Fowey, Cornwall

A romantic creekside cottage down a web of narrow lanes in a tumbling green valley – mess about on the water to your heart’s content


8 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


Wave goodbye to the tourists trundling west and drop past banks of wildflowers to an unstirred hamlet where kingfishers, egrets and buzzards thrive alongside friendly locals – pick up cider and fresh eggs from the farm next door.The setting may be poetic but there’s everything for a boisterous family holiday here; dinghies and kayaks can be launched from your orchard garden and an old stone bridge is perfect for competitive Pooh sticks.Inside, warm up around a cream Aga or the wood-burner in convivial, whitewashed rooms with space to come together or spread out. Dry land explorers will find a network of walks and bike rides from the doorstep – refuel with decent coffee and a croissant at Lerryn’s village shop, or a pint in the Ship Inn while ducks waddle past.

A warm Cornish living room with red wine and a woodburner

We think you'll love

  • The terrace with views straight down the estuary
  • The unspoilt atmosphere of this private little corner of south Cornwall
Penpoll's neat and tidy blue kitchen in Fowey Cornwall

Home truths

  • No public transport so a car is essential
  • You’ll need to bring your own boats – rent by the week or hour in Lerryn or Fowey
  • The style here is well-loved country, not cutting edge


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available in low season.


Nightly price
from £96
Weekly price
from £675
Damage deposit
3 night stays £600 - £1000.
1 House for 10
From £968 beds4 bedrooms


We are a family of 4, two kids 9 &10 plus 2 dogs. The cottage was more than perfect. Amazingly well equipped, very comfortable, clean and not forgetting stylish. The creek was the biggest hit with the kids playing with the dogs in and out of the water. Area stunning and lovely walks. Small shop in Lerryn had everything we needed. Kayaking, horse riding great fun and beaches beautiful and quiet. Very relaxing, peaceful picture perfect holiday. A real Gem.

Lucy, Somerset

A classic English seaside cottage with every family scenario catered for, it is a lovely place.

Margaret, Bradford

Class house in superb location. If the sun shines the kids will love it. One to be highly recommended.


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The neighbourhood

Water, water, everywhere is the main attraction, Penpoll Creek meandering from the cottage to the River Fowey then out to the coast. Canny swans and ducks know the right moment to appear at the gate for feeding time and massed banks of primroses, orchids, and riverside ferns and mosses are all around. You can take the ferry over to Fowey from Bodinnick, 3 miles away, for great galleries, restaurants and beaches, but the real point of Penpoll is losing yourself in nature.

Local points of interest from Sarah-Jane Muir

  • A wide choice of fabulous beaches. See for yourself why this coastline inspired so many of Daphne du Maurier's novels.
  • Slipway and boatyard for boat launching/ mooring less than 2m away or launch your small dinghy and kayaks from Penpoll's orchard. Friendly RYA sailing courses run regularly in Fowey.
  • Wonderful restaurant, pubs and clothes/interiors shopping, Galleries galore in Fowey via Boddinick Ferry, 3m.
  • Enjoy magnificent cornish gardens, especially in the Spring. The Eden Project is under 20 mins away. Other Gardens, such as Heligan, Lanhydrock, Caerhays Castle, Pencarrow, Tregrehan, Trebah, Tregothnan, and many more, are all within easy reach by car.
  • Miles of magical rural footpaths right from the doorstep of Penpoll. Soak up the peace, close to the creek's abundant birdlife as you walk along it's banks, or walk the stunning Southwest Coast from Polperro to Polkerris - an epic day!
  • A genuine escape with stunning river views and teaming with birdlife, beautiful Egrets and Kingfishers perch in the orchards, Resident Ducks and swans show off and wait to be fed, right outside the gate!


Sarah-Jane Muir

Sarah-Jane and her family have relished escaping here from the congested South East for over twenty years. The children have grown up on these holidays, developing enduring loves for water sports and the outdoor life. Sarah-Jane finds Penpoll reviving more than anything, and loves hearing that other families are captivated by her magic corner of Cornwall too.