House at Gwinear

St Ives, Cornwall
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1736 850444

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


1 room


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

You should know

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


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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


Nightly price
from £95
1 Twin/double
From £95


Delightful oasis of calm in idyllic country setting yet close to St Ives. Friendly welcome into the characterful old Rectory with helpful advice and delicious breakfasts.

Jackie, Exeter

For friendly hospitality, comfort and tranquility this is as good as it gets. An excellent supper with wine was served in the gracious dining room on arrival and the lavish breakfasts could not be faulted. The comfortable bedroom and accompanying sitting room provided every need. Charles and Diana's warm family home has become a delightful treasure-trove of stimulating art and artifacts while the lovely park-like garden invites peace and relaxation. We were sorry to leave at the end of such an enjoyable three-night break. Michael and Monica, Hampshire.

Michael, Near Winchester

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

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

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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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


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!


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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.


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.