Remember the rambling old house in the movie About Time? Judging by how many of you have written to ask me about it, I’m guessing you do! They filmed on location at Porthpean House, a Grade II-listed home on the South Coast of Cornwall overlooking the sea.
Exterior scenes of the house in the movie:
About Time is a Richard Curtis film about a young man named Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) who learns that he can travel back in time to any past point in his life. He decides to use his gift to get a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). Because why not?
You can rent Porthpean House for special events and holidays:
A website for the property, called The Big Beautiful Beach House, says, “Sleep with the soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore and potter barefoot through the garden to the beach. With uninterrupted views over the sheltered south coast of Cornwall, Porthpean House is the ultimate retreat for large house parties, romantic weddings and family anniversaries.”
The woodwork was painted blue for the movie:
Drawing room with piano and fireplace shown in the rental listing:
We saw the piano in the movie, but the window treatments were different:
Staircase in the listing:
The house has been in the Petherick family for five generations.
It has 12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
Tim used a similar wardrobe in the movie to travel back in time:
A reception room:
I believe they used it as a dining room for the movie:
The actual dining room shown in the listing is a bit more grand:
The dining room was used as a library for the film:
Bill Nighy was perfectly cast as Tim’s wise and wonderful dad, who teaches him the time-travel ropes.
Porthpean House Floor Plans:
It’s fun to see the names they’ve given the private rooms:
Tim and his family watch movies on the side of the house (even in the rain!):
Same side of the house shown in the listing:
The listing says, “Located between the maritime villages of Charlestown and Pentewan and hidden below the china clay town of St Austell, Porthpean Beach is a perfect place for a bucket and spade holiday with rock pools, calm waters and warm shallows for swimming.”
The house sits on 10 acres, “ideal for exploring the many sandy beaches of St Austell bay, the fishing port of Mevagissey and the pretty sailing town of Fowey on the north Cornish coast.”
It always chokes me up when Tim and his dad take one last walk on this beach together:
I watched About Time again while I was working on this post and it really is a sweet little movie, as long as you don’t get too caught up in some of the details of the time travel plot! I love the message behind it about treasuring every day we have with our friends and family. 🙂