Visiting St Ives, Cornwall
This post might be waaaay late in coming but - in my defence - it's been Christmas and winter and cold so not really the ideal time to be talkin' seaside escapes.
Back in October, I took the train a looong way down to St Ives to visit the quaint and charming town of St Ives in Cornwall, somewhere I've never been but have always wanted to go and explore.
I stayed at one of Beachspoke's properties in St Ives and it really was a little, cosy, snug, slice of heaven that I honestly did not want to leave. In fact, had this been my flat in London I simply wouldn't have ever left it. Unbelievably cosy and romantic (though I was there solo!), it had the whole hygge thing down to a T. I stayed in Moon Shadow Cottage which I would wholeheartedly suggest - so give them a look over here.
Aside from my daily visits to the many beaches of St Ives (which were in itself the most relaxing, wonderful parts of the day) there was plenty to do in such a small town. There are a few small streets filled with independent shops, bakeries (including the very St Ives Bakery), pubs, restaurants, cafes and Cornish fudge shops (of which there are many - and must all be sampled!). Culture cravings can be satisfied by visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gardens or any of the many art galleries there is on offer. Tate Cornwall is also re-opening in Spring 2017 incase you're interested!
St Ives is filled with some great places to eat. Sadly I wasn't there long enough to try them all but the ones I'd pop on your lists are The Black Rock for some delicious seasonal food or The Loft for great fish & chips. And for cocktails, give The Alba a visit (I sneaked a peek at their interiors and they're well worth a snap!) perfectly located just opposite the wharf.
My mini break to St Ives was the perfect antidote to what had been a rollercoaster September and an ideal way to get in some R&R. If you're planning a short getaway this year, make sure St Ives is on your list. You'll come back a better person for it.