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EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

Porthleven Holiday Cottages
Emergency Out of Hours only: 07515 574 360

Coastguard: 999

Ambulance: 999

Police: 999

Fire Brigade: 999

Devon & Cornwall Police non-emergency: 101

 

HOSPITALS

Accident & Emergency

Royal Cornwall Hospital: 01872 250 000
Treliske Industrial Estate, Truro, TR1 3LJ

Minor Injuries

West Cornwall Hospital: 01736 874 113
St Clare Street, Penzance, TR18 2PF

Helston Community Hospital: 01326 430 200
Meneage Road, Helston, TR13 8DR

 

DOCTORS

Porthleven Doctors Surgery: 01326 562 204
The Surgery, Sunset Gardens Porthleven

 

DENTIST

Emergency Dental Helpline: 03334 050 290

 

PHARMACIES

Boots Pharmacy: 01326 562 252
Fore Street, Porthleven, TR13 9HJ
9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday

Tesco’s: 08450 269 653
Clodgey Lane, Helston TR13 8PJ
Tuesday – Friday 8am – 8pm
Monday & Saturday 8am – 1pm & 2pm – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Boots (Hayle): 01736 756 843
Marsh Lane, West Cornwall Shopping Park, Hayle, TR27 5LX
Monday – Saturday 7.30am – Midnight
Sunday 10.30am – 10pm

 

VETS

Head & Head:  01326 572 216
Water-Ma-Trout Industrial Estate, Helston, TR13 0LW

Out of Hours Vet – C Vets: 01872 560 952
The Old Dairy, Penstraze, Truro, TR4 8PN

FIRE DRILL

In the event of a fire leave your property immediately and telephone 999 for the Fire Service.

Please telephone the office emergency number 07515 574360 to inform staff.  Alternative accommodation arrangements will be made where necessary.

SAFETY NOTICE

Please note

Porthleven Harbour is a working harbour with boats entering and leaving the area at all times of the day. Please do not let your children jump into the harbour or swim across the gap as this is extremely dangerous.

PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE SEAGULLS!

The Seagulls have become a nuisance to locals and visitors and are encouraged to scavenge human food by being fed.  They can cause serious injuries by attempting to take food from people and we would like to avoid this happening to our guests and others in the village.

HISTORY OF PORTHLEVEN’S HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

The word ‘porth’ in the Cornish language means ‘port’, ‘elvan’ is the Celtic Saint who came to these shores in the 5th century.  St Elvan was about one and a half miles from Porthleven on the road to Sithney.

PORTHLEVEN HARBOUR

Before the harbour was built it was a tidal estuary with a sand bar which ran from the Ship Inn to the site of the Bickford Smith Institute on the opposite bank.

Many ships were wrecked trying to shelter from the storms in and around Mounts Bay and so it was decided to build a storm port. It is highly unusual to find a Cornish Harbour which faces south-west, as the prevailing winds blow straight inland. The Prince of Wales Harbour, as it was called, was started in 1811 and completed in 1814 at a cost of £200,000.  The harbour imported coal, limestone and timber, and exported tin, copper, and china clay. The inner harbour and gates were not built until 1855 when the port was purchased by Harvey & Co of Hayle and to this day the harbour has remained in private ownership.

THE OLD LIFEBOAT HOUSE

The Old Lifeboat House (now an art gallery) was built in 1894, the second lifeboat house to be built, the original having been sited on Claremont Terrace. Porthleven had its own lifeboat from 1863 to 1929, which ran 28 missions and saved 50 lives.

THE SHIP INN THE LIME KILN

The Ship Inn is a 18th Century public house which retains many of its original features, beamed ceilings, wood floors, open fires, and The Old Smithy building to the side.

THE LIME KILN

The Lime Kiln was built in 1814 for Archibald Blair and has been recently restored.  It was one of many kilns in the area which processed lime brought in by ship from Plymouth for use in the building trade and agriculture.

THE THREE STOREY NET LOFTS

The Net Lofts were built in 1814 from stone excavated from the area beside the Lime Kiln.  Fishing was a major industry, which is still maintained today, the main catch being crab, lobster, and crayfish. Today it is used for artists’ studios.

THE SMOKE HOUSE

The smoke house was built in 1884, used for preserving the abundant mackerel and pilchard catches.

THE ICE HOUSE

The Ice House on Breageside originally used ice brought in by Norwegian Ships until it was made artificially in Gulval and brought in by straw covered carts.

THE CHINA CLAY STORE

The China Clay Store was built on Breageside in 1893, it held clay from the quarries in the Tregonning Hill district prior to shipment. Tregonning Hill was the first place in the country to produce china clay.  In 1748 it was used in the making of Plymouth pottery and in 1761 by Wedgewood. The store enabled ships to load immediately on reaching port instead of having to wait for the carts to haul the clay from the quarries to the wharf. The clay works around Tregonning Hill began to decline when china clay production in the St Austell district increased. This building was completely renovated and enlarged by The Harbour & Dock Company in 2013 and is now a restaurant.

THE HARBOUR FLATS

The Harbour Flats were built around 1889 as a curing store for pilchards which were the mainstay of the fishing industry in Cornwall.  Tanks for salting the pilchards were on the ground floor, barrels in which the fish were pressed were located on the second.  This has now been converted into three flats.

CELTIC HOUSE

Celtic House located on the Harbour Head was built on the site of Owan Lake, circa 1860 and currently houses the Harbour and Dock Company and Porthleven Holiday Cottages’ office, Kota Kai and various small businesses.  It was built as a public weighbridge used for weighing coal, salt, ice, and clay.

THE SHIPYARD

Located behind Celtic House has been used for building ships since 1816.  The Porthleven boatbuilding industry was a major employer throughout this time building clippers, schooners, and yachts.  Two Porthleven built trawlers still work from Brixham but the last boat was launched in the late 1970’s.

THE GRANARY

The granary was built in 1814 by William Thomas, a shareholder in the Porthleven Harbour Company, this is now The Kota restaurant.

THE SQUARE AT PORTHLEVEN

This was once a private house behind which was a harness room.  The horse drawn buses were parked in a shed on the site of the Pengelley’s supermarket.

THE HARBOUR HOTEL

The Harbour Hotel was built in 1876 on the site of an older public house which fell into disrepair. A meeting room was added in 1879 for use by the local community.

THE BICKFORD-SMITH INSTITUTE

The Bickford-Smith Institute and clock tower was built in 1884 on the site of the old Fisherman’s Arms public house.  The building, a gift from Mr Bickford-Smith was to be used as a literary institute and not used for religious or political purposes.

RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉ’S IN PORTHLEVEN

Amelie: 01326 554 000
ameliesporthleven.co.uk

Kota: 01326 562 407
kotarestaurant.co.uk

Kota Kai: 01326 574 411
kotakai.co.uk

Nauti But Ice: 01326 573 747
nautibutice.co.uk

The Corner Deli: 01326 565 554
thecornerdeliporthleven.co.uk

The Square: 01326 573 911
thesquareatporthleven.co.uk

Twisted Currant: 01326 565 999
twistedcurrant.co.uk

Seadrift: 01326 558 733
seadriftporthleven.co.uk

The Mussel Shoal
musselshoals.co.uk

Philps Bakery: 01326 562 324
philpspasties.co.uk

Pizza Gogo: 01326 573 747
pizzagogo.co.uk

Clementine’s Vegan Café
facebook.com/clementinescafe/

Ann’s Pasties: 01326 450 192
annspasties.co.uk

Porthleven Fish & Chips: 01326 554 257

The Harbour View Cafe: 07498 613 280

Origin Cofee House – located on Harbour Head.

 

LOCAL FOOD BOX DELIVERY

The Cornish Food Box Company 01872 211 533
thecornishfoodboxcompany.co.uk

 

PUBLIC HOUSES IN PORTHLEVEN

The Ship Inn: 01326 564 204
theshipinnporthleven.co.uk

Harbour Inn: 01326 573 876
harbourinnporthleven.co.uk

Atlantic Inn: 01326 562 439
theatlanticinn.co.uk

Out of the Blue Bar: 01326 573 881

LOCAL BUSINESSES IN PORTHLEVEN

Vertical Blue: Water sports 01326 563 387

Quayside Fish: Fishmongers 01326 562 008

Allen’s Motors: Garage 01326 565 551

Porthleven Barbour Shop: 07972 158 064

Harlequin Hair: 01326 563 666

You Beauty: Hair & beauty 01326 563 909

Pengelley’s: Supermarket 01326 561 196

 

SPECALIST SHOPS AND GALLERIES IN PORTHLEVEN

The Albatross Gallery: 01326 562 828
Local arts & crafts, Commercial Road

The Jewellery Workshop: 01326 561 511
Handmade jewellery& silversmith, Commercial Road

Pisky Cove: 07484 222 865
Crafts and gifts, Celtic House, Harbour Head

The Customs House Gallery: 01326 569 365
Handcrafted gifts and local artwork
Commercial Road

Lindy Lou: 01326 562 202
Gifts and accessories, Commercial Road

Four Crows Gallery: 01326 618 689
Ceramics, jewellery, paintings, prints, cards, Commercial Road

Harbour View Stained Glass Studio: 01326 572 671
Celtic House, Harbour Head

Salt Cellar Workshops: 01326 565 707
Hats, children clothes and handcrafted items
Salt Cellar Hill

Tony’s Harbourside Shop: 01326 562 786
Beach goods, t-shirts and souvenirs
Commercial Road

The Vault: 01326 569 735
Beach wear, Commercial Road

Stargazey: 01326 569 246
Home furnishings and decorations
10 Fore Street

Waves Surf Art Gallery: 01326 368 369
Dramatic Photographs by Mike Lacey
Harbour Road (behind Custom House Gallery)

Hand Cut Cornish Fudge
Delicious local fudge, boxed or bagged
Trailer located on Commercial Road

 

CINEMAS NEARBY

Helston: 01326 569 977 www.merlincinemas.co.uk
Penzance: 01736 363 330 www.merlincinemas.co.uk
Newlyn Film House: 01736 332 222 www.newlynfilmhouse.com
Redruth:01209 216 278 www.merlincinemas.co.uk
Falmouth: 01326 212 300  www.merlincinemas.co.uk                                    St Ives: 01736 196 8423 www.merlincinemas.co.uk
Truro: 01872 272 894 www.wtwcinemas.co.uk 

PET POLICY

At Porthleven Holiday Cottages we understand that nothing spoils a holiday more than having to leave your dog at home. There are a few terms and conditions that we ask you to adhere to, but probably nothing more than you would implement in your own home.

  • Pets must be flea treated before entering the property
  • Pets are to be kept under control at all times
  • All dog mess on the premises must be disposed of appropriately prior to departure
  • Please ensure that no muddy paws or sandy coats are taken indoors
  • Pets are not permitted in bedrooms or on furniture
  • Pets are not to be left unsupervised on the premises as this can result in damage to the property and distress to the pet
  • Suitable pet bedding must be provided by guests for pets to sleep on as well as your own food and water bowls
  • Pet hairs must be vacuumed & swept up from the property prior to departure
  • Please note that although a property may accept a pet, this does not guarantee that the property has an enclosed garden or is totally escape-proof to all pets
  • Any damage to the property made by your pet or extra cleaning required (pet hair on the furniture, dog mess in the garden etc) following your departure will result in an extra charge.

We hope that you understand the importance of these conditions and that you and your dog have a wonderful stay!

WOOD BURNERS & OPEN FIRES

Place scrunched up old newspaper in the middle of the grate and cover with a neat stack of kindling, like Jenga. If you’re using firelighters, place the brick, pieces, or scrapings on top of the newspaper before you add the kindling.

Ignite the newspaper/firelighter. When the kindling has taken, gingerly add a couple of smaller logs. Continue to add logs once the fire has taken, being careful not to overload the grate.

If you’re lighting a fire for a log-burning stove, once the fire has taken you can close the fuel door and adjust the draw of the fire using the bottom dampers.

NUMBER ONE RULE take it slow. Fire lighting is not to be rushed.

Now sit back and enjoy!

 

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