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Luxury Staycation Holidays for Autumn and Winter – Sail Lofts – St Ives, Cornwall

05 October 2020

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives

 

Looking for a little escape this year – a few days away, a change of scene for a week or so… then Cornwall is a great choice… and particularly a stay at the luxurious self-catering accommodation Sail Lofts – St.Ives. A change of season, a change of pace – enjoy the autumn colours and stunning scenery.
 
Top reasons to visit St. Ives in 2020:

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives

 

Safe, Clean & Legal™ – One of the main concerns for potential travellers in 2020 is the standard of care and cleanliness in the proposed holiday accommodation.  So Sail Lofts – St.Ives is very pleased to announce that they have just been awarded an additional accreditation from Quality in Tourism for the extra safety and cleaning procedures they have put in place post Covid.

Safe, Clean & Legal™ inspects everything that a hospitality or accommodation operator needs to do to be compliant with regulation, committed to quality standards and of course safe and clean. It has been running since 2018, but has been updated to reflect additional requirements and standards for travel in the post-COVID era.

The Safe, Clean & Legal™ status means that they can offer guests the reassurance that they are taking every possible step to ensure their safety whilst they holiday at Sail Lofts – St Ives.

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Easier access to the sights- such as Rosevale MineRosevale Mine is a restoration project which preserves Cornwall’s tin mining heritage, located in Zennor, four miles outside of St Ives. Visits must be made by special appointment and include illuminated helmets to experience a working tin mine.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, a short drive from Sail Lofts, is a lovely spot and also has a very good restaurant within the grounds. The gardens are set in a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount. Interwoven with the planting is a series of contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash and Richard Long.

Wildlife aficionados: For devotees of nature, grey seals can be seen in Seal Island, one of the Carracks, a cluster of small rocky islands, just west of St Ives. Pods of bottlenose and common dolphins make unpredictable appearances and bird lovers will enjoy St Ives’ resident gull, The Herring Gull and the Turnstone, a small wader bird, among other species.

Falmouth – with quieter roads, take advantage of a venture to Falmouth – so pretty and so special with picturesque shopping streets and plenty of great places to eat.  Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII and has defended the Cornish coast for centuries. For a rainy-day option, the National Maritime Museum is worth checking out.

Image courtesy of The Eden Project - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of The Eden Project

 

The Eden Project – once a china clay pit, the Eden Project now has the largest rain forest in captivity in one of the biomes that cater for all tastes.  It is just over an hour’s drive from St.Ives. Due to Covid, advanced bookings are compulsory.

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Storm watching – Zennor, once home to D.H.Lawrence, is a great place to watch storms – just a short drive from St Ives.  Watch huge waves crash over Gurnard’s Head, a rocky promontory that sticks out into the sea, from the safety of the coast path. Once suitably windswept and rosy-cheeked, return to St. Ives for a warm toddy.

 

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives

 

Dog friendly With dogs an important part of the family for many, Sail Lofts – St Ives offers a wonderful retreat for four-legged companions in its five dog-friendly properties. With beaches on the doorstep (restrictions on dog walking ends in September) and the South West Coastal Path easily accessible, St Ives really does have it all when it comes to a dog-friendly destination. There is a leaflet with a list of dog friendly spots in St Ives as well as useful information such as local veterinary surgeries.

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Image courtesy of Tate St Ives - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of Tate St Ives

 

Art – a cornucopia of choices Tate St IvesTate St Ives, overlooking Porthmeor Beach celebrates the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony. Catch the Gabo exhibit until the end of September – an early proponent of constructivism, this renowned sculptor has not had an exhibition in the UK for more than 30 years. Guests staying at Sail Lofts enjoy complimentary entrance to the Tate.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture GardenThe Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience offering an insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Guests staying at Sail Lofts enjoy complimentary entrance to the museum and gardens.

St Ives School of PaintingSt Ives School of Painting will be offering courses from this Autumn and is just on the doorstep of Sail Lofts!  A three-day portrait painting course for example in October starts at just £305.

 

Image courtesy of The Leach Pottery, St Ives - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of The Leach Pottery, St Ives

 

Leach PotteryThe Leach Pottery was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada and is among the most respected and influential potteries in the world.

Penwith GalleryThe Penwith Gallery is a gorgeous art space, hidden amongst the winding cobbled streets of St Ives and has been intertwined with the lives of some of the most highly regarded British artists of the past 70 years.

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Image courtesy of RSPB Hayle Estuary - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of RSPB Hayle Estuary

 

Quieter beaches – St Ives Bay is on the Atlantic coast, in the form of a shallow crescent, four miles across, between St Ives in the west and Godrevy Head in the east. At the most southerly point the River Hayle flows into the sea. Behind the dunes here, the river forms a broad tidal estuary which includes an area of salt marsh and a largely disused port. The port was once a major factor in the local tin and copper mining industry which thrived until the nineteenth century.

The estuary is renowned for bird watching and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has a reserve there. The eastern coast of the bay is a three-mile unbroken sandy beach backed by a substantial system of coastal dunes known as The Towans which is popular for surfing, particularly in the Gwithian area.

 

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives - Porthmeor Beach
Image courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives – Porthmeor Beach

 

The western side of the bay is on higher ground and is more densely inhabited with substantial settlements at Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives. The western coast of the bay is rockier with several small beaches separated by headlands. The most popular beaches in St.Ives are Porthminster, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden.

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Image courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives

 

Eat and Drink – why not try:

The Porthmeor Café – A favourite of the locals, choose to eat inside the glasshouse or in a heated open-air booth (once former beach huts). Australian chef Cameron Jennings has created a menu that changes seasonally but favourites include pea and blue cheese arancini, crispy squid and slow-cooked braised beef  .

One Fish Street – For dishes using fish straight from the boats paired with local vegetables, visit One Fish Street, an intimate fish restaurant with delicious meals, relaxed service and a convivial atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, they are located on Fish Street, St Ives.

 

Image courtesy of One Fish Street - Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of One Fish Street

 

The Searoom by St Ives Liquor Co –  The Searoom by St Ives Liquor Co is a little tapas restaurant and bar located on the harbour. They produce their own St Ives based gin called, astoundingly, St Ives Gin.

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Images courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives

Images courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives

 

Luxury living  Offering five-star, multi-award winning, self-catering accommodation with a hotel-style concierge, Sails Lofts – St Ives offer an outstanding holiday location just steps from the sandy shores of Porthmeor, St Ives’ coveted Blue Flag beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque and bustling harbour. Comprising 12 beautifully appointed interior-designed apartments, clustered around a sub-tropical courtyard, each of the one to four-bedroom properties comes with allocated parking and many are dog-friendly too. With an impressive on-site concierge service, the Sail Lofts’ team take care of the finer details of the stay by removing the stresses, ensuring a holiday is how a holiday should be. The knowledgeable on-site concierge team can help to custom-design a holiday itinerary with insider tips and suggestions and restaurant reservations.

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Images courtesy of Sail Lofts - St Ives

Image courtesy of Sail Lofts – St Ives

 

Wide open spaces – Cornwall is truly somewhere to find space, to breathe fresh air and enjoy a truly exhilarating experience of the great outdoors. There is so much of the great outdoors too – over 300 miles of coastal paths and acres of woods and countryside; finding a quiet spot to enjoy is never an issue.

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Note for editors: Offering five-star, multi-award winning, self-catering accommodation with a hotel-style concierge, Sails Lofts – St Ives offer an outstanding holiday experience in one of Cornwall’s most sought-after destinations.

Created in 2007 from buildings originally used to store fishermen’s nets and dry sails before becoming one of the largest pilchard yards in St Ives, Sail Lofts boasts an idyllic location just steps from the sandy shores of Porthmeor, St Ives’ coveted Blue Flag beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque and bustling harbour.

Comprising 12 beautifully appointed interior-designed apartments, clustered around a sub-tropical courtyard, each of the one to four bedroom properties comes with allocated parking and many are dog-friendly too. With an impressive on-site concierge service, the Sail Lofts’ team take care of the finer details of the stay by removing the stresses, ensuring a holiday is how a holiday should be.

Rates start from £649 for a weekend short break stay in October (Friday to Monday) and £425 in November excluding VAT in a one-bedroom apartment for two people sharing.

For reservations and information:
www.thesaillofts.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1736 799 175