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Make a holiday rental home or cottage in Portallow, Cornwall your home away from home

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.

Places to holiday in Porthallow

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.

Things to do in Porthallow

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.

Weather in Porthallow

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.

Travel to Porthallow

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.

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                              Recent Reviews

                              Relaxing Holiday

                              5 of 5
                              We had a really lovely break in Porthallow. The cottage was every bit as cosy and spacious as we had hoped for. It was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything that we required. Our hosts, Pete and Jo were lovely. Very friendly and on hand with advice, if needed, about the local area. Pete was great with my grandson, sorting out an egg hunt for eggs retrieved from the resident turkeys, chickens and ducks. The eggs were good too! The village was lovely and quiet - the rocky cove was literally around the corner from the cottage. My grandson and the dogs loved exploring amongst the rock pools. There were also some lovely coastal walks around the village The local pub, The Five Pilchards, was also very close by. The food was brilliant and the staff were great. You need to book, even at the end of October, as the pub is extremely popular. A few minutes up the road is the Fat Apple café. Serves lovely food, ideal for lunch although apparently they also do a mean breakfast! You don't have to go too far if you want a sandy beach - there are plenty of nearby coves to visit. Coverack has a lovely beach and is a working harbour. The seal sanctuary is also close by - definitely worth a visit. Although my favourite place was Porthallow beach itself! What we liked most of all were the local people - must be a great place to live as everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend a holiday in this pretty little village and we were very lucky to have picked such a great cottage to holiday in - thanks Pete and Jo. Hopefully Strutt, the turkey, will still be there when we come back!.
                              • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
                              • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                              Great property, ideal location.

                              4 of 5
                              Very pleasant few days in Porthallow, a little gem of a hideaway. Cute holiday let and pet friendly too. An ideal base to explore The Lizard and the surrounding area. The Old Stable has everything you need, be sure to visit the Five Pilchards too!
                              • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2016
                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                              Fantastic place!

                              5 of 5
                              Rainbow End is a really beautiful holiday let. The property was great, had everything we needed. Beautiful surroundings and from one side of the garden we could look down to the sea at Porthallow Port, which was a very short walk away for a drink and meal in the local pub. The location was perfect, a great base from which to travel each day to local beauty and tourist spots then a quiet, peaceful place to relax in the evening. Lovely welcome package of local goods - cider, biscuits, milk and clotted cream!! We met the owner on our first day and he was very friendly, then we were left to our own devices which is what we like. We would highly recommend this for a break, we were there for a week and didn't want to leave!! Not one fault with anything.
                              • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2016
                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016