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Old Church Cottage is a traditionally built granite Cornish cottage located in the small fishing village of Porthleven on the South Western tip of Cornwall in England. It was built about 1840 as a one of four in a terrace of cottages near to the church, school and harbour to house the workers for a large local estate.

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The cottage is a compact mid-terrace house comprising of four bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and a porch, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, shower room and small office downstairs. There are small gardens to both the front and rear, and parking space for two cars. The cottage has views to the harbour and the Atlantic Ocean from the front.

Old Church Cottage is a very snug and warm house in winter, cool and light in summer. It has all amenities including central heating, a log burner, internet broadband, sky tv, dvd, dishwasher, washing machine etc.


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Porthleven was traditionally a fishing village and fishing is still an important part of the village culture. An excellent description of Porthleven and some delightful photographs of Porthleven and the surrounding area can be found on www.helstonhistory.co.uk It is a coastal village with a population of about 5000.

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Porthleven was also the home to many tin miners and Cornwall exported miners to many parts of the world. It is said that if there is a deep hole in the ground, you'll be sure to find a Cornishman at the bottom of it. Consequently, scattered around the countryside are many old mine workings and in recent months, parts of Cornwall which had strong mining connections have become world heritage sites to preserve the history of the tin mines. Porthleven is situated on Mounts Bay which is also a world heritage site having in it St Michael's Mount, an ancient island fortress and abbey. Porthleven has some delightful restaurants and is close to the Minack Theatre, an open air theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurnow that stages Shakespeare and other popular plays and not far from the world famous Eden Project. (www.edenproject.com) The beautiful coastal walks, surf beaches and warm summer weather means that Cornwall receives many thousands of visitors each year.

Cornwall itself, has a very strong identity and Cornish people are wonderfully friendly and welcoming to strangers owing to their connections with ‘cousin Jacks' in foreign lands. It is a rural county at the far south western end of England. London is about 260 miles with a fast road link, fast train link from rail stations close by, and an air link at a small airfield at Newquay which services London airports. If you are visiting England for the first time, I would want to do the sights of the capital - and it is a must if you're coming all this way. However, accommodation can be pricey if you're coming in season, and train return fares are about $120Canadian per person. Penzance, Falmouth, Helston and Truro are all small cities close by with all small town and city facilities Bath, Oxford, Birmingham and other major cities are three/four hour journeys by car.

We can offer plenty of history, lovely beaches, a small fishing village, Cornish
pasties, a common language and a safe time.


About Us

I am a consultant educationist and former teacher aged 58; my wife is a school librarian aged 55. We have two children, one of whom, works in Vancouver as a games designer. Hence the desire to home swap in Vancouver. We have house swapped previously and are experienced. We do have three cats however.


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Property Rural Waterfront House
Sleeps 4 (3 Bedrooms)
Bathrooms 2
Airport Newquay/ Bristol/ Exeter/ Cardiff (64 km)

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About Us

Languages English / French
OccupationSelf Employed Education Consultant
Member since06-01-2007
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No smoking allowed
No pets allowed
No young children allowed
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