Meet ST IVES – the real star of Christmas in St Ives and Somewhere Beyond the Sea. Quite simply, I’m in love with this place – and Cornwall in general. St Ives is a special location for me, Bob and Flo and our families. I love everything about it and have visited in every season. From its beaches to its quaint winding streets and hidden treasures, St Ives is unique and I knew I wanted to set a book there.
Here are my five favourite bits of beautiful St Ives:
Breathtakingly beautiful – I wrote several scenes of Somewhere Beyond the Sea sitting on Porthmeor Beach. My favourite beach and always feels like coming home.
Porthmeor Beach is Bob and Flo’s favourite for sandcastles and races to the sea.
St Ives Harbour
Looking from the town towards Downalong. I never get tired of this view.
Looking towards the town – you can see St Ia’s church on the right.
Harbour Beach is Flo’s favourite to dig when she has a new spade for her holiday!
I took this on my birthday in January. The perfect sunset to end a perfect Porthmeor day.
You can just see my lovely Mum-in-law sneaking out of the photo on the left!
Looking down Fore Street towards St Ives Bakery and the approach to the Post Office.
Looking up Fore Street’s cobbles towards the Baptist Church and the Poppy Treffry shop
Cyril Noall Square is the inspiration for the courtyard where Seren’s dad’s gallery MacArthur’s is located.
This sign outside a shop in Fore Street inspired Seren’s dad, Mark MacArthur’s, theory of life.
On our anniversary last year, Bob got up early to write this message on Porthgwidden Beach – aww! I chose Porthgwidden for Aggie’s coffee hut because of this.
The lovely shell and seaweed heart Bob made for me on Porthgwidden Beach. This inspired the seaglass stars you’ll read about in Somewhere Beyond the Sea!
Find your own adventure in Cornwall: go to www.visitcornwall.com for lots of lovely ideas and places to visit right across the county, or if you fancy staying for a while, www.aspects-holidays.co.uk have a fab range of cottages, apartments and holiday homes to choose from.
Come back tomorrow for another 24 DAYS OF SPARKLEMAS exclusive… Every day between now and Christmas Eve I’ll be sharing all kinds of sparkly goodies. Don’t miss a present from me this December! xx