Chapel House Portholland

Saint Austell, Cornwall
+44 (0)1865 240191
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A converted chapel - cosy and creative - right on the beach. Wander the Cornish coast, explore small towns and retreat from the everyday


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Your approach down winding, narrow lanes leads to an artist’s retreat. Lose track of time walking the coastal paths and wildlife spotting; after a day spent exploring head home to stretch out in the open-plan living and kitchen space. Tinkle on the piano, dive into the pile of games and books and stoke the wood-burner.

Walk all day then return to open the bottle of wine waiting for you – choose between two sun traps outside and watch the gently crashing waves.

The beach is your garden and is mere steps away – take a blanket and enjoy your breakfast with a side order of sand in your toes. The best way to start the day. Lay your head in simple rooms – the luckiest can see the sea from their pillow.

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We think you'll love

  • Spreading out in all the space here
  • Walking from the door straight to the beach; shoes not required
  • Looking out to the sea through the large cathedral windows
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You should know

  • The television is only for DVDs
  • You’re beautifully remote here
  • This is a home and is comfy and relaxed – it’s not pristine


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Occasional weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £550
Reduced rates for smaller groups.
1 House for 6
From £1004 beds3 bedrooms


The Chapel House is an ideal place for a relaxed Cornish break. In a quiet village, directly overlooking the beach, it is spacious, relaxing and a world away from the cares of daily life. The lofty ceiling in the main lounge provides a wonderful sense of space and the enormous arched window offers a perfect view of the beach and sea. The window even has a broad window-ledge, wide enough to sit on, perhaps with a glass of wine, as the sun goes down! The Chapel House is relaxed, bohemian and 'arty' in nature, with a feeling of serenity. As you can probably tell, we liked it a lot!!

Charles, Portwrinkle

What an amazing place! This was exactly what we needed after several months of lockdown! Beautiful location, and interesting quirky property. Yes it's a bit tired around the edges, but that does not in anyway detract from how lovely it is. The location couldn't be better, our kids were able to potter back and forth from the beach, and when the tide was in, it felt like our own private bay.

Helen, Stroud

The Chapel is in the most captivating beachside setting above a little hidden cove. Very carefully and thoughtfully restored by its owner, it's the perfect hideaway for families or groups of creatives all year round. Not your typical swanky super smart beach houses of today, instead very comfy and dearly loved. You might find the odd cobweb but that all adds to its charm!

Valerie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

A handful of cottages and the beach are your closest neighbours; it’s peaceful here. For sustenance, Truro and Austell are 25 minutes away - emergency situations can be remedied at a small shop just ten-minutes away. In 20 minutes you can reach Veryan, Portscatho and St Mawes for pubs and restaurants. Stock up on fresh fish, Cornish Yarg and Fairings.

Local points of interest from Gabriel Amherst

  • Our quiet seaside hamlet has no shops but East Portholland has a little café, Pebbles. Veryan Post Office and The Spar/Texaco are nearest. Get groceries delivered by the Cornish Food Box company; buy locally caught fish, lobster and crab from Curgurrell Farm Shop.
  • Da Bara, a fabulous artisan bakery and café, is a 10-minute drive. Walk an hour along the coastal path to the Ship Inn at Portloe or drive there in 10 minutes. The Lugger at Portloe offers ‘high end’ dining and is nice for an evening drink.
  • A little further along the coast is the Nare Hotel, great for afternoon tea, an evening drink or a meal at the Quarter Deck. The King’s Head is a favourite destination of my family and Chapel House guests. They serve excellent local food and the fish menu is extensive.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a 15-minute drive, and working fishing village Mevagissey is a short drive from there, with a bustling harbourside - the ideal place to go to for fish and chips and ice cream, plus boat trips for mackeral fishing.
  • National Trust properties nearby: Trelissick, reached by the King Harry Ferry; Lanhydrock, near Bodmin; the gardens at Caerhays Castle, open to the public in spring, featuring a world famous collection of camelias and magnolias.
  • If you are fan of Rosmund Pilcher novels or the German TV adaptations, it may interest to know that Chapel House was used as a film location in August 2019! The title of the film it appears in has just been released and is called A Teaspoon of Love.


Gabriel Amherst

Professional musician Gabriel has retreated to this slice of Cornwall for 20 years, visiting for fresh air and creative inspiration. She gently renovated the 18th-century chapel into the cosy, comfy home it is today. There’s a pair of locals at the end of the phone should you need them but you’re free to pretend this beautiful chapel is your own for a few days.