Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans
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Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans

A fabulous, dog-friendly home-from-home, Sue Kittow reviews the cosy Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans in Cornwall, with spectacular views of Godrevy Lighthouse

Arriving at Driftwood chalet, late one stormy winter’s afternoon, the spacious chalet – in a spectacular spot – was a very welcome sight.

Driftwood has a well-fitted kitchen, washing machine and a large dining and sitting area, as well as two good-sized double bedrooms and a children’s room with generous bunk beds.

Every room has bookshelves crammed with books; from the classics, thrillers and romance to popular children’s books, there’s something for everyone to read.

The lighthouse was surrounded by crashing waves and black storm clouds hung like a thick bank over the sea

There’s also a selection of jigsaws, board games and DVDs…even surfboards, really making this chalet feel like home.

Outside the chalet, a decking area has a barbecue and there’s an enclosed garden, ideal for dogs or children to run around in safely. There’s also parking for two cars to the rear of the property.

Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans

The owners ask that you pick up after dogs at all times, and don’t allow them on furniture or beds.

We took the dog for a walk along Gwithian beach, where the lighthouse was surrounded by crashing waves, and black storm clouds hung like a thick bank over the sea.

In the afternoon, we walked near Madron Well, then along the seafront at Penzance, and called in at the Newlyn Art Gallery, which is dog friendly, for a welcome tea and excellent lemon shortcake.

Penzance, West Cornwall, Harbour, Coast, Boats

It was dark by the time we’d finished exploring Penzance, so we bought dinner from the M&S at Hayle shopping centre on the way back – a handy calling point if you enjoy self-catering. Other supermarkets in Hayle include Lidl and Asda.

The next day, we walked along the beach to Godrevy Point, then returned via the Jampot cafe, which looks just like a little gingerbread house and serves home made rock buns, ice cream and bacon sarnies.

Gwithian, Beach, West Cornwall, Hayle, Surf, Family-friendly

We were made very welcome and vowed to return as the cafe is open every day in winter except Monday and Tuesday.

We also visited Praa Sands, for a run along the beach, and climbed nearby Tregonning Hill, which affords stunning views of both coasts from the top.


And there are plenty more dog friendly places to visit near Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans, including the Red River Inn at Gwithian, the Rockpool cafe and seafood bar down the road, and the Turnpike Inn at Angarrack.

Staying at Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans was so relaxing, and just like being in someone’s home – if you’re looking for a dog friendly Cornish break, I’d highly recommended it.

Perranporth, North Cornwall, Beach, Dog friendly, Dog walking

How to get to Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans without flying:

By road, follow the A30 to Hayle junction and take the 4th exit to Hayle then, at the mini roundabout near Lidl, turn right to Portreath B3301. Follow this road up a long hill for 1.5 miles then turn left signed Gwithian Towans. Continue along the lane through the sand dunes to the bottom of the hill. Don’t turn into the car park on the seaward side but continue on, taking the third turning in the right indicating chalets 61-78.

Driftwood is no69 and clearly signed.


Words: Sue Kittow for Feet on the Ground

Images: Sue Kittow / Driftwood chalet at Gwithian Towans / Adam Gibbard / Matt Jessop / Visit Cornwall

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