For over a century, artists have been drawn to St Ives inspired by its spectacular, unspoilt coastline and the unique, translucent quality of the light it reflects. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, St Ives’ mild subtropical climate attracts visitors all year round and its historical charm and scenic setting combined with bustling restaurants and numerous art galleries make this an ideal choice for an art holiday.
Whether you choose a Hotel overlooking the sea, a Bed and Breakfast tucked within the old fisherman’s cottages and converted sail lofts, or a self-catering house just steps from the beach, there is a bountiful selection of places to stay, the majority within walking distance to the School.
Here are a few ideas for places to stay; please check out their websites as we have not been able to visit them all, so are unable to personally recommend them.
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Self catering can prove a cost effective option and off season short breaks are available. St Ives Holidays have over 200 properties locally and can advise on places to stay near the school.
The Tourist Information Centre in St Ives can help you find accommodation.
Four comfortable bedrooms, most with en-suites facilities, in a Grade II listed building three minutes from the School.
Tel: 01736 797135
Atlantic Heights is a modern, newly refurbished townhouse, situated in a small private terrace with free parking, an uphill walk from the studios but not too far.
Tel: 07706 662042 or 01736 799378
Cool, contemporary hostel accommodation in the centre of St Ives. Beds from £20/night (room only). WiFi, Courtyard, Bar, Lounge, TV Room, Fully equipped kitchen, Secure dorms and private rooms.
Tel: 01736 791664
Guest house 50 yards from the School and Porthmeor Beach. 4 Rooms, all ensuite. Prices from £75 for a double ensuite room. A concession card for the Tate is also available for use by guests.
Tel: 07810 127812
Ten Ocean View is a privately-run, luxurious, quality guest house beautifully located with breathtaking views over St Ives Bay.
Tel: 01736 797534
Stunning Edwardian town house built above Porthmeor beach to take full advantage of the ocean views. Five minutes walk from the school. Offering four beautifully appointed ensuite rooms. Visit England 5 star guest accommodation award.
Tel: 01736 794584
A good range of self-catering accommodation close to the school. Special offers on short breaks out of season
Tel: 01736 754242
Wide range of properties, many in prime positions and close to School.
Tel: 01736 794686 (24hr).
Two bedroom fisherman’s stone cottage, exceptionally light and sunny with stunning harbour views. Wifi, TV and decorated with original artwork. 3 mins walk from Painting School. More photos and info on Air BnB
The Sail Lofts
Self-catering boutique apartments, a few steps to the beach and just around the corner from the School.
Tel: 01736 799175
Self catering fisherman’s holiday cottage, 2 beds,
situated in the heart of St Ives.
Tel: 01736 797139
Self catering accommodation in and around St Ives
Tel. 07703 859 106
Craft Inspired home for rent with 2 double bedrooms in the heart of St Ives near St Ives School of Painting.
Stay in the home of the famous artist and mariner.
Self catering cosy cottage, perfect for two and very close to the school.
Tel. 01252 703272
A selection of quality St Ives properties, from contemporary apartments to cosy fisherman’s cottages offering great location, style or great views, and in some cases all three!
Tel. 01736 755304
Panoramic views over Porthmeor beach, the hotel is in a peaceful location with private gardens, onsite car parking and is family and pet friendly.
Tel: 01736 796199
Light, airy and contemporary bedrooms. Situated close to the train station, Porthminster beach and the heart of St Ives. 15 minutes walk to the School.
Tel: 01736 796222
Comfortable rooms with stunning views across St Ives Bay. Close to Porthminster beach, the train station and a 15 minute walk to the School.
Tel: 01736 795221
Primrose Valley Hotel is an Edwardian seaside villa Hotel which offers contemporary modern, relaxed and stylish comfort just seconds from the Porthminster Beach.
Tel: 01736 794939
Cosy, modern bedrooms with a central St Ives location.
Tel: 01736 796468
One of the oldest and most famous Inns in Cornwall, The Sloop offers comfortable B&B accommodation all year round. A few minutes walk from the School.
Tel: 01736 796584
Accommodation in St Ives is known to fill up quickly in the summer months. Peacefully located just outside of St Ives and home to one of the most beautiful sandy bays, Carbis Bay offers a varied selection of alternative places to stay.
Many are within walking distance to the scenic rail link to St Ives, or a regular flow of buses will take you into St Ives in under five minutes. Alternatively, a taxi into St Ives should cost approximately no more than eight pounds. If you are coming by car most accommodation places offer parking.
Lelant offers accommodation with parking and easy access to St Ives on the 10 min train ride.
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Ace Cars Tel: 01736 797799
St Ives Taxi Co: 01736 799200
Coast is a clean and modern vegetarian B&B with great views across the bay and free parking.
Good value and good rates for single rooms
Tel: 01736 795918
A boutique bed and breakfast situated above Carbis Bay beach.
Tel: 01736 796647
Formerly the Atlantic Hotel, Casa Romano overlooks St Ives bay and has an onsite Italian restaurant and wine bar.
Tel: 01736 796177