10 Of The Best Family Cottages In St Ives
From idyllic beaches to quaint cobbled streets, read why you should take your family to St Ives this year.
Since the pandemic, there has been a surge of staycations - but St Ives attracts more than local visitors.
Here are the reasons why you should visit the hub of UK tourism.
Why St Ives is so popular
St Ives is a picturesque fishing harbour and town, filled with cobbled streets, independent shops and beautiful scenery - so beautiful that it made TripAdvisor’s top 10 European beaches.
This historical town is full of stories, so whether it’s a visit to the sun-soaked beaches or an enriching trip of arts and culture, the area has a lot to offer.
St Ives is not only a popular attraction for the British, being a stunning seaside town in their home country, but also those from around the world.
In fact, St Ives is the second most popular spot in the UK for a reason: there is so much to do that extends beyond its beautiful location.
Things to do in St Ives
There are countless things to do in St Ives, but here are a few of the experiences that you could have.
Jutting out into the Atlantic coast, St Ives is filled with picturesque sea views, rolling countryside and quaint villages - all that can be explored on foot.
Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a determined hike, you’ll be spoiled with beautiful scenery.
- Check out 5 Of The Best British Seaside Walks
Explore the town’s restaurants with sea views and pubs and bars, before visiting iconic Tate St Ives, situated on Porthmeor Beach, home to the best British and International modern and contemporary art.
Learn how St Ives became the centre of abstract art during the mid-twentieth century, and influenced some of the most notable names in art history.
Browse the abundance of independent shops that line the cobbled streets.
Taste the fresh food, like Cornish ice cream or seafood, or acquire quaint trinkets that could be found nowhere else, or leave land and take a tour of the bay and surrounding areas - learning about lighthouses, shipwrecks and more!
Best beaches in St Ives
St Ives is known for its stunning coastal views and its abundance of beaches. Here are some of the most notable beaches.
Porthmeor Beach is situated a short walk away from the heart of St Ives - yet this is not all it has to boast.
Stretching between two cliffs, the sandy and idyllic beach is safe for swimmers and surfers alike.
Porthmeor Beach holds one of the prestigious Blue Flag Award 2021 given in recognition of environmental management, water quality and education.
It is also dog safe, with only some seasonal restrictions, so furry friends are welcome to enjoy the coastline, too!
Carbis Bay Beach
Not far from Porthmeor Beach lies Carbis Bay Beach, the ideal beach for families and toddlers.
This stunning mile long stretch of beach is perfectly sheltered from the surf, so it is perfect for swimming in the turquoise waters.
Alternatively, great for sunbathing on the golden sands which is listed as one of the world’s best beaches.
At low tide, on the east side of the beach there is a RSPB bird sanctuary, home to important sea birds.
Surrounded by sub-tropical plants, Carbis Bay Beach is an idyllic retreat from the bustling world.
Albeit the smallest beach of soft golden sand in St Ives, Porthgwidden Beach is still incredibly popular with families.
As it is east-facing, Porthgwidden Beach attracts a lot of sun-lovers seeking a sunny break.
With beautiful views across St Ives and Godrevy Lighthouse, Porthgwidden Beach is as tranquil as it is stunning.
To note, dogs are welcome on the beach but not in the peak months of July and August.
Aspects Holidays is a holiday letting agency passionate about Cornwall.
Quick links to our favourite cottages in St Ives
At pebble, all of our products are independently recommended by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission which goes to help run our publication.
10 Of The Best Family Cottages In St Ives
1. Rough Seas Loft
Rough Seas Loft is a spacious apartment in a brilliant location that sleeps four across two rooms.
With gorgeous sea views at every turn and enough space to make the apartment feel like home.
There are seating areas to relax, eat and is the perfect base for those wishing to take a dip in the sea.
With full self-catering facilities and a private parking space, you have everything you need in the apartment to make a fantastic stay!
Bear in mind that there are steps to the front entrance.
2. Just Along
Just Along is an idyllic and spacious cottage occupying three floors and situated very close to the centre of St Ives - with everything in walking distance.
For those wanting a relaxing evening with the children, there are board games and films available, and plenty of space to relax.
If your family seeks adventure, there is a communal outside area ideal for washing and drying wetsuits with an outdoor shower.
This is a great cottage for a big family with any-aged children and pets are welcome.
3. 15a Park Avenue
15a Park Avenue is a fantastic ground floor apartment that ticks all the boxes.
With incredible views across St Ives harbour, the apartment is just a short walk away from the town centre and beach.
15a Park Avenue sleeps four across three beds, and has its own small, private courtyard and stunning outside terrace - both with seating.
Despite not having a parking space, there is a car park just down the street.
This home from home has good accessibility, making it suitable for families with children of all ages.
4. Harmony Cottage
Harmony Cottage, built in the late 1800s, is a perfect example of a traditional Cornish cottage, with granite walls and beamed ceilings, making for an idyllic stay.
With two bedrooms suitable for sleeping four, a bunk bed, and travel cot so young children are also accommodated for.
Harmony Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and cosy living area, perfect for social evenings with the family.
Exploring St Ives is just a five minute walk away, with an abundance of beaches, shops and restaurants to discover.
5. Sea Garden
Within the Unique and Boutique collection, Sea Garden stands out in this list for its stunning sea views and gorgeous terraced garden - that even comes with a dreamy summer house.
This stylish property invites guests to admire the breath-taking views, reaching as far as the harbour, sea and coastline.
With two bedrooms for four guests, a parking space, and prime location, this spacious and stylish house is an ideal option for a family getaway.
6. Harbour Reach
Harbour Reach is a modern and vibrant two-bedroom house that sleeps five, with one double bed and a triple bunk.
With an ideal location minutes away from the heart of St Ives, and its own parking space, this is a great base for exploring St Ives.
During sunny days, guests can enjoy their open and private courtyard, this is a great stay for families looking for a complete retreat.
7. Tykky Dyw
The gorgeous cottage Tykky Dyw (Cornish for butterfly) is fully equipped to accommodate a family of five with a double bed, daybed and twin beds.
Stretching across four floors, Tykky Dyw is just a five minute walk from Porthmeor beach, seconds away from the harbourfront, and is tucked away in the centre of St Ives.
Some of the amenities include a rain shower, TVs in each bedroom and a Juliet balcony with unforgettable views.
With dogs allowed, a private patio area and a shared courtyard, this house is ideal for a family looking to dine al fresco with some locally-caught seafood!
8. Bella’s Retreat
Bella’s Retreat is a lavish stay for big families, with four bedrooms that sleep eight.
With two parking spaces, the stay allows more flexibility to travel in and around St Ives, or to enjoy the bliss of the sea views.
Bella’s Retreat allows relaxation in style, with a P-shaped bath, king sized bed and stunning sea views.
Finally, Bella’s Retreat has its own private, enclosed terrace, making this a great stay for families of all ages.
9. Porthmeor Loft
The modern, three storey Porthmeor Loft has views of Porthmeor that will leave guests breathless.
Welcoming five guests across three bedrooms, including two parking spaces, Porthmeor Loft also has an array of gadgets and games to bring additional enjoyment to the stay.
With an ideal location for those wanting to enjoy the beach, Porthmeor Lost is just a short walk from town and the beach.
It’s equipped with multiple seating areas, a fleshed-out kitchen and a memorable Juliet Balcony to take in the fresh air.
Porthmeor Loft is an ideal stay for big family groups looking for adventure and relaxation.
10. St Nicholas Cottage
St Nicholas Cottage is a magnificent and roomy house that caters to ten guests across five beautiful bedrooms.
This property has all essential amenities for big groups, from two large fridge freezers, to the fabulous outside area equipped with a BBQ to enjoy the sun in privacy.
St Nicholas Cottage is extremely close to Porthgwidden beach, so has incredible views of the sea and great for those interested in watersports.
There’s space for one car onsite and the cottage is a short walk away from a 24hr car park.
The comfortable and spacious St Nicholas Cottage would provide a great stay for families of all ages.
For more holiday inspiration
Be sure to check out Aspects Holidays for more stunning holiday cottages both inside and outside of St Ives.
Don't miss pebble's latest sustainable features, reviews and best new products
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter below.
Take your positive impact to the next level
Join our FREE Ripples community for free in 2022.
Expect a friendly, virtual community packed with keen sustainable changemakers.
Come to free virtual events, a quarterly book club and meet 1000s of other people interested in growing your own, permaculture, soil health, regenerative agriculture, conservation and generally saving the planet!
You may also like...
What to Do Next
Stay up to date with all the latest eco news and features. We plant trees for every subscriber. Every 100th subscriber wins their own tree.
Join our Digital
Community For Free
Ripples helps you smash your sustainable goals. Share your journey, ask questions and inspire others.
Sign up To
Join our new business group in our Community. Collaborate and network with other ethical entrepreneurs.