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

Portscatho is a former Cornish pilchard fishing village in the southwest corner of Gerrans Bay on the Roseland Peninsula. The beach has sandy patches but is mainly rock. The cove is east facing and so offers shelter from the customary southwest winds.

Places to holiday in Portscatho

The sheltered cove makes Portscatho a safe place to swim and the village is close to the fine sandy beaches of the Cornwall coast, making Portscatho a firm family favourite with holidaymakers. Once the home of many hotels and guesthouses, Portscatho has kept in line with current trends and now offers more self-catering apartments and holiday cottages.

Staying in a Cornish cottage allows you to explore Portscatho and the Roseland Peninsular without worrying about getting back on time for an evening meal. It is also situated conveniently for travelling to St Austell, Falmouth or Truro for shopping or exploring the surrounding villages like Gerrans, St Mawes, Veryan Tregony, Portholland and Portloe.

There are several shops in the village centre including grocers, off licence, butchers, galleries and gift shops. A twenty-minute walk along the cliff path brings you to the Porthcurnick beach and its acres of soft sand and further east are Pendower and Carne beaches.

Things to do in Portscatho

The national Trust owns much of the land around Portscatho and you can spend much of the day doing a circular walk along the coast path past St Anthony Head, Place House, St Anthony's church, Froe and Bohortha. There are signposts all around so you don't have to worry about getting lost. This is a great bird watching area so look out for grey herons, shags, skylarks, cormorants, guillemots, woodpeckers and sky larks.

When you want to stop for a break, the Plume of Feathers serves good pub food and St Austell Ales and the Royal Standard in Gerrans is only five minutes walk. Other pubs within three miles include the Roseland Inn, the Victory Inn and the New Inn. Portscatho offer cyclists a variety of Cycling, cycle paths and cycle hire and if golf is your sport Portscatho is the perfect base to explore the thirty-nine golf courses in Cornwall.

Portscatho cottages are ideal if you want to experience sailing, take a fishing trip or partake in other water sports. The nearby Mylor Sailing School has courses ranging for a half day to a full week and the Roseland Paddle and Sail on the beautiful Percuil River offer windsurfing, sailing, canoeing lessons and hire of equipment. Orca Sea Safaris operate bird and wildlife watching and eco-tourism trips all year round from its base in Falmouth, a real chance to get up close to the sea birds, seals, dolphins and basking sharks. St Mawes Sit On Kayaks hire out for three hours of fun and if you are looking for high-speed thrills you can enjoy a luxury powerboat cruiser of private charter at Falmouth.

Weather in Portscatho

The climate in Portscatho is mild as can be seen by the many exquisite gardens in the area that have thriving exotic plants, such as those at St Mawes Castle, Lamorran House, Pendennis Castle, Penjerrick, Bosvigo, Caerhays Castle, Trebah and Trewithen House.

Travel to and around Portscatho

Newquay (NQY) is the nearest airport for Portscatho. The mainline railway stops at Truro or Falmouth, as do National Express coaches and Truronian 50/51 buses travel from Truro to Portscatho on the way to St Mawes. You may also like to use the King Harry Ferry for travel around the Roseland peninsular, as this is much quicker than by road.

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                                      Recent Reviews

                                      Lovely barn in our perfect place

                                      4 of 5
                                      Our family has been coming to this area for a long time and sometimes we stay in a house and sometimes we camp. Due to rain in past years we decided to stay here near to Portscatho where we love. It's a lovely tranquil setting and our dog didn't venture too far but the garden isn't enclosed. The owners are next door which helped for us as the washing machine needed repairing from a previous customer but the owner sorted this out quickly for us and was really lovely. The shower was fantastic and powerful but there was a noise when you turned it on like there was air in the pipes. The only other thing that was a slight annoyance when the weather was warm was the patio was full of flies. The patio fence has some rubbish on the other side which may or may not contribute to the mass of flies but it did stop me from sitting outside. Apart from that it was a lovely stay and we would probably use it again. Thank you to Lucy as well for the use of her wheels for our kayak, it helped enormously.
                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                      Lovely holiday

                                      4 of 5
                                      House comfortable with fully enclosed dog proof garden. Lovely view of the sea. Short walk to beach or harbour town for supplies and meals out... Would stay again
                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                      One Old School Cottages

                                      5 of 5
                                      This is a lovely new build cottage with flourishes of old style charm. The location is good for a local pub (of which the landlord was a little abrupt), but the school next door is full of screeching kids at break times (not a problem if you're expecting this) and the local beach is 500-600m down a very steep path. The garden is quite small (as is the norm with new style houses these days). Ok, that's the main negatives. The good bits are as follows... The cottage is in very good comdition and is very well equipped - the wifi is good as well which is important as mobile signals are poor in the local area. There is a free car park nearby if you have a second car with you just 50m away. The pub is 100m away and serves large protiins for Cornwall prices. The local shop/ (at the bottom of the hill) have just about everything you need - as is a second pub and also an excellent coffee bar with take-away stone baked pizzas. The village of Gerrans blurs into Portscatho and there are some lovely local beaches with a swimming platform out to sea. The villages are pretty much unspoilt with no major tourist developments - perfect! St Mawes is 10 minutes drive away with a foot ferry to Falmouth. The local coastal walks are lovely and unspoilt. Would I stay there again? Absolutely!
                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016