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.
Travel planningBy 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
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 not; there are plenty of car parks to choose 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 Rugby Club – TR26 1ER – This car park does not have a set number of spaces due to is large field space it is never short of room no matter the capacity requirements. It is a 15 – 20 minute walk into the centre of St Ives but knowing there are plentiful spaces can really help relieve some stress. An added bonus is that you can pre-pay for your space before you even arrive in St Ives. Simply head over to their website to book now!
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.
We also have limited availability at a secure parking space in central St Ives. Drop us a line and we’ll let you know if that may be an option for you too.
Try downloading the Just Park App too, there are quite a few private drives that appear to rent in St Ives which may eradicate a headache!
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.
For some ideas on where to eat, browsing through our online magazine and our social media may help you with our top recommendations, but feel free to contact us and we’ll gladly share our personal favourites.
If you’re looking for something a little different, we’re excited to share with you the opportunity to have a private chef at your holiday home. Fraser Bruce is a local chef who has been a South-West Chef of the Year Finalist 2019 and a National Chef of the Year Finalist 2020. Take a look at our article to find out more! Private Chef, Fraser Bruce
Fraser needs between 3 to 4 weeks’ notice, so please do book with enough time to spare!
Contact him directly https://www.fraserbrucechef.co.uk and please also call us if you would like to check if the dining facilities at your property will cater for your private chef dinner party.
After careful consideration and hours of planning, St Ives Surf School is now offering Surfing Lessons, Kayak Tours, Paddleboard Lessons and Equipment Hire from their facilities on Porthmeor and Porthminster Beach. Due to extremely high volume of bookings, please call them directly on 01736 793938 for all enquiries.
If you prefer to try surf lessons at Gwithian Townans, contact Surf Academy on 07136 757579 or book a lesson on their website https://www.surfacademy.co.uk/surfing-lessons-in-cornwall/
Perhaps you would love to learn to surf at Sennen with the amazing landscape views of Land’s End which is just around the corner from Sennen. If so, contact Smart Surf School on 07377 668465 or visit their website http://www.smartsurfschool.com/book-a-surf-lesson-at-sennen-cove-cornwall/
If you prefer to try your hand at surfing on the Lizard, go to Kennack Sands and contact Kennack Surf School on 01326 290871 or 07980 180993 to book.
If walking is an enjoyment of yours, then we are certainly blessed here in Cornwall with some breath-taking routes that can take you over streams, past waterfalls, alongside tropical gardens, over the moors or clinging a coastal path! We recommend you take a look at iwalkCornwall and download their App too. We have followed a few of their walks near Bodmin and along the Roseland Peninsular and we were not disappointed! There are routes for all abilities.
Anywhere you decide to cycle in Cornwall, you are sure to reach a hill (and a big one at that!), so you may want to hire a bike for the day but get the added oomph of it being electric? Plan a route and stop off at some beauty spots and enjoy some of the local produce to keep your energy up. Contact St Ives E-bikes to hire a bike and try some of their suggested routes https://www.stivesbikes.co.uk/routes
Keeping the Orange Roofs ethos at heart, supporting as many local businesses as possible, we’ve been working with the Cornish Food Box over the past couple of years and would love to share their fab work with you.
Forget the worry and hassle of the supermarket shop and get fantastic, fresh Cornish food and drink delivered to your holiday home door.
The award-winning Cornish Food Box Company make it really easy for you to buy local produce and have it delivered in time for your arrival, or click and collect from their warehouse just off the A30 near Redruth.
Choose from a huge selection of local veg, fruit, meat, ready meals and fish and seafood to alcohol, cheese, bakery goodies and so much more. Everything is available to order online or over the phone in advance of your holiday.
The Cornish Food Box Company sells food you can feel good about – food that is honest, fresh, free range and lovingly made – right here in the heart of our beautiful region, by people they know.
Almost all the food has been grown, reared, caught or made in Cornwall and the south west – so it’s completely seasonal. There are some ranges that aren’t grown locally but are sourced from local companies – don’t worry they do supply the lemon to go in your local gin!
So after a long journey, avoid the hassle of the supermarket food shop, The Cornish Food Box Company will deliver your shopping direct to your holiday cottage. Each order is packed into 100% recyclable packaging which keeps chilled items refrigerated and fresh.
Please note none of these companies are linked to Orange Roofs in any way and we do not receive any form of commission from them – we just want to share their awesome work with you!