A sandy beach, a historic harbour and the South West Coast Path are all on the doorstep of Portreath holiday cottages. This ancient fishing village lies on a rugged stretch of the North Cornwall coast, three miles from the town of Redruth. Pretty cottages overlook a gentle stream, which meets the ocean at the harbour walls. To the west of the harbour, a pair of beautiful beaches are popular among sunbathers and swimmers. During winter storms, surfers catch huge waves by the harbour walls. However, the water is generally calm, and more consistent surfing conditions can be found at neigbouring Chapel Porth and Porthtowan. 

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Take a wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Portreath and you will discover a traditional Cornish community with a couple of cafes and a small grocery. There are two pubs – the Portreath Arms and the Basset Arms – where you can watch the sun set over the Atlantic with a pint of local ale. There is bicycle hire at the Hub, and West Cornwall Adventure offers kayaking lessons. The coast around Portreath is spectacular, with towering granite cliffs, dotted with former mine stacks and engine houses. 

Exploring the renowned South West Coast Path is a must on self-catering holidays in Portreath. The path runs right through the village, heading west through Carnavell Downs towards the sweeping, sandy bays of Gwithian and Godrevy, and east towards Chapel Porth and Porthtowan. Continue for a few more miles and you will reach the village of St Agnes, where a sheltered beach is overlooked by a café and a historic pub.  Many of North Cornwall’s most beautiful destinations are within a few miles of Portreath. The seaside town of St Ives is famous for its art galleries. Truro is home to a graceful cathedral and independent shops. And Falmouth is a bustling port town with beaches and great places to eat and drink.