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Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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With its far-reaching views of the Cornish coast and suspension footbridge approach, The House in the Sea is a truly magical unique home stay on Towan Beach in north Cornwall. The quirky interiors fuse a cool New York vibe with sophisticated coastal luxury making this iconic private island retreat the epitome of seaside chic. Just perfect for a romantic rendezvous, a unique getaway or luxury surf break, the footbridge access to your luxury self-catering accommodation is nothing short of breathtaking.

Newquay Island in Cornwall


If you fancy living by the sea, then this unique island beach house in Cornwall located on Towan Island just off the coast of Newquay is the idyllic beach pad for you. Recently re-styled and re-imagined, this iconic property can be yours exclusively on a self-catering basis for the first time ever. From the sanctuary of the master suite to the storm-watching snug; the fully-equipped bar to the sunny garden room and securely enclosed gardens, you’ll feel ensconced in your own world as soon you arrive. Once you’ve ceremoniously raised the flag to signify your arrival at this secluded island paradise, you simply won’t want to leave... 

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Swathes of sumptuous fabrics and eclectic art finds combine with the finest of linens to ensure a blissfully uninterrupted night's slumber. The chosen pallet of greys and chalky whites in the bedrooms evoke thoughts of dramatic Cornish granite outcrops and windswept walks. There is a luxury four-poster master bedroom suite which occupies the first floor of the house and is approached via a private staircase; an idyllic setting in which modern romantics will find peace and rejuvenation. On the ground floor there is a double room with a day bed, one king-size bedroom (can also be arranged as a zip-and-link) with en suite shower room, plus a family bathroom with a tub and overhead shower. 


There’s never been a more perfect setting for a chilled sun-downer than the ‘top deck’ which faces directly seaward, whilst the ‘lower deck’ (historically referred to as the ‘ladies sunbathing area’) is a private nook perfect to escape to with a good book (and a pair of binoculars). There’s a real Mediterranean feel to the BBQ area - just add blankets to the chairs on the veranda to make the most of this all-seasons setting just off the Cornish coast. The romantics among you will cherish sitting side-by-side on the 'kissing tree' and gazing out to the vast blue ocean...

For Relaxation

The sitting room is the perfect haven in which to kick back and relax, whether it’s just the two of you enjoying a romantic beach escape, or you’re sharing the space with family and friends. With the best views in the house, this is the perfect room from which to fully appreciate your spectacular setting. Alternatively, release your inner mixologist in ‘The Bar’ area; complete with 40" TV, bar billiards table and, of course, a fully equipped bar. The House in the Sea is equidistant between foodie Mecca Padstow and the bustling city of Truro, meaning whether you crave fish and chips on the harbour, or fine dining in a Michelin starred restaurant, there are plenty of options to tempt nearby.


There is garage parking for two cars a short distance from the island. Please note there is a steep entrance and low ceiling to the garage which is not suitable for tall vehicles or very low slung cars. Access to the house is across the suspension bridge. The bridge is gated on both ends to ensure absolute privacy. There is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer at the house. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, electric hob, electric cooker and coffee maker.


  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
  • Alternative Group OptionsUp to 4 or Up to 6 guests
  • Personally VisitedYes
  • BedroomsDoubles: Two king-size double bedrooms (one is zip-and-link), one double room
  • BathroomsTwo en suite shower rooms, one bathroom
  • FamilyChildren are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQYes, a BBQ is provided
  • HousekeepingExtra housekeeping at additional charge
  • FacilitiesSteps directly on to Towan beach, bar room with bar billiards
  • PetsOne small well-behaved "toy" dog on prior request
    Please be advised there is a charge of £50.00 per stay for the dog.
  • Mod ConsTV, DVD, iPod dockInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Your Home Stay IncludesA Unique Boutique welcome hamperDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: Arrival is at 4pmDeparture Time: Departure is 10am
  • RestrictionsSorry, no stags or hens
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Style: A pallet of inky blues, charcoal greys and tonal neutrals create a calming vibe. Influenced by the coastal setting, furniture finds combine a fluidity of form with knotty textures redolent of fishermen’s nets.

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Our Take

Director Sarah says

The location is absolutely like nothing you´ve ever experienced before, and can only be described as both dramatic and sensational- and only fully appreciated once you have stood on the island to see all that it has to offer. The views out across the sea are unsurpassed, a very special home indeed.

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Unique Extras

Added extras to enhance your self-catering holiday... from fresh picnics to afternoon teas, seasonal wine selections to tried and tested caterers and more

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The spacious kitchen/diner leads directly out onto the garden and is the perfect spot for coffee and croissants. Little extras like the wine chiller and bar ensure that you’re always in holiday mode. On balmy eves throw open the doors that lead directly from the sitting room/diner and make the most of the setting with an ice cold G&T. 

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant across the cliffs at nearby Watergate Bay offers an innovative menu of the best seasonal and local produce and is definitely worth a visit (booking recommended). Walk down the steps on to the beach and across to the harbour for The New Harbour restaurant- a hidden gem loved by locals for its simple fresh seafood offerings. Rick Stein's Padstow is just a short drive away and also comes  highly recommended!

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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