Tiny unspoilt cove


The tiny hamlets of East and West Portholland are inhabited by a total of approximately 40 permanent residents. Clinging to the coves in which they are situated during winter gales they bask in the glorious sunshine that comes in spring and often lasts through autumn. Virtually all of the properties are owned by the Caerhays Castle Estate, one time home of the ancient Trevanion family.

Two small secluded beaches of grey stones and rocky outcrops are backed by a granite sea wall which serves and protects the tiny hamlets. Look out for the locals offering tea and cakes from the house. There is a small car park at Portholland East and not many parking spaces at Portholland West.

Recently declared National Heritage Assets East and West Portholland and the surrounding area have remained largely unchanged for over one hundred years, attracting discerning tourists from around the world who are searching for a part of the real Cornwall which is so hard to find in the late 20th century. Served only by a charming small shop and Post Office, a car park and toilets, Portholland has two separate coves at high tide which are joined by golden sand at low tide.

Portholland was a filming location for the village scenes of the Welsh island 'Cairnholm' in the 2016 film 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'.

Notable Residents

Village resident Margaret James was jailed for 20 years in July 2006 for the 2004 murder of parish councillor Peter Solheim.


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