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The Portloe Boathouse

Holiday Cottage in Portloe, Cornwall

Sleeps 4
Sea views
Beach within walking distance
Pub within walking distance
WiFi
Parking available
Garden
2 or more bath/shower rooms
Fishing available
Sunday change over
 
The Portloe Boathouse possesses probably the most astonishing view of any holiday cottage in Cornwall! Perched right on the cliff overlooking the delightful little harbour at this magical village on the Roseland Peninsula, this is simply, in our opinion one of the most amazing places to stay in Cornwall.
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5

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2017-10-10
Ann from Ipswich stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in September
A wonderful place to stay in in a stunning location with many interesting walks. The hosts made it feel as though you were visiting old friends.
4.8

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 4
Review Date: 2017-10-06
Richard from Eastleigh stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in September
We've stayed in Portloe many times but this was our first time in the Boathouse. A really special place. A touch of luxury with arguably the best views in the village, if not the whole Roseland Peninsula!
4.8

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 4
Review Date: 2017-06-20
Michael from Buckingham stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in June
The title says it all so why do I need to use 100 characters - purely pointless .................................................
5

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2016-09-19
Chris from South Ockendon stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in August
We stayed at the Portloe Boathouse for a week, and loved every minute of it. We swam in the sea, visited nearby beaches, ports and castles, and ate dinner on the balcony. It was heaven!
5

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2015-09-30
Sonia from Wallsend stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in September
We spent a week at The Boathouse whilst visiting from Australia in September and it truly was a week in heaven. The house is in a perfect location, perched above a small cove which we swam in most days. Everything we could have wanted was there for us and more - it was comfortable, beautifully furnished and in the most peaceful location one could wish for. Ten out of ten from us!
4.3

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 4
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 4
Condition 4
Location 5
Value For Money 4
Review Date: 2015-09-22
Martin from Cheltenham stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in September
We have been aware of this property for a number of years having passed it on the SW Coast Path and admired it from the cliff opposite so when we realised it was rentable were very keen to discover what it was really like to stay in such idyllic surroundings. The accommodation is spacious and quirky with some lovely art on display. The piece de resistance is the large balcony that almost overhangs the lovely Portloe harbour. If you're not careful you can spend far too long here just drinking in the sound and sights of the ever changing seascape and watching the fishermen coming and going in their boats. If you're lucky like us you may even get a grey seal wallowing about at the bottom of the private slipway that leads down on to a little beach exposed at low tide. It's seaside heaven with a glass or three and a good book. The garden is also very cleverly laid out with its own stream rushing down into the sea A large side garden is an added bonus for enjoying a bit of evening sunshine and there are lots of little terraced areas and lawns where you can perch and absorb the ambience (however I imagine this area would be a nightmare for parents with small children as there are lots of unprotected drops). Some aspects of the decor are arguably in need of refreshment but this is obviously subjective and will change with time. Lack of a microwave and washing machine is a bit disappointing but we understand this is being addressed at some point. Undoubtedly a very special place to holiday.
4.7

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 4
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 4
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2015-08-25
Guest from Ashford stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in August
Portloe Boathouse occupies the most stunning position overlooking the bay. We were there with our 4 grown-up children (a rare treat for us all to be together). Despite changeable weather we took every opportunity possible to sit on the balcony to enjoy the wonderful views, and when too wet to sit outside, it was therapeutic to watch the bay from the comfort of the spacious lounge. It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the Boathouse, but we enjoyed our visit to St Mawes and 3 trips to the northern coast for body boarding (St Agnes was our favourite surf beach, where there's also a great seafood takeaway). We loved exploring the beautiful (hilly!) coastal path walks in both directions from the Boathouse and the younger contingent cycled and jogged on the (hilly!) roads around Portloe. Our boys spent hours fishing in the bay (and managed to catch Pollock and mackerel for supper - twice!) We met Hilary and Dom, who were very welcoming and helpful during our time at the Boathouse. The most idyllic place imaginable for a family get-away.
4.8

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 4
Review Date: 2015-06-09
Guest from Offingen stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in May
Perfect! 100% as shown on the pictures! Did lot of sightseeing during the day so enjoyed the good quality of the kitchen equipment -> stayed at "home"
5

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2015-05-26
Guest from Knoxville stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in May
Sight unseen, the Portloe Boathouse far exeeded our expectations in just about every category. Portloe is a delightful little village, The Boathouse was in a superior location for views and access. The cottage itself was a real jewel. Two couples from Tennessee spent a week here in May 2015. Two of us were hikers, so we really enjoyed hiking along the coast. The coastal path ran right next to the house. Relaxing on the deck with some "adult" beverages was a highlight. I doubt one can do much better for accomodations anywhere on the Coast of Cornwall. John from Tennessee
5

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2015-05-05
M from Scunthorpe stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in April
If looking for a place to fall in love with then stay here. In good or bad weather it is a property that until now only existed in fairy tales. Perfection !
5

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 5
Service and Staff 5
Comfort 5
Condition 5
Location 5
Value For Money 5
Review Date: 2015-04-14
Guest from Brussels stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 7 nights in April
We had a wonderful week here at Easter - the views are even better than in the photos - really quite a unique experience, the house is beautifully fitted out, and the owners were very helpful... The parking spot was a bit tight, although others seemed to manage it fine and there was plenty of space in the nearby car park.
4.3

out of 5

Recommended
Cleanliness 4
Service and Staff 4
Comfort 5
Condition 4
Location 5
Value For Money 4
Review Date: 2014-09-01
Guest from Huntingdon stayed at The Portloe Boathouse for 10 nights in August
The boathouse is in a wonderful spot with fantastic views, peace and quiet abound. It is far enough off the beaten track for the village to have few tourists and it is a hidden gem that can only be found by the few to keep it's magic.
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Portloe is one of those quintessential little Cornish fishing villages, beautifully positioned around a stunning little cove and harbour. Like many such villages, smuggling played a large part in Portloe's history with many tales of cat and mouse games played between locals and the authorities! In 1824, the problem became so bad that Customs ordered the construction of a Watch House, boathouse and slipway in a vain attempt to deter the illicit trade. The Boathouse is a conversion of this historic property and has been a family home for many years. It is now offered as a unique holiday home with quite incredible views from the sitting room, stunning glass fronted balcony and master bedroom. It is an undeniably beautiful location where you can relax, enjoy the views, ramble on the dramatic coastal footpath, swim in the clear waters of the little harbour from the bottom of your own slipway, fish from the rocks and sleep to the sound of the waves below!

The Portloe Boathouse is set out over two floors, very comfortably furnished in a classical style. The sitting room of course benefits from the amazing views which can be enjoyed in all weathers from the comfort of your armchair. Possibly in adverse weather, the view is even more dramatic and it is a great place to enjoy some storm watching! Throughout the house, there is plenty of space from the kitchen to the huge master bedroom and it has a really comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Access to the slipway and cove below is direct from the garden, although please bear in mind that this is at your own risk. You are welcome to bring a kayak or boat to leave on the slipway for the duration of your holiday.

In staying at the Portloe Boathouse, you will be assured of a very special holiday!

Acccommodation
Ground Floor: Entrance lobby leading into the dining room with the fully fitted kitchen leading off. The dramatic sitting room is beyond.
First Floor: Master double bedroom with king sized bed, en-suite with bath with over bath power shower & WC. The master bedroom has blinds on all windows except for the main front window which does not have curtains or blinds and the Owner prefers to enjoy that fabulous view! The second twin bedroom has a good sized wardrobe and there is a family bathroom & WC.
Exterior: A back door from the kitchen leads to the path to the slipway and has a lovely stream running past.

Facilities & Services
Heating is via oil fired central heating throughout. The fireplace in the sitting room is NOT operational. The kitchen is equipped with a range of cupboards, electric oven & hob, dishwasher, and fridge / freezer. Please bear in mind that there is NO washing machine or microwave. The lounge has a TV and built in DVD player. The property benefits from SuperFast WiFi throughout.

Miscellaneous
Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels are all included but you will need to provide your own beach towels. We regret that dogs are not permitted. We regret no smoking is permitted. A parking space is available immediately outside although this is only accessed from one direction so if arriving in Portloe from the north, you will need to turn around next to the church. The access lane is quite steep and narrow.

General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is a Sunday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£200 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.




Portloe is considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of the Roseland peninsula and one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. Its steep sided valleys has meant that it has managed to escape development over the years and many buildings differ little from when they were built. Sir John Betjeman said of Portloe "One of the least spoiled and most impressive of Cornish fishing villages". Portloe is an ideal place to stay on the Roseland Peninsula.

It is wonderfully quiet and peaceful, yet it has a really good local pub & hotel. The village itself is only a short drive from the other villages such as St Mawes. The city of Truro is also within a 25 minute drive.

The Lugger Hotel with its excellent restaurant is only a few steps away and the Ship Inn is a short walk. The New Inn at Veryan serves food. There is also the Portloe Tea Room nearby. There is no general store in Portloe, however there are shops at Veryan (1.4 miles) and a Londis store at Bessy Beneath (3 miles). Further pubs, shops & restaurants are also available in Tregony, Ruan Lanihorne, Portscatho & St Mawes.
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