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Villa Boden | Luxury Beach House | Porthleven, Cornwall

Villa Boden

Porthleven, Cornwall, UK

Reflecting the nuanced realm of Scandinavian design, Villa Boden has two sides. On one is its warm, open, light-filled demeanour and, on the other, its moodier counterpart: sleek, sophisticated, and timeless in its connection to the dramatic harbour setting in which it resides. If you see beauty in simplicity, or are looking for Cornwall's best uncrowded foodie destination, then this luxury beach house in Porthleven has your name written all over it.


Lovingly owned for twenty years, two sisters worked with an award-winning design house, embracing Nordic design concepts to create a modern take on luxury hygge living at their holiday home on the south-west Cornwall coast. Today, a monochromatic aesthetic lends a relaxed tone where nature sets the pace. In summer, turquoise seas and white sands tempt guests onto Porthleven beach. In winter, the log burner crackles and the Atlantic Ocean roars, setting the scene for dramatic storm-watching sessions over ice-cold G&Ts. Whether looking for a luxury self-catering escape by the sea, or a writer’s retreat in which to hole-up for the entire winter, slip into beach house living and let all your troubles dissolve into the ether.


Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian design philosophy, Villa Boden puts a focus on pared-back style. Reverse level living brings those inside close to the elements, with panoramic sea views and plenty of space to unfurl. The top floor boasts high apex ceilings and a balcony overlooking the bay, while the ground floor features a television room, bathroom and two double bedrooms; the master with a balcony leading to the barbecue area. Down on the lower ground floor sits a shower and twin room, where the one-way mirrored glass offers privacy and perfect sea views at the same time. Matt black fittings nod to the serpentine granite rocks, while underfloor heating and seagrass rugs are reminiscent of barefoot walks along warm sandy beaches.


There is a magical sense of remoteness on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula. Rare heathers and colourful wildflowers add drama to the spectacular coastal views, such as the yellow flowering Hottentot Fig which pours over the rocky black cliffs like cream. Making the most of the coastal location, two ocean-facing terraces offer mesmerising scenery for al fresco dining: balmy in summer and salt-sprayed during stormier seasons. If you fancy dining out, Porthleven may be tiny but is mighty in its offering of foodie gems; from fresh Cornish seafood to high-end Asian dining and, of course, the perfect pint of Tribute. In April, Porthleven comes into its own during the annual food festival - a vibrant celebration of street food and live music not to be missed.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £2,295 per week, £1,695 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are two king-size bedrooms (the master has an en suite shower room) and one family bathroom on the ground floor. Down on the lower ground floor sits a twin bedroom and shower room with WC. For sandy dogs, wetsuits and toes, there is also an outside shower.
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  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome, a cot and highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is driveway parking for one car, with over-spill on the road. The contemporary kitchen includes two ovens (one with a combination microwave), a hob, two refrigerators, a freezer and coffee bean grinder. In the laundry room downstairs is a washing machine and tumble dryer, plus an iron and ironing board. The house benefits from underfloor heating as well as a woodburner.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper sourced from Porthleven Deli, board games, dressing gowns, luxury bed linen and towels, locally-made soaps, Wi-Fi internet, firewood and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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An all-season retreat: light the fire and watch the wild coast come alive
Sip gin and tonics from the living area´s sea-facing balcony

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Porthleven is home to the most southerly port in Britain, with a sandy beach reaching three miles long at low tide. Once famous for its tin and china clay, the pretty harbour town is tipped to be Cornwall’s next food hotspot.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Porthleven is a small harbour town location on The Lizard in south-west Cornwall
  • By Car From London, take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 south and then the A30 to Cornwall, and follow the directions provided to reach the property
  • By Train The nearest train station is in Penzance, with regular routes to London Paddington including a sleeper train (quite an experience)
  • By Air Fly to Newquay Airport - just over an hour's drive away - and hire a car or taxi for your journey onward

From the owner

“The moment you enter you experience the incredible view of the sea; there´s a wonderful sense of home. Throughout the house you can hear the waves crashing onto the beach below which creates a soothing sound through all the seasons.”

The house was originally built in the 1930s but has been rebuilt and completed in July 2020. We wanted to make the most of the amazing sea vistas and so created an upside-down house with an open plan living area to incorporate panoramic views of the ocean, which are on show from the moment you step through the front door.

We frequently see seals in the sea below, but even when there is no wildlife you can see the fishing boats and the other side of the harbour, where there are always surfers waiting for the right wave. Our favourite time is getting up early and sitting by the window with a coffee, knowing most of the town are still fast asleep and you have the view to yourself.

Be sure to look for the lighthouses flashing after dark - on a clear night you can see Bishop Lighthouse on the Scilly Isles, and Wolf Rock lighthouse at Land's End is normally visible too.

The May Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Porthleven with an insider’s perspective.

Vertical Blue Adventures
To Do

Vertical Blue Adventures

Specialising in personalised adventures around this extraordinary part of the Cornish coast, the experienced team from Vertical Blue will take you out on kayaks, paddleboards or canoes from the harbour. The brave can give coasteering a go, incorporating climbing and rock jumping without the aid of any craft.

Seadrift, Porthleven
To Eat

Seadrift, Porthleven

One of the owners´ favourites for brunch, tuck into harbour-side dining within a bright and breezy, contemporary kitchen setting. Check their menu online or pop into the restaurant on Fore Street to book ahead for evening meals - their popular fish specials tend to book up fast.

Loe Pool
To See

Loe Pool

The Loe (meaning pool in Cornish) is Cornwall’s largest natural lake. Local farmers work alongside The National Trust, Natural England and others to protect this special site and the abundance of wildlife within. Take the circular walk through Coronation Park around the River Cober, following a coastal trail past ancient woodland.

Porthleven Food Festival
To Do

Porthleven Food Festival

This community-led event has been a firm favourite on Cornwall´s foodie calendar over the last decade, taking place in late-spring. A vibrant celebration of culinary talent and Cornish creativity, the week-long festival combines local and international chef´s theatre, street food and music stretching from dawn until dusk.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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