Skylark Beach House

Cleverly laid out family holiday beach house, minutes from the beach

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Saturday arrival Sorry no dogs
The Retreat

This delightfully bright, light and modern beach house sleeps up to six guests in style and comfort, and is ideally situated in one of the quietest corners of Gwithian Towans. Skylark is beautifully designed, craftsman built, and is the very essence of a carefree holiday home by the sea. A path leads immediately to miles of beach, sand dune and nature reserve.

Completed in spring 2019, Skylark Beach House in Gwithian is a modern twist on a classic Cornish ‘beach chalet’ and has been beautifully designed and built. A delightful décor greets you with soft and calming seaside greys, blues and greens combined with natural textures. Walls are simply panelled in painted wood, kitchen and bathroom are stylish with high quality fixtures and fittings. The layout of the property is cleverly arranged around a generous open plan living area with high ceilings, open beams, and views over farmland and sand-dune to the bay and St Ives beyond. The kitchen dining and living spaces inter-connect creating an easy-going and relaxed atmosphere, and you have a mezzanine to escape to as well. See what Luxury Lifestyle Magazine had to say after their stay in Skylark.

Inside Skylark

In the living space you have a comfy corner sofa and additional soft seating for six with generous cushions and throws, a 32 inch smart TV with DVD player, and a handy coffee table which opens to give you ample rainy-day games and media. The shaker-style kitchen will bring out your inner chef, with its Corian worktops, modern convection hob and electric oven, tall fridge-freezer, dishwasher, built in microwave, lots of utensils and plenty of storage space. The table and benches can also be used outdoors for al fresco dining — the decked patio outside the kitchen captures the sun most of the day but is also sheltered when west winds blow.

Seating inside room in bedroom inside large holiday house at Gwithian

You have two lovely double bedrooms, and a third bedroom with built in bunk-beds, all of which have high quality deep-sprung mattresses. Accessed from the living space, and above the bedrooms, is the mezzanine hide out – this is a snug-cum-chill-out area tucked into the roof space, with views to the beach and lighthouse and comfy chairs. Here you can check the tide and surf from the comfort of your home, or escape with a well-deserved pinot noir and some holiday reading. (Note that the mezzanine is accessed via a stepladder, which has handles. The entrance can be closed off with a retractable safety gate, however guests use this area at their own risk — please take care). A stylish family bathroom with quality fittings and a shower over the bath complete the accommodation.

Outside and around the property

There is all weather decking on two sides of Skylark with a hot and cold après surf shower. On the third side is a grassy space providing additional parking, and a lockable storage shed where you’ll find the Weber Spirit Classic gas barbeque. This entire space around the property is securely fenced and gated. Beyond the gravel drive you also have the benefit of a large and versatile lawned area complete with picnic bench which you can use for recreation or as additional parking space. Note that the driveway here is a cul-de-sac leading to just six further privately owned chalets and whilst it is used for vehicles it is very quiet. Beside the property a footpath leads directly onto the sand dunes and you’ll be on the beach in a matter of minutes (the sea is around 200 metres away).

Seating outside large holiday house at Gwithian

Things we love

Skylark’s setting is exceptionally tranquil. Gwithian Towans is one part of around three miles of beach, sand dune, and nature reserve stretching along the eastern side of St Ives bay all the way from the Hayle estuary to Godrevy Island. Here there is a unique cluster of traditional beach chalets arranged informally, as well as a couple of cafés, looking out westward across the bay towards St Ives and the setting sun. Skylark is in the quietest corner of the chalets with farmland on one side and just a few buildings on the other. The architect and owners have created an inspired space that will appeal to lovers of beach and water, walkers, or anyone who wants Escape with a capital E. Their approach has been thoughtful and thorough, with delightful attention to detail throughout the property. Our favourite things are being able to check the surf from the mezzanine and then being in the water five minutes later… and afterwards peeling wetsuits off under the outdoor shower — and the impressive Weber Spirit barbeque also takes some beating.

Beautiful and cosy
Two fantastic weeks in beautiful and cosy Skylark! We completely feel in love with Cornwall, Gwithian and the area round here. The house is clean, welcoming and has everything a family of four needs. Thank you for the cake, biscuits and coffee on arrival! We had a wonderful holiday.
Simone & family — August 2023

Retreat Features

  • Moments from the beach
  • Miles of coastal walks on doorstep
  • Private parking
  • Sea glimpses from the hideout
  • Contemporary living
  • Bright, spacious chalet
Principal bedroom: double bed
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: bunk beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well equipped kitchen
Electric oven & hob
Nespresso coffee machine (starter set of capsules provided)
Integrated fridge/freezer
Bright and airy lounge
32″ SMART TV with DVD player
Great selection of DVDs, books and board game
Music player
Free WiFi
Family bathroom with WC, basin and shower over bath
Bathroom towels provided
Decking area, where dining table can be moved to for alfresco dining
Picnic table
Weber barbecue with quality tools
5 minute walk to beaches
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Sorry no dogs
Underfloor heating throughout
Private parking for 1-2 cars
One floor (also features a mezzanine)
Contact us for more accessibility details


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!

Aside from the beaches, the towans (golden dunes) are a particular favourite for sunset watching and barbecues, and with the cliffs at the end of Godrevy, this spectacular landscape makes up a section of the famous Cornish coastal footpath. We believe Godrevy and Gwithian holds the formula for the perfect Cornish beach retreat.

Travel times

  • Skylark beach house is about 5 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Skylark 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

  • Sea views from the cosy hideout
  • Contemporary, open-plan living
  • Cleverly laid out
  • Minutes from glorious coastal footpaths

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
  • Beautiful and cosy

    Two fantastic weeks in beautiful and cosy Skylark! We completely feel in love with Cornwall, Gwithian and the area round here. The house is clean, welcoming and has everything a family of four needs. Thank you for the cake, biscuits and coffee on arrival! We had a wonderful holiday.

    Simone & family — August 2023
  • Just as lovely as before!

    Our second stay at Skylark and just as lovely as before! Perfect weather all week, house was lovely and clean as usual. Can't wait for next year. Thanks for having us.

    The O'Briens — August 2021
  • Excellent view across the dunes from the upstairs nook!

    A great stay in a great location! Walked to the beach every day in just a few minutes. Can recommend the hot chocolates from the Horsebox on the beach. Excellent view across the dunes from the upstairs nook! Very cosy. Great facilities and very lucky to have ample parking, a massive plus. Would love to come back and will definitely recommend. Thank you for the wine on arrival, was much appreciated!

    The Jenkinson & Cook Families — August 2021
  • Beautiful

    A lovely stay at Skylark, beautiful design and beautiful views. The house was fully equipped with a bonus of lovely neighbours. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at the wonderful Skylark house. We were also lucky enough to see the firework views in Hayle with the fairy lights twinkling in the background as well as sea views. See you soon Cornwall! Thank you for having us.

    The Middlemiss's — July 2021
  • Every little thing seems to have been thought of!

    We've had a beautiful relaxing and peaceful week at this amazing beach house. We love Hayle and the beaches here, incredible coastal walks and glorious sunsets. A very well equipped property in which every little thing seems to have been thought of! We've booked for our return already. Thank you to the team at Forever Cornwall and to Helping Hands for the amazing job you do!

    Sobia, Cassia & Jonah — June 2021
  • Beautiful chalet

    Had a lovely stay in the beautiful chalet. Wonderful weather, loved the beach. Can't wait to come back.

    The Sims — June 2021
  • Lovely

    A lovely stay in a lovely chalet. The weather was terrible at the beginning of the week but cheered up to make it a perfect stay. See you next year Cornwall.

    The Stanley's — May 2021
  • Location, location, location!

    Location, location, location!! Great location, fantastic views from the sitting area and stunning hideout mezzanine upstairs. Skylark has great interior design, it is sleek and practical! We have good memories of Gwithian and of our stay at Skylark!

    The Hassan Family — August 2019
  • Fantastic week!

    We had a fantastic week in your lovely chalet. Two of us tried surfing for the first time and brought a wetsuit from 'Down the line' in Hayle where the staff were very friendly! We also hired one from Sunset Surf and had a lesson - was great! We did lots of exploring and visited St Ives and St Michaels Mount, both lovely! We could easily have spent another week here and wish we had longer! Thank you.

    The Wilkie Family — July 2019
  • Lovely place to stay

    What a lovely place to stay in! I love the decor, the snug and all of the welcome pack items. The sunsets here are amazing and the kids toys were a hit too, and the beach was something else! Thank you.

    The Heard Family — July 2019
  • A little slice of heaven!

    Skylark was a little slice of heaven. Bright and generous, this chalet was all and more than we expected. We loved the open plan concept, the stunning decor and as we are foodies, we absolutely appreciated the well stocked, quality kitchen. The Victorinox knives, the Le Creuset pots, the Nespresso coffee machine and the welcome basket all added to a fully taken care of stay. The Scandi style bedrooms were beautiful and felt cosy and relaxing. The beds are super comfy with lovely duvets and pillows. We all slept very well. We loved checking the surf from the mezzanine. We actually spent a lot of time relaxing up there. What a view! What a wonderful space! The high-speed broadband, smart TV, multiple Bluetooth speakers and USB points throughout made it easy for all of us to enjoy our technology while on holiday. The board games and kids toys made for boredom-free rainy days. The location is phenomenal. Such a quiet location on the Towans. We followed the footpath next to the house which took us straight to the beach. The enclosed garden was great for our kids who loved kicking their football on the grassy area in front of the shed. We have already decided to come back next year and as a family that has rented many beach chalets in our time, we would highly recommend this one.

    Becky & Ian — May 2019
  • Lovely views!

    The chalet was just as described. Fab beach location, awesome kitchen, nice artwork, lovely views, quiet and spacious. We are a family with three young children and it worked really well for us. We hope to stay again.

    Pete & Fay — May 2019
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