Porthledden at Cape Cornwall
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Looking for a luxury break on the stunning World Heritage coast of West Cornwall? Look no further than this fully restored entire wing of Porthledden House, the Edwardian Mansion set on the cliffs at Cape Cornwall near St Just and Sennen. The property is arranged over two floors and sleeps six in luxurious, secluded 3-bedroom accommodation including a first floor master suite with magnificent ocean views. Porthledden's guest wing is spacious with a floor area of 1658 square feet (154 square metres).
Appointed to a very high specification throughout with all mod cons including Wi-Fi, the holiday wing boasts a bespoke Rosen kitchen in a large open plan room that includes a generous dining area with a heated granite floor and high vaulted ceiling, 2 high-spec contemporary bathrooms, a separate utility room and spectacular ocean views from the sumptuous sitting room, the guest terrace and the first floor master bedroom suite. There are two additional ground floor double bedrooms. Beautifully appointed with its own private courtyard, guests can enjoy an ocean facing terrace and lawn to the west with spectacular 180 degree ocean views and al fresco dining. Porthledden showcases a selection of significant paintings by leading Cornish artists; both contemporary and traditional. The property is extremely private and yet offers easy walking access to the coves below for swimming, surfing or walking the neighbouring South West Coast Path between St Ives and Land's End.
Cape Cornwall's challenging 18-hole golf course neighbours the property to the south and Porthledden is just one mile from the thriving coastal town of St Just, five miles from Sennen Beach, nine miles from the famous Minack Theatre, ten miles from Penzance and twelve miles from St Ives. The house sits in a dramatic cliff top setting within both West Cornwall's World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Basking sharks, seals and dolphins are regularly seen in Porthledden Bay and Priest's Cove below the house which also features a rock cut tidal swimming pool. Cornish Choughs, Kites, Peregrine Falcons and Buzzards are common visitors to the 8 acres of grounds that surround the property.
The holiday wing accommodates six guests plus travel cot with ample parking for three cars. The property benefits from dimmable spot lighting throughout, geo-thermal underfloor heating supplemented with renovated period cast iron radiators. Built by Francis Oats, the first Chairman of De Beers and Cornish mining entrepreneur in 1908, the property was fully restored to a very high standard in 2013 and luxuriously fitted throughout. We regret to advise that pets are not allowed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Porthledden Cove 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay Airport 75 km, Nearest railway: Penzance 15 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||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The West Country region
Porthledden at Cape Cornwall is in Penwith; Cornwall's most westerly district which takes in the towns of St Ives, Penzance and St Just and extends as far as Land's End. Apart from the Cape, other regional highlights include St Michael's Mount, the Minack Theatre, St Ives (a beautiful town famous for its beautiful beaches and artistic heritage recognised in the Tate St Ives Gallery) and lovely seaside villages including Zennor and Mousehole.
Penwith is also blessed with many of Cornwall's finest beaches all of which are within easy and quick reach of the Apartment at Porthledden. These include Sennen Beach, Porthcurno and Porthmeor and Porthminster at St Ives.
The region has a rich artistic heritage from the Plein-Air painters of Newlyn and Lamorna to the British Modern Expressionist movement of St Ives.
The region is also famous for its proud tin mining heritage; Penwith was once a leading global source of tin and copper. The National Trust have restored and maintain many of these sites including their striking Engine Houses. English Heritage looks after many other more ancient Cornish monuments. These monuments have earned the north coast path including that adjacent to Porthledden, World Heritage Site status.
No trip to the region would be complete without a car drive or trip on the open-top buses along the coast hugging road from St Just to St Ives which was voted the best coast-road in the UK and one of the top such routes in Europe.
Summer, Spring and early autumn are usually mild to warm months but even winter, whilst more bracing, offers the chance to storm watch and wrap-up for thrilling beach and coast path walks with hot chocolate and mulled wine on offer in the many pubs and beach cafes.
Cape Cornwall is England's only cape. It is the start of a World Heritage Site which takes in the stunning north Cornwall Coast path; its cliffs, coves, beaches and 19th century tin mining engine houses and other heritage sites. The area is also designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Porthledden sits right above the Cape (100 years ago the Cape was part of the mansion's grounds - it was given to the British Nation by Heinz in the 1980s). On one side of the Cape lies Priest's Cove; a traditional fishing cove with colourful lobster boats pulled up on the slipway from which you can also swim and snorkel. There is also a manmade seawater swimming pool for bathing at low tide. On the other side of the Cape you'll find Porthledden Bay - a broad bay frequented by seals and at low tide you can explore the many rock pools.
Neighbouring Porthledden you'll see Cape Cornwall Golf Club - a challenging 18 hole links course with what must be some of the best views from any golf club. Visitors also welcome to make use of the dining facilities and licensed bar.
St Just is a 1 mile (1.6km) drive or walk - there are lovely green footpaths across fields and granite styles. In St Just you'll find everything you need for your stay with 2 food stores (including a very good Co-op which opens late and 7 days a week), 4 pubs (3 serve food), a doctors' surgery and pharmacy, food take-aways (Chinese and Fish & Chips), a bakery famous for Cornish Pasties, 2 butchers, a greengrocer, 2 cafes (one is also a bookshop), an ice-cream parlour, a post-office, 2 art galleries, a hairdresser and 3 churches.
The coast path is a walkers' heaven and each direction will take you to a treasure of sights from the famous Crowns engine houses which cling to the cliff face like a Lord of the Rings scene to Cot Valley and its remarkable smooth Ice-age boulders. Further west (5 miles) you'll find two of Cornwall's finest surf and swimming beaches, Sennen and Gwenver (both with life-guards).
Nature lovers should look out for the abundance of wild flowers, the returning population of Cornish Choughs (regular visitors to the roof and chimneys of Porthledden), Peregrine Falcons, Buzzards, seals and basking sharks.
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7 May 2014
"The most luxuriously appointed self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in"
Having stayed in the area for over 30 years it was an opportunity not to be missed to stay at Porthledden as, over the years, we have witnessed the building being revived from a derelict shell to its… More
6 May 2014
It has been a treat to stay in such a beautiful and comfortable apartment. The views are fantastic. We have had some super weather and have sat outside on the terrace enjoying the views. We have had a… More
22 Feb 2014
"Fantastic apartment in an amazing location."
We spent a week here to fulfil a long held dream of waking up in this house to the amazing view. The whole apartment is lovely and the suite particularly luxurious with an incredible view of the coas… More
18 Feb 2014
"You have to see it to believe it - it's that good!!"
We had the opportunity to stay at this amazing apartment last October for a week. A perfect family location with amazing scenery, views from the apartment and top service provided by the owners. The… More
24 Jan 2014
"Luxury and style at one of the best places to stay in Cornwall"
Stayed for a week in January, accommodation was absolutely fantastic and well suited to a family. The apartment was superb with great views of Cape Cornwall and the Scilly Isles and provided a good ba… More
28 Sep 2013
"Top quality residence, breathtaking views, unique location, attentive service!"
Located in an exquisite, rugged and historic region of Cornwall, we think that Porthledden is uniquely and ideally situated with stunning views of the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. The Cape Cornwall Luxury Apartment is tastefully decorated with attention given to every detail. The family made every effort to ensure that we had an unforgettable vacation. The apartment provided us with an ideal base for rambling along scenic coastal paths or through the fields, crossing ancient steps in the stone walls, as we headed into St. Just, a quaint village nearby where local Cornish Pasties are absolutely delicious. When we wished to venture further, picturesque, winding roads led to a number of tourist sites and towns in the area. We can't wait until our next visit!
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