The Engine House in Porthtowan is a completely unique part of Cornwall's heritage and lifestyle. Built at the height of the Cornish mining boom, it is a Grade II Listed beachside property with infinite character, comfort and convenience. The reverse level layout gives stunning beach views from the open-plan first and top floor, and the wrap-around first-floor level deck with pizza oven and outdoor furniture make for a perfect setting. In the heart of Poldark country, Porthtowan is located between Illogan and St. Agnes (known as St. Annes in the book and TV series) with spectacular countryside walks in both directions along the South West Coastal Path. Featured in Charlie Luxton's C4 Programme "Homes by the Sea" in September 2015 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/homes-by-the-sea/on-demand), The Engine House is a genuine part of Cornwall's heritage. Charlie says in the show "I could live here - I could definitely live here"!. Other TV coverage includes Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure, when he swam in the Victorian tidal pool on the beach, describing it as "perfect". Kevin Mcleod briefly featured The Engine House in Grand Designs (Series 7, episode 18 - http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs/on-demand/46761-018), where he said "The Engine House at Porthtowan is one of the more successful conversions I have seen. It is unconventional."...."It proves that it is possible to make a beautiful home from these industrial dinosaurs".
3/4 bedroom, 2 bathroom beachside house, as featured on C4 "Homes by the Sea"
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Nov 2018
About Robert Salvoni
Having bought the amazing Engine House (property number 8125960) in 2000 and enjoyed every holiday and weekend we could possibly have there as a family from our Twickenham home, we made the decision to move to Cornwall full time in 2011. After a year or two at The Engine House, we bought a huge but tired Listed Georgian pile in beautiful St Clement, just outside of Truro. With two kids in local Schools, Sam owns a ladies fashion shop in Truro (http://plum.boutique) and I am a Director of a number of local businesses.
Robert Salvoni purchased this House in 2000
Why Robert Salvoni chose Porthtowan
Cornwall's metals have been mined since Roman times, and the dramatic landscape owes much to the extraction of tin, copper and Gold. In the 19th Century, local boy Richard Trevithick developed the massive steam Beam Engines that allowed deep mines to be dug without flooding. These had to be housed in tall thin buildings called Engine Houses, the ruins of which punctuate the Cornish countryside. The Grade II Listed Engine House in Porthtowan is one of only a handful that have been converted to residential use, and of these, the only one actually on a beach! This makes it completely unique, and a fabulous way of enjoying both the heritage and natural wonders of Cornwall together.
What makes this House unique
Apart from staying in a true part of Cornwall's heritage, Porthtowan is a seaside village with everything you might want from a Cornish holiday - a superb Blue-Flag sandy beach, amazing surf with RNLI Lifeguards, long walks along the Coastal Path to the Chapel Porth National Trust Cafe, great food and atmosphere at the renowned Blue Bar (www.blue-bar.co.uk) and other village amenities including a pub, cafe, fish and chips, post office and general store. It is also centrally located for day trips to the beautiful cathedral city of Truro, Newquay, Falmouth and St Ives. St Michaels Mount, Padstow, Lands End and The Eden Project are all within in a 45 minute radius.
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Amazing. Stylish. Practical. And brilliant for sea and walks.
We were six, including three daughters, son in law, and the dog. There was plenty of room. Wonderful views from the house. Lovely design. Fully equipped. Great to have log burning fire - not least after surfing. The beach is super for surfing. And local coastal and inland walks are a real treat. We couldn’t have asked for more. We’d love to make this a regular trip every year. Hope to be back next October!
Really pleased you all had a great week! Thanks for looking after the place so well, and look forward to seeing you again next year! Best wishes, Robert
Good base / location
Enjoyed our week stay, all you need is provided , good central heating which you need as very open , did not get chance to sit outside as weather was very windy , took my 1yr old granddaughter, had to be very careful at first as the stairs in the kitchen/dining area not suitable for a toddler crawling around , not the best beach in Cornwall but good location for sight seeing , we enjoyed our stay , if it hadn't been so windy would have been even better , contact with the owner very good , I'm sure any problem would be quickly resolved
authentic relaxed beach location
Perfect location for a relaxed holiday. We were 6 adults and easily fitted in with plenty of space for eating & relaxing Each morning was a joy sitting in the sun drinking coffee waiting for everyone to wake up. Great views of the sea and beach and people watching. Brilliant position for the beach so that you don't have to worry about parking, drying wet suits, showering, etc. Only down side is the sun disappears in the late afternoon from the main terrace but you can then go to the beach, Blue Bar or Cafe to hang out if sun is your thing.
Best break in Cornwall ever !
Stunning building .....superb location , close to so many Cornish destinations , a fantastic hub for travel to Lands end or St Michael's Mount . Been to Cornwall on numerous occasions and this was by far the best time we have ever had .
Can't wait to book again
Do you know, it is reviews like this that make letting out our beloved Engine House so rewarding. Sam and I are delighted you had such a great time and you are always welcome back. Very best wishes, Robert and Sam
Perfect stay in a stunning location
This was one of the first properties we looked at as a group for somewhere to unwind after our Graduation. The house was beyond what we expected, incredible views and immediate access to the beach and sea (Literally across the road), friendly neighbours, an enormous beautiful building with all the comforts, beautifully decorated. Staying at the engine house made our experience that much more special spending time with friends, it became part of the holiday. Will definitely be visiting again.
Thanks guys! So pleased you had a great time. You are welcome back anytime!
Great property in a great location
This is a fabulous and memorable place to stay for a full Cornish experience!
The house is brimming with character, is right on the beach with direct access to the coastal path and is close to the coast-to-coast tin trail.
The accommodation is spacious for 5 or 6, and the beds very comfortable.
Three minor improvements could be made:
- Provision of a welcome pack with instructions for the house. There was none, and we had to work out everything for ourselves.
- Improve the ambiance of the bedrooms, which smelt quite noticeably of damp.
- Sort out the bump in the driveway that must scrap the underside of just about every car.
Special interest holidays:
Chef Ben Quinn is an awesome local private chef who specialises in local produce and food experiences such as "catch and cook" and "cook together, eat together" as well as more traditional Dinner Parties. He has produced some incredible meals from our Pizza oven over the years (as well as in our kitchen and on the beach!), and can be booked directly through his website benedictquinn.co.uk or on 07710 149377
The Engine House is directly adjacent to Porthtowan beach, a Blue Flag sandy beach which at low tide stretches to around a mile and a half in length. The beach, which is west-facing and backed by impressive cliffs, is a popular surfing venue and a fine family beach.
Chapel Porth Beach is less than a mile north of Porthtowan and can be reached on foot along the beach at low tide, or via the cliff top South West Coast Path at high tide.
Porthtowan is 4 miles from the A30, just past Truro.
Newquay Airport is 45 minutes away by road.
Truro and Redruth train stations are within 8 miles.
Absolutely no smoking please.
Clean pets are welcome at The Engine House. There are plenty of outstanding walks along the Coastal Path and beyond and a common in the middle of the village, although the village beach operates a dog ban between Easter and 1st October.
Additional pricing information
Changeover Day: Saturday changeover, departure before 11.00 am. Arrival after 3.00 pm please