A couple of years ago whilst walking a stretch of the Cornish coastal path we passed through the pretty village of St Ives. We were very impressed but did not have much time to look around so last year we decided to rent a couple of Cornwall cottages in St Ives for our summer holiday.
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We arrived at our Cornwall cottages in St Ives in the late afternoon. The cottages were situated in one of the narrow cobbled streets above the harbour. Our Cornwall cottages in St.Ives were really pretty, festooned with hanging baskets in full bloom. We settled in and then strolled down to the harbour to watch the fishermen landing their catch on the ancient granite quays.
We indulged ourselves with a delicious cream tea in one of the harbour side cafes and then went to the Cornish Deli which has a mouth watering selection of pasties, pies and homemade cakes. We made our purchases and wandered back up the hill to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives.
That evening we dined on the terrace at the back of the cottages with stunning views of the sunset over the harbour. The pasties were magnificent – we shall definitely be sampling more of those!
The following morning we left our Cornwall cottages in St Ives and picked up some brochures from the St Ives Visitor and Information Centre. We went for coffee in a café overlooking the harbour to plan our day. Not feeling very energetic, we decide to visit the Trewyn Gardens right in the centre of St Ives.
The gardens were beautiful and provided a perfect backdrop to a memorial sculpture to Barbara Hepworth. Due to the proximity of the gulf stream and consequent mild climate the gardens had a sub-tropical feel. St Ives regularly enters the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition and has won awards on several occasions.
After a couple of hours we decided to go and look for some lunch. By lucky accident we stumbled upon the Sheaf of Wheat Inn – a pretty building with rows and rows of window boxes virtually covering it. We had lunch in the beer garden and sampled several pints of the local brew. The food was great – mussels in wine garlic and cream with hot granary bread. The inn uses local produce whenever possible and the waitress mentioned that there was a Farmers Market at the nearby ‘Backpackers’ every Thursday. Apparently, the market is organised by a local group called ‘GULP’ – Great taste Unbeatable Local Produce. We resolved to visit this market but for now our top priority was to return to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives to sleep off lunch.
The next day was a bit grey and cloudy and we decided that a bit of culture was in order so we took ourselves off to the Tate St Ives. The Tate is housed in a beautiful building overlooking the Porthmeor Beach. The building backs into the cliff and is fifty feet above the beach. Apparently, on a clear day, from the roof-top restaurant you can see over Clodgy Point all the way to the Godrevy lighthouse.
At lunchtime we agreed to return to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives for lunch and go out for dinner in the evening. We had contemplated lunching in the roof-top restaurant but, due to the weather, we thought the views – which were the main attraction – would be disappointing.
After a relaxing afternoon at our Cornwall cottages in St Ives we walked down to the harbour and wandered around looking at various menus outside the many restaurants. Unable to make up our minds, we headed back to the Sheaf of Wheat with its friendly atmosphere and wonderful food.
Next day we decided to take a trip to Lands End – I was really looking forward to it as I hadn’t been there since I was a child. All those years ago a seagull had dropped a little present onto the top of my head – apparently very lucky – I certainly didn’t think so at the time!
What a disappointment! Lands End is now a sort of theme park – a place that used to be wild, rugged scenery and a wonder at being at the very end of the country now had visitor attractions, shops, galleries, a pet farm and even film shows. The only thing I could see that was nearly the same was the ‘First and Last Inn’ in the nearby village of Sennen. This 17th century inn was home to smugglers and wreckers but now boasts a gourmet menu and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Cornwall Cottages In St Ives: Lovely Homemade Food:
We returned to our Cornwall cottages in St. ves via the Cornish Deli (more pasties) and had a quiet night in front of the television. In the morning the men decided that they would like to visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. This held no interest for Sally and me, but we thought a look around the shops and beaches in Falmouth might be nice and agreed to go along.
We separated outside the museum and agreed to meet up for lunch in the Waterside Café at the museum. Spectacular views over the harbour and lovely homemade food. We were regaled with stories of lighthouse keepers lives and more. Apparently, the last manned lighthouse was automated in November 1998.
We returned to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives and planned the next day’s activities and decided to take a picnic along the coastal path to St .Agnes a few miles away–subject to weather. Next morning was bright and sunny. We prepared our picnic – complete with cans of local beer – and set off from our Cornwall cottages in St Ives.
We had a wonderful day – hot sunshine, good conversation – and returned to our Cornwall cottages in St Ives in the early evening. One last meal in the Sheaf of Wheat and it was time to start packing to leave our lovely Cornwall cottages in St Ives.