Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company is preparing to submit a planning application to refurbish and convert the former Fish Warehouse and Lime Kiln (both Listed Grade II) on Porthleven’s harbourside into an ‘Arts Hotel’. The boutique hotel, designed by Burrell Foley Fischer, will have 14 bedrooms, a roof level suite, gallery spaces, a restaurant and a public area on the upper level of the lime kiln offering views over the harbour.
The former Warehouse building will remain relatively unchanged in its external appearance but will provide the entrance to the Hotel with public rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms on two upper floors. A new building, connecting the Warehouse to the restored and adapted Lime Kiln, will contain a restaurant, further bedrooms and a gallery running alongside the cliff face offering exhibition space for local artists to display recent work. The Kiln will include in its restored semi-circular walls under a mono pitch lean-to roof, as once existed, a unique picture hanging space publicly entered from the Quayside.
Trevor Osborne, owner of the Harbour & Dock Company, has been keen to develop his vision for a small, boutique hotel at the heart of the village for some years. He says: “The Arts Hotel will provide a vibrant new addition to the community, attracting year-round visitors, and also build upon Porthleven’s already thriving arts scene. The gallery spaces will be used to display art for guests and the wider public to enjoy and purchase, with no commission taken from the artists. The offer of an ever-changing display of high quality artwork will appeal to guests, and also provide a platform for aspiring artists to generate income through their work, which can only help the wider economy.”
There will be a public display of the latest plans in The Shipyard, Porthleven on Monday 8th October from 12.00pm to 5.00pm and on Tuesday 9th October from 2.00pm to 8.00pm.
Burrell Foley Fischer, have extensive local experience, including the award-winning conversion of an old fish warehouse into The Newlyn Filmhouse, and the practice’s refurbishment and remodelling of the Hall for Cornwall, which has just started on site.