Hella is located in the stunning unspoilt Cornish cove of Porthgwarra Cove just three miles from Land’s End which is England’s most westerly point where the land meets the sea. The remoteness and unspoilt beauty of Porthgwarra has been preserved over the years and it is a truly unspoilt and uncommercialised location. If you are not familiar with our Cornish roads (created long before the advent of todays larger cars) then please be aware that the drive from the main road to the cove of Porthgwarra is along a long narrow road (down to the sea) with limited passing spaces so be prepared to have to reverse from time to time.
Parking at Hella is provided at the end of the garden in a dedicated parking space, but if you have a large car and are not confident about reversing in a tight space, then we can offer parking at the National Trust carpark some 2 minutes away, at a cost of £3 a day.
The stunning South West Coast Path goes straight through the hamlet of Porthgwarra with splendid views of the dramatic coastline and its rounded rock outcrops. The bird-watching at Gwennap Head is superb, especially for seabirds as they pass offshore. The heather moorland and scrub to the west form a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the nearby Far Valley is the most south-westerly in the British Isles.
Hella and Porthgwarra can be seen featured in the new BBC series of Poldark in the famous swimming scene.
There are fantastic walks in either direction from Porthgwarra, left to village of Porthcurno with it’s stunning beach on the way you will pass the world famous Minack theatre just beyond the beautiful Porthchapel beach. If you head off to your right, you will be heading towards Land’s End and the stunning Sennen Beach beyond it. Here you can reward yourself with lunch at the stunningly located Beach Restaurant with it’s superb views.
Porthgwarra is teaming with wildlife and you will almost certainly spot seals, choughs and cormorants on your way. Whilst staying at Hella you will be able to watch the fishing boats coming in and out of the cove from your large private garden. There is a cafe and tea rooms in the cove which is open during the Summer months selling teas and pasties.
The sea is also abundant with life and you are welcome to bring kayaks and diving equipment if you wish to explore further. Otherwise just chill in the garden and watch the activities of a secret Cornish cove from the comfort of your steamer.