The entrance to Ivy Cottage is tucked away to the side of Albany House where Chapel Lane swings sharp right. The tiny entrance gateway leads through to a surprisingly spacious newly converted 3 bedroom cottage with a magnificent raised rear garden and deck area giving wonderful views across the harbour to Fowey.
At ground floor level there are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom with underfloor heating, separate bath and shower.
The oak floored open plan kitchen / diner and lounge are on the first floor . The kitchen is well equipped with hob, oven, microwave, fridge etc.
Also on the first floor is the master double bedroom.
At the rear of Ivy Cottage, accessed via steep stone steps, is a large elevated garden and patio area with wonderful views across the harbour to Fowey.
The basement accommodates a washing machine and has ample space for storage / drying of wetsuits etc
:: Local Area:
The Fowey Estuary has been the sometime home to Daphne Du Maurier, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Leo Walmsley and Mabel Lucie Atwell, and many local features and characters appear in their books. "Wind in the Willows" for example, was based on the Fowey River and the creeks up around Lerryn.
There is also a fascinating history of seabourne raids into and out from the Harbour going back hundreds of years. Indeed, right up to relatively modern times, raids were mounted across the Channel in the Second World War, mostly at night, by light surface craft. Many men sailed from the Port in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, for some who never returned, it was their last view of England. Both on the Polruan and the Fowey, there are old fortifications to explore, and they include an interesting pair of Chain Forts. During the English Civil War each bank of the River Fowey was held by a different side and King Charles 1, narrowly escaped death from a sniper’s musket shot across the river. Details of these episodes, including smuggling, are to be found in the many books and pamphlets for sale in local shops around the Estuary.
Today, Polruan is unsurpassed as a place for a peaceful self-catering holiday in Cornwall. For those who are after, first and foremost, somewhere to sail or otherwise ‘mess about in boats’, Fowey has become one of the West Country’s major sailing centres, with two active clubs (the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and the Fowey Galants Sailing Club) and a Harbour Master, himself a keen small- boat sailor, anxious to welcome yachtsmen and provide the facilities they need, at reasonable cost. There are good facilities too, for sea-fishing and other water sports. ‘Land-lubbers’ find that Polruan’s location half-way down the Cornish peninsula makes it a good base from which to drive on day-trips to other parts of the county.