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Smugglers Cottage

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome

A traditional and well equipped former fisherman's cottage, providing self catering accommodation for up to 4 guests. We welcome children from aged 5 upwards.

The cottage is located at the beginning of the south west footpath which is an area of 'outstanding natural beauty' where walkers can enjoy stunning coastal views leading all the way to Fowey. On the opposite side of the harbour another coastal path leads to Talland Bay and Looe. The Eden Project and lost Gardens of Helligan are within easy reach (aprox 40 mins drive).

Polperro itself is a picturesque Cornish fishing village steeped in tradition and adored by many. Amenities within walking distance to the cottage include shops, cafes, an excellent bakers and several pubs serving good food to eat in and take away. The cottage retains many quaint and original features; it was built with thick Cornish stone, slate roof and is heavily beamed. It is reputed to have a secret underground tunnel that would have been used to hide contraband several centuries ago - a true 'smugglers cottage'!

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Polperro 100 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay 47.95 km, Nearest railway: Looe 7.563 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Bedrooms: one double and one twin bedroom with exposed rafters, beams and wooden floorboards.

Kitchen: small ground floor well equipped kitchen; including: fridge, electric hob cooker, washing machine/dryer, crockery, cutlery, slow cooker, saucepans etc.

Sitting room/diner: window seat below side window, planked and exposed beam ceiling, quarry tiled flooring, feature fireplace with raised slate hearth and electric 'log effect' stove, small flat screen tv/dvd player, comfy sofa and two tub chairs, dining table with four chairs.

Bathroom: electric shower (no bath), heated towel rail, wash hand basin and WC.

Heating: heating is by night storage heaters in all living areas with additional electric dimplex heaters wall mounted in the living/dining room and kitchen.

There is currently no internet connection at the cottage, however internet access is available at several of the local pubs/cafes.

Further details outdoors

Smugglers does not have a garden but at the top of the six Cornish slate steps there is a very small area to take in the view.

Directly opposite to the property is a public viewing platform with a seating area where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the harbour.

We have a car parking space available for a small car included in the rental price (with chain and padlock). Parking is an approximate 5 minutes walk from the cottage in 'Fore Street'. Cars cannot access the front of the property as the area is designated a traffic free zone. Larger cars would be better suited to park in the public car park at the end of the village (cost apox. £40 per week).

A bakers, newsagents and small grocers are located within the village and both Tesco and Waitrose will now deliver online to the property when booked in advance.

Further details

Well behaved dogs welcome!

The Cornwall region

The west country boasts a wealth of beauty with both coast and countryside stunningly special. Cornwall is a unique area of the country steeped in it's own tradition (including of course the world renown Cornish cream tea). The Cornish tourist board sums the area up as follows: "with the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, you’ll discover tiny fishing villages, smuggler’s coves, countless spectacular beaches and sweeping bays, dramatic cliffs and coastlines, plus beautiful moorland and countryside".

Whilst Cornwall can be exposed to the full force of south-westerly winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, it's southerly latitude and influence of the Gulf Stream reputes it to have the mildest and sunniest climate in the United Kingdom. Whatever the weather be it a glorious summers day or a dramatic autumn storm the area is guaranteed to provide a stunning setting.


Polperro has enormous character and is treasured by many. It developed as a port in the 12th century and a fishing community still survives today. Local restaurants frequently serve up fish freshly caught that morning. Parts of the village are designated 'car free' zones - but if the walk up to the end of the village seems daunting a horse and cart service runs in summer months. The local smuggling museum reveals the secrets of the villages long smuggling history which reached it's peak in the 18th century. Other notable places to visit within the village included the 'model village and land of legend', 'corner cottage fudge shop' and the 'house on the props - restaurant, tea room & patisserie'. Costal paths leading from Polperro provide breathtaking walks and are maintained by the National Trust (the foreshore itself belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall). The harbour is maintained by the Polperro Harbour Trust and there is always something to be seen on the quayside. The Polperro Festival is held annually and begins on the 3rd Saturday in June. In November a spectacular fireworks display is usually held over the harbour.

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Review 1-9 of 9

13 Oct 2014


"Cosy, great location and everything to offer!"

A beautiful long weekend in a fantastic little cottage. A great straight forward information pack which made finding parking and the cottage very easy. Everything you could need in the kitchen and rea… More

17 Aug 2014



We absolutely loved stopping at this cottage. It has brilliant views of the harbour and is situated between 2 pubs, one which is literally next door is the Three Pilchards which has a great food menu… More

21 Jul 2014


"Absolutely Wonderful"

Loved our stay in this beautiful old cottage. Very quiet and peaceful. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Amazing view of the harbour. Polperro is one of the most beautiful… More

23 Apr 2014


"Quirky cottage in lovely location"

My friends and I spent a lovely long weekend at Smuggler's Cottage in Polperro. The cottage is superpbly located - straight in the middle of Polperro- next to the harbour and only a stone throw a… More

28 Sep 2013


"Charming 16th century cottage close to best pub in village!"

Quaint cottage in excellent position overlooking the harbour and in between 2 pubs (Blue Peter & Pilchard). What more could you want! I've always wanted to stay in a quirky old cottage with beams… More

2 Jul 2013


"Very cosy cottage"

Very nice and cosy cottage. Upstairs is more spacious than expected.
Nearby the habour and very central location. In the morning when you are in the kitchen people will stand infront of the cottage to make pictures. All the tourists think that smugglers cottage is worth a picture to show people back home or to remember them to stay in the cottage themself sometime. Mind your head when you are tall because the celing is low. WE bumbed our heads several times. I really recommend this cottage for your holiday because its an experience to stay in Polperro and in Smugglers Cottage.

26 Mar 2013


"Lovely Cottage, Amazing location with direct access to coastal path"

This was our first visit to Polperro, which we really enjoyed, we booked the cottage which was a excellent experience really helpful, lots of communication directions maps ect. Making the whole experi… More

14 Feb 2013


"Wonderful Cottage"

This was our 2nd recent long weekend stay at this lovely quaint cottage right in the heart of Polperro. The cottage is unspoiled, although really well appointed and cosy with lots of heating and full… More

26 Oct 2012


"Wonderful, quirky cottage; superb location"

What a fantastic cottage. The property is delightfully quirky and has fantastic views. There are several excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants within (very) easy walking distance. There are many deli… More

Review 1-9 of 9

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