Anchor Cottage

South West England Cornwall Porthleven

  • From £214 a night
  • Sleeps 6

This Porthleven fisherman's cottage is the perfect place for a salty Cornish adventure!

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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!

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Anchor Cottage sleeps six in three comfortable bedrooms (1 King, 1 Double and 1 Twin). All with white linenThe 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 there is a washer & dryer, a cloakroom and access to the rear courtyard with handy outside store. 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 family holidays and friends' get-togethers. we welcome one dog, are welcome and a bed and crate are provided. We  also have a travel cot, booster seat and baby bath 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 Loe Bar, Cornwall's largest freshwater lake. St Ives is a short drive , 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 asian fusion at Kota Kai.  There's a weekly markets and Pengethley’s co-op store for all your groceries as well as a fresh fishmonger. Our favourite spots are The Ship Inn for Cornish charm, good pub food and plenty of outdoor seating,
We love The Mussel Shoal for seafood with a view. Head to The Corner Deli for fab pizza's and lunchtime treats, while the Twisted Currant does the best breakfast.
For top notch cuisine try Kota, the Square.
On top of all that there’s plenty of street food snack options from lobster sandwiches to bagels, tea and cake to pizzas.


Available all year.


From £700 for a short break, £1500 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.

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The Owner Says

Anchor cottage is perhaps the perfect little Cornwall bolthole. It delivers mesmerising sea views, sitting moments from the sea with special interior finds for a home from home feel. The front terrace has vistas across Mounts Bay to the lizard to Penzance with the Atlantic taking centre stage.  The perfect spot to stop with a cuppa in the morning or a tipple in the evening and watch the world go by.
Porthleven is a vibrant plucky little village that faces the full force of the Atlantic. Food is at its heart with plenty of places to eat from restaurants to street food. The newly launched art focus at the Shipyard Market is the place to find all things local from beer to gin, cup cakes to home grown veg as well as artsy pieces. Weekly markets adds to the shopping experience. The old lifeboat station is now a gallery and promotes local artists through hte year.
Porthleven is a great spot to explore around the lizard, pop across the peninsula to visit Gwithian and Porthkidney both stunning beaches and St Ives with the Tate gallery and more beaches is just around the headland. Just down the coast from Porthleven is Praa sands for a wide expanse of beach, Or a half hour walk away is Loe bar and Penrose estate to explore.
We chose Anchor Cottage for its stunning sea views, its location, close enough to town to wander to the pub, but a little quieter than the harbour bustle, and it's traditional cottage feel with three double bedrooms a parking space and outside dining. We hope you'll love it as much as us.


Contact Website  07841 447 339  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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  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Smart TV
  • Wifi

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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews


Everything you could possible want right on your door step

This was a christmas present to my daughter as she was a new mum and her and her husband would need a break from the norm at some stage the following year. So off they went with high expectations and the feedback immediately was one of sheer joy. The cottage was perfect for the 3 of them. So close to the beach and everything that Portlevan has to offer. The weather was glorious but they said that even if it had not been this was a perfect place to chill and just enjoy the ambience of the place. It has been very thoughtfully furnished and immaculately clean. Well done to the cleaning agents responsible. If you want somewhere special this would tick a lot of boxes and if you are prepared to push the boat out financially this is worth a shot. Cornwall at its best.
Aug 13, 2022 by jane Mills

Fantastic Accommodation in a Perfect Location

Wow - what a fantastic location for a holiday cottage.. A beautiful well equipped cottage with out door space, which is ideal for sitting out and watching the world go by.
Jul 23, 2022 by Richard Miles

Fantastic cottage with unbeatable sunny terrace with direct beach and sea views!

Anchor Cottage is definitely not your average UK holiday rental and we have stayed in many! Firstly it is so beautifully and stylishly furnished with lovely touches such as lots of cushions and throws, high quality bedding and towels and even mains powered fairy lights strewn along the beamed ceilings that add a romantic touch to evenings in. Secondly the location is unbeatable for immediate access to the glorious dog friendly beach (except July & August), you can spend hours on the terrace watching the paddle boarders & surfers with a glass of wine in hand. Thirdly it is very well equipped and the hosts provided a generous welcome pack and cleaning materials etc. We love Porthleven, have visited several times and have immediately re-booked for next year in Anchor Cottage. Fantastic restaurants and bars to be found, notably Kota Kai, Mussel Shoals and Sea Drift. Only word of caution - the sea gulls are ever watchful and always hungry so you can't leave any food on the table unsupervised at any time they are incredibly clever!!
Jun 18, 2022 by Geoff Brighton

Just perfect

What a glorious spot! This fabulously furnished & equipped cottage is an absolute delight - it has everything you need. A great location making it easy to reach the shops, restaurants & the beach (which is literally a stones throw away). Can't fault it....
May 16, 2022 by Gillie Westwood

Response from Anchor Cottage

Thank you so much for your review, so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Anchor cottage, and enjoyed its location, we'd love to welcome you back.

The most beautiful, comfortable, exquisitely decorated and styled cottage in the perfect location!

Delightfully furnished, compact and comfortable cottage with great sea views 3 mins walk from the harbour shops and restaurants. Great for coastal walks, great food and pubs! Lovely sandy beach just in front of the cottage. What’s not to like! We had a lovely stay!
May 15, 2022 by Liz

Response from Anchor Cottage

Liz, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Anchor cottage, and enjoyed everything Porthleven has to offer.  We hope to welcome you again, thanks, Charlotte

Truly wonderful and idyllic!

Myself and 3 friends spent a long weekend at Anchor Cottage and from the moment we crossed the threshold, it was apparent that it was going to be fabulous! The cottage has that Tardis effect, appearing cosy from the outside and yet surprisingly spacious within. There's even a downstairs lavatory, washing machine and dryer. It was also absolutely spotless! The kitchen contains high end appliances and every conceivable utensil. The decor of the cottage is beautiful, with a subtle nautical/beachside theme. Again it is amazing that the cottage allows for three bedrooms which though snug, are tastefully decorated and kitted out with quality linens and very comfy beds. The real star of the show however is the location and as a consequence, the breathtaking panorama. Most of the windows provide unobstructed views of the sea and coastline. The cottage is adjacent to the sea wall and the gently sloping path to the golden sandy beach. We were fortunate to enjoy 3 days of warm sunshine and as a consequence, a placid, glistening sea and lots of alfresco drinking and dining on the front patio. Porthleven itself is picturesque and well served by pubs, cafés and a number of quality restaurants and eateries. Once parked, our car didn't budge as the small supermarket was well stocked and there's even a small Boots for toiletries etc. All is easily within walking distance of the cottage. In all we had a fantastic break it is without a shadow of a doubt that we will return to Anchor Cottage next year!
May 10, 2022 by Mrs F Terrell

Perfect stay in Porthleven

Loved every minute of our stay at Anchor Cottage, Porthleven. The cottage is equipped with everything you need; and is finished to a high spec with charming decor. Highly recommend…and will definitely be back.
May 8, 2022 by Sarah Westbrook-Stewart

Silver wedding Heaven

My husband and myself booked Anchor Cottage to celebrate our silver wedding together with our dog Finn. Well driving up to the cottage was our first heart slkip! Everything that we wanted! A Beautiful, cosy home with Breathtaking view’s over the coast. The furnishings are all of high standard and nothing has been overlooked for your needs! Scones and a bottle of wine on arrival made our long journey eased. With walks just on your doorstep and restaurants, cafes, bakery’s, and local supermarket, all your needs are locally at hand. Charlotte and Steve have certainly made a most magical Holiday Cottage for everyone to enjoy. Thank you so much we came away soothed and rested. Martin and Claire
Jan 14, 2022 by Claire Liddle


Thank you so much to Charlotte and Steve for the perfect winter break! The cottage was so cosy and beautifully decorated for Christmas which was wonderful after a brisk coastal walk. The scones were very welcome after after drive down! The owners are excellent at communication and did everything to make sure we were comfortable during our stay. Superb location, wonderful places to eat and explore. Very clean and well looked after. We would definitely recommend to others and return again. Best place in Porthleven!
Jan 3, 2022 by Holly Scrivener

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

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