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Contemporary 4 Bed House In Porthtowan, Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Porthtowan, Cornwall - Stunning house, peaceful location, 5 Minutes walk To Porthtowan Beach, Village And The Coastal Path

Anemone is a newly built eco- style beach house in a development of 28 houses nestled in a tranquil valley a 5 minute walk from the fantastic Porthtowan Blue Flag beach with its beach side eateries, beautiful sand, renowned surf and direct access onto the South West Coastal Path. It is a stunning house, with great attention paid to the little details which make a big difference. As well as a large open plan living area inside, the property enjoys a large decked terrace which enjoys the sun through the day into the early evening and where outdoor sofas are provided for you to bask as well as outdoor dining table and benches. The house also has a beautiful log burner for the colder months. And if you're interested in the property over the Christmas period, we're happy to decorate it, please just let us know what you'd like and we'll try and help you feel festive!

Sarah McGlyne
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2017

About Sarah McGlyne

We are a family of five : Sarah, Gavin and our three daughters aged 13, 9 and 6. We live in Oxfordshire.

Since having children, we have returned year after year to Cornwall for the beautiful beaches, stunning coastline, foodie haunts and of course stress-free travelling, but found ourselves always day-tripping to the North Coast wherever we were staying.

So when we were looking for a holiday home, the North Coast was the obvious spot! A lunch at the Blue Bar in the middle of winter with the waves crashing onto the sand sealed the deal.

We like to holiday two weeks a year in our beach house ourselves. We continually explore new places, activities and foodie haunts as well as enjoying the fabulous beach just a walk from the house.

Why Sarah McGlyne chose Truro & Falmouth area

We only looked at the North Coast when we were buying as we love the variety of things to do on the beach as well as the dramatic coastline.

But we had a tall order, as we wanted a holiday home where we could lock and leave the car. In Porthtowan, we can do just that. The beach is an easy 5 minute walk downhill (longer uphill). On the beach we love surfing, body-boarding, rock-pooling, playing in the stream or the waves, building sandcastles or swimming in/jumping into the natural tidal pool.

There is a vibrant surf scene in Porthtowan and a solid local community.

We love the beach side eateries - the ice-cream parlour, the Beach Cafe and the Blue Bar for food and a few drinks watching the sun set on the horizon.

When we want to explore, there are many other great beaches in easy reach.

What makes this house unique

Anemone is within an eco- development of beach houses. It is a new house with a modern style. We have furnished with high quality items and attention to detail so that it's somewhere we really want to holiday ourselves.

It has a larger than average deck at the front where you can enjoy sun through the day into the early evening.

For colder months, we have added a new log burner.

The house is adjacent to outdoor showers for washing off the sand and has a surf store. Behind the property is the field where cows graze. There is plenty of communal space for kids to run off steam.

We love locking and leaving the car here. As well as an easy walk down to the beach and village with its amenities, we can walk directly onto the South West coastal path from the house to Chapel Path and St Agnes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nothing but praise for this property. Excellent holiday and excellent accommodation.
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Porthtowan in Saint Agnes

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • En-suite bathrooms to beds 1 and 2 - walk in electric shower, sink, toilet and heated towel rail Family bathroom shared between beds 3 and 4- bath with shower over it, sink, toilet and heated towel rail
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - King size bed, en suite shower room/WC, French doors onto balcony Bedroom 2 (downstairs) - Double bed, en suite shower room/WC Bedroom 3 - Twin beds (can be zipped to King size) Bedroom 4 - Bunk beds A cot (without bedding) is available
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surfing
Notes on accommodation: Sorry, but no pets or smokers Children are welcome. Please ask if you'd like to borrow high chair or cot. Plastic crockery and cutlery are provided, and also a selection of games and surf-themed DVDs! Note the road down to the beach is suitable for a buggy, but is steep in parts. We don't have reliable mobile phone reception at the property, but free WIFI is included. Outside: Large deck to the front of the property has two sofas for lounging and enjoying the sun with small tables for your drinks. The master bedroom upstairs has a balcony. There is a rocker chair in the room which you can feel free to take onto the balcony, please just bring it back inside once you have finished. There is a small private path to the rear of the property leading to the surf store for all your beach gear. A welly boot stand is provided so you can leave your boots and their sand outdoors! And within the car park, there are communal outdoor showers for washing off the sand. At the rear of the development is a communal children's play area. Parking available Utility Room: Utility cupboard with iron and ironing board, clothes dryer, vacuum cleaner, dust pan and brush High chair is also available (please ask) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and bed linen are provided. Please bring your own beach towels. A clean at the end of the stay is included within the rental price. Other: New property furnished in 2014


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Contemporary 4 Bed House In Porthtowan, Walk to Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 10 reviews

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Big comfortable spacious open plan house with downstairs bedroom a bonus! Very clean and well equipped with lots of extra 'home comforts'. Welcome pack of basics was very welcome! Good location close to a beautiful beach. Excellent communication and information from owner. Would definitely recommend this house!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Really pleased the house worked for you. Please do get in touch if we can ever welcome you back. Regards Sarah
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Fantastic property and great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying at Anenome. The location is great! Towan Valley is a smart complex of wonderful eco houses and it's just a 5 minute walk down to the beach. Porthtowan beach is one of the best we've been to in Cornwall - great surf, a wonderful bar and cafe, and really good ice cream.

Anemone was everything we could have hoped for - bright, clean, modern, stylish. We had a baby with us and were provided with everything we needed for him. The kitchen had lots of modern utensils and we spent a lot of time enjoying breakfast and dinner with the doors open out to the decking, enjoying the sea air and sunshine.

We'll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words. We'd love to host you again your next trip to Cornwall.
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Beautiful house and great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a really relaxing stay and the house was very comfortable. We loved Porthtowan and had some wonderful days exploring the beach.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best place we've stayed in - did not disappoint!

  • 5 of 5

Apart from the challenging walk up the hill (which even I got used to), this property is the best we've ever rented for a holiday. The facilities were exactly as described. It was spacious, immaculately clean and well-equipped. There was everything we needed in the kitchen, even a welcoming loaf of bread and a cake waiting for us when we arrived. Communications with the owner have been friendly and we are more than happy to return. Drinks at The Blue Bar by the beach, freshest fish and chips from the local chippie, real Cornish Pasties from the Beach Cafe and delicious local ice cream were our staples in a blissfully relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfortable house with all amenities

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in July 2016 for a week, there was 7 of us, seating, bedrooms and dining areas great, Good range of games and some DVDs, plenty of information regarding surrounding areas, very pleasant, can highly recommend it, Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stylish & comfortable in a fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful break here with another family during half term. All of us were so impressed with this lovely property. It was stylish & comfortable, with plenty of room for all of us to get together around the kitchen table or find a quiet corner to read!

The property was spotlessly clean on arrival with extra welcoming touches such as milk, bread, tea & coffee - perfect after a long journey.

The bedrooms were super comfy with lots of storage and great bathrooms too.

We thought the location was brilliant. You really are no more than a stones throw away from many popular locations in Cornwall and the beach at Porthtowan is beautiful if you are staying put, with great coastal path walks nearby.

The Blue Bar really does deserve it's reputation. Great food, with a lively and eclectic atmosphere attracting locals and visitors.

Staying somewhere like this makes all the difference if you are a family.

Lovely that once the children had gone to bed, as grownups you are not staring at some depressing swirly carpets & naff décor!! You feel as if you are in a boutique bolt hole here.

It's so refreshing to stay in a holiday home where it exceeds expectations.

Very many thanks to the owners for the great service & all of us in our party - young and old, would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you all enjoyed your stay. We very much hope that we can help you another time.
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A 5 minute walk downhill (longer uphill) to Porthtowan beach.

RNLI lifeguards in seasonal attendance.

Great surf (and body-boarding) beach with 2 different surf schools hiring kit and giving surf lessons in season. As well as the surf there are great rock pools, a natural tidal swimming pool, sand dunes and a stunning coastal path to Chapel Porth.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach in season (generally Easter through to 1st October).

Many other beautiful beaches are an easy 10-15 drive.


Car is recommended. Our location is just 4 miles off the A30.

Nearest airport Newquay - 24 miles

Train station - Truro (10 miles) or Redruth (5 miles) both have services from London Paddington


Anemone is located just 4 miles off the A30, between Newquay (16 miles) and St Ives (18 miles) so is really well located for exploring the local area.

Nearest beach, bars and village amenities are a 5 minute walk.

Other towns of interest:

St Agnes 3 miles

Perranporth 7 miles

Gwithian 10 miles

Truro 10 miles

Falmouth 13 miles

Newquay 16 miles

St Ives 18 miles

Padstow 33 miles

Further Details:

As well as the beach with all its activities, Porthtowan has a vibrant local community.

Eating Out

The Blue Bar, right on the beach, is a popular bar all year round with both locals and holiday-makers. Right next door is an ice-cream parlour and Beach Cafe serving breakfast and lunch throughout the year (with one off evenings during summer months). Additionally the Unicorn pub, next to the playground, has a private cinema where free films are on show during the day for kids and adults in the evening. There is a traditional fish and chip shop.

Other shops

The local convenience store also hosts the post office where cash point facilities are available. There is also a bucket and spade shop, florist, hairdresser, beauty salon and two outfits for renting surf gear or taking lessons within the village.

The next closest village, St Agnes, just 3 miles away has more amenities including butcher, pharmacy and some lovely restaurants as well as the lovely (but much smaller) Trevaunance Cove from where kayaking expeditions are available.

The nearest "big" supermarkets are in Redruth or Truro.

If you can tear yourselves away from the beaches, there is plenty for everyone in this part of Cornwall.

St Ives is a charming place for a stroll on the cobbled streets among art galleries the most famous of which is the Tate Modern. There are also some amazing eateries in St Ives. We would recommend (parking is tight) getting the park and train into town. The amazing 10 minute train journey alone is worthwhile!

Truro is the main shopping city of Cornwall with a beautiful Cathedral.

Slightly further, Falmouth has the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle as well as some great eateries.

This part of Cornwall was tin-mining country and you can still visit some of the historic mines, at some even go down the shafts!

Further afield, St Michaels Mount, the cliff-edge Minnack theatre, or the Eden project are all easily visited within a day.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Porthtowan, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Indian summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct half term 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas period 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact us with booking enquiries.
A deposit is payable immediately to confirm your booking.

Changeover Day:
Week long bookings in season Saturday changeover
Outside of peak season flexible changeover and shorter breaks are available (please ask for details of 3, 4 or 5 night stays)

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.