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Beach chalet with panoramic sea views, Gwithian, Cornwall

50 Gwithian Towans

One of the most unique beach chalets, boasting the best view in Gwithian

Sleeps up to 6 in 2 bedrooms (+cot) Friday arrival Sorry no dogs
The Retreat

A quintessential beach chalet boasting stunning panoramic views of St Ives Bay and more coastal vibes than you can shake a paddle at. No.50 Gwithian Towans is one of the most unique homes in the area; features include a show-stopping second-floor balcony, a private and sunny garden, an après-surf shower and private parking.

No.50 Gwithian Towans is formed and styled to make you feel you’re living the classic beach lifestyle. Arranged across two floors, (which is quite unusual for chalets in Gwithian) the living areas, one bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor, and further sleeping accommodation is upstairs. It has a balcony with sweeping views of St Ives Bay, with Godrevy lighthouse on one end and St Ives on the other.

Inside No.50 Gwithian Towans


After driving past other characteristic chalets of the area, you arrive at the home. You walk through the door and are drawn towards the open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen is a good size and is well equipped with a full height 50/50 fridge freezer, an induction hob, electric oven, deep ceramic sink, a slim-line dishwasher, washing machine, quartz countertops and lots of storage and appliances. The living area features a large L-shaped sofa seating five to six people, a Smart TV, and a freestanding woodburner to keep the chalet nice and toasty. The dining area has a family-sized table and bench seating for six. This area also benefits from wide patio doors to the garden.

Bedroom one is also downstairs and has a zip-and-link bed which you can have configured together as a king sized bed or as two singles. This room has a TV, a rattan wardrobe, and an en suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC. Downstairs is also the contemporary family bathroom, which is fully tiled and features a shower, wash basin and WC. Up the stairs takes you to bedroom two, a large and versatile sleeping space which can sleep two, three or four additional guests — it has a king-sized bed and a further single bed with trundle bed underneath. At the end of this room are French doors opening out to the balcony — the perfect place to check on the surf, or to watch the sun set over the bay.

The garden and surrounding area


Private gardens at Gwithian Towans are not a ‘given’ and we are delighted that No.50 has a lovely one! It’s enclosed, private, and right outside the main living area with large patio doors opening through, so outdoor living is a breeze. It’s also west-facing meaning that it welcomes the sun for most of the day and catches the light as the sun sets too. Here you have a table for family al fresco dining, a barbecue, sun loungers, a place to store surfboards— as well as the obligatory outdoor hot and cold après-surf shower.

Beyond the garden lies why you came here, the marvelous location. You are right on the edge of three miles of fabulous unspoilt beach. This is one of Cornwall’s finest with both epic surf and lovely family friendly sand-pools and rock-pools, revealing themselves as the tide recedes. The beach is lifeguarded at busy times of year, please check the RNLI website for more info. Backing the beach and extending for miles to the south are wild and rolling sand dunes, and in the opposite direction an easy walk away is dramatic Godrevy headland, with craggy cliffs, abundant seals, soaring seabirds, and the island topped with the iconic lighthouse.

Nearby are various eateries ranging from the very handy Sunset Surf (about two minutes walk) offering everything from enticing breakfasts and after-surf feasts, to surf hire, lessons, gear and apparel. For a more simple dining experience,  The Jam Pot and the Hungry Horsebox are also here. The delightful Godrevy Café, The Rockpool, and the Red River Inn in the village are also excellent and make great opportunities to walk and feast.

Things we love…

Like all of our retreats at Gwithian Towans, No.50 is utterly unique. It’s been lovingly restored and modernised with great sensitivity by its owners, who are passionate about the area and are themselves keen surf and beach lovers. We love the blend of tradition and contemporary twists here — giving you all the comforts of home in this stunning location. In summer this is the place for beach life, with long days by the sea, in and out of the water, learning to surf (you never stop learning!), in and out of rockpools, or playing cricket on the flat beach that seems to stretch forever.

Then back to No.50; shower off in the garden, fire up the barbecue, pop the top off a bottle of something, enough said… Winter is a time for walking and exploring, and you are right on the coastal path here. With the tide out, walk the three miles to Hayle for fish and chips or a great pasty, and back again. An epic stretch but unforgettable. Back for the evening, hunker down, a good book or the latest streaming, as you wish… No.50. has relaxation written all over it.

Beautiful private garden
An amazing location and a great place to explore Gwithian and the surrounding area. Great chalet, with a beautiful private garden with an outdoor shower, perfect for warming up after a swim in the sea. The view from the main bedroom over St Ives bay is worth waking up to. Whether you are a couple or a family, this is a great place to explore Cornwall.
James & family — July 2023
Features

Retreat Features

  • Balcony with stunning views
  • Excellently renovated
  • Enclosed garden with al fresco dining area
  • Close to the unspoilt Gwithian beach
  • One of the classic beach chalets
  • Hot and cold après-surf shower
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: king bed (can be made into twin upon request)
Bedroom two: king bed and a further single bed with trundle bed underneath
All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Well-equipped kitchen with full height 50/50 fridge freezer, an induction hob, electric oven, deep ceramic sink, a slim-line dishwasher, washing machine, quartz countertops and lots of storage and appliances
Dining area with a family-sized table and bench seating for six
LIVING & RELAXING
Large L-shaped sofa
Smart TV
Sonos speakers
BATHROOM
En suite in Bedroom 1 with a shower, basin and WC
Contemporary family bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
ACCESSIBILITY
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom on ground floor and via stairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
OUTDOORS
Enclosed, private garden
A table and a barbecue for family al fresco dining
Hot and cold après-surf shower
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
PETS
Sorry no dogs
HEATING
Wood burner
Electric radiators
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
PARKING
Parking space for one car at the front of the chalet
Location

GWITHIAN

The beaches of Godrevy and Gwithian Towans are tucked away treasures on the North coast of Cornwall, backed by picturesque sand dunes that run alongside them. These unspoilt, golden beaches stretch along the easterly side of St Ives Bay, and as west facing beaches they bask in the summer sun all day long. With several surf schools lining the beach, Gwithian is a surfing mecca and is an area perfect for those wanting to try surfing for the first time or polish up their skill!

Travel times

  • The chalet is about 12 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • The chalet is situated in Gwithian Towans, on Cornwall’s North Coast coast adjacent to the delightful village of Gwithian, just five minutes north east of Hayle on the B3301. Driving time from London is around five hours in normal traffic, while Exeter is around two hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • Balcony views of St Ives Bay
  • A stroll from three miles golden beach
  • A short drive from St Ives

The gwithian guide

Surfers

Water-sports Wonderland

With its rolling waves, golden sands and stunning sunsets, Gwithian and the surrounding beaches are a watersports lover’s paradise, a stone’s throw from our Gwithian Towans holiday cottages. Seasonal lifeguards serve the beach here, so it’s a safe place for those wanting to get in the water and discover what St Ives Bay has to offer in terms of aquatic adrenaline. Take advantage of Gwithian’s decent swell and jump on a surfboard with the help from our friends at Global Boarders. When the wind whips up, you can join the kitesurfers soaring over the waves.

If you’d rather just get in the water without a board, the sea swimming is simply spectacular. Time it right and you can be out in a calm sea, watching the sun sink below the Atlantic. Or, get up with the larks to have the beach to yourself on a summer morning before even the sand has warmed up. With plenty of shallow waters and rock pools to explore it’s also the perfect place to bring the kids with a bat and ball for some simple family holiday fun.

Safe, sheltered sand pools

Our Gwithian Towans chalets and cottages make an ideal base for families. As the tide retreats back across Gwithian’s golden sands, it reveals a myriad of rock pools and sand pools that heat up under the summer sun, creating safe, warm shallows that are perfect for kids to play in. Gwithian has seasonal lifeguards too, so children can try their hand sea swimming and bodyboarding worry free. For those with a four-legged friend in tow, make for the south-westerly section of Gwithian and the beaches beyond, where dogs are free to frolic, cooling off in the many sand pools along the way.

The vast expanse of beach exposed at low tide serves as a fantastic pitch for beach games, whether it’s rounders, cricket or football. Gathering up a group of friends or family for a match is an idyllic way to spend an evening. For post-game refreshments, head up into the Towans, fire up a barbecue and watch as the sun sinks down behind the Atlantic.

Cornish walking holidays Gwithian South West Coast Path

Miles of coastal footpath

With cliff walks to the east and gentle strolls through the dog friendly dunes to the west, Gwithian has direct access to fantastic walking. Head east along Gwithian beach and you’ll discover the steep cliffs at Godrevy Head, a stark contrast to the gentle slope down to sea level found at Gwithian. Peer carefully over the edge to Mutton’s Cove to count the seals lounging on the beach below, or continue further along the cliff for stunning views of the dramatic north Cornish coastline.

These north cliffs also join up with one of Cornwall’s richest woodland areas, Tehidy Woods. Home to friendly squirrels and a great cafe, these paths provide cooler shady walking during the summer months and sheltered strolls in the winter. Walk west from Gwithian and you’ll be greeted with beach, beach and more beach, stretching all the way to St Ives. With gentle sandy tracks, quiet lanes and almost continuous views across St Ives Bay, this gentle section of the coastal footpath is dog friendly all year round.

Beaches
Gwithian beach dunes, Cornwall

Gwithian

Backed by sand dunes, with a gentle golden slope leading down to clear waters, Gwithian’s lifeguarded shores are perfect for beach life. When the wind blows, watch surfers take on the Atlantic waves and kite surfers take to the air, with seasonal lifeguards looking on. If you want to test the waves yourself, you’ll find board hire and lessons, as well as kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering, at Global Boarders, just behind the dunes. On a calm day, the waters are dotted with swimmers, families playing beach games and kids finding their feet with bodyboards.

Godrevy lighthouse, Gwithian beach, Cornwall

Godrevy

With its rocky outcrops, great surf and sheltered shores perfect for sunbathers, Godrevy is the beach for those looking to find their own secluded spot of sand. Godrevy is under the watchful eye of seasonal lifeguards, so children can play happily in the sea, or explore the many rockpools and sandpools. Godrevy beach and the grassy cliff above looks out towards Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration behind Virginia Woolfe’s To The Lighthouse. It’s one of our favourite spots to watch the sun set, turning the sky a deep red as the sun slips down behind the lighthouse. The Godrevy Beach Cafe in the National Trust carpark is great.

Gwithian Beach and dunes, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

Hayle’s beaches

Gwithian is flanked to the east by a number of beaches that make up the three miles of sand that stretches across St Ives Bay to Hayle Estuary. Upton Towans, Mexico Towans and Hayle Beach are all dog friendly all year round, and they all interconnect as the tide goes out. The grassy dunes behind them are a perfect spot for a barbecue and there are caves to discover at low tide, just a stone’s throw from our Gwithian Towans chalets. From wartime structures to pillars used to facilitate the extraction of tin from the sand over a hundred years ago, there’s plenty to see for those who don’t fancy lounging in the sun all day.

Food & drink
Sunset Surf cafe at Gwithian beach, Cornwall

Cool cafes

Right on Gwithian’s sand, the quirky Hungry Horsebox Co is housed in a converted horsebox. They do a delicious dhal and great coffee. Set just back from the beach, Sunset Surf Cafe overlooks the beautiful beach and is a great spot for some hearty homemade food and a crisp glass of local cider. It’s also home to the surf school Global Boarders. With its showstopping views, The Jam Pot is an idyllic location for a tea or coffee stop, a mouthwatering bacon sandwich or a generous helping of cake. At the other end of the beach, the kid friendly, dog friendly and surfer friendly Godrevy Beach Cafe serves everything you’d want after a blustery beach walk or surf, from delicious breakfasts to indulgent hot chocolates. Grab a table upstairs for a brilliant view of Godrevy lighthouse.

Pubs and restaurants

A couple of miles up the road, Trevaskis Farm Restaurant is a great place for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Their seasonal lunch and supper menus include dishes such as crusted sea bream and lobster thermidor, and their Sunday roasts are very popular. In the centre of Gwithian, the Red River Inn is open every day for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, with plenty of local produce and Cornish ales on offer. It holds a popular annual beer festival at Easter. Behind the dunes at the far end of Gwithian beach, the Rookpool is full of sandy footed surfers and  serves small bites and sharing plates, hearty main meals, such as sea platters and seafood chowders, burgers and ribs.

Eating local in Gwithian and Hayle

With two brilliant farm shops within a couple of miles of the village and delis, ice cream parlours and pasty shops in neighbouring Hayle, it’s easy to get your hands on local produce in Gwithian, from fresh fish and meat to veg and local cheeses.

Find out more about buying local with our handy Local Food Guide to Gwithian.

Things to do
Surfing at Gwithian Beach, Cornwall

Take to the water

Gwithian is one of the most popular surfing spots on the north coast, and for good reason — it regularly welcomes medium sized clean surf to its shores, so it’s brilliant for all abilities. There are numerous surf schools around Gwithian and Godrevy, including Global Boarders, which is located at the Sunset Surf cafe near the Gwithian Towans carpark. They cater to all ages and abilities, and they also offer coasteering, kayaking and paddleboard hire and lessons, too.

Red Panda At Paradise Park, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

Paradise Park

With over a hundred species of birds, this brilliant wildlife park in Hayle is home to eagles, parrots and flamingoes, as well as Red Pandas, otters, and a petting zoo. Paradise Park caters for all ages too, with penguin feeding, a jungle train, free flying shows and the chance to hold a barn owl, make sure you check out their website to find out when these events are on. If the kids still aren’t tired out, make sure you take them to the Jungle Barn, Paradise Park’s whopping soft play area. A thoroughly entertaining way to spend a day!

Seals Mutton Cove Gwithian, Godrevy

Seal spotting

All year round, if you head across Godrevy Point to Mutton Cove and peer carefully over the cliff edge, you should be able to spot the herd of seals taking shelter on the beach down below. Watch them head out to sea and swim, their heads bobbing in the waves like little black buoys, or see fluffy grey pups lollop across the sand. If you’re lucky enough, you may be able to spot them in the water off Godrevy and Gwithian beaches, or take a boat trip with St Ives Boat Company and spot them lounging on the lighthouse island.

Guests Say
  • None of us want to leave

    We've had a brilliant time coming back to Gwithian. We went in the sea almost every day and this house has been a great place to come back and warm up. None of us want to leave and we could probably stay another whole week. We went to Philps for pasties which were the best we've had and Trevaskis is another great place we went to. The highlight has to be our surfing lessons with Gwithian Academy of Surf which we thoroughly enjoyed.

    Harry (aged 13) and family — August 2023
  • Minutes from the beach

    Absolutely beautiful place, minutes from the beach, great walks and stunning views. Easy to find too. Loved the place, would definitely go again — hopefully soon.

    Roger — September 2023
  • Very peaceful and relaxing

    Exactly what we needed to get away and enjoy the beach. It was great having a warm outdoor shower to wash off the sand and the garden was nice to sit in, everyone seemed friendly. You can hear the waves at night which was very peaceful and relaxing. Washing machine made it handy to pack light. Will definitely look to return, thank you very much for letting us stay.

    Leo — August 2023
  • A great place to come back to

    We've had a brilliant time coming back to Gwithian. We went in the sea almost every day and this house has been a great place to come back to and warm up. None of us want to leave and we could stay another whole week. The highlight has to be our surfing lessons with Gwithian Academy of Surf which we thoroughly enjoyed.

    The Wisbey family — August 2023
  • Beautiful private garden

    An amazing location and a great place to explore Gwithian and the surrounding area. Great chalet, with a beautiful private garden with an outdoor shower, perfect for warming up after a swim in the sea. The view from the main bedroom over St Ives bay is worth waking up to. Whether you are a couple or a family, this is a great place to explore Cornwall.

    James & family — July 2023
  • Tilly, aged 15
  • Beautiful house

    We had a lovely stay at No 50. This was our third time in Gwithian and it is always as gorgeous. No 50 is a beautiful house with brilliant location. Thank you, we will be back!

    Anna, Markus, Sara & Henri — March 2023
  • Well equipped

    A really great location — only five mins walk to the beach. The chalet is well equipped, lovely and light.

    Tessa & family — August 2022
  • We will definitely be back

    We had a fantastic stay at No 50. The accommodation is perfect for a family. Our children loved making use of the puzzles and games. Beautiful garden that was ample enough for a BBQ and time to play at the end of a busy day at Gwithian beach. We found the guest directory really helpful to plan days out and find good places to eat. We recommend Trevaskis Farm — amazing cakes! Thank you — we will definitely be back!

    The Matsangous — May 2022
  • Perfect

    Wonderful property, great views. Ideal and beautiful location. Everything perfect. Looking forward to our next visit.

    Sandie & Del — May 2022
  • Our dream house!

    This is a beautiful house — our dream house! We have had a wonderful time.

    Francis & Pauline — April 2022
  • Great location

    Our second stay at No 50 and it didn't disappoint. A very easy home to settle into. Great location — the beach is amazing. Really lucky with the weather.

    Unknown – October 2021
  • A very happy holiday

    Thanks No 50 for a very happy holiday to one of our favourite places! We've loved being close to the beach and seeing the ocean from the upstairs room. Until next time...

    Liz & James — September 2021
  • A great sun trap

    We have been visiting the area for the past 16 years and had the best week's weather ever! The house was perfect and so quiet. Love being able to see the bay of St Ives and the lighthouse from the top floor. The garden feels so private and a great sun trap — can't wait for next year! Thank you.

    The Hurdis family — August 2021
  • Very comfortable place to stay!

    Loved our stay. Really thoughtful and generous touches make 50 Gwithian Towans a very comfortable place to stay! We came here to surf, relax and breathe. Thanks for a fantastic holiday!

    The Buchan family — August 2021
  • The house is so well done

    Our stay at 50 Gwithian Towans was so lovely. The house is so well done, everything we needed for our stay was here. We enjoyed sitting in the garden and heading down to the beach to watch the sunsets in the evening. Thank you so much for our stay, we will definitely be back soon.

    Jo & Max — July 2021
  • Perfect

    Our stay was perfect — loved the garden and it is so close to the beach. We were very lucky to have nice weather! It was a lovely stay and the whole family enjoyed it! Am sure we will be back soon.

    The Millwoods — July 2021
  • Feels like home

    We loved staying at 50 Gwithian Towans — this holiday home feels like home. Well stocked kitchen inspiring us to cook more than we had intended to!

    The Khabbazeh family — July 2021
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