Gwithian is a
coastal village in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is
three miles (5 km) northeast of Hayle and four miles (6.5 km) east
of St Ives, Cornwall across St Ives Bay. Gwithian is in the civil
parish of Gwinear-Gwithian.
Gwithian has a pub, the Red River Inn, which was formerly named the
Pendarves Arms. The pub takes its name from the nearby Red River
which, in turn, got its name from the discolouration caused by
mining effluent. The river's earlier name was Dowr Coner.
Gwithian Towans cover the site of a Bronze Age farm which has been
excavated although no remains are visible. The church and relics of
St Gwithian or Gocianus, built in 490, were uncovered from the beach
and dunes during the early part of the 19th century, but were then
allowed to be reclaimed by the shifting sands. Gwithian is the
patron saint of good fortune on the sea. Charles Henderson wrote in
1925 that the "oratory ... is more perfect than the Oratory at
Perran, having been less meddled with, though it is probably not so
ancient". According to H. O'Neill Hencken there is the "remains of
church, possibly early, buried in sand".
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Surfside (sleeps 4) is set in an idyllic position, just 50 metres
from glorious surf and sand. Tucked in among the sand dunes, it has
uninterrupted views of the entire St Ives Bay, and is perfect as a
base for exploring the area, enjoying the sea shore or simply
relaxing. The views from the conservatory are breathe taking,
whatever the weather!
Surfside has 1 double and 1 twin bedded room, a lounge/dining room,
conservatory, fully fitted kitchen and shower room. The main bedroom
and lounge have stunning sea views, and the conservatory and patio
look out across the entire sweep of the Bay. Bedding and towels are
provided. Dogs are welcome (max 2), at £20 per dog. Changeover day
is Friday, and weekend/midweek breaks are available low season.
This is an area of outstanding beauty, seals are regularly seen in
the bay, and much of the land around is owned by the National Trust.
Many tourist attractions are close by, including St Ives, St
Michaels Mount, Lands End, the Lost gardens of Heligan, The Eden
project and Minack Theatre, to name but a few.
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