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Polperro | Sleeps 6 + cot*

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearby pub

The Crumplehorn Inn is a delightful 18th century Grade II listed pub, independently run with a cosy interior and outside seating for summer months. Should you wish to dine here, booking ahead is advised.

Nearby beach

A small rocky cove, Donkey Beach can be accessed from the South West Coast Path or by walking along neighbouring beaches at low tide. On Polperro's doorstep, a charming harbourside town, Donkey Beach enjoys close proximity to lots of amenities.

Nearby walk

A five mile walk best suited to the energetic as the paths are rough in places with some steep ascent/descent (and muddy in winter!). Start from the car park at Talland Bay and turn left through the kissing gate onto the coastal path. Climb the steps and follow the path to Looe. Enjoy the dramatic coastline with rugged cliffs and stunning scenery as you drop down into the town. Looe is a great place to stop for a break and sightseeing so enjoy your time there before heading back either the way you came or by turning inland, up West Looe Hill onto the main Polperro Road turning left before you reach it to the sharp right-hand bend at Tencreek. Follow the footpath through the caravan park and keep to the waymarkers through the fields to the bottom. On reaching the road turn right toTalland Bay. Not suitable wheelchair users or pushchairs.

Nearby town

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The picture perfect harbour village of Polperro nestles in a sheltered valley on the south coast of Cornwall between its more famous neighbours Looe and Fowey. Dating back to the 13th century you can feel the history of the village all around you. This is a true Cornish hidden gem.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2014

A real delight

Polperro is a beautiful little port town...... maybe not quite as picturesque as (let's say) Port Isaac....but much more redolent of the Cornish fishing village of your dreams... delightfully set out, the walk into the village really sucks you in to its charms. Highly recommended for a 2-3 hour trip.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Few cars come down the twisting lanes of this village adding to its lost in time feel, but Polperro is also a working fishing harbour, although it was once reknowned for smuggling. This village seems to have it all, a sandy beach, caves and rock pools, a harbour with ducks and swans, stunning views, coastal walks, plus pubs, cafes and shops.

Also nearby

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Situated at the mouth of the River Fowey, this ancient town formed around the natural harbour as a trading port with merchant houses along the waterfront, some of which are now holiday cottages in Fowey. Historically there was much smuggling and piracy in the area, but as trade diverted to Plymouth, Fowey became more of a fishing port, although china clay is still exported from here today.

The harbour is appealing to various seagoing vessels, with many yachts sheltering in the bay and often large cruise liners bringing visitors to the town. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water for sea fishing or pleasure boating with guided river trips, kayaking, canoeing and coasteering.

There is a good mix of shops and places to eat, with something for everyone. The Daphne du Maurier Festival (now called the Fowey Festival of Words and Music) is held here each May, when the town comes alive with literary inspiration and the Royal Regatta is worth a visit.

The main beach for Fowey holidaymakers is Readymoney Cove, but Whitehouse and Polridmouth Cove are also nearby. You can walk between them if you’re a keen walker - there are coast path stomps, estuary meanders, leisurely woodland strolls or town tours to wear you out before heading back to your Fowey cottage.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Restaurant in Fowey

We had another lovely day at Readymoney beach. The works above here are stunning. We then walked into the quaint town of a Fowey and had booked a restaurant recommended by a local friend. Sunny Spice, the only Indian place there, not overly priced and very tasty.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Beautiful Fowey

Lovely little Cornish town. Parked at the top car park


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Mrs French

Harborough and St Catherines castle


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Fowey

We parked by the Bodinnick Ferry terminal which gives you a flat walk into town. Had a lovely ice cream at the Game of Cones shop. If you find hills difficult but want to see as much as possible of this fascinating town, take the Fowey Tour which you will find by the Aquarium. The best fivers value ever as you are taken all round the town with a very interesting commentary. We both learnt so much about Fowey.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Self drive boat hire

Whilst in Fowey we hired a self drive boat it was really enjoyable we saw kingfishers and other animals. You can moor up and have lunch. We had the boat for 3 hours which I would say was plenty as the tide made where we could go restricted. We hired our boat from a lovely guy called Steve( he is located in the blue hut in the harbour)


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2015

small but perfectly formed

We came over twice on the Bodinnick ferry which docks at the far end of the esplanade, and parked in the main car park at the top of the town. Only very brave people would attempt to drive through and park in the town, even out of season. The ferry runs all year.The town bus was essential to get back up the very steep hill. It was very helpful that the minivan bus took the dog on board as well as us. The tourist information office is next to the bus stop in town, and the staff were very friendly, with plenty of suggestions for our visits. We enjoyed lunch one day at a dog friendly café called, I think, Pinky Murphy's. The Fowey Hotel was also pleased to allow us to bring the dog in whilst we had lunch in the bar overlooking the beautiful estuary. I would visit Fowey again with pleasure.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2012

stunning

Fowey is a beautiful little town with stunning views. We parked in the main top car park and used the bus to get up and down ( I am slightly disabled) The bus driver was extremely helpful and friendly. The town is fascinating, full of history, good little shops, galleries and restaurants etc. We also took a 45 min boat trip round the estuary which was fun and good value.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2012

Lovely town

Great for shopping and eating. Park at the Boddinick end so you dont have to climb the steep hill!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

A Gem!

What a beautiful place! With gorgeous views!
Must visit Fowey Hotel Bar for a cream tea, with views over the bay from their balcony. Lovely! From there, wander down to Readymoney Cove.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Very attractive.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Enter via the delightful Boddinick Ferry which docks at Daphne du Maurier's childhood home. There are beaches, boat rides, and canoeing on offer, as well as many pubs, restaurants, and delicious local ice cream. My only tip is to leave your car in one of the car parks, explore on foot and enjoy the atmosphere.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This pub is centrally located in the village and offers real ales alongside wines, spirits and vintage ports. Food is locally sourced and served in either the bar, restaurant or garden. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2024

Good environment

The ship inn is conveniently located in the village and serves good food


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Evening meal

We enjoyed a good meal of fish and chips which was nicely cooked and good value.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2023

Absolutely enchanting

We visited a couple of times and took drinks out to the green overlooking the river, a spot that inspired the characters of Ratty and Mole from “Wind in the Willows.” Really gorgeous in the afternoon in the sunshine!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2022

Loved The Ship Inn at Lerryn

Fabulous food and drink and lovely people. A really happy place!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Really Good pub. Staff and food excellent

Oldish pub. Refurbbed over the years. Having been coming to Lerry for several years now. The pub is an asset to the village.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2022

So friendly, lovely food

We stayed at Shepherds Rest and this pub was a 5-10 minute walk through the fields away. We found the landlords and their staff incredibly friendly and welcoming, the menu is extensive and their food and drink reasonably priced and tasty. We went there 4 times and loved it, highly recommended.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2022

Good Food.

We enjoyed an evening meal at The Ship Inn. The staff were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. It’s well worth visiting.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2021

Fabulous food and hospitality

What an amazing pub - the selection of food was amazing and everything that we ordered was to a very high standard. The pub staff were truly beyond comparison being so incredibly welcoming and friendly (to both humans and their dogs). Would highly recommend their Sunday roasts.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Delicious

An extensive menu and delicious food. Couldn’t have ordered food which was more different: Roast beef and Tom Yum soup but both were absolutely gorgeous. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere. Will definitely be returning!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2020

A friendly local country Pub

Local Beer and Food in a lovely Village and only a short walk from Little Gem .


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2020

Friendly pub

Very friendly pub. Good choice of menu. More pub grub than fine dining.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Great pub but be aware

The pub is lovely, the staff are great and the Parrot is sweet.
The ales are reasonable quality and the food is very acceptable standard pub fare, sadly they are priced as if from an Artisan Micro brewery and a Gastrovenue.
We ate there for the first 2 nights but couldn’t bring ourselves to be fleeced for a 3rd night.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2017

Worth the Walk

We walked through the woods along the River to The Ship and enjoyed a few local brews as well as an excellent lunch. Very generous portions. Also visited early evening on a high tide so restaurant was very busy. As we had a dog we settled in the bar for fish and chips and local ice cream. Friendly service and good food and beer. Happy

Explore the magnificent Lanhydrock House. Steeped in history and encompassed by flowing grounds, the castle allows visitors a sneak peek into the lives of both the aristocracy and the servants who lived there. Bikes can be hired to explore the ancient woodlands and peaceful riverside paths, too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2023

Lanhydrock

Very interesting Victorian house in lovely surroundings. The guides and volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. A very enjoyable visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Amazing!

Beautiful preserved stately house and garden. Staff helpful and so well run by the National Trust. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Excellent Dog Walks

The walk through the woods from The carpark at Respyn to Landhydrock house for a coffee is excellent. Our dog enjoyed the river and the shade of the woods.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Mrs French

Fantastic place to spend a day


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022

Beautiful gardens

The guides in the house were very friendly and knowledgeable. The gardens in spring are beautiful with bluebells everywhere and the spring bushes in full bloom.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

Beautiful and interesting

Well worth a visit. The National Trust as usual have brought this lovely house and gardens to life making it an interesting place to visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Very interesting visit

Excellent for walks and bike trails .
Close to Bodmin but unless you like the steam railway nothing there.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great place, nice house

Top!!!!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

A good day out

Lanhydrock House and Gardens are well worth a visit. The house is interesting and well presented and the gardens were a mass of colour when we visited. There are also plenty of woodland walks for those who like to be energetic


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2016

So good we went twice :-)

We're NT members so usually visit nearby sites when on holiday. Highlight of this property was the amazing mountain bike trails. We'd brought bikes with us, but did hire mountain bikes for some. Friendly and helpful staff and well marked trails made it the highlight of my 7yo's holiday! We also enjoyed gardens (including Easter egg trail) and house


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the historic Lanhydrock House. First we used the cycle paths which the children (aged 5 and 8) really enjoyed. We then visited the house and gardens and were taken back in time. The children loved following the trails and it kept them entertained. The staff were extremely helpful. A great place to visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2014

Well worth a visit

Lanhydrock has something for everyone. The house is really interesting and the friendly guides are knowledgeable about its history. Although I didn't visit the formal gardens on this occasion, I did join an organised estate walk, which was led by rangers who were most informative and, again, very friendly. We had lunch in the restaurant, which was tasty and fairly priced. We would certainly recommend a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2013

Lanhydrock House and Estate is between Bodmin and Lostwithiel The National Trust House provides a wonderful insight into local history and you can also walk the estate, free of charge, by parking in the car park down by the river, close to Respryn. River side footpaths take you through wooded areas which are covered with wild flowers.
After a good walk you can drive towards Lostwithiel, on the back lanes, to the Duchy Nursery for lunch. Not only is it a pleasure to wander among the plants and trees but the shop and restaurant are designed to add ambience to the whole experience. 5 star


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

The house and grounds are beautiful, quite a sight as you walk down the drive from the car park. The grounds themselves offer lots of different walks, but the one that goes down to the river then back through the woods is my favourite.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

Lanhydrock

Magnificent late Victorian country house with expensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate near Bodmin.
Visiting this house entails a drive, but it will provide you with a full day out. The house itself is fascinating, mostly because it has been wonderfully Victorianised in every detail - the kitchens, dairy and pantries are extensive - and the history of house, as well as that of the last generation of Robartes to live at Lanhydrock, gradually unfolds as you move around the house (with, of course, the help of National Trust volunteers). There are various options for lunch (picnic, cafe, restaurants) and the grounds are a joy to wander around afterwards. There are quizzes for children and the option of driving right up to the gate if a member of your party can't manage the walk down the drive.

- J Wallwork


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Popular Lanhydrock

Well worth a visit for the grounds as well as the house. The kitchens are a real eye opener with all the old utensils. Walk down through the grounds to the River Fowey and the beautiful old Respryn Bridge. If you prefer you can drive down and park beside the bridge. Lovely walks beside the river.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Talland Bay comprises of three secluded coves, each with their own character. Guests are spoilt for choice with coves to explore, natural tidal pools to bathe in and plenty of activities on offer. Rent a kayak from the nearby cafe or spend the day luxuriating in the sand, this is a slice of Cornish heaven.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2011

A very nice area to visit get there early for a place in the free car park which is further along than the main £3 car park! The cafe on the beach looks good but we went to the cafe with a huge garden set back and it was very pleasant. A nice beach for families as well as nice and quiet for couples. In late September the tide comes in very early in the afternoon so beware! Lots of rock pools to mooch about in too which is fun for children.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Your satnav probably won't find it but it's worth discovering.

When the tide is out this is a perfect spot for the family. The small Talland Bay café is located at the bottom of a very steep, single-lane laneway to the beach. There's a car park there that cost £3 for one day when I was there.

The café sells sandwiches, paninis, cornish cream teas, ice-creams and teas and coffees.

The beach has some amazing rock pools that can keep kids entertained for ages and when the tide is out, lovely sandy beach is exposed. When the tide is out there are also some large-ish pools of water left behind on the beach that were perfect for my 16 month old to paddle in (under supervision of course!). If the weather is good then you can easily spend a whole day here.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Lorraine Mills

This is a great beach to go to we had a couple of fantastic days here. Great for all ages my daughters aged 16& 14 loved swimming and the Kayaking you can do there. (You can hire out the Kayak's for £8.00 per hr from the beach cafe).
My son is 4yrs old and he had so much fun playing in the water & climbing over the rocks to see what he could find in the Rock Pools.
All in all a great day out for the whole family


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Sandy beach with rock climbing, swimming, surfing and canoes for hire. It also has an award-winning cafe with the best crab sandwiches we have tried yet, and can be accessed from the car park, or via the coastal path from Polperro to Looe.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2024

What a gem

Found this on our 2nd visit to the beach as so well hidden. Great quality interesting food and drink. A proper oasis


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2024

Hidden Hut

This truly is a hidden gem


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2023

Hidden hut

After a short walk along the coast, perfect place to eat overlooking the sea, great food choices and they're delicious.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2023

Pasties!

Walked the short distance from Gerrans to here and enjoyed a pasty in the sun looking out to sea. Yummy!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Madelaine

Amazing location!!
Even more amazing food… wow! The best Cornish pasty, and curry, with flat bread, all homemade!!!
Must make a visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Love it!

Great location, food excellent, friendly and welcoming.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2023

Lovely food.

Locally cooked food a must if you are visiting this beach.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2022

Beware under-cooked brownies

Stomach upset after a coffee and undercooked brownie at the Hidden Hut in June.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Over priced

Expensive, long queues, not very friendly. take your own refreshments or buy from friendly shop in Portscatho


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Best Tomato soup ever tested

Wow what a place! Nestled behind the beach and within walking distance. Absolutely amazing food, the menu is mouthwatering! Don’t be put off by the queues, service is very quick. We had the tomato soup and it was ‘the best tomato’s soup ever tasted’ ! Such amazing flavours! Definitely worth a visit! Beautiful views too! Well done the hidden hut and keep up the good work!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

A lovely experience

We can now see why this place is so popular! The service is excellent very friendly staff who take a minute to ask you about your visit while serving you. The food is beautifly cooked all be it presented in a takeaway box or cup the taste is incredible. My husband opted for the smoked beef chilli I had the Dahl served with flat bread both delicious. It was towards the end of our holiday otherwise we would have had lunch there every day.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2022

visited in March

Windy, sunny and busyish. Interesting changing lunch menu which comes in cartons you can take away or eat on site. Also usual snacks and drinks. No need to book in March.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Hidden Gem

Lovely little walk from the car park where you come across some steps, if you then take the steps immediately going up you then come across the stunning Hidden Hut, where the food is fantastic, may be a little pricey, but so worth it, especially sitting on the benches


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Amazing

We visited the Hidden Hut whilst on holiday last week. Gorgeous food. We had the watercress soup which was scrumptious. Really recommend a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2020

Hidden

What a surprise . Very popular so be prepared to queue but you can enjoy the view of Porthcurnick beach and headland.
Excellent customer service.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Very interesting

Worth a little walk.
Very enterprising!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2019

A little gem

What a wonderful beachside find. It is super popular now so expect to queue, but it's is completely worth it with exceptional food, and a great beachside location. You won't regret a day out here. Check the website for opening times/days.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great food overlooking the beach

Not just another beach front cafe. This place is possibly the best beach cafe/restaurant going. Great food and atmosphere. Really hits the spot. You will not be disappointed and worth the effort.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Mrs Jarvis

Really fantastic food, great service (despite the length of the queue). You must visit!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2019

Perfect situation and great food

If you didn’t already know it, this a now a justly famous spit just above a lovely Cornish beach.
Splendid food - some fusion inspired and some more typical local Cornish. Great atmosphere. Also they have now a great Hidden Hut cookbook. Such a happy mix of photos and recipes!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2019

lush nosh

definitely recommend for a yummy beachside lunch


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2017

Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2016

Wonderful location

Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2016

Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/

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