Self Catering in and around Porthleven

The Porthleven area has a great selection of self-catering available from seafront cottages to harbourside houses.


A safe harbour on what can be at times a wild coastline, Porthleven is fast gaining a reputation as a centre for great art and great eating.


Cooking...why bother?

Porthleven is all about the harbour. A gentle walk on a sunny afternoon is a must. Around the imposing double harbour there are good eateries, pubs and delis.

The town is gaining quite the reputation for food with award-winning chefs owning restaurants there including Jude Kereama and Michael Cains. The annual Porthleven Food Festival is an award-winning, community-led, not-for-profit event which brings families and foodies together around the picturesque Cornish harbour.

Throughout the year, fishmongers sell the day’s catch of crab, mackerel and lobster and a lively market of local crafts and food is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from May to October.

For more details on self-catering in and around Porthleven click on the link below.

  • There is a sandy beach beyond the harbour wall that stretches all the way to Loe Bar at lower tides. Swimming can be particularly risky at low tide and when the sea is rough and local weather conditions should be taken into consideration. Popular with surfers, there are RNLI lifeguards during the peak summer months.

  • Although there are three glorious miles of sand stretching east towards Loe bar, swimming is not advised as there are strong undercurrents here and the beach shelves steeply.

    Surfing, although popular, is only recomended to experienced surfers.

    Please note: Dogs are welcome on this beach except between 1st July and 31st August (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place (2022). This ban operates from the Harbour Wall eastwards to the flight of steps (known as the Blue Buoy steps).

  • It's not all about celebrity chefs in Porthleven, it's about the food! With a harbourside full of fantastic places to eat, you can enjoy everything from a traditional Cornish pasty to a Asian delicacy.

    If you do need to get your fix of celeb bites, then Michael Caines owns the Harbourside Refuge and Jude Kereama owns both Kota Restaurant and Kota Kai.

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