BOOKING. Tenants will normally have a priority option to return for their equivalent week(s) for the following years and will be consulted before their slot is offered to a new party. A booking of two or more weeks will be given priority over a single week.
TERMS. Rates are per week (see Scale of Charges for details) and based very strictly on the standard number of people shown in brackets. The office must be informed of any extra persons. Bookings are normally from FRIDAY 4pm. To FRIDAY 10am. Or earlier/later by arrangement. A deposit of 50% is payable within one week of booking to confirm and the balance two weeks before arrival.
LONG WEEKENDS AND MID-WEEK BREAKS can be arranged out of season. See Scale of Charges for details.
WEDDINGS AND OTHER PARTIES. Special conditions apply when using Porth-en-Alls for parties. Please discuss with the office.
CANCELLATION. In the event of a cancellation, every effort will be made to re-let, but if this is not possible the management reserves the right to retain the deposit and to recover the balance due. Tenants are reminded that insurance cover can be obtained for any loss of this sort. If the accommodation reserved is suddenly not available due to storm, fire or other unforeseen circumstances, the owner cannot accept liability or responsibility but the deposit and any other rental money already paid will be refunded.
INVENTORY. All the accommodation is well equipped for holidays rather than with all mod cons.
BED LINEN. Every bed has three blankets, undersheet and two pillows each with a single slip per person. Tenants should bring their own sheets, pillowcases and duvets etc. although a limited amount of estate laundry is available for hire. Please ring in advance for details of the price.
COTS AND HIGH CHAIRS are free. Please indicate any requirements on the booking form. The cots are the old-fashioned wooden variety with sliding sides.
GROCERIES including mixed fresh organic vegetables, home made bread, local milk, local butter, estate eggs, home made jam can be ordered with your booking form to be delivered for your arrival.
PETS ARE WELCOME but dogs and cats must be paid for (see Scale of Charges) and dogs should never be allowed onto furniture. They should be controlled not to disturb other tenants and their children nor roam at will to worry farm animals. Owners must help to keep the precincts clean.
ELECTRICITY AND HEATING. Current is calculated on a meter reading basis. An envelope with the initial reading will be left in the house and the final readings are taken by the tenant and the amount should be left inside. There is a mains supply for general purposes and an off peak supply for night storage heaters which may be supplemented by open fires and the electric heaters provided.
OPEN FIRES. All the houses and cottages have at least one open fire. Logs and/or coal along with firelighters will be delivered automatically during the winter months and if requested during unseasonably cold weather. They are charged by the bag and the cost is added to the fuel account at the end of the stay.
CLEANING at the end is an optional extra (see Scale of Charges), otherwise it is expected that the accommodation is left as good as found.
RECYCLING is almost compulsory and special bins are provided for this.
POSTAL ADDRESS. The name of the house or cottage followed by: Prussia Cove, Rosudgeon, Penzance, Cornwall. TR20 9BA.
APPROACH by the A30 then take the A 394 half way to Helston, turn south at Rosudgeon opposite the Falmouth Packet towards Prussia Cove one and a half miles. For Andiggy turn south 100 metres further east along the main road. On a good day it is about 4.75 hours from London and 3 from Bristol.
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION is Penzance about 15 minutes drive. Mr Nippy cabs can be reached on Penzance 366666, James’ on 366166.
NEWQUAY AIRPORT is about an hour away.
TELEPHONE, FAX AND INTERNET. Urgent messages can be left at the office and will be forwarded as soon as possible. Faxes may be sent from the office at the standard rate per page. Mobile telephone reception is generally satisfactory.
BABY SITTING can usually be arranged with warning.
SHOPS AND SUPPLIES. Fresh shellfish and fish can be purchased locally and there may be a limited amount of organic estate produce (vegetables and eggs) during certain months.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS. Porth-en-Alls is excellently situated to reach the best natural and historic sites of Cornwall. The West Penwith Peninsula harbours the most beautiful beaches and coves while St Michael’s Mount is approximately three miles away, the ancient standing stones a bit further and the Tate Gallery in St Ives half an hour’s drive. There are plenty of good gardens to visit and Flambards theme park in Helston is about 30 minutes drive. Day trips to the Isles of Scilly are easily possible from Penzance by ship or helicopter. There is a brochure with more detail in each house.
BATHING is good and varied with rock pools, sand and sand with shingle mixed beaches and coves. As well as wading into the sea from the beach, there are plenty of rocks from which to dive, including some very high ones. It is sometimes too rough, but never too cold to swim.
BOATING AND FISHING. Small dinghies and inflatables can be launched from Boat or Coule’s Cove and safely kept on the slipways and certain beaches during the summer months. Local fishermen sometimes keep their boats in the Cove and take people out.
SURFING. Kenneggy beach is popular with the experienced locals in particular, often has good conditions and waves for body boarding, and larger waves are within easy reach by car. It can be extremely rough in winter.
ROADS AND PATHS from the little free car park onwards are privately owned by the estate but some are subject to limited pedestrian rights of way. Tenants are requested to drive very slowly over the approach roads and be courteous to the public where this may also be a footpath. Please never be tempted to ride bikes, but push them, as it misleads the public.
SPORTS. There is a golf course at nearby Praa Sands; horses, windsurfers and sailing boats can be hired in the Marazion area. The coastal footpath passes through the estate for immediate cliff walking.
PIANOS. There are quite a few good ones, but they get moved about. An exceptional grand piano for professional musicians can be arranged. Please ask for details.
BARBEQUES. Some houses have them built in the garden, and there is plenty of space to position your own devices.
RESTAURANTS AND PUBS. There are some good ones within reach. More detailed suggestions are provided in each house.
WEATHER. Cornwall enjoys one of the mildest climates in the country and it seldom freezes, enabling palm trees and other exotics to survive. Autumn and winter can be very stormy indeed on the coast with huge seas. The spring is early and the summer hot. In general, the light in the south-west has always been considered among artists to have a special quality.
THE MANAGEMENT is on call 24 hours a day in case any assistance is required.