Description from owner
TripAdvisor Property ID: 7231984
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.
Porthtowan is a short, easy drive from the main A30 through Cornwall and Seashells is easy to find in the village. There is a dedicated parking space outside and a few others available on a first come, first served basis. The nearest airport is at Newquay which is a half hour drive away and the nearest ferry port is Plymouth, roughly 1.5 hours away.
Buses serve the village regularly and Seashells is less than 5 minutes walk from the bus stop. The nearest train stations are Truro and Redruth, a short (15 min) taxi or bus ride away.
Interaction with guest
Access to the apartment is via a key safe outside so you can arrive and settle in at your leisure. I am available by email or phone during your stay should you encounter any issues or problems.