7 (all year)
Porth Enys is a comfortable holiday home sleeping up to eight guests in the picturesque popular Cornish seaside town of St Ives. With lots of character, Porth Enys is one of a row of Georgian terraced properties that date back one hundred and eighty years. It affords an idyllic position just a short stroll (literally seconds and not too much of a climb on the way back!) from the heart of the town with its galleries, restaurants, pubs, shops, picturesque harbour and glorious golden sandy beaches. Off-road parking for up to three cars is an additional bonus for guests staying at Porth Enys.
Spend your days browsing the galleries and museums in the town, enjoying a leisurely lunch at one of the pubs or simply lazing on one of the glorious beaches. Porthminster is a popular beach for families and the nearest to the house, whilst those who enjoy surfing will want to take their boards to Porthmeor on the other side of the town (just a short walk away). There is also a swimming pool in the town leisure centre.
For those who enjoy walking, there is miles of coastal path to explore, and St Ives has a train station and good bus service allowing you to venture further afield and use public transport to return back. A popular walk from the town is the coastal path to Zennor village which will challenge and reward in equal measures.
Many people visit St Ives and find it hard to leave the pure natural beauty on the doorstep but for those who can tear themselves away, it's a great location for exploring the many attractions that this picturesque part of West Cornwall has to offer. World famous Lands End is just forty minutes drive away, and you can take in Cape Cornwall and the villages of Botallack and Zennor enroute which were all used in the filming of Poldark.
The Lizard Peninsula is also a similar distance with its stunning scenery and beautiful beaches such as the coves of Kynance and Poldhu, as well as Dollar Cove, another Poldark filmset, so named after the legendary 17th Century shipwreck that is said to have sunk carrying silver coins (some claim that they can occasionally be found on the beach!). Other picturesque fishing villages to visit on the Lizard are Coverack, Cadgwith and Porthallow, as well as Helford.
Slightly further afield but still within easy reach is Port Isaac, lovingly known as Portwenn in the popular TV series Doc Martin, and also the famous Eden Project. Flambards Amusement Park at Helston is sure to be a holiday highlight with the little ones, and the National Trust properties of Godolphin Estate, Tregwainton Gardens and Trelissick are just some of the country houses to visit.
Colin Antrobus joined Independent Cottages in September 2016
Porth Enys is less than two hundred and fifty yards from the town centre, placing it nicely away from the hustle and bustle in busy tourist season, yet within easy reach of all the amenities. It sits off a pedestrian terrace above the main road that takes you down into the town.
Outside: Guests have a sloping garden that enjoys a sunny aspect, as well as a courtyard that provides a sheltered spot to enjoy daytime sunshine in the summer months (an outside table with six chairs is provided). Off-road parking available for up to three cars.
Additional information: Central heating throughout. Porth Enys has the sleeping capacity for nine but the owners recommend eight guests (to include a maximum of seven adults). No smoking and unfortunately no pets. A cot, stairgate and high chair are available. The property is well placed for enjoying everything St Ives has to offer (including stunning views over the harbour just fifty yards walk away at The Malakoff). Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer. Paypal can also be accepted and an additional charge of 3.4% will be applied to cover costs. Discounts are offered for under occupancy for smaller groups - please discuss with the owner.
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