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Islander | Coastal Self-Catering Beach Hut | Freathy Cliff, Cornwall


Freathy, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, UK

Islander is a paradise of pure escapism, idyllically positioned on the edge of Freathy cliff. The first clifftop 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.


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 gorgeous 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!


Perfect for honeymooners, this coastal haven flaunts a double bedroom nothing short of a sea dream. With a sumptuous 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. A cool, cabin vibe reigns throughout the property making a great base for those cosy, stormy nights in. Truly a romantic escape whatever the season, settle on the sofa to sip cocktails and watch the show outside unfold.


A self-catering beach hut holiday hotspot for years, the exclusive appeal of Whitsand Bay has grown and grown, especially for those wanting to shirk the crowds. 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. One of the most private luxury beach huts on Freathy cliff, Islander boasts 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 and drink in the views.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,895 per week, £1,395 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom with king-size bed and one shower room with WC.
  • FeaturesHot tub
  • PetsTwo medium well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilySorry, no children or babies.
  • PracticalitiesGuests can drop luggage outside, then the car park is an easy three-minute walk away. This luxury beach hut is well-equipped with a fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine and Bosch oven. There is underfloor heating throughout, and a landline for incoming or emergency calls. Please note that the garden is not fully enclosed, pets will therefore need to be supervised at all times.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with Cornish produce and a bottle of non-alcoholic wine, Smart TVs with Netflix, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi internet, Nespresso machine, gas barbecue, linen, towels...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The shower room with WC flaunts rustic touches
Organic materials ensure a rejuvenating stay at Islander
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Whitsand Bay

A sparkling blue bay down on south Cornwall´s soft coast, Whitsand is the perfect spot for nature, easy beachy walks and blissful rural relaxation.

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Whitsand Bay

Getting there

  • On the Map Islander is the first beach hut situated on Freathy cliff overlooking Whitsand Bay in South East Cornwall.
  • By Air Newquay Airport is an hour from Islander whilst Exeter Airport is approximately 90 minutes away.
  • 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 Bodmin, 30 minutes drive away, or Plymouth which is around 35 minutes away.

From the owner

“Islander sits into the cliff edge with breathtaking coastal 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.”

From the owner

The chalets on the cliff were originally built in the 1940s when Plymouth was being bombed in the Second World War.

Our uncle, who originated in Scotland, was a Naval Sea Captain stationed at HMS Raleigh where he met and married our Aunty Delphine. They came on a visit to Whitsand and fell in love with it, settled on the cliff and remained here for the rest of their lives.

Our father was evacuated as a child to the chalet next door during the war and since then we as a family have spent every year (when not stationed abroad) holidaying on the cliffs with great childhood memories of night fishing, barbecues in the dark only lit by the open fires and clambering back up the cliffs with gas mantles to light our way.

The chalets have remained in the family ever since and hopefully will continue to do so through our children for generations to come.

Jane, Diane and Lynda

Owner recommendations

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

Freathy Beach

To Do

Freathy Beach

The life-guarded Freathy Beach is on your doorstep, promising hours and days of adventure under the sun and playing in the sea. There are caves and grottos to explore on the right of the beach, and rock pools big enough to swim in!

The Devonport Inn, Torpoint

To Eat

The Devonport Inn, Torpoint

A very popular traditional pub with characterful interiors displaying an eclectic mix of antiques! Owner Jerome is from Northern France and has the French passion for classic, uncomplicated dishes using the very best of fresh, local produce.

Eden Project

To Do

Eden Project

The amazing Eden Project is a must-see whatever the weather! An educational charity that focuses on connecting us with each other and the living world, it is home to massive biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity.

National Marine Aquarium

To See

National Marine Aquarium

If you take the boat trip from Cawsands across to Plymouth Hoe, the aquarium is right on your doorstop when you land. The UK´s biggest aquarium, you are invited to peer into watery worlds of wonderful fish of all colours and sizes!

Guest Testimonials

We have stayed at Islander several times, it offers a great cosy space with fabulous views whatever the weather! It is a wonderful and unique property, offering a cosy and chic space for a completely relaxing stay.

Another magnificent stay, even living through the storm was something to behold! You don´t often get to stand on the edge of a cliff with the full force of the wind coming at you and the sound of huge waves beneath. Awesome!

Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful location! Perfect way to start the New Year. Nothing better than a tea in bed with the doors thrown open looking at the sea. We loved it!

We just wanted to say thank you ever so much for all your help booking our stay at Islander this weekend! We had such a magical and memorable stay. Thank you for all of your recommendations, We really did have such a wonderful weekend and I couldn’t recommend Unique Homestays more!

We had a wonderful, relaxing time with amazing weather! The patio with the hot tub and that view is just an awesome feature! Thank you so much!

An absolute gem! Every detail has been thought of with beautiful finishing touches. Gorgeous view and when the sun goes down, a hot tub and Netflix! What more could we ask for?! Can´t wait to come back again soon! Thank you.

Thank you so much for a well organised "home from home" in such a perfect location. We have really enjoyed our beach walks with our little dog, such a luxury at this time of year. We go home perfectly relaxed and would love to return!

The decor was beautiful yet it still felt like home. Everything was fantastic quality - robes, kitchen equipment, bedding. I could have stayed for a year!

Had a wonderful time. Perfect location for our honeymoon. Stormy a couple of days but I have been sitting and watching the storms with a glass of wine. Lovely property, would definitely like to return.

We had such an amazing time. The sun was shining, the views were incredible and we are going to recommend both the property and Unique Homestays to friends.

Walk through the front door and you are hit with the view. Amazing spot, have been to many places in Cornwall and always had to travel for the scenery but not here. We will be back.

What a brilliant place, the house is my dream seaside home and we have been amazed by this part of Cornwall. We shall certainly come back. Thanks for a wonderful time.

We will remember this as the most perfect honeymoon. The house, the views and company were simply the best. Thank you for a wonderful break.

What an incredibly beautiful place with such a stunning view. We doubt there will be anywhere else in the world with such a breathtaking sunset from a hot tub. I really don´t want to leave this gorgeous place. Thank you.

Two days married and there is no other place on this planet we´d rather be than here. After a hectic run up to the wedding, we have found the perfect place to reconnect and get to know each other as husband and wife. The views are breathtaking, we´ve enjoyed eating at the outdoor table watching the birds swoop and dive. The hot tub is perfect for watching the sunset and looking for shooting stars.

The accommodation goes beyond our expectations, with generous touches like the hamper left for us. We cannot recommend it enough and I´m sure that in a blink of an eye we will be back celebrating our first anniversary. Thank you for a beautiful beginning.

We fell in love with the breathtaking views and enjoyed some fantastic walks along the cliff top paths and the beach. We instantly felt at home, a testament to the wonderful job the owners have done. Champagne in the hot tub on our last night capped off an amazing and unforgettable weekend.

Stunning views, sunsets, stargazing and long walks across the beach. This beautiful beach hut on top of the cliff far exceeded our expectations. Such a amazing location and the hot tub was perfect for relaxing and listening to the waves rolling in. We are very sad to leave but we will be back soon.

We came to relax and get away from it all after a very busy Christmas. Islander exceeded all expectations and the winter sunshine was subtropical. All of the following words: perfect, exquisite, amazing sunsets, memorable, hot tub, unforgettable and heaven are not enough to explain and describe Islander!

We have travelled a lot and this is the first time we haven´t been bothered about ´being out and about all day´. In fact we have spent most of our week relaxing in this beautiful, homely cottage! Sitting in the hot tub (at all times of day and night) has been made magical with the stunning ocean backdrop - we´ve even been able to make use of the loungers as the weather has been amazing! This was the perfect week as part of my 30th birthday celebrations...unforgettable!

Islander, just perfect. Vast views across the ocean and sky, sunsets and sunrise. Stars and moonlit seas. Beautiful beach. such an amazing position and we have already booked for next year!

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