Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Portreath - Kittiwake Cottage
Three-bedroom traditional Cornish cottage, sleeping five plus baby
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Kittiwake Cottage is a traditional Cornish stone cottage a short level walk from Portreath’s harbour and safe, sandy, family beach. Its long (180 foot!) garden is full of ‘Cornish’ plants – gunnera, palm trees, euphorbia - and has three outdoor seating areas so you can follow the sun as it sets behind Western Hill. A large lockable shed provides ample space for wetsuits, surfboards and bikes. Directly along the back of the garden runs the historic Portreath mineral tramway, which linked the port with inland tin and copper mining areas in the early 19th Century and is now a beautiful coast-to-coast route for cyclists, riders and walkers. A private parking space is tucked in at the top of the garden, with additional unrestricted parking on Greenfield Terrace, at the front of the house. The cottage has central heating, wooden double-glazed windows and a wood burner in an inglenook fireplace in the lounge for cooler evenings and autumn and winter days.
Portreath is situated on Cornwall’s North Coast which is more rugged than the gentler South Coast. In both directions spectacular views can be had from high, rocky cliffs across the Atlantic Ocean. Many seabirds can be seen on ledges in the cliffs and in the air, skimming the surface of the sea in search of their next meal. Seals are resident all along the coast, with visiting dolphins often seen playing in groups of six or eight some way from the shore.
When family and friends visit us, our favourite trip is to Godrevy Head, where a group of seals can be seen on an inaccessible beach. There are sometimes as many as sixty of them. Take a pair of binoculars to get a better look and stand well back. It’s a long way down!
Between Godrevy and Portreath are many attractive coves, although some are inaccessible. Follow one of the tracks from the road down to the cliff edge and take your sandwiches (or a pasty from the Portreath Bakery), or walk from Portreath along the coastal path.
Godrevy has a lovely, sandy, family beach, with views around the bay to St. Ives. Try Gwithian too – a couple of miles further along the coast. Both were favourite destinations at weekends when I was young. If you have young children, look out for Sheep’s Pool at Gwithian – deep enough to be fun but small enough to be safe.
A few more miles take you to the Hayle Estuary, where as many as 18,000 birds have been seen taking refuge in cold winters. In spring and autumn you can see migrant wading birds, gulls and terns.
At the end of the ‘three miles of golden sand’ of St. Ives Bay you’ll find St. Ives itself (or – in Cornish – Porthya). It’s impossible to describe the charm and beauty of this amazing little town – just go and visit it yourselves! St. Ives is full of galleries and workshops and still attracts artists of all kinds because of the quality of the light. Visit Barbara Hepworth’s house or Tate St. Ives. The best way to St. Ives, especially in summer, is to park at Lelant Saltings and take the little train into the heart of the town. The views across the bay are quite breathtaking.
Heading ‘up country’ from Portreath you find a stunning selection of beaches and coves. First comes Porthtowan – amazing surfing and safe swimming. Chapel Porth is tucked away but well worth a visit. Walk to the edge of the sea when the tide is out and you’ll be able to see for miles in both directions. In winter this is the place to come to experience the true fury of the Atlantic Ocean. If you're feeling a bit more energetic, walk the mile and a half back to Portowan along the cliffs - a nice level walk once you've puffed up the first incline and good coffee!
Trevaunance Cove comes next. Like Chapel Porth it's calm and welcoming in the summer, spectacular in the winter. Inland is the pretty village of St. Agnes, with its cafes, craft shops and museum – and a free car park (at the time of writing)!
Of course, Cornwall is more than its coastline. Truro has shops, galleries, the County Museum and an imposing cathedral. It also has the largest theatre in Cornwall – the Hall for Cornwall - with an impressive programme of concerts, plays and musicals.
Everyone who comes to Cornwall wants to visit the Eden Project (which is amazing). If you have the time and the energy, try to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well. The gardens were discovered and recovered by Tim Smit, creator of Eden and have an amazing history.
Closer to Portreath is Redruth, centre of Cornwall’s mining history and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 2006. Visit the Cornwall Centre and spend time looking through the archives and viewing the fifty-eight Tregella tapestry panels, which depict the story of Cornwall in modern embroideries. Redruth is surrounded by old stacks and engine houses from its industrial past and a number of walks and cycle trails have been created in recent years.
If you'd like a trip further afield, think about a day trip to the Isles of Scillies. We spend a few days there at least twice a year and the islands are just magical. Go by sea on the Scillonian or fly direct to the Islands.
On a really sunny day, though, walk the few hundred yards down to the beach at Portreath and sit against the harbour wall and relax. It really is the best place in the world.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Pat Parry
Find out more about us on our blog (see the link to 'owners' website').
Pat Parry purchased this cottage in 2008
Why Pat Parry chose Portreath
Portreath was my childhood beach and I really can't imagine a better place. All our family visit the cottage from time to time and love it. For us it represents an escape from the stresses of everyday life. Have a look at our reviews!
What makes this cottage unique
Our lovely (if somewhat wild) long garden. A few hundred (level) yards to the beach. Good local pubs and restaurants. Lovely neighbours.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Cottage near to beach and we found everything we needed in Cottage. We love Cornwall in general. Welcome pack was very good and enjoyed by all. They would recommend to others.