to holiday in Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay has one of the most scenic bays in the world and the whole area operates totally around tourism. This means an enormous range of accommodation including beach houses, luxury flats and fishermen's cottages. Self catering holiday cottages are a good choice for families or as a base to explore Cornwall.

Carbis Bay is only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of St Ives and cottage holidays are perfect for relaxing on the Blue Flag accredited beach and to get away from it all. Cornish holiday cottages offer high standards for a home away from home experience with the option to eat in or out when you please, whereas mealtimes in a hotel restrict your day somewhat.

There are three wrecks on the beach of Carbis Bay that make a pleasant short stroll before your breakfast in a holiday cottage. Alternatively the Carbis Bay Hotel's restaurant is open to non-residents.

Things to do in Carbis Bay

From shopping to sightseeing, surfing to golfing, walking to wildlife and horse riding to heritage sites, whatever your interests, you're sure to be spoilt for choice when you take a holiday rental home in Carbis Bay. It has so many places to see, attractions to visit, splendid natural scenery and many visitors find the areas beaches suffice.

The beach at Carbis Bay is sheltered and the sea is calm and well suited to wind surfing and waterskiing. St Ives harbour is a suntrap; just the place for sunbathing and the longest beach in the area at Porthminster is sandy, sheltered and safe for swimming. The beach cafe has an exhibition by local artists. Porthgwidden Beach also offers safe swimming and Porthmeor is the best surfing beach. Other beaches to explore from your cottage include Porthkidney Sands, The Towans and Hayle Towans.

Neighbouring St Ives is a picture postcard town with cobbled streets and quaint shops and alleyways, visit the Tate Gallery or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and try out the local specialities such as marinated pilchards, Cornish pasty, clotted cream teas, saffron cake, heavy cake and Cornish ice-cream. If the weathers not good where you are, or you want to travel further a field, then consider Flambards at Helston, the Eden Project at St Austell, Lands End, Dairyland Farm World and Newquay Zoo, The Cornish Cyder Farm at Penhallow or the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

Weather in Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay's climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream and as the bay is sheltered it is suitable for holidays all year round.

Travel to Carbis Bay

Newquay and Plymouth airports serve Carbis Bay, as do the ports of Falmouth and Plymouth. The St Ives Bay railway station is above the beach and connects to the main line to London Paddington. There is a park and ride at Lelant Saltings.

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Spacious, clean and comfortable

5 of 5
The apartment was very clean and well presented, looks as if it has been recently renovated as everything looks new. owners are very friendly and accommodating . Kitchen contains all appliances, beach is a short walk away, but a difficult walk back! Short easy walk to St Ives and there are two restaurants literally opposite, though I did not visit these! If I really, really tried hard to find fault with the property then the kitchen taps are backwards and there were a couple of light switches that I had no idea what they did! - but thats being really nit picky and not a reason that would stop me returning. Would definitely look to go back and would recommend to family/friends
  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

Cosy apartment like a home from home great views

5 of 5
Immaculate homely apartment with great views short drive or walk from attractions. Welcoming local pub the Cornish Arms just up the road for simple home cooked food. Would stay again with no hesitation.
  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

Wonderful Winter Break!

5 of 5
What can I say… Blue Rock was all I had dreamed it would be, and more. We spent a wonderful Christmas here, and it lived up to all our expectations. From huge comfy beds, to superb views from the vast (but cosy lounge) looking out to sea! The location is spot on, as it is only a five minute walk into St. Ives town centre or to Porthminster beach. Over the Christmas period it was lovely to see that St. Ives was a bustling hive of festive activity, a jolly atmosphere but not too crowded. Parwin was excellent to converse with – and the booking process good not have been easier. The house was great, with modern interiors and plenty of communal space to sit and play scrabble or watch Christmas films. The lounge was the cherry on the cake with its breath-taking views, and room enough for all the family to have a sofa each to snuggle into after a windswept jaunt on the beach. The kitchen really came into its own whilst cooking Christmas dinner for 7 – the double oven and hob made it seamlessly come together. We also had everything we could possibly need with regard to utensils, pots, pans and serving dishes – and so there was no need for any last minute dashes to buy for instance a pastry brush for the Boxing Day turkey pie! (Parwin had thought of everything). In addition, for such a large house, it was surprisingly toasty with its super-efficient heating system. Which made for a warm and homely feel. Lastly, a very pleasant Christmas eve was spent having an early dinner at Porthminster Beach Café – located 5 minutes down the road. The food was superb and the service very attentive, and it was only a short stroll away (*with some steps) so we were home in good time for my son to put a glass of sherry and carrot out for Father Christmas and Rudolph before tucking him into bed. Bliss, thank you very much – we will definitely stay at Blue Rock again.
  • Review Submitted: 02-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016