Carbis Bay Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2NP, United Kingdom
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Costs 173% more than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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More about Saint Ives


Can a bus station have a better view?Can a bus station have a better view?

Double bedDouble bed

Nope - I had no particular zoom here...Nope - I had no particular zoom here...

A pint in the sun by the sea - holiday!A pint in the sun by the sea - holiday!

Travel Tips for Saint Ives

Free e-mail and video mail service

by Peterodl

Outside the information office there is a tall metal structure. You can access world news, weather and send text and video e-mails for free! You CAN'T recieve e-mails at the kiosk, only send.
One morning I was using the kiosk and the mayor of St. Ives, Harry R G Isaacs, stopped and chatted with me. Very nice man.

For recieving e-mail, the town library has 3 computers with a high speed line. You MUST sign up for a spot to use the computers before you use them. I caused a small spot of trouble for the librarian I'm sorry to say but all was ok in the end. Chatting with the mayor Harry R G Isaacs, walking on the harbor and golfing at Treganna Castle


by Sjalen

A most wonderful village, Zennor is perhaps not stricly off the beaten path since buses stop here between Land's End/St Just and St Ives, but so many people miss it when they get stuck in St Ives itself so I have chosen to put it here. The countryside around the village is really ancient and you can see old Celtic farmland patterns from 3000 BC and onwards all around you in the form of tiny plots encircled by stone walls. On top of that, there are old monuments scattered everywhere too such as stiles and stone formations. Some of the smaller ancient finds from these times can be seen in the Wayside Museum (closed in winter) in a 16th century water mill in the village itself which also has a hostel and some other accommodation if you want to stay (D.H. Lawrence loved it so much he got a house here for a while). Further on there is also the Gurnard's Head which has become famous as a gastropub in later years.
A famous legend is that of a local mermaid who got one of the local boys. This is today cherished in a lot of ways, not least by the local ice cream makers Moomaid of Zennor (has a parlour in St Ives). Perhaps you too will find legends here if you go walking. The South West Coast Path passes the village so quite a few hikers find it and the paths are open all year round for those who want to see scenery enough to make you religious and break down in tears - tears that can roll all the way down to the Atlantic you have as a backdrop...

Great view from terrace

by juliea about Portminster Cafe

The Portminster Cafe comprises a cafe open till 5pm, a restaurant open from 6pm and a beachside fish and chip takeaway that we were told was open until 9pm the day we visited.
The cafe's roof terrace which overlooks the beach and has great sea views, is a great spot for a drink at the end of the day - although it's a shame that it closes at 5.
The fish and chip takeaway on the beach had been recommended , but I was unimpressed by the taste of the chips - they didn't seem to have been cooked for long enough.
Still not eaten in the restaurant - the menu sounds great but it's a bit expensive for me.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

by Sjalen

If Tate was a disappointment, Hepworth's house took us by complete surprise and I can honestly say that I had what can best be described as an almost religious experience in the tranquil gardens. We came first thing in the morning on a rainy day and were on our own for the first half hour and got a good feeling for what was Yorkshire born sculptress Hepworth's own home once she got to buy it after some years as an artist in St Ives. The garden is surrounded by thick stone walls and you can only hear the seagulls in the distance. The rest is just peace and quiet apart from neighbouring birds in trees and you can visit her old greenhouse and sit in an old chair and just soak up the atmosphere which is just what I did once I had seen the house itself which has a biographic exhibition on Hepworth downstairs and an indoor gallery with wooden sculptures and similar in what was her living room studio upstairs. Then I strolled around the garden to look at her huge sculptures as well as her guest house left just as it was when she lived here. The most moving thing was otherwise the workshop, also in the garden, where her coats and tools hung neatly and slabs of stone stood on the floor. Simple and marvellous. Our daughter happily modelled things with clay you could buy for children in an activity pack and she got so inspired she continued this when we got home. If this was not already a world class museum, I would give my right arm to be able to buy the wonderful house and garden as it speaks to you in a way few places do.
Visit it the same day as Tate Gallery if you intend to see both, as then you get a discount.

St Ives Parish Church

by Sjalen

Also called Church of Saint Ia, the patron saint of St Ives who leant her name to the town, this is the main church. St Ia came from Ireland or Wales and you find a sculpture of her by the altar but the church is also dedicated to Saints Peter and Andrew. There has probably been a church here since around 600 AD but today's building is from 1410-34. The tower is its most striking feature to visitors and is made of local granite from the nearby village of Zennor which was taken here by boat. A Barbara Hepworth sculpture in the form of "Madonna and Child" can be seen in the church which is also well known for its nicely carved pews, its painted ceiling, and its 15th century baptismal font. Sunday is of course service day but there are also a lot of organised evening concerts and such here.


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Address: Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2NP, United Kingdom