Matt and I had some annual leave spare and decided a long weekend away in the UK would be a better way to use it than a full week abroad. We decided St Ives sounded as good any place to go and Matt has been hinting at visiting there for a couple of years now so we booked it.
We used Airbnb to find somewhere to stay as most holiday rental companies only offered week long lets or check in was either Friday or Monday but we needed Saturday check in. It was the first time we’ve ever stayed with a host, usually choosing a place to ourselves but the place we found was freshly renovated and in a great location so we took the plunge and booked. Our hosts were lovely and their home was gorgeous not as gorgeous as their dog, Hugo the labradoodle.
We drove down via Padstow as Matt wanted to try the infamous Rick Steins fish and chips, they were okay but growing up by the seaside has made me some what a fish and chip connoisseur and I’ve had better, sorry Rick.
We arrived at our accommodation around 5pm on Saturday and wasted no time going out to explore and make the most of the sunshine, the town centre and harbour were only a few minutes walk from where we were staying which was a huge bonus. We walked from the harbour and around to Porthmeor beach where the light and views were breath taking.
We spent the next couple of days exploring all of the little beaches, the weather wasn’t as good, it was cloudy and cooler but it didn’t rain and a perfect excuse to wear my new coat. We drove further afield too exploring Mousehole, lands end, Sennen cove and St Micheals Mount, we even found a retail park to have a nosey around. A word of advice if visiting St Michael’s Mount, check the tide times and have some cash on you for the boat back if the tide is coming in, otherwise you’ve got to take your shoes off and roll your jeans up and wade through the sea to get back.
The sun came back out on Tuesday and we explored Carbis Bay before heading back to meet a friend who was holidaying in Perranporth but had come to St Ives for the day. The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying the beautiful sunshine and clear waters before heading back to get ready for our meal.
We booked a window table at firehouse. Everything about it was stunning, the view, the gin and then the food, faultless. This is definitely somewhere we want to visit again. I had oriental sticky pork belly to start, chicken and rib combo and we shared a sticky toffee pudding. All washed down with St Ives blood orange gin. Our new favourite!
We could see the sky looked amazing as we ate and feared we’d missed the sunset but made our way to Porthmeor beach and were greeted to the best sunset sky I’ve ever seen. That sealed the deal for me, I had fallen in love with the place.
We found some lovely little places to eat whilst there, our favourites were; scoff troff cafe and firehouse. We also enjoyed a delicious Sunday roast at the Queens and a pizza on the beach from coast to go. There are so many special memories of this trip, here are a selection of my favourite photos.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our trip, have you been to St Ives before? Would you consider a trip in future? Thanks for stopping by,