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About St. Ives

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During the summer holidays the town's population can swell to over five times providing a demand for serviced apartments in St Ives.


About St. Ives

St Ives is a small town close to the western tip of Cornwall.  The 2011 census stated the population of St Ives to be just over 11,000, although during the summer holidays the population can swell to over five times this size, demonstrating the town’s popularity as a tourist destination and providing a demand for serviced apartments in St Ives.

St Ives is an old town, it’s origins typically traced back to the middle of the first millennium A.D. The Sloop Inn, which can be found facing the town’s Harbour Beach, is among the oldest inns in Cornwall and is known to date back to about 1312. Once a fishing port, the town became a popular haunt for artists during the 20th century, with it sometimes referred to as an ‘artists’ colony’. Perhaps the most notable of those settling in St Ives during this time were Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique attraction and well worth a visit for those staying in St Ives accommodation. The town’s artistic legacy, still evident today, is enshrined by the fact that St Ives is home to one of only four Tate galleries in the world, this one perching majestically above the popular surfing beach of Porthmeor.

Speaking about beaches, guests who come to stay in our short stay accommodation in St Ives will be pleased to find five golden sandy beaches within the town limits. The smallest of those, Bamaluz Beach, is a tidal beach. Balamluz is close to the St Ives Museum at the end of the promontory known as Downalong – a wonderfully Cornish word –  which is an old part of the town full of picturesque fishermen’s residences. Heading away from the sea, the back roads to Penzance and round towards St Just and Sennen Cove cross beautifully rugged and rocky terrain, reminiscent of moorland found elsewhere in the region.

There are plenty of places to eat in St Ives, with the best concentration around the harbour area, while the best shopping can be found alongside the cobbles of Fore Street, where St Ives punches well above its weight by playing host to stores not present much larger towns, as well as art galleries and quirky independent gift shops. For when the British weather inevitably closes in for an afternoon, St Ives also has its own cinema, housed within the striking art deco building in the centre of the town that was once the St Ives Theatre.

Popular with sunseekers, as well as surfers and those looking for somewhere lovely to use as a base to explore West Cornwall and the county’s north coast, with the surfers’ paradise of Newquay close by, as well as Land’s End and Mounts Bay, St Ives is among the most popular of the U.K.’s tourist destinations and usually ranks highly in lists by magazines and travel sites. As well as providing serviced apartments in St Ives, SITU has city apartments and aparthotel offerings throughout the UK and worldwide.