The lodges are located at the heart of Cornwall’s historic tin mining country and situated in the small coastal village of Porthtowan.
Porthtowan village offers a sandy Blue Flag beach along with a selection of pubs and restaurants all just five minutes level walk (by Cornish standards) from your lodge.
Porthtowan’s beach is great fun for all the family. Fantastic surf for the more adventurous and plenty of rock pools and sand for the little ones. Patrolled by life guards at peak periods the beach also benefits from the “Blue Flag” award for exceptional quality.
Porthtowan derives its Cornish name from its most obvious feature – its sandy beaches and dunes (towans). It owes its present day character to its popularity as a local seaside resort in Victorian and Edwardian times when the local populous from Redruth and the surrounding areas flocked here, particularly on Bank Holidays.
Today’s conveniently placed shops and tourist amenities have their roots in this period when a handful of bathing machines served the adventurous swimmers of the day, most people then being content merely to take tea after a walk on the cliffs. The cliff walks are still splendid, but there is now much more to Porthtown than just tea rooms!
The locals of Porthtowan are proud of their small community and being able to come together to achieve the Blue Flag status for residents, holidaymakers and all beach users.
One local folk tale tells of a voice from the sea; “The hour is come but not the man.” A ghostly figure spotted at the top of a nearby hill, in response to the call, rushed down and vanished beneath the waves.
Overlooking Porthtowan are the remains of Wheal Towan, one of Cornwall’s most celebrated 18th century copper mines and scene of a fortune amassed by Ralph Allen Daniell of Trelissick, “guinea a minute” Daniell – his reputed income night and day. See more Mining History.
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