Welcome to Towan Valley... Located 12 miles equidistant between St Ives and Newquay and only 7 miles from Cornwall’s capital - Truro, Towan Valley is a brand new, thoughtfully designed and beautifully appointed holiday destination, just a few minutes walk from one of Cornwall’s best Blue Flag beaches on a stunning stretch of the North Cornwall Coast. Nestled in a valley, sheltered by adjoining rolling fields yet just a stone’s throw away from the rugged North Cornish cliffs providing stunning views up and down the coastline, Towan Valley has been designed with the environment in mind to create a range of eye catching 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties. Each property has been thoughtfully furnished with comfort in mind to ensure that our guests experience a truly relaxing and enjoyable stay.
benefit from their unique and private surroundings, as well as WiFi facilities and flat screen digital TV as standard, comfortable, modern furniture and fixtures and fittings including a fully fitted kitchen. In short, Towan Valley provides the perfect holiday getaway – whether on a classic summer holiday, short break or out of season visit.
This gated community benefits from off road parking for each property, a children’s play area and beautifully landscaped gardens so families can truly
The Spiritual Birthplace of Surfing in the UK The golden sands of Porthtowan Beach (reputed to be the spiritual birthplace of surfing in the UK) are a short walk (10 minutes) from the Beach Houses at Towan Valley offering not just great views and experiences such as surfing or stunning cliff walks but for those looking for something less energetic the renowned Blue Bar with its great views out across the beach is the perfect way to enjoy a few relaxing hours. Away from Porthtowan itself there are a wealth of places to go and things to do and see.
Towan Valley is the perfect spot from which to explore the spectacular coastline and rolling Cornish countryside with hillsides of wild bracken, broken only by the ruins of abandoned tin mines, Cornish hedgerows and wooded dells. Whilst towns such as St Ives and Newquay may attract hoards of tourists, clogging roads and beaches at the height of the holiday season, Porthtowan is an undiscovered Cornish gem.
Wonderful beaches... The North Cornish Coast in which Porthtowan sits is home to some of the best beaches in Cornwall. In addition to the award-winning Blue Flag beach in Porthtowan itself, within a few miles both North and South of Towan Valley you will find a range of great beaches – from hidden coves to family beaches perfect for swimming, surfing, beachcombing or simply relaxing. Below you will find our recommendations of some of the best local beaches. Chapel Porth Set in a mining valley between high cliffs, the first view of the cove is quite dramatic. How you experience Chapel Porth Beach will very much depend on when and at what tide you go there. At high tide the beach largely disappears, leaving a small section of stone and shingle shore. But at low tide, the golden sands of Chapel Porth Beach are revealed as the tide retreats, which at the lowest tide stretches from St Agnes Head to the far end of Porthtowan Beach. The time of year you visit and the weather can also have a dramatic effect on the appearance of Chapel Porth as it is one of the most exposed beaches on the North Cornish Coast, facing the full force of the Atlantic – making it perfect for an exhilarating walk during autumn and winter.
Trevaunance Cove Trevaunance Cove Beach is a small, north-facing beach in a scenic cove near St Agnes. A popular family beach it is mainly sandy with some shingle. At low tide, rocky areas either side of the beach are revealed. Holywell Bay Beach The large, sandy beach at Holywell Bay is located around 6 miles west of Newquay. The mile-long beach has disabled access from the car park and is dog-friendly. The clean, safe waters make Holywell Bay a popular destination for surfers and swimmers. At low tide children can paddle in rock pools or shallow streams on the beach. The numerous sand dunes provide a dry option at low or high tide and lifeguards patrol the beach during peak seasons.
Perranporth Beach With 3 miles of golden sand that is backed by sand dunes, Perranporth Beach is a favourite spot for families as well as surfers. In addition to the sea, there is a river that flows onto the beach, which is great for kids to paddle in. There are a range of shops near the beach and the famous Watering Hole Beach bar on the sands itself is a fantastic place to sit, eat and drink, with live music on some nights. The beach is lifeguarded during the main holiday season and Perranporth is also a yearround dog friendly beach.
Trevellas Porth Beach Trevellas Porth Beach is situated in the next valley north of St Agnes and is a mainly pebble and shingle beach. At low tide it is possible to walk across to Trevaunance Cove. The areas mining heritage is clear to see here with a scattering of derelict mine workings and engine houses. The nearby Blue Hills Tin Streams is a working tin mine that runs tours.
In the heart of Cornwall’s rich mining history... You will find examples of Cornwall’s rich mining heritage and history dotted right across the landscape surrounding Porthtowan, a sign of the once important role that the area played in the thriving mining industry, which reached its peak in the 19th century. Visiting Mines today Many of the original mines and mine workings are on the main cliff path and inland walks around Porthtowan and St Agnes. There are also some mines that have been established as tourist destinations in their own right giving you the opportunity to find out more about Cornwall’s Mining history and go underground including: Geevor Tin Mine – www.geevor.com Located in the far west of Cornwall, on the Atlantic coast, Geevor Tin Mine is a fabulous exhibit of Cornish mining history. A fully working mine until 1990, Geevor Tin Mine is now the largest preserved mining site and museum in the UK. Poldark Mine – www.poldark-mine.co.uk The site of tin mining from prehistoric times Poldark Mine boasts one of the Europe’s finest underground mine tours, described as a Jewel in the Crown of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Levant Mine and Beam Engine Situated on a cliff edge 5 miles from Land’s End, the oldest beam engine in Cornwall is being driven once
more by steam thanks to an extensive programme of restoration and rebuilding by the National Trust and members of the Trevithick Society. Tolgus Tin Mine – www.treasureparks.com Situated on the site of Cornish Goldsmiths only a few miles from Towan Valley, Tolgus Tin Mine is an authentic slice of Cornwall’s Mining history. The mill remains in its original state and is unique, which for hundreds of years processed tin ore. The mill continues to be one of the most important industrial heritage sites in Cornwall. Inside you will find… shaking tables, a round table, water wheels, dipper wheels, launders, pulverisers, slime pits and much more.
So much to do and see... In addition to the natural beauty and the wide range of sand and sea related activities on offer in and around Porthtowan, there are a wealth of other things to do within a short distance of Towan Valley. Below you will find some examples of things to do and places to see. Truro - Visit the Cornish Capital 10 miles from Towan Valley www.tourism.truro.gov.uk Cornwall’s capital city with its wonderful Cathedral, cobbled streets and a great mix of interesting independent shops, high street retailers and a wealth of bars and restaurants are just some of the things on offer in Truro. Truro also has two markets, Lemon Street Market and Pannier Market open 6 days a week as well as Farmers Markets every Wednesday and Saturday. Healey’s Cyder Farm 10 miles from Towan Valley www.cornishcyderfarm.co.uk Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is home to Cornish Rattler and the Cornish Scrumpy Co Ltd – Cornwall’s only distillery – the first for 300 years. Named as ‘The Nation’s Favourite Farm Visit’ the farm shop offers free tastings of all its products and you can watch the team at work. Healey’s is the largest Cornish Cyder maker in Cornwall and the only distillers making Cyder Brandy and Fruit spirits. They produce over 40
varieties of delicious fruit products including farm scrumpy, sparkling cyder, country wines, jam, chutneys and spirits. Tehidy Country Park 5 miles from Towan Valley Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Now owned and managed by Cornwall Council as a Country Park, Tehidy has over 9 miles (14.5km) of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a café and a picnic area. Tehidy was formerly the estate of the Bassets, one of the four most powerful families in Cornwall with extensive lands and mineral rights in this western part of the county. Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast 2 miles from Towan Valley This area of Cornwall has one of the world’s greatest and bestconserved concentrations of historic mine buildings and one of the best ways to see them is by cycling from North to South Coast along the Mineral Tramways route. This trail runs for 11 miles from the coastal village of Portreath to Devoran, alongside the stunning
and is almost entirely on purpose built cycle paths or quiet country lanes. Part of the Mineral Tramways Cycle Network, the Coast to Coast Trail is flat (ponies pulling copper ore and coal didn’t like hills), making it ideal for children and beginner riders. Trebah Garden 20 miles from Towan Valley www.trebahgarden.co.uk Trebah is the result of 160 years of inspired and dedicated creation – a beautiful Cornish valley garden, bursting with exotic blooms that follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to Trebah’s very own secluded beach on the Helford River. Hydrangea Valley is spectacular and continues to create a colourful impact well into October. Scattered around the garden, there are several specimens of the Chilean Myrtle (Luma apiculata) and the remarkable Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), providing splashes of leaf colour in golden hues of red, orange and yellow.
On your doorstep 7. Tris Surf Shop Tel: 01209 890990 If you want to hire surf equipment or want to shop for surf clothing then Tris Surf Shop has everything you could possibly need and is in the heart of the village, just 200 yards from the beach.
Lifeguards patrol the Blue Flag beach during Summer Holidays
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Dogs are banned on this beach from Easter Sunday until 30th September inclusive but can be taken onto it from 1st October to Easter Saturday.
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5. Children’s Play area 4. The Unicorn Tel: 01209 890244 A great destination for families, the Unicorn is in the heart of Porthtowan, close to Porthtowan Beach, has a kids play area alongside it and is renowned for its freshly made pub food and friendly service. A more traditional pub.
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6. Mood Maid of Zennor Tel: 01209 890500 www.moomaidofzennor.com This renowned family owned Ice Cream parlour opens in February half term in Porthtowan offering visitors over 30 flavours of ice cream and sorbets, all made using the freshest milk from the family’s own Friesian dairy herd in West Cornwall and either Rode’s Cornish Clotted Cream or Double Cream (made just 3 miles from Porthtowan).
8. Blue Bar Tel: 01209 890329 www.blue-bar.co.uk One of the most celebrated bars in Cornwall overlooking Porthtowan beach – the Blue Bar is the perfect destination morning, noon or night as the sun sets. With regular live music and a really relaxed and informal atmosphere, the Blue Bar is the perfect venue for combining stunning views with great food and drink. In addition to sitting out in the summer, the large bay front windows offer perfect viewing for winter storm watching.
Juliasdriftwood Tel: 01209 890536 www.juliasdriftwood.co.uk Whilst Julia Horberry doesn’t have a shop or art gallery in Porthtowan she does live in the village and creates wonderfully unique pieces of furniture made using driftwood washed up on the beaches and coves around Porthtowan.
Falmouth and Porthtowan Surf School Tel: 01326 212144 www.falmouthsurfschool.co.uk A visit to the spiritual home of Cornish surfing would not be the same without having a go for yourself. And thanks to the Falmouth and Porthtowan surf school that’s exactly what you can do, safe in the knowledge that their fully qualified and experienced staff will soon get you cruising on clean Atlantic waves. The school provides transport to wherever the best waves are and all equipment including wetsuits and boards.
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9. Chapel Porth A lovely little cove and beach at high tide, at low tide the sea reveals miles of white sand and gives you the opportunity to walk across the sand around to Porthtowan. Enjoy a legendary Hedgehog Ice Cream at the cafe – Cornish Ice Cream smothered in Clotted Cream and then dipped in Hazelnuts – delicious!
The Victory Inn Tel 01209 890 359 www.thevictoryinncornwall.co.uk On the Cliff top road heading out of Porthtowan and offering great views and a suntrap beer garden, The Victory offers warm welcome, traditional ales and a great pub atmosphere and traditional menu.
Some of Britain’s best coastline...
With the South West Coast Path just a few hundreds yards from Towan Valley, getting access to some of the finest walks and coastal trails that Cornwall has to offer, with breathtaking views out across the North Cornish coast is simple to do. There are recommended walks and routes of differing lengths for all abilities or you can simply head down to the Beach and decide in which direction you want to head and take the chosen path up onto either cliff in Porthtowan and be your own guide across the clearly marked coastal path heading South towards Portreath or North towards Chapel Porth and Perranporth beyond. For more information on the South West Coast Path and the recommended routes near Porthtowan visit www.southwestcoastpath.com.
Towan Valley has not only been designed to make the most of the stunning natural features on its doorstep but also with the local environment in mind. We have three different styles of property at Towan Valley. The Porthpean – meaning Little Cove in Cornish - the Porthpean is a 2- bedroom beach house, overall size approximately 650 square feet, perfect for couples or small families. The Lowen – meaning Happy in Cornish - the Lowen is a 3-bedroom beach house, providing approximately 950 square feet of living space. Ideal for small groups and families alike. The Polglase – meaning Blue Pool in Cornish - is a 4-Bedroom beach house designed to accommodate a dependant relative or those requiring disabled access and accommodation, providing approximately 950 square feet of living space.
Contemporary Style In addition to the exterior styling, the Towan Valley development has been created to offer an interior styling suited to modern day living. Features include the use of the latest thermal technology to keep the property naturally warm, a light bright, contemporary design, Wi-Fi, modern fixtures and fittings including a fully fitted kitchen and flat screen TVs. The architects working on the Town Valley development have based their designs on 3 simple elements - glass, wood and sedum – blending them together to deliver a naturally inspired but technically efficient holiday property that nestles perfectly within the landscape.
Recognising the Environment The detailed landscaping plan at Towan Valley is not only designed to complement the buildings themselves but enhance our visitor experience. It’s not just about the landscaping but the environment as well with waste recycling, composting and rain water collection intrinsic parts of the life at Towan Valley. As a result, Towan Valley benefits from:
A low carbon footprint Timber frame construction from renewable sources Sedum roofs Double glazed windows for heat retention High levels of thermal insulation Low voltage lighting Sun balcony Lovely kitchens and bathrooms External beach store Interior ventilation system Composting area and rainwater butts Beautifully landscaped gardens
Getting To Towan Valley
Getting to Towan Valley is much easier than you think with excellent road, rail and air access making a visit to this beautiful part of the North Cornish Coast easily accessible for those looking for everything from a short break to a full family holiday.
By Train A number of rail operators – Virgin Cross Country, First Great Western operate services to Cornwall. Take the train to Redruth and Porthtowan is a 15 minute taxi ride away. www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk, www.virgintrains.co.uk By Air Cornwall Newquay Airport (www.n ewquaycornwall aiport.com) is 25 miles away from Porthtowan. Operators flying into Newquay include: Flybe – www.flybe.com BMI Baby – www.bmibaby.com Lufthansa – www.lufthansa.com Logan Air – (operated by Flybe)
Pool Health Centre 01209 717471 Station Road, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3DU. www.poolhealthcentre.co.uk By Road Drive down through Cornwall on the A30 until you reach Chiverton Cross roundabout. At this roundabout take the B3277 (St. Agnes). In approx 2 miles turn left just passed 7 milestone Garage - signposted Porthtowan at bottom of hill as the road just starts to rise turn right and head into village. Take your third turn on the right (you will have an open air car park on your left as you turn right) and go 50 yards past the row of houses just above the car park and turn left, follow the road around and this will lead you into the Towan Valley development.
Chacewater Health Centre 01872 560346 Short Cross Road, Mount Hawke, TR4 8UE. www.chacewatersurgery.co.uk Police Local Police Beat Manager 01872 573941 PC Roger Brierley
Dental Precision Ltd 01872 552942 The Studio, St Agnes, TR5 0PG.
Hertz Truro 0800 2118042 Railway Station, Station Road, Truro, TR1 3HH. www.hertz.co.uk
Green Lane Pharmacy 01209 215845 12 Green Lane, Redruth, TR15 1JT.
Car Hire is available from the terminal at Newquay Airport.
Tourist Information Truro Tourist Information Centre 01872 263031 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2NE. Cornwall Tourist Board 01872 322900 www.visitcornwall.com
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St Agnes Dental Practice 01872 552353 York House, 9 British Road, St Agnes, TR5 0TX.
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Carn Brea Leisure Centre 01209 714766 Station Road, Poole, Redruth, TR15 3QS. www.carnbrealeisurecentre.co.uk
You can fly to Newquay from destinations such as:
The Bike Barn 01209 891498 Elm Farm Cycle Centre, Cambrose, Portreath, TR16 5UF. www.cornwallcycletrails.com
Boots Pharmacy 01872 552340 55-56 Vicarage Road, St Agnes, TR5 0TH.
The Plaza Cinema 0871 200 3304 69 Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2PN. www.wtwcinemas.co.uk
Cinemas Regal Cinema 01209 216278 6 Fore Street, Redruth, TR15 2AZ. www.merlincinemas.co.uk
Churches Porthtowan Methodist Church 01872 552392 Chapel-on-the-hill, Porthtowan. St Mary’s Church of England 01209 842233 Penberthy Road, Portreath.
There are two holiday companies that market Towan Valley, through which properties can be booked.
Aspects Holidays www.aspects-holidays.co.uk 01736 754242
Michael Paul Holidays www.michaelpaulholidays.co.uk 0845 505 3250
Aspects holidays was launched in St Ives over 20 years ago and had grown to become one of the most successful holiday companies in Cornwall, offering some of the very best self catering holiday cottages across the county.
Michael Paul Holidays specialises in the sale of personally vetted holidays in high quality holiday cottages, holiday lodges, log cabins, villas, and luxury apartments in and around some of the most beautiful coastline and countryside in the UK and Ireland.
Whether youâ€™re looking for luxury, family or pet friendly cottages, Aspects Holidays has the perfect solution to help you explore and enjoy everything that Cornwall has to offer.
Bringing a new meaning to quality self catering in Britain, our mission is to ensure that the holidays we sell are good value and meet exacting quality standards in terms of holiday accommodation and location.
Published on Jan 22, 2013
Published on Jan 22, 2013
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