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Adjoined luxury beach houses, Gwithian, Cornwall

Dune House & Lodge

Spacious homes with exceptional views of beautiful Gwithian beach

sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms (+ 2 cots) Friday arrival Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Dune House & Lodge are set in an iconic location that commands panoramic views over the dunes to St Ives and Godrevy lighthouse. Both properties cleverly connect by an inside link building, a spacious driveway and garden gate, meaning they can be rented together sleeping 12 in comfort and style. These buildings have been appointed to the highest standards to create a unique and memorable holiday experience.

Dune House & Lodge are positioned to overlook miles of wild sand dunes. With no immediate neighbouring properties, these are very unique and special properties for Gwithian. These properties can also be let separately under Dune House and Dune Lodge.

Dune House

Dune House has been built with exceptional detailing using sympathetic local materials. Imaginative layout, clever use of architectural glazing and individual first-floor balconies provide privacy and generous outdoor space on all sides (a rare feature in Gwithian). With ample parking as well, this is probably the most unique and exclusive accommodation choice in the area.

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The ground floor is laid out around a large and luxurious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Large patio doors open onto generous west-facing lawned gardens, making this an ideal space for relaxed family coastal living. For the colder months, this floor has underfloor heating and a wood burner to warm you and your party. There is also a large snug or games room, and a purpose-built indoor après-surf changing room with two showers and space for drying wetsuits.

Dune Lodge

The open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas are located on the second floor, which really makes the most of the spectacular views over the bay and surrounding countryside. They even have access to a sheltered balcony area via sliding doors. Down the beautiful oak stairs are a king-sized double master bedroom with en suite and a twin (which is zip-and-link so can be converted into a king-sized bed if you prefer), along with a separate family bathroom.

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Entering the property you will want to head straight for the first floor, up a beautifully detailed oak staircase. Here you will find one spacious open area with a dramatic vaulted ceiling, beautifully designed to take advantage of views west over the bay to St Ives, and east over farmland to the pretty village of Gwithian and the rolling Cornish hills beyond.

The large, luxury kitchen and dining area for six (allowing for dining guests), and comfortable lounge area are all here. You have a beautiful contemporary Morsø wood burner for winter nights, a large Smart TV, and a dramatic glazed doors sliding open to give access to your private balcony which has rattan seating for two — ideal for enjoying a tipple of choice whilst watching the sun set over the sea’s horizon.

Downstairs are two comfortable and snug bedrooms. The master has a king-sized bed and adjoining en suite shower room. Next to this is a twin bedroom with two single beds that can be zip-and-linked together to make a second super-king sized bed if you prefer this option. A luxury family bathroom completes the accommodation, with beautiful stone tiling, Villeroy and Boch fittings, and a waterfall shower over the bath.

Outside Dune House & Lodge 

In Dune House, there’s plenty of space in this large, south and west facing, enclosed garden with lawn and feature trees. There is also a barbecue available to guests, perfect for alfresco feasts. Dune Lodge also has large, lawned garden, furniture and barbeque for al fresco dining. Both properties have large sheds that provide safe storage for any beach essentials such as body/surfboards and windbreaks.

You will be able to walk to the huge beach at Gwithian in around five minutes via meandering pathways through the sand dunes. Choose between heading for the popular main beach with its café, equipment hire, and seasonal lifeguards— or the vast expanses of sand between Gwithian and Hayle, where you can enjoy as much space as you could wish for. The coastal path leads off in both directions and you can stroll as far or as near as you like. Wildlife is abundant here, so be on the lookout for seals, a myriad of sea-birds and sometimes dolphins…

Flexible accommodation
Dune House and Lodge offers flexible accommodation, ideal for hosting multi-generational groups or friendship families sharing, across two architecturally designed properties.
Features

Retreat Features

  • Show-stopping balcony views of St Ives Bay
  • Luxury accommodation for up to 12
  • Ample parking and garden space
  • Feature log-burners and smart TVs
  • Two large, well equipped kitchens
  • Three ensuite king-sized bedrooms
SLEEPING
In the house:
Principal bedroom: super king bed with ensuite
Bedroom two: super king bed with ensuite
Bedroom three:twin beds (can be made into a super king upon request)
Bedroom four: twin beds (can be made into a super king upon request)
In the lodge:
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: twin beds (can be made into a super king upon request)
All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Two well-equipped kitchens
Three Neff electric ovens & induction hobs
Two sinks with draining rack
Two dishwashers
Two fridges
Two freezers
Two microwaves
Two wine coolers
Dining table seating six
Dining table seating twelve
Tea towels provided
LIVING & RELAXING
Two L-shaped sofas sitting six in comfort
Three SMART, 4K, Ultra HD TV
Two feature log burners
Unlimited WiFi
Dune House also has an additional snug with large SMART TV
BATHROOMS
Two family bathrooms with WC, large basin and waterfall shower over bath
Three ensuite bathrooms with WC, large basin and waterfall shower over bath
Bathroom towels provided
A large après surf shower room with generous space for drying wetsuits and outdoor clothes
OUTDOORS
Two large gardens laid to lawn with feature trees adjoined with garden gate
5 minute walk to beach over sand dunes
Outdoor surf shower
Two large storage sheds for beach equipment
Barbecue
Close proximity to South West Coast Path
PARKING
Six private parking spaces
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Sorry, a stairgate is only available for Dune Lodge
PETS
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Please note that the garden is not dog secure
UTILITIES
Washing machine
Wetsuit/shower room
HEATING
Underfloor heating downstairs
Radiators and log burners
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
ACCESSIBILITY
Internal steps without handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Not suitable for wheelchairs
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

  • Dune House & Lodge is about 12 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Dune House & Lodge is situated in Gwithian Towans on Cornwall’s North Coast, 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

  • A 5-minute stroll to Gwithian beach
  • Cafes in walking distance for breakfast and lunch
  • Breathtaking views from the balcony
  • Not overlooked at all - plenty of privacy

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.

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