Hayle & Gwithian

Framed with rugged, quintessentially Cornish sand dunes, seemingly endless beaches and surrounded by fields of flowers, vegetables and pasture, Hayle is the perfect combination of Cornwall’s coastal and rural beauty.

A holiday cottage in Hayle offers a stunning environment with spectacular wildlife, delicious local food and local charm by the boat load.


Its sweeping stretch of golden sands, known locally as the Bay of Beaches has given Hayle a well-deserved reputation as a beach lovers’ favourite.

The conditions for board, wind or kite surfing are superb so you can spend hours riding the waves, or at least learning to under the instruction of local surf schools, or simply lounging with an ice cream and gazing out to the horizon.

Dogs and owners alike can play and explore in the rolling sand dunes which hug the beaches. At Upton Towans the sand dunes come alive with silver studded blue butterflies and blossoming pyramidal orchids in the summer and as the sun sets glow worms may be seen illuminating the wild grass with auburn and jade light.


If you love pasties you’ll love Hayle, home to both the famous Philp’s and Hampson’s bakeries. We challenge you to pick a favourite.

Or if you’re in the mood for something sweet, stop by Mr B’s Ice Cream Parlour on Penpol Terrace, overlooking the World Heritage listed Hayle Harbour. Will you stick to traditional vanilla, made with fresh Cornish cream, or try the famous Triple Choc Chunk Fudge Chunk Choc Chip Ripple?

If you feel like dining out or having a take-away back at your holiday cottage, Hayle has fresh, local and world cuisine from Italian and Indian to the ever-favourite British classic, fresh fish and chips.

Whether you’re strolling across the sands, admiring the wildlife at Hayle Estuary or tucking into a Cornish pasty, you’ll take away pleasant memories of your holiday in Hayle.

Out and about

Godrevy Point makes a great vantage point to see both the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse and take in the panoramic views of St Ives Bay.

Tucked in next to Godrevy Point you’ll also find Mutton Cove, the winter residence of a seal colony. For optimum seal spotting come when the tide is out with a pair of trusty binoculars. If you see more than 35 you’ll have broken our personal record.

If you’re in the mood for more animal antics, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Paradise Park. Set in the lush, exotic gardens of a Victorian house, Paradise Park is home to over 140 different species of beautiful birds, playful otters, cute red pandas and a whole farmyard of furry and feathered friends.

If the weather is less than friendly Paradise Park has The Jungle Barn, an indoor play area with slides, a ball pool, special toddler zone and most importantly a café so you can sit back with a well-deserved cup of tea.

Paradise Park makes a fun-filled outing for the family, and a unique one too. There probably aren’t many other places where you can feed a miniature donkey a carrot and a penguin a fish on the same day.

Of course, you can’t talk about Hayle without mentioning Hayle Estuary aka “bird watcher’s paradise”. With different species from wigeons to whimbrels, this estuary is a world-famous pit stop for exotic and migrant birds. Sit back on the perfectly located deck of the Old Quay House pub with a pint in one hand and pair of binoculars in the other and you might even see the elusive Osprey Hawk soaring above.

What our guests say …

Hayle gives us everything we need - and the dogs love the beach and sand dunes!

Some towns are too heavily geared towards tourism for me. I prefer somewhere I can still relate to as a real town. Hayle's got it all.

Discovering Hayle, its ultra-long beach and its cute range of independent shops was like a revelation to us. We know Cornwall really well but had never really stopped in Hayle before. Now we use it as our off-season base to go off exploring.