Cornwall LivingIssue #87

Coastal escapes July 2019

Beautiful stays in Porthleven, Port Gaverne and St Ives.

Customs House Loft, Porthleven

Nestled by the harbour in Porthleven and housed in a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 1840s, the Customs House Loft sleeps four in bright and spacious luxury. The apartment has been carefully decorated with marine-inspired tones, complementing its coastal locale, and you’ll quickly realise that for hosts John and Louise, it’s all about the detail.

Each of the two bedrooms is an oasis of calm, with White Company towels and bedding and an Atlantic blanket carefully folded on each bed. For those staying with their furry friend, dogs are given their very own basket of blankets to help them feel at home, while human guests are greeted with a freshly baked cream tea, courtesy of owner and charming host, Louise.

Into the vast living and dining area and you’ll quickly notice two comfortable chairs, set before a beautiful triptych of windows that frame the gorgeous harbour views. There are even binoculars provided, equally ideal for dolphin spotting and storm watching!

The village itself is a fantastic base from which to explore, boasting an excellent selection of restaurants and cafés. For beach days, Porthleven’s sandy beach lies just moments from your door, perfect for buckets and spades, and dog friendly on its eastern side all year round.

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Rashleigh Cottage, Port Gaverne 

Little Port Gaverne is unknown to many, but nestles right beside its famous neighbour Port Isaac. Here you’ll find Rashleigh Cottage – a beautifully bright and spacious retreat with its own private terrace, enjoying sea views from comfortable garden furniture. This dog-friendly cottage sleeps six, and is a literal stone’s throw from the excellent village pub and pebbled beach – a perfect location for a family holiday to Cornwall.

The newly refurbished character cottage boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that open onto a beautiful al fresco dining area. You’ll find professionally styled soft furnishings, period charm
and subtle modern touches throughout the property.

Just a five-minute stroll up the road brings you to Port Isaac, of Doc Martin fame, with its charming working harbour, high-end restaurants and picturesque cobbled streets. Sip a gin and tonic on the harbour in the evening sunshine, or grab a pizza to take back to Rashleigh and enjoy on your private terrace as the sun sets over the Atlantic. Experience an early morning stroll along the coast path, or phone Cornish Rock Tors and spend a day out in the water on a SUP or kayak – the perfect way to spend your retreat to Cornwall.

Rashleigh is available to book all year round, from less than £75 per person for a week’s stay. Be sure to choose your dates today!

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Blue Water, St Ives 

Located in the buzzing seaside town of St Ives, this two-bedroom apartment stays true to its name with stunning views of St Ives harbour and out to sea. The living room is flooded with the deep blues, sparkling turquoises and crystal clear waters of the ocean, set against the backdrop of an ever-changing sky, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of this iconic seascape from the comfort of a beautiful and contemporary apartment.

As tough as it may be to tear your eyes from the mesmerising views, St Ives has a wealth of places to be explored from Blue Water’s doorstep, with Carbis Bay, Porthmeor and Porthminster beaches all just a stone’s throw away.

St Ives is renowned for its art scene with individual galleries scattered through the town, culminating with the Tate St Ives, which is situated overlooking Porthmeor beach. With a buzzing food scene as well, you can couple your gallery explorations with a leisurely lunch at one of the many cafés and restaurants and top it off with a sea swim or an afternoon at the beach. A stay in this Cornish apartment allows you to experience a taste of Cornish life at its finest in one of Cornwall’s most picturesque seaside towns. Don’t take our word for it though; book now to experience the beauty of Blue Water for yourself.

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