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Soak in the atmosphere with a Cornwall holiday rental home or beach holiday cottage in Porthleven, Cornwall

Porthleven is a picturesque fishing harbour overlooking Mounts Bay in the Kerrier District of West Cornwall. It is a beautiful harbour village steeped in history and is located between Lizard Point and Land's End. A number of smaller fishing coves are scattered around Porthleven including the Lizard, Mullion, Kynance, Poldue, Cadgwith, Ogo-dour Cove and Vellan Head and Gunwalloe. Nearby Loe Bar separates the sea from the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall.

Places to stay in Porthleven

Porthleven is a lovely place to visit or as a base for your holiday in Cornwall. It has a small working fishing harbour with a granite pier, storm booms, a small beach and is a popular holiday centre. There are several hotels and guesthouses in the area, but if you really want to soak in the atmosphere and feel at home in Porthleven, above the beach cottages offer the best option.

Renting self-catering accommodation in the holiday cottages above the beach in Portleven allows you the freedom to explore the fish centre, waterfront inns, craft shops and restaurants in Porthleven and the rest of Cornwall. There are beautiful coastal walks, whether you choose to go east or west of the village, or inland to Helston passing by the Penrose estate and the woodland walks at Loe Pool.

A full circuit of Loe Pool is about five miles long and features of this area include Carminowe Creek, Loe Marsh, Bar Walk Plantation, Degibna Wood and birdwatching areas. There are numerous towns within four miles of Porthleven seaside cottages including Breage, Helston, Carleen, Cury, Germoe, Gunwalloe, Wendron, Gweek and Crowan.

Things to do in Porthleven

The Salt Cellar Workshops are the ideal place to find a present to take home or remind you of your holiday cottage in Porthleven, as here you will find the very best in local Cornish arts and crafts including hand made pottery, hats, clothing, willow work, glassware and paintings. Eating out is a pleasure with a wide choice of restaurants, cafes, bistros and inns selling local specialities, such as Cornish pasties, freshly caught fish, Cornish ice cream, fudge and Cornish cream.

Events in Porthleven include Porthleven Lifeboat Day held at the end of August to raise money for RNLI and the Penlee lifeboat will be on display. The annual Air Day is held at RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk) just outside Helston in July and this market town is also host to the annual Helston Flora (Furry) Dance.

Castles to visit in the area include Pendennis, St Mawes and Caerhays. The Chyauster Ancient Village gives you a glimpse into the inhabitants of Celtic Cornwall and the Wayside Folk Museum has an extensive collection from the past, or you can visit the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. Gardens open to the public include Caerhays, Trebah, Penjerrick, Lamorran House, Bosvigo and Trewithen. There are good fishing, sea sports, horse riding and golf facilities as well.

Weather in Porthleven

Porthleven's climate is temperate, which allows the many gardens in the area to flourish, but it can be very windy and stormy in the winter.

Travel in Porthleven

Newquay Airport serves Porthleven and the National Express Coaches run a direct service from London to Porthleven. Mainline trains stop at Camborne, Hayle and Penzance and First National's no2 bus runs from Falmouth to Penzance stopping at Porthleven harbour.

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                              Absolutely fabulous

                              5 of 5
                              We have loved our stay here. Walking to the village was very do able if you don't mind the hill back. We found the village lovely to wander around and we were very central to surrounding villages. Loved the scones and cream as a welcome treat and Jane it was so lovely to meet you and your hubby. We could not ask for a better and more helpful host. No wifi was a pity but it was widely available In The village. Such a spacious home and a welcome respite after a busy day. Enjoyed the peaceful garden, great showers, warm interior, fab and ample kitchen and even a laundry - very welcome as most places didn't have one which is tricky as an overseas visitor. Thank you again, we will definitely recommend you to our friends.
                              • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                              Fantastic family holiday at The Old Dairy

                              5 of 5
                              Our family has just spent a lovely Easter week at the Old Dairy. The accommodation was spotless and well equipped with easy to use appliances and age appropriate toys and games. There was also lots of outdoor space for children of all ages to run around in and adults to sit and relax. The Old Dairy is ideally located for lots of family days out, whatever the weather or budget. We visited the Eden Project, the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth and Geevor Tin Mine. We also walked up Godolphin hill and along a couple of the many beaches nearby. Kate and Kevin were perfect hosts and we were greeted with a bottle of wine, a cream tea and Easter eggs for the boys. We also took on board their recommendations and found lots of family friendly places to eat with high quality food. We would definitely recommend the Old Dairy to our friends and will be returning ourselves as soon as possible.
                              • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2016
                              • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                              Far exceeded expectations!

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                              We arrived after a fairly long journey for our post-Christmas relaxation break....and what a pleasant surprise to stumble across the Hayloft. Even better than described! And to be greeted with some mince pies for us and star gingerbread biscuits for our daughter was an additional bonus :) Kevin and Kate were extremely friendly and welcoming - fantastic hosts. Very useful 'visitor guide' and recommendations of where to visit and where to eat (Kota Kai in Porthleven was a definite favourite!) Such high standards have gone into the detail of the Hayloft and the cleanliness was remarkable. Every detail from the small touches in the bathroom, the quality crockery and cutlery down to the gorgeous comfy bedding was included. Thank you, we hope to return in warner weather to really allow us to explore....and for Sofia to help with some farmhand chores!!
                              • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2016
                              • Date of Stay: Dec 2015