|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
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Cove View, one of three tastefully converted barns, is nestled in the hillside, overlooking Porthallow on the Lizard Peninsula. All on one level, the cottage features a classic slate floor, exposed timbers and stonework, plus a wood burning stove for romantic evenings inside. It's decorated throughout in bright white, which gives the cottage a traditional feel and showcases all the original features.
Step into the property and you'll find a spacious lounge. There's a large yellow sofa with a colourful throw and plenty of scatter cushions, plus a vibrant red matching arm chair. That's where I'd head, in the evening, with a large glass of Prosecco and a book from the overflowing bookcase. If you'd rather settle down with some television, then turn on the flat-screen TV and catch up on your favourite show, or pop a film into the DVD player.
Most of the furniture is natural wood and this really adds warmth and personality to the room. You'll find a small table and chairs under the window, just big enough for supper, with stunning views across the garden.There's one double bedroom with a king-size bed and built-in wardrobes for a streamlined, uncluttered feel. You'll find a light, airy shower room, and a fully functional kitchen with a traditional Belfast sink and a breakfast bar, ideal for early morning coffee and croissants.
Outside, there's a barbecue on the terrace, with views of the sea and countryside, and a sheltered area of lawn, perfect for lazing and recharging in the late-afternoon sun.
One under-cover parking space is allocated to the property, and dogs are welcome at an additional fee of £50 per week. There are laundry facilities available. We also require a refundable £100 deposit against damages on the property.
Cove View can be rented in conjunction with Rainbow Cottage and Rainbow End for larger groups – if you're thinking of booking more than one of our Porthallow properties, please ask about a discount.
Try Cadgwith, a traditional fishing village where the crabbing boats are still pulled up the beach with wire rope and winch. Have lunch at the Cadgwith Cove Inn, built over 300 years ago and bursting with character, or visit on a Friday evening and catch the Cadgwith Singers performing some ditties.
Visit Poldhu Cove where Marconi made the first transatlantic radio transmission. Or be like Dr Who and ride the Segway at Goonhilly Satellite Station.
Try your hand at rock-pooling at Kennack Sands. There are a couple of cafes here for snacks and cold drinks, and if you fancy something a tad more exciting, book some surfing sessions at the Beach Hut.
Roskilly's is a must-see on anyone's itinerary - it's where they make the delicious, organic ice-cream. You can watch the milking, and meet the animals, have lunch at the Croust House restaurant, or simply enjoy wandering the meadows.
For all you chocoholics out there, try the Chocolate Centre and Craft Centre at Mullion. Lots of goodies to sample! And you must visit the llamas before you go!
Porthallow, meaning 'Port at the end of the Moor', is a small, tucked-away village on the east coast of the Lizard Peninsula. It was once a busy fishing port, famous for its thriving pilchard fleet - in fact, the old pilchard cellars can still be seen near the pebbly beach. The local inn, yes, you guessed it! The Five Pilchards, is named after the traditional way of counting the fish in groups of five, and reminds us how important the industry was to the Cornish economy.
The history of the pub can be traced as far back as the 1830s, and inside, you'll find a fascinating range of nautical memorabilia to explore whilst sampling a locally made pasty or a steaming bowl of Porthallow Chowder.
Just a mile off shore, is the Manacles Reef, a rocky outcrop, and the cause of countless historical shipwrecks. It's a popular site for diving, accessed from the neighbouring Porthkerris Cove, where you hire the gear, or book a boat trip to snorkel with the basking sharks.
You'll find St Keverne nearby: a handful of shops, two inns and a cluster of whitewashed cottages, all huddled around the village square, and overlooked by the impressive 15th Century church, St Akervnus. On a balmy summer's evening you may catch some traditional Cornish music from the St Kerverne Band or Male Voice Choir.
Just a few miles south brings you to the Lizard Village and the most southerly point in the UK. Rugged scenery, the famous lighthouse and ye olde Cornish Cream Teas. Meander in the souvenir shops and chose a trinket of serpentine, mined and polished on the Lizard. Take a stroll along the blustery coastal path, and finish off the day with a hot salt-and-vinegary fish supper and breathe in the crisp sea air.
The Lizard Peninsula is the Cornwall of Poldark or Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers. It's the Cornwall of quiet, leafy lanes, patchwork fields, and the comforting shush of the sea. It's tranquillity. The call of the gulls, long sunshiny days and afternoon picnics with warm pasties and cold ale. It's a place to relax, to recharge, to love and to laugh.