In Gwithian Towans, halfway along this fine stretch of sand, a roomy, very well maintained, detached house with good sea views across its enclosed (low turf bank) lawned garden. Conveniently next door to a licensed café/restaurant and only a few hundred yards from the beach. Outdoor shower for sandy bodies. Living room (TV/DVD) with half conservatory (sea views, great sunsets), glazed sliding door to balcony and 7 steps down to garden. Fitted kitchen/dining room (slimline dishwasher, washer-drier, microwave, American-style fridge-freezer with ice-maker/water chiller, electric range-style cooker) with TV and French windows to small fenced back garden (seating for sunny morning coffee). Three ground-floor bedrooms - two double with washbasins and sea views, and a twin (2'6" beds); shower-room (suite with large cubicle). Steep, narrow stairs up to another double bedroom with even better sea views; bathroom (suite, shower over bath, sloping ceiling with beams). Sleeps maximum of 7, including babies; best for maximum of 6 adults. An excellent family house, just across from the beach.
Gwithian Towans: magnificent, nearly 4-mile-long sand/surf/windsurfing beach backed by dunes and low cliffs, and a settlement of mostly wooden bungalows with seasonal shop/store/café (good meals, surf hire). Gentle access to beach. Gwithian village (pub), 1 road mile or 15 minutes by footpath. Hayle (small town), 2½ miles; St Ives, 7; Penzance, 9½.
Over two floors. Four bedrooms: 1 x double bedroom with sea views. Three ground-floor bedrooms: 2 x doubles with washbasin and sea view, 1 x twin (2’6" beds). Sitting room with half conservatory and glazed door to balcony. Kitchen with dining area and door to garden and parking. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor shower-room with shower, basin and WC.
Gwithian Towans (also known as just "Gwithian") is an outstanding beach-side location situated overlooking St Ives Bay and St Ives itself in the distance. The location, so close to the sea, makes it ideal for families, with three and a half miles of sandy beach, rock pools and caves to explore, acres of marram-grassed sand dunes (known locally as 'towans') - and some of the best surfing in the country. There's also a shop/Post Office and a pub in Gwithian itself as well as several beach cafes.
The beach is popular with surfers as the swell coming in from the ocean provides good all year round surfing conditions. Common seals are a regular sight near the beach and the area is a breeding ground for colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. The Sunset Surf beachside café and bar overlooks the beach and is open all year, serving locally sourced, seasonal ingredients wherever possible and nearby the Jam Pot Café and Shop, a former 19th century coastguard lookout, is where you can enjoy home cooked snacks and be distracted by the stunningly natural views out over St Ives Bay. Lifeguard cover is provided from Easter until the October half-term holidays.
You can walk for miles along The South West Coastal Path which passes close by and there are some good cycle routes in the area too.
You really are spoilt for choice with the enormous variety of attractions on offer in this part of Cornwall. The seaside town of St Ives, with its galleries and restaurants, Land's End, Penzance and St Michael's Mount (NT), as well as the Helford River on the South coast with its inlets and creeks, are all within an easy drive.