A jewel of the Cornish Coast, St Ives has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations in the South West. Its appeal is wide thanks to the many factors that contribute to the town’s character, including its artistic reputation, popular surf beaches and buzzing food and drink scene. Most recently the area was put under the global spotlight as the location of the G7 Summit at beautiful neighbouring Carbis Bay.
“St Ives is a true holiday and beach destination, with significance throughout the UK and beyond,” explains Christopher Bailey, Head of National Waterfront at Knight Frank. “It has been synonymous with surfing, artists, culture, gastronomy and an all-around thriving community for decades now. It achieved the title of Best UK Seaside Town in both 2010 and 2011 and it is home to a branch of the Tate gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.”
With four popular beaches, including surfers’ favourite, Porthmeor Beach, a harbour, working port and some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in the UK, it’s not difficult to understand the charm of St Ives.