Your own private hot tub and terrace.
The cosy sitting-room.
The front of Nancy's House.
The kitchen/dining-area.
The kitchen.
Relax.
The peaceful private terrace boasts a watercress pond.
A roaring wood-burner.
The 6' double bed.
The dining-area.
The dining-area with the sitting-room in the background.
The bedroom.
Reflections of the bedroom.
An eclectic interior.
Snuggle up on the sofa.
Your private decked area complete with a hot tub.
The sitting-room.
The surrounding countryside.
The sitting-room.
Some lovely features.
The roaring wood-burner.
The shower-room.
A toast to summer.
Chun Quoit nearby.
St Ives is approximately five miles away.
Cot Valley is just three miles distant.
Sennen Cove is just four miles away.
Pendeen lighthouse.
The cliffs at nearby Pendeen are stunning.
A drench shower.
Portheras Cove.

Nancy’s House

1998

8.4 miles SW of St Ives / Sleeps 2 + cot (no children from 1 to 4)

7 Nights from £389 - £846

Nearest pub

Kings Arms St Just (2 ¾ miles)

This popular pub is in the centre of the village and serves fresh, local produce to order. Tables cannot be booked in advance so either arrive early or be prepared to wait at busy times. Dogs are made very welcome here.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2017

Very popular and excellent food. No bookings taken, just turn up and hope. The hosts are very friendly and we didn't have to wait too long. Dog Friendly.

Nearest beach

Portheras Beach (1 mile)

A wonderful beach on the wild stretch of coast between Pendeen Lighthouse and Morvah. The walk down means it’s less crowded and a favourite with the locals. There are no amenities so we recommend taking a picnic. Park at Pendeen Lighthouse, or turn off just before the village of Morvah to use the field carpark. Both ways involve about a 25 minute walk.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Guy October 2012

unpredictable and wild

Portheras is always a surprise, the North Atlantic storms can totally re-landscape this beach, and its always thrilling to witness the seas or the transformation that takes place afterwards. Though the sea can occassionally be too wild for swimming, it's never for the seals, and there is always the stream that is fantastic for young children; damming the stream is a constant favourite and usually ends up with everyone being involved - adults included! It's a great place to be for a romantic and magical sun set over the sea.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Marsden August 2012

Beautiful cove but dangerous

No lifeguard. Very strong currents. Can be very rough. Long walk but otherwise fantastic!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2012

No need to use a car to reach Portheras beach if you are staying locally and enjoy walking on the South West coastal path! It can be reached within 3/4hr by using public field paths from Morvah and Trevhowhan that link with the coastal path.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2011

Fantastic beach

You have to walk a little to get to this beach but you won't mind, the scenery is stunning. Once you get there you'll find an idyllic sandy cove, that doesn't fill up with people - even in the height of Summer. Swimming is great here, although some metal remains under the sand from a shipwreck and can sometimes appear on the beach. You just have to use a bit of common sense to avoid it but I wouldn't recommend this one for young children.

Nearest walk

Pendeen Lighthouse to Cape Cornwall (1 mile)

Start at Pendeen Watch Lighthouse for a spectacular coastal walk through some of Cornwall's old mining district. The coast path hugs dramatic cliffs for about three miles to Cape Cornwall, England's only cape and the point at which the Atlantic currents split. If you're feeling energetic, extend your walk another four miles or so along the coast to the beautiful sandy beach at Sennen. Look out for seals and sea birds along your way.

Nearest town

Pendeen (1 ¼ miles)

On the northern coast of the Penwith peninsula, this little village couldn't get more rural. But it's worth the travel as it is perfectly situated for exploring the stunning coastline that includes Portheras Cove and the Levant mine and engine houses, not forgetting the neighbouring and famous Geevor Tin mine. Don't miss Pendeen Watch, with its lighthouse and unfortunate shipwrecks.

Also nearby

Minack Theatre (7 ¾ miles)

The Cornish theatre with real ‘wow’ factor is the Minack. Perched on the cliffs at Porthcurno, the Minack is an open-air theatre-in-the-round – and a triumph of vision over reality.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Halliday August 2017

Beautiful

Stunning views, gardens, ammenities and the actual theatre itself is worth the trip down alone. Recommended to anyone visiting Cornwall, add the MinackTheatre to your itinerary.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mason October 2016

An Absolute Must!

The views from this magical place are gorgeous and all the gardens that are painstakingly laid out between the seats are a real pleasure to see,but the theatre itself is so spectacular that it almost takes your breath away.We have been to Cornwall lots of times and have always promised ourselves a visit to the Minack but this was the first time that we had made it.I have to say that having been once we will certainly be returning.Thank you Rowena Cade for starting this truly magical place!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Heather September 2015

An absolute must!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Worth a visit. Wonderful views, sea birds amazing to watch. Warm welcome good cafe, great cakes!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Harris June 2013

A unique experience!

What can one say? This was my second trip to The Minack, but my partners first. She was utterly enthralled - the production of "Mack & Mabel" was fabulous! But, let's be honest, the real star of the show is the theatre itself - absolutely tranquil setting, looking out over the sea and Porthcurno Beach while the production unfurls before you (there is something truly magical about the sound of the sea drifting in during the quiet parts of the show). Really - if you do one thing whilst in Cornwall, please make it a trip to see a play at The Minack Theatre. You surely will not regret it - and it's outstanding value for money too (less than a tenner for a seat)!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage November 2012

Minack Theatre – Spectacular

The story about how the theatre was created is fascinating.

The views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.

Once you have visited the theatre either walk down the footpath or go to the car back at The Telegraph Museum and walk down to Porthcurno Beach. What a way to spend a day.

Anne Gage


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lincoln September 2012

Amazing

Have wanted to visit Minack for ages & it lived up to expectations, fantastic views & what an amazing story.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hubbard August 2012

Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre

Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre performance of David Copperfield. The weather on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon had been appalling - pouring rain- but we received text updates from the Minack, and in line with the BBC weather forecast the rain stopped in time for the show and later on the moon shone over the sea. The play was very well done and we all enjoyed it, even the teenage boys. We wrapped up warmly and invested in hire of the Minack padded seat cushions with backs. This year we had stone seats with backs which were much more comfortable than sitting on the grass terraces. I booked the seats online about a month in advance, and I believe they were sold out for the week's run of the play.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2012

Squashbox Theatre - Craig

If Squashbox repeats in 2013 ...you must go and see it. Morning shows for children - but equally enthralling for Adults.
Craig is a fantastic performer and you get the chance to see the Minack.

But you will need to book - performances in August are usually sold out a few days in advance.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss AGM July 2012

Amazing and great value

I rang the theatre to ask for advice and they were incredibly helpful.Unfortunately the weather was rubbish - but the show went on and we enjoyed a great play in an amazing location - even the weather couldnt ruin the evening. Well worth a visit and good value for money.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Stockdale June 2012

Worth every penny - the history about how the theatre was created is fascinating; the views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Lewis May 2012

Excellent attraction with fantastic views.

We tried to book tickets online prior to our visit, but the theatre was fully booked. However, when we visited during the day, we found that the booking office had received some cancellations and we were delighted to be able to get tickets for two days later . Worth checking with the booking office when you visit!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Anderson May 2012

MINACK THEATRE

This is truly uplifting, the story about it is amazing ,the views are simply wonderful. No plays on when we visited but truly a great place to spend some time, free car-park!! decent reasonably priced cafe, friendly staff.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Jones April 2012

Mesmerising

We got tickets to see Titanic The Musical which was being performed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Adult tickets were a very reasonable £8 for the upper terraces, which gave a decent view. We all wrapped up warm with blankets and foam sit mats (essential) and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The backdrop of the sea and cliffs on the opposite side of the bay gave this show special significance. The real water gushing down the steps and the marine distress flare illuminating the sea made this a truly emotional and memorable experience.
Go to the Minack Theatre - you won't be disappointed


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Graham & Judy October 2011

Spectacular!

Read the story of Minack Theatre before visiting and then marvel at what you see there!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Savage October 2011

Worth Going

Saw Pirates of Penzance in Sept and was fab. Do take warm clothes even if the weather seems mild and totally exposed to elements! My partner nearly had frost bite on his ears so had to buy a silly hat! Some people who were not dressed for cold weather left at the interval.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Nash September 2011

Wonderful - everyone should visit this place, truly amazing.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

A wonderful place to visit, for all the family. Attended chidren's storytelling session on a Tuesday morning (on Tues. & Thurs. morning during summer holidays), which was a great hit with both children and adults. Enjoyed some delicious Cornish pasties in the cafe on site before heading down to Porthcurno beach below - a great day out!Superb views when the weather is fine.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hamilton July 2011

Fantastic. Super setting for The Death of Sherlock Holmes which was funny and very entertaining. Wrap up warm, even on a summer's evening, and take cushions to sit on. Plenty of opportunity in the break to wander round and explore,taking photographs, up and down the steps. We bought fish'n'chips in Sennen to eat there which were lovely rather than have the hassle of carrying a picnic round all day.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Tourist July 2011

Great Evening

A superb location, made even better by a great performance.
Will return.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Weiner June 2011

Marvellous Minack

We loved the Minack: the turquoise sea as a backdrop to the action on the stage. We were there for a matinee on a hot September day in 2010. A traditional production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikardo by actors from Cambridge University. Many years ago, a friend had performed in this at the Minack.

Words of warning: the tiers are very steep, and the sun can be very hot: not a venue for the very elderly (who were there when we were, but a couple were overcome by heat). Recommend the canvas seat covers which make the narrow tiered seats, cut from the rock, more comfy.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Powell June 2011

The Minack Theatre

A wonderful venue. Attending at least one event is a must. Take plenty of warm clothing along with a picnic and something hot to drink because you really are exposed to the elements. Early booking is essential for many events. If you love the theatre then a visit to the Minack is not to be missed. Plenty of easy access parking.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2010

A stunning location for this original open air theatre. Fantastic views with the possibility of fabulous sunsets. If you are lucky you may also see dolphins. Book early for the summer time plays as it is very popular and remember to take a picnic and lots of warm clothing!

Jean Speake


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

Minack Theatre

Open air theatre built by Rowena Cade in the most stunning cliff top setting near Penzance at Porthcurno.
Whether you attend a performance or simply visit the site (there's the Rowena Cade visitors' centre and a cafe), you'll find the setting utterly breathtaking. I'm still in awe of the determination of Rowena Cade to create this utterly unique theatre where a great variety of imaginative performances take place. The weather is important, so it's a good idea to check the forecast before you book.

- J Wallwork


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas July 2008

This must be the most dramatic setting for an open air theatre in Britain. Book early if you want to go to a performance.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gray July 2008

Wow is not enough

To say that it has 'wow' factor is not enough. No photograph does it justice. People walk in through the gates for the first time and their jaws hit the floor. Daytime visitors can enjoy the exhibition about Rowena Cade, the single lady who built the theatre with her own hands, and take refreshments in what must be the most spectacularly appointed coffee shop in the country. But it's even better to come on a summer evening when there is a show on. No trip to Penwith is complete without experiencing this unique and wonderful theatre.

St Michael's Mount (8 miles)

This local landmark looks like something straight out of a fairytale; a medieval castle perched on top of a little tidal island, complete with cobbled streets and even its own harbour and gardens. At low tide, 'the Mount' can easily be reached on foot from Marazion town by way of a man-made granite causeway. Wait for high tide to take the lazy option and go by ferry. If you've got time to kill while you wait, you can enjoy the view across Mount's Bay with a pint in hand at The Godolphin Arms near the ferry departure point.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Bruderer April 2016

Perfect also for children


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Gonzalez August 2015

A MUST TO VISIT....

St Michael's Mount is a truly unique and magical place and was the highlight of our stay. Check the tides on the website; you need to walk the Causeway one way and get the boat in the other as the tide will come in/out while you are there. I would advise going early during the high season. That way you will park easily in the National Trust Car Park on the beach and will avoid the worst of the crowds. Both National Trust Cafes on the Mount do amazing food, often sourced from local producers, and they have spectacular views of the mainland. The Crab Rarebit will linger in my memory...mmm!

The warnings of uneven ground should be heeded; you do need to wear supportive footwear...no flip-flops! The cobbled, steep paths up to the Mount are poorly maintained and have great gaps in between the cobbles. One section known as 'The Pilgrim Steps' dates from mediaeval times and are now little more than tumbledown boulders that have to be scrambled up. Buggies are better left behind or you will end up carrying them (and the kids)!

However, it is SO worth the climb for the amazing views from the top and to look around the house and Church. What a history! Medieval Abbey, to Civil War fortress, and now a private residence. Stunning!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mitcy Dupres August 2015

Be prepared to hike

Whether you walk across the causeway or get the ferry (likelihood is you'll do both), at some point you will have to walk. The walk from quay to either the gardens or the castle is a bit of a trek, with the latter needing the visitor to scramble up steep cobbled steps and pathways. Once you reach either the strenuous walk is immediately forgotten as you are left agog at the stunning views, both natural and man made.
The top of the castle commands spectacular views across Mount Bay, with Newlyn, Penzance and Marazion all within a perfect vista. If you're brave enough you can peer over the ramparts and spy the fabulous gardens from on high.
Children are easily entertained by the castle quiz and they get a prize at the end, adults can simply wonder at the artefacts on display and the fabulous architecture.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Well worth a visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to St Michael's mount. The castle was delightful and there was much more to it than we had expected. Would recommend a walking stick/pole for the ascent to the castle.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Boho68 September 2012

Perfect day out

We love St Michael's Mount. If the tide is right you can walk across to the mount and then get a boat ride back. The house and surrounding area are very atmospheric and if you are fortunate enough you will get to see the Basking Sharks. A great day out and well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Ingleson August 2012

Good day out for all the family

Took the ferry as it was high tide. A long queue but with several ferries we didn't have to wait long. Kids enjoyed the ferry ride and the interesting things in the castle. Quite a steep climb on cobbles up to the castle so wished I had worn more sensible shoes but worth the climb. Cafe's were good and also places to picnic. Lovely views from the castle. Spent several hours on St Michael's Mount.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Lewis May 2012

A truly worthwhile visit and highly recommended. But you do need to be physically fit and able to cope with steep uphills on cobbled paths! Not for the elderly or infirm!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Harding April 2012

Lovely day out

We got there on a small boat. Had a nice scone in the cafe and waked around the house. Lovely day out


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Roberts September 2011

Fabulous views on the mount !

The views are amazing and the castle is full of history. A bonus is the castle is still inhabited as a family home, which gives it a nice lived in feel. Gardens look fantastic from the ramparts, but are not open every day. Phone up before you visit to check tide times. We went out by boat, then walked back across the causeway.
The NT cafe is lovely, and you can have an above average waitress served meal.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

I would recommend everyone to make the walk across to the Mount, it is magical but do watch the tides!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hamilton July 2011

ST M's Mount

Well worth being a member of the National Trust to be able to enjoy this treasure. Great afternoon's outing for family - we had our 2 older teenage kids who were very happy to go round the castle. Lovely place to sit and relax too enjoying an ice cream after you've viewed the property. Keep your eye on the tide though - it comes in very quickly but it adds to the fun to have to wade back through thigh-high water!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Guest June 2011

The view from Sunnyside over St Michael's Mount is magical and a trip there doesn't disappoint. We were impatient for the tide to recede and so began our visit by paddling over the causeway, an adventure in itself. The walk up to the house was an exciting scramble, but not for the infirm. At the top the views were tremendous and the property quite as wacky as the octagonal dairy on the way up suggested it would be. Lunch in the tea shop was one of the best we had during our stay. All in all, a delight. Brilliant for anyone with children. Best not paddle over the causeway if you're taking the buggy though.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Penney January 2009

Wonderful St Michael's Mount

When in the area there is nothing nicer to do, whatever the weather, than walk or take a boat to the Mount (depending on the tide). At low tide you can meander up the causeway the to the Mount where a nice NT cafe awaits and a steep walk up to the castle (passing over the giant's heart on the way), here the views across the Mount's gardens are second to none. A magestic place.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Check the tide times before you leave, as it's great to walk over to the mount. If you have small children it is better to walk or bring a baby carrier as pushing a buggy on the cobbles is really hard work. It's a magical place, nothing quite like it, it's amazing how the access to the mount suddenly appears and then disappears later in the day. There is also a fab outside play area for children with plenty to do for small tots and children up to about 12 years.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Sub tropical gardens

Great attraction to visit if you haven't already been. The castle is worth the climb, and the gardens are wonderful - many sub tropical species there which can only be found in this part of England. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Set out from a beautiful beach, this is a great place for a day out. If the tide is in you can get a boat across to the Mount which is great fun. There are lovely gardens as well as the Mount to explore.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe September 2008

A trip to St Michael's Mount is a wonderful way of spending a sunny summer's afternoon or even a beautiful autumn one, if you want to avoid the crowds! The view of the castle in the bay is so well known, it is lovely to get another perspective of the coastline by looking back from the island to Marazion beach and the sweep of the bay to Penzance. To get the full experience you need to walk across the causeway at low tide (there are often puddles!!) but the walk up to the castle itself is very steep, so not a day for heels! The restaurant is nice, and there is also a tea-room/cafe, but we like to buy pasties in Philps at Marazion and sit round the island's harbour to eat them. On your ascent to the castle don't forget to look out for the heart of Cormoran the Giant, now turned to stone...


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Hurst July 2008

Wonderful five minute trip by sea or if the tide is low, you can walk across the causeway to this fairy tale castle which dominates Mounts Bay. Steep walk up to the castle itself which is not for the faint hearted! Those who would rather not can wander round the little harbour. Good coffee and pasties at the Cafe or there is the Sail Loft Restaurant. N.T. shop. There is plenty to see in the Castle and the views from it are stunning.

Cape Cornwall (3 ½ miles)

There is something truly magical about this place, the walk around the Cape has breathtaking views in all directions. In summer, there's a refreshment kiosk nearby, or pack up a picnic to enjoy at this stunning spot.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker October 2015

A birthday treat

My birthday morning, 8.00 am, glorious weather, sea, serene and peaceful. A special memory on a special day


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Stockdale June 2012

The walk from St Just to Cape Cornwall on a bright day is fantastic - the views out to sea are just breath-taking.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Anderson May 2012

beautiful views

Played golf on this - at first sight, easy course, but the howling gale proved difficult. Try it on a calm day the views of the ocean from virtually all holes are fantastic.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Dr Williams April 2012

Titanic - The Musical

First trip to the Minack and an excellent experience despite wind and drizzle, also very reasonably priced seating.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Frost March 2012

Stunning scenery

Great walks from Cape Cornwall to the Geever tin mine along the coastal path or alongside the easier track overlooking the sea and farmland - both stunning walks looking out to sea and also good birdwatching country. You can feel history as you walk!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Holden October 2011

fabulous walks

Walked from St Just out to Cape Cornwall - stunning views. Fabulous cream tea at the little kiosk on the car park and wonderful coves to escape to on the way back to St Just. We loved it and so did our doggie.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Roberts September 2011

Fabulous alternative to Lands End

If you want to say you have seen Lands End, but don't want to pay to visit and run the gauntlet of the 'amusements', Cape Cornwall is your best bet. Park in the NT car park, get a nice cup of tea (in a proper mug for £1) from the van in the carpark, walk out to the monument and admire the view of Lands End in the distance. Lovely.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Breathtaking views and great walks. Make sure to call into the Coastguard station, friendly staff (all volunteers) with great stories and a wealth of local information.

Geevor Tin Mine (1 ½ miles)

Up until 1990, Geevor was still a working mine.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Ward April 2016

Worth a visit

Definetly worth a visit, very informative and if they have an ex-miner talk worth listening to the conditions they worked under. Dont forget a trip to the cafe, best pasties in cornwall!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Rodwell October 2014

Fantastic! Local history from neolithic to 20th Century all in one place.
Be prepared to spend more time here that you bargained on.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Gage November 2012

Geevor Tin Mine

The restaurant at Geevor Tin Mine makes the best pasties in Cornwall.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Frost March 2012

Pit stop after a lovely long walk from St. Just.

Good tour of the tin mine - very informative staff.
Cafe was lovely - good pasties, home made cake and soft drinks and also has a wonderful view out to sea.
The shop was interesting and had some lovely things to buy as a present to take home.
Loos were good.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

A fascinating insight into Cornwall's industrial past and the cafe has fantastic views.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Cowburn August 2008

A look back in time - Cornish Tin Mining

Facinating insight in to Cornish Tin working and the harsh working conditions of the time. Excellent underground guided tour and above ground workshops. Not expensive and a great way to spend 3 or 4 hours.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Henthorn July 2008

Newlyn School of Art (5 ½ miles)

Newlyn is renowned for its artistic covenance and so makes the perfect situation for an art school. Newlyn School of Art opened in September 2011 and provides drawing, painting and printmaking classes, as well as evening talks for the public.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning April 2014

A great course

A well run school with interesting and enthusiastic course tutors


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Ludnow April 2014

5 Star Water colour painting course

If you like painting I would highly recommend booking a course to make up part of a holiday. I had an excellent time out and about and in the studio. Thank you Maggie O’Brian.

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