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Large Beach House, Gwithian Towans, Cornwall

The Bees Knees Beach House

A short stroll away from stunning Gwithian beach

Sleeps 6-8 in 4 bedrooms (+ cot) Friday arrival Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

This traditional chalet-style beach house sleeps eight and is set in a small group of individual, privately owned holiday homes. With an easygoing feel, it has good sea views from private west-facing decking and is a very short stroll from Gwithian’s stunning beach as well as miles of wild sand dunes, and the Cornish coast path.

 

The Bees Knees is set in a quiet group of traditional beach chalets, between miles of wild sand dune and National Trust cliff-tops and just a short stroll from the most stunning Cornish beaches you will find. It is of the larger chalets found at Gwithian Towans with views across St Ives Bay and Godrevy lighthouse, sleeping up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. The chalet has a lovely traditional feel, but with the comforts you’d expect for modern living, offering accommodation for Gwithian beach-life as it should be — spacious, relaxed, light and friendly.

The Bees Knees is a proper chalet-style beach house, which gives it a delightfully carefree feel. At the heart of the retreat is a large open living-dinning-and-kitchen space, which extends all the way though from the decking at the front, to the very back of the property. With its wooden floors and outdoor shower The Bees Knees is a perfect luxury surf-shack, and with its cosy wood-burner and central heating it also makes a great base for winter get-aways. There are three miles of beach, and 300 miles of coastal path, right on the doorstep. So whether surf, seals or scenery are your thing, we think you’ll find that the The Bees Knees is, well… the Bees Knees

Inside The Bees Knees

The Bees Knees has been created for comfortable beach-side living. Inside you will find a generous open-plan living area with wonderful sun-doors that open out onto the front decking, with its views of the bay and lighthouse. The living area extends high into the beamed attic-space, opening through into the dining and kitchen area, adding to the feeling of light and space. The interior is geared to relaxation, with a large flat-screened smart TV and a wood-burner, two sofas and additional seating, inviting you to spend nights in. The dining area with its oak table will seat eight, and beyond that the well-appointed kitchen with electric hob and eye-level electric oven has extensive work surfaces on three sides, a lovely pine dresser, and uninterrupted views over fields to the rear of the chalets. There is also a handy utility room with washing machine and another fridge-freezer.

The bedrooms at The Bees Knees offer flexible accommodation. The ‘master’ double is on the ground floor and set slightly apart from the other rooms, which gives it a lovely private feel. It has has a king-sized bed and is complemented by an en-suite bathroom (with shower, WC and washbasin). On the ground floor there is also a standard double bedroom, as well as a twin room with bunk beds. Upstairs, and each accessed via its own staircase, are two loft-style rooms – one has a double bed with dramatic views to St Ives Bay from dormer windows, the other is a lovely quiet reading space, with the same sea views. Please note that these two rooms are doorless and open directly onto their landings — young people love them but they are not suitable for small children.

There is a newly fitted and good-sized family bathroom on the ground floor with bath and a big shower.  There is also a handy utility room with washing machine and fridge-freezer, which opens to a small yard that makes an ideal ‘private area for dogs’.

Outside the property

There is a good-sized raised decking offering sea views which extends right across the front of the chalet, with hardwood table and chairs for al fresco dining or just chilling. The decking is west-facing making it perfect for watching the sun set over St Ives on the other side of the bay. To one side of the property is a shady paved space, accessed via the utility room, which makes an ideal ‘doggy’ area — whilst to the other side is an outdoor shower, perfect for getting out of wetsuits in comfort.

There are little over a dozen chalets in this well-managed location, and they are predominantly traditional, and either beautifully restored or sensitively adapted. All are privately owned and set within their own boundaries, and all are accessed via a private driveway which leads to the wild cliff-top area. There are only three rows of chalets at this point and The Bees Knees looks over the low chalets in front to the bay and lighthouse beyond. There is parking in front of the retreat for two cars.

Things we love…

From first sight you know The Bees Knees will give you a good holiday. It’s got that combination of great location, lovely building, and good atmosphere. And because the chalet is privately owned and loved by its owners you’ll also find it to be exceptionally well equipped, with abundant kitchen equipment, books, games and technology (the 42” flat-screen smart TV even has a BBC iPlayer and Freeview, and you have Denon hifi to plug in gadgets and free wifi). But the thing everyone remembers about The Bees Knees is the location — it’s got one of the best beaches in the world, right on the doorstep, with something for everyone; gently sloping so that it can offer surf and safe paddling at the same time, big enough that you can find your own spot even at the busiest time of year, facing west to steal the last rays of the setting sun every day, close enough to St Ives to be able to drive over for a nice meal, but far enough away to feel a little more secluded.

So thoughtfully equipped!
Our favourite chalet! We absolutely love coming here — everything is catered for and the chalet is so thoughtfully equipped! We look forward to coming back next year.
Joe & Jessica — June 2023
Features

Retreat Features

  • A moment's stroll to the beach
  • Snug first floor reading nook with sea views
  • Front private decking looking out over St Ives Bay
  • Cosy woodburner
  • Private Parking
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: bunk beds
Bedroom four: double bed (loft-style room)
All bed linen and bath towels provided
LIVING & RELAXING
Two sofas
42” SMART TV
Netflix & Amazon Prime Video account
Free Lovefilm account
Music and iPod plug-in
Free fibre broadband
BATHROOMS
Family bathroom with bath and big shower
En suite with shower
Bathroom towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Well equipped kitchen
Electric hob and oven
Fridge and freezer
Dishwasher, microwave, etc
Dining area for eight
Utility room with washing machine
Tea towels provided
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
OUTDOORS
Decking with sea views
Al fresco dining area and BBQ
Outside shower
Separate shady dog-secure area
HEATING
Central heating and wood burner
(Fireguard available on request)
BABIES & TODDLERS
Stair gates, travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
PETS
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
PARKING
Parking for two cars
EV charging point
ACCESSIBILITY
Exterior steps without handrail
Internal steps without handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom on groundfloor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
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 Bees Knees beach house is about 5 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • The Bees Knees beach house 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

  • 50 meters to the nearest surf hire
  • 50 meters to the nearest café
  • 100 meters to Gwithian beach
  • Less than ten minutes' drive to the nearest supermarket

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
  • Incredible holiday

    Incredible holiday at Gwithian. The weather is always the highlight: sun, rain, wind and hail — a perfect Easter break! We thoroughly enjoyed windy walks along the beach and ice cream at the cafe is a must! We look forward to next time.

    Alice, Polly, Pip, Andy & Claire — March 2024
  • Look forward to coming again

    Have had a lovely week staying here. Angus, the 16 year old Westie, loves the beach and sand dunes. The weather has been kind to us. Look forward to coming again.

    Natalie, Mark & Angus — March 2024
  • Very spacious

    We loved our stay at The Bees Knees over Christmas 2023. The chalet is very spacious and bigger than we anticipated. My five year old loved the top mini living room area and spent time up there using it as a den. The en suite double room is tucked away and provides additional space and privacy for couples when staying as part of a larger group. Our hosts thought of everything. The immediate setting is beautiful with the beach a stone’s throw away and we enjoyed a Boxing Day dip in the sea!

    Michelle — December 2023
  • The best of times

    Thank you for a lovely holiday once again. Four generations, from 85 - 1 and we all had the best of times.

    The Henderson, Brickell & Morris families — September 2023
  • Peaceful haven

    A fabulous find. We've loved our stay here and 'The Bees Knees' has been a peaceful haven.

    Lucy — July 2023
  • Brilliant week

    Thank you so much! A fabulous week in the most gorgeous location. It's been a brilliant week. Hope we'll be back again.

    The McGlennons — July 2023
  • Will definitely be back

    We have had the most wonderful time at The Bees Knees! Everything inside was beautiful, comfortable beds, amazing hot water and wonderful views over the sea. You had thought of everything for a perfect holiday. Children and grandchildren learnt to surf so we will definitely be back. It was a huge success.

    The Walwyns — July 2023
  • Chalet is so thoughtfully equipped!

    Our favourite chalet! We absolutely love coming here — everything is catered for and the chalet is so thoughtfully equipped! We look forward to coming back next year.

    Joe & Jessica — June 2023
  • Love it

    We love it here — the chalet, the beach and we had wonderful weather. Thanks so much!

    Luke, Kiara & family — May 2023
  • Love this chalet

    Another lovely week at our favourite beach ever! A much longer trip since moving to Scotland but it will never stop us coming back to Gwithian. Love this chalet.

    The Webster & Porteous families — April 2023
  • Loved all the little touches

    Most enjoyable stay in The Bees Knees. Lovely and clean, everything catered for. We loved all the little touches around the chalet and hope to stay again.

    The Sims — April 2023
  • By far the best

    We have been coming to Gwithian for over 40 years, staying at a lot of chalets on this site. This is by far the best one we have come across. Beautifully clean (well done Lottie) and well presented with everything accounted for. The beds are so comfy. The chalet is super comfortable. If it wasn't for the stunning views and interesting walks, one is reluctant to leave. Gwithian with its rugged beauty and its Cornish charm — that's what keeps us coming back.

    The Tolley family — Christmas 2022
  • Another amazing two weeks

    Another amazing two weeks at The Bees Knees. Sorry to be going home but looking forward to returning in March.

    Rob & Teresa — November 2022
  • Well-equipped house

    Another lovely stay at The Bees Knees. Sunny walks, chilly swims and a very happy dog. We thoroughly enjoyed this restful, comfortable and well-equipped house — in the best location!

    The Craigs — October 2022
  • Surfing every day

    We had an amazing week with granny. We went surfing every day and went of lots of walks. We love The Bees Knees.

    Billy, Ted & Tanner — October 2022
  • Will be back again

    Back again for a wonderful week here at The Bees Knees. Very lucky with the weather — had some fantastic walks along the beach. We will be back again next year!

    Hargreaves & Clift families — September 2022
  • Name says it all!

    What an amazing week — gorgeous weather, amazing days spent on the beach, walks over the dunes, swims in the sea, trips to Land's End and St Ives. The Bees Knees —name says it all! Can't wait to visit again, your sunsets and views are what dreams are made of.

    The Sankey family — August 2022
  • Loved the quirkiness

    A wonderful week, we loved the quirkiness of The Bees Knees. Stunning views and lovely walks.

    The Hargreaves & Clift Family — May 2022
  • Another wonderful stay

    Yet another wonderful stay in our Bees Knees! Lovely chalet, wonderful weather, beach and seals.

    Kiara, Luke & Family — May 2022
  • Utterly beautiful

    Our lovely holiday at Gwithian really has been The Bees Knees. As always, Gwithian offers sun, sea, sand, surf and also driving rain and gale-force winds. Utterly beautiful. We can't wait to be back. Thank you so much for sharing The Bees Knees with us.

    Andy & Family — April 2022
  • Our 11th stay

    Another fantastic week in this beautiful part of the world. Our 11th stay in The Bees Knees.

    Nikki & Dirk — March 2022
  • Gorgeous property

    We're so thankful to be here again. We feel ultra privileged. So peaceful and restful! Thank you for generously providing such a gorgeous property for us to stay in.

    Unknown — January 2022
  • Another fantastic stay

    Another fantastic stay at The Bees Knees. We have surfed, swam and played board games. Thank you for a lovely stay!

    The Orgill family — New Year 2022
  • The Bowleys — Christmas 2021
  • Our 10th stay

    Our 10th stay at The Bees Knees — our real home from home. Initially had very mild weather for time of year — the second half brought terrific rainstorms. As always, feeling so chilled out and looking forward to February when we will be back to our beloved Bees Knees.

    The Taylor family — November 2021
  • Fantastic

    Another fantastic week at The Bees Knees - feels like home.

    Lisa, John, Alfie, Dave & Bodie — October 2021
  • Home from home!

    Been staying here since 2010 — it's like a home from home! We'll be back.

    The Brickells — October 2021
  • Wonderful

    Wonderful week at The Bees Knees — we were so lucky with the weather. Just parked up the car and spent all week on the beach, coastal path, Jam Pot Cafe and Sunset Surf. Looking forward to our return visit in August. Thank you so much.

    The Masons — May 2021
  • Will definitely be back

    A wonderful stay at Bees Knees Beach House. We've absolutely loved it here and do not want to go home despite the rain, winds and Storm Bella! Fantastic views, comfy beds, fab showers, lovely bath, warming wood burner — it's all here! We've done lots of walking - especially enjoyed seeing seals in the sea and in the cove. A really Happy Christmas spent here — thank you so much for the welcome pack too. We will definitely be back.

    Ivan, Michelle, Oli, Felix & Freddie - December 2020
  • A wonderful stay

    We have had a wonderful stay with a mix of atmospheric storms and beautifully clear fresh days! Recommend walking around to Hell's Mouth, we barely saw another human but heaps of wildlife.

    Emily, Sam & Fidget — December 2020
  • A welcome refuge

    We've loved staying at The Bees Knees. Despite pretty terrible weather, the house offered us a welcome refuge from the gales and rain, and we were very comfortable. This house is so well equipped, you've thought of all we might need.

    The Piccavers — October 2020
  • We have loved our stay

    What a lovely house! We have loved our stay. Gorgeous weather for the first half of stay — spent our time on the beach — lovely! Second half lots of wind and rain, sea looked really dramatic — huge waves! We will be back again. Everything in house that we needed.

    The Weldons — September 2020
  • Another amazing week

    So happy to be back and had another amazing week. Perfect cottage and location.

    Lisa, John, Alfie, Dave & Bodhi — September 2020
  • A special place
    Duncan — March 2020
  • Fabulous, warm and cosy

    Thank you for letting us stay at The Bees Knees, an absolutely fabulous break for our family at my favourite place ever! This is our second stay this year alone. It is just beautiful to go and take long walks on the beach and explore the surrounding area and then return to the warm and cosy accommodation you provided us. Made amazing memories to treasure — thank you!

    The Goddard family — November 2019
  • Our eighth stay here!

    Our week started with Storm Dylan whipping up wind speeds of 112mph but this is our eighth visit to our beloved The Bees Knees and our 9th is already booked! As always we had the most beautiful and relaxing week, beautiful walks on the beach and happy to return to this lovely holiday home. As always, we don't want to leave but we will be back soon and cannot wait! Thank you for sharing this piece of paradise with us.

    The Taylors — November 2019
  • Our third stay here

    Thank you again for letting us stay at The Bees Knees. Mixed weather but we had some lovely days and the last of the summer sunshine has meant beautiful sunsets and time on the beach. This has been our third stay in this property and we are already thinking about next year! Just lovely - thank you!

    The Rimmer family — October 2019
  • Loved every minute

    Thank you so much for an amazing week at The Bees Knees! We have loved every minute, the house has everything you could ask for and more. Fab location too, very peaceful! We can't wait to return and to be honest, we don't want to leave! It is just beautiful.

    The Cordiner family — September 2019
  • Magnificent views of the beach

    Loved this cottage, especially the top bedroom as it has magnificent views of the beach. Will definitely be looking at coming back — we had a lovely time bodyboarding and surfing in the sea. The [extra] outdoor shower was perfect after coming in from the cold sea.

    The Moores — April 2019
  • Will definitely be back

    Absolutely love this place. Felt so at home from day one. Everything well catered for and such a beautiful location. We will definitely be back — big thumbs up and thank you.

    The Connollys — March 2019
  • A gorgeous chalet

    What a fabulous way to see in the New Year. We have been camping and to a few other chalets many times in summer but winter in Cornwall is just as lovely. The Bees Knees is a gorgeous chalet — homely, well finished, with everything you could possibly need from games to pots and pans. Milo (the dog) enjoyed the freedom of the beach but is now exhausted. We have all had a great time and would definitely love a return visit.

    The Webber family — January 2019
  • Everything we wanted it to be

    Just perfect! Everything we wanted it to be. Managed to squeeze the last few drops out of summer. Loved it so much we've booked in March. Thank you, it's been great.

    Dinah & family — October 2018
  • What an amazing place

    Thank you! What an amazing place, we've had a wonderful week in your beautiful cosy home. Enjoyed by all young and less young on a relaxing week away with our mums. It was especially lovely to arrive to the Christmas decorations and mince pies!

    The Sullivans — December 2017
  • A lovely stay

    Thank you for a lovely stay; this was our second visit and I'm sure we will be back for a third. This was a holiday to celebrate my 40th birthday and to relax from our busy work life.

    The Rohman-Johnsons — December 2017
  • A very special stay

    Thank you so much for a very special stay at The Bees Knees! We loved the house, the beach and the surrounding area. Seeing the seal colony was fantastic. We'll definitely be back!

    The Sutherlands — November 2017
  • Perfect in every way

    We've had an amazing week. The house is perfect in every way - you even have the same books as us! The house is fantastically equipped, especially the kitchen. This is our last family holiday after 17 years and the children had said next year they would be away at uni and not want to come...however plans have changed and they now wish to come again! Very envious of your lovely chalet in a perfect location. We live on the Norfolk coast, which is equally beautiful, but we've really enjoyed it here. Will definitely book again next year. Many thanks!

    The Walton Family — October 2017
  • Everything we could wish for

    Thank you for such a lovely stay. Everything we could wish for. Very comfortable — lovely sofas and blankets! Beautiful bathroom. Always beautiful beach and area.

    Sandra & Geoff — September 2017
  • Could have easily stayed longer!

    Another fantastic stay at The Bees Knees. We came for two weeks this year but could have easily stayed longer! Hoping to come back again next year.

    The Tumber Family — August 2017
  • Hope to come again

    We all had a lovely stay here in The Bees Knees! Great times on the beach, in the sea, surfing and body boarding, walking all over the Towans and seeing the seals. We all would have loved to have stayed a bit longer, but hope to come again.

    The Stroud Family — November 2016
  • What an amazing place

    Our second trip to The Bees Knees and just as amazing as the first. We have spent the week surfing, walking and enjoying the beach even in the stormy weather. Thank you for a lovely stay, what an amazing place. Looking forward to our next stay here.

    The Leech Family — November 2016
  • Our favourite place in the world!

    This is our second stay in the lovely Bees Knees. It really has a home from home feel. Love the decor and how well equipped it is. We have already booked for next year! Lovely beach walks with our dog. Our favourite place in the world!

    Dirk & Nikki — November 2016
  • A very romantic week
    Forever Cornwall Bees Knees Testimonial
    Karen & Terry — October 2016
  • So cosy

    Had such a brilliant time here in Gwithian. The Bees Knees was so cosy and just perfect for our weeks stay. Thanks for a great stay.

    The Tanner family — October 2016
  • We want to stay forever

    Another fantastic family holiday had by all. Thank you for letting us stay yet again in such a wonderful, welcoming home - we want to stay forever.

    The Brickell Family — August 2016
  • Amazing!

    Amazing! Lived up to expectations in all areas. We had a family get together and everyone loved it.

    The Beaumont family — August 2016
  • A hidden gem amongst the dunes

    A fabulous week at The Bees Knees! It's our first visit to Gwithian, no doubt there will be many more. The chalet is a hidden gem amongst the dunes with its amazing views of this great beach. The chalet is so well thought out, especially with the useful outside shower which the kids think we should have at home.

    Duncan, Sharon, Daniel, Isla & Benji — July 2016
  • Another fantastic break
    Sally Birch June 2016
    Sally, Juliet & Caroline — June 2016
  • We cannot recommend this place highly enough!

    Such an amazing stay at The Bees Knees! The chalet is fabulous — very well equipped, so comfortable, relaxing feel and beautiful views (especially from the upstair's bedrooms). The whole place has so much character and instantly feels like a real home from home! Every room in the chalet has been so well thought out and beautifully decorated. The place has such a cosy feel which is perfect after coming back from a day of activities in the great surrounding area! We cannot recommend this place highly enough! A real treat!

    Joe & Jessica — June 2016
  • A week full of beautiful views and sunsets

    We have had a brilliant half term week. We love Gwithian and the Towans anyway, but The Bees Knees has really made our holiday special, thank you! The location is fab and the weather was great so we have had a week full of beautiful views and sunsets. The best equipped chalet we have ever stayed in.

    Deana, Paul, Joe, Archie & Rory — June 2016
  • Superb location

    Superb location, a very well equipped chalet. Thank you very much for a great break. Hope to be back.

    Pat & Les — May 2016
  • A great place in a great location

    The Bees Knees has been a lovely base to return to after some great days out — a great place in a great location. We hope to be back soon.

    Jo, Karen & Rupert — May 2016
  • A wonderful break

    We've had a wonderful break here — loved the beach and lots of cliff walking. The dogs have had a ball. Trevaskis Farm was very good – great local produce in the shop, the restaurant was good and the desserts were to die for! The Bees Knees has been a brilliant place to stay, it has felt cosy and homely with everything we have needed.

    Andy, Rebecca, Melville, Darren & Wendy — May 2016
  • Absolutely loved our stay

    We've absolutely loved our stay here at The Bees Knees. The property is certainly aptly named! We didn't stray far because the weather, Gwithian beach, this house and wandering down to Sunset Surf, The Rockpool or Godrevy Cafe — offer all that we need. Thank you for the welcome goodies, we'd love to come back!

    The Tarpey family — April 2016
  • Lovely stay

    Lovely stay in a very well equipped chalet. Fantastic walk from Zennor around the headland towards St Ives and then back through fields to the church. It is six miles and took us three hours, but well worth it. Loved The Bees Knees library.

    Julie, Nigel, Ollie, Dominic & Freya — August 2015
  • A perfect beach house!

    A perfect beach house! We have loved our week here, fabulous beach - amazing sunsets, the dogs in 7th heaven, everyone happy. Can't believe it's England!

    Karen, Charlie & Sacha — June 2015
  • Very comfortable and well equipped home

    Very comfortable and well equipped home, thanks for the welcome pack too. Especially loved the bath - very nice after a day of kite buggying on the beach (which we managed most days aside from 56mph wind day), and for the surfers in the family.

    Ant, Kathy, Jenny, Rick, Laura, Lucy & Alice — May 2015
  • What a marvellous setting!

    What a fantastic time! Fabulous weather provided us with an enjoyable time at the beach. The terrace allowed us to serve breakfast and dinner outside — thanks for all the blankets provided. Our two year old loved the dunes and vast beach. What a marvellous setting! We'd love to come back again sometime.

    Nadja, Paul, Niklas & Liska — April 2015
  • We love it so much here

    I've lost count of the number of times we have stayed at The Bees Knees as we love it so much here. As a family of surfers with a very energetic English Pointer, everything we need is right outside the door. Take a couple of torches if you plan to walk back at night! We enjoyed a beautiful sunset walk, ate supper and returned with head torches...perfect night out!

    The Taylor's — March 2015
  • Best chilled-out Christmas holiday ever

    The Bees Knees is a beautiful holiday home. It was the best chilled-out Christmas holiday ever. Thank you for the lovely treats – they were very much appreciated.

    The Tanner Family — December 2014
  • Just perfect!

    Just perfect! A fabulous beach house home-from-home. Instantly felt chilled out. Loved the welcome pack – thank you. Lovely walk from here to Portreath on coastal path, also along the beach to Hayle. Delicious lunch at Sunset Surf Café, with a warm welcome. A wonderful week – so much so we stayed an extra night. Cannot wait to return here.

    Zenna & Mark — November 2014
  • Aptly named!

    This is our second year at Gwithian and our first stay at The Bees Knees. It really is aptly named! Couldn’t have asked for a better chalet, with all mod cons but a really relaxed feel. Thank you so much for a lovely stay.

    Jess, Kate, Amy, Josh, David and Wolfie the dog — August 2014
  • This house and area is the best ever

    We have been to many places, but this house and area is the best ever.

    Yvonne, Andy, Eneas, Liam & Jason — August 2014
  • Beautiful house

    We’ve had a fabulous week at Bees Knees. Beautiful house, great beaches (and bodysurfing) and lovely strolls along the coastline. We particularly enjoyed spotting seals.

    Jo, Jane, Neal & Will — July 2014
  • Excellent

    We’ve had a wonderful family holiday here, really didn’t want to go home. The Bees Knees is excellent, with everything we could want – the welcome pack was really appreciated. The Trevaskis Farm restaurant is excellent, one of the best meals we have ever had. Thank you for everything – we can’t wait to book again.

    The Waltons — June 2014
  • The place has “chillout” written all over it

    Our family enjoyed a really relaxed holiday at The Bees Knees – the place has “chillout” written all over it. Our son (aged two and a half) just loved walking down to the beach and paddling in the rock pools. Would definitely recommend to friends and would love to come back again ourselves.

    Suzie, Gethin & Finlay— May 2014
  • A fab holiday

    Thank you for a fab holiday. We’ll be back for sure. Our dog loves it here and it’s been really relaxing apart from all the running, walking and cycling. Thank you!

    Carolyn, Paul, Max & Sam — November 2013
  • Well equipped for everything

    Thank you for the brilliant stay in The Bees Knees. Well equipped for everything. All was amazing, even cosy in the big storm. Great walks from here – saw, swam with, and rescued seals!

    The Nathan Family — October 2013
  • Couldn’t fault a thing

    We love this place. Couldn’t be more perfect for a family of surfers. Couldn’t fault a thing and planning to re-visit soon. We’ve been coming to Gwithian for 17 years staying at various places but The Bees Knees trumped them all.

    Marcus, Karen, Molly, Henry & Matilda — April 2013
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