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Portreath- Bassett
Portreath- Bassett Arms

Portreath Harbour
Portreath Harbour

Shops
Portreath Village Shops

Portreath Beach
Portreath Beach

Waterfront cafe amusements
Portreath Cafe


Village
Porthtowan Village

Blue Bar
Porthtowan Blue Bar

Blue bar
Porthtowan Blue Bar Exterior

Blue bar interior
Porthtowan Blue Bar Interior

Porthtowan beach
Porthtowan Beach overlooking the surf

Porthtowan Surf
Porthtowan Surf

  Local Area & Activities

  A description of the area you will be staying in:

Cornwall is such a beautiful place and a variety of holiday styles can be thoroughly enjoyed here. Whether you prefer an active holiday where you can go surfing and enjoy other watersports, or you like to go walking and take in the beautiful sights on the County's many coastal paths, or you just prefer to take things easy and relax on a beach holiday - Portreath and Porthtowan in Cornwall are the places for you!

Portreath and Porthtowan are ideally centrally located to visit so many Cornish attractions. Visit St Ives and the Tate Gallery, the world famous Eden Project, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, the wonderful Minack Theatre, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and even the Cornish Gold Centre which is just up the road - the options are absolutely endless and a holiday pack will be provided at "Harbour Retreat" and "Sea Echoes" for you to peruse and decide which of the many attractions you would like to visit.


Portreath was a key place in Cornish industrial history and was above all a mineral harbour. However, it also provided a holiday base for the working populations of the Camborne-Redruth mining districts in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The construction of Portreath Harbour is thought to have begun in 1760 and by 1827 it was described as perhaps the most important port in Cornwall. It has strong links with South Wales where coal was procured and Cornish copper smelted. Hundreds of men left here for South Wales on the coal ships, making their way via copper ore barques to work as miners in Cuba in the 1830s and 40s. The Portreath Tramroad (1809) and Portreath branch of the Hayle railway (1838) linked the mines in Camborne/Redruth and Gwennap mining districts with the port. The Hayle railway marked by a major piece of railway engineering, the Portreath Incline is clearly visible from the main bedroom and patio of "Harbour Retreat".

The former Mineral Tramroad now provides an excellent bicycle trail from the north coast at Portreath along to the south coast at Devoran and this can be joined just over the road from the property (if you need to hire bikes, visit The Bike Barn at Elm Farm on the outskirts of the village).

Portreath village is suited to families and couples and is extremely popular with surfers. The village offers a variety of pubs to suit those looking for a quieter time and also those who may prefer something a bit livelier (The Waterfront regularly hosts local bands and acts). The nearest clubs can be found in Redruth and Camborne, just a 10 minute drive away. The cathedral city of Truro is about 25 minutes away and boasts many lively bars and some great clubs; for an even wilder night-life Newquay is about 30 mins drive away! There is a bus-stop just across the road from the property and Redruth train station is only about 10 minutes away. For dining out, as well as 3 pubs, the village boasts a very good Chinese restaurant and a couple of cafes - all eateries offer great food and service.

'Harbour Retreat' is ideally situated in The Square above a small parade of shops - a Costcutter shop (which also houses a post office), a cafe bistro, a hairdressers and also Portreath Bakery which offers the most amazing Cornish Pasties! The famous Portreath Harbour is just over the road, less than 50 metres from the property. The beach is within a few minutes easy walk along the harbour side. The nearest golf course is at Tehidy 1.5 miles away (a couple of minutes drive or perhaps a 30 minute walk). Tehidy Country Park is certainly worth a visit - it is the largest single area of woodland in West Cornwall - some 250 acres! It offers over 9 miles of footpaths and trails and also bridle tracks. Children will love feeding the swans in the large south lake! There is also a golf course in the other direction at Radnor Golf & Ski Centre, a 5 minute drive away. Radnor has a fun indoor ski machine where instructors will teach you to ski from scratch or lessons to brush up on your technique before your Winter holiday!

  Activities near Portreath

Sports:
Tennis in town
Watersports
Horse Riding
Golf within 30 mins drive
Fishing

Great for:
Walking holidays
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
Cycling holidays


Chinese and Incline View From StepsPortreath Arms
Chinese & the Incline. View from Steps. Portreath Arms.

Porthtowan is a very popular seaside resort, more 'chilled' and less busy than some of the more famous Cornish coastal resorts. Porthtowan has been awarded a "Seaside Award Category A - Resort Bathing Beach". This is the highest UK based award scheme recognising Porthtowan as a great beach with clean water coupled with facilities such as public toilets and car parking. Porthtowan village is suited to everyone families, couples and singles - and it is extremely popular with surfers and body-boarders. A lovely beach anyway, but especially when the tide is out, exposing a large expanse of lovely sand and interesting rock pools for children to explore - not forgetting the sea water swimming pool hidden behind the rocks on one side! Safe for the family, the beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during busy periods.

The village offers three bars - the Unicorn immediately across the green from the property is a family friendly pub which serves very good, simple 'pub grub' and the Victory at the top of the hill also offers a friendly atmosphere. For those who may prefer something a bit livelier, the infamous Blue Bar is located right on the edge of the beach and regularly hosts local bands and acts, which you can enjoy whilst watching the sun set over the sea.

The nearest club can be found in Redruth, just a 10 minute drive away, but the much larger cathedral city of Truro is only about 25 minutes away and boasts many lively bars and some great clubs; for an even wilder night-life Newquay is about 30 mins drive away! There is a bus-stop just across the road from the property and Redruth train station is only about 10 minutes away.

For dining out, as well as the pubs, the Boardroom is a very nice restaurant adjoining the Blue Bar, so again boasts a great location by the beach. The Boardroom can be exclusively hired for special occasions and we have accommodated many guests who have been attending small weddings there. The wedding photo opportunities by the sea are spectacular! The next village along, Mount Hawke, is a only a 5 minute drive away and here you will find a lovely gastro-pub, the Old School Bar & Kitchen. The village of St Agnes, less than 10 minutes drive away, has various pubs and eateries and is also worth a visit.

The nearby village of Portreath is well known for its Mineral Tramroad, which now provides an excellent bicycle trail from the north coast at Portreath along to the south coast at Devoran and this can be joined not too far from the property, just off the Porthtowan-Portreath road (if you need to hire bikes, visit The Bike Barn at Elm Farm on the road to Portreath).

The nearest golf course is at Radnor Golf & Ski Centre, a 5 minute drive away. Radnor has a fun indoor ski machine where instructors will teach you to ski from scratch or you can have lessons to brush up on your technique before your Winter holiday! There is also a golf course in the other direction at Tehidy, which is about 3 or 4 miles away. Tehidy Country Park is certainly worth a visit - it is the largest single area of woodland in West Cornwall - some 250 acres! It offers over 9 miles of footpaths and trails and also bridle tracks. Children will love the walks around the lakes, feeding the swans, ducks and friendly squirrels!

  Activities near Porthtowan

Sports:
Watersports
Horse Riding
Golf within 10 mins drive
Fishing

Great for:
Surfing
Walking holidays
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach relaxation
Cycling holidays


Porthtowan Beach Porthtowan Beach
Both Porthtowan Beach

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