This classic beach chalet offers the quintessential beach escape for up to four guests and is suitable with those with mobility impairment. Sandlands is set in the heart of the beautiful and unspoiled area of Gwithian Towans in St Ives Bay — just a stone’s throw from the sea, golden sand dunes and South West Coast Path. It also has glimpses of the ocean and St Ives on the horizon.

Nestled amongst a unique collection of privately owned beach chalets, this retreat is one of the original chalets still in the area. Today it is a comfortable and contemporary holiday home and immediately sets you at ease with its home-from-home feel. It also has a decked courtyard to the rear, which makes a private sun-trap, plus its own parking space.


Step outside and you have literally miles of sand dunes, coastal paths… and of course the breath-taking beach on your doorstep. There is also a convenient café close at hand, serving everything from mouth-watering breakfasts to coffees, treats and even evening meals in summer, as well as more eateries and a great pub within close walking distance.

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Inside Sandlands Beach Chalet

Walking into the retreat you will find an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. The well-equipped kitchen is fresh and modern, with light colours and polished granite worktops. Further in you’ll find a relaxed dining room with a table for four, perfect for enjoying a meal after a long day on the beach! Past the dining room you’ll find a comfortable living room with a sea-facing window, sofa, armchair, a flat screen TV with built-in DVD player, as well as a good selection of books and games. The wood burner is a cosy addition that efficiently heats the property on those cooler evenings.

The two bedrooms are airy and comfy, and are accessed from the living spaces. The principle bedroom has a double bed, and glimpses of the sea between the neighbouring, wooden-clad beach chalets. The second bedroom has bunk beds and French doors that open up into the courtyard garden. A family bathroom with shower completes the accommodation.

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The courtyard, beach and surrounds

Sandlands has a small but very private decked courtyard garden complete with tropical palms, a hardwood table and four chairs, and a Weber barbecue for you to enjoy al fresco dining and outdoor life. But it’s the proximity of Gwithian Towans and beach that makes this such a great holiday home. The clean sandy beach stretches for three miles, hosts a myriad of rock-pools and sand-pools, and has safely lifeguarded zones in the summer.

Many say it’s even better in winter — at low tide there is a vast expanse of sand for walking and taking in the awe-inspiring surf, and far reaching views over the sea to St Ives, Carbis Bay, and the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse. Guests here usually spot seals and sometimes dolphins, not to mention countless sea birds. Of course you are also right by the coastal path and can walk for hours in either direction though marram-cloaked sand dunes or along heather and thrift carpeted cliff tops.

Things we love…

This is a friendly and homely holiday retreat in this very popular beach-side location. It’s big enough for a family of four, but is small enough to make an intimate bolthole for two as well. As the property is all on one floor, all the facilities are easily accessible — great for young families. And of course the beach and café are right at hand too (each about 100 yards away, close but not too close!).

Sandlands comes with the added benefit of being suitable for guests with some mobility impairment. The access is ramped with a hand-rail, and the bathroom is equipped with an easy-flush automatic toilet (combines toilet, bidet and warm air drying in one unit). This well-loved chalet is a memorable place to stay, with all you need for a great holiday in one of the most sought-after locations for a holiday in Cornwall.

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Retreat Features

  • Classic seaside beach chalet
  • Perfect for a family retreat
  • Just a short stroll to the beach
  • Private parking right outside
  • Private outdoor patio with barbecue
  • Free WiFi
Double bed, wardrobe and under bed drawer space
Bunk beds, wardrobe and drawer space
All linen provided
Access to a decked courtyard
Sofa and armchair
TV with Freetime, Freesat and DVD player
Free WiFi
Electric oven, grill, hob and microwave
Fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Equipped with a range of utensils and accessories
Tea towels provided
Accessible family bathroom
Independently heated towel rail
Automatic WC
Bathroom towels provided
Private and sheltered patio
Outdoor table and chairs
Weber barbecue
Easy access to the beach
Storage heaters
Toys and games for little ones
Travel cot (no linen)
High chair
Allocated parking for one vehicle outside the property
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
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Beautiful retreat!
Beautiful retreat! So sad to leave - perfect escape from London. I will definitely come and stay again!
Beth — October 2018