Cottage in Porthtowan, Cornwall, England - Wonderful Beach - Sea Views - 30 Seconds From The Bea
James & Sally Harrison
Why James & Sally Harrison chose Porthtowan
We first stayed in Castaways in 2004, bought it in 2007 and have had many very happy family holidays. Our children have grown up on the beach and have progressed from playing in the shallows to surfing. We love the walks along the coast, the wonderful Blue Flag beach and watching the sea from house.
What makes this Cottage unique
So close to the beach that you can lie in bed and hear the waves crashing onto the beach.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
lovely stay in castaways location great, peaceful and beautiful. great house we enjoyed our stay
Fantastic Peaceful Location
Great location and has all the facilities you would need for a holiday home.
We were lucky to have a great week here with good weather. The beach is on your doorstep along with great walks along the cliffs, dogs loved being on the beach early morning and walking along cliffs in the afternoon. Garden is fully enclosed (ideal for dogs) and has picnic table for sitting at.
Excellent Wi-Fi and everything was in great working order.
Thank You for a lovely week at Castaways.
A small property suitable for two adults with children that has been çonverted to accommodate more
This property would suit a family beach holiday or a group of 6 but at a squeeze. DISLIKES WHERE THE OPEN ACCESS REAR GARDEN WHICH offered no privacy and the undersized ' double' bed that is to small for normal size adults.The property was showing signs of a long season and on arrival the house was cold...over bath shower head loose and it was not possible to turn on the cold water tap....I had to get tools from the car to sort this out. Also there was some issue with the property electric as some sockets just didn't work and some others would only slow charge electronic devices. The bathroom needs attention due to shower water leaking around bath onto floor where the tile grout is missing resulting in a stale water smell. So ok for a small family looking for a beach holiday but watch the tides and sea state carefully it's can catch you out at this beach.
We are sorry you had bad weather all week and didn't enjoy your stay in Castaways.
Your feedback is appreciated but perhaps a little unfair as:
Bed: The bed was a brand new John Lewis standard double bed.
Garden: we are not sure what you mean by an "open access" garden as the garden is fenced on all sides.
Electricity: Following your comment that your phone wouldn't charge we had every socket tested and the electrician found nothing untoward. One ventures that it might have been your phone charger at fault.
Bathroom: Thank you for tightening the shower head. Had you called the housekeeper she would have arranged for a plumber to attend to this for you.
We are very disappointed that you didn't enjoy your holiday as we strive to ensure that we provide first class accommodation. Over 400 families have stayed in the house without complaint.
Had a lovely week at Castaways.
This place is a little gem. Woke to the sound of the waves each morning.
Jewel in the Cornish crown!
We (a family of 3 with a large dog) have just returned from a week stay at Castaway cottage. Firstly, I would like to point out what a stunning location this is in, the drive down into the cove throws a spectacular view at you every time to return to this beautiful little place. It is centrally located to many beaches and eateries (all of which were dog friendly) The cottage itself is spacious and has a solid floor on ground level meaning its easy to keep clean if you have a sand laden dog :) The bedrooms are of adequate size and the kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials you need to self-cater - if thats your thing. The 3 bedrooms are a decent size and would cater for a large family, the twin back bedroom even has an en-suite toilet. No towels were provided so make sure you take your own. The back garden is fully enclosed which is handy to let your dog roam in whilst you're relaxing at the picnic table with your glass of vino or chilling out in the lounge watching the box. The WiFi is superb, however there is no phone reception at all - there is a payphone in the cottage if you need to dial a pizza (or curry or whatever your take-away choice is) so take some change with you.
There is a well stocked village shop only 100m back along the road and a cracking little beach-side restaurant 300m across the sandy bay from the cottage.
All in all we had a fabulous stay and will definitely return in the future. Perhaps in the winter to get a view of the crashing waves on the cliffs.
The Wallace Family.
Nice house very close to the beach.
We had a family holiday here with 2 adults, 2 teenagers (who surf), a toddler and a baby.
Porthtowan is a nice, quiet little village. It's all about the beach, which is great, not too busy with some decent surf. There is a strong rip current but there was excellent lifeguard cover when we were there.
If Porthtowan is what you are looking for then this is a nice little house for a family or 4 adults. Overall, the house is quite compact, as per the design of most modern houses. The living room space is quite good with seating for 6 but the kitchen/diner is a bit tight. There are 2 okay size bedrooms and the bunk bed room is fine for little ones. There was a travel cot and toddler booster chair available, which were very useful.
The back garden is fairly small and is open to neighbours on one side, has a picnic table and is nice and safe for little ones.
The house has SMART TV and WiFi, which were great. Just make sure you have the WiFi code before you get there (it wasn't in the arrival book, so I had to use the payphone to call the housekeeper to get it).
On arrival the house was neat and tidy (although not quite as clean as we would have expected for the price we were paying) with good quality linen on the beds. There were a couple of kitchen items missing, which were not able to be replaced during our stay, but there was enough equipment to cater for our family, plus a few friends who visited for the day.
Overall, it was a nice holiday and the location so close to the beach made this house worthwhile, although for the price in high season it could perhaps benefit from a bit of an update in the kitchen with some higher quality appliances and a bit more attention to detail.
Porthtowan has a Blue Flag beach. The surfing is excellent with both right and left beach breaks. Porthtowan is one of the country’s foremost surfing locations and hosts the annual “SAS Cornish & Open” surf championship. Surf boards can be hired in the village and a highly regarded surf school operates from the beach during the summer. Dolphins, seals and the occasional basking shark all come close to the shore and can sometimes be seen from both the beach and cliffs. The sandy beach has rockpools, caves and coves to explore.
Just 70 metres from the wonderful beach; which is one of only 5 Blue flag beaches in Cornwall.
At high tide the beach is a large sandy cove and at low tide it is long and sandy, stretching for nearly a mile from Lushington Cove to Chapel Porth. It is ideal for family beach holidays offering sand, rock pools and safe bathing; with the RNLI providing a Lifeguard service from the 1st May until the 30th September.
Newquay Airport - 20 miles (regular flights from across the UK)
Redruth Train Station - 4 miles
Porthtowan’s central location and easy access to the A30 means that it is ideal for touring Cornwall. The village has a good range of shops and services. St Agnes is the nearest town approximately 4 miles to the north. Truro is approximately 9 miles inland.
Castaways lies within Cornwall’s World Heritage Site, is surrounded by land owned by the National Trust and is just yards from one of the UK’s finest surfing beaches. The small un-commercialised village has a lovely children’s play area, village shop, surf shop, post office, pub, coffee shop, fish & chip shop, ice cream parlour and the acclaimed Blue Bar. The Blue Bar, described by The Daily Telegraph as “Cornwall’s coolest bar” and by The Observer as “an awesome spot for a beer and bite to eat”, is worthy of special mention as it is child friendly, serves excellent food and welcomes families, surfers, walkers and dogs.
BEACH & SURF
At high tide the beach is a large sandy cove and at low tide it is long and sandy, stretching for nearly a mile from Lushington Cove to Chapel Porth. It is ideal for family beach holidays offering sand, rock pools and safe bathing, with the RNLI providing a Lifeguard service from the 1st May until the 30th September.
The beach also boasts a tidal pool which featured in the television programme "Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure": after swimming in the pool he described the beach and pool as "paradise".
Much of the land surrounding Porthtowan is owned by the National Trust and the South West Way Coastal Path passes through the village. The cliff walks allow panoramic views to St Ives Bay in the south and St Agnes Head in the north. The surrounding cliff paths are some of the best in Cornwall, leading to Portreath to the south, and to Chapel Porth and St Agnes to the north. Chapel Porth can be reached by both the beach (tide conditions permitting) and the cliff path, and has a delightful National Trust café in the cove which is open for much of the year.
Porthtowan and the surrounding area are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The iconic Wheal Coates tin mine buildings are located on the coast path to the north of the village.