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Beautiful Stone Cottage in Porthleven's Conservation Area Just 100m To Harbour

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Porthleven. Island House is a fully renovated double fronted fisherman's cottage right in the centre of Porthleven.

Just 100m from the historic harbour Island House is perfectly located for your holiday in Porthleven with pubs, restaurants, shops, galleries and the beach just a short stroll away. Completely refurbished with contemporary interior including a cosy sitting room, well equipped kitchen/diner, utility with washing machine and tumble dryer, stunning bathroom with large walk in shower, two generous bedrooms, one with a five foot bed (king size) and the other with a 4 foot and a three foot, outside there is a courtyard style garden surrounded by a high wall which is a real suntrap. Sorry no pets.

James Gush
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About James Gush

Hi I am James, married to Sally, we have three grown up children. We bought Island House in 2012 and then spent the next nine months renovating it, it had been in the same family ownership for over 100 years. We have tried to blend old with new, retaining character features such as the beamed ceilings and the granite lintle above the fire place, but adding all the 'creature comforts' you would expect in the 21st century. We have decorated and renewed many items and soft furnishings for 2017 season. We live in Devon, but I was brought up in Cornwall and went to school in Helston. Knowing the area fairly well Porthleven was where we wanted to be and when Island House came up for auction we were there, not for one minute expecting the hammer to go down on my bid! We love going to Island House, visiting as often as possible, and we hope you will like it as much we do.

James Gush purchased this cottage in 2012

Why James Gush chose Lizard Peninsula

Porthleven has everything, you can eat out somewhere different every night, and you will not be disappointed. Loe Bar and The Penrose estate are fantastic places to walk or cycle, or go in the other direction towards Penzance, the dramatic cliffs and abandoned engine houses remind you of the regions rich history and mining past.

What makes this cottage unique

Island House is close to the centre of Porthleven, so everything is within a five minute walk, it is virtually detached (just joined to the neighbouring property by it's utility room which is a later addition) this is unusual as the vast majority of the cottages in the conservation area are terraced, with unusal rights of way, shared rear yards and fronting the street. This is not the case with Island House where you open the gate onto your own sunny garden, which is made up of a terrace with table, chairs and parasol, and raised beds with a variety of flowering and sub tropical plants, there are also glimpses of the inner harbour, a path leads to the front door and around the corner to the utility room.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Pringle Family, Hong Kong

"We stayed at Island House in Porthleven this summer and we cannot praise it enough. We were two adults and three children and we had a wonderful time. The location is ideal being so close to the harbour and even though it was peak season parking was no problem. The house has been tastefully decorated, is clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. We are already planning our return stay."

Jess, Cecelia and Paddy (From Devon)

We've just spent a long weekend at Island House. The cottage itself is beautifully decorated and furnished, very crisp and clean, fully equipped and there's even an ipod dock! The village and harbour are very picturesque with individual shops and plenty of places to eat out. We will certainly return later in the season. A lovely stay - thank you.

Mr & Mrs Perry, Deal Kent. My wife and I chose Island House as we lived in Porthleven and knew the property, we have stayed in a few properties in the village, your property was perfect in every way and could not fault it; we very much enjoyed our stay and would be glad to visit again'

Carlo and Daniela, Rome, Italy,

'We were happy in your cottage! It is nicely furnished and has everything you need to live comfortably in a house.

Also, we loved the small garden and the laundry was big enough to shelter our bicycles.We think Porthleven is a wonderful place! Much much better than all other places better known or much more promoted in Cornwall.'

Mr Gullis, London. 'Many thanks, I hope very much to return in 2015 having had a marvellous holiday at your lovely property.'
Sep 2014
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Porthleven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One king size bedroom and one twin with 4ft & 3ft beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Suntrap courtyard garden, with patio area, table and chairs with colourful flowerbeds cotaining some sub-tropical plants Utility Room: Separate utility room with full size washing machine & tumble dryer. Also ideal for storing wet suits and surf boards. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen,towels and cleaning all included, as well as a box of delicious Cornish farings and a bottle of Prosecco to greet you!


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Beautiful Stone Cottage in Porthleven's Conservation Area Just 100m To Harbour
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Perfect house and location for exploring Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing few days down in Porthleven at Island House. It is set right in the heart of the town, seconds from the harbour, which makes it easy to explore the selection of shops, pubs and restaurants on offer. Try Nauti But Ice for lunches and Kota Kai for dinner! The house itself has got everything you need for a holiday and more. It's facilities were all clean and modern, and the kitchen was very well equipped. There is also a lovely garden that is perfect for sitting out in the morning sun. There are some brilliant coastal walks either side of Porthleven, and the beach around the corner is ideal to have a barbecue in the evening. The owner, James, was very helpful throughout and ensured we had a seamless stay. Would 100% recommend this house to anyone thinking of visiting Cornwall, will definitely be visiting Island House again!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, we would be delighted if you chose to return. Best wishes, James
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Fabulous Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at Island Cottage and it was perfect! The cottage is in an ideal location and we enjoyed all the many restaurants Porthleven has to offer. We will definitely be back! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Harriet, Thank you so much for your review. Best wishes, James
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A lovely cottage complete with everything for a home to home experience.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully furnished with lots of Cornish touches - garden even has lots of hidden little treasures. Lovely comfortable beds - we all slept well (albeit expect to be awaken by deliveries to convenience store opposite or noisy seagulls! Kitchen well equipped and plentiful hot water for showers etc

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfortable cosy cottage in Porthleven

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time, slept like logs, ate like kings, drank like fishes! Loved the cottage, Porthleven is a gem, hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Traditional, comfortable cottage, a great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped. We loved being close to the town and harbour with an excellent choice of restaurants and takeaways. Also enjoyed the sheltered garden area. Porthleven offered us a good base for walking and sightseeing. I would definitely recommend Island House and am looking forward to booking a further visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully furnished cottage close to the harbour

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week in Island Cottage. The cream tea and bottle of prosecco on arrival was a lovely touch. The cottage is immaculately clean and beautifully furnished with comfy beds, a super well stocked kitchen and a fantastic shower room! The courtyard garden provides a nice outside space. The harbour is less than a two minute walk! We love Porthleven and Island Cottage! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Praa Sands 9 hole Mullion 18 hole
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
The Harbour 200 metres and the beach 750 metres
Car: recommended


The harbour is 2 minutes and the beach is five minutes both on foot.


Newquay Airport is about 30 miles away and Penzance station about 15 miles. Porthleven has everything and is on a bus route and the coastal path so you could manage perfectly well without a car.


Everything in Cornwall is within 40 min. drive and there are plenty of towns. beaches and coves nearby.

Further Details:

Porthleven is very much known for it's food with many pubs and restaurants including Rick Stein, these are mainly situated around the historic harbour, there is also an annual food festival, there are also galleries & shops as well as a reasonable sized supermarket.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is on a Friday, check in at 4pm , check out at 10am

Notes on prices:
10% discount for two week bookings (excluding school holidays)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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