Kittiwake Cottage is in a quiet cul-de-sac tucked away behind the main street. Two minutes' walk takes you to the small crescent of shops - mini-mart, bakery, a café/restaurant and a wellbeing centre. Cross the road and you reach the harbour, quiet now, with just a few fishing and pleasure boats, but once bustling with boats transporting coal and mineral ore to and from Wales. If you come to Kittiwake in winter months, you will see why many captains refused to bring their boats through the rocky harbour entrance. In another couple of minutes you're at the beach. Forget calorie-counting and try some 'real' Cornish ice-cream or, at the café directly on the front, an irresistable bacon sandwich.

If you're not coming by car, the easiest way is by train from London Paddington to Redruth, which is about 4 miles from Portreath - an inexpensive taxi ride. Newquay airport is about 28 miles away.


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