Description from owner
Seashells Porthtowan is a light and airy first floor apartment with panoramic sea views from the lounge and kitchen windows. In Summer you can check the waves or watch the sun set over the sea from the living room couch. In winter you can snuggle up and watch the spectacular rough seas.
Seashells is in a quiet location in the laid back coastal village of Porthtowan on the North Cornwall coast, a stone's throw from it's beautiful blue flag surf and family beach. The apartment sleeps 4 in a double room, small twin room with bunk beds, bathroom with over bath electric shower and open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area overlooking the beach.
Everything is available on your doorstep, so you can leave the car at home and spend the whole week barefoot if you prefer. Surf lessons and hire, beachside bar restaurant, village pub, play park, shop, ice-cream parlour and fish and chips are all a short stroll away. The South West Coast Path is on your doorstep and sea kayaking tours operate nearby (5 minute drive). In winter enjoy exhilarating beach and cliff-top walks straight from your door before snuggling up in the village pub (no need for a designated driver) or back at home to enjoy the view.
The coastal resorts of Perranporth and Newquay, the beautiful cathedral city of Truro and the lovely seaside town of St Ives are all just 20 minutes away.
We like to provide all the things that are important to us when we go on holidaya great price, early arrival time, all the basics to get you started and lots of little touches to make your stay extra special. Bedlinen and towels (not beach towels), warm cosy throws, books, games and DVDs, washing machine, tumble dryer, wifi, travel cot and highchair are all provided. Electricity is included (no coin/key meter). There is allocated parking just outside.
Come and spend a week by the beach in our little apartment!
Beds: 1 Double Bed, 2 Twin Beds, 1 Crib
About the area
Porthtowan village has a relaxed beach vibe and the award winning beach is very popular with families, body boarders and surfers. The beach is lifeguarded in the summer months (Easter, May - September) and there are separate surfing and swimming/bodyboarding areas. Children will love the sea pool hewn into the rocks and the beach also offers great rock pooling. Surf school and hire is available in the village and sea kayaking tours operate from nearby Trevaunance Cove.
The Blue Bar and Porthtowan Beach Cafe are great places to watch the sunset over the sea while you enjoy a relaxing drink or dinner. The Blue bar often has live music in the evenings but is family friendly until 9pm, and Porthtown Beach cafe has themed evenings in the summer (eg thai or mexican feast night, Friday burger night). The Unicorn pub is next to the playpark so you can enjoy lunch/dinner or a drink while your little ones play. The playpark can also be viewed from the apartment, allowing parents to relax at home while older children go out to play. Everything is within easy walking distance including the village shop and fish and chips.
Porthtowan is in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Area and the views of the old engine houses on the cliffs are striking. The South West Coast Path is right on your doorstep and offers great walking and spectacular views. There is a lovely walk from Porthtowan along the cliff path to the National Trust cafe at Chapel Porth. On very low tides it is possible to walk back along the beach (please check with the lifeguard if you are unsure). Keep an eye out for dolphins which sometimes frolick in the waves just off the beach.
There is also a geat walk around the headland at Goodrevy to view the lighthouse and the beach where the seals have made their home. The little National Trust cafe there serves delicious lunches, coffees and cakes.
The little village of St Agnes, 10 minutes away, is lovely, with little craft shops, local produce and a gorgeous little church. There is a great murder mystery trail round the village. The village and nearby Trevaunance Cove are also home to many great cafes, pubs, restaurants and bistros.
The seaside town of St Ives is well worth exploring. Take a stroll around the traditional harbour and enjoy the great beaches, little individual shops, great restaurants and Tate St Ives gallery.
For shops, bars, restaurants and theatre, head for the beautiful cathedral city of Truro for a great day or evening out.
The North coast resorts of Perranporth and Newquay have some fabulous beaches for families and surfers and a great cafe culture to enjoy while you soak up the sun.
Heartlands is a great free visitor attraction located at an old mine working in the heart of nearby Pool. There is an adventure playground, arts and crafts workshops, gardens, cafe and very interesting visitor centre dedicated to the mining way of life.
Other family attractions include: the Cornish Cyder Farm (5 miles), Holywell Bay Fun Park (8 miles), Flambards Theme Park (14 miles) and the Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay (14 miles).
There are several National Trust Properties in the area, including East Pool Mine, Trelissick and Glendurgan gardens, Godolphin House, Trengwainton garden, Levant Mine and beam engine and Trerice house and gardens.
Falmouth Maritime Museum has some very interesting displays and often has activities for children in the school holidays (crabbing off their pier is a favourite).
The famous Eden Project, with its tropical and mediterranean 'biomes', is about 30 miles away. It also offers acres of outdoor gardens to explore, with lots of little paths, quirky climbing frames, water features and other things to amuse little ones, and has a great cafe and shop. It often has extra family activities during the school holidays.
The main attraction is Porthtowan's beautiful beach, with its great surf, fantastic rock pooling and crystal clear sea pool for a quick dip. Surf school and hire are available in the village if you're feeling adventurous.
There are some fabulous walks straight from your door, whether it be over the cliffs, with their spectacular views, to nearby Chapel Porth for ice-cream, or along the wide open sands at low tide, exploring the sea caves as you go.
Children will love the little sandy playpark, which is right next to The Unicorn village pub and can also be viewed from Seashells.
There is also a large open sandy area behind the beach which is great for kite flying.
Blue bar/restaurant, The Unicorn village pub, Porthtowan Beach Cafe and Moomaid ice-cream parlour are all great places for a tempting snack, drink or meal.
Friday (gourmet) burger night at the beach cafe is a favourite for us, and they also offer themed evenings such as mexican or thai feast night.
The food at Blue bar/restaurant is good and the view of the beach and sea is hard to beat, especially at sunset.
The Unicorn is a bit quieter and offers great pub food, and is next to the playpark.
Moomaid ice-cream parlour is one of the best we have tried and offers all kinds of fantastic flavours. Lemon curd, dark chocolate and salted caramel/honeycomb are among our favourites and their raspberry sorbet is also hard to beat.
There is a bus stop in the village centre, about a 5 minute walk from Seashells, served by buses from Redruth, Truro and St Agnes.
There are mainline train stations in Redruth and Truro, about 20 mins from Porthtowan.
By car Porthtowan is an easy journey, about a 10 minute drive from the main A30 through Cornwall.