Upton Towans, Cornwalll

Stunning 2-bedroom house leading onto the golden sands of Gwithian and Godrevy

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop



Space & setting.

Backing straight onto the sand dunes of Upton Towans Nature Reserve, this beautifully refurbished bungalow is perfect for a couple or small families. See past the old-fashioned exterior because inside it’s pure style – a crisp, sun-soaked space with whitewashed walls and floorboards providing a calm backdrop to an eclectic mix of mid-century and modern furnishings. Seagrass rugs and baskets dot the floors while an Ercol dining table offsets the chic kitchen.

The peaceful sunny garden leads straight onto a picturesque warren of sand dunes and down to 3 miles of golden beach, a mecca for surfers, windsurfers, beachgoers and walkers. There are rock pools at Gwithian on the north end, and you’ll recognise stunning Godrevy headland from postcards, punctuated by a lighthouse. The dunes themselves are a playground for kids and adults alike, perfect for runs and walks, sunset barbecues and picnics. Tucked away from the crowds, this area never feels too busy and that’s its real magic.

Getting here: drive, or train to Hayle and taxi (5 mins)

“We’ve been holidaying around Gwithian for years, after falling in love with the wildness of the dunes, far-reaching views and picture-perfect Godrevy Lighthouse. We started dreaming of a little place by the sea of our own, and chose this for its direct access and views of the dunes.” Owner, Rebecca

My Kip favourites

She loves
“The garden is a real sun-trap and I love sitting with a morning coffee looking out over the sand dunes. The thing that often hits me is how quiet it is – birdsong is often all you can hear – and the smell of wild gorse which grows up around the garden walls.”

We love
The beautiful, pared-back simplicity of the design, which allows every element to shine.

You may not love
No all-adult groups. A 7-night minimum stay June-Sept and during school hols (Friday changeover); 3/4 minimum during Oct-May (see Essentials for details).

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  • Book a surf lesson at Gwithian, the north section of the beach. Refuel at The Red River Inn, which has a really lovely beer garden with views of the church spire and sand dunes beyond.
  • Walk along the sand to National Trust-managed Godrevy beach, where you can do a simple loop of the headland taking in the lighthouse, stunning views along the dramatic coastline, and a seal colony in one of the coves far below.
  • Take a BBQ or picnic into the sand dunes and watch the sun set.
  • Catch the train to St Ives for shops, galleries and restaurants without the hassle of parking and traffic. We love Barbara Hepworth’s studio and the Tate is great on a rainy day.
  • Gwynver Beach is breathtaking; an uncrowded cove with turquoise waters that’s well worth the steep climb down. (Top tip: buy a jar of Sarah and Finn’s scrummy relish when you pay at the cliff-top car park.)
  • Drive along the B3306 to Sennen. It’s a winding, car-advert kind of road with dramatic views of moorland and sea. Stop for a meal or a drink at the fabulous, canary-yellow Gurnard’s Head.


  • Standalone bungalow in a cul-de-sac backing onto a nature reserve
  • Two bedrooms: superking and twin
  • No all-adult groups
  • Travel cot and highchair to borrow
  • Shared bathroom with shower/tub
  • Full kitchen with basic ingredients
  • Living area with logburner, WiFi and board games
  • Garden with BBQ and alfresco dining furniture
  • Private parking on the driveway
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • A caretaker lives locally
  • Walk to shops, cafes and pubs, drive to restaurants
  • Booking conditions: During June-Sept and school holidays, stays start at £1,400 for 7 nights (checking in and out on Fridays; no shorter stays allowed).
    During Oct-May outside of school holidays, stays start at £525 for a 3-night stay. Minimum stays of 4 nights also apply during this period, check the calendar for minimum stays applicable on exact dates.
  • Remember to pack: charcoal for the BBQ, beach towels

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Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.

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