Thursday, 11 August 2011 4:16 PM
The south of the UK has many attractions, but one of the best places to consider if you are thinking about booking Cornish holiday cottages this year or next is the town of St Ives.
Arguably the most famous of all Cornish holiday destinations, this coastal retreat is simple to reach by road - but travellers may be keen to get there by train instead, as the journey takes in some spectacular views and gorgeous countryside that should not be missed.
Once there, the first stop that people booking stays in West Cornwall cottages should make is at Tate St Ives, part of the Tate Gallery in London.
Allied to the exhibition space is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which features archive material, drawings, paintings and installations in wood, stone and bronze - perfect for anyone fascinated by these kinds of works.
The bronzes in particular may be of some interest. They are now in the gallery garden in the environment for which they were made, with the majority in the position Hepworth herself placed them in.
Of course, no visit to St Ives would be complete without heading to the beach and there are so many beautiful bays to choose from that visitors staying in holiday cottages in St Ives will certainly be spoiled for choice.
Porthmeor is great for anyone keen on doing some surfing while away, while it's also good for families as there is a full lifeguard service provided during the summer months.
Anyone looking to take a dip in the sea might prefer Porthgwidden, while Porthminster - the longest beach in the town - could be a good choice for those eager to go for a bit of a walk. St Ives Harbour, meanwhile, might be the better option for people wanting to work on their tan.
There are also a number of restaurants in the area that are definitely worth checking out. Some offer outdoor dining - perfect during the summer thanks to the views of the amazing beaches and harbour - with cuisines ranging from the renowned Cornish pasty and Indian to Italian and Mexican. There really is something to suit all palates, so everyone is sure to be happy during their stay in St Ives.
Its proximity to Hayle could also be another reason to visit St Ives, particularly for families with young children. Here, they will find award-winning wildlife sanctuary Paradise Park, home to penguins, mini donkeys, pygmy goats and much more.
Alternatively, a day out at St Michaels Mount could be fun. This is an island not far from St Ives, where visitors can discover a sub-tropical paradise and a medieval castle.