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Kernow Cottage

(Ref. 925337)

Porthleven, Cornwall Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Kernow Cottage is a comfortable and well-equipped base for your holiday."

    It ism literally 5 minutes walk to the attractive harbour at Porthleven, and the town shops and cafes. The owners re-equip frequently, making sure that the property is kept up to date. We have stayed in this house for five consecutive years, and thoroughly recommend both it and Porthleven as a holidy venue.

    Reviewed by Sid4.7Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage very close to harbour and amenities."

    9.30am exit time too early as you couldn't arrive until 4pm meant you lost best part of a day. Kitchen roll would most acceptable also spare toilet rolls.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7May 2024

  • "Great location for centre of Porthleven."

    Comfortable beds and chairs. Second bedroom is somewhat cosy, OK for us as only one person was using it. Bathroom mirror way to low for most, needs replacing with something with adjustable height. TV could do with an upgrade.

    Reviewed by Jack4.7Oct 2023

  • "Just returned from a fabulous week at Kernow Cottage."

    On first impressions this is a house at the bottom end of a small housing estate . However the location couldn’t be better . A two minute walk brings you to shops and the harbour. The house itself has off street parking , which I think is a bit of a rarity in Porthleven . Inside was spotlessly clean and well equipt with everything you could possible need . The house is ‘upside down’ with the bedrooms being on the ground floor . There was only the two of us so we used the second bedroom for storage area. It is rather small with just about enough room for two single beds , but would be absolutely fine for children and it did have its own small fitted wardrobe . The main bathroom is upstairs, but there is also a downstairs toilet so you don’t have to negotiate the stairs in the middle of the night . I wouldn’t hesitate on recommending Kernow Cottage , and we will certainly stay again when we next visit Porthleven

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2023

  • "Kernow Cottage is in an ideal location a few streets away from the harbour, literally a few minutes walk away."

    The cottage is comfortable and well equipped, suitable for a couple or maybe a family with small children. Although there is a second bedroom, this wouldn't be suitable for four adults. It's great that there is a driveway for off street parking. A lovely place to relax after a day walking and exploring this beautiful area.

    Reviewed by Carron4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at Kernow Cottage."

    We couldn’t fault a thing. It had everything we needed in it and was so perfectly close to everything: the harbour, beach, shops and restaurants. The history of the house and town were fascinating to read about in the guides and welcome book provided. The guest book was great for ideas of places to visit and eat in. The parking space was such a bonus. We loved every minute and had rebooked for next year before we left! We can’t wait to come back next year - we are already counting down the days!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2023

  • "Kernow Cottage is a very comfortable really well -equipped property, very conveniently sited for the shops and harbour, which is -literally- 5 minutes walk away."

    Thie is the fourth time we have stayed there and it is always beautifully presented, clean and welcoming, and we intend to return for as many times as our ages permit.

    Reviewed by Sid5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely upside down house to stay in, which we wasn’t expecting."

    Quite glad the bedrooms were downstairs as it was quite warm when we stayed and with the bedrooms being downstairs meant they were cool at night. The house has everything you need for a stay in Porthleven, only 3 minutes from the main harbour (yes we timed it!). Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was our second holiday staying in Kernow Cottage."

    It had everything we could possibly need and was very comfortable. It was great to be able to walk to the harbour so quickly and easily. Porthleven has a variety of places to eat and some lovely little shops. The bonus with this cottage was having our own parking space, rather than parking on the road, which is the case with lots of holiday cottages in the village. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Mar 2023

  • "The fact that we have yet again re-booked for next year says it all I think."

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.4Dec 2022

  • "It was absolutely amazing people were so nice in Porthleven I didn't want to come home the cottage was lovely"

    Reviewed by Rose5.0Dec 2022

  • "Comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Private parking a bonus.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2022

  • "The only problem se had was with the dish washer, it seemed someone had put in the wrong size tablet, the machine wouldn't take it, so we had to wash up ourselves ."

    A real nice place to stay in.Looking forward to coming back next year.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Kernow Cottage was a lovely place for our stay."

    Close to the Harbour and facilities, good off street parking and very clean and tidy. Had all the facilities required. Will definitely recommend this Cottage to anyone wanting to stay in Porthleven.

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very clean spacious cottage just minutes from the harbour with a parking space."

    Great holiday cottage. Porthleven is a lovely town with great restaurants, pubs and bars.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Jul 2022

  • "We have stayed at Kernow Cottage three times now, and we always look forward to getting there."

    It is a very comfortable house, well appointed and in a quiet location, yet only a few minutes walk to the town of Portleven and the harbour. We love the town, and there is always something happening to watch. It is also well-placed as a centre for visits to places of interest in other parts of Cornwall.

    Reviewed by Sid5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fabulous property,central in Porthleven but in a quiet cul de sac with dedicated parking for 2 vehicles."

    Property was clean and comfortable with everything you need for a great holiday. 2nd stay at Kernow cottage and would recommend.Owners were very helpful in their contact to us regarding any queries

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "We’ve just had a very enjoyable stay at Kernow Cottage, it had everything we needed and was very comfortable."

    We chose this cottage because of its own private parking spaces and its proximity to the centre of Porthleven which has everything - shops, beach, busy harbour and plenty of good restaurants. We chose well!

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Mar 2022

  • "Porthleven is a Charming place to stay and this cottage was perfect, in a quiet location, spotlessly clean and very well equipped with lots of space, enough for a family or four adults."

    Very very comfortable. The position of the cottage was perfect with a pint at ‘The Ship’, the furthest part of the harbour, only a five minute stroll away and lots of excellent restaurants to choose from along the way. We enjoyed it so much we have booked again next year.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Dec 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a very convenient location."

    Everything we needed was available in the cottage. Porthleven is beautiful with some good bars and restaurants. Easy access to the coastal pathway too.

    Reviewed by Sally-anne5.0Nov 2021

  • "The location of the cottageis Greta."

    Porthleven is a pretty village with lots of walks, restaurants, harbour on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.4Jul 2021

  • "Location to harbour and all amenities is brilliant!"

    Very good to have off street parking!

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2021

  • "Just lovely - the joy of getting away and the weather being good and such a beautiful place would have made this a wonderful holiday anyway, but the fact the cottage was so light and lovely and right on the harbour just topped everything."

    Would love to do it all again!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had All that we required, a home from home experience, very comfortable homely cottage which we would use again."

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great location."

    Cottage isn’t pretty, but inside is nice & very clean. Good communication with owners and caretaker.. Perfect for access to harbour and off street parking is great.

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Aug 2019

  • "The house inside was great, it had everything that we needed for a comfortable holiday."

    We felt the outside area was let down. The back yard had a table and chairs but was surrounded on 3 sides with high grey walls, there was no plants or anything to brighten it up at all and it just felt very unloved and had zero wow factor

    We were glad that the visitors thought the house inside was great and enjoyed a comfortable holiday. As the picture of the patio on the Sykes website shows, the rear high wall running the length of the house, offers privacy and is painted white. There are shrubs, bulbs and a flowering bush, planted in the raised bed at one end of the patio, which is further enclosed by the rear wall of the house and a small side wall. The patio is swept and cleaned weekly and the patio furniture is new for the season. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clayre4.7May 2019

  • "Very close to all you need shops, places to eat and drink."

    Off road parking a bonus would rebook this cottage.

    Reviewed by Sharron5.0May 2019

  • "Cottage is an ideal position for the Harbour Shops and Bus Stop."

    Nice to leave your car parked safely on the premises.The cottage absolutely perfect for a self catering holiday.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely little house in a very convenient location."

    The double mattress in the master bedroom is very basic though, a decent new mattress would be a worthwhile addition. Other than that, it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Glenn3.8Apr 2019

  • "The location is the main plus with this house, within a few minutes walk you can be at Porthleven Harbour, there is not a huge number of shops, but plenty of places to eat and drink."

    A short car drive is Penzance and our favourite Falmouth. The property is well equipped, and looks to have recently been refurbished, however there were a few minor jobs that need to be addressed, also we thought some net curtains would have been a nice touch. All in all a property in a good location well equipped, by the sea.

    Reviewed by Alastair4.4Apr 2019

  • "Great central location, 2 minute walk from all the cafes, pubs and restaurants in Porthleven."

    All facilities you could possibly need at your fingertips, in a clean fresh Cottage .

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    .. spotlessly clean, well stocked, warm and in a fabulous location. The off street parking is a real advantage in Porthleven too! We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Patricia J5.0Feb 2019

  • "Another lovely stay at Kernow Cottage."

    Easy to book on the website. Easy to use app. Will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.1Dec 2018

  • "Warm comfortable cottage, Spotlessly clean, very convenient location for access to the harbour, shops and restaurants."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2018

  • "House located in very quiet location near to Porthleven harbour and all amenities."

    The neighbours were friendly and said hello. Well equipped and comfortable house. House was warm and there was plenty of hot water. However, the kitchen could do with another large lidded saucepan, a large lidded saute/wok pan and some slotted plastic spoons. Cleanliness - Surfaces were dusty. All mirrors smeared. Fridge needed a wipe inside. Mould inside plastic rim of washing machine. It was stated in note from owners that non-recyclable bin bags were provided under the sink - but there were none. We had bought our own cleaning supplies etc, so we left a few of our own bags for the next visitors. On the Tuesday evening a kind neighbour put out the black waste bin (normally stored in storage container in front of house) in which we put our black sack of non-recyclable waste. Despite the slight let-down with the cleanliness issues, we would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Oct 2018

  • "This is our second visit to Kernow and we will be back again next year."

    It is perfect for us. Everything is of a high standard; very comfortable with the added bonus of a parking space which is at a premium in Porthleven. It is spotless and there are plenty of pots, pans and crockery. It is perfectly situated; quiet but a two minute walk from the harbour area. All in all a home from home.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage is in an ideal position, Porthleven is a fantastic place to visit"

    Reviewed by Lynne3.8Sep 2018

  • "Great stay in nice quiet area (apart from very noisy seagulls) just a few minutes walk to the harbour and shops."

    Reviewed by Donna3.8Jul 2018

  • "Beautiful house lovley and clean, very comfortable ,2 mins from porthlven ..."

    beautiful house lovley and clean, very comfortable ,2 mins from porthlven harbour porthleven is beautiful we will be booking again

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Great location for walking into village and harbour.

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Mar 2018

  • "Kernow Cottage was clean, tidy, nicely furnished and had everything that you could need - a real home from home (it's the second time we have stayed there)."

    Whilst we were staying there was some very unusual weather and we got snowed in. We also had a bit of a medical emergency. The owners of the cottage were extremely accommodating and helpful, contacting us to inform us that we were welcome to stay as long as we needed until it was safe for us to travel home at no further cost to ourselves. I cannot thank them enough for their generosity and understanding.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2018

  • "A nice clean property."

    Modern but without much character. We found the furniture and bed very uncomfortable. The TV and Digibox are old and fiddly and should be upgraded.

    Reviewed by Neil3.5Dec 2017

  • "No it was a very comfortable and extremely well equipped place to stay."

    Near to the harbour but very quiet and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2017

  • "It was a wonderful week perfect location and the cottage provided everything needed"

    Reviewed by Sandra4.6Sep 2016

  • "It lacks a description of how one arrives as a pedestrian to the house."

    Reviewed by Barbara4.2Jul 2016

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Ground floor utility with basin and WC.
  • Electric storage/wall heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 mins walk.

The property

This newly updated detached modern cottage is perfectly located in the heart of Porthleven, a small, picturesque harbour town and fishing port in south west Cornwall.

Situated between Land’s End and Lizard Point, this lovely cottage exudes Cornish charm and comfort and is the perfect base for an ideal family holiday.

Tucked away behind the main street, this delightful cottage, with off road parking for two cars and an enclosed garden, is an upside down house with both bedrooms being on the ground floor, and the comfortable, well-designed, living area on the first floor.

This consists of a kitchen with dining area, (divided from the sitting area) where you can relax with a refreshing drink whilst planning the day ahead.

Outside, the patio is the ideal place to relax after a day spent touring or on the beach.

It is worth getting up early one morning to see the small fishing boats land their daily catch on the harbour, much of which is sold in the local cafés and restaurants, as well as the award-winning fishmongers.

Porthleven has for many years attracted visitors who want to get away from it all and be inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings and the way of life.

Local boat trips, fishing trips and kayaking are all available from the harbour.

With a choice of superb restaurants, cafes and pubs all within a couple of minutes' walk from the cottage, as well as art and craft galleries and individual shops to peruse, Porthleven really is the perfect holiday town.

Add to this the unspoilt beach and a location that easily allows you to explore the magnificent Lizard Peninsula and all its coves and pretty villages, and you will see why this cottage offers you a holiday that you will always remember.

Any one looking to book a break from the 19th of April 2019, please contact the office to negotiate a price.

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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 it's 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 it's 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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