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Yards From Beach In Tranquil Cornish Fishing Village

19 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this holiday barn in Helston - The Old Stable

Studio Barn very close to the beach

Just yards from the beach in this tranquil, quintessential Cornish fishing village, an enchanting detached stone studio. Close to beautiful coastal walks leading around the Lizard peninsula and along the shoreline of the Helford River. Full of character with a mezzanine double bed area enjoying glimpses of the sea, kitchenette, living area and a shower/utility room, packing everything one would need into a perfectly formed space. Ideally located with a tranquil part of Cornwall yet close proximity to the Helford River, Helston, Lizard Peninsula. Nearby attractions include Goonhilly, Trelowarren, Roskilly's and local diving at Polkerris.

Great for short or long breaks away from the city. Ideal for those who want quiet break away from the hustle and bustle of work and traffic noise.

From the Cornish meaning 'port at the end of the moor', Porthallow's history has always been inextricably linked with the sea. A former thriving Pilchard port, small fishing boats are still hauled onto the beach to this day. A number of buildings in the village also exhibit tell tale signs of the industry, if a little less obvious to the casual observer - The Association's Institute building is sighted over a former pilchard cellar!

Set in the heart of the small fishing village of Porthallow with the beach is just a few minutes' walk away. The South West Coast Path is just 50 metres from the studio, offering excellent coastal views across Falmouth Bay to St. Anthony's Head, and a beautiful walk to Gillan Creek and the Helford River. Porthallow beach is used by local fishermen, and it is possible to drive onto the beach to launch canoes and dinghies. The local pub, The Five Pilchards, offers a warm welcome to visitors and there is a craft shop with locally made pottery. The village shops in St Keverne, just a couple of miles away, offer comprehensive supplies. The local wildlife is abundant, with buzzards circling over the valley and seals occasionally visiting the bay. The Old Stable is in probably one of the most peaceful spots in Cornwall, and offers the opportunity for a truly relaxing holiday by the sea.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

James or Neil
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Ode to The Old Stable

From Pralla's Old Stable, I was certainly able

To enjoy a whole week, exploring Mullion to Gweek. Around all Lizard's coast, I can defnitely boast, Many miles of walking and scenic recording.

But knowing each day, a good place to stay,

The Old Stable cosy and, when I felt dozy,

A comfy warm bed, to lay down my head,

This was all I could ask for.....

I'll be back for more!

Katheryn Ross 31 August to 07 September 2013
Aug 2013
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based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Yards From Beach In Tranquil Cornish Fishing Village
average rating of 4.631579 based on 20 reviews

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: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely weekend. Cottage was quaint.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Perfect get away in lovely secluded hamlet

  • 4 of 5

The property is small but very tastefully decorated and the owners have done a great job of making use of the space available. The kitchenette is well equipped and the wet room and loo are in a good spot underneath the mezzanine sleeping space. The shower was also just right in terms of water pressure and heat. I loved the hamlet of Pothallow and the Five Pilchards pub (1 minute stroll) was perfect for our first meal there! Having the stable so near the water was also a real delight, providing lovely beach strolls first thing in the morning before heading out. Other bonuses included proximity to the coastal path walkways and the unique delicious Fat Apples cafe just up the hill.

Only downside for future renters is the mezzanine bedroom is tricky to access if you're very tall or infirm (but there is a sofa bed at ground level). If you're looking for a quiet, restful, away from the crowds place to escape to with access to the southern Cornish coast this is the perfect property!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Classic Cornish Stay.

  • 5 of 5

Good location, and clean property. Thank you for the milk!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Compact, comfortable old stable close to sea & pub serving quality food in generous portions

  • 4 of 5

We had a happy stay at this compact but cleverly designed old stable; ideal for one or two people. There isn't much room inside but then you are there to enjoy the great outdoors and the sea is so nearby. We liked sleeping on the bed (mezzanine) with a velux window above so you could hear the sea, birds and feel the breeze when in bed. We used the pub the five pilchards, like the pebbly beach virtually on your doorstep, for our evening meals rather than trying to cook in the small kitchen space. The food is home cooked and locally sourced, where possible. Excellent value for enormous portions (starters and desserts mostly £5 and mains roundabout a tenner). You are best to reserve a table though as we found it was fully booked when we hadn't and they often get full up with divers who use nearby divers centre and walking groups who pass/detour using the south west coastal path (we'd recommend look up their phone number on the website and book for your arrival night). From the beach you can take a beautiful walk, for about 30-45 minutes, hugging the coastline to Portkerris beach (also pebbly, where the divers centre is based) and then breakfast relaxedly at a simple cafe on the beach with great cooked breakfast (again very generous portions). We tend to like more quieter, down to earth places and Porthallow and the stable studio ticked those boxes for us.

We thought all the driving around the area was very beautiful and of course the coast line everywhere is spectacular. You can always find quiet coves and simpler down to earth places if you prefer or go for the more touristy one where the cafes are more standard (boring, in our book) but might be handier for people with children. Although we found parking places (the national trust is doing a great job in providing access) near to quieter coves on both sides of the lizard peninsular and there were plenty of parents who did bother bringing kids and picnics to these less populated/touristy spots too. Kynance beach was very beautiful and has a cafe to reward yourself for getting there (there is a national trust car park but you will still have to walk to get to the beach; it is worth it and it is also on the south west coastal path)

Do stop off on your way at sainsbury's in helston if you want to stock up on things; they sell things like body boards/wetsuits, which we found useful to enable us to enjoy the cold sea).

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very special place in a beautiful sleepy village

  • 5 of 5

A very cosy, homely place with a good use of small space. I spent 5 nights here and didn't want to leave. An ideal place if you want to get away from it all. Booking was hassle free and owners responded within an hour, great service and I will be staying here again soon. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad your enjoyed our property at Porthallow. It is a great place to get away from it all! Thank you once again for your kind comments.
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Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Pilchers Public House
Car: necessary

Ideal location with tranquil stay in West Cornwall. Close proximity to Roskilly Ice Cream, Trelowarren, Helston, Falmouth, Penzance, Lizard.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Helston, Lizard Peninsula

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1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
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1 Jan 2017 - 1 Jan 2017
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1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
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1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

25% deposit required upon booking. A refundable security deposit of £200 is required and refunded upon your return. Prices include all linen, towels, electric and final cleaning. Upon receipt of full payment directions to house along with key codes are sent to occupier.

A minimum of 2 nights stay would be £150.00 and 3 nights £175.00

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Helston in West Country

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Enclosed shower and toilet in separate room to rear of studio
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Located on mezzanine
    other - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Single bed in lounge area
  • Double bed on mezzanine area overlooking studio with further single bed on ground floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • live theatre
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Free Parking available within village, only 1 minute from the barn. Stairs are moveable along a runner on the floor to allow access to all of the kitchen.

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