A holiday home tucked away in the quiet dunes of Upton Towans, Gwithian

Owl’s Nest

Modern holiday home in Upton Towans, Gwithian

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+cot) Saturday arrival Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Located on the edge of Hayle’s ‘Towans’, a three-mile stretch of coastal paradise from Hayle to Gwithian, sits Owl’s Nest, a newly built, modern holiday home that has been completed to exceptional standards and is just moments from one of Cornwall’s epic surfing beaches.

Look a little further south from our Gwithian chalets in a quieter spot and you’ll be presented with Owl’s Nest, a purpose built holiday home which boasts a spacious scandi-style base for a Cornish escape on the coast.


You enter Owl’s Nest on the ground floor into the Douglas Fir floor-to-ceiling cladded hallway, you will notice the designers have utilised natural materials, natural coastal light and hand curated details to create a calming and inviting space for a Cornish escape. Walking round the hallway, you’re presented with a sociable open plan living, kitchen and dining area, two bedrooms, a downstairs bathroom and utility room.

The open-plan living, kitchen and dining room is a fantastic space for families to cook meals and relax throughout the day. There is a large L-shaped sofa in the living area for seating for six, with a smart TV. The kitchen features a double oven and induction hob on the breakfast island, an American Style fridge-freezer, stone effect porcelain splash backs, quartz worktops and top-spec appliances. The dining area basks in Cornish light, with large sliding patio doors to the garden and Velux windows above.

The downstairs bedrooms contain twin beds (which can be made into a super king) and a king sized bed (which can be made into twin beds). Both feature plenty of hanging space for clothes and belongings, as well as blackout and venetian blinds for the privacy of a well-earned sleep after a long day on the beach. The super-king room overlooks the garden to the rear of the property, which often displays the final rays of a beautiful north coast sunset.

The utility room is accessible from both inside the house, and from the back garden. It has washing appliances, a welly-rack and drying rack to ensure no sandy feet and wet clothes make it through the house.

Ascending the oak stairs next to the front door, the first room you approach is the ‘games room’, a fantastic addition to the house for children and the ‘big kids’ of the family. It includes a sofa, tv and games console as well as a window overlooking the living area (which is a great way to request drinks and snacks!). There’s also a dedicated study/work pod next door for anyone needing a bit of peace and quiet.

The principal bedroom with en suite is the final room completing upstairs, and has a sumptuous super king bed with natural light flooding filling the room. A beautiful freestanding bath takes centre stage opposite the bed – a perfect way to spend an evening. In the en suite there’s a large rainfall shower with seating and has been finished in beautiful neutral and green tones.


Owl’s Nest is at the end of a quiet shared road, and the extensive outside space here really completes this beautiful property. Accessible round the side of the property and through the sliding doors of the open-plan living space is a patio with al-fresco dining area, as well as a spacious garden for children and dogs to run around. There’s parking for two to three cars on the private driveway.

Owl’s Nest is just seconds from Hayle’s sandy dunes, a fantastic place to explore, go for dog walks and catch some of Cornwall’s best sunsets.

Things we love

Although located a quiet area in Hayle, Owl’s Nest is not far from a bustling Cornish atmosphere. The property is walking distance to beaches, eateries and is an easy drive to some of Cornwall’s top destinations such as St Ives and Marazion, which are less than twenty minutes away. Better yet, you’re in a fantastic position to enjoy spontaneous ramblings across the dunes, which sit right behind the purpose built holiday home. Your perfect Cornish escape at Owl’s Nest is waiting…

A real find
Your place is a real find. Super comfy and brand new, great location, felt like an architect designed modern barn conversion. Lovely garden, all modern facilities that a family on holiday would need. Outdoor shower was great after a day at the beach. Had a wonderful break, would highly recommend and would come back again.
Daniel — August 2023

Retreat Features

  • Brand new holiday home with modern interiors
  • Freestanding bath in the principle bedroom
  • Sociable open-plan living/kitchen/diner
  • Large garden and outdoor space
  • Seconds from sandy dunes
Principal bedroom with en suite: super king bed
Bedroom two: twin beds (can be made into a super king bed upon request)
Bedroom three: king bed (can be split into two small singles upon request)
Well equipped kitchen
American style fridge/freezer
Induction hob
Double oven
Seating for six guests
Open plan living/kitchen/diner
Large L-shaped sofa
Smart TV
Ground floor shower room with spacious shower tray, WC & basin
Ensuite bathroom with waterfall shower, bath, WC and sink
Freestanding bath in the principle bedroom
Bathroom towels provided
Arrive after 4pm
Departures before 10am
Saturday arrivals
Stairs to second floor
All accommodation on one level apart from principal bedroom and games room
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Alfresco dining area
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
Air source
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Parking for up to three cars


Owls Nest 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.

Travel times

  • Owls Nest is about 5 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Owls Nest 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 three miles of golden sands are on your doorstep
  • Beautifully designed inside and out with top spec interiors
  • Although in a peaceful location, you're never far from supermarkets, farm shops and restaurants which are all less than ten minutes away
  • Spacious grassy garden and outside space for families and dogs

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
  • Large garden

    Great place, within fairly short walking distance of the beach, or a few minutes car ride. Large garden, and beautiful interior. Highly recommend.

    Craig — September 2023
  • Loved the light and space of the interior

    As soon as we walked into Owl's Nest, we loved the light and space of the interior. It was only gradually that we realised how subtly the living spaces are decorated, but we immediately loved the view out in the garden, the feeling that the garden was another room in the whole place. Our dogs were visiting the garden gate at the first viewing, eager to get out over the miles of grass-covered dunes or walk down to see the miles of sand. The Sandy Acres container cafe is a favourite, where we sit up in the dunes with hot chocolate and ice cream, enjoying the view over the bay to St Ives. We've been so comfortable here that we'll be sorry to leave — but we've already arranged to come back.

    Margaret — September 2023
  • Ample space for all of us

    The Owl’s Nest is a beautifully presented home which has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard. Our party consisted of a family of 6 (3 adults and 3 children) plus 2 dogs and there was ample space for all of us. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed to dine in during our stay. There is a Lidl store just a 5 minute drive away, plus a large Asda store a 10 minute drive. The nearest beach is a 20-25 minute walk away — we have small children so you could probably do it a little faster. I would recommend packing light to the beach as we made the mistake of packing a beach trolley and we found it a little troublesome getting it back up the hill after a day at the beach. We also went to Rivière Towans Beach which is a 10 minute drive away and ideal for small children as it has lots of small sand pools. Note that there are dog restrictions here. Overall, we had a fantastic stay at Owl’s Nest and would highly recommend. Thank you Kate and Jan.

    Rachel — August 2023
  • Highly recommend

    A fantastic house close to the beaches and St Ives. We’d highly recommend staying here and look forward to returning. Thanks Kate and Jan.

    Charlotte – August 2023
  • A real find

    Thanks Kate and Jan — your place is a real find. Super comfy and brand new, great location, felt like an architect designed modern barn conversion. Lovely garden, all modern facilities that a family on holiday would need. Outdoor shower was great after a day at the beach. Had a wonderful break, would highly recommend and would come back again.

    Daniel — August 2023
  • The house is finished to a high specification and is brand new

    This property is beautiful and was a dream for our family week away. The week we were there the weather wasn’t great and such a nice property really balanced it out. A five min drive to Godrevy and Gwithian beaches, all the shops etc close by at Hayle: absolutely super. The kids loved the garden and a rainy evening led to pizza and a movie in the game room which was a great change of pace. All the house is finished to a high specification and is brand new. Absolutely loved it and will be back. Thank you.

    Ed — August 2023
  • Immaculately clean and well presented

    We have stayed in Cornwall many times and this has to be one of our all time favourite places to stay. Gwithian and Godrevy is our favourite stretch of the North Cornwall coast and so to be close by was fantastic. We enjoyed walking across the Towans (dunes) to find the beach most evenings and it was a short drive over to either Godrevy or Gwithian beaches. The house itself is stunning and was immaculately clean and well presented. You can tell that Kate and Jan have put a lot of love into the property. There are loads of design touches and thoughtful practical features in the house, which was perfect for our family of 4 for the week. We will definitely be back.

    Lex — July 2023
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