Friday, 13 February 2015

Porth-an-Alls, Prussia Cove




If you're lucky enough to have spent time at Porth-an-Alls in Prussia Cove, Cornwall, you'll know what I mean when I say it's not quite like any experience you'll have elsewhere. The location of Sándor Végh's International Musician's Seminar and several film sets (Ladies in Lavender and Summer in February were both shot here), Porth-an-Alls is a stunning historic house surrounded by traditional Cornish cottages hidden away in what feels like a forgotten part of Cornwall.

After squeezing through winding and increasingly narrow roads, the peace you find at Prussia is whole and uninterrupted. The lack of modernisation allows the stars to reign the night skies, the sea to remain clear and inviting, and the air to reach your lungs new and untainted.

Porth-an-Alls is surrounded by turquoise sea and generous beaches where you can clamber across rocks to survey pool life and delve in the sand for precious cowry shells. 

The houses – including Porth-an-Alls itself, The Lodge and Willy's Cottage – are gorgeously eccentric, all largely untouched by modern convenience, open fires still the primary source of heat, candles a legitimate source of light. Hammocks hang from stone arches; marble pillars support fireplaces; roll-top baths sit in the centres of rooms or beside frost-bitten windows; ornate friezes adorn bedroom walls. There's no wi-fi here.

Last weekend (6-8 February), my auntie and her partner got married in this Bloomsbury Group-esque setting. I stayed with my family in The Lodge, which is right next to the main house and enjoyed catching up with friends and relatives from around the country while sharing this most romantic – and beautiful – of occasions with my nearest and dearest.

Now, Prussia Cove is somewhere you want to spend your time outside as much as possible, so a February visit promised to be a very chilly one, but we were incredibly lucky to be graced with mild temperatures, warm sun and azure skies. An extra blanket or two was adequate protection against those old cottages. Even the ceremony itself took place in the fresh air!

Here is how it all looked through my little Pentax MV1...

Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath

Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath
Photo © Rosie Pentreath






Visit: prussiacove.co.uk



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