the classic guide

A guide to the West Country from the people that know…


The picturesque village of Portloe is situated on the Roseland Peninsula. Surrounded by steep valley sides, Portloe is tucked away from the harshest weather and projects the quintessentially Cornish village vibe that has charmed so many. If you’re looking to learn about local history and tales of old, you’ve come to the right place. Portloe is steeped in history, thriving as a busy fishing port from the seventeenth century and acting as a centre point for illicit brandy-smuggling activities until well into the nineteenth century. Although these days locals and tourists alike enjoy their brandy in the local pub , there is still plenty on offer to capture your imagination. Take a stroll to the water’s edge and enjoy the pretty sights that have made Portloe a popular choice for many film locations for decades. Stop for some food at the Lugger Hotel, recently named the “Best Seaside Hotel”, or see if you can purchase some fresh lobster or crab from the local fisherman, and enjoy the fruits of this beautiful place. With such natural charm and the healing properties of sea air, visitors will fall in love with Portloe. If you’ve got time, you can even venture to the nearby Caerhays Castle and Portholland Beach to fuel your appetite.


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