During our family vacation to England, the four of us and my parents took a few days for a road trip to Cornwall. In all the years I’ve been visiting England, I’ve never been to Cornwall, despite always wanting to visit. I’ve heard it is a gorgeous holiday destination, and it absolutely lived up to its reputation.
We chose to stay in St. Ives, which is a seaside town known for its beaches and art scene. We decided to do our trip right, so we even booked rooms in this hotel:
Yes, that is an actual castle! We stayed at Tregenna Castle Resort, a former privately-owned castle with extensive gardens that has been converted into a hotel. It sits high on a hill overlooking the rest of St. Ives and the ocean.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was our evening ritual of sitting outside the castle, surrounded by hydrangeas, eating ice cream and/or drinking wine as we looked out over the St. Ives skyline.
During the days, we headed down into the town and explored the winding streets of St. Ives and the tidal beaches.
I was enamored by St. Ive’s narrow, winding streets, traditional English stone architecture, tropical plants, crisp white paint, and clear blue waters. The town felt like a combination of the Greek islands and the English countryside.