Gwithian beach house, close to the beach

An Mordros

Unique and spacious beach house located in Gwithian

Sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Friday arrival One well behaved dog welcome
The Retreat

Tucked away in the heart of Gwithian Towans, An Mordros has all you need and more for a peaceful getaway.  With it’s open plan, spacious living spaces, generous garden and only moments from Gwithian’s breathtaking beach, wild dunes and rugged coastline, it makes for the perfect retreat for your Cornish holiday.

An Mordros, meaning ‘sound of the surf’ has been designed for a laid back, beachy lifestyle. Throughout the chalet you will find high ceilings, stylish décor and underfloor heating for those chillier months. This holiday home comes with an abundance of space both indoors and out.  Sleeping six across three bedrooms and even welcoming your four-legged friend, this thought-out beach house is perfect for those seeking sunsets, surf and that unbeatable coastal fresh air. Step outside the front door to find yourself in the heart of the distinctive Gwithian Towans. Whether you’re chasing water sports, wildlife or long coastal walks, you couldn’t have come to a better place!


Outside An Mordros
Although located in the centre of Gwithian Towans, An Mordros is beautifully private thanks to the surrounding fence and gorgeous flora that clings to the parameters.
With wrap-around decking with south facing alfresco dining space, the sun trap garden is the perfect place to host those summer barbecues  and sundowner drinks. There’s a warm outdoor shower and a shed to store surfboards, bodyboards and wetsuits.
With three miles of golden sand on your doorstep there is no shortage of places to explore and waves to surf. The beach here is lifeguarded in season and the myriad of sand-pools and rock-pools are revealed as the tide recedes, making it a perfect playground for children and nature lovers of all ages.

Things we love
It’s hard to pin point just a couple of things that we love the most about this property – the high ceilings, the gorgeous garden, the Spanish feeling décor, the fact you can open up the doors and windows and feel that you’re outside even from the inside, the location… the list really is endless.
From the moment you walk in to An Mordros you can tell that it has been put together as a home from home and idyllic base for creating wonderful holiday memories.
For those beach lovers it’s perfect – just a moments stroll from the famous beach and rolling dunes of Gwithian, whilst a warm outdoor shower awaits to wash off sandy wetsuits and toes. There’s not much of the beach-lifestyle that hasn’t been thought of!

Love the privacy
A wonderful introduction to the stunning Gwithian Towans - such a special place. We loved the house - the perfect place for some much needed 'r&r'. It really is a retreat by the sea - love the privacy it offers. Thanks for a lovely stay - we'll be back!
Danielle & Family — October 2022

Retreat Features

  • Beautifully spacious home
  • Large garden and dining space
  • Two parking spaces
  • Close to the beach
  • Mezzanine style living
  • Après-surf shower
Principal bedroom: king bed and en suite
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: bunk beds with a small double on the bottom
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well equipped open plan kitchen/dining
Electric oven and grill
Four ring induction hob
Under-counter fridge with small freezer compartment, additional fridge space in the utility room
Dining for up to eight people
Open plan living area with plenty of seating
Smart TV
Selection of games
Bluetooth speaker
Additional living space on the mezzanine level
Large family bathroom with bath and walk in shower
En suite bathroom with walk in shower
Heated towel rails
Bath towels provided
Enclosed, private garden
A large table for family al fresco dining
Warm après-surf shower
Charcoal barbecue
Single floor property with optional mezzanine space
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
One well behaved dog welcome
Washing machine/dryer
Essential cleaning items
Underfloor heating throughout
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Allocated parking for two cars
Electric car charging point


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

  • Closeby to the beautiful Gwithian Towans beach
  • A larger style chalet with space for six in comfort
  • Large garden and dining area

The gwithian guide


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.

Gwithian beach dunes, Cornwall


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


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
  • Accommodation is fabulous, so well equipped

    A fantastic and memorable stay here. We've stayed on the Gwithian Towans many times but this was our first stay at An Mordros. The accommodation is fabulous, so well equipped, comfortable and our doggie loved it too. Such a special place. Gwithian is extraordinarily treasured to us and it was marvellous to be back again. The walks, the beach, the sunset, the dunes and the 'home from home' is 'chicken soup for the soul'! We will leave with fantastic new memories made and we hope that everyone else who stays here has as equally a wonderful time as we have. We'll be back! All the best and thank you.

    Matt, Lillie, & Willow-Dotty — May 2023
  • Lovely beach house

    Thank you for sharing your lovely beach house. We've had an amazing time. Gwithian Academy of Surfing is a must while staying. We came to relax and unwind and we certainly have. Can't wait to be back!

    Sharon, Paul & Buddy the cockapoo — October 2022
  • We loved the house

    A wonderful introduction to the stunning Gwithian Towans - such a special place. We loved the house - the perfect place for some much needed 'r&r'. It really is a retreat by the sea - love the privacy it offers. Thanks for a lovely stay - we'll be back!

    Danielle & Family — October 2022
  • So very homely

    Beautiful house, so very homely. We've spent most of our time at the beach. Walked along the coast to Hell's Mouth, visited Newlyn and went for a very early swim at The Jubilee Pool, Penzance. Gwithian beautiful as always.

    The Fearon Family — August 2022
  • We will be back!

    Thank you - what a lovely house! We have had such a lovely week here in Gwithian, third visit. Surf school at Sunset Cafe was great and cafe staff so friendly. We love the Jam Pot for breakfast or a cream tea. We will be back!

    The Morgan Family — August 2022
  • A fab week

    We've had a fab week here at An Mordros. The walk along the cliffs past the Godrevy lighthouse is nice - remember to take some binoculars to see the seals! The walk along the beach in the opposite direction towards Carbis Bay is also lovely. Don't forget to try the ultimate hot chocolate from the Hungry Horsebox on Godrevy beach!

    The Henshaw Family — August 2022
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