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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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                                                                                                      Spacious house in beautiful location overlooking the sea and within a 10 minute walk of Mevagisseyy

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                                                                                                      A beautifully appointed, spacious house enjoying stunning sea views from the garden was the perfect location for the eight of us from Sidcup Art Club in Kent on our painting holiday in Mevagissey. Four spacious double rooms (we used the cinema room as a bedroom) and a single bed in the children's room provided us with plenty of private space as well as the large lounge, dining, covered and open balconies with views towards the sea provided ample communal living. The large parking area was priceless as we did not have to concern ourselves with parking issues during our stay. Everything was provided for every eventuality.....a wonderful house for a three generation family. Teenagers, families and film buffs will love the extensively equiipped cinema room. Mevagissey itself was delightful, and was a ten minute walk along the coastal path or down the roads (best not to mention the climb back, but that got easier as we got used to it!) The coastal path and secluded beach (access for the agile and sure-footed) provided walking opportunities to those of us who did not paint. We made good use of the Tea on the Quay where Cornish pasties and fresh wholesome food were freely available,and run by a delightful family who made us feel very welcome and even reserved us a table for lunch on our last day and had fresh catch of the day when eating out at the Ship Inn and the Harbour which we did every night of our stay. We visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan as a group and took many photos for future paintings. We painted in Mevagissey by the quay most days and were made most welcome by local fisherman and visiting tourists alike.Our painting holiday could not have gone better, the weather was super kind to us, glorious blue skies for five whole days and a beautiful house to enjoy and come back to after a day's painting.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      My favourite place

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We visit every year. Beautiful home from home cottage in the perfect location 😁
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 26, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017