Contemporary holiday home a short stroll from Holywell beach

Sleeps up to 8 in 4 bedrooms (+cot) Friday arrival Sorry no dogs Short breaks available
The Retreat

In view of a stunning Holywell Bay beach and big blue, Seaholly is a stylish and modern home offering the perfect coastal escape. It’s ideal if you require easy access to the beach, yearn to explore Cornwall’s rugged north coast by foot, or want a good choice of restaurants and pubs nearby (Newquay is a 15-minute drive). Split across three levels, Seaholly comfortably sleeps eight and boasts a show-stopping penthouse bedroom with a balcony.

Short breaks are available from October – March excluding school holidays (Friday or Monday arrivals only, 3 night minimum) If your desired dates are not bookable online please contact the team here.

As soon as you arrive at Seaholly you will feel the worries of day-to-day life slip away as you relax into the Cornish coastal lifestyle. The home is part of an exclusive gated development near the dunes, and boasts a kitchen with all the mod-cons you could need, a spacious and open plan dining/living area, glazed sliding doors that lead out to a private and enclosed garden, and private parking for two cars. A show-stopping home in an incredible location, you couldn’t ask for more!

Inside Seaholly

Walking into Seaholly, you’re immediately drawn to the kitchen, dining and living rooms. The kitchen is modern, and has everything you need to cook up a storm on a holiday. Adjoined to the kitchen is the dining area for eight and the living room. This room is beautifully styled to reflect life by the sea, creating a comfortable space to chill after a long day adventuring. You also have a long L-shaped sofa and 55inch smart television to wind down in the evening. Sliding French doors gives you access the well-kept garden and suntrap, a fantastic spot for alfresco dining, summer barbecuing and sundowner drinks. Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom, WC and utility room complete with washing machine and tumble dryer.

There are four spacious bedrooms. On the top floor of the house, you will find the Principal Bedroom with a super king bed, an en suite bathroom, and a balcony with views across the dunes and out to sea. On the middle level you have three more gorgeous bedrooms: Bedroom Two is a super king room that can be made into a twin upon request, Bedroom Three is a king room and Bedroom Four is a twin that’s great for kids. This level also hosts the family bathroom where you’ll find the bath and decadent rainfall shower.

Out and about

Beach at Holywell Bay near holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

Seaholly is just a ten minute walk from the stunning beach of Holywell Bay. The beach is almost a mile long of sand, sea and dunes, and bordered by rugged rocky cliffs. It’s hugely popular with surfers, a haven for families (with lifeguards present between early summer and autumn), as well as enthusiastic walkers with its dramatic and rural backdrop. You may even recognise the beach, as it has been a popular location for film and television, which includes: James Bond: Die Another Day, Poldark and Game of Thrones.

For those wanting to try their hand at surfing there are two great places to learn from: Holywell Bay School of Surf and Cornwall Surf Academy. You may find yourself walking the nearby coastline, a lot of which is lovingly managed by the National Trust. We recommend heading north of Holywell Bay Beach where you’ll find the secluded Polly Joke Beach, a great beach to escape the crowds (please note there is no lifeguard cover here). Walking further you’ll find the larger Crantock — be careful as this beach is largely tidal (high tide will cut off the beach as the water will fill the River Gannel). If you head across this way, be sure to stop for refreshments at the Bowgie Inn!

Things we love

Seaholly’s location means you can make the most of the towering dunes, sweeping golden sands and stunning Cornish sunsets at your heart’s desire. You could take a blanket and watch the sun sink into the horizon from the beach, or even from the comfort of your penthouse balcony with a glass of vino in hand. Getting out and about, you’ll love the all that’s available on the doorstep of Seaholly. You’ll be a moment’s stroll from the South West Coast Path, which can take you north to Crantock and Newquay, or south to Ligger Bay, Perran Sands and Perranporth beaches.

And of course when you return back to Seaholly, you’ll find it is a fantastic place to just be. It’s stylish and comfortable, and we particularly love the thoughtful and contemporary interior design and pastel colour scheme. Not forgetting the finishing touches that really make the holiday, like the underfloor heating, coffee machine, Neff oven and hob, pendant droplights, as well as many others. Seaholly has been tailor-made for escapism, representing coastal living at its very best. We have no doubt you will return for more!

Great location with the beach just a short walk away
We had an amazing time. The house was beautiful with so many nice touches. Great attention to detail. The garden also had everything one needs for a relaxed time — a large table, garden sofa with large parasol and a bbq. The property is high-spec and inside a small gated community, which felt really safe. It is such a great location for a family with the beach just a short walk away.
Dylan & family — July 2022

Retreat Features

  • Minutes to the dunes of Holywell bay beach
  • Set in an exclusive & private development
  • A penthouse bedroom with dune views and sea glimpses
  • A private and enclosed garden
  • Private parking for two cars
  • Short breaks available (outside of school summer holidays): Monday - Friday & Friday - Monday
Principal bedroom: super king with en suite and a balcony
Bedroom two: super king bed (can be made into twin beds upon request)
Bedroom three: king bed
Bedroom four: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Modern kitchen with fridge, freezer, Neff induction hob and extractor fan, Neff slide and hide electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and Krups coffee machine
Dining area for eight
Utility room with sink, washing machine and separate tumble dryer
L-shaped sofa, armchair, footstool and coffee table
55" smart television
Bluetooth Speaker/radio
Family bathroom with bath, shower, heated towel rail, touch screen LED light-up mirror, frosted glass window, wash basin and W.C
En suite in Principal bedroom with screen LED mirror, heated towel rail, washbasin
Groundfloor W.C.
Well-kept garden with an al fresco dining area for eight
Outdoor tap for washing sandy feet
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
Sorry no dogs
Underfloor heating throughout
Short breaks available (outside of school summer holidays): Monday - Friday & Friday - Monday
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Private parking for two cars

Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay is made up of towering dunes winged by rugged cliffs, with the distinctive Gull Rocks sitting just off shore. The long stretch of sand and azure waters make for a stunning location – so stunning that you may recognise it as a filming location on BBC’s Poldark or James Bond! When on the beach you can see very little buildings, which makes the place feel unspoiled and a world away from any town or city. If you want to be somewhere a bit more rural and peaceful without missing out on the action of Newquay, Holywell Bay is ideal for you.

Travel times

  • Holywell Bay is about half an hour away from the nearest train station in Newquay. This isn’t a mainline station however; the nearest mainline is Truro.
  • Holywell Bay is about nine miles from the A30, with a driving time from London approximately five hours with good traffic, and Exeter is roughly one and a half hours away.

Things we love

  • The stunning Holywell Bay is a haven for beach-goers, dog walkers and surfers
  • Beautiful views from the penthouse master bedroom over the bay and the dunes
  • Just a few miles from the buzz of Newquay

The holywell bay guide

Perfectly placed

If you want to be somewhere a bit more rural and peaceful without missing out on the action of the lively town of Newquay, Holywell Bay is a brilliant spot. From our Holywell Bay holiday cottages you can be in Newquay in 15 minutes if you hop in the car, or if you want to make a day of it then walk the coastal footpath and take in the dramatic scenery, the beautiful beaches and see Newquay from a new perspective — it is a long walk though, so you may want to jump on a bus on the return!

Newquay has masses to offer, with a huge choice of places to eat, legendary surfing beaches (Fistral, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze), as well as a zoo and an aquarium to keep little ones happy on rainy days. Not only is it a perfect location to explore the surfing town, Holywell has everything you could need so you won’t need to touch the car all week if you’d rather not. Order a food delivery, fire up a barbecue on the beach and stroll the coastal footpath for a relaxing, back to nature retreat.

Sand dunes in Holywell Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, Forever Cornwalll

Spoilt for choice

Staying in one of our Holywell Bay holiday cottages, you have the stunning beach of the same name on your doorstep. With lifeguards on duty from the end of May through until the end of September, a local shop nearby and a pub for lunch or dinner, you needn’t look further for a beach to spend the entire day relaxing on.

But if you want to head further afield, there’s plenty to discover along this stretch of coastline. To the west, explore the three-mile stretch of Perranporth and the only bar on the beach in the UK, The Watering Hole. To the east — where do we start? The first beach next door to Holywell Bay is Polly Joke, a smaller, slightly more secluded beach, with no lifeguards and fewer people. Continue towards Newquay to find Crantock, a huge beach when the tide is out that sits at the mouth of the Gannel estuary, before coming across Fistral, Towan and the rest of the sandy Newquay sprawl.

Wining and dining

Although Holywell Bay village is small, you have a choice of places to eat within walking distance — The Treguth Inn or the Gull Rocks Bar and Coffee House. Both serve excellent local beer and spirits and a great selection of traditional pub grub that will please all tastes!

In the surrounding area you are absolutely spoilt for choice, with Newquay and its many different cuisines from Mexican to Australian, or Perranporth, as well as seafront restaurants serving food and delicious cocktails. From our Holywell Bay holiday cottages you can walk the unspoiled coast all the way to Crantock, where you can stop at the Bowgie Inn for a well-deserved meal or drink.

Further afield, Newquay is home to farmers’ markets, bakeries, delis and breweries, so it’s easy to find fresh, local and artisanal food in the Newquay area — they’re brilliant for stocking up on ingredients for your sunset barbecue or beach picnic.


Holywell Bay

This wide bay of golden sand fringed by grassy dunes is a beach for all seasons — storm watching in winter and kicking back with a book in the summer while children play in the trickling stream. If you want to venture out onto the water, there’s surf and bodyboard hire from Holywell Bay School and Surf and Cornwall Surf Academy. At low tide you can explore the amazing Holywell Cave (keep an eye on the tide) and see the wreck of an old Argentinian coaster SS Francia, which hit the rocks in 1917. Taking a picnic up onto the dunes for sunset is the perfect end to the day.

Lifeguarded? Mid May-end of Sept
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

Porth Joke

Known locally as Polly Joke, this small cove halfway between Crantock and Holywell is a quieter alternative to some of Newquay’s bigger, more crowded beaches. It’s a 20-minute walk from the National Trust carpark in Crantock but it’s an easy, flat amble through pretty fields down to the sand. There’s a stream running down the beach, ideal for sandcastle builders and dogs, who are welcome on the beach all year round. Make sure you bring a picnic with you as there are no facilities on the beach. Come in early summer for carpets of red poppies and yellow marigolds on the West Pentire headland.

Lifeguarded? No
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

The Gem Newquay Crantock


The River Gannel flows from the approach to Newquay right around the outskirts of the town and out into the Gannel Estuary before reaching the sea. Here, there is an idyllic beach that sits either side of the river as it makes its way down the sand to meet the sea. Crantock is a great place for kids, who can play under the watchful eye of the lifeguards

Lifeguarded? Mid May-end of Sept
Dog-friendly? Yes, all year round

Food & drink

The Truguth Inn

This beautiful 13th-century thatched pub in the centre of Holywell is just a couple of hundred metres from the epic sands of Holywell Bay so it’s the perfect place for an post-surf pint and basket of loaded chips, or a hearty lunch or dinner; their Sunday roasts are popular so make sure you book ahead. Inside, it’s full of character, with low beams interior and cosy atmosphere. There’s a large garden which you can spill out into on sunny days, and you’re only a few minutes’ walk to the golden sands of Holywell Bay.

Gull Rocks Bar & Coffee House

At the head of the track that winds to Holywell Bay you’ll find the Gull Rocks Bar & Coffee House, a friendly beachside bar and cafe serving breakfast baps, homemade lunches, such as fish and chips and chunky sandwiches, and delicious cream teas. It’s a brilliant spot for dog walkers to refuel, with it’s large outside terrace and benches under parasols and has stunning views of the bay beyond.


Bowgie Inn Crantock

Bowgie Inn

On a dramatic clifftop halfway between the beautiful beaches of Crantock and Polly Joke, the popular Bowgie Inn (Bowgie means ‘cowshed’ in Cornish — there used to be an old farm on this site) has wonderful views over the bay below and is just a short hop from the coastal path, making it the perfect stop off on a coastal walk. Inside, the sleek curved bar serves up local craft ales and liquors, with plenty of Cornish gins, and there’s award-winning food with lots of veggie and vegan options. Outside, the sun terrace has to be one of Cornwall’s loveliest, with spectacular views over the bay.

Buying local

Holywell Bay, Newquay and the surrounding area has lots of places where you can get hold of fresh, local produce, including bakeries and delis, butchers and breweries. Its weekly farmers’ market, held in the heart of town, is a great place to get hold of all your Cornish goodies to take back home. Mawgan Porth, five miles north, is also home to a brilliant beachfront food market supporting local suppliers and artisan food producers.

Check out our guide to Shopping local in Holywell Bay, Newquay and the surrounding area

Things to do
Surfers at Mawgan Porth beach near Forever Cornwall holiday cottages

Take to the waves

Staying in Cornwall invariably involves getting out on the water, so if you fancy trying your hand at surfing while you’re here, you can’t beat this area. Holywell Bay, sandwiched between Crantock and Perranporth, two other brilliant surf beaches, offers fantastic surf for all abilities, whether you’re a pro or just starting out. There are two surf schools that run board hire and lessons from Holywell Bay, including Holywell Bay Surf School, the longest running surf school in the area who are based on the beach front, and the Cornwall Surf Academy, who also run coasteering, paddleboard sessions and biking lessons in the surrounding countryside.


Lappa Valley

The railway originally operated as a mineral line in the mid 19th century, transporting minerals between Newquay and East Wheal Rose, five miles south. Lappa Valley is now one of Cornwall’s favourite tourist attractions, ferrying passengers through the Cornish countryside on a nostalgic steam train ride. There’s a boating lake with canoes and pedaloes, crazy golf course, a huge soft play area, outdoor play areas, and woodland walks and trails to discover across the 35-acre site.

Trerice House and Gardens

Three miles east of Newquay, the Elizabethan manor house of Trerice is one of north Cornwall’s finest National Trust properties, a small but stately Tudor house surrounded by extensive gardens that include many specimen trees and beautiful apple orchards, a maze and a ‘kayling’ lawn where you can try your hand at the traditional game of Cornish kayles. Rooms include a long hallway fille with paintings and a stunning master bedroom with vaulted ceilings.

Beach near holiday cottages in Newquay by Forever Cornwall

Newquay’s attractions

One of the best things about Holywell Bay is that you can enjoy the peace and quiet of this little bay but still be within easy reach of the bright lights of Newquay and all the brilliant things to do in the town. Not only are there some great places to visit for rainy days, such as the aquarium and zoo, but there are amazing places to eat and drink, including farm shops and markets, spas for indulgent days, great shopping and, of course, some of the north coast’s best surfing beaches.

Guests Say
  • Well equipped

    House was modern, clean and comfortable. It was well equipped and generous in supplying nice hand-wash, toiletries etc and a really lovely welcome pack.

    Claire & family — August 2023
  • Loved our two weeks at Seaholly

    We've loved our two weeks at Seaholly. Great walk across Cubert Common into Crantock and across the river Gannel to the cafe for lunch. Headed out to Porth Beach and Trevelgue Head — great views. Also visited Wheal Coates for some tin mining heritage.

    The Humphreys — August 2022
  • The beach is just a short walk away

    We had an amazing time. The house was beautiful with so many nice touches. Great attention to detail with lovely scent sticks and soaps and even snack bags, foil, milk and scones with cream and jam available on arrival. The garden also had everything one needs for a relaxed time — a large table, garden sofa with large parasol and a bbq. The property is high-spec and inside a small gated community, which felt really safe. It is such a great location for a family with the beach just a short walk away. Thanks so much, we had a memorable holiday.

    Dylan & family — July 2022
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