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2 Mackerel Building

£676 - £1572 per week

2 The Mackerel Building is a luxury, first floor, apartment, sleeping four, overlooking Porthleven harbour. Being on the second floor it offers privacy, but also has the advantage of being just a short stroll from all that the village has to offer. The whole living area is open plan with the sitting room at the front of the room with comfortable sofas positioned to make the most of the wonderful views across the harbour. If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your holiday home, there are plenty of artisan shops and eateries in Porthleven for you to explore and enjoy, and if you bring your four-legged friend along, the coastal walks are an absolute must.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2



access via stairs to second floor.

Sitting/dining/kitchen area

two sofas, TV, DVD player, HiFi with iPod dock. At the rear of this room is the dining area with solid oak table and four chairs. Kitchen includes granite worktops, electric oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge with full size freezer above.

Bedroom 1

king size bed, en suite with shower, WC and basin.

Bedroom 2

twin beds.

Family bathroom

bath with shower over, WC and basin.

Additional information

the property is located above 1 The Mackerel Building and adjacent to 1 Mackerel Cottages and 2 Mackerel Cottages. Underfloor heating throughout with individual thermostats in each room. Pets permitted in the living area only.2 The Mackerel Building has a private parking space by the harbour railings, WiFi, small dog is welcome .


Great location right on the harbour. Managed to park my Vw LWB van in the designated spot, tight but doable. Plenty of room for a family of four. Dog friendly too.!

May 2024

Porthleven is a special place made even better by this lovely apartment

May 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.

Porthleven is a special place made even better by this lovely apartment

Great location right on the harbour. Managed to park my Vw LWB van in the designated spot, tight but doable. Plenty of room for a family of four. Dog friendly too.!

A wonderful apartment, perfectly located overlooking the harbour, with its own parking space close by. This was our second visit, and, as before, we enjoyed a very happy and comfortable week, helped by near perfect weather.

One of us has been coming to Porthleven for over 50 years, so he knows a good spot when he finds one! Aspect Holidays were brilliant to deal with, and, on arrival, the lovely Rosina (Properties Manager) looked after us fabulously, offering us the warmest of welcomes, together with a cream tea and goodies pack, which was really kind.

Thank you!

Our second stay in 6 weeks and loved it. Great location and views (that you never get bored with). Nice large lounge, spacious kitchen area and so nice to be in the heart of the harbour. We will be back.

Flat very comfortable, ideally situated in the heart of Porthleven.

This was our first experience of booking via Aspects and staying in Porthleven and both were excellent. The location of 2 Mackeral Buildings is fantastic with great views and easy walks to restaurants and shops, plus just watching the view from the lounge windows is addictive! The apartment has all you need for a comfy week. The local office were very helpful with enquiries and the the whole week was very relaxing. We are already thinking about when to go back.

A lovely stay at 2 Mackerel Buildings again, thank you. Comfortable and well equipped. Good contact from Aspects from booking to after sales. Very impressed.

Great apartment. Great location. Fabulous weather! Well, this is Cornwall, what’s not to love?!!!

It was so easy to book with Aspects Holidays and our accommodation 2 Mackerel Building was exactly as described. It was definitely home from home and overlooking the lovely harbour of Porthleven. We have already booked again with Aspects and can't wait to return to Porthleven.

This is a lovely warm and comfortable apartment. We had a wonderful week. We had some lovely meals at the Mexico inn in Longrock thanks to a previous Aspects review and at The Star inn at Porkellis. The Ship inn was a warm and welcoming as ever! We will definitely be back.

Excellent apartment, stayed multiple times, always in perfect condition and service pre and post booking always timeous. Furnishings, kitchen appliances, WiFi, television, all high calibre and makes for a perfect working holiday from home!

We love Porthleven, our tenth stay always try to get a sea view one of our Happy places.

Lovely accommodation. Stragically located near our favourite pub ( the Ship) and everything else you need for a fabulous week away in our favourite place.

This was our third stay at 2 Mackerel Buildings, we absolutely love it. It is a brilliant location, so wonderful on a lovely weather morning to sit in the lounge, windows open wide with such a close view into the harbour.

We visited all our favorite places, Mullion Cove, Mevagissy, Sennen, St Ives (Porthmeor Beach), plus good for present shopping, Marazion, Praa Sands, Poldhu Cove.

Closer to home we had fabulous meals in The Square, Kota Kai, Mexico Inn (Longrock), and last but definitely not least The Gurnards Head, as well as some lovely lunches in Marazion, Mousehole, and Penzance. We took a picnic and a small bottle of Moët on a picnic on Poldhu Beach. We walked a fair bit, ate ice creams and generally had a lovely restful 2 weeks

The welcome cream tea was very welcome as we arrived late and tired so it ended up being our supper for the first evening, thanks to the staff for making the place ready for us, all in all a lovely 2 weeks.

We had a fantastic stay here, a really spacious apartment with a brilliant view and in a great location

Parking space was useful too

A lovely and memorable family holiday

Beautiful property in an excellent location over looking Porthleven harbour. The property was very clean & a great base to explore the surrounding area. The car parking space is tight if you have a large car, but much appreciated on the busy harbour.

Absolutely love this place! It’s so wonderful to look out onto the harbour right below and just stroll out for a swim. Beautiful spacious apartment, cannot wait to come back again !

Very pleasant holiday with brilliant weather. Porthleven never lets us down.

A well laid out apartment in a great location, with a picturesque harbour and beach and easy access to the many attractions of south Cornwall.

This ts the first time we have not re booked for same 2 weeks sure building hotel next door will create a big problem to access& parking check before booking

Reply from Aspects Holidays

It is such a shame to see that you have not rebooked 2 Mackerel Building for your usual 2-week trip to Porthleven, as we would absolutely love to continue welcoming you here for years to come. Although planning has now been granted, as of beginning of 2023, the development company have indicated that it will not start for at least 12-18 months. As soon as we have confirmation of start date, we will be taking appropriate action with bookings and property availability once we have assessed any impact and discussed it with the property owner. We will be sure to keep any guests that this could potentially impact, in the loop once more information is available. Hopefully we will get to see you back here again in the future. Ben, Customer Services

Porthleven is our happy place. Have visited eight times now and love it. Nothing better than the Harbour View and a drink in the Ship watching the waves.

A fabulous location overlooking the harbour. Very convenient for everything you could want in this lovely place. You can park the car and forget about driving if you want to.