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Polperro
Polperro
Polperro Beach

Polperro in South East Cornwall

Polperro, lies just a few spectacular miles along the coast from Looe. Sheltered from the ravages of time and tide in its cliff ravine, it's an enchanting jumble of cottages, each one unmistakably the work of a Cornish fisherman.

Polperro  Inner Harbour

What he wanted was a place on shore to store his gear and his pilchard catch, and over that a loft divided into rooms like the cuddy of his boat. He reached the ground by means of stone or wooden steps, like a ship's gangway. You see, his idea of a dwelling was that of a ship in stone. And there's a fleet of them at anchor in Polperro.

Wending your way through the traffic-free streets to the small harbour, you're treading the paths where barrows of fish were once carted and, under cover of night, brandy casks and tobacco bales were carried into their hideouts. Make no mistake, this peaceful fishing cove, mellow Polperro, was once a thriving centre for the area's smuggling.

Wagonloads of contraband left here, some heading across Bodmin Moor en route to London. The 'freetraders' have long since sailed into folk history and the shining shoals of pilchards have gone, but a visit to the smuggling museum brings this rich heritage back to life.

Today, in cellars where furtive smugglers once dodged the customs men's muskets, you can see displays of local crafts and fishermen's smocks, or you can dine in style at one of Polperro's excellent restaurants.

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The Guildhall,
Fore St., East Looe.    
Tel (01503) 262072    
Open from Easter - October

Polperro
Polperro

Fishing Boats along side the Quay

Coaastal path near Polperro - looking towards Pencarrow Head

Stunning coastal walk from Polperro to Lansallos and Pencarrow Head

Chapel Rock Polperro harbour entrance

Chapel Rock and the entrance to Polperro harbour

 

Polperro Beach - Chapel Rock Tidal Pool

Polperro has a small sandy beach located just outside the main breakwater. The beach is in front of Willy Wilcox cave, believed to have been used by smugglers. There is a small walkway across the beach, used at low tide, to convey holiday makers to the frequent boat trips that leave Polperro's small inlet.

Polperro also has a tidal sea pool, located on the seaward side of Chapel Rock, which guards the Western entrance to Polperro harbour. Chapel Pool (built in the 1940s) and Polperro Beach have been popular with both holiday makers and local children for generations.

The South facing tidal pool is accessible from about half tide, but there is a steep climb down the cliff to reach it. There are steps cut into the cliff, but caution is advised.

Pulling into Polperro from the sea is an unforgettable experience, especially when you've caught a basket full of fish! Fishing trips or pure pleasure cruises are easy to arrange from the quayside. Or take the cliff path to explore the secluded smuggling coves of Talland and Lantivet Bay.

Polperro village and the River PolOne of the most popular places in Cornwall, the village of Polperro is undoubtedly one of the prettiest.

Packed tightly into a steep valley on either side of the River Pol, the quaint colour-washed cottages and twisting streets offer surprises at every turn: the Saxon and Roman bridges, the famous House on Props, the old Watch House, the fish quay, and the 16th century house where Dr. Jonathan Couch lived, naturalist and grandfather of the celebrated writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

With its protected inner harbour full of colourful boats. Polperro is still a working fishing village, although tourism provides the main source of income. Attractions include a Museum of Smuggling and a Model Village.

Looe and Polperro Heritage Coast

The coastline here is part of the 80 mile South Cornwall Heritage Coast, and from Polperro beautiful walks extend to Talland in the east or Lansallos in the west, both with beaches and interesting churches. These and other secluded coves have, over the centuries, provided ample opportunities for smuggling.

Sailing into Polperro

North of Polperro, the village of Pelynt was the home of Bishop Trelawney, of Hawker's famous Song of the Western Men, and you can see Trelawney's chair and crook in the church.

To the northeast, you can walk and picnic in the Deer Park Forest, or at Lanreath watch craft demonstrations at the Folk & Farm Museum. At the mouth of the River Fowey, the village of Polruan faces St Catherine's Castle across the water.

During the 100 Years' War a chain was stretched between the two to demast any invading French ships. Today, the river is alive with pleasure craft and china clay vessels, and there is a regular car / passenger ferry from Bodinnick and a passenger ferry from Polruan, both to Fowey.

The area abounds with literary associations: by Bodinnick ferry slipway is the house where Daphne du Maurier wrote her first novel, The Loving Spirit, and along the secluded southern bank of Pont Pill creek you can see the hut where Leo Walmsey lived and wrote his romantic book Love in the Sun. At Penleath Point on the famous Hall Walk footpath is the granite memorial of 'Q' - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch - who made Fowey, his 'Troy Town' famous worldwide.

Upstream, the picturesque riverside villages and countryside have associations with the legend of Tristan and Iseult, and there are pleasant woodland walks along the banks, of the River Lerryn. The whole of this area, along the Fowey river and around the coast as far as Looe, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

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POLPERRO HOLIDAY RENTAL

Talehay Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Talehay Cottages
Tel: 01503 220 252.  4 Star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Looe sleeps 5. Sat Changeover, Prices from 200 to 895 Pets Welcome


Highwood  Parking Available Highwood
Tel: 01483 277894.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Looe with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from 500 to 1040


Tresarran Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Tresarran Cottages
Tel: 01579 320539. SECTA  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Herodsfoot nr. Liskeard sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 200 to 650 Pets Welcome


The Little Barn - Polperro  Pets Allowed Parking Available The Little Barn - Polperro
Tel: 01503 272083.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Polperro sleeps 5. Prices from 310 to 645 Pets Welcome


Crumplehorn Inn & Mill  Pets Allowed Parking Available Crumplehorn Inn & Mill
Tel: 01503 -272348. CTB member,, SECTA  Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in Polperro Pets Welcome


Trewith Holiday Cottages  Pets Allowed Trewith Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01503 262184.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Looe sleeps 6. Sat Changeover, Prices from 278 to 805 Pets Welcome


Bucklawren Farm B&B  Parking Available Bucklawren Farm B&B
Tel: 01503 240738. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4 Star, Gold award En-Suite B&B Stays in Looe with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people Prices from 35 to 40


To Looe And Beyond Holidays Lets  Parking Available To Looe And Beyond Holidays Lets
Tel: 01503 269242.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Looe & Polperro with Sea Views-


Looe Bay  Parkdean Holidays  Parking Available Looe Bay Parkdean Holidays
Tel: 0871 641 0191.   Self-catering Holiday Caravan Rental in Looe with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people - onsite swimming pool -


Beautiful Cornwall Osprey House  Pets Allowed Parking Available Beautiful Cornwall Osprey House
Tel: 01872 510 361.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Polperro with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 305 to 2550 Pets Welcome


Polruan Dream Cottages  Polruan Dream Cottages
Tel: 01929 551666.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Polruan sleeps 6.


Dovers House  Parking Available Dovers House
Tel: 01503 265468.   B&B Stays in Looe with Sea Views-


Tredudwell Manor  Parking Available Tredudwell Manor
Tel: 01726 870 226.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Lanteglos with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from 60 to 120


Crumplehorn Cottages  Pets Allowed Parking Available Crumplehorn Cottages
Tel: 01503 265143. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 3 & 4 Star Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Looe & Polperro with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from 210 to 825 Pets Welcome


The Bay, Talland  Pets Allowed Parking Available The Bay, Talland
Tel: 01503 272715. Quality in Cornwall  Self-catering Holiday Rental in Talland Bay with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri + Sat Changeover, Prices from 550 to 1900 - onsite swimming pool - Pets Welcome


Claremont Hotel  Parking Available Claremont Hotel
Tel: 01503 - 272241. CTB member, SWTB  En-Suite B&B Stays in Polperro Prices from 60 to 102


Valleybrook Holidays  Pets Allowed Parking Available Valleybrook Holidays
Tel: 01503 220493. Visit England / Quality in Tourism  4 star Self-catering. Green tourism Gold Self-catering Holiday Rental in Looe sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Pets Welcome


Penquite Stable (slps 4) and The Cabin (slps 2)  Parking Available Penquite Stable (slps 4) and The Cabin (slps 2)
Tel: 01726 833029.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in Fowey with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from 100 to 660


Milly Bed and Breakfast  Parking Available Milly Bed and Breakfast
Tel: 01503 272492.   En-Suite B&B Stays in Polperro Prices from 75


The Cottles  Pets Allowed Parking Available The Cottles
Tel: 01503 272578.   Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in Polperro Pets Welcome


Failte Cottage  Failte Cottage
Tel: 0116 221 1840.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in Polperro sleeps 6. Sat Changeover, Prices from 345 to 645


River View - Fowey  Parking Available River View - Fowey
Tel: 01726 833 498. Quality in Tourism/Visit England 4 Star Silver Award En-Suite B&B Stays in Fowey with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from 37.5


Bucklawren Farm  Pets Allowed Parking Available Bucklawren Farm
Tel: 01503 240738. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4 and 5 Stars Gold Award Self-catering Holiday Rental in Looe with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri + Sat Changeover, Prices from 250 Pets Welcome


 
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