Recently declared National Heritage Assets, the twin hamlets nestle in their respective coves on Cornwall's beautiful Roseland Peninsula.
Mostly all of the properties at Portholland are owned by the nearby Caerhays Castle Estate, once owned by the ancient Trevanion family. Caerhays Castle was designed and built between 1805 and 1807 by the man responsible for the famed Brighton Pavilion, John Nash. Its gardens are famous for award winning magnolias.
There are two small and secluded beaches of grey stones and sand and rocky outcrops backed by a granite sea wall to serve the two hamlets, when the tide is low the beaches are joined to form one stretch of sand. Portholland beach offers safe bathing and rock pools for children to explore.
East and West Portholland both offer a range of small cafes and restaurants. There is ample parking along the beach front at West Portholland and a small car park is available at East Portholland. Portholland beach may also be accessed by walking around half a mile along the footpath that runs from just past the gate at Top Lodge at Gothic style Caerhays Castle.
Portholland is situated within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The areas around Portholland have lain unchanged by the passing of time for well over one hundred years and therein lies their attraction to visitors.
Portholland is situated on the South West Coast Path. Britain's longest trail, the path stretches for 630 miles (1, 014 km) from Minehead, on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset. The path is an excellent way to see Cornwall's superb coastal scenery, wildlife and unique heritage.
From Truro or St. Austell. follow signs to St Mawes. Turn off the A3078 St Mawes Rd. signposted Portloe. Continue towards Portloe when signposted left, then continue straight on to Portholland when Portloe is signposted right.