Out of the front door, down the steps opposite and you are in Mevagissey's harbour. Watch the comings and goings of Mevagissey's still active fishing fleet - you can even buy todays catch from a stall near the steps. Turn left from the cottage entrance and Mevagissey village centre is just 200 yards away with its many shops, pubs and restaurants to sample. Turning right from the entrance takes you up Polkirt Hill - our road - with the most stunning views of Mevagissey, its harbour and the coastline. Take a seat in Cliff Park to take in the view, its less than 5 minutes up Polkirt Hill from the cottage. If it's raining or you are just feeling lazy - enjoy the views across the harbour to the sea from the comfort of the living room. Polkirt Forge is ideally situated to enjoy all that Mevagissey has to offer.
Polkirt Forge is a traditional mid-terrace double fronted stone cottage originally starting life as a forge for the local fishermen and later becoming a chapel until the congregation outgrew it. Now rebuilt using the original stone and set on rising ground, enjoy harbour views across village rooftops to the sea and coastline from the main living room and master bedroom both located on the first floor.
Enter the cottage into a spacious hallway which runs the length of the cottage. On the right you will find the well equipped kitchen with exposed wooden beams and breakfast bar, on the left as you enter, a dining / play room includes a TV with DVD to keep the younger ones entertained. Down the hall takes you to bedroom two with two small single beds which can be converted to a king size double - we will check with you before your arrival. The bedroom looks out onto the small but totally secluded rear courtyard - big enough to barbecue your selection from the fish stall! A downstairs cloakroom with WC and wash basin is opposite the bedroom. Past the kitchen the hallway widens and stairs lead up to the first floor. A large family size bathroom is at the top of the stairs with bath and separate shower facilities. Down two stairs to the comfortable beamed living room newly furnished with leather sofa's and armchair providing comfortable seating for at least 6 people when needed. Two windows from this room provide lovely harbour and sea views - looking east towards Fowey, Looe and beyond across St Austell Bay. The main bedroom with a double bed is opposite the living room and also enjoys the same sea and harbour views. The property benefits from gas central heating. There is a log effect gas fire in the living room for those cooler evenings. A travel cot and high chair are available - towels and linen provided - but please bring your own beach towels.
Wifi Internet (approximately 12Mps) is available free of charge so that you can keep in touch while on holiday - bring your own music player and connect it to the Kitsound Boomdock docking station for great sound when you are in the mood for music!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 34 km, Nearest railway: St Austell 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
South Cornwall - probably most famous for its fabulous coastline, quaint harbours and huge choice of beaches. Mevagissey is centrally located in Cornwall - the North coast surfing resorts like Newquay are less than 1 hour by car - St Ives to the West can be reached in little over an hour and the popular resorts of Fowey, Looe and Polperro to the East are also within easy driving distance. For a completely different type of day why not head to the more remote parts of Bodmin Moor and put on the walking boots to explore.
Two world famous attractions are both close to Mevagissey. The lost gardens of Heligan can be reached on foot in fact - and less than 2 miles if you chose to drive. The renowned Eden Project is only 7 miles from Mevagissey - just the other side of St Austell.
Garden lovers are spoilt for choice with a number of National Trust gardens within easy reach and normally via a drive through exceptional scenery.
Mevagissey is on the edge of the Roseland Peninsular which is an area of outstanding beauty. A day trip through Roseland to St Mawes including perhaps a ferry trip to Falmouth makes a lovely day out.
While Mevagissey is near perfect as a base to explore the rest of Cornwall, for many and particularly those seeking a more relaxing holiday - it is possible to leave the car parked for a week and organise a variety of excursions on foot, by boat or by public transport. Indeed it is very easy to travel to and from Mevagissey by public transport - leaving the car at home. Take the inter city train to St Austell and the local bus will take you direct to Mevagissey in less than 30 minutes - it usually leaves at 30 minute intervals - but check first.
Any holiday in Mevagissey should allow plenty of time simply to mooch around the village and harbour. There is always something happening on the harbour and there are plenty of places to just sit and watch - accompanied of course by an ice cream. Mevagissey has growing number of places to eat and drink and these days there really is something to suit all tastes and budgets. In fact it is easily possible to find a different place to eat for each night of the week for those who prefer not to use the cooking facilities in the cottage. Fish and chips from Mevagissey really is a speciality given that the fish is landed so locally. An option we like is to order take away fish and chips from the Fountain Inn (very quaint and very friendly) then enjoy a pint of St Austell bitter while waiting for it to be cooked. Well that's sort of self catering! Down the steps opposite the cottage you will find a fresh fish stall which sells part of the whatver has been landed. Beautifully fresh fish of course - but also very good value in our experience. Open every day except Sunday in the season.
A day trip from the harbour by boat to Fowey is a real delight - specially when there is always the possibility of seeing dolphins or basking sharks. And it is true - we did really see a basking shark once. Fowey is famous as a boating venue and has some quite up market shops, galleries and eating places. Well worth a visit by boat, bus or car. From Fowey take the small ferry across the Estuary to Polruan - stop off for a coffee and tea cake then head out to the Hall Walk - about 2-3 hours - splendid scenery and ending by the Ship Inn - quaint - good food etc. Then take the Bodenick ferry back to Fowey. Another great day out.
A shorter walk from the cottage - about 20 minutes - takes you to the pub and small beach at Portmellon. A very pleasant stroll at any time - with wonderful views along the coast and over the harbour. Pentewan just a couple of miles from Mevagissey has a large sandy beach in a nice setting. It fronts a large caravan site but as we understand it the facilities there are open to the public - and these include handy family oriented places to eat - a soft play area for the kids and an indoor swimming pool. Cycle hire also available from Pentewan.
So - Mevagissey can be a base to explore from or you can easily spend a week chilling out and simply enjoying the pleasure of living in an ancient but still active fishing village. Oh, and you are sure to miss the seagulls when you return home!