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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AND UPGRADED FOR 2014
Overlooking Polperro harbour Harbour Studio offers guests an opportunity to experience the delights of this picturesque fishing village from a superb location. Situated on the harbour edge with a large balcony overhanging the water the cottage is the perfect venue for couples and families wishing to explore the stunning scenery of South East Cornwall. Polperro nestles in a sheltered valley and has many amenities including a variety of pubs, restaurants, eateries and shops all of which are within a very short walk of the cottage.
Harbour Studio offers 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin, a shower room and a separate cloakroom, a kitchen/diner and a lounge area which includes a log burner making it the perfect choice for winter breaks too.
Well equipped and very well presented this pet friendly property has undergone a restoration which now provides very comfortable holiday accommodation in this popular and enchanting harbour village.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: East Looe 6 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
Lots to do in Polperro
Polperro harbour has always been and remains a working fishing port and at high tide you can watch the local boats unload their daily catch and take it to the fish quay on the inner harbour. If you talk nicely to the fishermen, you may even be able to acquire the freshest fish you have ever tasted – caught that day and probably still flapping! When the fishermen are not out at sea, they can usually be found mending their nets and pots down on the harbour quay – or enjoying a pint in one of the many superb pubs. Quite a number of fishermen are involved in providing the many fishing and boat trips that you can take from the quay at Polperro including pleasure cruises to Fowey and Looe.
Sheltered in its cliff inlet, Polperro is an exciting maze of narrow streets, small lanes, alley ways and tightly packed historic houses leading down to an unspoilt, picturesque harbour and coastline – an absolute delight to explore. Most of Polperro is largely inaccessible to motor vehicles and so it is very safe to walk around. The main car park is situated at the top of the village and it is a nice gentle half mile walk past the shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes down to the harbour. There are also trams available to and from the car park all year round.
Polperro is host to the annual Polperro Festival in June, a week of arts, crafts, live music and Morris Dancing, this long running event is a popular choice with our guests, many of whom return each year. Another popular event is the New Year Fancy Dress Party, this sees the whole village, and many visitors, engage in a night of revelry and merry making, against a back drop of the village and harbour decorated with Festive lights.
If you are interested in architecture and history, then there are countless historic houses and buildings of interest in the village. For example The Shell House, this is one of the most photographed properties in the village and was owned by Mr Samuel Puckey a retired naval man, he decorated the property using his lifetime's collection of shells from around the world. He started work in 1937 and it apparently took him five years to complete. You can now holiday at The Shell House which has been restored to a splendid family home.
Another example is Couch's House which dates from 1595 and in the 19th century was lived in by Dr. Jonathan Couch, physician, naturalist and collector of fossils. Dr Couch's History of Polperro, first published in 1871, provides a fascinating insight into the life of Polperro people, and their work and customs in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Fishing wasn't the only thriving industry in the 19th Century. Knitting was a necessary occupation for women and girls in Polperro, much of it done out of doors along the paths overlooking the harbour while waiting for the return of the boats, or watching the landing and weighing on the quay. In Polperro these garments were known as Knit-Frocks and the village was the source of contract knitters for more than a century. The tradition is still alive today, on a much smaller scale of course and as a source of pleasure rather than profit, and it was the subject of a BBC2 'Coast' programme in 2013.
Polperro literally oozes with history and if you are interested in finding out more, including smuggling and fishing, we recommend you visit the Polperro Heritage Museum, open every day from March to October and packed with interesting artefacts and displays of the life and customs of Polperro through the centuries.
But if you seek total relaxation and wish to escape the hectic pace of modern life, come to Polperro and simply sit and watch time slip away as the boats gently bob up and down in the picturesque harbour. Polperro is an ideal destination whatever the time of year - all you need do is soak up the peace and tranquillity.
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2 Jun 2014
"Charming & Historic Cottage in Prime Location"
A great place to stay for a week in Polperro. This cottage has a perfect position, next to the roman bridge right on the waterfront of the pretty harbour, minutes from all of the shops, restaurants and pubs. It was a busy bank holiday weekend at the start of our trip and whilst everyone else jostled with each other to enjoy the activity of the harbour, we felt that we had a calm, relaxing, prime location to enjoy a cuppa in the morning or a beer in the afternoon, as we sat on the south facing balcony with our border collie. The accommodation appears to have been upgraded since previous reviews, it obviously had a new bathroom and the bedrooms, living area, kitchen and downstairs toilet were very clean and pleasant. The only downside was that the wooden floors and stairs (maybe recently polished) could feel a little slippy. Having a free designated parking space in the car park was also great bonus and we felt quite privileged.
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