As a child, many October half-terms were spent in Devon and Cornwall. I’ve loved St Ives since I came here as a little girl and it seems David has caught the bug too. This is the fourth October half-term we’ve spent here together, yet each time we come, we find something new to explore.
Although it’s late autumn whenever we come to St Ives, we always have the best weather; I guess being that little further south makes all the difference. When we’re out and about, we love nothing more than grabbing our hats and scarves for a cosy walk around the various beaches and coastal walks. And of course, late October and early November evenings are perfect to spend cuddled up inside after a day of fresh sea-air.
Family Vlog 1: St Ives
Music: Everywhere, by Fleetwood Mac
The whole of St Ives has the most unspoiled charm about it; the people here are keen to preserve its natural beauty and it’s one of the cleanest places to visit in the UK. You won’t find water more blue and transparent than here.
You may have seen a snippet of aerial footage within the vlog. David has enjoyed droning around St Ives so much this week; it’s such a beautiful coastline to film. There was so much more I could’ve used but just not the space within the track. I’ll put some links to the full-length footage below.
This year we stayed at 1 Harbour House, The Wharf. We were constricted by pram accessibility this year but have stayed in numerous other properties around St Ives using local agents. We rented Harbour House with Aspects Holidays as we used them last year and we were impressed with their customer service.
Harbour House has the advantage of being situated on the harbour itself, with only three steps up to the property from the cobbled harbour-side. This was a deal-clincher for us, as we love popping back for lunch and for Hugo to have a roll on his play-mat before we dash off out again to explore some more.
We were often out of the door by 7am, enjoying wandering around the sleepy streets, peeping into fishermen’s cottages and taking in the spectacular views as the sun rose. I love St Ives at this time of day; it’s like chicken soup for the soul.
1 Harbour House has an airy and light open-plan living area, with views across the harbour to Porthminster beach.
We spent many mornings sipping our tea or coffee, watching the lifeboat come and go, and just taking time to ponder. St Ives is renowned for its harbour seals too, and spotting these became quite an obsession from our lounge and kitchen windows, which were mirrored, to ensure privacy.
The apartment was spotless on our arrival and Ruby was thrilled that a little Halloween garland was hung in the kitchen, and along with house-keeping supplies was a stash of Halloween goodies for her too; a really nice touch.
Another wow-factor for Ruby was that the recently renovated 1 Harbour House had multi-changing LED lighting fitted in the kitchen and both bedrooms, each room controlled by its own remote; so it’s no surprise that she spent a lot of time in there playing with the programmable functions.
If you’re looking for a cosy winter-break, I’d thoroughly recommend St Ives to you. It’s glorious in summer too, but very busy. I just love this place out of season; it’s like an undiscovered gem. There are numerous properties with sea-views, even if they’re not on the harbour itself and those without sea-views are just so cosy and seconds away from the beaches.
There are many places nearby which we also love. We didn’t get to see them all this year but managed a few, including St Michael’s Mount, Land’s End, Porthkidney Sands and Porthcurno.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on St Ives and if you have any accommodation suggestions, do get in touch.
Thanks so much for reading again and I hope you enjoyed our first vlog. More to follow soon. Cheers!
Links to David’s drone footage…