St Ives is filled with beautiful, winding cobbled streets which only adds to its Cornish charm but those roads can make parking tricky, or near impossible in the height of summer! Take advantage of that rare and wonderful thing we have here at The Sail Lofts holiday cottages, the guest parking, and arrive by car. That way once you’ve explored the town you can hop in the car and venture a little outside of St Ives to see what else Cornwall has to offer.
Only twenty minutes away you can explore St Micheal’s Mount, a quaint tidal island that’s situated in Mount's Bay. Uniquely it’s only accessible by foot during low tide along a man-made granite walkway and has a population of just 30. The island has beautiful gardens, a charming harbour as well as a medieval castle and a church that was first constructed in the 12th Century by French monks. If you’re a member of the National Trust you can visit the castle for free, or you can simply wander the beautiful island and soak up that Cornish sunshine. Don’t forget to check the tide times before you go, if in doubt ask our concierge services.
Just a half an hour drive from St Ives you will find the most famous and beautiful open air theatre in the country, The Minack Theatre. Not only can you catch an evening show of King Lear or The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but the space is open during the day so you can take in the beautiful view when the sun is shining. If you’re lucky you might even spot a basking shark in the ocean below. The best part about being on a self catering holiday is that you can pack a picnic to eat before the show.
Arguably one of the best views in the country, we reckon the fourty minute drive to Land’s End is worth the trek. Not only can you see the beautiful cliffs towering over the Atlantic ocean but the iconic signpost makes the perfect holiday snap. To soak in the view try the heritage trail for a relaxing afternoon. If that’s not enough to tempt you there’s plenty for the kids to enjoy with their 4D cinema and Shaun the Sheep experience. And if you’re going to be visiting our luxury accommodation at the end of the month be sure to check out Cornish Day on the 28th July with storytelling, live music, and fireworks.
This is just a glimpse into the many treasures that a self catering holiday in St Ives has to offer. There’s plenty more to come.