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lelant west cornwall golf course viewed from north quay hayle

Top places to live in Cornwall Lelant

This upmarket village offers well connected beachside living in a quiet and exclusive seaside enclave - perfectly positioned to offer the best of Cornish life. It's expensive though, with the best houses selling for north of a million. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


A pretty beachside village on the Hayle Estuary, it’s just two miles from St Ives, which in 2019 was named by RightMove as the most popular seaside town for people looking to buy, but is a little quieter and better connected to the rest of Cornwall.


The Old Forge bistro and deli is in Lelant itself, and the Carbis Bay Hotel is good for dinner (well, if it’s good enough for Boris et al, and their 2019 Michelin starred pop up, Story-by-Sea was a huge success). In Hayle you’ll find Lula on the North Quay, leading the pack for redevelopment and offering takeaway during this period. St Ives is, of course, full of fab eateries including Porthminster Cafe, One Fish Street, Source Kitchen and the HarBar kitchen and bar at the St Ives Harbour Hotel, once lockdown ends, of course.

In Lelant itself we hope that the simple cream tea in one of Cornwall’s Living Churchyards at the Lelant Heritage Centre and Cafe – the beautiful churchyard is filled with orchids and other wild flowers – returns this summer.


In Lelant itself you’ll find Scarlet Wines offering delivery most days of the week. Head to Hayle for supermarkets and the retail park where you’ll find M&S. It’s only a short hop to Truro where you’ll find the larger shops such as Waitrose, The White Company, M&S etc as well as a host of independent brands. St Ives also has some gorgeous independent places for clothes and homeware, plus Leach Pottery. Trink Dairy is close by, selling Cornish milk bottled in glass bottles, as well as various farm shops.


The arty town of St Ives (just three miles away) has much to offer, including the Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden and annual music and food festivals. Head across the golf course (pictured above) and past the church to reach Porthkidney Sands which is Lelant’s local – a beautiful wide sandy beach that is lifeguarded in the usual summer season and is also dog friendly all year round. From here you can also pick up the SW Coast Path and walk into St Ives past Carbis Bay.


£417,364 but if you’re after a four bedroom or larger family home it will cost far more than that – such as the new development at Lannanta Forge, built by award-winning Cornish developer Gilbert & Goode, where prices start at £634,950. Local estate agents include property relocation experts Live By The Sea.



If you’re after private education there’s St Piran’s School in Hayle, then it’s into Truro where you’ve got the choice of Polwhele House SchoolTruro SchoolTruro High School for Girls and Truro Prep. State school-wise there’s the outstanding Penpol School in Hayle (primary) and good-rated secondary schools Hayle Academy and St Ives School.


Get the train into St Ives – Lelant is one of the small request stops on the picturesque St Ives Bay line (top tip, sit on the right hand side of the train for the best sea views).


You’ll be super close to the mainline station at St Erth, from which you can (in non-Covid times) hop aboard the Night Riveria service to London at just before 10pm and emerge meeting-ready at 6.45am the next morning in Paddington. Driving to Truro is a whole lot faster – around 30 minutes – as Lelant is conveniently near the A30.

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