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Dolphin Watch, Hawkes Point
Carbis Bay

£517 - £1520 per week
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Situated within the half acre grounds of the main house, this timber clad eco lodge offers a slice of luxury in one of the most stunning locations on Cornwall's coastline. Perfectly equipped for couples or a family of four, the bi-fold doors open out onto a generous sized balcony with uninterrupted views across Porthkidney beach towards Godrevy Lighthouse and beyond.

This superb holiday home provides an excellent standard of accommodation with oak flooring with in-built lighting, a woodburner for cooler nights and stunning views from every room. The outside decked balcony is ideal for alfresco eating and relaxing on. Immediately opposite the Lodge runs the Coastal Path which will guide you along two miles of sheltered and incredibly picturesque coastline right into the heart of St Ives. Hawkes Point itself is a renowned angling spot, where sea bass pass on their way in and out of Hayle Estuary. The Lodge forms part of a small group of properties, Hawkes Point Cottage, Dolphin Watch and The Lookout, enabling larger parties to accommodate up to 20 people if required.

Entrance

from the parking space via a winding path with steps, then three steps leading via the front door into the small hallway, with door leading to:

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

bi-fold doors to decked balcony, woodburner, TV, large comfy sofa, luxury kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, dining table and four chairs, sea views.

Bedroom 1

king size bed, doors to decked balcony, sea view, en suite shower room with WC and basin.

Bedroom 2

twin beds, door to decked balcony, sea view.

Shower room

large walk-in shower, WC, basin.

Additional information

wall mounted electric heaters. Hawkes Point itself is accessed by a steep, single track road and may prove challenging for some vehicles. The parking space is suitable for a small car, although alternative on-road parking can be found on Headland Road. Access to the property is via a winding pathway with steps so may not be suitable for the elderly or less able. Please note the garden is for the sole use of Hawkes Point Cottage. Due to close proximity of the railway please ensure children are supervised at all times, WiFi, short breaks available.

 
 

We enjoyed a perfect stay at Dolphin Watch - our fourth holiday at this location in two years. We love the cleanliness, the freshness of the bed linen and towels, and the layout of the property. Being able to see the vast expanse of the bay from every room made this yet another spectacular break. We received a perfect level of service from Aspects and the owner also checked in on our arrival to ensure all was ok. The drive down is tight so we reversed down the last stretch in order to easily park in the allocated parking space without having to try and turn the car around… highly recommended location - Atlantic View next door is equally as amazing!

May 2022

Fantastic views from this very comfortable and cosy holiday house, close to the Coastal path, so lots of good walks & pretty sunsets. We love trains, so it was fun watching the branch line train go back and forward to St.Ives. Good central location, but believe the info about only small cars getting to the property. We don't have a small car but had no problem parking out big one on Headland Road and walking down.

March 2022

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Holidays in Carbis Bay

If you’re looking for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives, then consider Carbis Bay, offering a quieter location for guests. Enjoy outstanding views, relaxing on the golden sandy beach and walking the coastal path, which is perhaps the most beautiful stretch in the county.

Choose a holiday in Carbis Bay and you’ll be spoilt by endless views and a sweeping coastline. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, or walk the coastal path into St Ives. Located between Hayle and St Ives, you’ll be spoilt for places to visit, from endless golden beaches, to Cornish cafes and family attractions.

Top tip

Take a ride on the St Ives branch line, one the most picturesque train journeys in Britain!

Carbis Bay beach

A holiday in Carbis Bay means you’ll have one of the most beautiful beaches just a short walk away from your holiday cottage. With crystal-clear turquoise waters, enjoy swimming and other watersports, with kayaks and paddleboards available to hire from the watersports centre at the beach. You’ll also be in close proximity to the golden sandy beaches at Lelant and Hayle and the popular beaches in St Ives; you could try a different beach every day of the week!

Walks in Carbis Bay

Leave the car at home and take the 20 minute walk into St Ives, enjoying the views along the way. This gentle walk is a must at least once during your stay.

For nature lovers, the Steeple Woods Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and plants. Relax and explore the forty acre space which overlooks St Ives.

For the more adventurous soul, the St Michael’s Way is a 12.5 mile trek starting at nearby Lelant, and finishing up at the stunning St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. If the walk back doesn’t seem too appealing, you can always ride the open-top bus all the way back!

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Events

Tom Bawcock's Eve, Mousehole

Every year, the people of Mousehole celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock. Years ago, when the boats couldn't get out in the storms, the villages had no fish to eat. Tom dared to take his boat out and returned with enough fish to make a Star Gazey fish pie for the whole village.

23rd December 2022

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Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter Solstice with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing through the streets. It's a truly wonderful celebration. 

21st December 2022

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Penzance Literary Festival

Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.

6th - 9th July 2022

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2022

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

6th February 2023

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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year the theme will be 'Back to the Future!

17th - 25th June 2022

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year. Read More >

TBC December 2022

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

13th - 15th May 2021

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

22nd - 24th April 2022

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

10th - 24th September 2022

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Camborne Trevithick Day

Join in the celebrations at this community led festival. The annual event celebrates the engineering and mining history of the Camborne area, and is dedicated to Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam power & inventor of Road and Railway Locomotives.

30th April 2022

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

July and August 2022

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Nearby

St Ives

St Ives is a stunning seaside town that is only a 30 minute walk along the coastal path and easily reached through one of the most memorable and scenic train rides in the UK. The town is a thriving mixture of restaurants, galleries, quirky little shops, as well as brands we all recognise, and of course home to four stunning beaches. Spend a day exploring before retiring to Carbis Bay and relaxing in the comfort of your own home from home.

Paradise Park

Paradise Park is the perfect place for a day out with the kids. Home to over 650 birds including owls, flamingos and toucans, as well as an array of other wildlife, Paradise Park is only a few miles from Carbis Bay and hosts a variety of educational and fun events for children and adults alike to get involved with.

St Michael's Mount

Named as ‘the jewel in Cornwall’s crown’, St Michael’s Mount is a must-see on any visit to Cornwall. Take a short drive to the opposite coast and visit this famous landmark. Adventure across the cobbled causeway by foot at low tide, or climb aboard the ‘St Michael’ amphibious vehicle at high tide. Why not take a look at our live webcam of St Michael's Mount?

West Cornwall Golf Club

Considered one of the finest courses in Cornwall, almost every hole at West Cornwall Golf Club provides panoramic views of St Ives Bay. With a variety of weather conditions at different times of the year, your abilities are sure to be tested! You can even indulge in a well-deserved, post-round drink and meal at the clubhouse which overlooks the first tee. 

Food

Visit Scarlet Wines in the nearby village of Lelant for a wide selection of locally sourced gourmet products. Perfect for a picnic at the beach or for stocking up supplies in your holiday cottage. 

With so much within easy reach of Carbis Bay, there will never be a dull moment whilst staying here.

What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

We enjoyed a perfect stay at Dolphin Watch - our fourth holiday at this location in two years. We love the cleanliness, the freshness of the bed linen and towels, and the layout of the property. Being able to see the vast expanse of the bay from every room made this yet another spectacular break. We received a perfect level of service from Aspects and the owner also checked in on our arrival to ensure all was ok. The drive down is tight so we reversed down the last stretch in order to easily park in the allocated parking space without having to try and turn the car around… highly recommended location - Atlantic View next door is equally as amazing!

Fantastic views from this very comfortable and cosy holiday house, close to the Coastal path, so lots of good walks & pretty sunsets. We love trains, so it was fun watching the branch line train go back and forward to St.Ives. Good central location, but believe the info about only small cars getting to the property. We don't have a small car but had no problem parking out big one on Headland Road and walking down.

What a fantastic property in a fantastic location.

We were absolutely blown away by this properly and will definitely be returning.

The views are brilliant and the position so close to the coastal path and also to the train station is idea.

I have to agree with other reviews about the parking not being ideal; however we didn’t struggle as we were prepared and came in our smaller car and there was only one other car there for the week. It would be tight had all 3 spaces being taken however.

The train is noticeable but it definitely fades into the background as the week progresses.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are delighted to hear how much you liked this lovely property and those stunning views. The parking spaces are tight, so we try to make this as clear as we possibly can on the website description as it really is only suitable for a small car. We are glad to hear that this was what you had expected and prepared for, so that you could make the most out of that facility there. Thanks for the feedback and we hope to see you back again. Tanya, Customer Services

Outstanding setting-description of parking and access very accurate-trains are frequent from early morning to late evening but they did not detract from the quiet position of ecolodge-electric heaters worked well and we used log burner once in our week. Aspects staff are extremely helpful.

A perfect holiday, will be coming back very soon.

The view from the apartment is absolutely stunning. No point in mentioning the parking - yes it's difficult but not impossible. Access is not easy but again that has been previously mentioned. I would say that the train (that someone says becomes white noise after a while) runs from 7.15am until 10.30pm - between 2 and 3 an hour and it always lets you know when it is coming! :) Not a major inconvenience but I feel worthy of a comment. Lovely to have the use of a logburner.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you liked Dolphin Watch, those stunning views, and the cosy log burner. Whilst the train passes by regularly at a relatively slow pace, you will hear a toot from the driver as a precaution, as it approaches the crossing. Some may notice it more than others, but children seem to love it as they get a wave from the driver! Hopefully the access and parking was as expected from the description and all previous feedback on it. It certainly sounds like you had a great time here; hopefully we will see you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Great accommodation, picture perfect view and the train becomes white noise.

Was lovely to have the fire going with the sound of the ocean near by

Comfy beds!

Short walk to the train station or a 30 minute walk to st ives.

As others have said it had a narrow path and small/tight parking area but we were prepared for that.

This beautiful cottage is a real haven with stunning panoramic sea views from every room. Right on the coast path, a 30/40 min lovely walk to St Ives and with intermittent paths down to the various beaches. We took the little train back to Carbis Bay in the dark and walked along the road 10 mins easy walk. Loved watching the little train trundle by every 15 mins or so. Train doesn’t always stop at Lelant, be aware. Wood burner makes the evenings warm and cosy and the TV has Netflix. Bed comfy. No negatives for us. If you have mobility issues you would find the step access behind the main house very difficult and the parking is tricky but manageable. Proximity of the train might make it a no for small children and dogs. St Michaels Mount was a good visit at 8 miles away, only go at low tide. Great fish and chips in St Ives near the lifeboat launch and a fabulous treat in store at the beautiful Porthmeor Beach Cafe for probably the best cafe views in the country. Tate interesting but Barbara Hepworth Museum better (visited on a previous trip). Couldn’t really fault it and didn’t really want to write a good review as might not get a booking slot again!! Don’t hesitate.

What an outstanding view. Fantastic position, and with the bi-fold doors and log burner who could ask for more. Highly recommended.

Dolphin watch is perfectly positioned for watching the seals and surfers playing in the bay and a pleasant walk to Carbis bay or St Ives. perfect location for a stay in the area.

We had a fantastic week at Dolphin watch. It’s a beautiful setting. The parking is very tight and the access to the lodge is very tight. People with big cars would struggle. There are quite a few steps to the accommodation so if you have any problems with steps perhaps this accommodation is not for you. I would definitely go again. One of the nicest places I have stayed in.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

It was nice to hear how much you enjoyed the beautiful setting there; it really is stunning. The parking is definitely only suitable for a small car and the number of steps should certainly be considered before booking, if a member of your party is less mobile. We try to make all of this as clear as possible within the description, so we do hope that this was what you had expected, and hopefully we will see you back again. Tanya, Customer Services

The stay was fantastic and very relaxing. Due to what is going on in the world we did not venture into the pubs and restaurants but what was great we stayed in the lodge every evening and bought food and wine in, with a view like this why would you want to leave.

We absolutely loved our stay at Dolphin Watch! The property was exactly as pictured on the website, the location was brilliant (about a 10 minute walk into Carbis Bay where you can catch a 3 minute train to St Ives), and had incredible interrupted views of Porthkindey beach (which takes about 15 minutes to walk down to). The lodge was furnished beautifully and we found it very comfortable and homey. As the website says, access can be tricky as the steps up to the lodge are steep, and the road itself is very narrow, but we had no issues. Overall it was an amazing place to stay and unwind. We hope to be back in the future.

We have stayed at this location before they were rebuilt. We adored the old buildings but, the new ones are stunning!! Everything you could possibly need is catered for within the property. It’s a beautifully furnished and decorated place. We adore the location, the view is stunning and feels like the calmest place ever. It’s idyllic just sitting out on the decking with a G&T. We love the little coastal train that trundles past. There’s NOTHING we don’t like about staying at Hawkes Point. Can’t wait to go back next year.

         FANTASTIC STAY - WOW 

The lodge was AMAZING & the view was incredible, i really didn't want to leave. Lodge has everything you need for a relaxing stay, very clean and well presented. We did find the beds very soft but that's a personal preference.

BE AWARE As the website warns, access is very tight, the lane down is very very narrow, we ended up taking my Mini and so pleased we did. Parking for 3 cars available but would be challenging, we were lucky as only ones there. Steps up and around to the lodge wouldn't suit anyone with mobility issues. Met the owners who were lovely and made us feel very welcome.

Will definitely be back as we were quite restricted with all the G7 preps going on but didn't spoil our time there, was interesting watching everything happening and all the police were really friendly, happy to chat with you.

Thank you ????? 5/5 stars

The lodges are excellent we like to visit every year. This is our 4th time. An excellent location.

Outstanding property. Wonderful views. Would recommend.

The lodge was comfortable with beautiful uninterrupted views of the bay and beyond. The log burning fire is great for the colder months. During busy periods there is no available parking up on the top road if you can't park in the tight space at the bottom of the hill which can be problematic. There is a regular local train service thats runs on the coastal line between St.Erth and St.Ives which runs across the bottom of the garden which we found charming and loved waving to the passengers from the balcony. We found it much quicker and cheaper to travel on the train than by bus to go into St.Ives. For walkers there is a narrow coastal path that leads down through the trees and dunes to Porthkidney beach just across the train tracks. Carbis Bay is only a few minutes back up the road where you can catch the train into St.Ives or visit the beautiful beach with lovely new beach bar and cafe. There is also a coastal path from Carbis Bay to St.Ives. Due to its secluded location the access to the property could prove challenging for some people and those with smaller children. This property is more suitable for confident drivers with very small cars due to the tiny parking space cut into the rocks and tight single track road with steep gradient and blind bend with a drop onto the train tracks below on one side. The long steep winding path from the car has lots of steep steps (about 50) leading up and across the top of the garden at roof line of the main house and then back down to the lodge. Several smaller, lighter bags rather than one large, heavy suitcase is much more manageable on such terrain.

Fabulous place to stay in every way, but those views.....

We had a wonderful week in Dolphin Watch, which is a perfect location for the coastal path, beach and local facilities. At Ives and Hayle all accessibility by car or the coastal paths. Amazing views! The lodge is light, airy, spacious and has the most magical views across the bay. Aspects staff were really responsive and informative. Parking was tight but very clearly explained. The Aspects element is beautifully planned and crafted... Bathroom heaters are amazing - so cleverly considered! All white goods perfectly clean and excellent quality. We have already booked again to stay in the lodge next door, for 2021 - fabulous!

Stayed for one week and the property and location is absolutely stunning

Lovely place to stay, I would definitely recommend it. But be aware: The train At the front of the property passes roughly every 15 minutes and toots on approach between 7am and 10.30pm so if you don’t fancy that don’t book. And your luggage is best in more small bags than one big bag unless you have a strong man to transport from the car to the cabin as it’s lots of steps. Hope that helps. It is a great place and lovely for walking and sightseeing ??

Superb property, views and location perfect, for relaxing or walking , the coastal path is just outside the property., and 20 minutes from St Ives. We enjoyed our stay so much, we booked again for 2020.

Just a beautiful place to spend a holiday. Perfect view and lovely rooms. We’ve been twice before and have booked again.

a great place to stay peaceful great views

Excellent

Excellent accommodation that met expectations. No complaints, what more is there to say?

Fantastic location, we cant wait to return in 2020.

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Loved this place ,, the accommodation, the location the comfy beds and nice big showers. Like home from home but a better view ! Could do with blackout blinds in bedrooms though as awake so early and on holiday need a lie in lol. Definitely be back ????????

Dolphin Watch Hawkes Point is a delightful place to relax and unwind. Owner and agents very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our stay immensely and will hopefully return again to take in the beautiful surroundings and listen to the waves lapping the shoreline. We used the coastal path daily to walk to St Ives but you would have to be fairly fit as it was quite hilly in places, yet worth the effort to take in the views on the way. Lovely to return and relax with a drink in the evening looking out over the sea views. Overall would recommend this booking easily.

Amazing views, would love to return

We really enjoyed our stay, the accommodation was bright, clean, modern and the views are amazing. We found the small things like the addition of a torch really helpful as it is dark when walking back at night. Only downside is the parking arranagements which required you to reverse down a narrow steep lane, unless this is sorted out we would never book this property again.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Dolphin Watch; those views really are out of this world. Due to its location, perched right over Porthkidney Beach, the access can be a little tricky. However, we would not advise reversing down the access lane. Whilst the land through the gates to Hawkes Point Cottage is for the sole use of those guests, you are able to drive down the lane (forward), and go through the gates in order to turn in the parking area there, so that you are facing the correct way to drive out of your space outside of these gates. We hope that this helps, and hopefully we will see you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Absolutely stunning property with amazing views. We were blown away and haven't stopped raving about it since we returned. Would love to go back one day. We did quite a lot of walking up and down steep hills so would suggest that it is better suited to families with older children and not little ones. Our daughters were 6 and 8 and could handle the hills and the 12 minute walk down to Carbis Bay. Would highly recommend.

Had a fantastic relaxing holiday at Dolphin watch , The log burner was amazing it added to our relaxing atmosphere while taking in the view from the settee . It was an amazing holiday & we can't wait to go back again in 2017 , Dolphin watch was spot on to the pictures & description in the online brochure & everyone was so helpful when making the booking & throughout the holiday . Thanks for a fantastic holiday ! ??

gorgeous location, handy for the stunning beaches.

Fabulous property in a great 'blow away the cobwebs' location.

I would love to put something about what a wonderful property which is a great credit to the owner and the person who looks after it but I cannot due to car access

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are very sorry that you experienced issues with accessing your parking space. Despite you having a vehicle which would be a suitable size to fit the advertised small space, on this occassion, there was a car at the top of the road, blocking the rest of the road that leads to this property. We contacted the agents that market the property where that car was parked, and tried everything possible to resolve the situation, and are so sorry that this happened during your stay. I hope that the actions taken by the team, to resolve the matter for you, helped; we are just sorry that you experienced that problem earlier on in your stay. Tanya, Customer Services.

Beautiful modern clean lodge with a stunning view across Carbis Bay. St Ives a short drive or train ride away. Access not really suitable for older guests or people with large cars as parking can be an issue.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are delighted to hear that you liked this beautiful property; those views are just amazing aren't they? With its tucked away position on Hawkes Point, great access to the coastal path and the most amazing views, it does mean that the access is tricky and not suitable for everyone, and parking at the property, is not suitable for all vehicles. We are very sorry if this was not what you had expected, and hope that it didn't cause your party any problems. For anyone interested in these properties, we strongly advise checking through the website description, and please do not hesitate to call one of the sales team, so that we can check that it is going to be the right place for you. Tanya, Customer Services.

Fantastic views and great if you love trains!

A fantastic clean and modern cottage with stunning sea views.

An absolutely fantasticly comfortable property. The views are amazing and it is well worth walking the coast path in to St Ives.