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planning your holiday to west cornwall

We believe holidays should be amongst the simplest, most straightforward things in the world to arrange.

There will always be little bits of information that you would like the know before you book or head down on your travels, so we have tried to include answers to these questions in the sections below. But, as always, if you can't find exactly what it is you would like to know then then by all means give us a call or drop us a quick message and we'll get straight back to you.

in your holiday home

Don't worry about packing piles of household equipment into the car before you head down to start your holiday in Cornwall. We ensure the essentials and bulky items are provided in your holiday home ready for you to settle straight in.

All holiday homes come equipped with bedding, bed linen, a towel bale per person (one bath towel, one hand towel), bath mats and minimum of two tea towels.

For all you sand worshippers out there (like us!), please be aware that beach towels are generally not provided so best to be safe and squeeze a few of these into your cases before the off.

In the kitchen you will find everything you need to cook a wide range of family meals. If there is something a little out of the ordinary that you may need for a particular dish (a lemon rinder, a salad spinner, a food mixer maybe...) then just give us a call and we'll double check whether you'll need to set aside some space in the boot of your car to bring your own.

You will find basic cleaning equipment in the property, but day-to-day consumables such as washing machine detergent, dishwasher tablets, bin liners, toilet rolls and bathroom toiletries are generally not provided. Having said this, you will usually find enough to get you through your first day or two, so no worries if you arrive too late to catch the supermarket before it closes.

Another thing included in your rental is utility costs (electricity, gas etc.). We do ask, however, that you respect the use of these resources wherever possible, just as you would in your own home.

travel planning

by car

The A30, A38 or A39 are the main roads into Cornwall with the A30 being the main trunk road through Cornwall – and mostly dual-carriageway - leading off the M5 south bound. During the school holidays, the A30 can get very busy but we find our favourite service stop ‘The Hog and Hedge’ at the Whiddon Down Services in Devon is a perfect place to refresh and revive before tackling the last part of the journey. It’s a good chance to make sure everyone is comfortable before hitting potential traffic queues!

When you get closer to your holiday date, we will supply you with all the arrival and essential information about your holiday home, including the postcode. For most people, this will happen after you have paid your final balance; eight weeks before you arrive. If you have Sat Nav, it will very likely get you as close as possible to your holiday property but beware, down here in Cornwall, a postcode can cover a couple of square miles. Be sure to have the specific directions we send you to hand; these will help you get to your front door as quickly and easily as possible. Please don’t feel lost though, give us a call the moment you get stuck and we will talk you in.

We live locally so we know most roads around West Cornwall and also when roadworks are likely to get in the way of a smooth journey, so please do ask before you leave home if you would like to know anything in particular. Otherwise, Cornwall Council have a page on their website which keeps you abreast of all roadworks and road closures: Cornwall.gov We also find this site useful for larger, faster roads: Highways.gov

parking

Parking in Cornwall can be a huge bug bear and it’s the one thing that fills most visitors with trepidation. We have quite a selection of properties that have provision for parking but equally, there are some delightful properties whose sheer position means that they simply can’t offer it. But fear thee not; there are plenty of car parks to chose from. As most of our properties are in St Ives, here is a list of long stay public car parks on offer in the town:

The Island – TR26 1SY – the 129 spaces in this car park are in high demand as it’s the one closest to properties around the harbour, Downalong, Porthgwidden and Porthmeor. If you are staying in any of those areas, it will only take you a few minutes to walk to your accommodation from the car. A lot of people will park their car in St Ives and leave it for the entire week without moving it, so a good few spaces will become free on changeover days (normally Friday and Saturday) but these spaces are quickly claimed by others during popular holiday weeks.

Barnoon – TR26 1JF – there are 124 spaces in this car park, it is the next closest to the main town and waterfront areas, there is a short cut path that runs either down to Porthmeor beach or into the town on foot. These paths have steps and are steep in some areas. It over looks Porthmeor beach and is next to the Tate Gallery.

Train Station - TR26 2BH – as the name suggests, this 106 space car park is situated at St Ives railway station, next to Porthminster beach. This is another good option if you are staying around the harbour area or in the lower parts of the town. After leaving the car park via a flight of steps, there is a level walk to the harbour that follows the sea.

Park Avenue – TR26 1QE – the 77 spaces are in high demand during the school holidays due to it being close to the town’s shops. There is a short cut into town after having parked here but beware, there are quite a few steps.

Trenwith (St Ives Leisure Centre) – TR26 1DD – there are 311 spaces in the winter and 759 in the summer as they use two grassy fields and a grassy area at the top of the tarmac area. Despite it being a 10 to 15 minute walk into town, this is the car park we will often point guests in the direction of first; purely for ease of finding and a better chance of finding a space. If you are prepared to try the others first, be also prepared to face the traffic queues and narrow streets with pedestrians aplenty.

For all of these car parks, you could either pay at a pay station on arrival or buy yourself a Rover ticket before you travel. We strongly recommend you allow enough time to purchase this before you travel. Please search ‘Rover Tickets’ on Cornwall Council website – Googling will get you to the right site.

If you wanted to take the stress away from parking in St Ives altogether, you could park privately with www.stivescarpark.com. It’s slightly more expensive but has the advantage of being within a secure compound and for some, it certainly takes a load of their minds when travelling to St Ives.

by train

Finally, if you are planning on avoiding the parking scenario entirely by coming on public transport then you’ll be pleased to know that St Ives has its own railway station at the end of an incredibly picturesque four-mile branch line (positively the prettiest view from a train window ever in our opinion). Pick this up by changing at St Erth.

If you miss your connection or are in a hurry, there are plenty of taxi firms operating between St Erth and St Ives. Again, Google will give you a list of these. If you are thinking of flying into Cornwall and landing at Newquay, you can actually get to St Ives on public transport links and the best site we have found to date that breaks it all down for you is rome2rio.com This same site will help when planning some sight-seeing trips around the South West whether it’s to Marazion, The Minack Theatre or Falmouth.

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