Holidaying with your EV in St Ives

22nd January 2023

More UK drivers are buying electric and hybrid vehicles than ever before. Charging stations are popping up all over the place, from our local supermarkets to petrol stations and now you can find them here at Polmanter!


With EV charging units fitted for each of our luxury self catering properties, and charging spaces beside reception for our touring park guests, let us help you start planning your EV holiday in St Ives.

We understand that holidaying with an EV can have its challenges – especially in an area you’re not familiar with. So as electric car owners ourselves, we want to offer some reassurance.


Planning your EV journey to Polmanter

We’ve had our share of nervous journeys, watching the battery gauge, but thankfully charging options en route to Cornwall are gradually improving. We find Zap-map is a great tool for planning your trip.

Cornwall Services, 43 miles from the park, provides 4 Ecotricity sockets, and 30 miles from Polmanter, the Shell fuel station, at Carland Cross can offer a final rapid top-up with Shell Recharge on your journey.

Our closest rapid charging option is St Erth railway station, 4.8 miles from Polmanter. Both car parks have 50kW GeniePoint charging available.

Tesla drivers may enjoy planning a stop at Darts Farm, near Exeter for plentiful Tesla supercharging plus a fantastic farm shop (114 miles to go!), or at the Arundel Arms, Lifton which also offers several supercharging bays 70 miles from Polmanter. Now there are also 8 shiny new Superchargers just off the main A30 between Camborne and Redruth, less than 10 miles from Polmanter. (N.B There are no non-Tesla chargers at either stop)


EV charging at Polmanter

You’ve got nothing to worry about when you’re parked up here on site in our self-catering properties. Our modern, stylish apartments and cosy cottage, each have a dedicated 7kW electric car charging socket. You can stay plugged in all night and be ready to explore with full charge the next day.

For touring guests, we have installed EO charging sockets in dedicated spaces behind reception, which can deliver up to 22kW. (A charge per kWh will apply for this service). We recommend downloading the EO App (iPhone / Android) and setting up an account before setting off on your holiday, and then it is a simple scan of a QR code after plugging in to start your charge.

Offering this service, which is still such a rarity among local holiday accommodation, is part of our commitment to sustainability.


Explore West Cornwall and further afield in your EV

Located on the outskirts of St Ives, Polmanter is the perfect location to explore West Cornwall. In 10 minutes, you can be on the A30 and heading towards many of the local attractions (and back!) on a full charge.

We appreciate each model varies but here is an idea of the locations you can visit and their distances from Polmanter.
(Please note that the below information is kept as up-to-date as possible, and has been sourced from our own local knowledge and ZapMap / PlugShare – It is worth double checking with such apps or the venue you are visiting, before planning these chargers into your journey, as availability can change.)

St Erth – (2.8 miles)

Charging point:

St Erth train station, TR27 6LP. (GeniePoint) – 1 x 50kW CCS/ CHAdeMO on the ticket office side of the station (but reports suggests max 11/12kW, and beware overstay fine); 2 x 22kW Type in the larger car park on the other side of the rail line.

Hayle – (5.6 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • Coast 2 Coast Karting, St Erth – (5.1 miles)
  • Paradise Park – (5.9 miles)
  • Hayle Towans – (8.8 miles)

Charging points:

Asda South Quay, TR27 4EP. (Pod Point) 7kW. Free parking for 2 hours.


Penzance – (6.9 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • Jubilee Pool – (7 miles)
  • Trengwainton Gardens – (7.5 miles)
  • St Michael’s Mount (National Trust), Marazion – (9.3 miles)

Charging point:

Harbour long stay car park, TR18 2GA – (Swarco E.Connect) 50kW and 22kW Type 2
Sainsburys, TR18 3AP (Pod Point) – 2 x 7kW Type 2.
Tesco Superstore, TR18 3DU (Pod Point) – 4 x 7kW Type 2.


Camborne – (9.6 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • Heartlands mining world heritage site – (9.9 miles)

Charging points:

Tesla Superchargers, TR15 3GF (Tesla only) – 8 x CCS Up to 250kW
The Copper Coast Inn, TR14 0BJ (Osprey) – 2 x 50kW CCS/CHAdeMO x 2
Morrisons, TR15 3NH. (GeniePoint) – 1 x 50kw CCS/CHAdeMO or 22kW Type 2
Flowerpot Chapel car park, TR15 2AE. (GeniePoint) – 1 x 50kW CCS/CHAdeMO or 43kW Type 2
Tesco Superstore, TR15 1AX (PodPoint) – 2 x 7kW Type 2
Tesco Extra Redruth, TR15 3QJ (Podpoint) – 2 x 7kW Type 2


Lands End – (17 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • Sennen Cove – (16.2 miles)
  • Lands End Visitor Centre – (17 miles)

EV charging available: Superfast 43kW and 50kW. Open daily 10am-5pm daily. £6 to enter car park.

  • The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno – (16.6 miles)

EV charging available: Fast 7kW. Free of charge to customers.


Truro – (25 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • Skinners Brewery – (25.8 miles)
  • Boscawen Park – (27.2 miles)
  • Trelissick Gardens (National Trust) – (28.3 miles)

Charging point:

Truro Park and Ride (East), TR1 1RH (GeniePoint) 2 x 7kW Type 2
The County Arms, TR1 3PZ (GeniePoint) – 1 x 50 kW CCS/CHAdeMO or 22 kW Type 2
Lidl Truro, TR1 2BY – “Coming Summer 22” (GeniePoint) – 1 x 50 kW CCS/CHAdeMO or 22 kW Type 2
Truro Park and Ride (West), TR4 9AN (GeniePoint) –  22kW Type 2
Trevissome Park (TR4 8UN) (GeniePoint) – 1 x 43kw Type 2 or 50kw CCS/CHAdeMO


Falmouth – (28 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • National Maritime Museum – (28.1 miles)
  • Pendennis Castle (English Heritage) – (28.8 miles)
  • Trebah Gardens – (30.2 miles)

Charging point:

Quarry car park, TR11 2BX.  (GeniePoint) 43kW and 50kW


Newquay – (30.7 miles)

Attractions nearby:

  • Newquay Zoo – (31.6 miles)
  • Fistral Beach – (31.5 miles)
  • Blue Reef Aquarium – (31.5 miles)

Charging point:

Albany Road car park, TR7 2NQ. 43kW and 50kW.


For more details on where else you can charge up on your days out, we recommend using an app such as ZapMap or PlugShare. You can also read Cornwall Council’s information about their Pay as You Go EV chargers and IntoCornwall’s list of additional charging points that can be found across the county.


So ‘watt’ are you waiting for?!? Book an EV holiday in St Ives today.