HI-Up, Riviere Towans
Hi-Up is a spacious and comfortable traditional timber holiday chalet which occupies an elevated position among the sand dunes at Riviere Towans. Enjoying views towards Hayle Estuary, Hayle cricket pitch, West cornwall golf course & St. Uny’s church at Lelant and distant views towards Carbis bay & St. Ives, High-Up is just a short walk from the three miles of sandy surf beach below, and offers a great location from which to explore St. Ives Bay on Cornwall’s stunning North Coast.
From Hayle Estuary to the surf beach of Gwithian and National Trust Godrevy, The Towans at Hayle is a world class beach and a stunning stretch of the south West Coastal path, taking in coves, cliffs and dramatic sand dunes as well as tidal pools and excellent conditions for water sports.
On a clear day St Michael's Mount on the South Coast is just visible through binoculars from the chalet and on less clear days Hi-Up offers a cosy space from which to enjoy the cornish mizzle drifting up the estuary to the RSPB reserve, or watch the coastal train making its way from St. Ives to St. Erth! Views can be enjoyed from the living room, deck and both bedrooms.
With comfortable, dog friendly accommodation for up to 4 (2 double rooms), Spacious open plan living / dining area, a well equipped kitchen, and parking adjacent to the chalet steps, High-Up makes a great beachside bolthole for couples and friends alike.
Enjoying Sunsets over St. Ives, Sandunes and Stunning beaches from this beachside home from home…
Living Space - spacious open plan living area with panoramic views, incorporating sitting and dining areas and the kitchen. There is a three seater sofa and two large comfy armchairs, TV/DVD player and a round dining table and a desk.
Kitchen - The kitchen is well equipped with an electric hob, cooker, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher. There is plenty of crockery, glasses and kitchen utensils
Bedroom 1 - Bedroom one has a king size bed and wardrobe and an armchair and TV in the bay window with views across to St Ives. There is a door leading onto the large deck.
Bedroom 2 - Bedroom two has a king size bed and built in wardrobe with views up the tidal Hayle Estuary
Shower room - The bathroom has a separate loo and shower
Outside - The large deck on two sides of the chalet faces south and west is enclosed with glass and is accessed through large sliding doors off the living room and another door from bedroom one. There is a garden table and four chairs. The deck leads on to a small area of rough grass at the side of the chalet with rotary washing line.
Free Wifi is provided at Riviere Towans sufficient for internet access and email, but the bandwidth will not allow video streaming.
There is parking on the grassed area in front of the chalet, with a set of shallow steps leading up to the front door.
No smoking indoors please.
Electric by £1 coin meter.
This property accepts dogs at £5 each per day. Please note that if the property accommodates, and you are bringing, more than one dog a £100 refundable security deposit will be added to your booking.
A message from the Owner
Our family’s association with Hayle and the Towans (‘towans’ means sand dunes in Cornish) dates back to our grandparents’ visits before the First World War. My brothers and sisters and I have very happy childhood memories in the 1950s and 60s of long hot summer holidays, staying at The Ramblers and other chalets, romping across Mexico Towans with our surf boards to the beach. Nowadays we walk our dog on the same route but at a much gentler pace! In those days we could also cross the Hayle river mouth, with its dangerous currents, to Porth Kidney Sands and Lelant in Jack Couch’s ferryboat – long since gone. We would arrive on the 10.30 train from Paddington – the famous Cornish Riviera Express – or, even more exciting, on the night train, with trunks of clothes and bedlinen. We were met at St Erth station by Mr Polkinghorne in his old Daimler taxi which often got stuck in the sandy tracks around the Towans before proper roads. In our grand parents’ time there were sports days and carnivals at the chalet ‘camp’ - in those days Riviere Towans was a mixture of tents and wooden chalets. There was no mains drainage until the 1970s so chalets had to rely on Mr Baumbach’s weekly visits with his tank on a truck to empty the chemical lavatories! Hayle was very important during the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century. Harveys of Hayle made steam engines for railways and ships which were exported around the empire and the world. After World War II Hayle went into decline, but, as you will see, is now in the process of much regeneration. There is an exciting development underway at Hayle harbour with housing and restaurants and shops on North Quay below the chalet. Hayle is also home to the Wave Hub Project 16 km offshore - a renewable green electricity generation project. Hi Up was built in 1980 near the site of Wheal Lucy, an old tin mine, long since abandoned, capped, and the engine house demolished. We hope you will have a lovely stay, and enjoy your holiday at Hi Up as much as we always do!
What you'll find at Hi-Up
One 5' king size bed
One 5' king size bed
Bedding and linen (not Pillows and Pillow cases)
32" Flat screen TV with freeview and DVD player
22” BedroomTV with freeview
iPod / iPhone charger with speakers (30pin only)
Well equipped kitchen
Plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses etc
Electric 4 ring ceramic hob and oven
Microwave with grill
Fridge with small freezer compartment
Iron and ironing board
Electric heaters in each room
Bath and electric shower
A message from Toms
Come and find us in our on-site office open 9am-5pm Monday - Saturday and 9am-1pm on Sundays, from maintenance to housekeeping, travel tips and directions, we’re here to help! There is a 24 hour ‘out of hours’ contact number for us too.
The holiday park is one of the oldest in the country, with the first chalets constructed in the early 1920s. Now a beautiful site with a vast range of unique, quirky and privately owned accommodation, including beach chalets, bungalows and lodges. Many have stunning sea views and all are within a few minutes walk of the beach.
On the doorstep
Walk the coastal path at low tide all the way along the beach from Hayle river mouth to the Cliff tops of Godrevy and the surf break at Gwithian where you’ll find great food and drinks from cocktails to coffees, ice creams and fresh seafood at the local cafes and restaurants.
For those seeking surf, beginners to experienced surfers and bodyboarders can enjoy doorstep breaks at Hayle Rivermouth and Mexico Towans, both within walking distance of the park. Paddle boarding and kayaking on the Estuary, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing are popular all year round.
Hayle is home to the RSPB Hayle Estuary Reserve, Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary, Hayle Lido, ice cream parlours, gift shops, great food (including Cornwall’s best Pasties from Philps), pubs and supermarkets.
Take the coastal train from Lelant to St. Ives, and visit The Tate & Barbara Hepworth museums. Visit Newlyn Harbour and Fish market for the best in Cornish Fish. Wander around the historical market town of Penzance, taking in the Harbour and Egyptian House or take a day trip to Lands End and coastal walk to Sennen Cove.
Find your way to Knill's Monument and Steeple Woodland Nature reserve, a 40 acre public open space which overlooks St Ives Bay before making your way down to Carbis Bay for fabulous food, drinks and its sheltered beach.
Cornwall has always been a favourite of artists, writers and film producers and its rugged coasts and beautiful coves have featured in numerous films and TV series most recently, the popular Poldark series. Whether it is a relaxing break or a more action packed holiday you are seeking, Toms Holidays at Riviere Towans is the ideal destination.
Winter stays at Riviere Towans
Riviere Towans is a great choice for your winter break, but it’s also the period that our owners tend to build and renovate, and when essential land maintenance and roadworks are done. Disruptions and sound may affect neighbouring properties, so please get in touch with us before booking if you are concerned.
The winter season runs from the 1st November until the 1st April OR a week before Good Friday, whichever is earlier.
All the properties we manage are self-contained and self-catering. All the kitchen equipment you will require for your stay is provided in the property. All properties include a microwave, TV, iron and heating to name but a few of the basics. A large number also include washing machines but do check the property particulars above.
On Sunday, 22 Oct 2023
An amazing location. Love these chalets - remember them well from my childhood. The location and everything about it did not disappoint. Highly recommended. An absolutely stress free time. And very easy to add on an extra night! Thanks again to the Toms team.
On Saturday, 07 Oct 2023
Had a wonderful holiday, loved sitting watching the tide and the weather change. Found our spot. Wonderful place, we will be back.
On Saturday, 02 Sep 2023
Hi-Up is a beautiful chalet
On Sunday, 27 Aug 2023
High Up is in an excellent location with great views all around. It is spacious with a great balcony for sun bathing. There is a full set of equipment with everything we could possibly want.
On Saturday, 26 Aug 2023
It is a perfect property with wonderful sea views. It had everything that I needed to make my stay comfortable and welcoming. Only issue is that the dustbin isn’t easy to get up/down the steps
On Saturday, 01 Apr 2023
Very good location, near the beach, shops, and ideal driving distance to most of the local touristic sites. The property is very clean and spacious for our family of four, including a baby. The main bedroom has enough place to put our travel cot, which is very helpful. The property has a dishwasher and washing machine that simplify our time during the whole stay. We didn't communicate directly with Tom, as all instructions were clear.
On Sunday, 29 Sep 2019
The chalet is in excellent condition, Their were a couple minor items . The bath is very outdated, The shower controls are the wrong way round , The pathway up the steps could just do with the grass and brambles trimming back for better access . But these are very minor . The chalet is absolutely gorgeous.
On Sunday, 11 Aug 2019
We had a fantastic stay and will definitely book again. We loved the property, but wish there we more dog friendly chalets. Although we loved the chalet - one minor suggestion would be a couple of pouffe's for when your sitting on the lounge chairs to put your feet up and enjoy the views.
On Monday, 17 Jun 2019
The property is bright and sunny and has super views comfortable beds and sofas. Lots of positives out weigh the few negatives listed here: bath plug didn't fit so water filtered out unable to use it. The weeds were abundant up the steps and the wet weather made them quite slippery. Nearly fell over a couple of times. In need of some TLC on the paintwork inside and out. None of these things spoilt our holiday.
On Sunday, 21 Apr 2019
We really couldn't fault the speed in which TOMS responded to a problem with the speaker being faulty, we didn't receive the replacement part but in all honesty our teenagers managed without!
On Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
We loved "our" little chalet! It's very cosy and well equipped! We were a little sad when we had to leave! The view is amazing!! And its very close to St. Ives (lovely little town, but go there by bus, it’s horrible to drive in there), St. Michaels Mount and close enough to Land's End, Lost Gardens and the Minack Theatre <3 We had some problems finding it at night when we arrived after a long ride from Brighton (after Reception Opening Times)! Later I saw in a little app called maps (maps) that you can see all the chalets with names on it, that would have helped a lot that night, tired and just ready to lay down!
On Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017
Excellent accommodation- A wonderful cottage with spectacular views and all you need in a home away from home. Easy access to about anywhere you'd want to venture.
On Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
What a lovely chalet set in a quiet and scenic location. The accommodation had everything we needed and was close to St Ives bay and all its beaches and attractions. We had a fantastic stay and would recommend.
On Sunday, 18 Jun 2017
Fantastic!!!- What a truly wonderful place to stay!! The location is amazing, the beach is on the doorstep. We stayed for a week and it was a real home from home!! The new additions of an extended bedroom and a large veranda with views over the estuary and the sea, were an added bonus. The veranda takes full advantage of the most amazing sunsets!! Really enjoyed sitting out on there with a glass of wine watching the sunsets. Would visit again for sure!!
On Saturday, 03 Jun 2017
A perfect place to relax- We had a great time here and are already excited to come back. Everything you need to explore the wonders of Cornwall in a fantastic location. Great communication with the owner,
On Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016
Dreamy/Perfection- Perfect location and such a cosy little chalet!!! Had everything you would need and was very clean... Gorgeous views of the lovely blue sea and just a short walk to the beautiful beach. Bus station not far from chalet to head straight into St Ives or jump on the train which takes you along the hill sides looking of the sea! If you’re looking for something peaceful and relaxing this is for you. Amazing location but not ridiculously overpriced (like St Ives) Home from Home!! Thank you xxx
On Monday, 04 Apr 2016
Relaxing beach bolt hole- This seemingly small wooden chalet is actually a bit of a Tardis inside! Very comfortable and had everything we needed. A lovely base for an active holiday, with great access to the beach. (And the beach and dunes are brilliant). The electric heaters and electric blanket kept the place warm enough, even in March. A really cosy, homely and relaxed place - so, needless to say, we'd love to visit again soon.
On Sunday, 18 Oct 2015
Cosy chalet, peaceful with super views- We recently stayed at Hi-Up and loved it; it has a nice lay-out, everything you need and great views across the estuary and St Ives. It's a short walk to the beach and close to the supermarkets and local pub. It was a cosy and peaceful stay and we're looking forward to coming back.
On Monday, 06 Oct 2014
Home from home- Stayed in HI Up end of Sept into first week of Oct 2014. The chalet is lovely & contains everything you could need. The views across the Hayle estuary & over to St. Ives are amazing, sunsets are glorious (the weather was very good to us). Hi up is just like it looks in the photos online. We have old friends in St. Ives where parking is often a problem, but by staying here we were able to drive to Lelant, park up for the day £2.00 then catch the train into St. Ives £8.00 return for 2 adults. It's like a local bus service, lots of regular trains & it only takes 10 mins. Great, no stress trying to park. We will both recommend friends looking for a Cornish holiday to book Hi Up. Val & I look forward to coming back again, thanks James.
On Friday, 22 Aug 2014
Fantastic!- Totally recommend hi-up. So well equipped & comfortable, they even have electric blankets! Beautiful location with stunning views. Looking forward to our next visit here.
On Sunday, 29 Jun 2014
Perfect- We stayed in hi-up in June. Excellent value for money. The views from the chalet are amazing, looking out over Hayle river & the lights of St Ives at night. The chalet was perfect, we took our 5 month old baby & found it perfect. We will definitely recommend to others.
On Monday, 14 Apr 2014
Great views and excellent location- Hi-Up is nice and cozy, has great views of St. Ives and the coastline around it, and is a short walk away from one of the nicest beaches in Europe. We really enjoyed our stay.