Ealing House is a traditional detached Cornish cottage steeped in history; in its 160+ years it's been a general store, sweet shop, tobacconist and later home to Percy Edward Pinkerton the translator, writer and poet. It's in a great location in the heart of the village conveniently close to the harbour with its many shops, galleries, cafes, pubs & restaurants and a short walk from the beach.
Entry is via a full width glazed porch which leads into a spacious lounge dining room, with access to small patio area via a glazed door. There is plenty of room to sit and dine in comfort and enjoy the entertainment available on the large screen. To the rear of the property you will also find a well equipped kitchen, spacious utility room and shower room/WC.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one double bedroom with fully fitted wardrobes and access to the balcony, one king bedroom and to the rear of the property a single bedroom with Juliet balcony. There is also a family bathroom with shower over bath.
Glazed entrance porch leading to:
Living/Dining Room: Smart TV with FreeSat, DVD player, Hi-Fi, dining table and chairs.
Kitchen: Kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher.
Shower Room: Thermostatic shower, basin, WC.
Bedroom 1: Double bed (4’6”), bedside tables, built-in wardrobes, access to balcony.
Balcony: Table and chairs.
Bedroom 2: King-size bed (5’), bedside tables, wardrobe.
Bedroom 3: Single bed (3’), bedside table, chest of drawers, Juliet balcony.
Bathroom: Bath with shower over, basin, WC.
GARDEN AND PARKING:
Small patio to the rear of the property with table and chairs. Plenty of on-street parking nearby but a private off-road parking space is available for one car (no campers or trailers) which is about a 7 minute walk from the property. If you require this parking space please ensure you send us details of your number plate and the make and model of the car at time of booking.
Changeover Day: Saturday – arrival 4:00pm – departure 10:00am.
Pets Welcome: Up to 2 dogs are welcome.
Power and Heat: Electricity included in the rent. Electric heaters throughout.
Baby Equipment: Travel cot and highchair provided, please bring your own cot bedding.
Bedding and Linen: Linen and towels provided, please bring your own beach towels.
Shop: 0.1 ml. Pub: 0.1 ml.
NOTES: No smoking. Super-fast fibre optic broadband and WiFi provided. Mobile phone reception varies.
- Saturday changeover
- Sleeps 5
- 3 Bedrooms
- 2 Pets allowed
- Private parking
- 2 Bathrooms
- 2 Toilets
- Patio/garden furniture
- Enclosed garden or courtyard
- 0.25 Mile from a beach
- 0.1 Mile from a pub
- 0.1 Mile from a shop
- Highchair available
- Travel cot available
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
- No smoking
- WiFi internet
Beginning as a traditional net loft, Ealing House is an original fisherman’s cottage, built circa 1850, of almost two feet thick (60 Centimeter) granite & slate walls and old oak timbers. At the time Ealing House was built, the outer harbour at Porthleven had been completed some 25 years previous but the pier and inner harbour protection was still under construction. Clearly the port was beginning to flourish and fishermen began to construct their homes near and around the port but just sufficiently away to avoid the vagaries of the winter weather. Little of the early history of the property is known: Title Deeds do not now detail previous ownership, although we are investigating. What we do know however is that the lower floor was used for hanging the fishing nets and the upper floor housed the living quarters.
The house formed part of the Penrose Estate, as did much of Porthleven, and in a conveyance dated 28th July 1926, John Peverell Rogers (the then Squire of Penrose) sold land and property to the then recently wed (Q3 1925 at Helston), Thomas James Hocking (a coal merchant) and his wife Emily Jane (née Turner), for £230. This property comprised what is now Ealing House plus two cottages that are now combined as Kyldenna (formerly named Homleigh) and cellars to the rear.
The land next door, upon which Trefusis (formerly Jersey Cottage) stands, is shown as another property owned by the Squire and the building the other side of Ealing House is described as a Fish Cellar occupied by Fox & Co, behind which is a garden and land that is now Elfin Cottage. The plans are definitely inaccurate though as they show properties, yards and lands stretching as far as The Gue (then spelt Gew) and both Elfin Cottage and cottages in Church Lane, that must predate 1926, are not shown. The plans are arguable as there is much property situated between Kyldenna and The Gue and the buildings are out of proportion with the described land area. Prospect Place is an unnamed road and the path leading to Kyldenna (Church Lane) is also unnamed.
What is particularly interesting however, is that Ealing House is described as a shop and dwelling house late in possession of Harriet Kitto (sister of Richard Kitto who famously owned the Porthleven boatyard). On the 1861 census, Harriet Kitto was said to be a 22 year old Grocer's assistant in Breage and on the 1871 census she was an unmarried Grocer. Then by the 1881 census she was a shopkeeper in Porthleven; still unmarried, with her assistant (& niece) Elizabeth Kitto. Harriett remained a spinster as the 1911 census shows her as the owner of a six-room "small general shop" in Prospect Place [later to be named Ealing House].
Thus Ealing House was almost certainly used as a shop from the 1880's through 1911 and possibly on to 1926 when Harriet passed away at the age of 87 during the March Quarter; shortly after which its conveyance to the Hockings occurred.
What the cellars are to the rear of Kyldenna is unknown. However it is known that the two cottages comprising the now named Kyldenna were sold by the Hockings' to the Orchards' in 1930 for the princely sum of £150; Ealing House therefore having cost the Hockings' £80. Kyldenna stayed in the Orchard family for 66 years; and it would seem the Hockings retained Ealing House as landlords as they made their home in what is now the An Mordros hotel on Peverell Terrace.
We are aware that Ealing House was a sweet shop and tobacconist during the late 40’s and 50’s. At which time the front conservatory and balcony did not exist and the entrance was from steep steps up through the double doors. When the front conservatory was built the entrance became easier to negotiate but due to the lay of the land you now step down into the house.
The property is approximately 100 yards from the harbour area. However, due to the surrounding properties (some built in recent times) the cottage doesn’t now possess views of the harbour; although the hillsides to the west are clearly visible and a glimpse of the sea may be had from the balcony on good days. The cottage faces due south west and therefore, weather permitting, the front benefits from sunny afternoons in both summer and wintertime. Though its position also serves to provide considerable protection in stormy weather and its location was no doubt well considered by its builders for that very reason.
Ealing House was given its name by Emily Hocking who hailed from Ealing (West London).
Myself, my partner & our 15 year old son, thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was like home from home. Couldn’t have asked for anything nicer. The gifts of scones, jam, cream, milk etc, were much appreciated. The binder with the history of the house was a great read and so interesting. The 2 double beds were amazingly comfortable. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ealing House to family & friends.Ms M Johnstone - 3rd September 2018
We had a difficult journey down and were delighted with the property and it’s presentation on arrival, such a relief! And we loved Porthleven, we are planning to return. Thank you. Mrs Karen Lawson - 16th July 2018
This is our 2nd visit to Ealing House and everything is still looking good, well equipped, warm & comfy. Had a selection of weather but it was wonderful to be back in Porthleven. Well done EALING. George & Jenny Haskins - 17th March 2018
Very nice cottage. Beautiful place. Helpful staff. Thank you!John & Wendy Pattison & Bess! (Macclesfield, Cheshire) - 16th September 2017
What a fab sunny hot week! We made use of the balcony every afternoon and evening reading our books. We had been to Porthleven before but this cottage with the balcony - location, location, location! Now back to our beloved Wales xThe Davies (Dinas Powys) - 9th September 2017
In Porthleven for family wedding. Have been many times before but always stayed with family. Ealing House offered everything we could want. Porthleven as always fantastic for dog friendliness. Many, many ThanksAngie Llewellyn - 12th August 2017
What a wonderful week we had in your beautiful house. Thank you.Ferris & Haskins - 11th March 2017
Lovely way to spend New Year. Cottage Cozy. Thanks!!The Claydon Family - 4th January 2017
Lovely cottage, very homely and we all had a great holiday here. We will be back in Porthleven soon!Helen & Rob Cousins (Bristol) - 30th August 2016
Fantastic standard of accommodation. Thank You! We had a great-stay.Anne Toner (Southampton) - 20th August 2016
Fantastic standard of accommodation. Thank you! We had a great stay.Anne Toner (Southampton) - 20th August 2016
Good relaxing holiday - always sad to go home.Emberton & Guyatt (Oxfordshire) - 6th August 2016
Cottage is awesome with everything you could need! So clean too. Thank you. xThe Taylors (Chesterfield) - 9th July 2016
As always we loved Porthleven - as did the dogs! Mixed weather but still wonderful. Thanks for the use of Ealing House. The house was great. Best wishesThe Ricketts (Wiltshire) - 25th June 2016
First time at this cottage & very pleased with choice. Have had fantastic weather and enjoyed our week down here immensely. Friendly owners who gave great recommendations. We will definitely be back. Thank you. xMr & Mrs Beard - 4th June 2016
Had a lovely week in Porthleven. Cottage was excellent. Will be back. Thank you. xThe Whitehursts (Stoke on Trent) - 28th May 2016
Fantastic two weeks. Accommodation was perfect.The Shales (Trinity, Jersey) - 14th May 2016
Another lovely week at Ealing House. We love Porthleven. Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home. You have thought of everything.Walter & Susan (Holmfirth) - 14th November 2015
Another great week in our beloved Porthleven. First time at Ealing House. Very much home from home . Perfect! Will be back. xxxDave & Julie Corderoy (Shepton Mallet) - 7th November 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Enjoyed many a coastal walk with the dogs. I had a go at paddle boarding which was great fun. Treated ourselves to a meal at Rick Stein.s which was delish! Ealing House is a very comfortable base with all the mod cons. Wish we could stay another week!The Boveys (Ivybridge) - 5th September 2015
Lovely cottage well worth the drive, the area is beautiful . some amazing memories of our honeymoon! Lots of lovely local food eaten restaurants the little fish & chip shop (best ever) & amazing Cornish pasties eaten .al fresco. on the beach. Many thanks.The Gregsons, Manchester - 29th August 2015
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