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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Porthleven is a lovely place with 3 lovely pubs (though the Harbour Inn isn't as characterful or friendly as The Atlantic Inn & the Ship)."

    The property is beautiful, has comfortable beds & 2 toilets! It overlooks the harbour and gets sun from mid afternoon to sunset. The beach is just round the corner. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jun 2023

  • "A home from home."

    Everything we needed for. a Christmas in Cornwall. Catered for seven of us on Christmas Day easily. As well as wonderful views, great location, and in the perfect place of Porthleven. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great break for the second year running."

    Spectacular seas outside which coincided with high tides. Well-equipped property with only a couple of minor issues which were shared via a note to the housekeeper.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Nov 2022

  • "This holiday was our honeymoon and it was perfect in every way!"

    ! The Haven, the weather, the people, the restaurants and the views. We had an amazing time and would love to return....perhaps for our anniversary each year!!

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property perfectly located."

    We will be back!

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent property with fabulous view over harbour."

    Great value if six of you are staying. Ideal location for lots of must see locations.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with great views overlooking the harbour."

    We wanted for nothing all week.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2022

  • "Lack of parking, steepness of steps"

    Thank you for leaving your feedback for us. We do mention that the steps to the property are steep in the description and we advise on two different places to park while on holiday at Haven. - The Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.4Mar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay here."

    The views over the harbour are stunning, I love Porthleven so being able to stay here was great. I haven't given 5 stars only because the only thing letting this lovely place down is the old sash windows and storage heaters! We arrived just as the storm was blowing over, the wind was blowing through the windows alot that the blinds and curtains were moving with the wind, and blowing through the front and porch door making the house cold. These really need replacing with double glazing like the houses next door, and central heating really needs to put in place in the house. That aside the house is lovely, clean and comfortable and being able to sit outside and watch the sunset was amazing :) will definitely stay again.

    Thank you for writing feedback. It is unfortunate that your booking coincided with Storm Eunice and Storm Dudley. We have never had a comment about the house being too cold before and imagine this was down to the extreme weather that the country experienced. We are glad to hear that despite this you would stay again, hopefully this time with better weather! - The Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic location."

    Comfortable and clean. Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. Hope to be back.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Feb 2022

  • "Cottage was really homely and had a really well equipt kitchen."

    The double bed was really comfy and what an amazing view to wake up to each day. The terrace was put to use every day morning and night. It was just perfect and we will definitely want to come back.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Haven is a great place to stay."

    Amazing location on the harbour and very well equipped. The beds were comfortable and we all slept well especially as there is no traffic noise. The lounge chairs and sofa could have been more comfortable. Our only issue was with the intermittent internet connection. We know that this is probably due to the location but perhaps more could be done to boost the signal. The TV had no BBC stations tuned in and watching iplayer was almost impossible due to connection issues. We managed to park on the harbour road each evening which was lucky and found Porthleven an interesting place to stay with more restaurants, shops and facilities than expected for a small place. Friends have already asked me how to book The Haven.

    Reviewed by Linda4.1Sep 2021

  • "Everything was fantastic!"

    ! The house was beautiful, fantastic location, super clean. Everything just felt really easy, very impressed with the company would definitely re book. Simply wonderful!

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jul 2021

  • "We’ve stayed at the Haven in many occasions over the past 25 years and it never disappoints."

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Jul 2021

  • "The accommodation was lovely and overlooking the harbour was a real bonus"

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Jun 2021

  • "My holiday at the Haven was lovely."

    My expectations on reading reviews were that the house might be a bit tired. It was really well furnished, comfortable, fresh and clean. Amazing location on the harbour, sitting on the terrace in the sun with those views was a joy every day.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Apr 2021

  • "A few cobwebs around the lights other than that very tidy and welcoming."

    i wasn't very happy about having to put the bins out containing previous guest rubbish with the current situation. apologies for taking the mattress covers off on departure, miss read the email.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We take this very seriously and apologise for the fact that our usually high cleaning standards fell short of expectations on this occasion. We have now spoken to our housekeeper about these issues. Notwithstanding, we do hope that you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Dec 2020

  • "Haven was a lovely little house, perfect for a week in Porthleven."

    We loved sitting out the front overlooking the harbour. The house is well equipped and was clean upon arrival. The owners had kindly left a pint of milk and some Cornish treats for us which were very much appreciated by our family. We would recommend it and Porthleven to friends.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Aug 2020

  • "Would def book same property again."

    Reviewed by Patricia4.1Jul 2020

  • "We have previously stayed at other properties in bay view and this is by far the most poorly maintained."

    It was also not particularly clean or comfortable. The standard was not horrible but below others we have stayed at, also next door(very high standards)was cheaper for the same week(we got friendly with the people staying).

    Reviewed by David2.8Mar 2020

  • "We have ahd a fantastic week staying at The Haven."

    The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean, and, oh, what a view! There is no better location in Porthleven. We spent many hours sitting out on the front terrace with a book/coffee/meal/glass of wine and the family. This gets the sun from lunchtime onwards, and there are spectacular views of the waves crashing on the rocks to the left, and the harbour to the right. It's the perfect place to watch the boats going in and out, people walking about, and brave souls jumping off the harbour wall (I did this too - if you fancy it, make sure it's high tide!) The house is very well equipped - we even got a brand new TV and DVD player! We ate in most of the time and were able to cook no problem. The decor is modern, with new bathroom and kitchen, and lovely little touches to add to the nautical feel. Porthleven also had everything we needed - we didn't even move the car for 5 days after arriving. We loved wandering around the craft shops, walking on the coastal path east to Loe Bar and west part of the way to Praa Sands, and paddle-borading and kayaking with Ian from Verticle Blue, based right on the harbour. We spent a sunny day on the beach, a 2-minute walk away, and loved watching the waves crashing here and on the end of the harbour wall. Porthleven has plenty of restaurants and cafes for all budgets and tastes - our favourite being Nauti But Ice ice-cream, and Philps Pasties! It may be useful to note that there are steps up to the house. The picnic table was really handy for eating and playing games, but a comfier patio sofa or bench with cushions would also have been nice, for sitting to appreciate the view. Porthleven is now one of our faqvourite places. We would love to visit The Haven again. Many thanks to Chris for a fantastic week in this beautiful house.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jul 2019

  • "We come frim Germany and we have been to The Haven for the second time."

    What a great place to stay. The house was very clean and very well aquiped. The only thing we have to complain is the furnishing of the terrace. The wooden seat furniture is uncomfortable to sit on. We would recommend to change it to modern lounge equipment with comfortable cushions. Everything else was perfect.

    Reviewed by Marita4.7Apr 2019

  • "The Haven was in a position in the harbour, that gave dramatic views, very close to the sea."

    This was a bit of a shock to start with! The sound and feel of the wind was amazing, but the strength of it could have been difficult for a frail person. We did see a lady fall and bump her head as she moved across the road, to allow a car to pass. The steps were deep, especially to the front of the property. They would benefit from being lit, especially as we arrived in the dark. The food shops were adequate for the week, however we ate out at every meal almost, in a different venue each time, around the harbour. The cornish pasties were lovely. There were galleries, clothing ,gift and craft shops. There were 3 things in the house that would have made our holiday more enjoyable. 1. No draughts coming through all the front windows.( the lounge and 2 bedrooms) 2. A shower that had a continuous flow of water, and didnt need resetting. 3. Being asked to vacate the house by 10.00am, and the cleaner arriving at 9.30am. We have loved Cornwall and will return soon. Linda Paul.

    Reviewed by Linda3.4Dec 2018

  • "The house is lovely - homely but has everything you could possibly want in a holiday home."

    The views are amazing and the property is beautifully situated for the shops and pubs

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a lovely property but is now beginning to look and feel tired."

    It is well designed but needs some TLC!

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Sep 2018

  • "We were concerned as this cottage was double booked for our week but i only found that out when i rang the housekeeper who thought she had already spoken to me and given them the key code already."

    I dont understand how that could have happened amd it did worry us until we were told we would still be staying there - not good Just ref the house, one suggestion would be to have a parasol outside, the table has room for one and most other houses on the row do have one

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Jul 2018

  • "It was a wonderful cottage and everything we've expected was fulfilled."

    The house was very clean and we enjoyed sitting outside to relax and Enjoy the wonderful views to the sea and the harbour. It would be perfect to place a sun umbrella on the terrace.

    Reviewed by Marita5.0May 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x bunk bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Separate WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room
  • Dining room.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Microwave, fridge, washer dryer, dishwasher, TV/DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking: Harbour side parking first come first serve, if not available there is a pay and display car park within a short walk
  • Terrace with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 minute walk
  • Note: Advise to bring a torch if arriving in the dark.

The property

Occupying an elevated position, The Haven commands stunning views over the harbour at Porthleven and out to the sea beyond.

This spectacular Edwardian house is just a few minutes walk from the beach and makes a perfect holiday home for family and friends.

Refurbished with comfort and style in mind the colours and soft furnishings compliment the seaside and also the period in which the house was built.

The Haven boasts superbly presented accommodation over two floors.

Fabulous views of the sea from all the windows at the front of the property.

Enjoy family time in the open-plan sitting room and a generous dining area which make a great social space.

If you're not dining out, cook up a feast in the well equipped kitchen.

On the first floor there are two generous bedrooms and a bunk room, all indulgently restful, a chic family bathroom and an extra WC, all ensure creature-comforts are a given.

The raised front terrace makes for a delightful space for al fresco dining or an evening tipple, watching the boats glide in and out of the harbour.

Porthleven is famous for its eateries and for being the most Southerly harbour; visit Michael Caines The Harbourside Refuge or one of the other fine restaurants which adorn the harbour, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Take a stroll around the bespoke shops, including handmade jewellery, glassware and galleries and why not pick up something tasty in the delicatessen or bakery on your way home.

For those who like fishing there are trips offered out of the harbour and an excellent bait and tackle shop on the harbourside.

For those that enjoy an inspirational scenic walk, the south-west coastal footpath is on the doorstep, en-route to legendary Lands End with its dramatic coastline and varied attractions in all weathers whatever the season.

Nearby is the market town of Penzance where you can take a day trip on the ferry to the Isles of Scilly.

As well as Porthleven beach you could explore the nearby beaches at Praa Sands and Perranuthnoe.

The Lizard Peninsula is also on the doorstep, so take a tour to discover amazing coves, cute villages and some incredible coastal scenery.

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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: Advise to bring a torch if arriving in the dark, as there are several steps to get to the
Note: The high patio at the front of the property has a drop so children must be supervised.
Note: Steep steps up to property.