Anchor Cottage

UK England South West England Cornwall Porthleven

  • Adults only
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Beaches
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
This Porthleven fisherman's cottage is the perfect place for a salty Cornish adventure!

A few miles south of Helston on the west coast of Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula, Porthleven has the distinction of being Britain's most southerly port, formerly a hub for the tin ore mined inland, now mainly a fishing harbour and resort. It's a gritty rather than straightforwardly picturesque sort of place, and all the better for it, with a lots of pubs, cafés, indy shops and a walled harbour crammed with fishing boats, and tiers of houses circling above.  It's a terrific place to stay as a family, and couldn't be more Cornish, close to enough to the sea for the waves to wake you – and also an ideal, dog-friendly base for visiting the coast and the Lizard nearby.

One of Porthleven's most typical sea-facing properties, Anchor Cottage sits bang in the middle of town, a simple detached stone cottage that has been beautifully restored and kitted out for the 21st century, while retaining all of its innate charm and character. Comfortably sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms, it has a marine flavour throughout, most notably in its downstairs living area, with wooden floors, comfy sofas with warm throws, a rustic granite fireplace with wood-burner and a dinky window seat from which to enjoy the sea views.  There's a Smart TV and telephone, a lobster-crate coffee table and a chunky dining table with space for six. The kitchen is crisp and functional, with an electric cooker and hob, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine, while upstairs three cool, contemporary bedrooms (1 King, 1 Double and 1 Twin) boast comfy beds with high quality linen and feather duvets, and more window seats for sea-and star-gazing. The bathroom, with a spacious walk-in shower and underfloor heating, echoes the rustic yet modern style of the rest of the cottage, and comes with toiletries for guests' use. Outside, in front of the cottage, there is bench seating, a barbecue and a fire pit along with a table and chairs for outside dining, and the courtyard at the rear has space for wetsuits and bikes as well as an outdoor shower.

Porthleven is a lovely place for a wander, with plenty of pubs and shops to tempt you to linger and walks, kayaking and cycling from your doorstep. You can swim from the harbour and there's a dog-friendly beach just around the headland, others at nearby Rinsey Point and Praa Sands, which is a perfect body-boarding spot, and you can also walk a mile or so along the South West Coast Path to Loe Bar and its inland freshwater lake, beach and woods. All in all the perfect spot for a salty, Cornish adventure!



Anchor Cottage sleeps six in three comfortable bedrooms (1 King, 1 Double and 1 Twin). The kitchen has all the usual fittings (Dishwasher, oven, Hob, Microwave, coffee machine, fridge, freezer) and provides everything you need to cook up a feast. The stone tiled bathroom has a large walk in shower, underfloor heating and plenty of storage space. In the rear lobby and is a washer & dryer, handy cloakroom and access to the rear courtyard with handy outside store and hand held shower to rinse sandy feet and dogs. The terrace at the front has seating and a fire pit. Crucially, there's a private parking space next to the house that will fit up to a medium SUV.

Suitable For

Anchor Cottage is perfect for couples' getaways as well as a family holidays and friends' get-togethers. Dogs are welcome and a bed and crate are provided. They also provide travel cots, high chairs and baby baths for little ones. The courtyard provides good storage space for boards or bikes for more active visitors.


The National Trust's Penrose Estate gardens and beaches are nearby, as is The Loe, Cornwall's largest freshwater lake. St Ives is a short drive to the north, while a  few miles down the coast Praa Sands is a lovely local beach, great for both surfing and swimming. St Michael's Mount is close by at Marazion, and the Helford river - Daphne du Maurier country – is like a lost world, with beautiful river walks and the Shipwright Arms, a perfect spot for lunch.

Food & Drink

There is so much choice for food in Porthleven, from fantastic fish and chips to Japanese food at Kota Kai.  There's a weekly market and Pengethley’s for all your ingredients, as well as a fresh fishmonger. Our favourite spots are The Ship Inn for a quintessential pub food and plenty of outdoor seating, Amelie's restaurant and The Harbour Retreat – one of super-chef Michael Caine's latest ventures. Head to The Corner Deli for fab pizza's and lunchtime treats, while the Twisted Currant does the best breakfast. The Mussel Shoal offers outdoors seaside treats right on the harbour front.


Available all year.


From £400 for a short break, £750 a week. Four-night midweek stays, 2–3 night weekend stays as well as full week stays throughout the season.  Arrival days Monday or Friday.

The Owner Says

This little bolthole delivers mesmerising sea views, moments from the sea with homely unique interior, a front terrace to dine on, relax and watch the world go by. Porthleven is a plucky little village that faces the full force of the Atlantic, has a love of food, the arts and immerses itself in world of the sea and the countryside that surrounds it.  Anchor Cottage is one of its oldest cottages in Porthleven. It sits opposite the slipway to the beach, with views across to the Lizard Peninsula, and straight out to sea, a granite home with an iconic circular storm porch that is the perfect seaside bolthole. We chose Anchor Cottage for its stunning sea views, its location, close enough to town to wander to the pub, and the fact that it's a traditional cottage with enough space for friends and family. We hope you'll love it as much as us.


Sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms (1 King, 1 Double and 1 Twin).

Anchor Cottage

Sleeps 6
This little bolthole delivers mesmerising sea views, moments from the sea with homely unique interiors, a terrace to dine and watch the world go by in Porthleven the most southerly port in Britain, a Foodie heaven, a walkers paradise and everything a quintessential Cornwall fishing port offers.

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Contact Website  00784 144 733 9  Anchor Cottage, Cliff Road, Porthleven, Cornwall TR13 9EZ

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Getting There

Leave the A30 at Cambourne west 3047, follow road through Cambourne and then the B3303 through Praze-an Beeble. From here take the A394 and finally the B33904 to Porthleven. On entering Porthleven turn right onto the harbour road, across cobbles to the headland and past the clocktower – as you round the headland it becomes Cliff Road. Anchor Cottage is ahead of you: there's a parking space to the right of the house but it's tight – please take care. The key box is in the porch on the left. You can get a mainline train to Penzance and take a bus from there to Porthleven. They run every two hours and drop at the Square in the heat of Porthleven, from there it's a five minute walk to Anchor Cottage. 

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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


A charming cottage, with stunning sea views for a perfect holiday beside the beach.

This was a lovely old cottage, very welcoming feel about the place and really well equipped. We picked a great week for the weather which made our stay even more enjoyable, Great outside space in front of the cottage where you can sit and enjoy the view and people watching. Porthleven is a great little town with a lovely sheltered but busy harbour, very picturesque. Lots to do and great places to eat. The only minor flaw was a noisy seagull family living on the roof of the house next door. Morning call I suppose :-) We would highly recommend a stay here, we will definitely be back.
Jul 28, 2021 by Paul Lloyd Verified Review

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