The view of the coastline from the mezzanine bedroom area at Ocean Retreat.
Porthtowan beach, a fabulous surf spot and wonderful sandy beach, just a five minute stroll from Ocean Retreat.
Ocean Retreat is a dog-friendly, detached, open plan eco-house set on the coastal footpath just a one minute stroll from spectacular clifftop walks.
The sitting-area in the open plan property.
Looking back to the sitting and kitchen areas from the dining-area.
A great sofa to snuggle up on!
A breakfast-bar separates the kitchen and sitting areas.
You can admire the view while prepping food at the breakfast-bar!
Settle down and watch a good film after an energetic day on the fabulous north Cornish coast.
The dining-area.
The spacious shower-room has a double size cubicle and power shower.
The LED lights in the bathroom mirror change colour.
The mezzanine level is cosy with a double bed.
Glass balustrading allows the view to be seen from the bed.
Looking down at the ground floor from the mezzanine level.
Porthtowan beach at low tide, seen from the cliffs above.
There are fabulous coastal walks so bring your four-legged friend to enjoy the great outdoors!
Chapel Porth is the next beach along from Porthtowan.
Looking back towards Porthtowan from Chapel Porth.

Ocean Retreat

4004

2.3 miles SW of St Agnes / Sleeps 2

7 Nights from £389 - £846

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

Nearest pub

Victory Inn (¾ mile)

Set on the cliff tops, this pub offers stunning views and a sun trap beer garden. A great place to stop off when walking the coastal path!

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

Miss Waight July 2016

Good Pub Grub

This pub serves very good, freshly cooked food and is value for money. The staff are friendly and helpful.
Advise to book at the weekend.

Nearest beach

Porthtowan Beach (¼ mile)

Porthtowan beach is a real winner. A surfer’s paradise and a perfect place for sandy strolls, Porthtowan beach is a Blue Flag award winning beach offering unique natural beauty and plenty of activity to keep you hooked. There is even a children’s play area at the top end of the beach to further entertain your little ones.

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

Mr Henthorn June 2013

A Blue Flag, sandy surf beach.

The only beach in St Agnes Parish that still has sand at high tide. Can get very busy on hot days in the summer holidays when parking can be an issue. A nice choice of facilities and a well stocked village shop provides plenty of lunch options. At low tide, opens up into a 3 mile stretch of sand with Chapel Porth to the north and Lushingtons to the south. Lifeguarded 10am to 6pm Spring - Autumn.

Nearest walk

The Coastal Path around St Agnes Head (2 miles)

This stunning walk will take you along the coastal path around St Agnes Head. En-route you will pass Wheal Coates Engine House and then climb up the Beacon for a panoramic view from St Ives to Newquay.

Nearest town

St Agnes (2 ¼ miles)

St Agnes lies in the heart of Cornwall’s mining heritage; all along the coast here you’ll see old mining engine houses rising from the cliffs. The steep and narrow streets here are lined with almost unbearably quaint, higgledy-piggledy cottages.

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

June 2017

Beautiful little town.

A beautiful town with very friendly people, great fish and chips and perfect location for accessing the nearby beach.
Especially recommend the lovely ladies in the flower shop.

Also nearby

Godrevy Cafe (7 ¾ miles)

Chilled out cafe in amongst the dunes at Godrevy Lighthouse National Trust car park. Bright and breezy with great views across the bay to St Ives from the deck and big plates of really fresh, imaginative food - try the Mediterranean mezze.

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

October 2017

Situated on the headland at the end of the huge Hayle/Gwithian Beach. National Trust owned and offers excellent food. Seating is both indoors and outdoors and justifiably popular. Open during the day and also some evenings.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Donlon November 2016

Great breakfasts and so close to the seals

Lovely breakfasts (full Cornish is massive, honestly it'll keep you going the entire day) and surprisingly good coffee which i didn't expect. Best of it is, it's just a few minutes walk from the seal colony which we visited three times during our stay locally to see their antics at different tide times (best to see them as the tide is going out as they come ashore to rest so there's lots of activity then).


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Dr Molyneux October 2012

Outstanding food, drink and view

Our favourite beach cafe in Cornwall. Great food, particularly in the evenings when you can sit upstairs with a view of the beach and watch the sunset (really family friendly - they always spoil our kids). For lunch the wraps are brilliant (Mexican and vegetarian are particularly good) - we get them takeaway and eat them on the beach when body boarding.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Cornish September 2011

Lovely on a sunny day

Great place to stop if you're on a trek to refill your energy levels with local cakes and decent coffee.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Walton September 2011

Breakfast

Its become a 'tradition' for us now to have our final days breakfast at Godrevy Cafe. If you leave on a Saturday you are going to wait, but its worth it. Excellent, wholesome ingredients cooked perfectly and no skimping on portions either. There is so much more that the usual 'full english' - but this is sooooooo nice! Excellent location off the beaten track.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Yummy!

Also does excellent cream teas which you can justify eating if you've just returned from a long walk (but don't try going for a walk after eating one!). Can get very crowded and service can take a while, but the food is worth the wait.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Mrs Jewell

Fab! The food is freshly cooked and very tasty. The large hot chocolate is especially good after a long coastal walk. The cakes are again home cooked and huge! The ice cream is a treat after a day on the beach. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

Another mention for the breakfast!

It's been mentioned before but who cares. I can confirm that the breakfast IS simply divine. Don't look for a healthy option (have that at home), give yourself a real treat and go for the full English. I'm still dreaming of it :-)


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

Great location - call in here for a full English breakfast - it is to die for - get your day off to a fantastic start. Then walk it off either along the beautiful sandy beach or climb the cliff path to the top and watch the seals in the little secluded cove. A real treat.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

The largest mug of hot chocolate ever! Lovely freshly cooked food and huge cake portions - a must stop if you are visiting Gwithian.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Henthorn July 2008

Lovely lunches, great for a cake and a big mug of coffee!!

Chapel Porth (¾ mile)

Chapel Porth beach near St Agnes is very picturesque with ruins of engine houses, but it can get busy in summer and there are only rocks at high tide, so choose the timing of your visit.

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

Mr Henthorn July 2013

All good!

Great walks start from here, stunning stretches of the coast path in both directions or choose to follow the meandering valleys in-land. Evidence of the area's mining heritage abounds. Enjoy a speciality hedgehog ice-cream (or late breakfast special) at the National Trust cafe on the beach!
The NT carpark can get full on hot days in the summer, but look out for additional parking (and homemade cakes for sale) in the field at the top of the road.
If sea (or wind) conditions are too rough here, head for shelter at the nearby Trevauncance Cove.
RNLI lifeguards during the summer months (10am to 6pm).
Dog ban (on beach only) - Easter Day to 1st October.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Hudson March 2013

Highs and Lows

I LOVE Chapel Porth. My favourite beach in this area of Cornwall. High tide - watch the waves crash in; low tide great long walks with caves to explore. I went there in sun, rain and sleet and couldn't have been happier. One visit there were icicles on the cave walls, sunshine and blue sky all at once.
The NT car park at the beach has a cafe which is open Fri/Sat/Sun during winter season and presumably more often in summer. Also there are loos open when cafe is running.
There is a homemade cake stall at Cameron Farm on Beacon Drive just up the road and an absolute must if you like cake! I bribed my boyfriend to go back to Chapel Porth on the way home , (even tho it meant going the wrong way!) with a promise of more cake. They also have home-made fudge which is yummy. For those of you who don't like cake and fudge {who are you people?! * apologies to diabetics*} they also sell eggs.

Blue Beach Bar and Brasserie (350 yards)

Good food and a very laid-back atmosphere – eat outside when the weather’s nice.

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

Mrs Creighton September 2013

Good for food and toddlers. Bad for snobby window seat competition.

The main reason for going to The Porthtowan Blue Bar is the fab view of the beach from the much coveted cosy bay window seats. Be warned you need to be quick and fairly ruthless if you want to grab one of these. (It took us a few goes to make a quick enough dash and we had to put up with some mutterings "why do they need a window seat - they've got a baby") The Blue bar isnt as quite as great as it thinks it is, but considering there isn't any real competition, the food is better than average and reasonable priced - the double fried chips are amazing. Laid back atmosphere, but not particularly smiley or friendly - mixture of surfer locals and middle class holiday makers. Bar staff are maybe more interested in their social lives than engaging with customers, which might explain the dirty highchairs - but at least there are plenty of them.
We enjoyed watching the comings and goings of the weddings going on next door - seemed to be a do on every day - as I said, you want a window seat for people watching: The escapee mini-bridesmaid running for the surf with suited and booted dad in pursuit was one highlight.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Unexpected gem

Fantastic position, excellent food & coffee, welcoming atmosphere for all ages.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Westcott June 2012

Young families

Good food - but young families beware that food doesn't start serving until at least 6pm for evening meals, despite what is advertised.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Cornish July 2008

Great Place

The location couldn’t be better and the food and drink is all good. They occasionally have live entertainment in the evenings.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Right on the beach!

With amazing views from the windows at this bar what a great way to end the day!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Good menu and a warm welcome

Right on the sand with panoramic sea views to the West from every window. Whether enjoying a summer sunset after a long day at the beach or taking a welcome break from walking in a winter storm I've always been impressed with the food served here! Not one for the real ale drinker though!

Camerons Cakes (1 ¼ miles)

Gillian sells her homemade cakes daily from an honesty stall outside the entrance to the farm. You can either choose from what's on offer or ring in advance to order cakes for special occasions. People travel from miles around to sample these delights and we are sure you won't be disappointed!

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

Mr Harding October 2014

Hidden gem

We had previously been here and bought cakes from the honesty stall,loved them and their prices too.This time we ordered 3 chocolate fudge cakes and they were baked to perfection when we collected them at the end of the week.I can't stress that this place is worth a visit.....you wont be dissapointed when you find it.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Hudson April 2013

Yum Yum Tum!

Is Cameron Cakes worth a visit? You betcha! Absolutely delicious cakes and fudge from this fab stall - never has a sign been more welcome - CAKE it says. "cake?!?" we cry, almost crashing the landrover. Fruit cake, (I don't even like fruit cake but this is beautiful), Apple cake , Coffee and Walnut cake, Banana cake - all of them just gorgeous. We went back twice for more. The fudge is also delicious, dark or white chocolate with raspberries were on offer when I was there - I bought most of it to take home - and in a fit of generosity even ... *gasp*... gave some of it to other people! At time of writing I am down to my last piece ... *single tear*. Also now I'm home local cake is not living up to my suddenly high standards. Yum Yum Tum as my niece would say.

Trebah Garden (14 miles)

There's subtropical lushness around every corner at these stunning gardens on the banks of the Helford River. The views from the 18th Century house across the gardens to the river are not to be missed. Wend your way through camellia groves and chusan palms, woodlands and bamboo; meander alongside pools and streams, giant-leafed gunnera and hydrangeas, to emerge onto Trebah's private beach. Perfect for a swim and a picnic in summer. Not picnic weather? Head to the Planters Cafe (winner of the 2008 Cornwall Tourism Award for Popular Restaurant/Cafe of the Year) or have a browse in the gallery and plant shops. One of Cornwall's, if not England's, finest gardens.

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


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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!

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