Cornwall LivingIssue #79
Coastal escapes November 2018
Beautiful stays in Porthleven, Launceston and Gwithian.
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!
Sleeping six across three sumptuous bedrooms, Penlaurel is a stunning, all-white detached Grade II listed property with plenty of character features, just a mile outside
Inside, Penlaurel is infused with modern features, the interior comprising a kitchen sweeping around to a lounge area, with patio doors opening out onto mature gardens.
There’s plenty of room in the kitchen for those hoping to cook up a storm with Cornwall’s rich produce, plus a woodburning stove at the head of the table for everyone else to keep cosy over a board game.
Outside, as well as the mature gardens, you’ll find a hot tub that’s perfect all year round, but especially during the colder months, when you can simply sink into the
bubbles and gaze up at the clear night sky with a glass
of fizz in hand.
Equidistant from both the north and south coasts, this charming cottage is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends looking to explore the best that the Duchy has to offer. And there’s plenty on offer nearby to explore, from Tamar Otter Park, to the picturesque and highly sought-after towns either side of the Camel Estuary – Rock and Padstow. Arguably the foodie capital of Cornwall, Padstow, Rock and the wider north Cornwall area offer the perfect blend of breathtaking scenery, fine food and boutique shopping, meaning there’s something to cater for everybody.
If you’re looking to let your property, why not get in touch?
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.