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Elfin Cottage

Porthleven, Cornwall (Ref. 959312)



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18 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was generally dirty and smelled of 'dog' which to some extent was expected."

    However, we arrived early evening after a long journey and had to wash crockery and cutlery and clean the teapot. The freezer is in dire need of a defrost. The washing machine drawer was clogged up with crusted powder. I had to vacuum the place because of dog hairs which were also on the carpets (in clumps) upstairs in the bedrooms even though the cottage file requests no pest upstairs. There were also pet hairs attached to the duvet cover. The brushes on Henry (the vaccum cleaner) were worn down to the metal so were of little use. I vacuumed the sofa cushions as they had crumbs and sand in the seams (but didn't dare lift them in case there was further filth to view beneath) The bases of the uplighters were filthy. My husband cleaned the top of the fridge and found the same filth. One drinking glass had a crack in it. Unfortunately the photos in your catalogue are deceiving. There was limited information in the cottage file. It seems that this cottage has not had an inspection for a while. Porthleven is a lovely holiday destination spoiled by the lack of cottage cleanliness which as you can see was extremely disappointing considering the price we paid. We have photographic evidence of our discoveries. Please contact me for further information as I am unable to contact you via the telephone number displayed in your email.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We take all feedback seriously and had you contacted us during your stay we would have been happy to rectify any issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2021

  • "We had a great week in Porthleven and this quaint cottage is in a very convenient location."

    Although there is no parking with the cottage we managed to work round it fairly easily once we had found our bearings. I think a moderate investment in cleaning, decoration (particularly downstairs) and some thought in planting up the garden and pots would go a long way in making the cottage feel that extra bit special. We would book Elfin Cottage again but might check out some others first.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "My sat nav took us into Porthleven in a different direction to what was indicated on your directions, we arrived at 10:00pm at night and was still searching for the cottage an hour later, Prospect place was not signed and neither was shute rd."

    In the dark very difficult to find, which we didn’t need after a 10 hour journey

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2021

  • "We have just returned from a really lovely stay at Elfin Cotttage in Porthleven, Cornwall."

    It was a very long journey down from Lancashire and I was a little worried after reading some reviews but we where very happy with Elfin Cottage. As it is a cottage it isn’t big inside but we where a party of 6 three adults and three children as well as one dog and did not have any difficulties with the size of the property. It has absolutely everything you need and extra bits too like spare bulbs and all sorts! Also if you look in the cupboard drawers across from the stairs you will find all sorts of information leaflets and a little booklet with tide times on ( I put that in there!) so you can plan trips out. As we are not nosey Parker’s we didn’t realise until the last night that the chest underneath the tv has all sorts of games in too! The beds are comfy and we found the whole cottage to be lovely and clean and there was no mould in sight any where. The garden is just lovely, the roses are coming into bloom ( the children need to be careful around these as they are prickly but our three never hurt themselves) there where six chairs to sit out and the sun shone in the garden all day. There was plenty of opportunities to move the chairs into the sun and enjoy the garden. We perhaps could have done with a small table out there ( maybe a folding one or one kept out of the way under the window?) but we managed well without one. Although this cottage is near to the harbour and the beach it is tucked away,we just loved the quiet location, we couldn’t hear any of the bustle of the busy harbour. There is a table with four chairs in the dining room but there is extra chairs in the kitchen and we managed to fit six of us round the table no problem. We also didn’t find parking a problem, yes sometimes we needed to park on the car park next to the supermarket but generally it wasn’t a problem for us. We didn’t realise that there are restrictions on walking the dog on Porthleven beach at certain times of the year we where ok but between July and October there are no dogs allowed on the beach, so that something to bear in mind. Also the dogs are not allowed on the sofas or upstairs at all,something else to bear in mind. Our dog seemed to get the hang of this pretty quickly too! Overall, I would recommend Elfin cottage we have had the best time and we all feel sad to be back home from such a fantastic holiday, Porthleven really is just beautiful.

    Reviewed by DanielleMay 2021

  • "Overall we made the most of this holiday as there were only 2 of us staying in the cottage."

    It is however listed as sleeping 6. Agreed there are beds for six but the kitchen and eating area were not big enough for 6. The dining table only had 4 chairs and space for 4 chairs. The garden is tiny and almost always shaded, so on a 12c May day it was too cold to sit in. Also, although there were 5 outside chairs there was no outside table. The chairs were filthy and looked like they were never covered or cleaned. Cleanliness was NOT acceptable. There were cobwebs everywhere and many traces of food and greasy marks in the kitchen. Given that we were told we could not access he property until 5.30pm to allow for thorough cleaning, the place was NOT as clean as I would have expected. We were told that there was no parking for the property and nearby street parking should be available, it was not and we couldn’t get the car within 200 metres of the property to unload or re load. This was a massive inconvenience as it was raining heavily. Finally, our first impression was not good as when we had accessed the keys from the keysafe, the 2 keys were attached to a very grubby unhygienic paper label - not a good initial impression.

    Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are disappointed that you did not contact us during your stay regarding the cleanliness issues, if you had I can assure you that we could have remedied these issues as necessary at the time. The marketing and photographs of the property show how the property is laid out and also the size of the rooms and garden, we are sorry you were disappointed. We state that parking can usually be found close by but that if not, there is a car park close by. You can park for a short while to unload and upload within 200 metres of the property. We do hope that you will holiday with us in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KevinMay 2021

  • "The cleanliness was fine the house was fine took a while to find as was down a ..."

    The cleanliness was fine the house was fine took a while to find as was down a snicket but OK parking said on the info was on street but mostly yellow lines round there so non exist ant really luckily could park at me cousins round corner but all in all was a base which what we wanted so fine

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2021

  • "Unfortunately the property was not as clean as it should have been, especially when the current climate under covid is taken into consideration."

    there were a number of dusty surfaces, fingerprints on appliances in the kitchen and the stair hand rail was filthy, I appretiate the only way this can be remedied is by constructive feedback the property was comfortable and what I have grown to expect from Sykes, the welcome pack was very much appretiated and the wipes and sanitisers were put to goid use in addressing this situation

    Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback following your stay. It is very disappointing to hear that there were issues with cleanliness. If you had contacted us during your stay, I can assure you, we would have done our utmost to deal with any issues as necessary. We do hope that you will holiday with us again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanSep 2020

  • "We expected a certain amount of dampness in the cottage give the location and ..."

    We expected a certain amount of dampness in the cottage give the location and the age but we did not expect the bed sheets to be mould stained and damp also the weather was quite warm so would have been nice to sit in the garden but it was very over grown and had not been tided for some time

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback following your stay at Elfin Cottage. The bedding comes from a linen supplier so we are surprised to hear this - had you mentioned this during your stay we could have sent one of the housekeepers to check and change the linen, if required. The outside area is overseen by a gardener so we will ensure this is brought to their attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicoleAug 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Elfin cottage."

    We didnt experience any of the problems regarding damp, as other guests have suggested. The cottage was well cleaned and well equipped. We would be happy to stay again, as the cottage was comfortable and located in an ideal spot for walks into the town and local amenities on the doorstep. The parking was very difficult on the side of the roads as it was summer holidays however we found that the car park by the supermarket usually had an available space and was reasonably priced. Porthleven was lovely as always.

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2020

  • "The cottage was comfortable and warm and ideally located."

    We loved it but a few things could do with attention. The blind in the upstairs bathroom was broken so people can see in. Both the flushes on the toilets (upstairs and down) don't work properly. There are no instructions or guides as to what to do with the rubbish (ie is anything recyclable etc).

    Reviewed by SteveDec 2019

  • "Cottage very nice layout and in brilliant position by Harbour."

    Ideal for pets as has garden. Definitely needs cleaning properly for next guests. Also needs blinds in kitchen and downstairs shower room as people are walking passed cottage. There are blinds in all other rooms. This is our third time staying at the cottage as we love the cottage and Porthleven but the above needs to be addressed.

    Reviewed by MarySep 2019

  • "This was our fourth stay in Cornwall and we where so disappointed with the cottage , on arrival it smelt of dogs the mat was covered in dog hair ,the cottage was dirty ."

    The cooker needs a good clean ,the cottage needs up dating , the car parking was not clear and our daughters car got vandalised ,l hope you take note of our compliant this was not a cheep holiday .

    Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. We’re very sorry to hear about the cleanliness on arrival and agree this isn’t a pleasant thing to arrive to. Thank you for reporting it to us promptly so that we could arrange for the cleaners to return the very next day and put everything right for you. This property regularly receives complimentary comments for its cleanliness (see previous reviews) and we are confident this was a one off. We are sorry that you had trouble with parking (which is either street parking nearby or in the local car park). Again, we’ve never previously been made aware of any damage to anyone’s vehicle before and although there is always a risk when parking in a public area, remain confident this is a safe place to leave your vehicle. Overall we do hope that you enjoyed your visit to Cornwall and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by jenniferAug 2019

  • "Lovely small cottage / great location a couple of minutes walk to harbour - if that."

    Porthleven is beautiful and so much to do and see will definitely be back to Porthleven and would come to this cottage again. Just a bit cob webby especially outside areas, and needs some tlc but definitely ok for a week on holiday. Comfy sofas and beds and has everything you need.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2019

  • "Our third visit and the property is even better having been refurbished since our last visit 2 years ago"

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2019

  • "Loved the cottage very homely and welcoming, the log burner would be lovely at colder times of the year"

    Reviewed by GaryApr 2019

  • "Plus points - very comfortable, clean beds, and lovely hot water."

    Needed instuctions about how to find Elfin Cottage - after a long journey, we had quite a job to locate it. Felt the whole house was 'tired' - it could do with redecorating, and the bathrooms brought up to date. Kitchen adequate, but also looked old. Too much stuff, needed to be rationalised. The furnishings lacked something - one of the sofas smelt - dogs? In fact we thought the whole place needed a thorough, in depth, clean (this is not to criticise the people who went in to spruce up between clients - sure they did a good job, with the time available to them). Books very old; everything felt greasy, even the blue information folder. Contact telephone number in the folder rang off immediately. The garden was charming but way past its best - dead plants and overgrown shrubs. And why not a table and chairs in the garden? The chairs provided, once we'd cleaned them, were only comfortable to lie back in - hard to drink a cup of tea unless you perched on the edge. Finally, we think that you should provide some means of collecting recyclables, and instructions as to what to do with them. Surely just chucking everything in one bin isn't enough these days.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2018

  • "Absolutely lovely traditional cottage in heart of Porthleven."

    Very restful and all necessities catered for. Garden was lovely and had some welcome shade under the apple tree. Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would love to visit again. Only little negative points was that parking could be difficult (although appreciate there are little narrow streets) and the dustbin was filled and overflowing with unhealthy unbagged rubbish from previous renters. Loved it though

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2018

  • "The cottage was cosy, comfortable, warm and quite well appointed, especially the kitchen."

    Showers were good too. Unfortunately it was also rather tired and jaded. The exterior was rather scruffy and there were copious amounts of dog poo on the garden and in a bag left by the front door - not a pretty sight when you arrive at your holiday cottage. The free wifi annoyingly gave up after a few days - possibly a router problem. Whilst we would wholeheartedly recommend Portleven (lovely harbour and foodie lovers paradise), we won't be going back to Elfin Cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2018

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The property

Located in the heart of delightful Porthleven, Elfin Cottage, whilst away from the centre, is just a short walk to the long sandy beach and picturesque harbour.

With historic inns, modern restaurants, art galleries and individual shops, Porthleven has much to offer.

Elfin Cottage is an attractive former fisherman's cottage, presented in a modern, contemporary style to a good standard.

Set over two floors, it is suitable for both families and groups of friends and also welcomes two pets.

The ground floor is home to the kitchen/breakfast room and a sitting room/dining area with wood burning stove as well as a shower room with WC whilst upstairs are two double bedrooms and a twin room as well as the family bathroom with bath and shower over.Outside there is a pretty south-facing enclosed garden with garden furniture on which to relax after a busy day of discovery.

Walkers will enjoy the stroll along to Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake of Loe pool and 3 miles away in Helston, children can have fun on the boating lake or a visit to Flambards Theme Park and Victorian Village or the town’s museum.Further afield are some fabulous beaches namely, Rinsey, Praa Sands and Church Cove and Marazion is the gateway to the infamous St Michael's Mount which can be walked across when the tide is right.


  • Ground floor kitchen/diner and sitting/dining room with warming wood burning stove
  • Shower room with WC
  • Staircase to Family bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom.
  • Electric Panel Heaters, range style oven and hob, microwave, freezer and wood burner
  • Washing machine
  • TV, DVD
  • Electricity inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Travel cot and high chair available
  • On-street parking can usually be found near by but if not a car park close by (charges apply in the car park)
  • Sorry no smoking, Shops, pubs and restaurants nearby
  • £25 charge per pet

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About the location


Helston 3 miles; Penzance 10 miles; Hayle 11 miles; St. Ives 17 miles; Falmouth 17.5 miles.

Porthleven is one of south west Cornwall’s hidden, coastal gems, located near Helston, famous for its annual Flora Dance Festival. Situated between Lizard Point and Land’s End, Porthleven retains the feel of a traditional Cornish fishing village, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Cornish coastline. The iconic clock tower sits on the harbour entrance and the pubs, shops, cafés and restaurants cluster around the historic picturesque inner harbour, where there is plenty of boating and marine activity. With a warren of streets lined with classic Cornish, granite cottages, an extensive beach manned with lifeguards, the chance for alfresco dining in one of a number of well reviewed restaurants, and crabbing off the harbour, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, all year round. Porthleven is building a reputation for eating out with a popular food festival established in the spring. Out of season, Porthleven has one of the best surf breaks in the country where you can sit down and get lost for hours watching the energetic surfers riding the waves. There are some fabulous hidden coves along this stretch of coastline, including Praa Sands, Poldhu Cove, and Rinsey, a magical setting for the more energetic. You may have even seen pictures of Porthleven on television, being one of the best spots in the UK for storm watching, with the crashing winter waves often being used as the backdrop to weather forecasts. Walkers will enjoy the South West Coast Path, adventuring west past Rinsey Head with spectacular views, or south across Loe Bar to Penrose Estate with its National Trust cafe, and on to Gunwalloe Church Cove. Take a trip to the Isles of Scilly by boat or plane and marvel at the display of sub-tropical gardens at the stunning Tresco Abbey. The Eden Project near St. Austell offers an interesting day out. Porthleven is the ideal base for discovering the delights of west Cornwall and the Lizard Peninsula.

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Note: Check in time for this property is 4pm. Note cot bedding not provided.

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