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1 Mackerel Cottages

£718 - £1670 per week

Sitting right on the harbour front, One Mackerel Cottage, a reverse level property, exudes laid back luxury and makes for the perfect getaway. Enjoy the ever-changing harbour views from the property's light and airy first floor living area with everything on hand for a totally relaxing stay. Designed and furnished with guests' comfort at the fore, this superb property is certain to wow with its quality fixtures and fittings. The super comfy beds are the perfect place for everyone to re-charge, and the light filled, open plan living space is ideal for larger families or couples to socialise and enjoy quality time together. Outside there is a peaceful sheltered patio with table and chairs and to the front a private parking space, which makes exploring the rest of Cornwall a breeze. From the front door, you can stroll around the harbour taking in Porthleven's enticing selection of specialist shops, cafes, award winning restaurants and pubs or venture on further for glorious coastal walks and beaches.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1

Super king

Bedroom 2

Zip and link

Bedroom 3



at ground floor level with staircase to first floor and access to all bedrooms:

Bedroom 1

super-king Vi-spring bed with stunning bespoke headboard, oak framed fitted wardrobes and mirrored dressing table give a sense of lightness and relaxation. Technology includes a mirror television and media player with Airplay. French doors lead onto the private patio with table and chairs, for an alfresco breakfast or simply lazing the day away.

Bedroom 2

zip n link beds (twin bed or super-king), Steamer trunk side tables, local photographic art and coastal soft furnishings complement the harbour location.

Bedroom 3

full size single bed.


bath, large walk-in shower enclosure, WC, wash hand basin, heated towel rail.


WC and wash hand basin.

Open plan living area

vaulted ceilings offer a light filled space which occupies the entire first floor, taking full advantage of the harbour views. The sitting and reading spaces are beautifully furnished with a corner sofa, easy chairs and writing table overlooking the harbour.Technology includes UHD Smart television, media player with Airplay, iPod/mp3 dock and internet radio. At the far end of the living space is the fully equipped kitchen with built in electric oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer. The kitchen island provides the perfect perch for a snack or cuppa whilst gazing out over the historic harbour scene.The large dining table comfortably seats six, ideal for special meals or maybe a board game or two.

Outside area

parking to the front, a rare commodity in this harbourside location. To the rear is a peaceful sheltered patio with table and chairs.

Additional information

Underfloor heating with individual room thermostats, parking to the front. One Mackerel Cottages is adjacent to Two Mackerel Cottages, 1 Mackerel Building and 2 Mackerel Building, no children under 6, WiFi.


Another lovely week in 1, Mackerel Cottages. We were blessed with a week of sunshine after the wettest winter on record. Excellent meals out at The Square and Kota Kai. Lovely friendly staff in the restaurants and local shops. April is a good time for visiting the many beautiful gardens in the sheltered valleys, Porthleven is a great base with its proximity to beaches, the coastal footpath, and good road links to both north and south coasts. We will be booking again!

April 2024

Amazing location and very spacious cottage. Gorgeous views of the harbour and extremely well equipped with everything you could need. Very comfortable and warm.

March 2024

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Holidays in Porthleven

Whatever you love about Cornwall, we’re sure you'll find it while enjoying a holiday in Porthleven. Relax and enjoy the boats bobbing in the harbour, pull on the walking boots and join the coastal path to Rinsey and Praa Sands, take a short drive to nearby Marazion and the iconic St Michael's Mount, or hit the waves and surf until sunset.

This charming fishing town has a relaxing atmosphere; it's gorgeous in the Summer and dramatic during the Winter. The granite harbour and pier with its famous clock tower has become an iconic storm-watching spot during wild wintry weather and offers a tranquil setting on calmer days.

Take a short break out of season in Porthleven and avoid the hubbub on the roads and beaches. Soak up the sun on the harbour front and watch the fishing boats pass by. Catch the first glimpses of colour from the acres of Cornish daffodils in early spring with the sea as a back drop as you drive from coast to coast. With easy access to the coastal footpath, head east to discover Gunwalloe Fishing Cove, Polurnan Cliffs and Mullion Cove or head west and marvel at Praa Sands, Perranuthnoe and Marazion. 

Take a short walk from Porthleven and reach the coarse sand of Porthleven beach, reaching two miles south as far as Loe Bar, a sand spit separating the sea and forming Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall.

Porthleven harbour is an enjoyable place to relax, with its cafés, pubs and restaurants providing the perfect place for you to sit outside and watch the world float by!

Top tip

Like storm watching? Visit in winter and you may be lucky enough to experience huge waves crashing over the clock tower!

Things to do in Porthleven

Porthleven Food & Music Festival

With over 10,000 visitors each year, the festival is popular with visitors and locals alike. It celebrates Cornish food producers, with demonstrations, live bands, street performers and with free entry, it's the perfect family day out. This years event takes place on 26th April. Read about the Porthleven Food & Music festival on our blog.


Porthleven is a renowned surf spot amongst the locals, and is more suited to experienced surfers and bodyboarders. Find out more on our blog: Ten of the best surf spots in Cornwall


If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors, mountain bike hire is available from our friends over at Porthleven Cycle Hire. There’s a variety of scenic cycling routes in the area, all offering different levels of difficulty, and most offering great coastal views.


There are ample walking routes in and around Porthleven with beautiful landscapes to explore and varying degrees of difficulty. If a gentle stroll is more your cup of tea, enjoy meandering around the iconic harbour and pretty streets. To find out more about the history of Porthleven, you can book a guided tour with Porthleven Town Talks.


With such a variety of fishing spots in the area, you’ll be spoilt for choice when staying in a holiday cottage in Porthleven.  There’s an angling centre nearby to stock up on tackle and bait before heading out, and Loe bar is just a short walk from Porthleven itself, which offers great beach fishing. Bass fishing is popular in this area and guided fishing trips are available from Porthleven too. With many other popular sea fishing and course fishing spots in Cornwall you’ll be able to try your luck at a variety of places without having to travel too far.  


Behind Loe bar is Loe pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall, and is a great place to enjoy birdwatching. Surrounded by woodland, it’s a great place to go walking and enjoy the Cornish scenery.

Eating out

Porthleven is quickly becoming a foodie's paradise, with a range or top notch restaurants throughout the town. To help you decide where to dine out, read our blog post on Eating out in Porthleven.

Places to visit near Porthleven

Flambards Theme Park

If you fancy a family day out, Flambards Theme Park in nearby Helston is a great place to visit at any time of year. With rides, activities and entertainment with award winning exhibitions and museums, there is something for all ages.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

A few miles down the road, and set in acres of Cornish countryside is the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Here you will find rescued and rehabilitated seals and sea lions found on Britain's beaches, alongside penguins, otters, and farmyard animals such as ponies, goats and sheep; a great day out for all the family. 

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

26th - 28th April

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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.

Lovely spacious cottage, an upside down house, on the harbour front. Very comfortable and well equipped. Good parking space with maybe space for two cars unless big SUVs. Would return.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are so pleased that you had a great stay at 1Mackerel Cottages. There is an allocated parking space for one car at the cottage, and we hope you agree that having a car parking space right in front of the property is a major advantage. We hope to welcome you back to 1 Mackerel Cottages again soon. Katy, Customer Services.

Another lovely week in 1, Mackerel Cottages. We were blessed with a week of sunshine after the wettest winter on record. Excellent meals out at The Square and Kota Kai. Lovely friendly staff in the restaurants and local shops. April is a good time for visiting the many beautiful gardens in the sheltered valleys, Porthleven is a great base with its proximity to beaches, the coastal footpath, and good road links to both north and south coasts. We will be booking again!

Amazing location and very spacious cottage. Gorgeous views of the harbour and extremely well equipped with everything you could need. Very comfortable and warm.

Perfect location. Excellent local amenities. High spec accommodation. Handy parking space. Would highly recommend

Fabulous apartment, immaculately presented and of high quality throughout. Comfortable with a well equipped kitchen, Tv and radio in every room, and a great location with direct views of the harbour. On site parking made everything easier. Highly recommended.

Brilliant location and a beautifully furnished and kitted out property in an excellent location with beautiful views. Being right on the harbour side was key to us since one member of our group had slight mobility issues. We had a really lovely holiday!

1, Mackerel Cottages is a superb holiday cottage in a fantastic location. It was very well equipped and the owners clearly want guests to feel comfortable and welcome - we found a bottle of milk in the fridge, tea tray laid out and biscuits and chocolate! Having a parking space immediately in front of the cottage was a great bonus and the upside-down living made the most of the views.

Great location

We had a wonderful stay at the cottage during our week in Porthleven. All the rooms were great - clean, tidy and well thought out. The upstairs has a real "wow" factor with amazing views over the harbour. The huge sofa was a great place to relax and watch the activity in the harbour after a long day sightseeing.

There are lots of great restaurants in the village and we would recommend The Square and Kota Kai especially.

this cottage is perfectly placed on the harbour, all town amenities in range. decor is lovely, a light and airy open plan space upstairs. we had a lovely stay, thank you!

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at 1 Mackerel Cottage. Excellent location in the harbour close to several restaurants. It was great to be able to park the car by the cottage which was well furnished and attractive. We had a minor issue with a lock which was solved very quickly by Aspects Holidays. Both the cottage and the company are thoroughly recommended. Porthleven is a little gem with fantastic walks nearby.

The property is spectacular in an amazing position

The cottage was wonderful, felt like a boutique hotel thanks to the beautiful bed linens and soft furnishings, the bathroom decor and towels as well as the nautical themed art around the property. We loved the well equipped kitchen and the cream tea and treats on arrival. The perfect space with a view and the joy of a parking space right on the harbour in this beautiful village, with plenty of shops and places to eat within easy walking distance. We will be back soon!

The house is in a perfect location and porthleven is such a nice place to relax and easy access to Cornwall

1 Mackerel Cottage is a lovely place to stay. The fixtures and fittings are all of a very high standard. The settee is comply for a relaxing evening in and the bed for a good nights sleep. It is situated close to restaurants and if you just want to go for short walks it is ideal. Further afield are many interesting places to visit. Would recommend.

Superb cottage in a fantastic location, would highly recommend this to anyone.

Superb accommodation, beautifully furnished with a spot on location

Excellent quality property. Beautifully and practically furnished. Being an 'upside down' house the views of the inner harbour and the location for exploring Porthleven are excellent too. Would definitely book again. The welcoming pack was very much appreciated after a long journey.

A very well equipped cottage right on the edge of the harbour. Great views of the boats and close to restaurants. Walking distance to beach. Thoroughly recommend.

An amazing stay! Fantastic facilities and brilliant location. A nice modern 'cottage' which had an incredible open plan first floor kitchen/living area, the view is insane! The weather was massively on our side which obviously helps, but allowed us to utilise all of the harbour restaurants/pubs, shops and walks. I think it's likely we will be rebooking! Thank you

1 Mackerel Cottages is a beautiful property in a great location alongside the pretty harbour in Porthleven. Just a short stroll to several excellent restaurants. Great walks locally along coastal footpaths and the Penrose Estate. Many of the famous Cornish gardens are an easy drive from this property. I look forward to my next visit.