Porthleven Holiday Cottages
Emergency Out of Hours only: 07515 574 360
Fire Brigade: 999
Devon & Cornwall Police non-emergency: 101
Accident & Emergency
Royal Cornwall Hospital: 01872 250 000
Treliske Industrial Estate, Truro, TR1 3LJ
West Cornwall Hospital: 01736 874 113
St Clare Street, Penzance, TR18 2PF
Helston Community Hospital: 01326 430 200
Meneage Road, Helston, TR13 8DR
Porthleven Doctors Surgery: 01326 562 204
The Surgery, Sunset Gardens Porthleven
Emergency Dental Helpline: 03334 050 290
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Amelie: 01326 554 000
Kota: 01326 562 407
Kota Kai: 01326 574 411
Nauti But Ice: 01326 573 747
The Corner Deli: 01326 565 554
The Square: 01326 573 911
Twisted Currant: 01326 565 999
Seadrift: 01326 558 733
The Mussel Shoal
Philps Bakery: 01326 562 324
Pizza Gogo: 01326 573 747
Clementine’s Vegan Café
Ann’s Pasties: 01326 450 192
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
PUBLIC HOUSES IN PORTHLEVEN
The Ship Inn: 01326 564 204
Harbour Inn: 01326 573 876
Atlantic Inn: 01326 562 439
Out of the Blue Bar: 01326 573 881
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
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
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
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
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.
We hope that you understand the importance of these conditions and that you and your dog have a wonderful stay!
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!