Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall
With spring now upon us, flowers are beginning to bloom and temperatures are slowly creeping up. Naturally, our thoughts turn to the summer ahead and whether it will be full of balmy evenings and barbeques, or Cornish mizzle and umbrellas. Whatever the weather, booking one of our classic cottages in Cornwall this summer will being you plenty of enjoyment. Here's why you should plan a break with friends or family in the charming fishing village of Polruan.
Situated on steep hill on the banks of the River Fowey, Polruan is a quaint village that is steeped in fishing history. So, it's no surprise that fresh seafood features on the menus of cafés and pubs in Polruan and the nearby town of Fowey. The Russell Inn has been operating as a pub since 1832, and was named after the then Prime Minister Lord John Russell. Here, you can enjoy fine ales and beers, and delicious homecooked hearty meals. The Lugger Inn sits in the quay, and boast views overlooking the estuary. There's a log burner and open fire for those chillier days, and you'll find Fresh seafood and Fowey estuary mussels on the menu, as well as fresh meats sourced from farms within five miles. For a delicious breakfast or afternoon tea, head to Crumpets Café. This charming café has a selection of homemade cakes and sandwiches, and is the perfect pit-stop after a long walk. Don't forget, there are also plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes across the river in the bustling town of Fowey.
Polruan's tranquil setting above the river makes it a fantastic base if you want to enjoy a boat trip of some fun water sports. Surrounded by the water on three sides, Polruan's strong boat building heritage is evident and the family-run boatyard is steeped in history. C Toms & Son Ltd has been building and repairing boats for decades and it also operates the Polruan passenger ferry and the Bodinnick car ferry. If you fancy a day out a sea on a classic wooden boat, book a trip with Pettifox Sea Charters. In nearby Fowey, you can enjoy a scenic cruise along the river on a boat where you'll learn about the local area and see some local wildlife. If you fancy a day out on the water a little closer to the surface, hire out a paddle board or kayak and explore the winding estuary and the hidden gems around every bend.
There are so many places to enjoy a long walk in Polruan, and the fantastic views are guaranteed along the way. Take the circular route above the sandy crescent of Lantic Bay and the secluded coves of Lantivet Bay, and soak up the vistas and fresh sea air. Or, take a walk along woodland paths, above the sea and estuary views, and then catch the Boddinick ferry to Fowey. In Fowey, you can take the Covington walk, starting from Readymoney Beach, and passing Daphne du Maurier's house into Covington Woods. You'll pass St Catherines Castle, and can stop at viewing points that look down to the harbour and Polruan before heading off to explore vast fields and sandy beaches.