Polruan is a very old fishing and boat building village surrounded by water on three sides. Your cottage is near the Blockhouse, built in the 14th century to protect the harbour from pirates and the French. The bedrooms are small but very comfortable with king-size beds; one can become a twin room, the other has beautiful harbour views, and they share a bathroom. Upstairs is the living area with more views: the village to one side, the boat-studded estuary on the other.
Join the South West Coast path 50 yards from the door for bracing walks: to Polperro in just over two hours (depending on how fit you are) or further, and then get a taxi or bus back. Catch the foot ferry to Fowey from the village for independent shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. In August the Royal Regatta will be right outside your door.
You’ll find supermarkets in Saltash, Liskeard or St Austell but you can top up at a good general store in the village. Settle by the wood-burner with books, games, Smart TV and music or wander down to one of the pubs in the village for dinner. You can do without your car for most things.