Holiday Home in Porthtowan
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Bungalow | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Our beautifully situated property can sleep up to eight guests (6 adults & 2 kids in bunk beds). 'Trevarth' is a four bedroomed property five minutes from the sea in the village of Porthtowan, Cornwall. Having undergone a comprehensive refurbishment (practically demolished and rebuilt) the property is in excellent condition. Set in a large private garden with parking for 3 cars.
There are three bedrooms with double beds and one bedroom with bunk beds. The spacious bathroom has underfloor heating and powerful shower over the bath. To the rear is a large deck along the length of the property, with sun loungers, picnic table and barbecue.
Large entrance hall leading off to the bedrooms on the left and living room/kitchen on the right.
King size beds in three double bedrooms
Bunk beds (full size) in the fourth bedroom
Wooden floors throughout
Neutral F&B colours throughout
Summer house with futon for extra sleeping space (by agreement)
Extendable dining table with seating for up to eight
Large LED tv
iPod dock speakers
Kitchen is fully equipped with everything necessary to cook a meal
Dishwasher and washing machine
Place settings for 12
Large capacity American style double door fridge
Door to rear garden /deck.
Wifi - BT Infinity
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 37.5 km, Nearest railway: Truro 14.1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The West Country region
The Immediate Vicinity:
Porthtowan – at low tide (check tide times here: (website hidden) and click on “Newquay” for the North Coast, or, “Falmouth” for the South coast) you can walk all the way to Chapel Porth. There is a good bar called Blue Bar which attracts a young surfer crowd. You also have the Unicorn bar too.
Chapel Porth – if you do walk here along the beach you will probably have to walk back along the cliffs – which are 400ft high. Chapel Porth has a little café which sells delicious “Croque” sandwiches – Croque de la Mer is very good (ask if they have fresh crab for it) and also their famous “Hedgehog” which is a clotted cream ice cream covered in clotted cream and rolled in honey roasted hazelnuts.
Wheel Coates – Above Chapel Porth on the cliffs towards St Agnes is this amazingly windswept and beautiful location is named after the former mine pump house on the site. It is a recognisable image of (website hidden) Agnes – is the next village. It is a highly self-contained village which has a complete community including all of the services you would expect in a larger town. There are also lots of craft shops and a very very good restaurant in the part of the village called “Peterville”. It is called No.4. You have to book in advance but it is our favourite restaurant. There is a row of houses as you leave Churchtown called Stippy Stappy (you can search it on (website hidden)).
St Agnes Beacon – This hill is visible from the kitchen window of the bungalow. It is a “beacon” because it would originally have had a fire at the top that could be lit very quickly in order to get a signal message to London. This was famously used when the Spanish Armada were spotted off the South Coast of Cornwall. There is a string of beacons which run through Cornwall and the whole country (the Brecon Beacons being a famous example in the North of England). It is estimated that the signal travelled from Marazion to London in less than two hours.
South Cornwall – Very beautiful
Isles of Scilly – You can go for a day trip by ferry (it is a flat-bottomed boat so it is a famously rough crossing). Called “the islands of the sun” by the Romans they have a unique micro-climate and very clear waters. Completely unspoilt. No cars. Tresco is the largest island and has a famous Abbey (website hidden) Martin's has the best beaches and is, reputedly, where the Queen has a small family bungalow which she uses without any interference from the locals who see it as a matter of pride to treat her like anyone else when she (website hidden) Michael's Mount – near Penzance at Marazion. There is a causeway which you can walk across to get to the island at low tide. There is also a ferry for the return journey if the tide comes in. It has a museum and a couple of cafes and a gift shop and some outstanding gardens. Really worth visiting. If going here you may want to drive on to.
Mousehole – picturesque fishing village with very narrow streets. Park just outside the village and walk in.
Lamorna Cove – Small village. if you go here be very careful to park correctly or you will get a parking (website hidden) Ives:
Barbara Hepworth Museum – definitely worth visiting.
Tate Gallery – interesting building and location although the art can be esoteric.
Art galleries – lots of artists studios, shops and galleries which are worth visiting just to see art from the “Newlyn School”
St Just – The drive round the coast from Penzance to St Just and then on to St Ives is spectacular and wild. There are very sturdy granite houses dotted along the roads and the field patterns are some of the oldest in the world; unchanged for thousands of years. Near St Just you will find. Botallack Tin Mine which is perched on vertiginous cliffs. The whole cliff was painted white for a visit by Queen Victoria (who did not like dirt apparently). You could also visit Poldark Mine (it is a real place) which is on the road between Redruth and Helston.
The Lizard Peninsula – The actually most southerly point of the UK. It is an area of outstanding geology with Rinsey Cove and Gunwalloe Cove having particularly good rock formations and a visible granite “stope” margin (if you can find it).
Goonhilly Earth Station – a globally important telecommunications hub has an interesting visitors centre
Kynance Cove – a beach on the Lizard Peninsula (called more usually just “The Lizard”) and is one of the 7 most beautiful beaches in the world apparently.
Helston – a market town on the Lizard which has the Flambards Theme Park. It is very interesting actually and has a recreation of a Victorian Village and other attractions (look it up first).
Falmouth – at Falmouth you can take a day trip Ferry to St Mawes to visit the castle built by Henry VIII and which matches Pendennis Castle. You can also walk around the town and visit the beaches. Falmouth has a good art school so there are some artistic venues.
Pendennis Castle – as mentioned above. National Trust property and museum. Very interesting and worth a visit. It is on Pendennis Point which has a good viewing area half way round the point.
Glendurgan Gardens / Trebah Gardens – beautiful sub-tropical gardens in sheltered southern estuary. Very different character to the North Coast granite cliffs.
The Ferryboat Inn – This is a pub overlooking the Helford Passage and is very close to Frenchman's Creek – the location for the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Good food which is is a classy area but is pricey as a result.
Truro – is the regional centre of Cornwall. It has a cathedral which is fairly bland but if you like them is worth a visit. From Truro you can drive to the King Harry Ferry at Feock. You can take the Ferry to St Mawes if you want to drive there.
Trelissick Gardens – National Trust property. Very beautiful Gardens on the way to the King Harry (website hidden) Austell – Worth driving through to get to Charlestown which is a small port.
Eden Project – ESSENTIAL to visit, not much more to say really.
Mevagissey – Fishing Village, very pretty
Newquay – Very touristic seaside town. Birthplace of surfing culture in the UK.
Watergate Bay – lovely beach where you can have a surfing lesson. There is also the Jamie Oliver training restaurant called “15? which is very good (and probably fully booked).
Padstow – Fishing village made famous by chef Rick Stein (who has six restaurants there – all very good quality apparently).
Port Isaac – Fishing village. Looks like it should be on the South Coast. Very pretty.
Tintagel – Camelot, Tintagel, King Arthur etc.
Boscastle – Granite fishing village, National Trust, worth a visit if nearby.
Lost Gardens of Helligan – made famous by a television programme over a number of years where the gardens were restored from an overgrown thicket.
Trerice – Elizabethan country house – nice interiors
Cotehele and Cotehele Mill – Tudor house and working water mill
Porthtowan is a small seaside village on the north coast of Cornwall about ten miles from the county town of Truro. It has a large Atlantic facing beach which is very popular for surfing. Porthtowan is able to handle some of the largest swells on this stretch of the north coast and is mid-way between the two popular villages of St Agnes and Portreath which also have an established surfing community.
Porthtowan has a number of pubs and bars catering to all requirements from the quiet country pub feel of the Victory Inn, to the surfer's hang out Blue Bar via the family oriented Unicorn Inn. Each of the pubs serves food and the menus generally reflect the clientele. Slightly further afield you will find the village of St Agnes with its picturesque streets and stunning views of St Agnes (website hidden) Agnes has a pretty little beach called Trevaunance Cove which is sheltered and secure with lifeguards, beach shop and Schooner's Bistro. Moving up from the beach you arrive at Peterville which is the location of both the WINE BAR and the excellent (and always booked so please book in advance of your arrival in Cornwall) “No.4 Peterville” (which is our favourite restaurant).
Even further afield Cornwall has a magnificent selection of restaurants from Jamie Oliver's “15? at Watergate Bay to Rick Stein's numerous establishments in Padstow.
Swimming - This blue flag beach has lifeguards present throughout the season (1st May until the 30th September). It pays to wear a wet-suit most of the year! 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".
Surfing – if you've never tried surfing before there are two surf schools in the village where you can rent boards and wetsuits and get lessons for reasonable prices for all ages.
Boogie Boarding – we have several boogie boards for children to use, or you can rent or buy one from the local surf shop.
Coastal walks - 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. For more information on walks in Cornwall visit http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/
Rock pooling – there are lots of rock pools accessible at low-tide for kids to explore.
Horse riding – there are several riding schools within 20 minutes of Porthtowan with some of the best horse riding in Cornwall, including rides around the World Heritage site of the Mineral Tramways and Carn Brea Castle. Hacking can be arranged so suit every standard of rider and evening hacks are available by prior arrangement in the summer. Visit Wheal Buller Riding School at www.cornish-riding-holidays.co.uk/
Cycling - cycle across England in a day, by traveling along the scenic Coast to Coast trail! This trail runs for 11 miles from the lovely coastal village of Portreath to Devoran, alongside the stunning Restronguet Creek, and is almost entirely on purpose built cycle paths or quiet country lanes. The Bike Barn Cycle Hire is located a 5 minute drive away towards Redruth and offers a wide range of cycles for all ages. Visit www.cornwallcycletrails.com/
Historic mines - The iconic Wheal Coates tin mine buildings are located on the coast path to the north of the village which you can walk to. Poldark Mine is a fun day out for the kids. Take a tour of the mine and then pan for real gems! www.poldark-mine.co.uk/
Golf – there are several golf courses within a short drive of Porthtowan, including Perranporth www.perranporthgolfclub.co.uk, Killiow Golf www.killiowgolf.co.uk, Truro www.trurogolfclub.co.uk.
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