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Cornwall - Porthleven

Porthleven is a town, civil parish and fishing port near Helston in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is the most southerly port on the island of Great Britain,[1] and was originally developed as a harbour of refuge, when this part of the Cornish coastline was recognised as a black spot for wrecks in days of sail. Nearby Loe Bar was particularly infamous, with swimmers and surfers being warned off the area to this day.
Historically and for local government purposes, Porthleven was included within the town boundaries of nearby Helston. After years of growth, it now has its own town council. Its population recorded by the United Kingdom Census 2001 was 3,190.
Including tourists and surfers would swell that number considerably. Porthleven has exploited its location and exposure to powerful swells to become one of the best-known and highly-regarded surfing spots in Britain. Waves often exceeding 2 metres break on the shallow reef that was shaped by blasting the harbour. Due to the prevailing westerly winds it was very easy for a ship under sail to get trapped in the bay and be cast up on the rocks at the small fishing coves of Mullion, Kynance and the Lizard.

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Anne Russell Holiday Cottages

Tel: 01326 562264

Our traditionally built harbour side luxury cottages are right at the heart of Porthleven. Just a stone’s throw from the sea and local facilities, the properties enjoy the best possible position in this beautiful fishing village.

An easy stroll, on level ground, will take you in minutes to the village ice cream parlour, pubs, restaurants and art galleries, or to Porthleven’s stunning beach with views along the south Cornish coast to Mounts Bay – a spectacular spot from which to watch the setting sun.

Those wishing to explore will find plenty to delight with superb National Trust coastline walks and the famous Loe Pool and its bird life right on the doorstep. Just beyond Porthleven, the National Seal Sanctuary, Flambards Theme Park and the Poldark Mine World Heritage site are just a few of the local activities on offer.

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Niche Retreats

Just one of our many retreats

Tel: 01872 870675

Exceptional holiday cottages in Porthleven and idyllic Cornwall, just perfect for your holiday home away from home!

Luxury, style, comfort and location, Niche Retreats offers you just that, through the wide selection of luxury self catering cottages we have available in beautiful Cornwall. From contemporary waterside properties in Porthleven, traditional Cornish cottages and exquisite lodges to unconventional buildings, such as historic engine houses, Niche Retreats has the perfect holiday hideaway waiting just for you.

Porthleven Holiday Cottages - Niche Retreats have eight luxury holiday cottages in the charming port town of Porthleven, whose historic harbour dates back over 200 years. Our Porthleven retreats boast unbeatable sea views and are ideally located to make all the town’s facilities just a short stroll away.

Cornwall Holiday Cottages - As well as our Porthleven holiday cottages, we offer a glorious portfolio of properties in Caerhays Castle and Gardens - a fabulous seaside estate on Cornwall's South Coast Roseland Peninsula.


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The Gables

Tel: 01326 574816

The 2 bedroom self catering apartment in Porthleven, South West Cornwall is on the first floor with its own separate entrance. There is a balcony with table and chairs, and off-road parking for one vehicle is provided in the grounds of the property. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement*.

The Gables is one of the oldest properties in the pretty fishing village of Porthleven. It is privately owned and divided into two flats, with the proprietors living on the ground floor. It is close to shops, cafes, restaurants and local amenities and only 2-3 minutes walk from the picturesque harbour, beyond which is the beach.

The accommodation sleeps 5 people and comprises: balcony, lobby, dining area, kitchen/lounge, shower room with WC and wash basin. There are two bedrooms. The large main bedroom has a double bed and a single folding bed if required. The 2nd bedroom has a triple sleeper bunk bed, i.e. a 4′ wide double underneath a single upper.

*Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but not on the furniture please. We also ask that you ensure your dog is not left alone in the property at any time.


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