A two bedroom cottage offering views over the magnificent Fowey Estuary
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.
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The 2C's cosy and comfortable
Lilac cottage is in a lovely quiet location near the quayside and foot ferry to Fowey.
We visited the Eden Project twice, Fowey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Padstow and Tintagel. The weather was great despite storm hannah during the night.
We are hoping to visit again later in the year if Jackie will have us.
Thank you for providing such a lovely comfortable cottage with everything you could want, just make sure your driver is fit because if they aren't they will be by the time you leave.
Sunny Easter break
We loved Polruan and the cottage - both delightful. Cottage is compact but very comfortable and cosy, we used the wood burning stove each evening. Sat outside in the garden for lunch one day (watch out for seagulls perching on the telegraph pole!) and enjoyed coffees by the Harbour. Lovely evening walks to the Blockhouse and views from the cliffs/ harbour. We walked to Lantick bay and to Gribbin Head, and did the Hall walk to the Q memorial - all lovely walks. Spent one afternoon up on the cliff by the playground sunbathing overlooking the bay - idyllic.
Another lovely holiday in the South west
A lovely cottage at the heart of a lovely village
We've just returned from two weeks in Lilac Cottage in Polruan, and loved staying here. The village is small but busy - with two great pubs, and numerous places to swim, or just contemplate life going on around you. The cottage is very comfortable and suitable for a family of four. Jackie, the owner, is very responsive when you have any problems. We used it as a base to visit the Minack Theatre, for surfing on Whitsand Bay, ferry to Fowey, and walks to Polkerris and Lantic Bay. So nice to return at the end of the day to really comfortable beds. Superfast wifi kept the teenagers sweet too.Things to be aware of - as others have said - it is a steep hill to get back up to car parking space. Also, noise from shipyard and vehicles turning round at the bottom of the hill - but all part of being in a village that seems like it has real life going on rather than just empty holiday homes. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage and Polruan.
Pristine cottage in fabulous location
We had one of our happiest holidays ever here! The cottage is perfectly furnished, clean and in a fabulous location right by the harbour. We kept our inflatable dinghy in the front garden! and motored over to Fowey every day for shopping.
Didn't use the car for six days, went on unbelievable cliff walks and came back so fit and healthy.
The eastward cliff walk to Lantic Bay is strenuous but worth it when you get to the stunning beach ( take a lot of water). You can return via the road which is much easier. Westward we walked to Polperro and lunch @ Sam's on the beach. Allow at least 2 and a half hours to walk there but you won't regret it.
In summary ; crabbing, sardines for lunch, beaches, cliff walks, fires in the evening, cider in the sunshine, happy children, messing about in boats equals a very happy holiday.
Thank you Jackie.
Thank you so much for your full & positive review. It’s always good when a guest comments on the activities enjoyed. I can’t rake any credit for the wonderful weather but look forward to welcoming you back another time.
Cosy and peaceful cottage
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.
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.
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.