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Compass Cottage

£818 - £1669 per week

Compass Cottage is an archetypal, reverse level, Cornish cottage that exudes charm and character and is located just a few yards from the sandy beach at Porthleven It has two comfortable bedrooms with heat pumps that provide heating and air-conditioning. The master bedroom has a super-king sized bed and an en-suite shower room. The twin room is next to a separate bathroom. The wonderfully sunny conservatory and garden enjoy enveloping skies and extensive views of the sea as it stretches to the horizon. This is a great spot to sit and enjoy your morning coffee or to sit and watch the sun set over West Penwith in the distance. The sitting-room has a heat pump which is large enough to heat the kitchen as well. Filled with original features and with all the home comforts, getting away from it all and relaxing are the only things that need to be on your agenda. On cooler evenings, there will be nothing cosier than retreating in front of the wood-burner and unfurling on the comfy sofas with a favourite book, before retiring to one of the sumptuous beds for a peaceful night’s sleep.

With sea views and private parking, Compass Cottage ticks all the boxes for a great escape from the pressures of everyday life. Spend days exploring the tiny fishing villages and nearby towns or walking the coastal path, and evenings tucking into homemade dishes or frequenting one of the many pubs and restaurants in the village. Adrenaline enthusiasts can take to the waves by swimming, surfing, kayaking or coasteering with local guides. The turquoise water and secret coves make this area the perfect playground for adventure. For those wanting to unwind, pop the kettle on, sit back, relax, and take in the panoramic coastal views from the sunny garden, from where you might even spot a seal or a dolphin at the harbour mouth.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1

Super king

Bedroom 2



via several stone steps into:

Kitchen/dining room

electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, multi-outlet phone charger, dining table with four chairs, TV, sea views, storage heater, French window door to rear garden, stairs leading down to the bedrooms, open doorway to:

Sitting room

large woodburner. High-definition Smart TV, two sofas, glass door to:


wonderful views across the bay, sofa, chairs, coffee table, small computer table, access to the rear garden.

Bedroom 1

super king bed, Smart TV, phone charging stations, air conditioning and heat pump, large wardrobe and two chests of drawers, En suite with large, walk-in shower, WC, basin, glazed door with washing machine and tumble drier, underfloor heating. A small room leads off the main bedroom with a dressing-table which can double as a desk. It is big enough to put a cot in.


bath with shower over, WC, basin, underfloor heating and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2

twin beds, phone charging station, chest of drawers with short wardrobe, air conditioning and heat pump.

Outside area

stone-walled garden with lawn and superb views. Flag-stoned area with table and chairs which is screened by thick vegetation for privacy and quiet.

Additional information

both bedrooms have air-conditioning for heating and cooling, the sitting-room has a high-capacity heat pump for efficient, on-demand heating and the lounge has a modern wood burning stove, the property has off-road parking for one vehicle at the front entrance, there are doors to the outside on both floors, there are stair-gates in the cupboard in the main bedroom which fit at the top and bottom of the stairs. Please note: The stairs in this property are quite narrow and steep. WiFi.


Compass Cottage is in a wonderful location with sea views. Staff at Aspects always ready to help if there are any problems. I have used Aspects for number of years and will continue to book through them and will certainly be returning to Compass Cottage.

May 2024

We thoroughly enjoyed our Porthleven week at Compass Cottage. Every need is cared for and the accommodation is much more ‘home’ than holiday home; tucked away in a quiet area with easy walking access to harbour, beach and village amenities. Quite a gem!

November 2023

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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.

Compass Cottage is in a wonderful location with sea views. Staff at Aspects always ready to help if there are any problems. I have used Aspects for number of years and will continue to book through them and will certainly be returning to Compass Cottage.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Porthleven week at Compass Cottage. Every need is cared for and the accommodation is much more ‘home’ than holiday home; tucked away in a quiet area with easy walking access to harbour, beach and village amenities. Quite a gem!

A great cottage in fab location. So good we booked 3 weeks next year shortly after arrival. The owners have gone out of their way to make Compass Cottage special.

We had a great stay at Compass Cottage. The top floor is spacious and comfortable, with a lovely flow from conservatory to garden and into the kitchen.

The beds were really comfortable and the bedding and towels of good quality. It was useful to have a dryer and heated towel rails when the weather was wet. We really appreciated the range of herbs and spices supplied as we cook a lot.

We spent a lot of time in the garden and conservatory as the views are lovely. It’s a lovely property to stay in.

We had a beautiful sunny week at Compass Cottage, our 2nd time, after staying there for the 1st time and the same week last year!!… This is the most lovely, comfortable, clean and very well equipped cottage - spacious, well furnished and maintained - a log burner (although we didn’t need to light it this year) - all the household, cleaning, cloths and laundry products provided - fully stocked crockery, cutlery, pans and utensils - lovely soft towels - and a lovely welcome gift of cream teas and milk!!… Compass Cottage is topped off with a lovely conservatory with sea views, and the patio and garden are super with sun all day long and beautiful sea views too, with only the sounds of the waves and the gulls!!… We don’t think that many cottages could beat this and we highly recommend it!!… Our hearts are here in Porthleven and this beautiful cottage, our “Cornish Home From Home”, is a special part of it - we hope to return yet again!!…

We loved the layout and comfort of this property and the sea view from the conservatory. We wish we had taken binoculars with us as we would have been able to see the lights of Mousehole from the conservatory. The location was great, very quiet traffic wise yet a short stroll from the harbour and town which has lots of interesting shops and places to eat.

Another very enjoyable stay but sadly after staying at compass cottage for many years it will be our last due to the ridiculous price increase for next year.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are so sorry to hear that you would not return to this property. The pricing for this particular property next year, was completely at the discretion of this property owner, which he had based on other similar properties in that location. We would be happy to discuss other options with you if Compass Cottage is definitely out of the question for next year though. Please feel free to speak to one of the bookings team. Tanya, Customer Services

The cottage is in a great location with added benefit of off street parking. It was good to have the conservatory to still have sea views on not so good days and the patio area was sheltered for better days. The facilities of the cottage including Smart TVs , Phone chargers and kitchen equipment was excellent. All in all a good holiday and good value.

Very large cottage suitable for four adults with two separate bathrooms, one ensuite. I would opine that it is not suitable for those with mobility issues or small children. It is in a great location with sweeping views out to sea from the conservatory or outside space and the photos don’t really do it justice. Overall it was very clean and a small issue with the shower drain was resolved quickly. Garden is OK, lawn is more or less dead though (due to the lack of rain probably). Parking is a boon in Porthleven but you will struggle if you have anything larger than a Ford Mondeo (our car) as people park immediately opposite the entrance with makes getting in and out very tight. TIP. Always turn right when exiting. Only one car space and again this was tight for my Mondeo. Internet access is hit and miss. The router needs replacing methinks as it looks like one of Talk Talk’s original models! The oven could also do with updating (or at least the knobs replacing!) and it could do with a decent internal clean. Extractor fan in the ensuite doesn’t work and we couldn’t understand the heated towel rail in the ensuite either. We didn’t highlight these at the time because we didn’t want to have to have them resolved whilst we were staying and they didn’t detract from the excellent experience that we had at Compass Cottage. Spent lots of time in the conservatory looking out to sea (but the settee could do with replacing or springs/cushions renewed). We would return in a heartbeat next year (although the price has almost doubled so we have booked a different cottage). Been to various eating places this year and last and reviewed these separately. Small supermarket in town which has most essentials and also a very expensive fishmonger (if you want fish and are in Newlyn go to Trelawneys on the front or any of the fishmongers along there). We love Porthleven and will be in town again next year.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

With those stone steps into the property and the advertised narrow and steep stairs in the property, this would certainly be something to consider before booking, for those with more limited mobility, or young children. We try to show/describe this as best as we can on the website, but the team here are happy to answer any questions to those interested in booking. Sadly, with the hosepipe bans, we have not been allowed to water the lawns or jetwash outside areas, so many gardens and outside areas are not at their best, but we are all trying to do our bit and be careful with the limited resources. Thanks for the helpful feedback on the parking space. we try to show the space on the photos to give an idea of size, but we will monitor feedback on this, and add further details if we need to have anything more specific on the description of the space. We will also monitor the wifi. We are not aware of previous issues, so it may have been a one-off issue with the service provider, rather than with the router itself and we will check your other points when we inspect the property next, which is due to take place soon. We are sorry that we won't be seeing back at this property again next year, due to the owners new pricing for next year, but we hope that we will still have the pleasure of seeing you back in Porthleven again. Tanya, Customer Services

6th time at Compass Cottage and sadly our last due to the steep price increase for next year.

Compass is a great cottage, in a great location, with great views, ideal for exploring the Lizard and parking is a bonus.

One minor quibble, cleanliness wasn't up to the previous high standard.

Still had a great holiday!

Reply from Aspects Holidays

We are sorry to hear that you will not be returning after so many visits there. There will always be a bit of an increase in prices each year but any additional increase over and above our recommendations are at the discretion of the individual property owners. The prices are still comparable to other properties in that area, but we appreciate that when you have been used to paying a certain amount, it will be disappointing. We were also really sorry to read that there were areas of cleaning that were not up to the standards that you would expect. It is the same housekeeper, so this certainly isn't the norm and we will make sure that your feedback is followed up with them. We hope that we may still have the opportunity to welcome you back here in Cornwall again, and if you would like any assistance/advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Tanya, Customer Services