Polruan is a peaceful village on the Fowey estuary. Your cottage, down a quiet lane, is even more tranquil. A scallop canopy crowns the doorway; inside is lovely, all cream walls, navy checks and country-smart furniture. The bedrooms, both downstairs, are small but very comfortable with kingsize beds; one can become a twin room, the other has beautiful harbour views, and the bathroom is modern and white. Upstairs is the living area with more gorgeous views: the pretty village to one side, the boat-studded estuary on the other. Cosy evenings are guaranteed here, so settle down by the wood-burner and take your pick of board games, books and music. The little kitchen is fresh and contemporary with granite worktops and top appliances and the dining area looks onto Readymoney Cove. It’s such a great spot: the coastal path 50 yards from the door and a village to come back to, with two pubs and a tea shop. Fowey with its twinkling lights is a five-minute ferry ride; in August you have the Royal Regatta outside your door. Perfect.