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The Limit | Luxury Self-Catering Beach Hut | Holywell Bay, Cornwall

The Limit

Holywell Bay, Cornwall, UK

Hidden in the golden dunes of Holywell Bay, these twin beach huts from the 1930s offer a truly unique stay amidst James Bond film scenery on the north Cornwall coast. The Limit affords a luxury self-catering beach hut experience like no other; a steaming hot tub with sea views, a marshmallow bed to stargaze from and no sound but the wind in the beach grass will see you fall in love with Cornwall again and again.



Every moment spent at the Limit is a moment that lingers forever. Eat buttery pastries in the sun before strolling across the dunes to the shoreline and, at night, recline in an orange dusk with nothing but good conversation and a bottle of wine. Summer days are nirvana, and while winter may bring fewer daylight hours, it also offers a delicious opportunity to bypass life and cosy down under soft blankets and churning skies.


Slip into sweet dreams within the gentle tones of The Limit’s king-size bedroom. Here, natural colours seamlessly blend with the dunes outside and subtle gold flourishes complement the wash of sunshine-yellow gorse flowers that flood the landscape from January to July. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford a fine show over breakfast in bed, while the hot walk-in shower, complete with soft towels, ensures a sumptuous pampering experience.


Sip breakfast mimosas in the hot tub under glorious rays of sunshine, watch thick clouds break apart to reveal star-filled night skies from the roaring fire pit or simply snuggle close to the wood burner and lose yourself to a world of comfort. Whatever the occasion, weather or time of year, the Limit provides an idyllic bubble in which to luxuriate far from the rest of the world in true Cornish style.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,795 per week, £1,350 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom with king-size bed, one en suite shower room.
  • FeaturesHot tub and fire pit
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms are welcome. One travel cot is available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for two cars outside the beach huts. The Limit has a Nespresso Magimix coffee machine with milk steamer, a washing machine, microwave, dishwasher, hob and fan oven.
  • Homestay includesWetsuits, bodyboards, sand sledges, board games, Smart TVs with Netflix, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, OS survey maps and local walking books, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started....House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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Dine al fresco near the beach in Cornwall
Enjoy leisurely lunches amidst the sand dunes at Holywell Bay
Enjoy a little me time with a good book

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Holywell Bay

A mile of golden beach, endless vistas of perfect Atlantic swell, a scattering of warm rock pools and a backdrop of Bond movie-famous sand dunes all combine to make Holywell Bay a blissful holiday hangout for families and adrenaline-seekers.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Situated in Holywell Bay on the north coast of Cornwall, The Limit is close to the towns of Newquay and Perranporth.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Newquay (a 15 minute drive), but more frequent services run to Bodmin Parkway train station (approximately 40 minutes drive) or Truro (20 minutes drive away).
  • By Air Newquay airport is approximately 20 minutes drive away.

From the owner

“Sit out on the deck enjoying the breathtaking sundowners before strolling through the dunes to breathe in the salty sea air. We believe there is no better place to watch the wild Cornish weather than from the vantage point of our toasty beachside home!”

From the owner

Welcome to The Limit, the perfect seaside retreat that is ideal for exploring the stunning North Cornwall coast and beyond. Whether you are laid-back in front of the fire, soaking in the coastal views from the deck or getting out and about in the local area, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

Our journey with The Limit, a 1930s beach hut, started more than ten years ago when we came across it and instantly fell under its charm. Although we recognised its potential, back then it looked very sorry for itself. In a very derelict state, it was hidden among the brambles and bushes, choked by vegetation with ivy running amok.

Rolling up our sleeves, we have been restoring our wonderful little beach hut ever since - overcoming many hurdles along the way. Our aim and intentions were always to have it up and running as a holiday home for people to enjoy once more. Having lovingly restored it to its former glory (and much more!) we would like others to experience the same joy it brings to us.

Rebecca & Steve

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Holywell Bay with an insider’s perspective.

Great Gardens

To See

Great Gardens

For garden-lovers, the much acclaimed Eden Project is well worth a visit, as are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the numerous National Trust properties and gardens scattered across the county. Breathe in floral perfumes and explore under canopies of green.

Cornish Coast Path

To Do

Cornish Coast Path

Pick up the South West Coast Path and experience some of the UK´s most breathtaking seascapes en route. Nearby Polly Joke and Crantock have stunning walks and the beautiful Holywell Bay is dog-friendly beach year-round.

Hit the Surf

To Do

Hit the Surf

Grab a board and head to Holywell beach - one of Cornwall’s finest and only a few minutes´ walk away. Holywell Bay School of Surf provide fun surfing lessons for everyone, easily arranged directly with The Limit´s owners.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

To Eat

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

The Beach Hut provides fresh, bistro food in an outstanding location right on the beachfront at Watergate Bay. Skilfully crafted, the menu includes brilliant brunches and great hot chocolates, plus an unrivaled view for supper - especially during high tide.

Guest Testimonials

This is my third visit to The Limit this year and it´s only April! Testament to how much I love it here, it´s my bolthole away from the madness. I can´t think of a nicer spot; beautiful beach, quiet hillside, hot tub with owls overhead. I hope you enjoy The Limit as much as I do.

We loved staying at The Limit, it is such a special property. Uniquely situated, and thoughtfully kitted out, there is everything you need and more. Thank you for such an enjoyable stay.

Wonderful location and accommodation, a real slice of heaven, with super kind and helpful hosts. The location, views and style exceeded our expectations and it allows dogs!

We booked The Limit as it is a beautiful property in an amazing location. It had everything we were looking for, privacy, a hot tub, a log burner, beautiful walks on the doorstep... It did not disappoint! Perfect!

It was amazing! From the moment we set off in the morning to the day we sadly had to leave. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised by the variety of personal touches for both us and our dogs. The Limit is exactly as the pictures show, immaculately clean with more than enough facilities for a long stay. Incredible views whilst sat in the hot tub after a long day exploring the sand dunes and coastal walks, plus a secret garden which was perfect for our dogs to explore. Overall a fantastic little gem in an amazing location with attentive owners. Easily the best property we have stayed in.

Just wonderful! The Limit is truly a Unique Stay. We have so enjoyed being here and taking advantage of the stunning location with its amazing views. We will always remember the long lazy evening BBQ and enjoying a chilled glass of wine. Thank you for a fantastic holiday.

What a fabulous week we´ve had here at The Limit. A beautiful location, stunning accommodation, and we feel totally relaxed! The birdsong has become a very welcome background noise. The mixed weather has meant we´ve made the most of everything; the hot tub, the BBQ, the fire pit, and the woodburner! From dawn ´til dusk this has been incredible!

By far the most stunning place we have ever stayed. Your attention to detail and kind hearts have made our stay one we will never forget. It was made so much more magical as we got engaged in the dunes at Holywell Bay. This place really will hold the most special place in our hearts, always. Thank you for being so lovely and accommodating, we will be back!

We can´t speak highly enough of The Limit or the owners. It was the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. We got engaged during our stay and The Limit was just the most perfect place to celebrate. We have memories there that will last a lifetime! Thank you for your attention to detail and creating the perfect haven, we will be back! From a Future Mr & Mrs!

The Limit is a little Cornish Eden. You have created a perfect holiday home for rest, recuperation and revival. We all had such a chilled time here and we slept beautifully. The weather was superb, the sea warm and time just stood still. Thank you.

We had a wonderful few days calling The Limit home. So many beautiful places to see and Rebecca and Stephen have thought of everything to make this stay as relaxing as it could be. We will be back!

We have had a fantastic week. Everything we could have wanted/needed was provided for, from basic essentials to all out luxury. Thank you for restoring such a fantastic building.

We have cherished every moment of our holiday at The Limit. Besides being in such a special location, so much thought and care has gone into making this a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Being able to share this perfect experience with our dog made it unforgettable. thank you! We cannot wait to return.

We have had an amazing stay for our honeymoon. It has been the most relaxing stay with all our needs catered for here at The Limit, from surfing on the beach, exploring St Ives and Padstow. We have had a great introduction to Cornwall. Thanks for everything.

The Smiley-Buffingtons hailed from Utah, USA for the most wonderful honeymoon at The Limit. Our first trip to England together. Holywell Bay is magic with a bottle of bubbly in the evenings. Watched rabbits nibble in the yard while we cooked supper and even got lost trying to find Smugglers Den Inn on foot. Simply a perfect trip to Cornwall. We would love to come again.

Our third visit to The Limit and it continues to deliver. A lovely place for some rest and relaxation in a fabulous location. Sadly the weather prevented us from making full use of the terrace for ´al fresco´ suppers but we managed a few breakfasts outdoors. The Limit is a real gem and well worth re-visiting.

A truly memorable stay, inspiring accommodastion with wonderful touches, fabulous views and walks across the dunes. Total serenity, a home from home and the most perfect place to get engaged. We have created memories forever. Thank you, we will be back.

An exceptional holiday, in an exceptional place, simply perfect! Still cannot believe a place can instantly feel like home and makes you fully relaxed. Everything has been just amazing. Our first trip to Cornwall and thanks to The Limit, the first of many more!

We have stayed in a range of Unique Homestays properties and The Limit is most certainly one of our two favourites. The property itself is stunning as are the views and outdoor space. There are also a host of special and generous touches (fresh flowers, cream tea laid out on arrival, the surfboards that can be borrowed, generous firewood provided for the wood burner and outdoor fire pit and more besides...) that show the owners go above and beyond- please extend our thanks to them.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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