Location and Local Facilities

Porthpean House faces out to sea on the sheltered, south coast of Cornwall. Located between the maritime villages of Charlestown and Pentewan and hidden below the china clay town of St Austell. Porthpean Beach is a perfect place for a bucket and spade holiday with rock pools, calm waters and warm shallows for swimming.

Spectacular and unspoilt scenery all around makes for a perfect walking holiday and the Porthpean Golf club above the house is a five minute walk away. For children over 6 and all adults Porthpean Outdoor Activities centre run tailor made kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, snorkling or general sea activities days for groups of 6 or more for £25 each or less people for a minimum of £150 per day total. They can also take you on a two day kayak safari along the coast with one nights camping. We have our own private contact for one to one sailing lessons.

The calm waters of the bay can be seen from all the bedrooms at the front of the Porthpean House, so just chilling and looking out to sea is a rejuvenating way to spend your time or you can book up one of our therapists for a series of spa treatments from aromatherapy massage to Indian Head massage and Shiatsu. Or book into the newly opened Elemis Spa, The Beeches in Charlestown for a day of total indulgence.

Twenty minutes away are The Eden Project, which has to be included on a trip to Cornwall, or The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the nation's favourite garden. Twenty minutes around the bay is the exquisite ancient port of Fowey where you can book a boat to go on fishing or river trips or secluded beaches only accessible by sea.

There are plenty of wonderful restaurants for you and concerts and plays around Cornwall in outdoor locations that will add to the excitement of your dreamy holiday. We have an insider's list of the best places to visit in the quiet and busy seasons including the coolest surfing beaches, where to hire kayaks and wet suits, spots for bonfires and picnics on hidden beaches and secret places that we love going to that we will give you when you arrive.

Local Activities

Beach:  Porthpean Beach is sandy with rock pools at low tide – perfect for shrimping and crabbing. There is a small café on the beach serving hot snacks and ice creams during the summer season.  There are also activities run by the Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre (during the summer only).  They can either put a package together for you or you can join other groups kayaking, orienteering, cycling etc.  Their local, indoor centre has indoor wall climbing, archery, etc if the weather should be bad.  Kayaks are also available for hire.  T:  01726 72901 or email:  porthpean@cornwall.gov.uk .

Sailing:  Sailing lessons are available at Fowey Gallants Sailing Club (20 minutes away in Fowey)  T: 01726 832335 and if you can already sail you can take out temporary membership at the local sailing club,  Porthpean Sailing Club, which is right next door to the house.  (T: 01726 66266.  Email: www.porthpeansc.co.uk ).  They can lend you boats and there are regular races.

Golf:  Golf is available at Porthpean Golf Club  T: 01726 64613 or email:  porthpeangolfclub@hotmail.co.uk .

Walking:   The South West Coast Path passes through Porthpean and offers some spectacular (and challenging!) walking in the area.   Check out Section 32: Mevagissey to Par on the website:   www.southwestcoastpath.com

Massage & Yoga:  For incredibly relaxing Shiatsu massage, Indian head massage and Dynamic Chair Massage, you can book an appointment with Jill Greenacre who will come to Porthpean House.  She has been practising for 30 years and is highly experienced.  Jill is also an accomplished yoga teacher and private sessions can be arranged.  or: 07974 828006.  Highly recommended.

Surfing:  A private surf coach, Mike Tooth (who is also a fitness trainer), is available on the North coast for private lessons.  T:  07816 568845

Porthpean Activity centre: http://cornwalloutdoors.org/activity-centres/porthpean.


THE EDEN PROJECT:  Approximately 8 miles away.  Web: www.edenproject.com  T:  01726 811911

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN:  Approximately 5.5 miles away.  Web:  www.heligan.com  T: 01726 845100

BENS PLAY WORLD:  St Austell.  Web:  www.kidzworldcornwall.co.uk  T:  01726 815553.  Award winning indoor play centre

FOWEY BOAT TRIPS:  The Fowey river estuary is stunning and great for outings and picnics.  Boat trips depart from Town Quay in Fowey and for a great outing and picnic try:  brian@sunbeam-fowey.co.uk  T: 078910 49536  Web:  www.sunbeam-fowey.co.uk

THE CHARLESTOWN SHIPWRECK & HERITAGE CENTRE:   Just over a mile and a half away, the largest private collection of this type in Europe.  Web:  www.shipwreckcharlestown.com  T:  01726 69897

THE MONKEY SANCTUARY:   Around 28 miles away at St Martins, Looe PL13 1NZ.  T:  0844 272 1271 and web:  www.monkeysanctuary.org  


The nearest, major supermarkets are Tesco and Asda in St Austell.  For local produce try:

The best local fishmonger is in the picturesque, river estuary town of Fowey:  FOWEY FISH – T: 01726 832422 – www.foweyfish.com.   It is well worth a visit to pick up some delicious seafood that can be pre-ordered; great lobsters, scallops, oysters or simply the freshest catch of the day.  You can download their holiday booking form from their website or leave a message on their answerphone with your order. ·      

For local flavour, you can’t beat TONY WHITEMAN who heads out in his boat pretty much every day of the year to catch bass, crabs, clams and other delicacies.  Call him on his mobile and tell him you are staying at the Petherick’s, Porthpean House, to find out what is available and in season.  T:  07772 394357 . (But make sure you pin him down – he can be somewhat “quirky”!)      

If you go further west, it is worth going to Newlyn to see the fishing boats coming in with their day’s catch.  You can buy from the local fishmongers and also eat the best fresh fish and chips near the harbour.  

PEARCE BUTCHERS, in Mount Charles (2A Polkyth Road, St Austell PL25 4LW - T: 01726 73091).  Talk to Adrian who makes the best Cornish pasties and supplies excellent meat.  (Mention you are staying at Porthpean House).

CHARLES HARRIS at Tywardreath supplies local and organic meats and a range of award winning sausages.  They will deliver. T:  01726 812393.  

KITTOWS OF FOWEY a family run butchers with their own farm.  T: 01726 832639 or order online: www.kittowsbutchers.co.uk  

LOBBS FARM SHOP in the grounds of Heligan,  is a fantastic farm shop supplying delicious deli items, cheeses, bakery goods, meat, oils, jams, etc.  T: 01726 844411  (www.lobbsfarmshop.com )

The nearest place to eat is in Charlestown, a 5 minute drive away.  A lovely, picturesque granite port with tall ships.
WRECKERS, Charlestown Harbour – T:  01726 879053 does good local food.  Open daily from 10am

AUSTELLS, Beach Road, Carlyon Bay – T:  01726 813888.  2 AA rosette restaurant  

SAM’S IN FOWEY – T: 01726 832273.  Relaxed, popular, child friendly restaurant

SAM’S ON THE BEACH – T: 01726 812255 . Beside the beach at Polkerris.  www.samsfowey.co.uk

THE LUGGER, Portloe Harbour is well worth a visit.  Classical cuisine emphasising locally-sourced produce.  This is a popular hotel and spa.  The lunch menu is simple but dinner is excellent and you will need to book. If you want a pretty, but winding, drive home go via Port Holland and Caerhays.  Then head for Mevagissey.  This is classic Cornwall. T: 01872501322 Email: reservations.lugger@ohiml.com

HOTEL TRESANTON, St Mawes.  Chic, romantic and excellent food.  Child friendly.  Booking is highly advisable.  A great place for a long, lazy lunch or adults only dinner, sitting on the terrace above the water.  T: 01326 270055

THE SHIP INN, Pentewan – T: 01726 842855 is the perfect place for lunch after a hearty morning’s walk along the exquisite coastline

RICK STEIN’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Padstow.  T:  01841 532700.  Booking essential.

FIFTEEN, Watergate Bay.  Overlooking the vast, beautiful beach at Watergate Bay, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant is great for breakfast, lunch or it’s famous “Sunset Dining”.  T: 01637 861000   

PORTHMINSTER BEACH CAFÉ, St Ives.  A simple, white bistro style restaurant looking over a stunning white sandy beach.  Near Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum.  This is an hour away, but well worth a day trip except on Saturdays (change-over day therefore heavier traffic).  It is also easy to reach St Ives by train.  T:   01736 795352

NATHAN OUTLAW at the ST ENEDOC HOTEL, Rock:  Michelin 2* with a set tasting menu based on locally caught seafood and local Cornish produce.  T: 01208 862737

THE DINING ROOM, Rock:  Family run, fine dining.  T:  01208 862622.  www.thediningroomrock.co.uk

TAKE-AWAYS:  There are a couple of take-aways at nearby Carlyon Bay, around the corner from Charlestown.  Chinese:  “East Meets West” – T: 01726 814111 or Indian: “Eastern Paradise” – T: 01726 815123.

There are also many fish and chip shops nearby.