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2 Mackerel Cottages

£718 - £1670 per week

This stunning property situated right beside the harbour in the fishing port of Porthleven, 2 Mackerel Cottage has been furnished to an extremely high standard with many thoughtful touches, The accommodation is reverse level, giving the open plan first floor living area stunning views across the harbour. The sitting room has solid wood floors and has been furnished with luxurious leather sofas and there is also an office area overlooking the harbour with a desk, perfect if you need to work away from home during your stay. On warm summer evenings, enjoy a sundowner on the patio which is at the rear of the property, or on the seat at the front, where you'll also find your own private parking space allowing you to venture further afield and enjoy some of Cornwall's finest beaches and iconic landmarks. Alternatively, if you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your cottage, 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 a must.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2


Bedroom 3



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

Bedroom 1

double bed, TV, access to patio.

Bedroom 2

twin beds.

Bedroom 3

single bed.

Family bathroom

bath, separate large shower enclosure, heated towel rail.


WC and basin.

Open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area

two leather sofas, armchair, TV, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock. Dining table and six chairs, desk and chair. Kitchen with granite worktops, dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

Additional information

the property is beside the harbour and the path and driveway open directly onto a road where visibility is limited. Children should be supervised. Two Mackerel Cottages is adjacent to 1 Mackerel Cottages, 1 Mackerel Building and 2 Mackerel Building. Dogs should only be allowed in the open plan living area please. Underfloor heating is fitted throughout the cottage which is controlled by individual thermostats in each room. WiFi, small dog welcome.


Lovely cottage to stay in with prime location. Our 18th time to Porthleven but first time in the cottage. Would definitely recommend. Also very good customer service from Aspect holidays.

May 2024

This is a lovely property in a great location. Having parking onsite is a real bonus, especially in the summer months. We had a marvellous holiday and everything we needed from a holiday home was there.

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.

This is a lovely property in a great location. Having parking onsite is a real bonus, especially in the summer months. We had a marvellous holiday and everything we needed from a holiday home was there.

Lovely cottage to stay in with prime location. Our 18th time to Porthleven but first time in the cottage. Would definitely recommend. Also very good customer service from Aspect holidays.

We had yet another wonderful stay at 2 Mackerel Cottages, there was everything we needed, even the weather which was windy, cold, rainy and a little sun couldn't but ruin the holiday, it was all just as we like it! All booked again for October and April. Thank you.

Enjoyed a lovely week at Porthleven. The cottage was very spacious, warm and inviting. It was well equipped and well looked after and clean

Aspects Holidays are very easy to book with and all instructions of booking and arrival details are very clear. We have now booked our 3rd holiday with Aspects and would highly recommend them.

Porthleven is a fabulous place to stay, there are so many restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops, to say nothing of Pengelly Stores, for a fishing village, it is great. Plenty of lovely eateries, Amelie’s; The Square; Kota Kai; and both pubs do good food. We always spend lots of days of our two weeks just in Porthleven, there are great walks, to Rinsey one way and on the estate coastal paths the other way to Helston and beyond. We love going to Mullion, a beautiful cove we have been visiting for 35 years and Sennen! The first a mile before The Lizard, and the second a mile before Lands End. Another good place for a drink and a meal is The Mexico Inn at Long Rock, really friendly people run the place and food lovely. It is also worth a trip to either The Gurnards Head or The Old Coastguard, the former on the road into Zennor and the latter in Mousehole, either of these definitely need to be booked, if the weather is good it is especially nice sitting out in the gardens looking at the sea of The Old Coastguard.

Mackerel Cottage was lovely, comfortable and perfectly positioned, we will definitely be looking to return

If you want a holiday with excellent views and a perfect location, this accommodation has it. In winter and cooler periods you will be kept warm. But when it’s hot the living area upstairs was too hot for us. We do have aircon at home and we really missed it here.

Mackerel Cottages is in an amazing location, between a lovely pub and restaurants on the harbour front. Porthleven is a lovely place with lots of eating places to choose from! The cottage is well equipped and very handy for the beach and swims in the harbour. Also, a great base for the south coast of Cornwall.

Porthleven is a lovely spot for families or couples. Plenty of places to visit with great beaches. The restaurants are excellent we particularly liked Kota Kai and Amelia’s next door to Mackerel Cottage. The upside down living space gives you great views over the harbour. The property was lovely well equipped and comfortable. Would definitely go back !

Porthleven is a great place to stay, close to lovely beaches & scenery. The town has some great restaurants & everything you need can be purchased locally. The cottage has a great view of the harbour & is central. A great place to stay in or out of season.

Great cottage in fabulous position

We have stayed at 2 Mackerel Cottage several times and have always been very happy with the accommodation in the past, this visit was very different. There was a strong smell of dog wee in the hallway. The property was surrounded by scaffolding and there was was construction works being carried out while we were in the property, had we known this type of works was being carried out we would not have booked the cottage. A very disappointing break.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry that you experienced a couple of issues at 2 Mackerel Cottages, this is such a shame to hear. When we first heard that you could smell something in the hallway, we offered to get a housekeeper or carpet cleaner around to the property as soon as possible to help address this, as it was not something that had been reported to us before, but we understand that you preferred not to be disturbed during your stay. This has now been sorted for any future guests. When we are aware of a building project taking place close to a property, we always try to give guests as much notice and information as we can prior to their break. Unfortunately in this case, we were under the impression that the work had been completed and the scaffolding taken down, which is why we were not in contact with you before your stay. We are ever so sorry for any inconvenience caused by this, and we hope we can welcome you back to Cornwall soon. Katy, Customer Services.

I have stayed here many, many times because it is a great little house in a superb location....being in central Porthleven makes eating out a doddle.

As regular visitors to 2 Mackerel Cottages, we are obviously happy to return. The location overlooking the harbour is wonderful, it and isn't far from the beach and the well-stocked Pengelly store. On-site parking is a great benefit. The property gets the morning sun, and there is somewhere to sit all round the harbour. For walkers, the coastal path passes the front door.

Location, location, location!
You could not ask for a better view or location than this. You do need to be prepared to drive very slowly and carefully along the quay side to get to the cottage and access your parking space as there are always lots of people about; if you happen to meet a vehicle coming the other way it can get 'interesting', so make sure you are car-confident. 3 x serviceable bedrooms (although we suggested that the single bed needs replacing) and a great upstairs open and airy living space. But its the view that make this the absolute best cottage .... just perfect and I will never tire of watching the tide come in and go out, filling and then draining the harbour.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are glad you enjoyed 2 Mackerel Cottages. Those views are fantastic, no matter what the weather is doing! You can just sit back and watch the comings and goings of the harbour and the changing conditions as storms roll in, or the calmness of a still, sunny day! The drive along the harbour may take a bit of patience, but we are glad that you agree, is worth it! As mattresses can be very difficult to get right, with every guest having different preferences when it comes to comfort, we will monitor feedback on this for now, and check the mattresses when we are next inspecting the property. Thanks for your helpful comments and we hope that we will see you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Services

Mackerel Cottages exceeded expectations. Wonderful position and excellent facilities in the ultimately delightful Cornish port.