Stonesthrow, 3 Seaspray Apts. Porthtowan
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
An excellent, clean and comfortable apartment with two bedrooms. The property has everything needed for a comfortable beach side vacation and comprises a lounge/diner with seating for four, a folding dining table with four chairs, and balcony with small table and two chairs, a kitchen area with double oven/grill , fridge and freezer. A Shower room/WC, Bedroom with twin beds and wardrobes on the ground floor and comfortable upper mezzanine double bed area upstairs. Bed Linen and tea towels provided. Bring own towels. Broadband provided and Payphone available. Dedicated parking space nearby. Electricity is by a £1 coin meter with £10 worth electricity already credited and provided for each booking. No Gas service to property. Regular bus services from/to village. Local shops and restaurant/bars nearby many with broadband. Relax and enjoy drinks on the balcony watching the magnificent sunsets over the dunes, the cliffs and the sea all in view from your seat.
Just two minutes walk to the beach, there are a few steps to and from along the path. Surf School located on the beach for beginners or experienced alike with equipment hire facilities. RNLI lifeguard cover during peak seasons. Beach cafe and shops nearby including a Post Office and the popular BlueBar. At low tide walk along the beach to the National Trust Chapel Porth Bay and enjoy tea and cakes, return same way or if the tide has come in then over the cliff path. A great location for walkers and surfers and for general touring in the area. St Ives, Perranporth and the charming City of Truro all nearby.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Porthtowan 300 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 30 km, Nearest railway: Redruth 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details outdoors|
Minimum booking stay of 1 week during busier seasons.
However shorter term stays may be acceptable subject to availibility and cleaning schedules. Please ask.
Parking available in a dedicated space behind the Council car park about 300 metres from apartment.
Childrens safe enclosed play park area beside sand dunes and the Unicorn Pub/Restaurant
Use Pay and Display Ticket when in Council Car Park at all times. Active enforcement during charging periods.
Car Park Pass available in Apartment. Display at all times in vehicle when parked.
Return Pass to Apartment before driving home please. Thankyou.
A selection of Beach games, Body Boards, Beach Chairs, Wind breaks available in outside seat box bench.
Small selection of books, toys, games and Dvd's covering most ages.
Electric Wall Heaters if needed and Two Electric Fans available if cooling required.
No Gas at property.
Please note restricted height for adults in part of the upper floor level.
Local Tesco Spermarket will deliver to this location.
The West Country region
Cornwall has always been a popular holiday destination, but over the last 15 years tourism in Cornwall has really boomed. Cornwall enjoys an excellent climate with very mild winters and warm summers that are almost Mediterranean in nature. This climate has in turn helped with the growth and development of a wealth of botanical gardens in Cornwall that have become renown worldwide. Should however the climate not be warm enough, then artificial environments such as the Eden Project near St Austell have been created to show off even more diverse equatorial plant life. Porthtowan, has both compelling scenery and background. By being both steeped in history, and having evolved itself into one of the premier recreation destinations in both Britain and Europe, Porthtowan makes marks of its very own on the map of Cornwall. Rich History, Literally. From copper mining village to resort and holiday destination, Porthtowan has come through with merit.
A fusion of both the past and the present has worked for it in entirety, and it looks set to write a whole new chapter in its history. What may come next for Porthtowan is anyone's guess, yet as things stand it does make sense to visit the place and bask in the full light of history while enjoying a nice sunny day on one of the best beaches that has ever existed.
We are just yards from Porthtowan Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in North Cornwall with Blue Flag status, and, being centrally situated, the location is an ideal base for touring Cornwall. Porthtowan, which is famed for being a Blue Flag beach, has a huge beach which seems to stretch into eternity. This is also the reason why Porthowan is known as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall. Porthowan is rich in heritage and flanked by astonishing granite cliffs amidst a narrow winding valley.
The Towan Roath engine house, an archetypal Cornish mine is located atop the cliffs which overlooks Porthtowan beach. To sum it all up, dropping in at the Blue Bar for a bite, is sure to lift your spirits. Cornwall has many surprises hidden within its boundaries and Porthowan is one of its best.. Treasure Park visitor centre is nearby where goldsmiths can fashion jewellery to your liking. Pan for gold at Poldark mine and take a guided tour through one of the most atmospheric mines in Europe dating back to the 18th century. Cycle hire also very close with safe cycling designated routes coast to coast or amble around at your leisure. Local shops, Post Office and restaurants are all within the village. Porthtowan is famous for surfing and the beachside Surf School can supply all you need as either a beginner or more experienced surfing dude!
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9 Aug 2014
"On the beach, beautiful views and very quiet."
We found everything clean and well stocked. Our 1 and only complaint is really out of the owners hands. The back of the restaurant is directly under the balcony. Their garbage bins are under the windo… More
Thank you for taking the time to put out a review. We are dissapointed that you found the Blue Bar location too close to the balcony. The development is all very close to the beach and sea and inevitably there is closeness amongst the apartments and businesses there. We are happy you found the apartment both clean and well equipped.
4 Aug 2014
"Clean, convenient, will definitely return!"
To start I emailed Suzanne the owner regarding our request for dates and she was so helpful and accommodating, even when I was having technical issues paying she was very helpful. My parents arrived a… More
Many Thanks for your review. We are pleased you found everything ok. We always try to help where we can. Be great to see you again sometime.
12 Jul 2014
"A great place to relax and enjoy your surroundings"
We recently got married at the Blue Bar and couldn't have found a better place to stay than here. The owner was very lovely, helping us out when we had some technical difficulties with the websit… More
Many thanks for your comments. We are pleased your visit went well and that you found the apartment to your liking. You cant get much closer to the sea and we agree, the sunsets are beautiful.
Happy to welcome you back again anytime.
27 Apr 2014
"A little Gem by the sea"
I totally forgot about writing a review, but i'll keep it short and sweet, I stayed here In the september 2013, what a real little find i made. It is in a quaint little village which is perfect f… More
Many thanks for your review.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay and discovered some of the delights in the area. The apartments are superbly located for the seaside and village and everything you need for a nice little break.
You are welcome back anytime. You will find our rates stay the same, so no shocks there! Once again , thanks for your positive comments.
7 May 2013
"A clean and well-equipped piece of paradise."
We booked a short stay over the Bank Holiday and were immensely glad that we did. Upon arrival late on Friday evening we found a selection of hot drinks and Cornish biscuits waiting for us, all inside… More
Thank you for taking the time to review Stonesthrow and your positive comments. We know some visitors have travelled a long way and are keen to settle in as quickly as possible, so we make it as comfortable and as easy as we can to help them. Providing some basic essentials is helpful especially as newcomers are not sure where and when the shops open.
Pleased you had a good stay and the apartment suited your needs.
Hope to see you again sometime.
5 Apr 2013
Had a lovely Easter break despite the unusual cold weather in the UK! The sun shone and had lovely refreshing walks along the cliffs. Lovely clean beach which must be wonderful in the summer. Visited Truro and had the best cream tea at Catherine's a definite Must Do! Apartment easy and relaxing with every thing you need, very clean and local facilities were good. Lovely area with plenty of places to visit within easy reach. Will definately return.
Many thanks for taking the time to enter a review, we are always pleased to receive guest's comments. So pleased the sun shone brightly for you even though the wind put in an appearance too. Superb Kite flying from the beach or cliffs this Easter break. Truro is always a good visit locally and the superb Tea Shop "Charlottes" in the centre and near the Cathedral is , as you say a must do! Very well known and appreciated locally a booking is useful at busy times however only a few minutes wait can be usefully spent in the Book and Antique shops in the vicinity. Certainly superb menu selection with recipes the way they used to be. We have kept our prices the same for a number of years and would love to have you visit us again soon when you can fit it in. The beach, the apartment and the great afternoon tea are all waiting for you!
Thanks again for your comments.
21 Feb 2013
"Ideal beachside apartment, in a perfect spot."
We found the property easily and the dedicated parking area. Could hear the sea from inside the apartment as it was so close. Everything needed was there for us to enjoy the break and the apartment was cosy and clean. Shops locally for most items all within the village and the post office was useful. We had reasonable weather and when not on the beach there was plenty to do around the locality. All in all had a good time and would be happy to go again.
Hi. Many thanks for taking the time to complete a review. I know you wanted a short visit and happy the weather was reasonable for you. Glad you found everything within the flat you required and yes! , you certainly can here the sea from within the flat. Visit us again soon it would be great to have you back.
6 Sep 2012
"Comfortable accomodation close to the beach"
Very pleasant apartment, clean and well equiped. The beds were comfortable. The Cornish biscuits were very welcome with our cup of tea after a long drive from Southampton. We were blessed with warm sunny weather for the weekend.
Many thanks for your review of the property.
We are pleased you found the apartment clean and comfortable. We like to welcome guests with local cornish biscuits and of course there is complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate just waiting for you. Great to hear you were blessed with good weather, as we often are when we visit. We have purchased new beds this year. one double and two singles, to improve your comfort still further.
It would be great to welcome you back again, whenever you can fit it in.
No price increase throughout 2013. Glad you had a good time
27 Aug 2012
"Great apartment very close to the sea - real sand in your shoes holiday"
We loved our stay at Stonesthrow. The apartment was nicely decorated with a nautical theme. Loved the fact that we could hear the waves breaking on the beach while drifting off to sleep! We have a … More
Many Thanks for taking the time to review the property.
We were pleased to hear that you had a good time and found everything in order. It is an excellent beach for young children as the gradual slope to the waters edge is easy for youngsters to handle. The Blue Bar is very much part of the Porthtowan scene providing excellent food, drink and entertainment throughout the summer. We would love to have you visit us again and our prices will remain the same for the rest of 2013.
Come back and visit soon!
24 Jul 2012
We were a bit disappointed with the apartment.
First of all I would like to mention the electricity meter. It's not a big deal, however since electricity is by £1 meter, I would like to make a point that there was £9, not £10, when we arrived. We were in the flat very little (our stay was 3 nights), cooked once or twice, and we almost used it all, so I wouldn't say it lasts a while unlike the owner says.
I must say this is the first time I came across this, where the electricity is not quite included in the holiday rental price.
Secondly, the shower tray was covered in mould, which obviously is not nice to look at. It's really not difficult to get rid of it, there are many products available in a supermarket that work great and in a rented property it just is not acceptable.
Thirdly, which is the main reason for the poor rating is the restaurant right at the front of the balcony with the prime sea view. It was not mentioned anywhere in the advert nor in the exchange of emails with the owner. We arrived, excited about our private balcony with a sea view only to discover we can barely open the window due to the restaurant smells coming directly into the flat (some vents were pointed directly at the balcony, plus there was direct smoke from frying machine located right next to the open back door. Additional vents on the roof didn't seem to be pushing any smoke out). Obviously sitting at the balcony wasn't even an option. I do appreciate there isn't much the owner can do about this, however making us aware of this would be a decent thing to do plus I don't feel the rental price reflected this. The pictures on the website do not reveal in any way, the flat is right at the back (2-3 meters) of a busy beach bar / restaurant with ventilators directed at the flat!
Otherwise, the flat was nice and clean, so if you want it as a base, then it can work, however if you're planning on staying around and enjoying your sea views from the balcony, you may not get a chance to do that.
Thank you for your comments.
Sorry that the meter had £9 credit and not £10. This is the normal amount for a week and using meters is pretty standard practice. As your stay was arrival day, two full days and a departure day we are surprised that you found the amount inadequate. Families of four who have stayed for a week have been happy with the amount. It really comes down to individual usage and their requirements. If you used more than £9 of electricity we would be happy to refund you the £1 you mentioned. We find that providing unlimited and free electricity can lead to waste which we do not want to encourage.
We have provided photos of the shower room and WC area so people can see for themselves the overall condition and cleanliness of the property. It is cleaned before and after every booking. We think that "covered" is incorrect and misleading and perhaps a more accurate word could have been used. Some difficult to reach corners have blackened and we will in any event remove the grouting and renew to avoid this issue in future. Again the guestbook does not mention this previously but your comments are valued.
The BlueBar is a well known and liked asset in Porthtowan with weddings and events regularly being held there.The close location of the BlueBar is a feature that most guests enjoy and we have provided photos from the balcony overlooking the BlueBar roof to the beach and sea. Again no adverse comments in the guestbook about the BluBar position and of course we are unable to do anything about that. We will alter the description somewhat to reflect your comments in case others may have an issue with this.
This is the first negative comment we have had about the apartment and whilst dissapointing we dont feel the comments are generally shared. All the comments made in the guestbook have been positive and many have repeated their bookings.
Thanks again for your review.
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