After the five and a half hour train journey from London Paddington to St.Ives, Cornwall, I was stunned to see the beautiful view of the ocean on the station’s doorstep.
(The view from the station)
I arrived at ‘The Atlantic Hotel’ in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, which overlooks the Carbis Bay beach. The Atlantic Hotel is a small (twenty two rooms), simple, no frills, beach-side gem. I was in Cornwall for two nights for a wedding so this hotel was exactly what I was looking for – a relatively inexpensive stay with a great location.
My stay included breakfast, which was a sit down meal with a small menu. They had vegetarian options too which is always nice. The hotel also has a lovely restaurant and bar serving burgers, pizzas and seafood from 6pm.
(The outdoor view and entrance/reception area of The Atlantic Hotel)
As the sun was beaming upon my arrival, I decided to take a stroll to the beach which is a five minute walk away. I was so shocked at how beautiful the beach is. I am definitely guilty of overlooking the beauty of English beaches.
(The view of Carbis Bay beach on the walk from the hotel)
I stopped at ‘Carbis Bay Beach Bar’ for a bite to eat, which is situated right on the beach. The saying ‘lunch with a view’ definitely came to mind as the view is beautiful. The sun was beaming with a light sea breeze amidst the air. I opted for a margarita pizza with garlic and chilli and let me tell you, the pizza was one of the freshest tasting pizza’s I’ve ever had. From the dough, to the tomato sauce base. I then finished off my meal with a scoop of ‘Kelly’s’ Cornish ice-cream which is produced locally.
(Opting for the ‘natural look’ while at the beach)
The next day was the wedding at ‘Tregenna Castle’ which is not only picturesque but absolutely stunning. The weather was gorgeous with the temperature rising to 26 degrees. The wedding took place outside, on the grass, with the lush greenery surrounding us; a backdrop of the sea in the distance. My brother actually got married in Jamaica with a similar view, minus the nine hour plane ride. It blows my mind to think that England has views that can rival the Caribbean.
(The Tregenna Castle grounds where the wedding took place)
I was unsure about whether to do this post or not as I didn’t actually get to see much of St. Ives due to time constraints. However, I wanted to shed some light on how beautiful it is.
If your looking for a destination for a road trip, or just somewhere new to visit in England, St. Ives is the place to be. I will definitely be back with time to explore properly!