It's not surprising that artists, past and present, have made their home in St Ives - perhaps it’s the infamous quality of the natural light in West Cornwall. There are many more reasons why St Ives is a desirable place to live. You can explore the rich history of St Ives such as visiting Virginia Woolf’s Home, in addition to the light house upon which she took muse. Not only is St Ives known to be a picture-postcard town, it also has a strong arts and music scene. The growing popularity of the book festival in May and the Music festival in September, are a testament to the spirit and strength of the local community.
The compact nature of the town means that art lovers are never far from amazing galleries, artists' studios and museums, along with the recently extended Tate St Ives above Porthmeor beach. The town itself is enveloped in cobbled streets, charming fisherman’s cottages and quaint shops, which lead down to the four beautiful sandy beaches. Offering varied beach experiences, Porthgwidden and Harbour Beach are calm and sheltered, Porthminster is perfect for families in search of safe swimming and Porthmeor is a popular surfing destination.