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Islander | Luxury Self-Catering Cabin | Freathy Cliff, Cornwall

Islander is a paradise for pure escapism, idyllically positioned on the edge of Freathy cliff. The first cliff top cabin on arrival at Whitsand Bay, this showstopper certainly sets the standard for unique breaks in Cornwall’s spellbinding ‘forgotten corner’. Whatever the weather, Islander's beachside location, bubbling hot tub and Bahamas-inspired interiors provide a luxury self-catering homestay to rival those in the tropics.

Luxury self-catering beach hut with hot tub in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall


Having welcomed a colourful array of guests through its salt-kissed doors for nearly 100 years, Islander is a true seaside sanctuary, originally built as a refuge for evacuees during the Second World War. Following a vibrant renovation, this luxury self-catering retreat now brings tropical island style to Whitsand Bay in Cornwall. Perfect for those who want that faraway feeling, Islander flaunts an exotic vibe with a seventies flair, using themed art pieces including a framed vintage Hawaiian shirt. Throw in a prime clifftop location, hot tub on the deck and huge sweep of golden beach below... and you'll be in Pura Vida paradise!

Bedrooms and Bathrooms 

Equally as perfect for families as honeymooners, this seaside haven has a master and additional bedroom should couples wish to bring friends or children. The double bedroom is a sea dream, with its king-size bed set in front of French windows inviting guests to pull open the curtains and let the ocean be a stage for dramatic swells and sometimes pods of leaping dolphins. The bunk room has a cool, cabin vibe with the addition of a Smart TV and Netflix, great for those cosy, stormy nights in. There is also a luxury shower room.


A beach hut holiday hot spot for years, Whitsand Bay has lost none of its vibrancy following a recent revival which has seen it become quite the seaside destination for the A-listers (Islander in particular!). Whilst the three mile sweep of sandy beach below is certainly spectacular, south east Cornwall's real treasures lie in its secret beaches including Polhawn Cove, Finnygook and Sharrow Beach. Islander is one of the most private beach huts on Freathy cliff, boasting a wraparound deck, lawn and crowning hot tub. So if you prefer sand on the beach than between your toes, Islander's clifftop position is the perfect way to enjoy the seaside.

For Relaxation

With the tropical-themed interior and ocean backdrop, you’ll be humming to the tune of Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ before you’ve even had the chance to mix a cocktail. For a genteel day out, head to Antony House and Gardens which were famously used by Tim Burton as a film location for Alice in Wonderland. Or visit the utopian gardens of the Port Elliot estate where, if you like garden parties, their summer literary festival is not to be missed. After exploring Cornwall's enchanted south east corner, finish the day on a high with a dip in the hot tub as you watch the sun melt into the sea and turn the sky crimson. Islander does beach life at its very best - a haven for fun and relaxation.


Guests can drop luggage outside, the carpark is an easy three minute walk away. This luxury beach hut is well-equipped with a fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher and Bosch oven.


  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,395 per week, £995 per short break
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen and towelsDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: One double bedroom with king-size bedTwins: One bunk bedroom available for an additional £100 per week or £50 per short break
  • BathroomsOne shower room with WC
  • FamilyChildren: Children over eight years old are welcome in the bunk room on request
  • BBQA gas barbecue is provided
  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo medium well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsSmart TVs with Netflix, Nespresso coffee machine and underfloor heating throughoutInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi internet and landline for incoming or emergency callsMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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Style: Manuel Canovas and Christian Lacroix fabrics combine with vintage beachy accessories and palm tree print wallpapers from Cole and Son to give this private coastal home a real designer feel.

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Our Take

Property Owner Jane says

Islander sits into the cliff edge with breathtaking views through the full length glass windows on both sides. Whether summer or winter, we find the panoramic views and spectacular sunsets mesmerising through every season.

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Unique Extras

From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Freathy, Cornwall to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Beach Life With miles of sandy beach, you have a bird’s eye view of Whitsand Bay from Islander, along with all the secret coves and beaches within.

Dog Friendly Ramblings With no less than three miles of golden sandy beach below, there are plenty of sunny strolls to be had with your beloved pooch in tow. From Rame Head to Portwrinkle Beach and across Whitsand Bay, the exploration opportunities for you and your four-legged friend are endless.

Country Homes and Gardens From the 865 acres of parkland that comprise Mount Edgcumbe County Park, to the riverside setting of Anthony House and the woodland walks at Cothele, there are a host of interesting gardens and historic houses to explore. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Eden Project are a little further afield but well worth a visit.

Village Life Islander is perfectly placed for exploring some of the prettiest coastal towns and villages peppered along the South West coast. Visit traditional fishing villages Polperro, Looe and Fowey to find picturesque scenery, quaint shops and tearooms (and a traditional Cornish pasty or two!).

On the Water For the adventure and adrenaline addicts among you, why not take to the water and learn to surf? Whether you’re experienced with water escapades or not, there are coasteering guides, kayak tours and other ocean based activities for all abilities within the Whitsand Bay area.

Hole in One! For golf fanatics who fancy taking a break from the beach, head to the highly recommended Whitsand Bay Golf Club, one of the most spectacular scenic courses in the South West.

Nearest Beach Set on Whitsand Bay, Islander is 100+ steps down to Freathy and around one mile to Tregonhawke Beach.



The open plan kitchen-diner looks out over the ocean, which makes cooking a dream. There's no place like Cornwall when it comes to clean seas, fertile land and passionate farmers, resulting in some of the freshest produce you'll find anywhere in the UK. Whether cooking up the catch of the day on the barbecue or enjoying an indoor feast with the patter of rain on the window, the dramatic backdrop will set the scene for unforgettable meal times.

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 partner (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

The View is exactly that; a cliff top restaurant serving up creative seafood with a prime position overlooking Whitsand Bay; it comes highly recommended by The Times, who listed it in their Top 30 Sexy places to Eat. After an afternoon's walk across the beach you can't beat a hot paper parcel of Posh Nosh's fish and chips.

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