Luxury beach house, Gwithian, Cornwall

Dune Lodge

Stunning beach house with exceptional views of beautiful Gwithian beach

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (+cot) Friday arrival Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome Short breaks available
The Retreat

Dune Lodge is a luxury holiday home set in an iconic location that commands panoramic views over the dunes to St Ives and Godrevy lighthouse. The dog friendly property has been appointed to the highest standards to create a unique and memorable holiday experience for up to four guests. Dune Lodge can be rented in conjunction with adjoining Dune House, subject to availability, together offering accommodation for up to 12.

Short breaks are available on selected dates from September – April (Friday or Monday arrivals only, 3 night minimum) If your desired dates are not bookable online, or you wish to book a stay for more than seven nights please contact the team here.

Dune Lodge is positioned to overlook miles of wild sand dunes. With no immediate neighbouring properties save for the main house, this a very unique and special property for Gwithian.

You will approach the property through private gates (shared only with Dune House) and find your holiday home set in a large lawned garden. 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. You have your own sheltered balcony area accessed via sliding doors from the living area. Down the beautiful oak stairs are a king-sized double master bedroom with en-suite, and a twin, along with a separate family bathroom.

Inside Dune Lodge

Entering the property you will want to head straight for the first floor up the oak staircase. Here you will find one spacious open area with a dramatic vaulted ceiling, beautifully designed to take advantage of the westerly views over the bay to St Ives, and easterly views over the 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 sunset over the sea’s horizon.

Downstairs are two comfortable and snug bedrooms. The master has a king-sized bed and an 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 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.

View from inside lounge at Dune Lodge large holiday house at Gwithian

Outside Dune Lodge

Outside you have a large lawned garden that catches sun from morning to mid afternoon, with furniture and barbecue for al fresco dining, and a large shed for storing beach gear. 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…

View of Godrevy and Gwithian beach near Dune Lodge holiday house

Things we love …

Dune Lodge has been stunningly architect-designed and built with exceptional detailing using sympathetic local materials. The imaginative layout, clever use of architectural glazing, and first-floor balcony provides privacy to the property. The generous outdoor space on all sides (a rare feature in Gwithian) together with ample parking, make this probably the most unique accommodation choice in the area. Dune Lodge is all about the view, and the reverse level design brings out the best. On warm days you can sit on the balcony with a tipple, and on cold days you can pull the huge glazed doors shut and hunker down next to the fire. Either option offers views straight out to the ocean over the dunes — the sunsets over St Ives Bay are legendary.

If you want to put a bit of space between yourself and the world, then Dune Lodge is for you. Equally you are moments from Sunset Surf Cafe or the village for when you want good food and company. Dune Lodge is a lovely combination of indulgence and practicality.

Renting Dune House & Lodge together.

The two properties can be interconnected and booked together offering flexible accommodation for up to 12 guests, ideal for multi-generational groups or for friendship families sharing. When booked separately each property is private.

View of Dune Lodge luxury holiday accommodation in the dunes at Gwithian

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a lovely lodge. Very well thought out. All mod cons and creature comforts. A stroll, all at your doorstep, to the dunes and beach. Beautiful views, sea, sun and rock pools — paradise! The coastal walk at Hell's Mouth was stunning and just down the road — Portreath, was so pretty. Thank you for the welcome goodies we enjoyed it all, ate outside on the best sunny day and watched the wonderful sunset. The best holiday break for a long time.
Barbara & Graham — June 2023

Retreat Features

  • Show-stopping balcony views of St Ives Bay
  • Luxury accommodation for 2-4
  • En suite king-sized master bedroom
  • Ample parking and garden space
  • Feature log-burner and smart TV
  • Large, well equipped kitchen
Principal bedroom: king sized bed and en suite
Bedroom two: twin beds (can be made in super king bed upon request)
All bed linen and bath towels provided
L-shaped sofa sitting six in comfort
SMART, 4K, Ultra HD TV
Morsø feature log burner
Unlimited WiFi
Well equipped kitchen
Neff electric oven & induction hob
Sink with draining rack
Fridge, freezer
Wine cooler
Washing machine
Dining table seating six
Tea towels provided
Family bathroom WC, large basin, waterfall shower over bath
Ensuite bathroom with WC, large basin, waterfall shower over bath
Bathroom towels provided
Large lawned garden
5 minute walk to beach over sand dunes
Large storage shed for beach equipment
Close proximity to South West Coast Path
Underfloor heating downstairs
Radiators and log burner upstairs
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome
Please note that the garden is not dog secure
When Dune Lodge is booked in conjunction with Dune House, a maximum of two dogs are permitted
3 private parking spaces
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am


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 Lodge is about 12 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Dune 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


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
  • February 2024
  • Cosy

    Another lovely week, very cosy and comfortable.

    David — January 2024
  • Very high standard

    What a wonderful place, equipped to a very high standard with all we could wish for. Spectacular views from the upstairs living area, which was kept very warm and felt cosy, although large. This is our 5th visit to Gwithian and our first to Dune Lodge — I'm sure we'll be back! Loved this place, the space, the quiet, the views!

    Sheila, Gordon & Julia — November 2023
  • Amazing

    Our third visit — did way less activities this time so was great to spend more time at Dune Lodge. Had many BBQ's and dinners in the windy sunshine and a few over on the dunes in the evening. Dune Lodge continued to be amazing and always will.

    Victoria, Terry & Jenny — June 2023
  • All mod cons and creature comforts

    Wow! Wow! Wow! What a lovely lodge. Very well thought out. All mod cons and creature comforts. A stroll, all at your doorstep, to the dunes and beach. Met lots of people, friendly chatty, dog-walkers. Beautiful views, sea, sun and rock pools — paradise! The coastal walk at Hell's Mouth was stunning and just down the road — Portreath, was so pretty. Thank you for the welcome goodies we enjoyed it all, ate outside on the best sunny day and watched the wonderful sunset. The best holiday break for a long time.

    Barbara & Graham — June 2023
  • What a place

    Wow — what a place. First time at Dune Lodge and we will be back! We walked the beach on a rainy day from Gwithian to Hayle and luckily discovered Lula Shack‚ such an amazing little place. We had a bbq one evening which was great as that corner is lovely and sheltered. Thank you so much.

    Jolene & family — March 2023
  • The Lippetts & friends — March 2023
  • The views across St Ives every morning just cannot be beaten

    We have had a brilliant week at Dune Lodge. Waking up to the views across St Ives every morning just cannot be beaten. We love the beaches and the dunes around here and whenever we are in Cornwall, we always get drawn to this place. We have had some lovely walks along the beach with the dog, up around the headland to see the seals with their pups. Ted (the dog) just loves bounding along the beach and paddling in the rock pools. We also took a trip across to Praa Sands and St Michael's Mount. Can't believe the other side of Cornwall is so close. I am certain we will be back and hopefully we can persuade some friends to join us. Wow!

    Ian, Caz & Ted — February 2023
  • Blown away

    We've had the most wonderful time here at Dune Lodge. We've been absolutely blown away by the property, location and most of all the amazing sunsets. We've stayed in various places throughout Cornwall and feel like we have stumbled across a gem here — we'll definitely be back!

    Matt, Sonja, Evie & Buddy — August 2022
  • Amazing

    A really stunning place to spend our week with amazing double aspect views. We have had the most fabulous weather (August heatwave), the colour of the sea has definitely matched the Med where we were in previous summers — so beautiful. We adore The Towans, wandering through the grassy hillsides to get to rock pools, miles of fine sand and amazing surf. We've certainly made the most of the waves this week and the kids have been in heaven riding their bodyboards. Thank you for a fabulous week.

    The Hardy Family — August 2022
  • Totally awesome escape

    Our second visit to this totally awesome escape. I still feel as in awe as last time. Ticked the bucket list by snorkelling in the UK with 'Tonic of the Sea', Katie Maggs off Newlyn and Penzance. Such a memorable experience and highly recommend. The dunes provide limitless wandering with the dogs. Dune Lodge is legendary, thank you.

    Victoria, Jenny & Terry — July 2022
  • One of the best views

    What an amazing vision, two stunning luxury homes with what must be one of the best views and locations in the British Isles. We feel privileged to have stayed in Dune Lodge and look forward to returning.

    Karen, Geoff & Bertie — June 2022
  • Stunning

    A stunning place to stay, beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets and views from every window. Very sad to leave and will definitely return.

    Sara, Mariella & Coco — June 2022
  • Everything you could need and more

    Thank you so much for a perfect week in your beautiful lodge. The views and the sunsets will stay forever in our memories, until next time. The lodge has everything you could need and more. Thank you also for our welcome gifts, they went down a treat.

    Jacqui, Steve & Tilly — May 2022
  • Great position

    A wonderful week running through the sand dunes and exploring the local areas. A lovely house in a great position. I am looking forward to getting back to my studio and painting the beaches I have captured.

    Lucy — April 2022
  • Everything we wanted and more

    What a fantastic week! Weather blessed us and we have loved every moment. The house delivers in every way — everything we wanted and more. The aspect is perfect and we have enjoyed the countryside and seaside views. Still so much to explore so will be back! Thanks for having us.

    Sarah, John, Ann, David & Frankie the sausage dog — March 2022
  • Breathtaking

    What a wonderful property in a very special location. Coming up the stairs was breathtaking — seeing that view — wow! We've had a great week of activity — running on the beach, golf in Hayle and coastal walks.

    Caroline, John, Harry & Poppy — March 2022
  • Very comfortable accommodation

    What a week! Our honeymoon and Eunice and Franklyn made sure it was not to be forgotten. Amazing views and very comfortable accommodation. Lovely, blustery walks. Very relaxing — love the log burner.

    Julie & Simon — February 2022
  • Well equipped and very clean

    What a fabulous spot. We have had a wonderful stay bracing the elements — it has been so much fun. This place is warm and cosy, well equipped and very clean. We will be back again next year!

    Rob, Kate & Dora — February 2022
  • Spectacular

    Back again for a lovely pre-Christmas break, and once again we had a wonderful relaxing week. The views are spectacular, the sofa very comfortable and we even got a couple sunny afternoon for playing on the beach (I went for a swim — very bracing but fun!).

    Julie — December 2021
  • Just what we needed

    Just what we needed! A fantastic lodge with beautiful views to admire, and the weather was nice too! Recommend the walk to 'Hell's Mouth' to see the seals, and some breath-taking views along the way. Be back soon.

    The Mead family — September 2021
  • Beautiful

    Beautiful place and scenery. Thank you — hope to return soon!

    The Weavers — June 2021
  • Wonderful

    After many years of visiting Gwithian we feel blessed to have come to Dune Lodge. The design of the property is wonderful and the setting perfect. We loved watching the sunsets every evening and many nice walks on the beach. It's been a very relaxing and enjoyable break and we can't wait to come again as soon as possible.

    Julie, Sally, Archie & Harley — April 2021
  • Perfect memories

    Everything about Dune Lodge was perfect and we had a wonderful week. It is a beautiful house and has been thoughtfully kitted out, with everything you could possibly ask for and more. The welcome pack was a nice touch and it was lovely to come in and be able to make a cup of tea and enjoy the views straight away. We will definitely return and will go home with our perfect memories.

    The Jackson family — March 2020
  • Fabulous

    We feel very lucky to have visited Dune Lodge. It is a fabulous property with so many wonderful design features and the view is truly to die for. We already know the beaches in Gwithian well and is a stunning area. Enjoyed the sunsets — we will be back!

    The Kent family — February 2020
  • Designed exceptionally

    We had a really wonderful time staying in Dune Lodge, the house has been designed exceptionally. We arrived at the start of the big storms which meant outside activities with the children was not ideal but the house was so spacious and so comfortable that staying in was actually a positive. The views from the living room are awesome and the open plan space is just great! The kitchen was very well equipped with everything we could possibly need. This is our fourth time booking through Forever Cornwall and I have to say the experience gets better every time.

    The Laird family — February 2020
  • Views are spectacular

    The views are spectacular and it was so relaxing chilling on the sofa admiring the views and watching the massive TV! The surrounding dunes, beach and general area were stunning. Great for walking, running to see the seals and surfing, we loved it! We will definitely be going to Dune Lodge again soon.

    The Langleys — New Year 2020
  • Unique and special

    Thank you for a wonderful stay at the beautiful Dune Lodge. The house had everything we needed, perfect for our family. We loved the location, so close to the beach and the Sunset Café. So easy just to carry our surfboards across the dunes to get straight onto the stunning beach. It’s definitely a unique and special holiday home that we plan to return to.

    Nicky, Paul & Amy — December 2019
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