Our choice of Cornish coastal getaways in Porthleven, Manaccan and Mounts Bay
Customs House Loft, Porthleven
This delightful first floor apartment can be found on Porthleven’s harbourside, housed in a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 1840s. The village is a fantastic base from which to explore the local area, if you can pull yourself away from its excellent selection of restaurants and cafés. There’s a sandy beach here too and excellent crabbing can be had from the harbour wall.
The small doorway up to the apartment belies what hides behind and as you wind your way up the stairs you’ll soon find out why. The apartment, which sleeps four, is bright, spacious and has been carefully decorated with marine-inspired tones to complement the coastal location. The two bedrooms, both with en suites, offer an oasis of calm with the addition of White Company towels and bedding and an Atlantic blanket carefully folded at the end of each bed. The living/dining area is vast with a triptych of windows that frame the view out onto the harbour. It’s all about the detail here with two comfortable chairs perfectly placed in front of the middle window, which you can open up on a summer’s evening to enjoy the view while sipping a glass of something cold. Binoculars are provided for dolphin spotting in summer and storm watching in winter, and your four-legged friend (the property is dog-friendly) gets their very own basket of blankets. You’ll also be greeted on arrival with a freshly baked cream tea, courtesy of your charming host Louise. Holidays don’t come much better than this!
Set on the edge of Manaccan, near Frenchman’s Creek, immortalised in Daphne du Maurier’s beloved novel, this semi-detached, 19th century cottage enjoys far-reaching views towards the Lizard peninsula.
The interior, having been lovingly refurbished, is full of charm and character, including internal windows as well as vaulted and beamed ceilings.
Three bedrooms comfortably sleep five and downstairs, the living room, with
its own woodburner in a traditional Cornish inglenook, is perfect on those cooler evenings when all you want to do
is get cosy.
Nearby, at Gillan Cove’s stunning natural harbour, you’ll find boating facilities and parking, which is great if you want to make the most of this fantastic spot; why not enjoy a picnic overlooking the bay towards Falmouth. Bring the rods too, and wait for your float to dive under – at high tide it’s lovely for a spot of fishing!
If you like nothing more than lacing up your walking boots and getting outdoors, Trerise is well set for making the most of the stunning Cornish coastline on the South West Coast Path. Explore the spectacular reaches of Cornwall’s coastal landscape, discovering more about its intriguing history.
So, if you want to explore by day and get cosy by night, get in touch with the Helpful Holidays team and start planning your trip to Trerise.
Thornleigh Cottage, Mountís Bay
Deep in hedgerow lanes down a gravel road sits Thornleigh Cottage, a hidden gem and the perfect base for your south Cornwall holiday. This beautiful country cottage, sleeping up to nine guests, is set in a large secluded garden and has recently been renovated to cleverly combine heritage and modernity.
Situated beautifully on the south coast, the foodie haven and historic fishing harbour, Porthleven is just ten minutes away, and just 15 minutes the other way is the mile-long sandy beach of Praa Sands, meaning you can enjoy the best of both!
The coastal path along this stretch of coastline is varied and dramatic and along it you’ll find the iconic Wheal Prosper mine engine house at Rinsey (used in the filming of Poldark), as well as Prussia Cove, a haunt for real smugglers many years ago. You are also on the doorstep of the Lizard peninsula and the Helford, and 25 minutes away are St Ives and Falmouth. The hardest part will be knowing where to start!