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Dog Friendly Beach Chalet on Gwithian Towans with Sea Views

Luz

Contemporary beach chalet located in Gwithian

Sleeps 7 across 3 bedrooms Friday arrival Two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Tucked away in the dunes of Gwithian Towans and boasting undisturbed views across St Ives Bay, the distinguished, dog-friendly ‘Luz’ is a modern beach chalet sleeping 7, which balances beautifully rustic interiors with top spec, modern details.

Inside

Spread across two floors, when entering ‘Luz’, you’re welcomed by an abundance of natural coastal light flowing throughout the property. To your right is one of three bedrooms, containing twin beds. Adjacent you will find a small utility room and a family bathroom with a walk in shower. At the end of the hallway is the captivating open-plan living, dining and kitchen area; displaying the ever-changing views of St Ives Bay.

The kitchen is dressed in a mixture of wood details, coastal blues and is equipped with top of the range appliances including a sage coffee machine and a full height 50/50 fridge freezer. The living area features two stylish leather sofas, a large Smart TV, and a freestanding wood burner to keep the chalet cosy during the colder months. The dining area has a large rustic table with bench seating for up to eight and benefits from outstanding views of Godrevy lighthouse through sliding patio doors onto the decking area.

The principle bedroom is also situated on the bottom floor and has direct access to the garden and decking with its own views of the ocean. With a king sized bed and rustic wooden decor, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the view of the surfers from the comfort of this coastal home. This bedroom also has an en-suite, which matches the family bathroom’s eclectic mix of dramatic tiles and elegant gold detailing.

Up the stairs in the living area brings you to an open plan room with white vaulted ceilings and two large windows at either end to soak in the light. At one end of the room contains three single beds; perfect for younger members of the family, but also full-sized for adults. At the other end of the room you will find a comfortable seating area with bean bags, a sofa and armchair positioned to enjoy hours of watching the waves roll in.

Outside

You can enter Luz through the rear of the property where there’s also private parking for one car. To the left of the property is a pathway (where an outdoor shower is located) leading toward the front of the property. At the front of Luz is a decking, which stretches across the chalet with a grassy area in front. You’ll be welcomed by the all-encompassing and uninterrupted views from St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse, a perfect spot for those sundowner drinks and summer barbeques – you have front-row views of some of the best sunsets in Cornwall.

Things we love

Luz is in a prime position to enjoy hours of wave-watching, and like the rest of our Gwithian retreats, miles of golden sand is seconds away.  Life-guarded in the main holiday season, Gwithian and Godrevy boast miles of sand, swimmable rockpools and sea, which are great for children, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sun-worshipping and storm-watching. The “Towans” are also dog friendly at all times, which is why the outdoor shower to wash away the day comes in so handy!

Although there’s a range of coastal cafes on your doorstep, this property has been lovingly designed and finished to have everything you need, evident in its modern, contemporary interiors and top-spec appliances. With a private garden and decking facing the views, it really is the property for all seasons and you’re certainly in for a memorable Cornish holiday when staying in this beautiful beach chalet.

Beautifully light and airy
We have had a wonderful week in this gorgeous beach house which is perfect in every way. The view is out of this world and the weather has been super kind to us with gorgeous sunshine all week! We loved walking along the beach and on the dunes, such as beautiful spot. A visit to the Godrevy area is a must, the coast and cliffs are impressive and we even saw some seals. Really loved the house — the quirky furniture, the high tech appliances, great coffee machine! It's beautifully light and airy and you can even hear the waves crashing on the beach...wonderful stay in every way.
Isabelle & family — August 2023
Features

Retreat Features

  • Modern, top spec interiors
  • Beautiful sea views
  • Cosy wood burner
  • Sea facing garden and decking
  • Private gate to South West Coast Path
  • End plot with private parking
SLEEPING
Principal bedroom: king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: twin beds
Bedroom three: three single beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
COOKING & DINING
Newly fitted, well-equipped kitchen with full height 50/50 fridge freezer, an induction hob and extractor fan, electric oven, dishwasher, and lots of storage and appliances
Dining area with a family-sized table and bench seating for six
LIVING & RELAXING
Living area features two leather sofas with a smart TV and wood-burner
BATHROOMS
En suite in Bedroom 1 with a bath, basin and WC
Contemporary family bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
Utility room with washing machine
OUTDOORS
Private garden and decking
Outdoor seating and table
Outdoor shower
PARKING
Parking space for one car
BABIES & TODDLERS
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
PETS
Up to two well behaved dogs allowed
Variety of food/drinking bowls in the utility
UTILITIES
Washing machine
Essential cleaning items
HEATING
Wood burner
Underfloor heating
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURES
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
ACCESSIBILITY
External steps with no handrail to the property
Two floor property with internal stairs
Stairs are steep and children must be supervised when using them - an optional stair gate is at the property
Location

The beaches of Godrevy and Gwithian Towans are treasures on the North coast of Cornwall, backed by picturesque sand dunes that run alongside them. These unspoilt, golden beaches stretch three miles 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 surfers’ heaven and is an area perfect for those wanting to try surfing for the first time or polish up their skills!

Travel times

  • The beach house is about 12 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Luz 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

  • Incredible sea and Godrevy lighthouse views
  • Seconds from the beach and local cafes
  • Modern yet rustic interiors with top-spec appliances
  • Private access to the South West Coast Path

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
  • The loveliest by a mile!

    Thank you for a wonderful stay in Luz. We have been to Gwithian many times and this beautiful home is the loveliest by a mile! We walked all the way to Hayle estuary over the dunes and track along with our happy dog! Managed a very cold dip too then walked around the headland at Godrevy Lighthouse (via National Trust cafe for an ice cream!). Saw the gorgeous seals in the cove. Luz has been such a special place to return to after a chilly walk — everything we could wish for! We're back in November and already looking forward to it!

    Kirsty & family — March 2024
  • The most beautifully finished chalet of all

    Thank you for a wonderful place to stay; we return to gorgeous Gwithian regularly and hands down, this is the most beautifully finished chalet of all. Waking up to the ever-changing views as the weather comes in has been such a tonic for the soul — and a perfect off season spot with so much to explore nearby. We've already booked again for next year and can't wait.

    Sylvia, Steve & Ruby — February 2024
  • Great location

    Lovely beach house for a 'get away from it all' family holiday. Absolutely stunning views and great location. Looking forward to coming back next year!

    Stobart family — October 2023
  • Incredible

    What an incredible beach house — dream location and everything you could wish for in the house. We loved the coffee machine! Thanks so much for letting us stay in your beautiful holiday home.

    The Cannings family — August 2023
  • The best view

    A wonderful stay in a fantastic beach house with the best view you could wish for. The house is fab and loved the art. A memorable stay...

    The Hughes family — August 2023
  • Beautifully light and airy

    We have had a wonderful week in this gorgeous beach house which is perfect in every way. The view is out of this world and the weather has been super kind to us with gorgeous sunshine all week! We loved walking along the beach and on the dunes, such as beautiful spot. A visit to the Godrevy area is a must, the coast and cliffs are impressive and we even saw some seals. Lunch at Sunset Surf was great — loved the fruit scones, cakes and chicken Caesar salad. Really loved the house — the quirky furniture, the high tech appliances, great coffee machine! It's beautifully light and airy and you can even hear the waves crashing on the beach...wonderful stay in every way. Thank you for sharing your holiday home with us.

    Isabelle & family — August 2023
  • Lovely spot

    Lovely time. Best views in Gwithian. Such a lovely spot. Already booked for next year.

    The Teales — July 2023
  • Gorgeous!

    What a gorgeous May half term break! The weather was glorious and we did little more than stare at the sea. We did pop by the New Craftsman gallery in St Ives and purchase our second Martha Holmes artwork of Gwithian so we shall have something at home, in Cambridge, to remind us of this perfect part of the world. Sad to be leaving.

    Clare, Christian, Ava, Miles plus Betty & Wilma the whippets — May 2023
  • Wonderful home

    Absolutely wonderful home, views are amazing! Thanks for a lovely stay.

    John – March 2023
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