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The Lookout

Polruan, Cornwall (Ref. 1013538)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "We have had a wonderfully relaxing holiday at The Lookout with our little dog and teenage children."

    The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The view from the windows is super, always something to watch on the water. Polruan is just a lovely relaxing place to be. Would definitely recommend this property to others.

    Thank you Katherine! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay in Polruan Property Owner

    Reviewed by KatherineApr 2022

  • "We had the best time at the lookout, fantastic views really quite impressed."

    The images don’t do it justice! Facilities were fantastic and cosy. We will absolutely be booking again!

    Thanks so much Nina. Means a lot to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NinaNov 2021

  • "Had a lovely week at The Lookout."

    We had everything that you would need for your stay and more. It was so lovely and clean. The house was very warm (too warm) I cannot find fault with anything. I have stayed in many cottages over the years and this was up there as one of the best. The location is perfect. The locals were very friendly. We had a great week, and I would love to return sometime soon.

    Reviewed by BuntyNov 2021

  • "Wonderful house in a very beautiful setting."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by AlexandraOct 2021

  • "We are a very well travelled couple and have stayed in many places, but both of us adored your gorgeous cottage- it wasn't just the amazing location, it was the superb attention to detail, care and thought that you have put into each room."

    The decor and lighting were perfect- allowing the character of the cottage to sing through, but enhanced with gorgeous art work, perfectly chosen books and everything you could need in the kitchen. We live in an ex holiday cottage in the Lake District, and it looked nothing like this! You really feel totally at home there- in fact it was very difficult to get me away from that amazing window seat with its ever changing, addictive views. We'll be back for sure. Xx

    Reviewed by LyndaOct 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely tastefully decorated and had a brilliant view."

    There were a few issues with cleanliness however. The window seat smelt of dog as soon as we sat on it. I stripped it off and tried to clean it as there were dog stains on it and fur on the window. I then had to hoover which meant picking up rug which had dog wee stains on it. The throw we shook and then saw state of sofa underneath it with dog hair all over it. The bottom of the double bed had 2 broken slats so the mattress sunk through . There were light bulbs missing from.main light and door frames were filthy. I had to clean bannisters window sills door knows doors and frames as all were badly marked with sticky residue and finger prints bad in covid times so all were disinfected. The tops of units were filthy and tiles in shower and on window sill were mouldy. My cloth was black from the tiny window sill. I stripped the sills in bedroom as they were thick with dust. I also washed all suttlery and knives etc on magnetic rack as all were smeared and filthy.. this cleanliness wasn't anything like other cottages we have rented. Surely during covid cleanliness is a must. Disappointed.

    Hello, thanks for your feedback but we really don’t recognise most of the issues you’ve mentioned. The cottage is always immaculately cleaned after every stay. Obviously there may be some residual dog hair but it is a cottage that accepts dogs, so some must be expected. Cleanliness is always rated extremely highly, including the stay before yours. The cutlery goes through the dishwasher and it’s only a year old and we’ve never had a problem reported with its performance. The bed simply didn’t have broken slats. I was there the day after this stay and all slats were totally fine on every bed. Not sure why this issue was about. We weren’t able to offer you any kind of refund as requested I’m afraid as we can’t tally your account with the reality of the situation at the cottage. We hope you enjoyed your stay regardless. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2021

  • "A fabulous property in a fabulous location."

    We really enjoyed our stay at "The Lookout" , great to be away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life overlooking the harbour after a short trip to one of the many stunning local beaches or nipping across to Fowey on the ferry.

    Reviewed by GarySep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage in an amazing place."

    Had tthe most chilled holiday ever. Thanks

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "Amazing view from the picture window."

    Great location although steep walk to the car and regularly noisy as between two pubs. Comfy beds and great shower.

    Reviewed by PaulaJul 2021

  • "We've stayed at the accommodation before in 2020 and we enjoyed it so much that we revisited in 2121"

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2021

  • "The amazing view from the lounge window across the river to fowey and the location of the cottage on the harbour was amazing with all the local facilities near to us look forward to using Sykes again ."

    Reviewed by IanSep 2020

  • "Charming holiday cottage full of character."

    Amazing views of the harbour and of Fowey. Clean and comfortable. It's conveniently placed for walks, local amenities and near to the foot ferry for visits to Fowey. We hope to return to this lovely place.

    Reviewed by LesleneSep 2020

  • "Extremely comfortable and well equipped with the most amazing views across to Fowey and busy harbour."

    Luckily we are reasonably fit to manage the hill to the nearest car park and the 3 flights of stairs in the cottage.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2020

  • "We have been visiting Polruan every year for eleven years, we love it."

    This was the first time we have stayed in this accommodation. The views from the picture windows were fabulous, the double bed was very comfortable and everywhere was beautifully clean. The downsides were the noise from the pub, however this did stop at midnight and much quieter in the middle of the week. The downstairs toilet facility wasn’t very nice for the adults using the downstairs bedroom. It was more expensive than our usual accommodation, so for these reasons we probably won’t return to the Lookout.

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2020

  • "The location of the Lookout is fantastic; near to the quay and all local amenities in the village."

    The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean. The view from the top floor across the estuary to Fowey, is spectacular and very relaxing. A great holiday.

    Reviewed by JamesFeb 2020

  • "We had a lovely week in The Lookout in between Christmas & NY."

    The cottage is immaculately clean with lovely comfy beds, lovely bed line and all the bits and bobs you could possibly need. A real home from home. It’s an exceptionally old and historic cottage so comes with all the “character” of its age. It’s situated in a prime position overlooking the harbour and sandwiched between two pubs so is ideal for people watching and being perfectly on time for the Fowey ferry. Parking is an art but once you get the hang of it and get organised to park at the top of the hill (8min walk) it pays to get a ticket for your whole stay rather than by the day. We would definitely visit again. The only thing we would change would be the shower as it wasn’t particularly powerful.. but really it didn’t matter in the great grand scale of things. The cottage is one you will never forget, it’s totally charming and the owners and housekeeper lovely to deal with and so welcoming.

    Reviewed by HeatherDec 2019

  • "Very well equipped standard cottage,with all facilities considered top quality."

    We especially liked the welcome pack of food and wine etc. Amazing views over harbour and estuary from all the rooms. Many good walking paths and access to a regular ferry to Fowey.

    Reviewed by AnthonyDec 2019

  • "Great cottage with lovely views."

    A few niggles, noice from pub at closing time an issue as windows at front are single glazed and don’t fit well. This also made the rooms cold when the wind was blowing we had to use some blankets on the window because of the draft, this would not be an problem in the summer but a cold day in November..... bathroom was cold as radiator did not work. ( window does not close) These are not major issues the cottage is lovely , well equipped and comfy, we enjoyed our stay. The views are fantastic and well worth the 2 flights of stairs...

    Reviewed by LynnNov 2019

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with WC
  • Second-floor open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Downstairs WC
  • Electric heating
  • Electric cooking facilities (microwave, mini oven, hob), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge, books, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Public parking a short walk away
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub and shop 0.1 miles

The property

Boasting captivating views across the fishing harbour towards Fowey, is this characterful and charming cottage, The Lookout.

This idyllic accommodation is perfect for a refreshing break to this corner of Cornwall, where a tranquil retreat is promised by exploring the village’s maze of unspoilt lanes, the harbour which is a haven for yachts and the surrounding Polperro Heritage Coast.

You and your family will be delighted by the seamless blend of character and style the interior exudes, with carefully selected furnishings complementing the characterful features of the property.

Set over three floors, which is typical of a Cornish property within the area, you will find the open-plan living room set on the top floor, designed to make the most of the picturesque views. Here, you can look forward to planning the next day’s adventure with your loved ones and curling up on the window seat to soak up the views with a cup of tea in hand.

Venture down the staircase to the first and ground floors, where two bedrooms await you after a wonderful day exploring.

The first floor houses a brightly decorated double bedroom with king-sized bed, whilst the ground floor offers a twin bedroom boasting ample storage to house your personal belongings.

Look forward to winding your way around the idyllic streets of Polruan, where you will be delighted to find a couple of pubs with traditional Cornish charm, a café and a well-stocked village shop for picking up the essentials.

It’s just a minute’s walk to the harbour, where you can hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring bustling Fowey, or if you are feeling active, the South West Coast Path is literally on your front step, leading the way to some of Cornwall’s most spectacular and secluded beaches.

Attractions within the surrounding area that will suit a group of all ages and tastes include the Fowey Aquarium, the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre and the famous Eden Project, which are just a short car journey away.

The Lookout promises a wonderful hideaway for those seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating break.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Polperro 6.5 miles; Looe 10 miles; Lostwithiel 10 miles.

Polruan is a small fishing village situated on a steep hill on the Fowey estuary, made famous by the author Daphne du Maurier. It remains unspoilt and retains the atmosphere of an old boat building community and has a small beach. The Polruan chain tower known as Polruan Blockhouse is one of only five known to exist in England, and is a small structure built beside a river or harbour to house the mechanism for raising and lowering a defensive chain to prevent the passage of ships in times of danger. It and the chain tower on the opposite bank of the River Fowey are the earliest chain towers to have been constructed. The village has a Post Office, local store, gift shop and pubs. A five minute ferry ride will take you to Fowey, with a range of sophisticated shops and restaurants. In August, the Fowey Regatta is a fun-filled week of activities and events, including RNLI displays, a carnival, spectacular firework displays and a display of classic yachts.

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