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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 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

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 Fowey

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 Fowey in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 window bench seat, curtains and carpet. This bedroom has views over the courtyard area and into the central part of 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 blind to the window This bedroom has views across the working boatyard and estuary.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • 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.


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Waterside Fisherman's Cottage in the heart of Polruan village - NOW WITH WIFI
average rating of 4.62069 based on 30 reviews

Cosy and peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lilac Cottage for the Christmas break. It was a wonderful place to escape from the general mayhem of the festive season. The cottage is small but perfectly formed. It was ideal for the three of us. Our eight year old son's one and only complaint was that the sound of the waves in the harbour kept him awake!

Polruan is delightful. There is a regular ferry to Fowey (every day except Christmas Day). A brilliant local shop can be found a short way up the hill which sold pretty much everything! Speaking of the 'hill' this is what you need to negotiate in order to get to the allocated parking space - although we did only use the car once. And if you want to pay for parking there are spaces on the quay.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Emma for your generous review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas stay and look forward to welcoming you back again another time.
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Small but lovely cottage in the centre of Polruan

  • 4 of 5

We were delighted with the cottage, only two of us so the size of the cottage was no problem. Perfectly placed for the passenger ferry to Fowey running all day and a short drive to the car ferry. Easy access to glorious coastal path. Very steep hills on all walks and to the parking space, great if you like the exercise but wouldn't suit everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing week....perfect cottage ...perfect location... we were lucky and had perfect wearher....we are walkers and clocked up about 40 miles and didn't use the car for 6 days !! Polruan is a gem on the English landscape.we are going to book for next year!!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I agree it is a walkers paradise (whatever the weather!) and we look forward to welcoming you back again next year.
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Delightful cottage in wonderful location. Unreservedly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped and immaculately kept cottage in perfect location 1 minute from the harbour with passenger ferry to Fowey every 15 mins. Pretty fishing village with shop and two pubs. Owner very helpful and quick to respond to any queries.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay in the cottage & Polruan village.
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Lovely seaside cottage , clean and comfortable, well equipped with everything you need ,

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at lilac cottage , the location is perfect walking to the harbour takes 2 mins , the village is very pretty We went crabbing on the quay , walked to the Blockhouse and St Savior's point , caught the boat ferry to Fowey lots to see and do in the area . Lantic Beach is beautiful but a real treck ! And be warned the streets are very very steep and the country lanes to Polruan are extremely narrow !

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful cottage in the heart of the sleepy fishing village of Polruan

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding week long stay for us and our 2 children ( 9 and 13): lovely peaceful village on the River Fowey. Friendly locals, good pubs and exquisite countryside. The cottage is exactly as described, everything worked and Jackie was very easy to liaise with. Thoroughly recommend if you're looking for some Quality family time away.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fowey, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring 2018
14 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Mid Season 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer High Season 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer inc. Fowey Regatta
18 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer inc. Polruan Carnival
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Autumn 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn Half Term 2018
13 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 29 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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