Although St. Ives is a fishing village and a former artists’ settlement, nowadays its 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 in St. Ives is providing the ultimate in affordable self-catering holiday accommodation.
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.
Private Hire Caravans in St Ives
If you have never stayed in private hire caravans in St Ives, Cornwall, then this stunning part of the country ‘has’ to be on your bucket list. The journey is well worth the effort to get there. You can find an abundance of private hire caravans in St Ives, Cornwall on Rent My Caravan providing perfect getaways at almost any time of year. In the summer, there’s a kind of micro-climate that is on a par with more exotic parts of the world but it’s right on your doorstep! Even in midwinter, it’s got its charms too, not least during a sea storm. There are many vantage points where you can see and photograph the stunning seascapes in safety, and the photographic opportunities are unrivalled.
Beaches magnetically attract surfers
Search for privately owned caravans for hire in St Ives and you will be spoiled for choice if beaches are your ‘thing’. There are at least four distinctly different beaches, just circling the main town centre. They aren’t pebbly or difficult to get to, but wide expanses of golden sandy beaches. Facing the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the area tends to be a magnet for surfers of all abilities, as there’s a constant stream of ‘rollers’ washing the shore with exhilarating regularity. To the other side of the town, which is protected from the Atlantic, there’s the harbour and quiet sandy beaches, where the kids can play safely, while you relax on the sandy shore and watch the world go by.
Fresh fish and seafood is always available at the Fishing Harbour
The harbour front is littered with charming fisherman’s cottages, with olde world pubs and restaurants, that will serve you fresh seafood directly from the day’s catch at the harbour; it’s a joy to just stroll along there and watch the world go by. Directly to the back of the seafront is the main street which is packed full of shops selling everything from buckets and spades to fine art, created locally by eminent artists. There is a plethora of art and crafts galleries and shops selling those types of goods.
Caravan rental in Cornwall
Here on the Rent My Caravan portal you will find several caravans to rent on holiday parks in the rest of Cornwall, from Bude to Newquay to Penzance and many other places. Some caravan parks are on the coast and some inland.
Are Caravan holiday parks more affordable?
Cornwall is always a favourite for holidays and usually very expensive for accommodation in peak season. However, Caravan Rental in St. Ives, Cornwall tends to be much more affordable. Yet you can have all the same comforts you’d expect from a holiday cottage.
Cornwall is a great place to visit and offers a huge variety. Towns and villages offer gourmet places to eat out with coastal restaurants providing the freshest of fish. Pubs in Cornwall tend to have a great atmosphere and provide excellent meals.
Cornwall is well known for attracting artists and craftspeople. Many towns have galleries including Padstow, St Just and Penzance.
Beaches and surfing in Cornwall are world renowned. Many beaches are dog-friendly so for dog lovers, Cornwall is a great place to rent a caravan.
And of course, inland Cornwall is a great county for walking and hiking. There are many riding establishments for those wanting to ride out across the moor. Even cycling has become popular in Cornwall. For the more energetic there is the Ten Tors on Bodmin Moor to be climbed!
More things do to and many places to see
Caravan holiday parks vary in terms of the facilities they offer holidaymakers. Some provide so much that people hardly leave the park during their whole stay. Facilities include shops, bars and restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and table tennis, golf, water sports, evening entertainment, crèches for children and much more.
Cornwall depends on its tourist industry
When you rent a caravan in Cornwall you will find that the caravan holiday parks have lots of tourist information available. But it’s always a good idea to do some research before you leave home. You can start by searching the Internet for the area in Cornwall where you want to have your holiday. Once you have chosen the holiday park you can then search the area for the things you like to do. Cornwall depends on its tourist industry and is therefore very helpful in providing as much information as possible for its holidaymakers.