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Waterside Fisherman's Cottage in the heart of Polruan village - NOW WITH WIFI

Bedrooms 2
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

A two bedroom cottage offering views over the magnificent Fowey Estuary

Lilac Cottage is a stone built fisherman's cottage. It has recently been renovated whilst retaining a feel and welcome of a coastal cottage. It offers a comfortable base to explore the magnificent Cornish coastline.

On entering Lilac Cottage you will find an open-plan kitchen/living area offering a fully fitted kitchen including integrated dishwasher, fridge & oven with grill, ceramic hob, extractor hood & microwave. Should you decide to cook, one can see across the Fowey estuary and the boats sailing on it!

The living area (looking out towards the courtyard garden) has an eating area for 4 persons and a comfy seating area including sofa, chair & window seat. A traditional cast iron woodburning stove is the centrepiece for lighting during the cold winter months although a wall-mounted panel radiator is available for use. A small flat screen television & DVD player is also available.

The first floor offers two bedrooms; one being a double room with built in wardrobe (overlooking the courtyard garden & village), the other offering a 3ft single bed with another 3ft pull-out adult bed under should it be required. This bed may be raised to the same level as the first. This room also has a built in wardrobe and overlooks the stunning Fowey estuary. Both bedrooms have space-saving stripped-pine sliding doors. The simple but contemporary renovated bathroom offers an electric shower, small sink, w.c. and electric towel rail. In addition, there is underfloor heating for those cold winter months (available between October-April).

To the front of the property is a small contained paved outside area suitable for relaxing & 'al-fresco' dining. At the end of the paved area is an outbuilding which contains a washing machine and storage facilities.

With this cottage also comes a dedicated parking space within the village (approximately 5-10 minutes walk - depending on how quickly one walks up the hill!) thereby avoiding any car parking charges. There is space outside the cottage to unload/load a vehicle prior to moving it to the parking space provided.

We are now pleased to offer wifi at the cottage for all that can't be without their devices! The public house in the village also offers this free to its customers.

Finally, for those who follow the 'Poldark' series, some of the key locations can be easily reached. Charlestown has been used for tall sail boat settings (45 minutes away), the National Trust's Levant Mine (which doubles as the rolling mill where Poldark's copper is processed) is 1.5 hours away and St Agnes famed for Poldark's horseback gallops is 1 hour away towards Cornwall's north coast. In addition, Bodmin Moor that is the setting for Poldark's home is 30 minutes away. Please note timings are approximate and are made by car.

More Details

Jackie Skillicorn
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Jackie Skillicorn

Hello, my name is Jackie and I am kept busy by working for an independent charity and assisting my husband in his business. I spend my spare time gardening, growing vegetables & being a taxi service to my two children! I like being outdoors and Cornwall gives me the opportunity to do just that.

Jackie Skillicorn purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Jackie Skillicorn chose South East Cornwall

We are a family of four and have enjoyed many holidays in Cornwall. My children when young enjoyed 'crabbing' on jetties and digging in sand...now they are older they want to be more independent and Polruan offers all local facilities plus the inexpensive river taxi - they love it!

We chose Lilac Cottage because we like the village life of Polruan with its thriving community and boat yard. The busier town of Fowey is just across the estuary and we felt that a property in Polruan gives easy access to both. Polruan is very community based and there is always something going on.

Lilac Cottage gives a great little base with a coastal feel and we have tried to keep our furnishings & decoration simple to reflect this. We hope that anyone who uses the cottage feels the same way.

What makes this cottage unique

Although we recommend a car it is not essential. I have travelled to Cornwall by train, been picked up by taxi (£16 from Par, £30 from Bodmin) and taken to the cottage. Alternatively, take a taxi from Par station to the Polruan ferry dock in Fowey (£8) and take the ferry across (£1.80 pp) which is 2 minutes from the cottage. Once there, everything is available without going further afield. It's a great cottage to relax and unwind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'The property is a jewel and has real character'
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Polruan in Lanteglos

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Small sink
  • Simple but contemporary bathroom containing a built in shower space with electric shower and glass bi-folding doors, small white enamel sink with storage underneath and white w.c. There is an electric towel rail and electric underfloor heating set under slate grey ceramic tiles for the winter months.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Please note another single pull-out bed is underneath
  • Bedroom 1 - one metal framed double bed with a medium/firm mattress, anti-allergenic pillows and duvet. Cast iron fireplace (for decorative purposes only), pine built in wardrobe and glass-topped bedside table with reading lamp. There is also a small chest of drawers, a small Victorian chair, curtains and carpet. This bedroom has views over the courtyard area and into the village. Bedroom 2 - one oak framed 3ft single bed with another pull-out bed underneath which may be raised to the height of the first. (Please note the room will have restricted access should both beds be set up). The room also has a built-in wardrobe, small chair, bedside lamp and blinds to the window This bedroom has views across the working boatyard and estuary.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
If you are interested in renting this cottage but would like to ask a few more questions, please contact me.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Waterside Fisherman's Cottage in the heart of Polruan village - NOW WITH WIFI
average rating of 4.6190476 based on 22 reviews

Lilac Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Charming little cottage in a quiet fishing and very friendly village. Comes with everything you need including fully fitted kitchen/dining area, bathroom, 2 bedrooms, games, puzzles, DVDs, hairdryer and WiFi. It has a real wood burner with everything you need to get it started including matches and a local shop if you need more logs. This cottage has amazing views. We got a parking space with the cottage but be warned it is up a very steep hill (great to walk off the cream teas though :-) ). We found two lovely bars across the street, local shop and a post office. We also went for breakfast into a local cafe in the village - Crumpets which was nice. If you want a bit more life then a 30 second walk you can join the foot boat over to the town of Fowey. Would I recommend this property...100% yes...will return if the price is ok. We stayed for 4nights on a late last minute booking.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent cottage, perfect location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is in the best possible location in Polruan, close to the quay and pubs etc. We used it as a base for walking as from Polruan there are so many stunning coastal and country walks you can do without using the car.

Coupled with the nearby Lugger Inn for dinner, it's as close to perfect as you can get.

The cottage is clean, and quite basically furnished, though is perfectly comfortable for a weeks stay. As may be expected from an old fisherman's cottage everything is quite compact, especially the bathroom, with small shower (though works fine) and hand basin.

The inclusion of fast Wi-Fi is a great bonus given that mobile phone signals in this part of Polruan are very unreliable.

Only minor downsides, the TV works well but is miniscule, and I doubt if the supplied electric heating would really be sufficient on a very cold winters day. We did not try to use the wood burning stove, but it looks to be fine, though no fire tools or wood were provided.

The cottage is ideal for a couple, as you can use the second bedroom to store baggage, walking gear etc. However the second bedroom is quite usable, especially for one or two children, and has a nice view over the Fowey river.

We hope to return next year.

Colin & Jan

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a lovely cottage in a fantastic location! Perfect for two adults and two kids. It’s really cosy and has everything you could need. The open-plan sitting room/kitchen is modern but perfectly in keeping with the cottage with a comfortable sofa and a dining table which easily seats four. We did a mixture of eating out and eating in and found we had everything we needed to prepare meals. There’s plenty of room under the stairs to store anything you’ve brought down with you so it doesn’t get under your feet. Upstairs are the two bedrooms and bathroom. The smaller bedroom was fine for our two kids. It boasts a lovely view over the estuary and an unrivalled view into the boat yard! We all enjoyed watching the fishing boats being pulled up the slipway and repainted. The master bedroom is a good size with a useful wardrobe and a lovely view of the village. You couldn’t ask for a better location; the cottage sits just yards away from the quay.

Polruan is just that little bit nicer than its sibling Fowey. It’s much smaller and quieter but still has everything you need – a village shop, a couple of pubs, a tea shop and the all-important fish and chips! We particularly enjoyed walking down to the old blockhouse in the evening and looking out over the estuary.

If you want to go across to Fowey there’s a ferry that runs every 15 minutes from the quay. Fowey is lovely too but very touristy and busy.

If you like beaches, the two closest ones are Polkerris and Parr. Polkerris is smaller but the seas is much closer at low tide It’s also got a shop and café/restaurant. Parr is larger but the sea is quite a long way out at low tide. Both are sandy and within a 20 minute or so drive. Getting back to the main roads if you want to go further afield takes a little time, but it wasn’t a problem especially as the scenery is so stunning. We found it was preferential to use the Bodinnick car ferry, which the kids loved.

We used the Tesco in St Austell a couple of times just to get the things that weren’t available in the village shop (to be honest most essentials are). We combined this with visits to other places, just getting what we needed on the way back in the evening.

We had such a fantastic time that we just didn’t want to leave; my seven year old daughter burst into tears as we left the cottage! We will definitely be coming back to Polruan and would love to stay at Lilac cottage again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your full & generous review. I'm very pleased you had a great time in Cornwall and enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We hope you visit Cornwall & our cottage again if only to put a smile back on your daughter's face!
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Un charmant cottage au bord de la mer

  • 5 of 5

Le logement est propre, fonctionnel et décoré avec goût. Nous avons pu profiter du joli petit jardin situé en face de la maison. L'accès en voiture au logement n'est pas facile (rue très étroite à 18%) mais ce n'est pas vraiment un soucis car une place de parking est mise à la disposition des locataires (à quelques centaines de mètres). Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans cette région méconnue de Grande-Bretagne!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, perfect spot in lovely village

  • 5 of 5

The description of the cottage is perfect. It is situated in the heart of the village, very close to the 2 pubs, Cafe, Shops, local Bus to Looe and the ferry to Fowey.

The cottage is spotlessly clean, tidy and comfortable. There is everything you need to make your stay home from home and there is nothing you will want. The cottage is in a very good state of repair and the garden space is a lovely place to sit if you have any sunshine.

Customer service from the Owner is second to none and I would recommend the cottage to my friends and family. 10 out of 10.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, perfect for touring base

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with this cottage, clean, comfortable and well equipped. Jackie was pleasant and helpful, the village was sweet. The only thing I would say is (as I am sure is true for a lot of Cornish properties) the drive down to our unpack the car was quite scary and the steep walk up to the parking place at the top of the village not for the faint hearted!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Polruan, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Easter Break 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Mid Season 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer High Season 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fowey Regatta Week 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer inc. Polruan Regatta
19 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Autumn 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn Half Term 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Should you decide to cancel your booking the owner retains the right to hold your deposit unless we are able to re-let the property for the same time-frame. A minimum booking payment of £200.00 applies to each booking.

A deposit of £100.00 (for each week's reservation) secures your booking. Balance of payment is required 6 weeks prior to start of holiday. Should you book the cottage with less than 6 weeks prior to start of holiday, the full amount will be payable to secure your booking. For less than one week's rental a £50.00 deposit secures your reservation.

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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
35 Metres
The Lugger
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St Austell
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
70 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
35 Metres
The Russell Inn & The Lugger pubs both serve food
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Car: recommended

Lilac cottage is in the heart of the village and can be found at the end of the main street that descends steeply from the the top of the village to The Quayside.

Polruan is a traditional Cornish village with its own working boatyard located on the bank of the Fowey Estuary opposite the the small town of Fowey with its boutique shops, restaurants and art galleries.

Although a car is recommended, it is not essential as Polruan has all its own local amenities including a grocery store, bakery, cafe and Post Office with the added advantage of a welcoming pub offering great food to eat in or 'take-away'. The locals are very welcoming and there is always something to do or see.

The village is a superb place to explore the wonderful and exhilarating rugged Cornish coast, whether it's sailing, walking, hiking or beach activities. There is also a small passenger ferry that runs at regular times from Polruan to Fowey (& return!) giving visitors the opportunity to explore the quality shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars. Additionally, a car ferry also operates a service to Fowey from nearby Boddinick.

Guests in Polruan can also go further afield to explore numerous National Trust properties & gardens and the Eden Project

There are many walks nearby but for easy access direct from the cottage, the Cornwall Coast Path goes upwards from Polruan Quay through the village to the junction of St Saviour's Hill and then runs 7 miles eastward through National Trust protected coastline to the quaint village of Polperro.

Alternatively, follow the Hall Walk (turning right outside of the cottage), right at the steps and then follow the pathway up and through the woods. From the small bridge at the head of the creek the path meanders through woodland to the memorial on Penleath Point and then on to Boddinick. Take the car ferry (open to foot passengers) across to Fowey. Distance: 4 miles. Return via the passenger ferry from Fowey to Polruan.

There is also a regular bus service that picks up outside the cafe and runs to Polperro and Looe town.


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