Portloe, Cornwall

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Portloe is a small, unspoilt, fishing village on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. 12 miles from both Truro and St. Austell. Like many of the classic Cornish harbours, the village is squeezed into a steep valley at the western end of Veryan Bay. There is a smaill shingle beach.

Portloe once supported a small drift fleet and a seine fishery and even today some fishing boats operate out of Portloe, catching lobster and crab potting.

Portloe only has a small number of houses, and the Portloe Lugger Hotel, a 17th century inn is reputed to have been the haunt of local smugglers for many years. One of the landlords, Black Dunstan, was hanged for smuggling in the 1890's. The liquor licence was withdrawn and the inn ceased trading. After a variety of uses, which included being a boat builder's shed, the building was renovated and it reopened in 1950 with just six bedrooms. It has been through a number of guises over the years, and it is now an upmarket hotel.

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