This lovely room is flooded with light.
Sit out on the terrace for breakfast, lunch and dinner and enjoy those views across the Penrose Estate.
The kitchen sits between the dining-room and sitting-room, all in all a very social space.
Just look at the view from the master bedroom.
The fantastic kitchen is a pleasure to cook in.
The views over the surrounding countryside including the Penrose Estate down to the Loe.
Dining with that view and with the doors open you can bring the outside in on a sunny day.
This pretty semi-detached cottage is located at the end of the driveway.
The gorgeous master bedroom.
The en suite shower-room to the master bedroom (Bedroom 1).
The hallway leads upstairs to the bedrooms and through to the sitting-room, kitchen and dining-room.
The family bathroom is on the first floor.
The single room would suit an adult or child and has plenty of storage.
The single bedroom is across the landing from the master bedroom.
There are lovely touches throughout the cottage.
This super cottage was built on the site of the old sand school.
Looking back at the cottage from the end of the garden.
The wall-mounted wood-burner gives a cosy glow all year round.
Get comfy on the sofa after a day out on the beach or exploring.
The views from the dining-table are just as good.
This lovely calm space is perfect for relaxing with family and friends.
The downstairs cloakroom.
The double bedroom (Bedroom 2)
The bathroom is right next door to the double bedroom at the front of the cottage.
What a view from the bedroom, the market town of Helston on your left and the Penrose Estate straight ahead.
The garden has a privacy screen between the cottage and next door.
The pretty harbour at Porthleven is surrounded by wonderful places to eat and drink.
Spend some time exploring the cafes, restaurants and little shops or just taking in the views.
Watch the fishing boats return with their catch.
From the cottage you can take the route through the Penrose Estate to Loe Bar by foot or bicycle (bring your own or hire locally)
Watch the changing of the seasons whatever time of year you visit, the estate is a very peaceful place to explore by foot or bicycle.
One of the old stables is now a cafe, perfect for a stop for some light refreshments.
The Penrose Estate wraps around the lake at Loe Bar, such a pretty area with paths through the woods.
The stunning harbour at Porthleven.
The beach at Porthleven is long and sandy but not safe for swimming due to the strong currents.

The Old Sand School


1.5 miles NE of Porthleven / Sleeps 5 + cot

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May 2019

A brilliant property, perfect for families with small children. We had a very good stay and will be recommending.

February 2019

Fabulous cottage. Very clean. Very well equipped. Home from home.

October 2018

The Old Sand School is a lovely ‘home from ‘home’ cottage. It has everything you need to relax after a day visiting the local beaches: a massive squashy sofa, a lovely log burner, an incredibly well equipped kitchen and a dining room overlooking the most gorgeous view. There is a nice patio area in the garden if the weather is good enough. The owners have decorated it perfectly with lots of homely touches. As we have family living locally, it was the perfect base for us. We have been coming to Cornwall for over 15 years and the cottage is by far the nicest and best equipped we have stayed in. The owners, Karen and Richard, are so friendly and helpful, which just adds to the overall ambience. Thank you so much.

September 2018

This cottage is absolutely outstanding in every way. Perfect location with fabulous views and very peaceful. The standard of fittings and furnishings was absolutely exceptional and the owners were really friendly making it a real delight to stay at this holiday cottage. Roger and Suzanne

August 2018

Lovely comfortable home, great location.

May 2018

Nice friendly owners, nice location, perfect holiday

December 2017

The property was delightful, a real home from home. Supremely well equipped and a Christmas tree with welcome wine and chocolates under it, a lovely touch by the owners. The logfire made it very cosy, and the location was perfect.

September 2017

Perfect cottage, is exactly as shown in the photos,the setting is idyllic ,very quiet with the most wonderful views . You do need a car though as the road at the end of the lane is very tight and would be quite dangerous to walk along,but there are some beautiful walks within about a 3 minute drive .

September 2017

Fabulous property with everything you could possibly need for a lovely holiday. Owners made us feel extremely welcome and we will definitely return again. Classic cottages as usual were brilliant.

August 2017

A wonderful home from home, everything about this cottage is just perfect, you couldn't ask for a cleaner, more welcoming, comfortable cottage than this - plus it has lovely views!!

July 2017

We absolutely loved the Old Sand School and will recommend it to all the people we know that want to explore Cornwall! The house was our cosy haven to return to after a day wandering around Cornwall. We did not cook but always ate out but the kitchen is perfectely equiped to cook. We love the fact we had a double bathroom so the kids shared one and we as parents had our own. We were well prepared for our visit and already had lots of plans but if you don't know what to do Karen will help you with the biggest smile and make sure you have the best of time. A double 5 star for the house and for Karen and Richard :-)

July 2017

A lovely cottage . Very modern inside light & airy . Beautiful views from the garden which isn't overlooked . Owners were always helpful if we needed anything . One of the best cottages we have stayed in . Great location . Porthleven couple miles away . St Ives , Michaels mount , mullion , & loads more were all a small drive away . Would defiantly stay there again ..

March 2017

The Old Sand School is in a perfect location - peaceful, but also on top of the big supermarkets for convenience, although we did have a Tesco delivery on arrival. We also liked watching the military aircraft flying low overhead.

October 2016

We absolutely loved the cottage and it's location, so much so that we're already looking at returning even though it's a 6 hour drive from home!

October 2016

A great well equipped holiday home with super views.

September 2016

Excellent accommodation with lovely views. Well furnished and equipped and very helpful owners.

August 2016

A wonderful cottage - decorated, furnished and equipped to a very high standard, with amazing countryside views.

We really appreciated the attention to detail and many thoughtful touches. Perfect location for all we wanted to do - just minutes from beautiful secluded beaches, but also very close to amenities.

We all had the most fantastic week, and really did not want to leave at the end of our holiday. Many thanks Karen and Richard. We do hope to return at some point.

August 2016

A lovely holiday home, well-equipped, clean and beautifully decorated - obviously well-loved by its owners. We all loved staying at The Old Sand School and, should we look to stay in that area again, it will at the top of our list!

August 2016

Great cottage, highly equipped, very thoughtful touches - things have clearly been done with love and care and felt very much like a home :)

Would highly recommend

August 2016

A beautiful, clean, bright and airy cottage. Great area to be staying in, all coasts within easy reach. An absolute pleasure to stay in.

July 2016

I would definitely recommend the Old Sand School. The house is beautiful and the area delightful. The house itself is well equipped and tucked away in a quiet area with lovely views across the countryside. Helston is a sweet little town. The boating lake is fun with nice walks around it. The walk to Porthleven was fabulous and the town itself really beautiful. There were lots of things to do when the weather wasn't brilliant too. We visited the seal sanctuary and The Eden project amongst other things. I just wish we had booked to stay longer! Will definitely be back again.

July 2016

I have no hesitation in recommending The Old Sand School. Accomodation excellent. Stunning location. Owners charming and helpful. What more can one ask for. Gold Star for this delightful property!

June 2016

Very comfortable, bright and homely cottage. What you see in the photos is definitely what you get.

May 2016

We had a fantastic holiday at The Old Sand School, it is in a brilliant location to explore South Cornwall. The house is spotless and has beautiful views, it is extremely well equipped and felt like home. Karen was very friendly and helpful suggesting places to visit. We would thoroughly recommend it.

April 2016

The quality of the furnishings and overall accommodation was luxurious. Owner very kind and helpful. Lots of lovely walks straight from the house. Will definitely be returning.

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