St Ives is renowned for its’ superb sandy beaches, glittering turquoise sea, rugged coastline, shops and a cosmopolitan mix of restaurants and art galleries.

It has achieved all year round popularity due to its’ warmer climate, the world famous Tate Gallery and some of the finest restaurants in the South West.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing week on the beach or an energetic mix of sightseeing, surfing, fishing, diving, St Ives offers something for everyone.

The Cottages are located in the Downalong area which is conveniently situated between Porthmeor beach (the largest beach popular with surfers), Porthgwidden Beach (a smaller quiet beach ideal for those seeking peace and quiet) and the Harbour beaches and Wharf. It is also a short walk from Porthminster beach, a family beach boasting one of St Ives most popular restaurants where you can enjoy a meal overlooking the beach.

Restaurants, shops and galleries are close by, also Surfing, Diving, Fishing and Coastal walks.

There are many attractions in and around St Ives, a selection of which is included in our Places to Visit.  The St Ives festival takes place each September with a wide range of events and activities covering all aspects of music and art. St Ives is also a popular destination for Christmas and the New Year period.

What's on in St Ives 2017

St Ives Swell Board Shootout

16-18 June 2017
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives


The Swell Board shootout is a fancy dress charity surfing event that takes place in St Ives each year in June. It's a 3 day event and includes other events such as an open air beach cinema, Carnival and Paella Night.  Various live music performances make it one of the social highlights of the year.

St Ives Biathlon

24 June 2017
St Ives Surf Life Saving Club, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives


The St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club Biathlon 2017 is a 2km run race.  The race is run from St Ives to Carbis Bay followed by a 1.5km open-sea swim back.  The Biathlon is an event organised to raise much needed funds for equipment and kit for its many members.

St Ives September Festival

9-23 September 2017
Various Locations, St Ives


The St Ives annual music and arts festival features a host of events across the town.  These include Music, Exhibitions, Walks, Open Studios, Talks, Workshops, Comedy, Films, Theatre, Plays, Stories, Poetry and Street Entertainment.  The Festival has been running since 1977.

Places to Visit

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives


The iconic Tate St Ives gallery is situated overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  With events and exhibitions taking place all year round, this is a must see in St Ives.

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Barnoon Hill, Saint Ives


Discover the magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth.  This Museum and Sculpture Garden offers an insight into the work and life of Barbara Hepworth.

Minack Theatre

Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall


This awe inspring open air theatre is a beautiful 40 minute drive from St Ives.  This spectacular theatre is carved from the cliffs above the beach.