We have just returned from a week in Bassets Acre( week of 21st June), this yet again has enabled us to re-set the “stress-o-meters”. We stayed in “Squirrels View”. The apartment was great, spotlessly clean and very comfortable.
The welcome from Pam and Rich(who are really tremendous hosts) was as welcoming today as it was 23 years ago. We cannot speak highly enough about our times at Bassets Acre.

The pool was a lovely 30 degrees, the sunsets to die for with BBQ’s a plenty up on the top decking area with a grandstand view of the superb sunsets over the beach.

I have read some reviews knocking the WiFi and I can state that Pam and Richard have recently had all new systems fitted to the building to improve the connectivity. I experienced no problems at all in getting wifi in the apartment on my ipad. Phone signal in Portreath is fine for EE/Orange but a little patchy for Voda.

The gardens are a sea of tranquility with stunning views. There’s the playhouse for the kids, hot tub for the adults and pool for all to enjoy. You will find that you will meet only nice people at Bassets Acre, in a safe friendly and peaceful environment. Space to spend time with the family and relax.

The nearby beach is (300 metres away) excellent, local shops, Atlantic Cafe overlooking the beach and two pubs in the village.(would recommend the Portreath Arms).

We have already booked to return next year to include our grown up children and our grandchild. We can’t wait.

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This has been my second time at Bassets Acre and I wouldn’t look for any other self catering accommodation in Cornwall. As other reviewers have said, the owners Pam and Richard are among the friendliest hosts you’ll meet anywhere – nothing is too much trouble for them – and the accommodation/location are perfect for families.

The big garden at the front has a covered heated swimming pool, play area, ping pong table, two sun lounger areas, barbecues and a covered deck area where families sometimes eat in the evening. It’s never crowded even if all the apartments are full – there’s a full acre of garden out the back leading up to another decking area with tables, chairs, a barbecue and gorgeous views over Portreath beach five minutes’ walk away (have a barbecue up here and watch the sunset). The front garden also has an indoor hot tub which is bliss to soak in after a dip in the sea.

At the front of the house is an indoors games room with pool table, arcade games and dozens of books and DVDs; there are also plenty of tourism leaflets with info on things to see and do in Cornwall, but if you have something specific in mind, ask Pam and Richard for recommendations as they’ve lived in Cornwall for decades and know all the best spots.

Portreath beach is just down the road and is family friendly and lifeguarded – from here you can get onto the South West Coast Path for walks to Porthowan and Godrevy (if you do the Godrevy walk, stop off at the Hells Mouth café halfway along for its ice cream). Also in the area are a Chinese takeaway, Costcutter with post office and a good selection of wine and Cornish cider, a bakery and the Bassets Acre pub – this has a really good selection of food at reasonable prices. It’s about four miles to Redruth, six to Truro and there are loads of lovely beaches all along the nearby coast – we went to Porthkidney Sands and pulled mussels off the rocks to fry up on the beach.

We stayed in the Garden Springs apartment which had a main double room with four poster bed, twin room and kids’ room with bunk beds and a single bed – all the rooms had wardrobes. The kitchen was fully equipped with pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glasses, microwave, big fridge, plenty of storage space etc and there’s a separate dining room. The bathroom was spacious and had a bath as well as shower with good water quality and heat. The living room was very comfy with two big sofas, an armchair and TV with DVD player and Freeview. There are more seats out in the veranda where we could hear the stream running underneath.

We had no problem getting wifi anywhere in the apartment and everything was spotless.

I’d highly recommend Bassets Acre – it can be difficult trying to pick accommodation in Cornwall because of the variety of choice, but this is a first class place with exceptional hosts who go out of their way to make your holiday special.

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We regularly stay at Basset Acres and Pam and Richard are just lovely. They could not be more welcoming and friendly. The apartments are comfortable and well equipped. It is situated only short stroll from everything you could need the bakers, TIdeline cafe and the Basset arms pub all of which off smashing food, and the beach to walk it all off.
The pool and garden make this the perfect family holiday spot in the summer and the games rooms curbs boredom in the autumn. Definitely worth a trip.

Melanie N -


Lovely self catering accommodation, homely and relaxing. Set 5mins walk from beach, quiet and with the added option of using grounds of accomadation. Lovely gardens, pool, hot tub, although not used during visit as we were so busy. Pam and Richard were lovely ☺, made us very welcome. Ideal base for travelling south Cornwall. Apartment clean, comfy. Portreath has a bakery, local shop and a couple of pubs. Lovely setting, main supermarket in Redruth 15 mins drive. Ideal base for couples families, walkers, everyone
Would highly recommend!

Kirsy S -


Lovely couple, me and my girlfriend felt really welcome on our first holiday away together. My car broke down and they were very helpful and made sure we were okay whilst making sure the rooms were ready for the next people. Ideal for a break away. The rooms were tidy and clean. Fully functioning kitchen space which is also easy to use. Open planned rooms, loads of space so no one was in the way. The games room which is ideal for children or rainy days, along with the pool which is warm and covered. Television in the main sitting room. The apartments have beautiful views of the landscape and beaches. The beach is only a few minutes walk along with the local takeaway shops. For us being the younger generation it was a great experience and looking forward to coming again next year.

Calum E -


This is our 2nd year staying at Bassets Acre, we have a young son who is now 22 months and we all love it, its fantastic having an outdoor (covered) swimming pool, children’s play area and sandpit plus lots and lots of toys!!!

The area is a great base for traveling to nearby attractions and we loved going to Lappa Valley Railway and Newquay Zoo as well as the beautiful sandy beach which is a 2 minute walk from the apartments.

Pam and Richard are fantastic hosts and have the perfect balance of professional and personal approach.

I am sure we will be coming back again next year as it is perfect for us at the moment and a perfect base for exploring Cornwall. A day trip to St Ive’s is already on the cards!!

10 out of 10 xxx

  • Stayed July 2015, travelled with family

Catherine D -


Our second summer break here, lovely place, lovely people. Our boys 5 and 8 years old just love this place, its spacious, safe and ideal for young kids. They have a pool with a cover so when the British weather lets you down you can still continue having fun in the pool, theres a also a hot tub which is also loved by the children. The beach is a 5 minute walk away, again a kid pleaser. The owners are fantastic and cannot do enough to help you enjoy your stay. They’ve really created something special here. Probably see you next summer!

Jon M -


A great holiday for two Grandparents and Granddaughter. Very well appointed apartment in excellent condition. The owners, Pam and Richard, very welcoming and helpful. Stunning garden and the use of a high summer house platform with barbeque facilities and great views of the bay. A blue dome makes the swimming pool usable in all weathers and because of so few apartments the pool is never crowded. Out of the pool, into the hot tub or visa versa, holidays are made of this. Five minutes walk to Portreath beach, 10 minutes drive to Hell’s Mouth and 15 minutes to Gwithian’s miles of golden sand. A 57 bus runs you to St. Ives (avoids the hassle of parking there) and most of Cornwall ‘must visits’ are all within easy reach. Perfect.

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We have had great family holidays in Portreath in the past and our stay a Basset Acre did not disappoint in any way. We stayed in Basset Lookout which sleeps six which was perfect for myself my wife, our daughter and son-in-law with our two granddaughters. The apartment was clean and well presented with a well equipped kitchen area tucked in the lounge. The bedrooms were a good size and well appointed. The provision of a communal spin dryer and tumble dryer eliminated the need to have wet swimming costumes drip-drying in the bath room. When we arrived we were met by the owners Pat and Richard who were very friendly and immediately made us feel welcome. The facilities were excellent, we spent some time in the games room playing pool, table football and bagatelle, and the outside play area had the full approval of the grandchildren. The girl’s best place after the beach was the swimming pool which was deceptively large although not Olympic size and the Jacuzzi was also great fun and relaxing too. One of the highlights of our stay was getting a delicious Chinese takeaway from the shop a few yards away and watching the sun go down as we ate it on the decking with a fine bottle of wine. We all agreed that Basset Acre is a great place to spend a holiday and would definitely recommend it to all our friends and family. Thank you Pat and Richard, as you have thought of everything. We would love to visit again someday.

dsaskingfamily - Bassets Lookout


Wow, what a hidden little gem, located perfectly in Portreath. We stayed in baskets lookout the 3 bedroom apartment and it was just perfect a home from home. They really have thought of everything here, plenty for adults and kids and portreath is a
Overly little seaside town. Just 5 minutes from Cornwall gold, 5 min walk from the beach and there is some lovely little pubs round portreath too. We would recommend the bakery just a four minute walk. Lovely location would I return oh yes and I will push my friends and family to stay here too.

Karl L - Bassets Lookout