3 (all year)
The Stones is one of three stunning holiday apartments carefully converted from a former Sea Captain’s house that was built at the turn of the 20th Century. The house could not be in a better location for a St Ives holiday, sitting proudly on a hill just a short walk from the town centre, with incredible sea views from nearly every room. The Stones is on the ground floor and sleeps between two to six people in two bedrooms. It is perfect for families and friends, and it is possible to book apartments together to accommodate up to 14 people.
St Ives is as appealing today as it has been for decades. A friendly community of fishermen and artists live happily beside tourists who venture to the far south west of England all year round to find that, yes, the scenery really is as spectacular as paintings and postcards portray it to be. The Tate St Ives gallery has a permanent collection of work by local artists, as does the Penwith, and there are plenty of other galleries where you can buy work to add to your personal collection. If you prefer more tactile art, then set aside a few hours to see the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Leach Pottery Studio.
As you wander into town from your apartment you will pass lots of independent places to shop, eat and drink. Stroll along the harbour front or around Downalong, which is the oldest area of St Ives and a quirky maze of cobbled lanes. Make your way to the weekly farmers’ market which runs every Thursday from 9.30am until 2pm at the Guildhall, which is conveniently next to the Visitor Information Centre and which only sells food and drink produced within a 30-mile radius of St Ives. There is no need to worry if you miss market day because there are three small supermarkets in town and a large Tesco on the outskirts.
As if all the history and character of St Ives were not enough to seduce its visitors, the coastline is simply breathtaking with a dozen beaches in or around the area, many of which are within walking distance of The Stones including Porthminster, St Ives Harbour, Bamaluz, Porthgwidden and, just outside of town, Clodgy Point. You could, if you wanted to stretch your legs, also walk or cycle to Carbis Bay, Porthkidney, Black Cliff, Hayle Towans and Mexico Towans. Like the apartment, these beaches are dog-friendly if not all year round then at least part of the year, so everyone can enjoy playing on the sand.
Spend your days learning to surf, walking the beautiful South West Coast Path, eating freshly caught seafood or artisan pizza at one of the many beachfront bars and restaurants. The beauty of the apartment lies not only with its amazing views but with its fantastic location that puts all of this within easy reach by foot, bike, car or public transport.
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Mark Friggens joined Independent Cottages in June 2018
The Stones is on the ground floor of a four-storey former Sea Captain's home that has been sympathetically converted to sleep up to six people. Depending on availability, it is possible to book one or both of the other apartments to accommodate up to 14 guests.
Outside: Guests have shared use of a courtyard with harbour views. There is designated parking for one car.
Additional Information: The Stones has central heating and WiFi, and all utilities, sheets and towels are provided, except for beach towels. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome with prior agreement from the owner. A travel cot, pushchair, highchair, baby bath and backpack carrier are available on request. Smoking is not permitted.
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