OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44-800-085-3815
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44-800-085-3815

17th Century Cottage Overlooking Porthtowan Valley Close to Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

In Porthtowan, just next to St Agnes on the North Cornish Coast

Towancott is a detached property with many character features including beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, inglenook fireplaces and wooden floorboards. Occupying a hillside location overlooking the valley, the property is a short, 600m walk down to the beach at Porthtowan and access to the stunning coastal footpath of the North Cornish coast.

Just a 10 minute walk down Eastcliff will take you the stunning Blue Flag beach, set between two imposing cliffs. Also in this area is the majority of what Porthtowan has to offer in terms of eateries, shops and facilities.

A more gentle, ten-minute walk in the other direction, towards Towan Cross, will take you to the 17th Century Victory Inn. A family-friendly pub that offers a good selection of food, decent beer and good service.

Towancott is thought to be the oldest dwelling in Porthtowan, and dates back to the 1600s. It is one of the few real cottages to be found in Porthtowan, and was the original farmhouse to Towan Farm. Now a separate property, it maintains much of the feel of a working farm.

Arranged over 2 floors, Towancott has 3 bedrooms. One with a King size bed, a twin room with two single beds and one single room. Also upstairs is a shower room with hand basin and toilet. The second bathroom containing a bath, an additional walk-in shower, hand basin and toilet is on the ground floor.

There is plenty of space on the ground floor for all 5 guests to enjoy. The good-sized, family kitchen has a dishwasher, gas hob and 2 electric ovens. It also has a small dining table and access to the garden. There is a comfortable sitting room with broadband TV, seating for 5 and an inglenook fireplace with a brand new log burner. Also on the ground floor are a good sized dining room/further reception room, and a snug/study with an additional television and a sofa.

There are steep, open stairs at the cottage, and this should be kept in mind if you have children under six years of age. We are happy to discuss this if you would like to give us a call. Young, pre-crawling babies are very welcome.

Outside the kitchen is a laundry room, which also houses a fridge-freezer, washer dryer and barbecue equipment.

The large, south facing garden has views over the valley, a patio area and a children's treehouse. In springtime, the garden is also home to three or four varieties of nesting birds.

More Details

Susan Swales
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Susan Swales

Towancott is owned and managed by a family who currently live in the South East of England. We have been spending our summer holidays in Cornwall for the past few years, and when the opportunity to buy Towancott came up, we jumped at the chance. We come to stay as often as we can, and are continually making improvements and adding features to make any stay a real holiday.

Why Susan Swales chose Porthtowan

We love the location at the top of the valley, next to the farm. What we like most is the fact that it is just a 10 minute walk to the beach, but at the day's end, we can leave that all behind and return to our own space and tranquility.

What makes this cottage unique

The sense of space when you step out into the garden is amazing. There is little to obscure the view of the valley, yet it feels very private and secluded.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Porthtowan in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is a bathroom on the ground floor, and also a shower room upstairs. Both rooms contain a toilet and a hand basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , A travel cot can be provided on request
  • There are 3 bedrooms, a double, a single and a twin.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Blue Flag beach with Seasonal Lifeguard (dogs allowed between October 1st and Easter Day). Surf club – surf lessons for both adults and kids, runs a bus service between Falmouth and Porthtowan. Blue bar – voted one of the top 10 places to stormwatch in Cornwall. Serves food. Surf Hire shop - very helpful staff, kind to beginners The Unicorn, a modern beachside pub, which has a menu of hearty bar food and great views of the sunset. Gift/beach shop – selling anything you have forgotten to bring to the beach, and cute ‘pocket-money’ gifts. Moomaid of Zennor, selling top-notch ice cream. Café – serving a well thought-out menu of generously sized paninis and the like, ‘cheesey chips’ and hot drinks. Post office/corner shop – selling all the essentials and a decent selection of wines and beers. Childrens’ play park, most suited to under 8s. Further afield, the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Wheal Martin offer excellent family days out.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

44% Complete
55% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
17th Century Cottage Overlooking Porthtowan Valley Close to Beach
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

A lovely, cosy cottage by the beautiful Cornish coast.

  • 4 of 5

Towancott is an very old but charming cottage with lovely gardens and views. It was very clean and well equipped and the log burner made it very cosy in the evening. The location was fantastic - short walk to the coastal path and Porthtowan and Chapel Porth beaches. Nice places to eat and drink within easy reach. Also great place to explore Cornwall from - Lands End, Mousehole, The Edne Project, St Ives, Truro and, closer to home, St Agnes which was lovely!

A great holiday in a really quaint and much loved cottage - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Comfortable and relaxing holiday in a well-equipped restored family country cottage.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is beautifully restored with good taste and all modern amenities and is set in a quiet location close to a beach typical of North Cornwall, with clifftop walks and easy access to surrounding towns and countryside....and a very good local inn nearby within a 10' walk!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Lovely cottage in a quiet location and beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely 2 week stay at Towancott. The cottage was very well equipped, particularly the kitchen and we found everything we needed for a really pleasant stay. The garden is nice and spacious and great for the children, as is the wifi! The beach is a bit of a walk down quite a steep and very rough cliff path but within 15 minutes you are on a lovely beach, with good facilities and life guards. We enjoyed many days on the beach - wind break a must! and purchased one or two ice creams from the Moomaids of Zennor! There is a nice pub - The Victory Inn nearby and there are several supermarkets within a 10 minute drive. We visited St Ives a couple of times which has lovely beaches and excellent shopping and Perranporth as we could take the dog on the beach and buy him a doggie ice cream (Chicken flavour!). We were lucky with the weather and it stayed dry most days but on a rainy day we visited the seal sanctuary which was quite nice but also quite expensive. Overall I would recommend Towancott, the owner is very helpful and answered any queries we had very promptly.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful property and location!

  • 5 of 5

A stunning cottage with plenty of space and home comforts. We didn't need for anything.

The location was idillic with the beach within walking distance and a short drive to Newquay or St Ives. The Victory Inn serves nice home cooked food and is easily within walking distance. The blue bar on the beach front offers a relaxed vibe for a drink watching the surfers on the waves.

Our little girl loved the countryside whilst I found it the perfect place to relax, enjoy special family time and pick up my paint brushes.

Would definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

This charming cottage is hard to beat.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is as described, the owners have taken care to provide a good level of equipment, comfort and cleanliness. Walking distance to cliff paths, countryside and beautiful beaches where surfers enjoy perfect conditions. The nearest pub/restaurant,The Victory is hard to beat for food and service.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 4 of 5

A lovely cottage,5 minates drive from St Agnes,in a quiet location,10 minates walk to porth towen beach,and close to lots of cliff top walks.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Blue Bar, The Unicorn
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
96 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Victory Inn
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: recommended

Porthtowan is located on the north coast of Cornwall, and is in the parish of St Agnes. The area is in both a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site. A rough meaning of the name Porthtowan is ‘cove of sand dunes’, from old Cornish. The region is of great historic importance, and the countryside is dotted with wheals which are evidence of its copper mining past.

Located at the top of the valley, 90 metres above sea level, Towancott is deceptively close to the beach. Situated only 8 miles form Truro, it is the perfect location from which to explore the Heritage Coast. It is also a popular destination for surfers, and is home to a yearly long boarding tournament.


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

a returnable £150 deposit is required

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.