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Trethewey Sunday School

£458 - £1214 per week

Avoiding predictable furnishings and using imagination, the simple rustic charm of this converted, Grade II listed sunday school is a refreshing escape from the routine of city living. Just a twenty minute walk from the award winning Porthcurno beach, Trethewey Sunday School offers a true escape from the everyday. Inside, a lofty ceiling and the mezzanine snug which overlooks the rustic living area, make for a light and airy atmosphere, while the two lavish en suite bedrooms ensure comfort is at the very heart of this industrial chic home. Outside, you can chase the sun in the enclosed, wrap-around garden, choose any of the rustic spots for cooling sundowners on long summer evenings.

Almost all of the fabric of this unusual property has been re-used, resisting the trend of polished and new, instead utilising timeworn pieces of furniture lovingly restored and re-imagined throughout. Trethewey Sunday School has two private parking spaces and is perfect for exploring the beautiful beaches of far west Cornwall, with turquoise waters, white sand and high cliffs, and no trip to Porthcurno is complete without a visit to the renowned Minack Theatre. After a day exploring, open a bottle of something chilled, sit back and enjoy the spacious open plan living, which is beautifully understated, creating a truly unique holiday experience.


via front garden area into small entrance hall, seat, coat hooks, door to:

Open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area

table with two bench seats, electric oven and hob, washing machine, belfast sink, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, breakfast bar with three stools, woodburner, sofa, cuddle seat, TV, DVD, 2 pew seats, stairs to mezzanine, doors to bedrooms.

Bedroom 1

king size bed, ball and claw foot bath with shower attachment, door to en suite WC with basin.

Bedroom 2

king size bed, French armoire, door to en suite shower room with WC and basin.


glass balcony, desk, three chairs.

Outside areas

private gardens on all sides of the property, several seating areas.

Additional information

underfloor heating in kitchen and living area, WiFi, up to two dogs welcome, short breaks available.


superb quirky and a wow from the minute you open the door superb quiet location yet close to one of the best beaches we have seen in the uk at porthcurno just a wonderful holiday

September 2021

Lovely property, so unique, great location for west Cornwall

September 2021

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Holidays in Porthcurno

Self catering holidays in Porthcurno have plenty to occupy children and adults alike and is true retreat for those wishing to be away from the hordes whether in or out of season. Holiday cottages in Porthcurno are easily reached by road with a bus service running from Penzance, with its nearest village being St Buryan.

Porthcurno’s popular family beach offers safe paddling for the younger swimmers and wonderful deep waters for the more experienced, refreshments and toilet facilities are available as well as a huge car park (free between October to Easter).

Take a short walk along the coastal path to Pedn Vounder beach; a real sun trap sheltered from the elements, it will truly amaze you with its natural beauty. With the tide low, you can walk the entire length to Logan’s Rock jutting out into the sea. For more information on Porthcurno beach, check out our blog on Sandy Beaches of West Cornwall.

Did you know...

Basking sharks are often spotted gracing the waters around Porthcurno Bay!

Things to do near Porthcurno

Minack Theatre
Built in to the cliff face at Porthcurno, the world famous Minack Theatre runs outdoor performances from May to September attracting many who wishing for an ‘al fresco’ theatrical experience with the most beautiful back drop of the sea and sunset. This world-renowned theatre is truly a theatre under the stars. It was built by hand by Rowena Cade and her gardener Billy Rawlings and Tom Angove. The story of how the theatre came about is a tribute to one woman’s vision. Rowena died in 1983. The theatre has undergone technical modifications to cope with the increased audience numbers. However, it is still a truly unique and magical place, with seats carved into the cliffs and a stunning backdrop and sea views. Always take hats and sunscreen for matinees; and warm clothes for the evening. Arriving early with your picnic basket is positively encouraged and The Minack has its own micro-climate and rarely cancels a show. Read more on our blog post: Theatres in Cornwall.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Visit the Telegraph Museum which will walk you through how Sir John Pender formed the Falmouth-Gibraltar-Malta Telegraph Company in 1876. Between the two world wars Porthcurno cable office was for a time the largest submarine cable station in the world. The cable office closed in 1970, but Cable & Wireless training college remained operational up until 1993. The museum holds company records and tells the story of this major international communications centre which was tucked away in a Cornish cove. To find out more, you can read our blog post: A day out at Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem.

Places to visit near Porthcurno

Conveniently located for cliff walking and bird watching, Treen is just a short walk away from the secluded sandy beaches of Porthcurno. 

Logan Rock
Logan Rock, meaning 'balanced stone' is also closeby. This granite boulder weighing approximately 80 tonnes, could once be rocked by applying just a little pressure. The story goes that it was once dislodged in 1824 by a group of British seamen wishing to show their skill and courage. Outraged by this, the local residents insisted the rock was replaced, as it had become a local landmark. Ironically this was a much more challenging feat, taking 60 men, 7 months to complete. Logan's Rock still moves today, but with much less ease than it once did.

Dating back over 400 years, the Logan Rock Inn serves good food and beer and offers a friendly, country-pub atmosphere.

Penberth Cove
Home to a small fishing fleet, Penberth Cove is nearby and provides the perfect place to relax in a tranquil setting. Ideal for a spot of birdwatching or simply enjoying the scenery.

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What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

superb quirky and a wow from the minute you open the door superb quiet location yet close to one of the best beaches we have seen in the uk at porthcurno just a wonderful holiday

Lovely property, so unique, great location for west Cornwall

The Sunday School in Trethewey lived up to our expectations in every way. It is the perfect base for anyone wanting to spend time on the truly exquisite beaches in the area and for those who enjoy coastal walks.

The property is really well equipped and it was a true home from home experience. Steve and Toni are excellent and are on hand if needed - even offering to bring us more vinyls to play on the record player if we needed!

We couldn't have asked for more and will definitely be returning.

Whatever you do when you are here, do not miss Nanjizal beach which is a 20 minute walk away!

Nice base to stay and tour around , unusual decor very quirky , but works completely, throughly enjoyed our stay , had to turn on the underfloor heating twice which was great in July , plenty of parking opposite ,

A beautiful house in a stunning location. If it’s peace and quiet you are seeking this is the place for you. Equally ideally located for day trips out as well. Comfortable beds after long days walking to secluded coves.

Very large, spaceous and light property. Easy parking. Great location for walking the coast path.

Great place if you love wildlife and walking. The property is outstanding as is the area. Experience the beauty and tranquility of Cornwall.

Lovely spacious quirky property. We shall definately stay here again. Met steve the owner and he seems a lovely fella We loved the decor and was sad to leave. The weather wasn't the best but thankfully it was such a lovely house that we did not mind staying in at times. Hoping to stay again next year!

Lovely quirky holiday cottages with decor to match. Very comfortable to stay in and great location for our 2 dogs to enjoy the holiday with us. The area is beautiful with loads of lovely country and costal walks and some amazing beaches to explore. There is a surprising amount of local takeaways if you don’t fancy cooking. We look forward to visiting again.

The accomodation was beautiful, unique, charming and relaxing. We all felt at home instantly.

It was a great location to explore the whole of South Cornwall. It was our first time in Cornwall and it blew us away. We normally travel to Scotland annually but thought we'd travel south this year. Despite the pandemic we felt that we could truely unwind and enjoy our time. We were welcomed with fresh eggs and bread which was a lovely touch. We picked up fresh eggs a couple of times throughout our stay from the vegetable/egg box near to the duck pond.

Nearby Porthcurno beach was stunning, my partner took a dip in the sea which was still warm for late September. The Logan Rock Inn is a 15 minute walk away, a lovely spot for a tipple before the clamber down to Pedn Vounder beach. We visited many beaches, towns and attractions. The Minack Theatre was stunning, it did help that the weather was warm and sunny too!

Overall we treasured our time here and would definitely visit again.

Thank you.

Just spent an amazing two weeks here! Porthcurno beach is fabulous (make sure you have change for parking as due to Covid the beach hut and cafe only take card payment and it is extremely difficult to get change from anywhere unless you go into Penzance which is about 8 miles away). Lots of amazing coastal walks - ask owners Steve and Toni for local knowledge if you get the chance, they might pop to water the garden and are very hospitable and friendly hosts without being intrusive - they will tell you walks you wouldn't otherwise know about like the one to Nanjizel beach which is beautiful. Lovely comfy sofas to relax on after a busy day and great beds too! Great location for travelling/walking to Lands End and Sennen beach.

We LOVED our stay at the Tretheway Sunday School. From the moment we arrived for our first holiday as a family of four, we felt immediately at home. Our 2 year old even referred to it as our 'new home' for the duration of our stay. Such a beautiful open plan building, with gorgeous box sash windows that let sunlight pour through. The beds were very comfortable with feather bedding and sofas were just as comfortable and great for relaxing at night. The building itself was very peaceful and the curtains in the bedrooms were great at blacking out the sunlight- this helped us to avoid 5 am wake up calls from the boys! The TV came with a variety of channels as well as Netflix and YouTube which was again very welcomed with our two little ones. We also very much appreciated the vinyls and record player, along with the vast array of books and selection of board games. There were many beautiful beaches in local proximity, a lovely pub just around the corner and a fab londis which was open 7-7:30. The hosts provided a very thorough folder full of local restaurants, beaches, places to go etc which helped to ensure we kept busy the whole time we were away. We were lucky enough to meet the lovely hosts on our departure and they were very understanding of the fact we hadn't quite managed to get out on time (life with two under 3!) We were all very sad to be leaving but felt a whole lot more relaxed than we did when we first arrived. A perfect holiday. Thank you Steve and Toni x

We really enjoyed our stay; we met both owners who were both genuinely concerned that everything was OK. We’d certainly stay again and recommend it!

Amazing, beautiful styled house; fantastic atmosphere. Be aware there is an old graveyard next door.