Things to do...

Our handy guide to making the most of your holiday - click on the pictures for more details.

Porthminster Beach St Ives- credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Beach and Coastline

There is a wealth of sandy beaches to explore – the town has 5 different beaches and St Ives Bay has miles and miles of coastline stretching all the way to Godrevy Lighthouse.  Chy an Carrack sits above Blue Flag award Porthminster Beach.  Check out more details on the beaches here.

Surfing - credit AdamGibbard VisitCornwall

St Ives Surf School

On Porthmeor Beach – where the Atlantic swell breaks – the surf school makes the most of the best beach to test out your wave riding skills.  Hire boards and book surf lessons.  They also providing SUP (stand up paddle boarding), coasteering and sea kayaking activities from the beautiful Porthminster Beach.

Beaches St Ives Carbis Bay - credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Ocean Sports Centre

Just along the coast path from Chy an Carrack is the sheltered sandy beach at Carbis Bay and another great watersports centre where you can try kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, Hawaiian canoes or sail a topper.  A watery adventure for all the family!

Beaches St Ives Porthminster - credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Porthminster Cafe

Porthminster Café in St Ives is a multi-award winning seafood restaurant and is just a short stroll from the house. One of the best seafood restaurants in St Ives – very popular so we recommend you book in advance. Telephone 01736 795352

Mussels - credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Other places to eat and drink

There are lots of other fantastic restaurants to tempt your tastebuds.  Check them out on the St Ives Tourism Association website.

Fresh Lobster - credit Matt Jessop Visit Cornwall

Private Chef

A private dining experience at Chy an Carrack is one to savour.  Whether its a special occasion or you need someone to help cater for your party, we can arrange a top rated chef to whip up a delightful dinner.  Just contact us if you would like to arrange this – please with lots of notice.

Yoga on the rocks

Yoga & Wellbeing

Why not have a yoga class – there are drop in classes at the nearby Harbour Hotel, or have private tuition at the house from our recommended instructor – please contact us if you would like to arrange this.  For true relaxation we can connect you with a mobile complementary therapist for holistic therapy treatments.

Chy an Carrack

Spend time at the Spa

The Harbour Spa is just a few minutes walk from Chy an Carrack.  This luxurious and relaxing coastal retreat offers a offers a world of pampering, treatments and tranquility.  The treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, feature showers and crystal steam room will help you feel refreshed and relaxed.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival - credit Lizzie Churchill


From the Swellboard Shootout, Food and Drink Festival and the ancient tradition of Feast Day – there’s plenty going on throughout the year.  Check out this years events.

Tate St Ives - credit Ian Kingsnorth VisitCornwall

Tate St Ives

Winner of the 2018 Art Fund’s Museum of the Year award following a £20m extension, the world class gallery features contemporary art exhibitions and internationally renowned artists that have lived and worked in Cornwall.

Hepworth garden - Cherry Blossom credit - (c) Tate Photo Ian Kingsnorth

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Discover the magical home and unique garden of one of the key members of the St Ives school of artists – Barbara Hepworth.  A fantastic display of sculptures in bronze, stone and wood is on show in her home, studio and garden in the heart of St Ives.  Visit her workshop with tools and works in progress, preserved since her death in 1975.

Minack Theatre storytelling Surfing - credit VisitCornwall

Arts and Culture

There are galleries, ceramic studios – including the Bernard Leach Pottery & Museum, theatres and workshops.  Try your hand at pottery, dip into an art workshop, take in a performance at the cliffside Minack Theatre or catch the sensational Kids R Us youth theatre.