Hirondelle Barn is on the right with Martlett Barn (3251) attached next door.
This bolthole has room enough for two and your four-legged friend, but due to its compact size the Owners only welcome small dogs to stay.
This is open plan living at its best.
There is a seating area for you behind the barn.
The well-equipped kitchen area.
This bolthole has room enough for two and your four-legged friend, but due to its compact size the Owners only welcome small dogs to stay.
The views across the surrounding fields and countryside.
The pretty harbour at Porthleven is now a real 'foodie destination' with a wide choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants serving local produce.The pretty harbour at Porthleven is now a real 'foodie de
The bed is a super-king bed which can be divided on request into two 3ft single beds.
The shower-room.
Parking for one car can be found directly opposite the barn and is shared with Martlett Barn (3251) next door.
Welcome to Hirondelle Barn, only a hop up the steps to the front door.
The Penrose Estate is very close to the barn, here you will find a network of paths winding through this picturesque estate and around Loe Bar lake.
The Stables cafe on the Penrose Estate is a great spot for some light refreshment during your visit.
You can walk to Porthleven from Helston joining the coast path for the final stretch.
Approaching Porthleven from the coast path, follow the road around the clock tower to find the harbour.
One of the Owners' beautiful horses.
The beautiful Kynance Cove is a short drive away on the way to Lizard Point.
The picturesque Mullion Cove is also worth a visit, stop off at the chocolate factorty on the way home for some sweet treats!

Hirondelle Barn

3782

1.5 miles NE of Porthleven / Sleeps 2 + cot

7 Nights from £292 - £590

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Blue Anchor (½ mile)

If you like old pubs, then this is the one to visit. Legends and stories ooze out of every granite crack, along the Monk's alley to the large beer garden and ancient skittle alley. Here be sited the oldest of four original pub breweries in Britain, with the legendary Spingo flooring many man. Words are not enough, you'll have to experience it for yourself.

Nearest beach

Parc an Als Beach (1 ½ miles)

Steep cliffs form the backdrop to this beach, which can only be accessed via the coast path unless it's low tide - please take care not to get cut off by the rising tide. The beach is mainly made up of coarse sand and shingle, it does shelve, so can be dangerous for swimming.

Nearest walk

Penrose Estate (¼ mile)

Park for free and take a walk through wooded valleys around Cornwall's largest lake. The walk will take you around Loe Pool and to the sea, across the sand bar and back along the other side (about six miles in total). For the energetic there's an outdoor gym and a cafe has just opened en-route at the Stables where you can enjoy coffee, tea and cakes. Take note though, it's only open at weekends and during school holidays.

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

Lisa October 2014

This lovely wooded trail around Loe Poole is ideal for a family outing - be it a bike ride or walk! The path from Helston end has recently been smoothed and is now easier for little ones on their bikes. It a fantastic safe location to "get on yer bike!" For those who feel more comfortable on foot - the walk is fairly level until after the stables cafe - which is around midway if you're heading to Porthleven.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Ludnow August 2014

The addition of the cafe at the half way point has now made this one of the best walks with a 3 year old in the area, and there is free parking at both ends of the walk.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss White July 2014

My favourite place

There is nothing better than taking the dogs for a nice long walk around Penrose and Loe Bar on a sunny day. The views of Loe Pool and the beach/sea are just amazing. There are so many routes to choose from - something for everyone. And to top it off there is even a cafe, The Stables, which serves both cold and hot drinks, ice cream and snacks (including yummy cake).

Nearest town

Helston (½ mile)

This historic town is known as the ‘Gateway to the Lizard’ and is perfectly located for touring the far west of Cornwall from our Helston cottages. The town centre has an eclectic mix of small shops, cafes, historic cottages and fascinating buildings. As a result it has been the used as the backdrop for many a film and costume drama.

There is even a strong arts scene developing in conjunction with the Helston town museum. The museum is a hidden gem, much bigger than you’d expect and housing many an interesting artefact and tale to be told. Here you can pick up the Town Trail, and follow the history of Helston around the ancient cottage lined streets, spotting Celtic crosses, medieval bridges and wells.

At the bottom of the town is the boating lake, with eco café and swan inhabited island. A skate park and children’s play-area make this the ideal place to visit on holiday with the family for a bite to eat and cup of tea. From here, you can carry on down the Cober Valley and explore the Penrose Estate with its well-trodden paths, all the way along the coastal path to Porthleven.

Outside the top end of town, many families who holiday in Helston visit the renowned Flambard theme park. With lots of rides, attractions and entertainment, there is also the strong historical context with a Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz exhibition, and a large indoor soft play centre for under elevens.

Helston is possibly best known for Flora Day, when the brass band belt out the floral dance tune made famous by Terry Wogan. The tradition of the furry dance, where locals dance through the streets in procession and dressed in all their finery, brings people from far and wide for a May holiday in Helston.

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

Mr Henthorn July 2009

Pasties a Plenty

There is a bakery for every day of the week in Helston, I believe the Horse and Jockey may be the best!


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July 2008


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July 2008

Lots to do

If your holiday happens to fall over Flora Day then you will be in for a treat. The locals go all out to decorate the houses and streets and the town is humming with activity!

Also nearby

Trebah Garden (7 ¼ miles)

Family and dog-friendly, Trebah covers 26 acres, converting a small corner of Cornwall into a sub-tropical paradise. Located above the Helford River, every inch of Trebah is covered by lush vegetation, with 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias kicking off the season with an explosion of colour.

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

Mrs D September 2015

You won't be disappointed

What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs McCauley-Tinniswood July 2014

A mini paradise

This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Darvell July 2014

Nice family day out

We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Gibb June 2014

We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Haines May 2013

We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Chetwode December 2012

I love trebah

Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Bradford September 2012

Trebah Garden

A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.

The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.

Well worth a visit time and time again.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Bowry June 2012

Gets better every time

We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Stewart May 2012

We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Trebah Garden

Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Manners September 2011

I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Wallwork August 2008

Suitable for young and old

I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Nicholas August 2008

A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs German August 2008


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July 2008


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July 2008

Walking

Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!

St Michael's Mount (8 ½ miles)

Stride through time at the legendary St Michael’s Mount. Follow a giant’s footsteps and find his heart buried in the cobblestone paths. Scale to the top of the mount and conquer the castle, looking out over spectacular views of the bay and out beyond the horizon. A day spent here is not one to be forgotten.

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.


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April 2009


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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.

Minack Theatre (17 miles)

Taking pride of place on the cliffs above Porthcurno, the world-famous Minack Theatre is truly one of a kind. Hosting an array of open-air events, visitors to the theatre will be intrigued and entertained by actors and musicians performing fantastic live acts. If you can tear your gaze away from the stunning Atlantic background, that is.

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

Mr Hawkins August 2018

A wonder to see

£5 each to view a theatre seems steep but when you go through the doors and see the view on a sunny day its well worth it. One of the best views Ive ever seen in Cornwall.


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

Mr 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.

Quayside Fish (1 ½ miles)

This award-winning fishmonger in the old Cornish fishing port of Porthleven plies its trade like an artisan. Lobsters, crabs, scallops, mussels, oysters: everything on offer here is fresh, local and sustainable. Look for the giant swordfish sign.

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

May 2012

We have used this shop for many years whenever we are in the area. Always helpful, willing to advise you on best ways to cook what you buy.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2010

A great selection of fantastic fresh seafood. Plenty of other local produce to purchase too - Halzephron Herb Farm dips and sauces are delicious! Nice friendly staff. A must if visiting the area.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2010

I always use this shop when I stay in the area, not only do they have superb local fish and seafood but great tips for cooking them too.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2009

Excellent shop

I have used this shop many times and still find it supplies excellent seafood. There is also a good selection of wines and local sauces from the Halzephron Herb Farm. A great shop to buy fresh local produce!

Porthleven (1 ½ miles)

Porthleven is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems, less known than the likes of Padstow or St Ives, but certainly well worth a visit. Situated in west Cornwall between Lizard Point (Britain’s most southerly point) and Land’s End, it faces directly into the Atlantic ocean, giving it a raw, rugged feel that a lot of the more sheltered harbours along the Cornish coast lack.

The iconic clock tower sits on the harbour entrance and the pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants cluster around the historic inner harbour, guarded by two cannons salvaged from the shipwrecked HMS Anson. With a warren of streets lined with classic Cornish granite cottages as well as deluxe apartments with uninterrupted sea views, there is a little bit of heaven for everyone when staying in a Porthleven cottage.

Porthleven is one of those rare places that it does not matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do while on a holiday in Porthleven. The summer brings the quintessential seaside holiday; a beach manned with lifeguards, al fresco dining and crabbing off the harbour. But it is out of season that the town can really come into its own. With one of the best surf breaks in the country, you can sit down and get lost for hours watching some of the best surfers in the country putting on a display. But be warned, for this is not for the beginner or part time surfer. If you feel the need to jump in and give it a go, we recommend Praa Sands or Poldu Cove, near Mullion, which are only a few miles from our cottages in Porthleven. You may not have realised, but you will probably have seen pictures of Porthleven on television as it is one of the best spots in the UK for storm watching - the crashing waves are often used as the backdrop to weather forecasts.

There is quite a culinary explosion going on, with its yearly food festival and some well respected, up and coming restaurants and cafes in Porthleven - it is worth booking early in your holiday to ensure a table. Or if you want to do a bit of self-catering there are a few amazing fish shops and delis to buy quality fresh ingredients.

If you are a keen walker you may as well leave your car at the cottage all week. With the coast path stretching hundreds of miles either side, you can head off west and explore Rinsey head and beyond, or set out south across Loe Bar and on to Church Cove. There are many walks inland too, either in to the nearest market town of Helston or the circular walk around Loe Bar.

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

Miss Argyle August 2015

Loved it

Beautiful harbour village with some lovely shops; not over commercialised. We did struggle to park the car on Saturday evening though! Food in the Rick Stein restaurant was excellent.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lawrence July 2012

Pleasant little village

Good for a visit if the weather is not brilliant. Several nice little shops, good deli and pub (The Harbour).
The harbour is a good place to watch the world go by as you eat an excellent baguette or pasty


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Bowry June 2012

Cornish Charm

We always make a b-line for Porthleven. A pretty little fishing harbour and a sandy beach. Dog friendly as well if you walk to the far end. We always have refreshments at the Kota Restaurant which is on the less commercial side of the harbour. Lovely food and polite service. Then a lovely walk along the cliffs to the memorial to sea farer's.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2008

A pleasant small harbour town, not over spoilt by tourism. One or two nice shops and galleries, also a good deli. Can recommend the cafe by the harbour entrance, good ice creams and a nice pot nof tea. Good for a quick visit if out and about.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Harbour village

Beautiful harbour village with plenty to do and see. Good beach for swimming and surfing, although beware of the rocks!

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