Cottages Cornwall St Ives and Tate Gallery
St Ives is situated 14 miles from Burnt Toast Cottage. There is a beautiful scenic route to get to St Ives via Nancledrea taking the B3311 from Penzance. St Ives is a very beautiful seaside town boasting three great beaches -Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Porthminster, and of course, St Ives Harbour. The sea is turquoise and the sand is golden - St Ives has to be one of the most beautiful landscapes you will see anywhere in the world. Historically, St Ives was a busy fishing port, but now due to the decline in the fishing industry, the town is a tourist resort.
St Ives has provided the inspiration for many artists over the years. The Tate Gallery is in a superb location overlooking Porthmeor Beach. It opened in 1993 and is the Cornwall outpost of the Tate Gallery featuring art exhibits from modern British artists along with works created by the artists of the St Ives School. The Tate also showcases many art works created in or associated with the County of Cornwall. The Tate also manages Trewyn Studio, which was the used by the late 20th century sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, and this is preserved pretty much intact.
Overlooked by holiday apartments and artists' studios, Porthmeor beach, on the north side of the town, is not only a wonderful beach to relax on, but is also a major surfing area. If you fancy surfing, equippment can be hired in St. Ives centre. Separating Porthmeor beach from Porthgwidden Beach is a craggy peninsula known as "The Island". At the summit sits a single chapel. Porthgwidden is a much smaller beach close to the town centre. If you're really lucky, sometimes, dolphins out in the Bay put on an impromptu show!