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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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                                                                                                      An ideal base to explore the area

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We were met by the owner and made very welcome, with a cream tea, and bottle of wine The cottage was exactly as described, everthing that we needed, and was clean and bright. I would definately recommend the Blue Door to friends, and would return myself. The bus service was great, didn't use the car all week, able to go to St Michaels Mount, St Ives, Penzance, Minack Theatre. Also a good coastal walk
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      The perfect family retreat

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                                                                                                      We have just come home from one of our most memorable holidays. The hayloft is the perfect home from home, equipped with everything needed for a relaxing family holiday. The hayloft was very spacious, modern and beautifully clean. The owners Kevin and kate went out of their way to ensure we made the most of our week's stay, and even took our little girl over to the chickens' coop to search for eggs! We thoroughly enjoyed waking up to the peaceful surroundings of the hayloft ; watching the rabbits and pheasants playing in the vast garden below. It is situated in the perfect location for exploring southern Cornwall, we were blown away by the stunning beaches such as Kynance Cove and Sennen Cove, and had wonderful days out visiting the breathtaking Minnack Theatre, St Michael's Mount, and of course Roskillys ice cream farm. There is just so much to do down there and we will definitely be returning.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic home from home

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                                                                                                      A lovely 2 bed property a short walk from the harbour & main shops & restaurants. Very spacious, lovely furnishings & homely feel. We had a lovely week & will definitely be back.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016