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The Shell House

from £81 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Excellent 5/5

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Lovely lounge with feature fireplace, comfy leather sofas and armchairs, LCD TV and DVD

House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

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House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

The Shell House is one of the most photographed and famous houses in Polperro and has featured in numerous books on the village. Now available for holiday letting following a complete and luxurious refurbishment it offers stunning accommodation featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and lovely harbour views. It has been 4* Gold Rated by Visit England.

The Shell House was originally constructed in the mid 19th century as a single fisherman's cottage. In the mid 20th century the form of the property was decorated with shells by a Samuel Puckey. Mr Puckey was a retired naval man and 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.

Located overlooking the picturesque harbour you can enjoy stunning views of the harbour and sea from the roof terrace seating area. There is a large selection of pubs, restaurants and shops within a short walk and the coastal path walks to Looe and Polruan can be enjoyed directly from the cottage.



Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Polperro 300 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: East Looe 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Cornwall region

With it's warm, temperate climate, sandy beaches, sheltered coves, picturesque fishing villages and historic harbours, it is no wonder that Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.

Cornwall is a fantastic place to holiday because there are SO many things to do, come rain or shine. With Cornwall being less than 80 miles from end to end, all attractions are reachable for a day out.

Cornwall is an exciting and vibrant region with lots of activities and things always happening and if you staying at any one of our cottages, you have the perfect base from which to take advantage of a wide variety of wonderful attractions.


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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26 Nov 2014


"10 / 10 for the Shell House in Polperro"

What a fabulous property full of history but also every essential and luxury that you require. The outside of the house has a great history and is sign posted from the village making it a bit of an attraction but not so that it is intrusive. Inside the house has been recently completely refurbished to a very high standard and was pristinely clean. The Kitchen was great but we ate out in the various pubs and restaurants in Polperro that are all within walking distance and are very reasonable and welcoming. The lounge is a good size and you have a view of the harbour where you can see the boats land their catch. There is also a roof terrace that was a little chilly in November but would be ideal when the sun is shining to spend some time watching the world go by with a glass of wine. All bedrooms and bathrooms are well furnished and equipped. We had a fun few days and hope to visit again in the very near future, we would definitely recommend a visit.

21 Nov 2014


"Already planning a return visit"

Massively impressed with this property - ideal location and facilities for a relaxing weekend away out of season and a spot at the epicentre of activity in peak times. If you're planning a trip to Polperro then Shellhouse is in a prime location and suitable for all types of weather. If it's fine, sit on the roof with a drink and enjoy the view, if it's damp then raid the DVD collection or just lounge around on the comfortable furniture. All mod cons available including good BT wifi, showers, bath, various loos, a number of TVs, decent kitchen utensils and pans etc. Unlike some rental properties, there's enough space and separate areas for a little bit of privacy and doing your own thing in a crowd. Recommended food: Michelles (just round the corner but not obvious) and Couches (a few paces further on but closes early if quiet so ensure you book). Recommended drink: Lunchtime in the 3 Pilchards (good bar meals), any time in the Old Mill House (live music at nights, brain-stretching quiz on Sunday afternoon). Recommended activity: walk along the South West Path to Looe - and then get the bus or a taxi back. Go on the back roads to Fowey for a wander round the streets and cross by the small vehicle ferry (which does very odd things to sat-navs). The only obvious downside I can see is that when the house is full to capacity, the single car parking place allocated wouldn't be sufficient. Other than that, the major disappointment was that the ice cream shop offering 40 flavours of ice cream between the car park and Shellhouse was shut for the winter....

14 Oct 2013


"Lovely house in a beautiful position"

Our party consisted of 4 couples in their 50s/60s. The house was comfortable and warm with a large, well-equipped kitchen and a wonderful roof terrace. A lot of stairs were involved but worth it! 3 great showers, although one of them stopped working half way through our stay. The house is more or less on the coastal path to Looe so a lot of people stopped to appreciate the shell decorations. This might be a bit intrusive during high season, though it didn't bother us at all. Polperro itself has everything an adult party could need for a week's stay.

30 Jul 2013


"Splendid Break!"

We had a wonderful week at The Shell House and Polperro in general. The house is extremely comfortable, well kitted out (the owners have thought of the needs of every possible resident from young babies to older visitors) and overall a very pleasant place to spend a week or two. The house is very stylish, contemporary on the inside. The outside is eye-catching and a crowd pleaser - quite nice to hear the remarks outside and pictures being taken. The roof terrace is lovely with a wonderful view. There was lots of space for us all (4 adults and 4 children) The location is ideal for exploring Polperro. We decided, early on, to use the car as little as possible with our extended family and walk locally. This was quite relaxing and we even fitted in the Eden Project (by car) one day and Talland Bay. We were very very lucky with the weather - hot and sunny all week. If it had rained there were plenty of games, books, magazines and TV/Playstations/DVDs to keep us busy - as it was we didn't use them although maybe you would get sick of being in all of the time. All mod cons available too especially for babies - was really happy with small touches like plastic spoons and baby bowls and WIFI was excellent. I have given the property 5 stars - only slight issue was that we could have done with a stair gate or 2 for our 18 month old twins. So, we spent a lot of time blocking stairs! But for our older 2 - (4 and 6) it was ideal and very safe. We also had to bring an extra cot although can understand that 2 cots would be difficult to source.

6 Jun 2013


"Beautiful house, stunning views"

We have stayed in Polperro several times so knew that we loved the village but this was the first time we stayed in The Shell House. We all fell in love with this house, it is beautifully decorated and has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay, it really was a home from home. The views from the upper floors were fabulous but nothing compared to the view from the roof terrace. You do have to get used to people staring at the building whenever you look out of the kitchen window because of the shells on the wall but you get used to it and as it is a high window people can't actually look inside. We wouldn't hesitate to book this property again.

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