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Tamarisk, Porthleven

£621 - £1150 per week

Tamarisk is a Grade II listed traditional cottage built in the 1860's in an idyllic position with access to the beach just a few steps away and only a few minutes' walk to the harbour and village centre. Having the private rear garden area, you can enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast, enjoying the first rays of morning sun. Located in a quiet road, which is also the coast path, and just a few yards from the steps leading to Porthleven beach, Tamarisk is the perfect choice for couples or a family. The beach, which is lifeguard patrolled in the main season, is very close to the cottage and there is an excellent family pub which does very good food just a short stroll away. A few minutes' walk will take you down into the village and harbour with a superb choice of places to eat, as well as the many artisan shops and galleries for you to browse. A few minutes in the other direction will take you along the coast path, with magnificent coastal views, to Loe Bar and the beautiful Penrose Estate with some lovely circular walks.

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Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2



gated front courtyard garden with table and chairs, perfect for a spot of people watching, leads to the front door and into hallway with doors to:

Sitting room

corner sofa, log burner, TV, Amazon fire stick, Alexa Dot.

Kitchen/dining room

double electric oven, fridge, table top freezer, washing machine, table and four chairs, stairs to first floor bedrooms, stained glass door to rear outside area.

Bedroom 1

double bed, sash window with shutters, sea glimpses.

Bedroom 2

twin beds, sash window with shutters, sea glimpses.

Shower room

corner shower enclosure, WC, basin.

Outside area

located at the rear of the cottage, lovely sheltered decked area with table and chairs.

Additional information

electric panel heaters throughout, a travel cot and highchair are provided, as with a lot of traditional cottages, the stairs in Tamarisk are quite steep. Due to the age and typical materials used in such a traditional Cornish cottage, Tamarisk has very occasionally experienced some damp in areas, making it potentially unsuitable for asthmatics, a de-humidifier is provided in the kitchen to prevent this, WiFi, one well behaved dog welcome, short breaks available.


Fabulous cottage!

Great location with space to sit outside front and back. Ample space for 4. Highly recommend.

September 2023

Tamarisk is a cosy cottage that is well equipped and has a good location in Porthleven. We enjoyed our stay very much.

August 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.

Fabulous cottage!

Great location with space to sit outside front and back. Ample space for 4. Highly recommend.

Tamarisk is a cosy cottage that is well equipped and has a good location in Porthleven. We enjoyed our stay very much.

Tamarisk is a lovely, quaint cottage in a perfect location, just a few steps from the dog friendly section of beach and a short walk down to the beautiful harbour, which has some lovely pubs, shops and cafes, and a very laid-back and friendly feel. It’s been beautifully decorated and was very well appointed and equipped. It was a real treat to find a cream tea and milk waiting in the fridge on arrival, and great to find that all the beds were extremely comfy, bedding was lovely quality, and the shower room was very well fitted out. The little garden at the back was also very nice for evening drinks. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.

The cottage has a lovely warm and welcoming feel and many small touches and attention to detail make the difference. Glad it wasn’t right on the seafront (one street back) as the spectacular storms were a bit wild. Porthleven itself definitely has the feel of a working community and has excellent pubs and art galleries. Looks great at night with the port lit up.

Tamarisk was well appointed and very comfortable. As we live at home with a sea view we understand the advantage of staying one block back to shelter from wind and waves, especially with the November 44 knot gusts! The large patio at the back was a haven from wind - if no rain! The owner has furnished with taste and practicality. Aspect holidays responded very promptly to my email to supply a couple of necessities that were missing on arrival. Congratulations all round. PS I don't usually do reviews!

Tamarisk cottage is a very pretty cottage in a great location. However, it is damp and quite dark inside. This cottage needs a bit of TLC.

Reply from Aspects Holidays

It's lovely to hear you enjoyed Tamarisk's prime beachside location, but we are sorry that you felt there were some areas needing a bit of attention. A lot can happen to a property in a short space of time, so thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we can investigate your comments and pass the feedback on to the owners.

Due to the age and typical materials used in such a traditional Cornish cottage, as well being located so close to the sea, damp can very occasionally occur, but the owners are constantly on the lookout for ways to prevent this further. Currently, a dehumidifier is offered to try and prevent this. Katy, Customer Services.

Beautiful cosy cottage in a fantastic location, perfect for a couple/small family!