Porthallow is a small village in the parish of St Keverne situated on the south coast of Cornwall. It is part of the Lizard Peninsula and is close to the Helford River and Helston and has a wonderful view of Falmouth Bay. It was once a fishing village with a flourishing pilchard industry and still has a few small fishing boats, but there is no harbour to protect against easterly winds.
Porthallow in Cornish means "port at the end of the moor" and many of its houses, cottages and the beach were once owned by the thousand acre Trelowarren Estate on the Lizard Peninsula. In line with the rest of Cornwall the holiday industry has grown due to the lack of conventional employment in the area, and Trelowarren is now converted into luxury time-shares and holiday homes.
This does not mean that it is expensive to take holidays in Porthallow, as it seems to strike a perfect balance between a thriving local community and the needs of the visitor. This means there is a variety of holiday accommodation in the area including self-catering farm cottages, hotels, camping and caravan sites.
Some people come to Porthallow for a quiet and relaxing time and others use it as a base to explore Cornwall. In either case the most popular type of property is a cottage. This is because cottages are reasonably priced and allow you more freedom to explore than a hotel.
Porthallow and neighbouring Porthoustock and Coverack have safe bathing, sailing, fishing and coastal walks. It has a few shops, a beach café on the pebble beach, teashop, post office, a vineyard and a nice pub and there are numerous activities and events in Porthallow and the surrounding districts. Porthallow barbecues, regattas, carnival and fetes include beer festivals in the Five Pilchards Inn in April and September, Bonfire Night on the beach, sponsored duck race and Easter egg hunt at Easter, the fishing festival in June and the regatta in August.
Cottage holidays need to be booked early for special events. Dogs are welcome on Porthallow beach and you will find this welcome extends to some holiday cottages. Porthkerris Cove has a diving school and on site dive shop that sells books, gifts, charts, diving equipment and tackle hire. There are several good golf courses within easy reach or you could try cycling or horse riding amid stunning Cornish scenery.
The Tate Gallery at St Ives should not be missed, nor the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. The best surf is on the north coast at Perranporth, Polzeath, Newquay and Bude. If you don't want to travel too far from your holiday cottage St. Anthony, Mawgan, Manaccan, Helford, Coverack, St. Martin, Constantine, Flushing, Budock Water, Gweek, Ruan Major and Penryn are all within seven miles.
Cornwall climate is mild and it is warmer in southern parts such as Porthallow making it a great place for early spring and late autumn breaks.
Plymouth and Newquay (St Mawgan) airports serve Porthallow, as do the ports of Falmouth and Plymouth. The nearest railway stations are at Falmouth Docks and Town, Penmere, Penryn and Perranwell. Truronian buses operate in Porthallow.