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The Watch Below

Polruan, Cornwall (Ref. 948762)


(29 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed here at Christmas and it was perfect!"

    Its not possible to park right outside so you have to park nearby and bring luggage from the car but once you are in its worth it! Its immaculately clean, warm and comfortable and the views are stunning! It was a very relaxing stay with wonderful walks and lots of places to visit nearby. The two pubs in the village are very close, incredibly friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. Communication from the owner (Anne-Marie) was brilliant.

    Reviewed by VictoriaDec 2021

  • "My stay at the Watch Below was absolutely brilliant."

    My family and I found the place just as it was displayed in the advert. We had no issues. Everything in the facility worked and the people around the area were unbelievably friendly. The region is very hilly, but we didn’t mind, because we got our daily exercise in. We loved it so much, we intend to return sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by AbiolaSep 2021

  • "Perfect week in our favourite place."

    We’ve not stayed at The Watch Below before, but will certainly book it again. It’s a lovely cottage, very well equipped, in an excellent central location.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely apartment with STUNNING view across the Fowey estuary."

    Immaculately clean. Bit of a bugger to get to but absolutely worthwhile. Even with a 13 hour drive home, we wouldn't hesitate going back to both the Watch Below and Polruan for a second.

    Reviewed by SonnyJul 2021

  • "Lovely property."

    Very clean and comfortable in a great location. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Anne-Marie.

    Reviewed by LorraineJul 2021

  • "Lovely property in a really beautiful location."

    Access is a challenge but well worth a little extra effort We had a wonderful time here

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2021

  • "The cottage met our expectations since we also targeted a specific price range."

    Was good value for money, comfortable and everything worked properly.

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2020

  • "The cottage is really well placed in Polruan, accessible to the the harbour, cafes, Shops pubs and a delicious bakery."

    The views from inside the property of the river and across to Fowey are stunning. Everything about the cottage met our needs including the attentiveness of the owner to ensure we were comfortable. Walks around Polruan are excellent in either direction along the coast which we took full advantage of with our dog. We ate in both pubs and the food was excellent. I can’t recommend this property high enough and we will definitely return!

    Reviewed by StuartOct 2019

  • "Beware the walk."

    The only disadvantage of this wonderful place.

    Reviewed by GeoffAug 2019

  • "Everything!"

    !! The holiday cottage was perfect in every way

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay have had a fab holiday here ,very well equipped property with everything you need to make it a comfortable holiday fantastic views from front window ."

    special mention to the Lugger inn fantastic food . very friendly place to visit will definitely return

    Reviewed by JacquiJun 2019

  • "This village is very hilly and not suitable for anyone unable to cope with climbing the steep walkways"

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2019

  • "I think a bit more info about the difficulties loading and unloading the car due to limited access!"

    We got on better loading up as we had got used to the area and could easily plan ahead but on arrival in a strange place could prove quite tricky to some people!

    Reviewed by HelenDec 2018

  • "We enjoyed out stay and were pleasantly surprised by the little things like milk & tea with shortbread sitting waiting for us upon arrival."

    The instruction booklet was very useful and written in a very positive manner. We will definitely be booking our next holiday through Sykes Cottages.

    Reviewed by KirstyOct 2018

  • "The mattress was a bit uncomfortable, both myself and hubby had bad backs after about 3 nights."

    Also using cheap loo roll is false economy as you use more with it being so thin , it tears. A hairdryer would be a nice touch also , I didn’t bring one as thought there would be one at the cottage . The front window has terrible condensation on it every morning which needs wiping. Also slatted blinds would be a good idea as everyone stands outside the cottage to look at the view and stares in at you . These are only minor things , the cottage is lovely and we had a great time .

    Dear Mrs Scott We're happy you enjoyed your stay but are sorry you couldn't find the hairdryer - we will ensure it is left out in future. We entirely agree that quality of toilet roll is important, but have to use biodegradable due to sensitive drainage in the area. Thank you for your suggestion regarding blinds - we considered them ourselves, but guests love the view, so we opted for curtains for privacy at night. We're sorry you found the bed uncomfortable. It is relatively new with a hard/medium mattress which may not be to the liking of all guests. We will certainly review this when we replace the mattresses. Kind regards, Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallySep 2018

  • "Beautiful location with superb views of the harbour both day and night with the lights of Fowey ac ross the river."

    Very well furnished plus the little touches of cornish biscuits etc on the table. Cannot drive to the front door due to very narrow walk only street so drop off the luggage at either street end then drive back up to the carpark above the village. This could be clearer on the Sykes website but is not a problem for the able bodied. Polruan is a delightful village full of character and much quieter than Fowey which can be reached by pedestrian ferry every ten minutes or so at a cost one way of £2.40; apricey extra for those crossing for meals so use the two excellent Polruan pubs whose food is just as good.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2018

  • "Great location."

    Enjoyed everything about polruan. Met the owners of the cottage who are very nice people.We have nothing negative to say about our holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2018

  • "Best view!"

    Reviewed by MarnieJul 2018

  • "Very clean and cosy cottage, nicely decorated, with a perfect view of the harbour at Polruan and Fowey."

    Reviewed by KimJun 2018

  • "The Watch Below is a charming and comfortable cottage ."

    The manager Tessa is warm and welcoming and the cottage was beautifully clean and well kept. We took our dog and she was given a warm welcome too. I liked the newly renovated bathroom. The evenings became a little chilly but having electric heaters in each room it is easy to quickly warm up wherever you are relaxing. Lovely views. Well situated for the ferry, access to the two local pubs and tea room. We did the Hall Walk which was a highlight . I think that offloading and loading the car can be a bit of a struggle because of the steep hills. However it would not put us off another holiday in Polruan.

    Reviewed by JuliaMay 2018

  • "The whole thing was great."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Polruan

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2018

  • "Really enjoyed the stay - great place, Owner and Manager really helpful."

    Well equiped cottage.

    Reviewed by MichelleApr 2018

  • "Great location and fantastic flat."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by RosemaryMar 2018

  • "It was very nice and relaxing and we were considering coming back again."

    Reviewed by GraemeMar 2018

  • "This cottage was so so nice ideal for us and our dog."

    We can highly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by DermotDec 2017

  • "Perfect, just perfect!"

    Awesome cottage. Very clean with everything you need. Fabulous views and wonderful surroundings. The area is really great with two pubs, stores and cafe within a couple of minutes. Just be prepared for those Cornish hills!! We would love to stay again thanks for having us.

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2017

  • "Beautifully presented cottage with probably the best view in Cornwall."

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2017

  • "Absolutely loved the accommodation, only one small thing though, we would liked to have had some type of screen over the skylight for the night."

    The owner and manager we're very nice and their communication was very good and friendly.

    Reviewed by CarlAug 2017

  • "Great cottage, great location, exactly as described."

    Lovely Cornish welcome pack and fresh milk in fridge

    Reviewed by JennyJul 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric wall heaters and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc.in rent
  • Parking available in main car park 100 yards from the cottage at approx £25 per week or small car park on the quay
  • Small yard
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop,pub and beach 2 mins walk
  • Note: No outdoor area except a small yard
  • Note: The main car park is situated up a steep hill. Note: Although ground floor there are three internal steps.

The property

The Watch Below is a ground floor apartment, with views of Fowey and the Estuary from the living area, situated on a quiet harbour lane in the small village of Polruan in Cornwall.

A front door opens into a shared hallway with the door to the apartment immediately on the right.

The sitting room has a comfortable sofa and two...

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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.

Region Information

Note: The main car park is situated up a steep hill.
Note: Although ground floor there are three internal steps.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas