You couldn’t get closer to the South West Coastal Path if you tried. This 450-year-old fisherman’s cottage in Cornwall has a glass conservatory overlooking the sea and it has its own steps leading directly down to Porthallow Beach.
Despite its age, the cottage comes equipped with mod cons to ensure an effortless break. Just be warned, that steep stairs accesses the sleeping quarters.
It is situated near St Keverne, a parish steeped in history on the famous Lizard Peninsula. There is room for five people and a dog and while it might be coast-focused there is more than enough to do inland too.
At A Glance
One Dog Allowed
Pets - No Charge
Pub Within 1 Mile
Flat Screen TV
On the ground floor this is the living and dining room with a multi-fuel burner, Freeview and DVD player. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the cottage.
Two steps lead to the slate-floor kitchen with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. The glass conservatory has doors leading straight onto the patio for sun downers, even when it is a little nippy thanks to a wood burning chiminea.
The bathroom is on the ground floor and has a shower over the path. Upstairs there are three bedrooms – a double with doors onto a balcony with sea views, a twin and a single. There is private parking for one car.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Porthallow
There’s nothing most dogs like better than to go on a walk with their owners and these three should please both human and hounds: St Keverne to Porthallow, 3.3 miles – a circular walk through woodland and meadows, an area first settled in the Dark Ages by Celtic monks; Porthallow to Gillan, 4.4 miles – walk up Gillan Creek from Porthallow via Nare Point, famous for being a decoy for Falmouth Harbour during World War II.
Ealing Film Studious created a fake railway, vernacular houses and even explosive special effects; Coverack to St Keverne, 5.7 miles – this will take you past Manacles Reef, otherwise known as the Graveyard of a 1000 Ships.
Roskillys Farm is just outside St Keverne. It produces some of the best Cornwall ice cream, yoghurts, fudges and sorbets and jams. From Roskillys, where you can watch the cows being milked and enjoy a light lunch in the Croust House Café, there’s a good selection of walking trails.
During the summer the farm stays open until 9pm and you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas from an outdoor oven. It also has free music events during warmer months, so check out its website to see what’s on www.roskillys.co.uk
The farm is at Tregallast Barton, about a mile south of St Keverne.
You are right in the thick of all things art. St Ives is only a 40-minute drive and here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to art galleries and pottery studios. There’s St Ive’s Tate above Porthmeor Beach in its distinctive building, sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s Museum and Gardens and Leach Pottery, just to name a few.
Check to see which galleries are dog friendly. A suggestion is to put a family member on dog duty, while you take time out to visit a gallery or two. There is plenty of sea and sand Fido can enjoy while you get your art fix.
A holiday with sand, sea, woodland, meadows, art galleries and history abound in and around the cottage.
If your pooch can manage the long drive (unless you are lucky enough to be coming from somewhere close by) to this beautiful part of the world then it is a guarantee that your family and your pet are in for a perfect holiday.
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