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    Polruan
    Online guide to Polruan - East Cornwall

    POLRUAN

    A very old fishing village and where most of the fishing boat building took place (and today there is still an active boat yard, building and repairing boats of all types).

    It is said that St Ruan was the first to occupy the top of Polruan Hill, which is where St Saviours ruin stands today. Polruan is very steep and well protected from the prevailing winds and Polruan Pool is a haven for small boats. Polruan is part of the parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey and many of the residents are artists and writers who are attracted to the quiet nature of the village.

    The Polruan Ferry crosses the river to Fowey every 15 minutes every day of the year and is still the best way in and out of the village, as the alternative is either a drive to the Bodinnic Ferry or via Lostwithiel, a 40 minute journey.

    Blockhouse - This blockhouse is comparatively well preserved due to the efforts of various enthusiastic councillors and conservationists on the Polruan side of the river. There were two (the Fowey side being ruined beyond hope) which were built end of the 14th century to protect the harbour from pirates and the French. A chain was pulled up across the river between the two blockhouses to stop vessels entering the harbour and conversely, to stop them leaving if they had the temerity to "cross the line".

    St Saviours Ruin- Standing high on the hill overlooking Polruan, St Saviours chapel was built long before any of the surrounding churches and dates from the 8th century. The remaining buttress indicates that the chapel was solidly built and was a prominent landmark for ships. It would have been a good lookout point for checking on approaching enemy vessels and the first monks would have been effective coastguards providing a warning by ringing the chapel's bells. St Saviours was enlarged by Sir Richard Edgcumbe in 1488.

    Polruan boat yard and Beach
    Polruan Beach

    Punche's Cross (or Paunches. Pontius. Ponts. or the French Ponce' Cross) - Lying at the eastern tip of the Fowey River below the cliffs to the south-west of St Saviours Point, this cross is said to be associated with Pontious Pilate as well as Jesus' uncle, Joseph of Arimethea, who it is said passed this way with the young Jesus to inspect his tin mines. It is marked on very early charts and if the cross was damaged by storms, it was reinstated by monks from Tywardreath. It is today under the responsibility of the Fowey Harbour Commissioners. The true origin of the name is unknown but it may be a corruption of Pontius. Whatever its real history, it is an important warning, as when the tide is high, only the top of the cross is visible, indicating that there are some very dangerous rocks below!

    Brazen Island - Originally an isolated rock (hence the name) which is now incorporated into the main building, which was a sardine factory in 1883 but liquidated shortly after in 1887 (presumably through the lack of sardines). The Freehold of the factory was purchased by the Fowey Harbour Commissioners in 1926. The transition from sail to steam and later, diesel engines, created the need for an engineering works and from this time, the present complex, slipway and works was gradually built. The Lantic Bay Dredger was built here in 1953 and is still working full time.

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    Ferrysidedaphne du Maurier

    Ferryside

    This is the du Mauriers' family home bought in 1927 and where Daphne du Maurier wrote her first book 'The Loving Spirit", in l928/9, (published in 1931). It is also where she met her future husband Boy Browning whom she married in 1932 and who was then a Major in the Grenadier Guards and later became Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning.

    Daphne du Maurier was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1969. The house has, until recently, been lived in by Angela du Maurier and is now occupied by Daphne du Maurier's son and his family. It was a boat-builders yard and had water running right through what is now an impressive sitting room, with magnificent views across the harbour out to the sea. The back wall of the house is the rock cliff face and has been incorporated marvellously into the house.

    Bodinnic - A unique and pleasant way to enter or leave Fowey, is to take the Bodinnic vehicle ferry and cross the river. Bodinnic is on the east side of the river, and, a short steep climb up through the village beyond 'The Ferry Inn', on the right-hand side, can be found the start of the Hall Walk, which takes you over Pont Creek and ends in Polruan, where a passenger ferry returns you to Fowey. Along this pathway will be found the 'Q' memorial and at Pont, the old wharf is still there and is part of a delightful cottage which is now a National Trust property which can be rented for holidays.

    Mixtow - A small hamlet named from the family 'Michelstowe' and corrupted to Mixtow and, the site of Kit's House, mentioned in 'Q's "Astonishing History of Troy Town". This part of the river still has deep water but is completely sheltered from the prevailing winter weather and is a favourite spot for yachts escaping the gales which affect the lower harbour.

    St Cadix - Penpoll Creek- An old Benedictine priory from the 12th century or earlier, set back from the main creek by a separate spur of water called St Cyric's. After dissolution in 1536 it was rented to a Bernard or Burcot Cranach, a German entrepreneur responsible for converting the 14th century flour mill at Lerryn as a smelting house for silver. The present building dates from around 1710. It is today owned by the Trevelyan family. Many swans inhabit this part of the Fowey River and Penpoll Creek is an exquisite backwater ending up in Middle Penpoll.

    POLRUAN & FOWEY HOLIDAY RENTAL

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    Teak Cottage - Self catering

    phone 01503272034

    Self- catering Holiday Cottage Rental,

    Changeover Day = Sat

    Prices from £587 to £1399

     

    Teak cottage is a characterful cottage in the heart of the picturesque village of Polperro. Built from teak washed up in a mid 19C ship wreck, it enjoys spectacular sea views over the harbour and sea beyond. It is located within a 5 minute walk of Polperro's numerous historic pubs, cafes and galleries.

    Pets are Welcome at Teak Cottage in Polperro -We are a Dog friendly establishment.

    Facilities

    Sleeps: 6 max.
        Location: Polperro
    beach_access Nearest Beach: 0-1 mile

    Online Availability
    pets Pets Welcome
    local_parking Parking Available
    wifi Internet Access
    Sea Views

    phone 01503272034

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    Teak Cottage,  Polperro


    The Cottles - Bed & Breakfast + Self catering

    phone 01503 272578

    En-suite Bed & Breakfast Stays, Self- catering Holiday Rental,

     

    Relaxed and comfortable bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in our holiday Apartments - The Ryder and The Retreat - each sleeping 2 people in the beautiful Cornish fishing village of Polperro. Free parking and free wi-fi.

    Pets are Welcome at The Cottles in Polperro -We are a Dog friendly establishment.

    Facilities

    Sleeps: 6 max.
        Location: Polperro
    beach_access Nearest Beach: 0-1 mile

    Online Availability
    pets Pets Welcome
    local_parking Parking Available
    wifi Internet Access
    En-Suite Facilities

    phone 01503 272578

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    The Cottles,  Polperro


    The Little Barn - Polperro - Self Catering

    phone 01503 272083

    Self- catering Holiday Rental,

    Changeover Day = Fri

    Prices from £310 to £655

     

    A beautifully converted barn on the edge of a working farm. A short walk takes you down to the charming village of Polperro. Sleeps up to 5 in 2 bedrooms. Pets welcome

    Pets are Welcome at The Little Barn - Polperro in Polperro -We are a Dog friendly establishment.

    Facilities

    Sleeps: 5 max.
        Location: Polperro
    beach_access Nearest Beach: 1-3 miles

    credit_card Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
    pets Pets Welcome
    local_parking Parking Available
    En-Suite Facilities

    phone 01503 272083

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    The Little Barn - Polperro,  Polperro



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