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Family holiday home in Upton Towans, Gwithian

Castaway Cottage

Nestled in the quiet dunes of Upton Towans, Gwithian

Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (+cot) Saturday arrival Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Castaway Cottage nestles on the edge of three miles of sand dunes and nature reserve that stretch from Godrevy and Gwithian all the way to Hayle. This stylish retreat offers the perfect escape for surfing and outdoor activity with large secluded gardens and generous laid-back indoor living space, and is also extra dog-friendly.

The property offers a unique alternative to our Gwithian Towans chalets. It’s at Upton Towans, a little further south along the bay and is perfect if you are looking for more space. You will feel as if you have discovered your own special corner of Gwithian, with private access to the sand dunes. A fifteen minute stroll through the dunes leads to the huge beach at Upton Towans, which is lifeguarded May to September and is 100% dog friendly all year and all day long.

This property is a stylish beach house, newly renovated to an exceptional standard and has everything you need for a Cornish getaway – from the smart TV and ensuite master bedroom to the hidden path out onto the golden dunes and beyond to the beach. Whether you will be visiting Castaway Cottage as a group of friends looking to take advantage of the epic Gwithian surf, a family group wanting plenty of space to relax and explore, or simply a couple desperate to tire out the dogs, watch the waves and switch off for a while, this retreat is a coastal haven.

You will discover Castaway Cottage at the end of a shared private road, a three minute drive from Hayle. There is no passing traffic and once you have pulled into your private parking spaces, a sense of unbridled privacy descends. The space that this whitewashed bungalow benefits its guests is immediately obvious, with a small, enclosed front lawn and the large back garden complete with al-fresco dining area and backed by woodland.

Family holiday cottage at Gwithian - Castaway Cottage from Forever Cornwall

Inside Castaway Cottage

Enter into a light and airy hallway, with two super-king-size bedrooms to your left and right. Both are zip-and-link beds and can be converted into twins. The first boasts cool neutral furnishings, windows almost stretching from floor to ceiling and plenty of storage. The next has been impressively styled with tasteful Cream of Cornwall touches and with a handcrafted headboard retaining the beachside feel. Again, natural light and plenty of built in storage makes this room feel light and spacious – perfect for waking up and feeling utterly relaxed. The next bedroom is cosier, perfect for kids with two narrower single beds that can be linked together to make a king-sized double.

The ground floor also has a family bathroom, with a generously sized shower – perfect for washing salty hair and soothing tired arms after a day of surfing!

Enter into the open plan kitchen and dining space which is bright and airy thanks to the large window looking out to the garden, and has a modern yet rustic feel. It is equipped with everything to make life as relaxed as possible for a large group, complete with washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher and large fridge freezer. Enjoy coffee at the breakfast bar, or wander to the conservatory to bask in afternoon sunlight. Here there is also a large utility and storage space for welly boots, flip flops and dog treats – which can also be corralled with a dog-proof gate to give four-legged friends an area to themselves if needed.

Around the corner from the kitchen is a large sitting room with full height window — with plush sofas and stylish deep blue walls, this is the cosiest room in the house. Snuggle up and log in to your Netflix account on the large smart TV, or enjoy evenings spent playing board games with a glass of wine.

Head up the stairs to the master penthouse bedroom. Complete with luxurious ensuite, this snug room has a superking double bed (the only one in the house that cannot be made into a twin), a walk-in closet and unbridled privacy. With a wide window overlooking the garden and woodland, marble countertops and a double sink and mirror set up, the bathroom is a haven for relaxation. Enjoy a bath with a view, or spend time rejuvenating in the large shower – either way, this master suite offers its guests a little extravagance.

Bedroom inside Family holiday cottage at Gwithian - Castaway Cottage from Forever Cornwall

Out and about 

The large landscaped garden is accessed either via the side of the house or through the conservatory. Fully dog secure, there is plenty of space for four-legged friends to explore – but there is also a lot of space for family kickabouts and garden picnics! If dining al fresco is on the agenda, the owners of this property have cleverly identified the best sun trap that sits just to the side of the conservatory and have made a gravelled area, complete with large picnic table and barbecue. And the cherry on the top, an après-surf shower to rinse off all the salt and sand after a long session in the waves.

At the side of the garden, you will be sure to notice a garden gate – this will take you to a path leading into the small woodland behind Castaway Cottage. Follow this path to discover the most convenient dog walk, a carpet of bluebells in springtime and a virtually private access pathway onto the dunes that back the beach and give this area, Upton Towans, its name.

The Upton Towans area is a much more discreet section of the coastline in comparison to Gwithian. For those after a little more privacy, even in peak summer months, this area is perfect. The waters aren’t as busy but the surf is still great when swells are rolling, and you’ll have no trouble finding an area of sand to call your own for the day. This part of the beach has the added bonus of being dog-friendly all year round, so if you do fancy a beach walk with the pup during the summer then you can.

Whilst Upton Towans is quiet enough to benefit from less footfall from beachgoers, the cafes of Gwithian are still only half an hour away on foot with the restaurants of Hayle five minutes in the car, or all that St Ives has to offer just 20 minutes away. Farm shops like Richard’s and Trevaskis are great places to get local produce without travelling far, and supermarkets are all nearby too.

Things we love

At its heart, this is a characterful retreat that is the perfect place to enjoy the surf and coastline – as a group of friends or a family. With privacy making Castaway Cottage feel a world away, you can enjoy the beauty of the area from a quiet location.

The interiors have been professionally styled by an interior designer, and it shows. Everything has been furnished to the highest standards, from designer prints to the more practical side of things – sockets with built-in USB ports. At every turn the owners’ thought as frequent holiday home users is evident – nothing has been overlooked in Castaway Cottage.

With only the penthouse suite on the first floor, we think that Castaway Cottage is ideal for multigenerational groups or families visiting – the family bathroom shower has only an inch or two step into it so is perfect for anyone who has slight mobility difficulties. The dog-friendly aspect of the property is great too – the owners were fed up of visiting ‘dog-friendly’ properties that didn’t have anywhere to put dogs at night so have made sure that Castaway Cottage is dog-friendly – and owner-friendly too!

Wonderful week at Castaway — perfect weather all week. Loved exploring the dunes each morning and evening. Castaway is a perfect location and lovely base — our favourite over the last 15 years. Hope to return in 2023.
Dave & family — July 2022

Retreat Features

  • Professionally styled interiors
  • Large dog secure garden
  • Direct access out onto the dunes
  • Stunning walk to the beach
  • Après surf shower
  • Wood burning stove
Principle bedroom: super king bed with en suite
Bedroom two: twin beds (can be made into a super king bed upon request)
Bedroom three: twin beds (can be made into a super king bed upon request)
Bedroom four: king bed
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well equipped kitchen
Electric oven & induction hob
Sink with draining rack
Washing machine
Tumble drier
Tea towels provided
Large lounge with a leather sofa, a large corner sofa and an armchair
55″ SMART, 4K, Ultra HD TV
Bluetooth speaker
DVD player
Books & Games
Unlimited WiFi
Ground floor shower room with spacious shower tray, WC & basin
Ensuite bathroom with waterfall shower, bath, WC and double sinks
Bathroom towels provided
Stairs to second floor
All accommodation on one level apart from master bedroom on top floor
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Beautiful gravelled outdoor dining area with 2.4m picnic bench for eight with parasol
Good sized front garden with two table and chair sets to catch the morning sun
Full-sized hammock
Weber charcoal barbecue
Large, child-friendly enclosed rear garden, dog secure
Private pathway direct to sand dunes (5 minute walk)
20 minute walk to beach
Close proximity to South West Coast Path
Gas central heating
Wood burning stove
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome
3 private parking spaces
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am


Castaway Cottage is in Upton Towans, nestled behind the sand dunes that give this spot its name. Upton Towans is just to the south-west of Gwithian Towans, which is still in walking distance. Walk over the dunes of Upton Towans to find an expanse of golden sands and rolling waves – when the tide is out this dog-friendly beach joins up with Gwithian beach amongst others to form a huge three-mile stretch of sand along St Ives Bay. Upton Towans beach tends to be much quieter both in and out of the water, and is the perfect place for surfers, dog walkers or sunbathers.

Upton Towans sand dunes
Upton Towans sand dunes

Travel times

  • Castaway Cottage is about 5 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Castaway Cottage is situated in Upton Towans, near Gwithian on Cornwall’s north coast, just five minutes north east of Hayle on the B3301. Driving time from London is around five hours in normal traffic, Exeter is around two hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • The sand dunes leading to the beach are quite literally on your doorstep in this unique location. The little woodland area at the back of the cottage is a great feature too.
  • Upton Towans offers its guests real privacy, and with Castaway Cottage's private drive and garden at the end of a private lane, you won't feel overlooked at all.
  • The garden at Castaway Cottage is a paradise for kids, dogs and adults after a sun trap! Such a big garden is often compromised with beach houses - not here.
  • Although you feel miles from anywhere once you step through the door at Castaway Cottage, supermarkets, farm shops and restaurants are all less than ten minutes away.
Guests Say
  • Amazing location

    Great place in a wonderful location. When we arrived, the house was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. High quality fixtures and fittings throughout, and good wifi — a must for the kids! The best thing about the place is it's amazing location. Direct access from the back garden takes you to acres of stunning sand.

    John & family — June 2023
  • Home from home

    We have just had an amazing week at Castaway. It was so comfortable and spotlessly clean — totally felt like a home from home. Furnished to a very high standard and had everything you would need. Our welcome pack was fantastic and the dogs enjoyed their treats too. Thank you so much.

    Nicole — April 2023
  • Wonderful

    Wonderful week at Castaway — perfect weather all week. Loved exploring the dunes each morning and evening. Castaway is a perfect location and lovely base — our favourite over the last 15 years. Hope to return in 2023.

    Dave, Libby, James, Kate, Emmie, Gemma, Jenny & Cooper the cockapoo — July 2022
  • Perfect

    Such a wonderful house — we had the most amazing stay. We were so lucky to have the beach to ourselves in the most glorious weather. This location is very special indeed. The house too was perfect. The dreamy soft beds, the fab decor and a kitchen stocked with every utensil, even allowing us to make pancakes for our little one's third birthday. We would love to come back!

    Rebecca & family — June 2022
  • No doubt we will be returning

    Thank you for such a lovely stay. Your holiday home is so relaxing and so well thought out, all the little details are brilliant. Our dogs (Ted & Rog) loved the freedom in the garden (well fenced), and were shattered from running through the dunes and on the beach. Castaway Cottage is now firmly our favourite stay in Cornwall and no doubt we will be returning.

    Mark & Sally — May 2022
  • We truly enjoyed the comfort if it all

    Thank you, we had a lovely stay at this beautiful home. We truly enjoyed the comfort of it all. The BBQ, hammock, lounge chairs — it was all there to enjoy the sunny days in the garden. Our kids enjoyed the water and waves with their boards and all of us enjoyed the walks through the dunes. We came all the way from Holland and to us this coastline and the dunes are just wonderful. We hope that we can come and visit again in the future!

    Jean, Roger, Julian, Pia, Lana, Eden & Biscuit — May 2022
  • Stunning spacious home

    Oh my goodness, we're so so sad to be leaving your beautiful home after what has been an incredible week. We've adored our daily walks to the beach and loved every second in your stunning spacious home, it really has looked after our three generations and Bertie the dog. Thank you for being so accommodating and helping us throughout the week...we very much look forward to returning!

    Tim, Nicky, Rita, Sue, Les, Blake, Freya & Bertie — April 2022
  • Sophie, Steve, Libby, Bella, Judith, Martin & Toby the dog — April 2022
  • Fabulous cottage

    Our family have been visiting this part of Cornwall for over 25 years and it is our absolute favourite place to be. We have loved staying in your fabulous cottage and having our family all together. We felt very welcome — your cottage is clean, comfortable, well-equipped and very stylish and it's a great location being able to walk across the dunes. It was also ideal for our two golden retrievers who have had a wonderful week away — it's lovely to find somewhere who accommodates dogs too! Thank you for the welcome gifts — especially the dog treats. We have had a great time and would love to come back.

    The Vaughan family — November 2021
  • Great break in a great house

    We had a great stay — thank you! There were eight of us, including three very active kids, and there was plenty of room. It's a great location, giving the best of Upton & Gwithian and direct access to the beaches and surf. The house itself is amazing — really comfortable and extremely well-equipped. All in all, a great break in a great house.

    The Court family — October 2021
  • Another fantastic stay

    Another fantastic stay, blessed with amazing weather — shorts all week! Our fourth stay — looking forward to our next visit.

    Andrew & Julia — October 2021
  • Quality and attention to detail is exemplary!

    A wonderful stay here at Castaway Cottage — probably the nicest holiday house we've ever stayed in! Quality and attention to detail is exemplary! A fabulous week in a great house in a favourite place — very happy!

    Debi, Steve & Jess the greyhound — October 2021
  • A real gem

    Have had a wonderful family holiday here in Castaway Cottage. We've loved the cottage, the beach and made lots of happy memories here — we will definitely come back! A real gem of a place!

    The Crofts — September 2021
  • Memorable time

    So many thanks for a super holiday and memorable time. Enjoyed the walk through the dunes to the sea and can't wait to return! Lovely enclosed garden for play and a fab cottage. Thanks!

    The Axons — September 2021
  • Fabulous!

    Fabulous house — fabulous location! Enjoyed every minute staying at Castaway Cottage. Lots of fond memories created this week; thank you for allowing us to stay here all together as a family after many months of being apart.

    Georgia & Emilio — July 2021
  • Wonderful home

    Thank you so much for letting us stay in your wonderful home, what a privilege! Such a great spot for Carbis Bay, St Ives and close to the beach!

    Camille — July 2021
  • We'll be back without a doubt

    One of the very best houses we have stayed in around the Towans. A wonderfully well-equipped house with excellent attention to detail. The gate to the dunes & sea was brilliant. Kate & Jan were excellent hosts and we'll be back without a doubt.

    Nick & Teresa — May 2021
  • Would love to come again

    This must be the best (of many) self-catering cottages in which we have stayed. Absolutely wonderful with everything we could have asked for. The log fire was a bonus given the mediocre weather (extra logs from the farm shop). Due to the combination of weather & Covid-19 restrictions, we ate most meals in & thoroughly enjoyed them - washed down with some local brews & thoughtfully left wine. And then to bed in delightfully comfortable beds with luxury bedding and giant towels (what luxury). Would love to come again.

    Peggy, Brian & David — May 2021
  • A fantastic stay

    A fantastic stay in your wonderful house. Everything we needed is provided. Loved the walk in the dunes and lounging in the garden. A great location to explore, with good amenities. My dog had a ball. We'll be back.

    The Waterfields — April 2021
  • Lovely comfortable house by the sea

    What a treat after lockdown to enjoy beautiful Cornwall and stay in this lovely comfortable house by the sea. It couldn't have been better; the sun shone, the pubs were open, and even went to the Old Forge and Gurnards Head for lovely food. We can't wait to come back!

    The Winston family — April 2021
  • Our 3rd stay at Castaway Cottage
    Richard, Debbie and Coco — September 2020
  • We're already thinking of our return trip!

    Castaway is true to its name! We've had a lovely week getting away from it all with our toddlers who haven't been happier exploring the dune and nearby beaches. The property is beautifully thought out and decorated and has provided everything we wanted, we're already thinking of our return trip!

    Jonny, Jenny, Rev & Jake — September 2020
  • The dunes were stunning

    Had a wonderful stay. The dunes were stunning. The garden was a hit with the kids as was the surf! We will be back to this special place again.

    Wiley & Campbell families — August 2020
  • Very homely

    Very homely, well decorated and well-supplied house. Loved the layout of the house and position close to the beach. The outdoor shower was a real luxury and great for washing all surfing gear plus open-air showering. The dog loved the dunes and special walks to the beach. Also great to have lots of space on the beach with no crowds, even in August! Didn't get to try much of the local restaurants/towns etc due to Covid, but it didn't matter. Rockpool & Sunset cafes both good, as was Trevaskis farm. Thank you!

    Joelle, Curtis, Lys, Drew, Jasmine, Henry, Sebastian — August 2020
  • Great access down to the dunes

    A wonderful stay. The House is amazing, great access down to the dunes. It was lovely to have welcome gifts on our arrival. We had a fantastic stay and we'll be back.

    David, Janine & Saxon — January 2020
  • Best pet friendly accommodation ever

    A wonderful stay in your beautiful home. Best pet-friendly accommodation ever. Beautiful decor and furnishings. Great walks over the Towans to the beach and short drive to Gwithian with stunning views of Godrevy Lighthouse. Local shops on doorstep and Trevaskis Farm Shop, amazing produce and Restaurant. Dogs had adventures in garden and are 'played out'.

    Knapman and Williams family — New Year 2019/2020
  • A fabulous Christmas

    Thanks so much for a fabulous Christmas in your beautiful holiday home. The house worked perfectly for the different generations of our family, and we wanted for nothing — everything has been thought of and we loved the welcome gifts, beautiful decor, little details & super comfy beds! Hope to return soon...

    The Grants — December 2019
  • LOVED this house!

    LOVED your house, so homely and welcoming! We've had such a lovely stay, lovely long walks across the dunes to the beach just at the back of the house and it was a great base to explore the area; everything is on the doorstep! The welcome pack was very well received and the beds are really comfy! My son loved playing in the large garden too. We wil miss cosy nights in on the 'cloud' sofa by the log-burner! We Will be back! P.s This house is so well equipped, we didn't want for anything!

    Unknown — October 2019
  • Perfect to a 'T'

    Everything about this property is perfect to a 'T', it is an oasis of calm which was made just for us! The decor, the lighting, even your bunch of flowers has held me captive and let my mind think for hours and hours. The walk to the majestic beach, through the wonderful dunes, the crashing waves and miles of sands have inspired many a tune. So now I leave, my guitar all packed and head on back to my little home, where I will look and think back on this beautiful place that I have roamed. Thank you, I will be back.

    The Dicksons — October 2019
  • One of the most comfortable and well thought out houses we have stayed in

    A lovely fortnight spent here and the weather was kind to us. A very beautiful house and the dogs loved the treats and water bowl. Our granddaughter loved the woods out the back, at 18 months old it was so exciting! We also spent a lot of time on the beach. We have been coming to Cornwall for 22 years and this is one of the most comfortable and well thought out houses we have stayed in — well done! Thank you very much.

    The Chesters — September 2019
  • Absolutely love the cottage

    We are leaving with a heavy heart, absolutely love the cottage and the area. The property is so conveniently located for exploring the South, West and North coast of Cornwall. With everything less than an hours drive away. Gwithian Towans is, and always will be, our favourite beach and we spent lots of time in the sea, walking the dogs, BBQ'ing and watching beautiful sunsets. We were blessed with beautiful weather, thanking the weather gods! Thank you Kate and Jan for your amazing hospitality! We will be back for sure.

    The Abeyratne family — August 2019
  • Contemporary cottage!

    Upon our arrival we spotted the contemporary styling of the cottage and how green and luscious the garden was. The abundance of space allowed us to play the sports that we love! The back gates into the woods offered the perfect escape and on our first evening walk we saw the most breath-taking sunset. We visited Gwithian beach many times due to the convenient location and we had perfect weather! The Guest directory recommendations were spot on and we enjoyed many pasties. We have loved staying at your cottage and had a fantastic experience due to your hospitality. We hope to return ASAP!

    The Rogers & Thompson families — August 2019
  • Loved everything about Castaway

    What a privilege to be your first guests in your lovely home — we have loved everything about it. From the peaceful and private location to the open plan family oriented design and contemporary decor. You have thought of everything we could ever wish for! A perfect, restful, fun holiday with our extended family. Thank you for the thoughtfulness of your welcome gifts and useful stock upon arrival. Our daily walks through the garden with Hattie (our dog) into the woodlands and onto the dunes and beach will be our lasting and slightly envious memory of your gorgeous Castaway Cottage.

    The Gibbons family — August 2019
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