Stylish comfort and retro chic abound in this beautifully renovated Victorian cottage found in the sleepy fishing village of Portloe. The whitewashed terrace of nine former coastguard cottages sits high above the tiny cove with wonderful views along the coast.
Oak floors, wool rugs and panelled walls painted in muted Farrow & Ball tones sit happily with lovely furnishings and wonderful artwork. With a wood-burner for cosiness in the chilliest months and French doors out to a terrace set with teak furniture (including reclining steamer chairs for lazy summer days) and a Weber barbecue, 9 Coastguard Terrace ticks all the boxes.
This delightful cottage has a contemporary kitchen with an original slate floor, fully equipped with all necessary appliances. The sitting/dining-room is spacious with a big comfortable sofa and retro armchairs made cosy with cushions and throws. Double doors lead out to the gated slate-paved terrace, a lovely place to sit and enjoy views to the sea and leisurely meals when the sun shines. Steep cottage stairs lead up to the two bedrooms, one with sea views and a comfortable double bed and the other with twin beds and a bespoke built-in cabin bed (with full-size single mattress, recommended for children over eight only). The bathroom is contemporary and bright, with a separate shower cubicle and a bath with sea views – what a treat when soaking aching muscles after a day exploring the dramatic and rugged coastline!
Steep steps lead up to a raised lawn and barbecue area with outstanding views across the rooftops towards the sea.
There is space to park outside on arrival to unload luggage and the village car park is just 50 yards away (with an honesty-box). Portloe is a quintessentially Cornish village on the beautiful Roseland peninsula, with sandy beaches and sheltered tree-lined creeks to explore; Carne and Pendower are particularly family-friendly with parking right by the beach. There are stone-built cottages clustered around a tiny sheltered cove where just a few small fishing boats ply their trade and lobster pots line the slipway. The Lugger Hotel – recently named 'Best Seaside Hotel' by the Sunday Times – sits right on the water’s edge and offers superb dining with amazing views, while The Ship Inn along the road is a traditional pub serving homely food.
There are special gardens to explore at Heligan, Caerhays and Trelissick (accessed by the King Harry Ferry), as well as the wonders of the Eden Project, all within just 10 miles. St Mawes is a sailing haven, with an ancient castle, boat trips around the creeks, ferries crossing to Falmouth each day and five star restaurants at the Hotel Tresanton and Idle Rocks Hotel. This is a wonderful area to explore with the South West Coast Path passing through the village, lovely sandy beaches and farm shops selling local produce.
The Cathedral City of Truro is nearby, with cobbled streets, narrow lanes and an eclectic mix of shops, wine bars and eating places. The dramatic cliffs and surfing beaches of the north coast are less than an hour away, well worth the trip and a wonderful day out for budding surfers and paddle boarders.
Kitchen with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier and dishwasher
Sitting/Dining-room with Smart TV, DVD player and wood-burner
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6'')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3') and captain's bunk (3')
Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
- No pets
- Travel cot
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Public car park (50yds distant)
- No smoking
- Pub 300 yds
- Outdoor furniture and gas barbecue
- 4 NS heaters
French doors open from the sitting/dining-room onto the terrace.
Retro furnishings suit the cottage wonderfully.
Lovely colours in the kitchen.
Bedroom 1 looks out over the front courtyard and hills beyond.
Looking across the neighbouring garden to the sea in the distance.
Looking down to the little beach at Portloe from the coastal footpath...a three minute walk away.
This is the village car park where you can park and 9 Coastguard Terrace is the top left hand cottage in the picture.
Windows overlook the courtyard to the front.
A big sofa to stretch out on.
The cosy living-room.
A great place (and way!) to end a busy day.
Lovely soft Farrow and Ball paints throughout the cottage.
Have a saffron bun while planning your day out!
The dining area.
A retro light hangs low over the dining table.
Solid oak work surfaces.
The kitchen has original slate flooring.
The kitchen looks out at the back of the cottage.
Time and tide waits for no man...so off you go to explore!
Simplicity of style throughout.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed.
Clever little bedside lights.
Furniture is painted in complementary shades of blue and grey.
A driftwood-framed mirror.
Books to read on lazy days.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds plus a bespoke built-in cabin bed.
Pops of bright blue add cheerful colour.
The cabin bed (recommended for older children as accessed via the ladder).
The cabin bed has a full size single mattress (3').
Children's games and books will keep youngsters occupied.
The recently refurbished bathroom is spacious and light (you can lie an the bath and see the sea!).
There's a separate shower cubilcle.
9 Coastguard Terrace is far left in the top terrace.
Looking up at Coastguard Terrace from the village (No 9 is on the far left).
Looking down into Portloe cove from the coastal footpath (The Lugger is on the right....excellent food and spa treatments for relaxation!).
A memorial plaque above one of the coastal footpath benches...what a lovely epitaph!
The fishing boats in Portloe harbour.
Pendower and Carne beach are very close-by.
Visit St.Mawes and catch the ferry to Falmouth.
Take the King Harry Ferry over the Fal River to explore West Cornwall.
Gorgeous Porthcurnick beach is one of many on the Roseland Peninsula.
Further afield The Lost Gardens of Heligan make for a great day out.