Porthleven Harbour

Porthleven Harbour

Porthleven Beach

Porthleven Beach

Porthleven is a quintessential Cornish harbour village on Mounts Bay, just 10 miles east of Penzance and 3 miles west of Helston. The harbour dates from the Napoleonic era and is a picturesque scene of small fishing boats and surrounding historic buildings. The village is brimming with unique arts, crafts and gift shops, many with a nautical theme. Galleries, cafes, inns, restaurants and award-winning Quayside fishmongers cluster around the pretty harbour. Unspoilt Porthleven offers a relaxing holiday base ideal for families with its sandy beach and warm climate. The area is perfect for walking and cycling holidays. Within walking distance just east of the harbour village sits Cornwall's largest natural freshwater lake, Loe Pool, within the wooded Penrose Estate (National Trust). The lake is cut off from the Atlantic by a broad shingle bar, and within the estate there are many woodland paths and cycling trails to explore. The South West Coast Path also links into the Penrose Estate at Loe Bar.

Porthleven Pier

Porthleven Pier

Boat trips to Mullion Cove, fishing trips and kayaking are widely available around Porthleven harbour, and the village contains a superb choice of accommodation. Stay in luxury Gold Award holiday homes with sea views from terraces or book a cosy fisherman's cottage. Independent harbourside hotels offer magnificent coastal views and are just a short stroll from the beach. Porthleven has some stunning family friendly beachside cottages and holiday homes, many of which welcome pets. The beach with soft sands and shelving shingle sits adjacent to the village and harbour pier, and is a great spot to relax (bathing is not recommended as strong undercurrents are present here). The sea walls behind the beach were built to protect the cliffs. The outer harbour area of Porthleven is popular with experienced surfers. Head off along the coast path from the harbour for spectacular views of St Michael's Mount or when the tide is out take the easterly 3 mile walk from the beach towards the National Trust's Penrose Estate and Loe Pool.

Accommodation in Porthleven

  • Ashton   (3.5 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Prices from
    £150
    Per week (based on up to 6 sharing)
     
    Caravan and camping park just 2 miles from sandy beaches at Praa Sands, set in 12 acres with WiFi, dog walking fields and children's play park. Cots and highchairs available free.
     
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  • Penzance   (3.3 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Prices from
    £259
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Hoseasons Holiday Park in South Cornwall with great onsite leisure facilities available. Book online for great special offers
     
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  • Helston   (1.8 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £873
    Per week (seasonal)
     
    Luxury detached cottage in the heart of the Cornish countryside, ideal location for golfing destinations and 15 minutes from the beach. Near to pubs and restaurants.
     
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  • Helston   (1.8 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 6
    Prices from
    £986
    Per week (seasonal)
     
    Medieval granite farmhouse dating back to 1278, close to the beach and local villages. Private secluded garden with sub tropical plants. Dinner service available.
     
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  • Poldown   (2.5 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £332
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This detached, Scandinavian holiday lodge is ideally situated for visiting both the tranquil coves and creeks of the south, and rugged surfing beaches of the north coast. This a...
     
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  • Godolphin Cross   (3.7 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £314
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    With views across open countryside from 2 acres of pretty lawned gardens, Gwedna Barns is set in a secluded, wooded, rural spot, on a non-working farm and situated within a Worl...
     
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  • Trescowe   (4.4 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 6
    Prices from
    £399
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    Rural locationExcellent views
     
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  • Godolphin Cross   (3.7 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £314
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    With views across open countryside from 2 acres of pretty lawned gardens, Gwedna Barns is set in a secluded, wooded, rural spot, on a non-working farm and situated within a Worl...
     
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  • Trescowe   (4.4 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 6
    Prices from
    £352
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    Rural locationExcellent views
     
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  • Godolphin Cross   (3.7 miles from the centre of Porthleven)
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £314
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    With views across open countryside from 2 acres of pretty lawned gardens, Gwedna Barns is set in a secluded, wooded, rural spot, on a non-working farm and situated within a Worl...
     
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