Cornwall LivingIssue #74
Coastal escapes July 2018
Our choice of Cornish getaways. This month we take a look at beautiful stays in Porthleven, Gwithian and Port Isaac.
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!
Gwithian House, Gwithian
The delightful village of Gwithian is a Cornish jewel set along the north coast, where you will find one of the coolest holiday homes around. Gwithian House has been recently renovated to an extremely radical and practical standard, and sleeps eight in four spacious bedrooms. This contemporary home exudes luxury as well as a relaxed and welcoming feel and has everything the modern family needs for an enjoyable holiday. Catering for families and groups of all sizes, Gwithian House has a wonderfully bright and airy open-plan living area, as well as a fabulous outdoor space that boasts a beautiful sunny patio complete with an al fresco dining table and a garden ready for all manner of games to be played on. This fantastic home provides every necessary mod con and ticks all the boxes for an excellent place to stay.
If you’re looking for breathtaking scenery to enjoy then you’re spoilt for choice on this beautiful stretch of coastline around St Ives Bay and the Godrevy Heritage Coast. Explore the miles of golden sand and coast path quite literally on your doorstep. You might even spot some of the local seals basking in the sun at Godrevy Point, looking out towards the iconic lighthouse. Whether you take to the water to try your hand at surfing or simply admire it from the shore, you’ll find yourself contented in this idyllic location.
Crow’s Nest, Port Isaac
This fabulous bolthole, nestled in the archetypal Cornish seaside village of Port Isaac on the north coast, has been refurbished to a very high standard. You’ll be wowed by the cool, contemporary interiors, sympathetically updated to provide the ultimate in modern comforts whilst retaining the best features and the character of a fisherman’s cottage. Relax in comfort in the vibrant living area with its vaulted ceiling, taking in the stunning views or snuggling down by the wood burner.
The two bedrooms, a double and a super king double/twin room, have been decorated with a calm colour palette, thick carpets and full curtains to create a relaxing home feel. The kitchen
diner is enhanced by the feature Cornish stone wall and wood burner, while the private courtyard garden is perfect for al fresco dining. Sit, relax and enjoy a book with the sounds of the coast as a background.
Crow’s Nest is just a minute’s walk from the harbour and the centre of the village. Watch the daily catch arrive before purchasing a lobster for your evening meal or some fresh fish at a variety of excellent restaurants and cafés. What’s more, there are plenty of local shops, boutiques and galleries as well as an abundance of stunning walks on and around the coastline.