House at Gwinear

St Ives, Cornwall
Bed & Breakfast


Birdwatchers and artists delight: acres of peaceful land, close to some of Cornwall’s finest galleries – and the sea

Bedroom

1 room

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

An island of calm, this grand old rambling vicarage sits in rare bird-filled acres, just a short drive from St Ives. Come for peace and quiet and a classic Cornish welcome from owners Charles and Diana who are devoted to encouraging the arts and crafts.

Find English shabby chic with loads of character and no stuffiness – fresh flowers on the breakfast table, a piano in the corner, rugs on polished floors, masses of books. Your bedroom is in a separate wing with its own sitting room and a fine view of the church from the bath.

In summer you can eat breakfast in the Italianate courtyard, play a game of tennis on the ancient courts and wander the large, lawned gardens. Ask for supper or walk half an hour to the pub.

House at Gwinear - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The outdoor pool, a treat in summer
  • Wonderfully friendly owners who go out of their way to make you feel at home
  • Having your own separate wing
House at Gwinear - Gallery

Home truths

  • A peaceful, quite grown up place to stay
  • You’ll need your car to explore

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
French and Italian spoken.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Supper, 2 courses with wine, £25. Pub 1.5 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
1 Twin/double
From £85

Reviews

Diana and Charles could not have been more welcoming! They made us feel completely at home, and we were spoilt with delicious breakfasts (served in their stunning dining-room), the enjoyment of a delightful spacious bedroom and sitting-room of our own, not to mention spirit-enlivening views of lawns, trees and ancient church! An artist's haven. We would thoroughly recommend it.

Angie

We had a wonderful week in Cornwall and enjoyed it very much beeing with Diana & Charles at the House at Gwinear. Very nice hosts, pleasant accomodation with plenty of space, wonderful garden, a quiet and ideal base to discover the beauty of Cornwall. We felt very much at home!

Ruth

The House at Gwinear is beautiful home in which we were made to feel exceptionally welcome. The guest accommodation includes 3 rooms: a double bedroom, large bathroom, and a living room. As well as delicious breakfasts cooked on the Aga, I can heartily recommend booking in for at least 1 evening meal. Charles and Diana once ran a much-lauded restaurant, and you can expect a truly wonderful meal for the price, and catered to your personal requirements. A truly special place to stay. Thank you both!

Shell

Lovely place - a last minute booking and quite a find! Very welcoming and great value with a whole wing of the house and the huge grounds to explore. Plus a large swimming pool and a lovely breakfast in the sheltered courtyard. Perfect!

Colin

Delightful place to stay and Diana and Charles will make you feel very much at home. The wing of the house you stay in is roomy enough, comfortable and relaxed. A treat to have a bathroom with a picturesque view and piping hot water. The garden is just beautiful and the whole place peaceful and welcoming. This was our second visit...a place to stay that invites a return stay. Thank you to Diana and Charles.

Sally, Lampeter, west wales

The magic of a Sawday listing is how they each in their different way make you feel most welcome---like visiting old friends. No two are ever alike in this respect and rarely have we been disappointed. Charles & Diana are charming people and staying with them at Gwinear was an absolute delight. Highly recommended.

Geoff

We stayed two delicious nights at the House of Gwinear and it was wonderful; from swimming in the pool to the wonderful 'wing' we stayed in to Diana getting to grips with us being vegetarian - it was utterly perfect. We highly recommend it

Catherine

We visited for two nights and had the most fabulous time. Hosts Charles and Diana welcomed us in their magnificent home, filled with art and interesting books. The guest room is located in a separate wing with its own sitting area. It is a comfortable and quiet setting. In the morning, a delicious cooked breakfast was served in the music room, and we had great conversations with our hosts. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay, warmly recommend this beautiful place, and are looking forward to visiting again.

Caroline, Bristol

Gwinear is exactly what a B&B should be, comfortable, welcoming and charming. The guest accommodation is a wing of this former vicarage, with it's own bathroom and sitting room. Charles and Diana are impeccable hosts, breakfasts are delicious and there is a swimming pool and grand piano. A 5 star experience.

Anne

Lovely old former rectory surrounded by glorious garden and trees.Delightful hosts who can't do enough to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Lovely big bedroom with added bonus of private sittingroom and bathroom.Huge bed which can be split into twins. We had two delicious evening meals with wine and found some excellent places to eat in the area.Would definately recommend this lovely place and can't wait to stay there again.An art and book lover's paradise.

Suzanne

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Location

The neighbourhood

Wonderfully peaceful location by the ancient local church, yet busy St Ives and Penzance can both be reached in under twenty minutes. Godrevy lighthouse is just three miles away, made famous by Virginia Woolf and the beach’s protected seals and pups. At the estuary, the special birdwatching area is a prime spot to see rare species, while a 40 minute drive will take you to the unique open air theatre at Porthcurnow. Take a picnic.

Local points of interest from Charles & Diana Hall

  • Coastal Footpath 3 miles away. Beautiful walks near Godrevy lighthouse. (Virginia Woolf's one) where some of the year over 100 seals and their pups can be seen on a protected beach
  • St Ives nearby, which is full of interesting art galleries, funky shops and delicious places to eat. Barbara Hepworth's beautiful garden full of her sculptures and the Tate well worth visiting.
  • Explore the ancient stones down towards Lands End. The Nine maidens - a miniature stonehenge but often free of people and many other interesting stoneage relics.
  • Special birdwatching area on the estuary at Hayle where interesting and rare species fly in.
  • Unique open air theatre at Porthcurnow - the Minnack - only 40 minutes away. You can take a picnic and watch a play roman style!
  • Many interesting craft galleries in West Penwith. including the Leach pottery.

Introducing

Charles & Diana Hall

Charles and Diana have lived here for over 45 years and are local area experts. They’ll delight in finding out what interest you then recommending walks, galleries or sites to visit, as well as top tips for avoiding crowds and sampling the local restaurants. You’ll be the only guests so expect to feel part of a warm and welcoming family.