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Harbour Watch


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Harbour Watch is a luxury 4 Star Visit England Rated holiday home.This superb house was built in 1923 by the renowned French architect Morphew. Located on The Warren it enjoys stunning panoramic sea and harbour views from the lounge, bedrooms and large verandah.

Located at the top of the traffic free Warren on the East side of the Harbour the house commands a superb position, the views out to sea, across the harbour and Peak Rock and back into the village are truly stunning. Affording luxurious accommodation for up to 6 guests with two double bedrooms and one bunk bedded room, a large dual aspect lounge with superb sea views and separate kitchen and dining room. The perfect base for an extra special holiday or break for couples, friends or family.

The house benefits from a large verandah and decked terrace area where you can enjoy al-fresco dining or simply sit and sun bathe or catch up on some reading. The covered verandah means this area can be utilised whatever the weather and whatever the season, you really appreciate the location and environment when you can hear the waves beneath you as they hit the rocks on the outer edges of Polperro Bay and the seagulls follow the fishing boats into the harbour with their catch.

The Cornish Riviera - as the name implies there is an abundance of lush, beautiful countryside, picturesque harbour villages, stunning coastal scenery and the mildest climate in the UK allowing plants to grow naturally you will not find elsewhere. A huge variety of birdlife including sea birds make Cornwall their home - come and see for yourself the South West Coastal path is waiting to be explored!!

The spacious lounge is bright and airy and features a lovely decorative tiled floor, the kind you would normally expect to find in a Spanish Villa, and superb artwork. With dual aspect views of the sea and furnished with large and comfy leather sofas it is the perfect space to unwind and watch TV or a DVD, listen to the Stereo or socialise and take in the fantastic views and position of the house. Fully centrally heated by radiators your comfort is ensured whatever the season or weather.

The dining area which seats 6 guests is to the rear of the lounge and adjacent to the fully equipped kitchen. Facilities in the kitchen include oven/hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, iron/ironing board, washing machine and tumble dryer. You will find all the necessary utensils to self- cater in comfort when you want to dine in and when you do wish to eat out there is a good selection of pubs, restaurants and eateries in Polperro to choose from and all within a short walk.

The sleeping accommodation and bathroom facilities are all located on the first floor. There is a large master bedroom with stunning double aspect sea views, and for your entertainment a TV/DVD. There is a further sea view double bedroom and a bunk bedded room, again enjoying sea views. The family bathroom is luxuriously finished with a roll top bath with large drench shower over. All fittings and flooring are of very good quality and there is a large heated towel rail and shaver point.

The outside space is a real feature of the house and allows you to truly appreciate the whole ambience of the stunning location and position of this delightful property and the village of Polperro itself. You can simply sit and watch the waves, the sea birds and the boats as they bob around in the harbour or come back from their day at sea. Sun bathe, read a book or enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple, the choice is yours! SORRY NO PETS ALLOWED.


Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Polperro 700 m
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 400 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: East Looe 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Secure parking

The West Country 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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21 May 2014


"A week in paradise!"

Harbour Watch in Polperro is surely one of the best places in the world to stay!
No car traffic at all and very few people walking up the hill, so the only sounds You hear all the day and in the night are the rolling sea at the cliffs and the seagulls.
The house has a big terrace with few over Polperro, the cliffs and the sea - it was just beautiful to sit there and just relax with that views.
The house itself is very good equipped and has not only a functional but also a warm and intimate decoration (chairs, sofa, bedlinen etc.)
We would highly recommend a vacation at Harbour Watch in Polperro :o)

24 Feb 2014


"Incredible views combined with great accommodation."

Having stayed in Polperro for over 15 years in a wide range of cottages, this one beats them all. The long pedestrian only walk along The Warren may put some people off but once reached the location and facilities make it more than worthwhile. We visited in February and will be returning in warmer month to take advantage of the lovely veranda and outside decking.
Being able to see the sea from the bed in the main bedroom was so relaxing that we didn't want to get up.
Do take advantage of the luggage taxi, it is a long way to carry your luggage etc.
Having only one bathroom/toilet made it a bit of a queuing session at times.

28 Oct 2013


"The most amazing views"

We spent most of our time sitting on the veranda overlooking the stormy sea as there was really no need to go anywhere else. The property is lovely and warm with lots of hot water for the large bath, heavenly. This is the one for us from now on. Just a minor point , as it only has one toilet I wouldn't want to be there in too large a group and it is not for those with mobility problems. The best cottage we have stayed and will be back if we can.

11 Jul 2013


"Great house, super view"

An ideal holiday cottage with great views over the harbour and access to coastal path. Good quality, new furnishings and fittings. Minor maintenance problems addressed quickly. Definitely recommend

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