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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 £1,595 per week, £1,250 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 Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms are welcome. One travel cot is available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for two cars outside the beach huts. The Limit has a Lavazza coffee machine with milk steamer, a washing machine, microwave, dishwasher, hob and fan oven.
  • Homestay includesWetsuits, bodyboards, sand sledges, board games, TVs in both huts, 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 little luxuries
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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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Holywell Bay

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guest Testimonials

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 was beautiful. We loved the separate buildings for living and sleeping, it was perfect in every way. Staying here was enjoyable even when it rained. Thank you.

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.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Limit. We have had a fantastic, chilled out break. The accommodation is unique and fantastically so. We will rave about this place to our friends and family for many, many years, but fully intend to come back and stay here again soon.

Wow, we have fallen in love with The Limit. It has been a perfect end to our month in Cornwall after getting married. We have loved every minute from Becca´s warm welcome, to body boarding at Holywell, surfing at Fistral, pizza at The Stable, smoothies at the Jam Jar, fantastic dog walks, enjoying the fire pit and many barbecues. We even got lucky and saw a couple of bands at the Tunes in the Dunes festival. The Limit is a little slice of heaven!

We have had the most wonderful stay at The Limit, what a beautiful place. We fell in love with Holywell Bay last year and we were very excited when we found this unique property. We can´t thank you enough for the warmest of welcomes with a glowing lit fire and a delicious cream tea.

Wow! What a fantastic place! We have thoroughly enjoyed our mini-moon here at The Limit. From the moment we arrived, greeted by gorgeous scones and a beautiful hamper, we have felt comfortable and relaxed. The little bunnies on the lawn, the cheeky black cat who visited, the stunning views, the comfy bed, so many memories! I hope we can return soon.

The limit is a heavenly place to stay, everything from the bunnies, birds, rising sun through the trees and the sea air. It has everything you need for a prefect getaway and so much attention to detail. The limit is lovingly restored and you can tell how much love has gone into it. It´s intimate, cosy, romantic and one of the most beautiful places we´ve ever been.

What a truly unique place The Limit is. We have had a really fabulous week exploring Cornwall and topping up our tans on the balcony outside. All the finishing touches here from the hamper to the beach towels really made this a home from home.

The limit has been the most perfect honeymoon location, better than we ever could have imagined. Everything, from the location to the welcome basket were perfect. You really have thought of everything and the attention to detail is amazing! We have well and truly fallen in love with it here, and will definitely return one day.

The limit is the perfect retreat from the busy, manic London life. This place is truly special, we love it!! We loved the fact that you´ve provided all the essential cooking ingredients, ready for us to use. There´s lots of little things you´ve done which puts smiles on our faces, too many to mention. Thank you so much. We´ll definitely see you soon.

We enjoyed an amazing stay at The Limit. It had everything we could have wished for and made our honeymoon just perfect. We particularly loved the views, the peace and quiet, the wonderful wildlife and your attention to detail meant that we wanted for nothing. Thank you so much. We hope to see you again soon!

The Limit is a very charming and quirky property. We thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness and privacy, and the fun sense of glamping. The owner was very sweet and helpful in making suggestions for places to eat.

The Limit is a fantastic property in a fantastic location. We were amazed by the level of quality and the great taste in everything. I would recommend it to everyone I know.

The property was superb throughout, really couldn´t have asked for more! The owners were charming and very welcoming indeed. Offered good advice on walks and where to find a good crab sandwich :) We would definitely return and will definitely book through Unique Homestays again based on this experience. The cream tea on arrival and the addition of fresh bacon, eggs, milk, bread, tomatoes and mushrooms from the owners was fab!

We were looking for a very private and quiet location by the sea and it was perfect. The price reflects the quality of the accommodation and the excellent communication received from UHS between the time of booking and the follow up. We really appreciated the ´little extras´ provided by the owners; fresh milk, apple juice and cooked breakfast items; new boxes of unopened teas and coffees; the cream tea on arrival; and an extra bottle of Prosecco and greetings card for our anniversary etc. Everything was great.

The Limit is absolutely beautiful, Rebecca and Steve were great. The finishing touches are fantastic. It was such a perfect stay that we wish we were still there. From start to finish happy memories.

What an amazing place. We had a wonderful stay. The location was excellent as was the standard of the property. A really unique holiday.We were looking for a quiet, secluded and romantic holiday home for our honeymoon, and this was perfect

Rebecca was absolutely lovely, and we were touched that she left a message and bottle of champagne for our honeymoon. We really appreciated her being there to meet with us when we arrived. The property was spotless, and furnished to a high standard; a very enjoyable weekend.

We received a lovely warm welcome from Rebecca, owner of The Limit. The cream scones and tea left out for us on arrival was a lovely touch and greatly received after a long journey. The Limit is a fabulous property, quality, location all perfect and we relaxed from the minute we arrived. Fixtures and fittings were beautiful. We will definately return in the future.

´The Limit´ far exceeded our expectations even given how fabulous it looked on your website. Everything we could possibly need was provided and some lovely extra touches.

Steve and Rebecca, it was a privilege to be your first guests, it is very clear that a lot of thought and attention have gone into what can only be described as a beautiful and peaceful retreat. The hard work over the years has made this a very special place. We have enjoyed every minute of The Limit and will return soon. Thank you both

The Limit is so far removed from the usual daily grind (and much better kitted out than our own house!) it makes It even harder to end our holiday and go home! A truly unique place, it has been a privilege to stay here. We have done the cream teas and coastal walks to The Limit

Outstanding attention to detail! Everything you need for the perfect relaxing stay. The moments sat outside listening to the bird son will stay with be forever. Thanks for making it the perfect get a way.

One of the most beautiful, relaxing and best places we have every stayed! Absolutely amazing, Thank you.

Even the rain couldn’t stop us having a really lovely stay at the Limit. Beautiful views and everything here that we needed for our trip. Some very thoughtful touches really put the icing in  the cake. Can’t wait to come back!

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay – the careful thought and consideration which is reflected in the standard of finish and provisions made it a very relaxing place to be. The family of rabbits were delightful to watch.

Amazing! A truly fabulous location and setting, the perfect home from home. Everything is catered for, we wanted for nothing. We enjoyed the days and evenings on the decking watching the golfers (very entertaining) but most of all loved the wildlife (look out for the baby fox at the bottom of the hill who makes a daily appearance to ‘bask’ in the sun). Thank you for a truly amazing experience, we had a great time.

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

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