St. Ives although a fishing village and a former artists’ settlement, is nowadays a stylish holiday destination, recognised for all things Cornish – beachfront dining, gleaming beaches, impelling surfing opportunities and a flourishing arts scene. As it is also one of the UK’s preferred family holiday destinations, St. Ives still keeps its traditional British seaside atmosphere, so you can enjoy your fish and chips and fritter away your loose change on the amusement arcades. Private caravan rental is a thriving industry providing the ultimate in affordable self-catering holiday accommodation in the resort.
St Ives, with its backdrop of prehistoric scenery, was once the centre of a thriving, pilchard fishing industry until reserves dried up, at which time the Bohemian culture arose, drawn by the charming surroundings and quality of the light. Many international artists have lived and worked in St. Ives, including the painter, Ben Nicholson; the sculptor, Barbara Hepworth and the potter, Bernard Leach.
The landmark Godrevy Lighthouse, on the east side of St. Ives Bay, was the topic of the novel ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf. DH Lawrence was inspired to write about the village of Zennor with its sandy beaches, whitewashed houses and sky blue oceans.
Private caravan rental in the St. Ives region, allows visitors to explore the captivating scenery and enjoy some of the many activities on offer, time and time again.
Places to visit
Tate St. Ives – Porthmeor Beach
Worthy of a visit this art gallery has a café on the top floor that serves not only mouth-watering, Cornish fayre but also enjoys stunning views of the surrounding panorama and coastline. Showcasing exhibits of both contemporary and modern art, the majority of them focussed on the coastal environment and Cornwall. Current exhibitions include art by Alexander Calder and Frank Auerbach.
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and Museum – Barnoon Hill
After first coming to live in Cornwall after the outbreak of war in 1939, Barbara worked and lived at the Trewyn studios, from 1949 until she died in 1975; now known as the Barbara Hepworth Museum, a showcase to one of the most important 20th century artists. Many sculptures in stone, bronze and wood are displayed in the garden and museum, alongside many drawings and paintings.
The Leach Pottery – Higher Stennack
This pottery was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach, a famous creator in global art circles. To date, hundreds of apprentices, students and potters have all trained at the studio continuing Leach’s historic legacy and work ethic.
Private caravan rental is now exceptionally popular for a short break or a holiday in many counties and Cornwall is no exception. Holiday cottages and hotels appear to charge quite prohibitive prices especially during peak seasons, so renting a caravan in Cornwall is much more economical. Rates vary depending on the quality and luxury of the caravan, but there is usually something on offer whatever your requirements. Search Rent My Caravan to find your ideal location around the St. Ives region.