Contemporary Beach House on Gwithian Towans with Sea Views

Stones Reef

Unique and spacious beach house located in Gwithian

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms Arrival Friday Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Nestled on the edge of Gwithian’s unique collection of beach houses and holiday chalets, with uninterrupted views of the coast and Godrevy Lighthouse, is Stones Reef. This cosy-yet-spacious dog friendly Gwithian beach house sleeps six across three bedrooms, and benefits from an open plan living area and large grassy garden.

Inside Stones Reef

Stepping into Stones Reef, you will notice the engineered oak flooring and tall vaulted ceilings throughout, complimenting the spacious rooms and filling the chalet with an abundance of natural light. At the end of the entrance and in the heart of the home, the open plan kitchen, living and dining area provides guests with a great space for coming together and socialising. The kitchen has a double oven, gas hob and lots of useful appliances. In the living area sits a tall free-standing log burner, providing the chalet with the perfect contrast of a cosy, homely space in the cooler seasons, and an open, airy area with a full wall of large windows to watch the sea through all weathers.

The property has three bedrooms, two king-sized and one twin room, all with under vaulted ceilings and convenient fitted storage cupboards. The principle bedroom benefits from a newly fitted, airy en-suite with walk-in shower and both the principle and third bedroom have beautiful views over the nature reserve and countryside. The modern family bathroom has both a bath and walk-in shower, and like the rest of the chalet lets in floods of natural light through velux windows.


The location of Stones Reef is where the property really thrives. As well as its fantastic uninterrupted views, Stones Reef benefits from a large (and private!) level grassy garden, which enjoys a spectacular backdrop of Godrevy and the lighthouse. There is also a raised timber deck which can be accessed from the garden, or directly through the glass sliding doors from the living area, which makes it a convenient space for al-fresco dining and watching the sun sink into the horizon at the end of the day. Another one of Stones Reef’s top features has to be the stroll from its private garden gate, straight on to the Towans and miles of stunning beach just 200 metres away. If beach days and water sports are your thing, you will find a convenient outdoor hot and cold shower, perfect for the aprés-surf rinse downs.

Please be advised that there are ongoing building works taking place in some of the neighbouring properties, including the ‘Jam Pot’ and a newbuild.

Things we love

We love all of our Gwithian chalets and beach houses and this one especially for its amazingly private and spacious setting, looking right out to the lighthouse. Indeed ‘The Stones’ is the name of the notorious reef at the western edge of St Ives Bay and which is marked by the Godrevy Lighthouse (hence the name). Being able to amble out of your own garden gate for some blue therapy with a surf or open water swim, or a stroll whether up along the coastal path, or down along the strand line… It makes you feel as if Gwithian Towans was made just for you. As the day ends, we love seeing and hearing the Canada geese flying in formation as they take off from the nature reserve ad fly low over the garden… then perhaps wandering through the dunes to the village and a meal at the pub… home again with flickering torches in hand, to the cosy wood burner at Stones Reef.


Our favourite place!
Endless wind, rain and storms Gerrit and Henk didn't stop the Wellingtons from enjoying a fantastic New Year's in our favourite place! The accommodation is fantastic and the log burner kept us all very warm. The 2024 New Year's countdown was spent on Godrevy beach with a sky full of stars and fantastic view of the St Ives fireworks display. A truly special start to the year. Walks to see the seals, dips in the sea, day trips to Penzance and St Ives, and coffees at Sunset Surf are just a few wonderful highlights. Thank you for everything.
Marc, Emma, Jonny, Saskia & Bruce the dog — New Year 2024

Retreat Features

  • Uninterrupted views of Godrevy lighthouse
  • Open-plan kitchen, living and dining area
  • Tall vaulted ceilings and wood burner
  • Private gated access to Towans and beach
  • Decking and level grassy garden
  • End plot with private parking
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: king bed
Bedroom three: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well-equipped kitchen with full height 50/50 fridge freezer, an induction hob, electric oven, deep ceramic sink, a slim-line dishwasher, washing machine and lots of storage and appliances.
Dining area with seating for 6.
Open plan living area with plenty of seating
Smart TV
Modern family bathroom with walk-in shower and bath
En suite bathroom with shower
Heated towel rails
Bath towels provided
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Allocated parking for two cars
Private garden and decking
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Gas heating
Single floor property
Step up to front door


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 skill!

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.
  • Stones Reef 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

  • Beautiful views of Godrevy lighthouse and nature reserve
  • Light and airy interiors with tall vaulted ceilings
  • Private access to the South West Coast Path
  • Private decking and garden facing views

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
  • We will return

    Love this house and love Gwithian — what more can we say. Our second stay and wonderful to introduce friends to the beauty of the area. We will return.

    Natasha, Nigel, Angela, John & Hiccup — April 2024
  • So peaceful

    What a fab house — spacious, bright, with a sustainable element to it throughout, including the deco. Stunning views whether rain, wind or shine, this is just so peaceful and relaxing! This is our second time staying at Gwithian Towans, despite a lovely stay in a very beautiful property the first time, Stones Reef beats it inside and out! We had an ace break away!

    Eliot & family — March 2024
  • Our favourite place!

    Endless wind, rain and storms Gerrit and Henk didn't stop the Wellingtons from enjoying a fantastic New Year's in our favourite place! The accommodation is fantastic and the log burner kept us all very warm. The 2024 New Year's countdown was spent on Godrevy beach with a sky full of stars and fantastic view of the St Ives fireworks display. A truly special start to the year. Walks to see the seals, dips in the sea, day trips to Penzance and St Ives, and coffees at Sunset Surf are just a few wonderful highlights. Thank you for everything.

    Marc, Emma, Jonny, Saskia & Bruce the dog — New Year 2024
  • Wonderful

    Our second stay at Stones Reef and what a wonderful stay it was. Fantastic views, amazing walks. Hope to come back.

    Jeanette, Nick & Milo — October 2023
  • Beautiful house

    Enjoyed our week in this beautiful house. Love this area and the view from here. We came from the US to visit our Cornish family and it has been wonderful. Hope to come back again some time.

    Lori, John, Grahame, Elaine & Nelson — October 2023
  • Booked again

    A wonderful week in a beautiful location. Have always wanted to stay in Gwithian and not disappointed. Great surfing, seal watching and walks including to Portreath and back. Day trips to St Ives and Porthleven and loved our visit to the seal sanctuary, but no reason to go anywhere really — perfect here. Booked again for April! None of us want to go home.

    Natasha, Nigel, Sam & Nicole — September 2023
  • Beautiful house

    Stones Reef has given us so many memories that will stay in our hearts forever. The weather was blue skies everyday. Breakfasting everyday on the deck, making friends with a robin family. Countless birds in the dunes around us. Surfing, cycling, walking, laughing...the view from this beautiful house will stay with us forever. Thank you Stones Reef.

    Penny, Kevin, Joe & Anna — June 2023
  • Bright and spacious

    Our third time staying in Gwithian Towans and this is the best property we've stayed in. We loved how bright and spacious it was, enjoyed breakfast on the sunny decking and easy access to the beach for surfing and sunset walks.

    The Gallichans — June 2023
  • Walks beyond the gate were fabulous

    We've stayed in many holiday homes as we've been visiting Gwithian Towans for 20 years however, this is the best. We have loved every moment of our time here whether the sun shone or it rained. Our dogs were also so blessed and happy with the accommodation and the walks beyond the gate were fabulous. Thanks Forever Cornwall for a lovely week.

    Julie, Sally, Harley & Archie — May 2023
  • Gorgeous house!

    What a gorgeous house! We had a great week here in Gwithian as always. Crazy weather kept us entertained!

    The Davey & Wilson families — April 2023
  • By far our favourite

    We have stayed in Cornwall lots of times over the past 15 years and always keep coming back to our favourite place, Gwithian. Having stayed on a few places on the Towans, this is by far our favourite. The scenery is fab, even on a rainy day. The property has everything you could want and more. Hopefully, we will return soon.

    Jamie, Zoe, Cookie, Rocket & Walter — March 2023
  • Wonderful

    What a wonderful stay at Stones Reef — made even more beautiful by my partner proposing on the beach! We can't wait to come back!

    Ed & Kate — March 2023
  • Location is amazing

    Wonderful stay! Stones Reef location is amazing. Lovely walks, fantastic food in and around Gwithian. We loved it so much, we've booked for October! Thank you.

    The Hedge family — February 2023
  • That view is sublime!

    The Kitt family post Xmas break! Our second visit to Gwithian Towans but first to Stones Reef. Wow! What a lovely beach house and that view is sublime! We had rain, hail, snow, winds, storms and finally sunshine; in all weather this place is amazing. We also bought along our dog and granddaughter who at 21 months, enjoyed the beach so much. We love this place and will be back!

    The Kitt family — January 2023
  • Perfect home away from home

    Waking up to the sound of the waves and the smell of the sea is a refreshing start to the day. Whether you're being active or unwinding the beach is a place you can forget about the hustle and bustle while constantly being reminded of the beauty of nature. Living on the beach is a lifestyle choice, it's not just a place to live, it's a way of life. Gwithian has stolen our hearts and Stones Reef was the perfect home away from home for us to spend a week unwinding and reconnecting by the sea.

    The Goods — January 2023
  • A special place

    We have spent an idyllic and festive week celebrating Christmas at our favourite beach. We have thoroughly enjoyed being at the edge of the Towans at Stones Reef, playing hide and seek in the dunes. The weather has been warm and the surfing has been great! The chalet has been a special place for celebrating: lots of eating, drinking and games around the fantastic dining table. Thank you for our lovely stay.

    The Jones – Christmas 2022
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