The effects of COVID-19 have had a huge impact on the travel industry, with the collapse of Flybe being one major example. As the virus continues to spread, many are predicting that this summer will see more staycation holidays for Brits. Should this be the likeliest situation, then St Ives in Cornwall is the perfect destination.
Aspects Holidays have more than 300 self-catering cottages in this gorgeous part of West Cornwall, with promises of fantastic beaches, cute cobbled streets and a picturesque harbour. Just a couple of steps away from said harbour is 1 Harbour House – a beautifully furnished, nautically themed, two bedroom ground floor apartment that probably has the perfect location in St Ives.
The front door opens out right onto Harbour beach, so as well as being able to instantly access this great spot, you can also admire the views and people watch to your heart’s content from the apartment’s two bay windows, thanks to the privacy glass.
Both double bedrooms, at the back of the apartment, are bright and airy with one being en-suite and the other having a separate family bathroom. The beds are wonderfully comfy, which is perfect after a long day exploring. What really makes this place special though, apart from the characteristic decor and unrivalled location, is the thoughtful additions the property owners have made. There’s a personal library of books, a broad selection of board and card games, and DVDs available for cosy nights in, while picnic blankets and children’s beach toys really enhance that warm, family feel you immediately get.
There are supermarkets in town just minutes away on foot if you want to stock up on food and drink in 1 Harbour House, as well as a couple of farm shops; I’d definitely recommend a visit to Richards Farm Shop for cheese and olives as they’re superb. There are also a number of great restaurants and pubs on the doorstep, with seafood of course being the best delicacy in local cuisine.
St Ives is known for its art scene with the seafront Tate St Ives gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden definitely worth a visit. Boat trips are also hugely popular. Go to Seal Island, just west of town, to see the seal colony there. Then there is also the option to try surfing, another hugely popular pastime here. If that’s too adventurous, then walks along the sandy beaches and a climb up to the top of The Island for breathtaking panoramic views should not be missed.
For more information visit www.aspects-holidays.co.uk/cottages/in/st-ives