Cornwall LivingIssue #75

Destination Porthleven

Discover this beautiful location and foodie haven that is fast becoming one of Cornwall’s top property hotspots.

Porthleven, mainland Great Britain’s most southerly port, sits on the south Cornish coast between the Lizard peninsula and Mount’s Bay. The harbour town originally developed as a refuge from the fierce swells and prevailing westerly winds that batter the coastline and is still used by local fishermen today. As you wander along the harbour, the still waters within bely the powerful swell out to sea that batters the coastline every year. The summer sees much calmer conditions with swell gently rocking fishing boats but winter storms see huge waves cresting above the harbour walls and hitting against the clock tower – an image that has made Porthleven famous and hints at the area’s tendency for shipwrecks in the past.

“Like almost a third of Cornwall, Porthleven sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”

Porthleven is fast becoming a foodie hotspot and hosts its own annual food and music festival every April to celebrate great food, in an even better location. The harbour is dotted with excellent restaurants and pubs such as Kota, Rick Stein and the Ship Inn. Located at the end of the harbour, the Ship has a quirky outside seating area that mimics the decks of a ship wrapping up the cliff behind the pub and ending at the crow’s nest, which boasts a great view out over the harbour, providing a novel way to enjoy a pint in the sun. Just outside the mouth of the harbour is the Porthleven reef break, one of the finest in the UK and extremely popular with experienced surfers who visit from all over the world.

Like almost a third of Cornwall, Porthleven sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The South West Coast Path goes through the town, heading westwards towards Penzance and Land’s End, and eastwards past Loe Bar and towards the Lizard peninsula. Located on the cliffs in front of Porthleven beach is 180 Degrees Blue (guide price: £1,250,000), a stunning property currently on the market with Savills. Named after the incredible 180-degree views of the ocean and surrounding coastline, this is an exceedingly modern property that spans over three floors and is a fantastic example of contemporary architecture. The house has six spacious bedrooms, including an en suite master bedroom and a guest suite with access onto the first floor balcony. The living space is modern and open plan with stainless steel features and large white tiles. Plus, both the kitchen and living room boast panoramic sea views and bi-fold doors leading out to the deck in front of the property. The large decking area provides the perfect space to relax with friends and family in the warm summer sun. Enjoy barbeques with the incredible views out to sea and relax in the hot tub on those chillier evenings with a glass of bubbly in hand. There’s even an outdoor shower so you can wash the salt and sand off your skin with the sun beating down on you.

Located right next to the beach, you can head out for a morning swim and return to the house for a shower in the sun, or take a leisurely stroll along the South West Coast Path before heading into Porthleven for some local fare. This property really is a gem on the coast and provides the ultimate base from which to explore this beautiful area of Cornwall. With such spacious accommodation, it can easily be transformed into a family home or continue running as a successful holiday let. So, if you’re interested in waking up to a gentle sea breeze every morning from the comfort of your own luxurious bedroom, then get in touch with the team at Savills today.

"Like almost a third of Cornwall, Porthleven sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"