The town of Polperro in Cornwall absolutely oozes history, even in its name, which is a derivative of old Cornish. Pol, pronounced pole, means “pool,” “pit” or “cave,” so the name itself can translate out of Cornish into “Pera’s Cove.” The best way to appreciate a lovely historic location like this is with a self-catering Cornwall holiday, so why not look for a holiday cottage in Polperro for your next trip?
Polperro is located in the southeast part of Cornwall, about twenty-five miles away from Tamar Bridge and the city of Plymouth. The nearest other towns are Looe, about four miles away, and Liskeard, an old market town about twelve miles away. The River Pol runs through the centre of the town, giving a lovely scenic feel to the area, and Polperro is ideally suited for access to many Cornish tourist spots including the famous Eden Project – for more ideas pop along to the Claremont Hotel and have a look over their selection of brochures on local attractions.
There are plenty of beaches around Polperro itself and nearby, many of which are sandy, so great for swimming. A lot are friendly to children and dogs but it is worth checking before visiting just to be sure. Don’t forget the local history either – as well as legitimate fishing Polperro has more than a few shady periods in its past with a smattering of smuggler’s coves. The town museum is a charming presentation of all sides of the area’s history and not to be missed.
There aren’t any banks in Polperro but there is a Post Office and two cash machines, and most major banks and building societies are represented in nearby Looe and Liskeard. Generally anyone who opts to stay in a Polperro holiday cottage is unlikely to need to leave the town unless they want to see things like the Eden Project, as Polperro has everything on hand from sandy beaches to cliffside walking paths. You could even walk to Looe or nearby Polruan as these places are only four and six miles away respectively – the perfect distance for a leisurely day ramble.
Although Polperro is a relatively small village it has an excellent range of pubs, restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours, gift shops and much else. As well as traditional fish and chips, Cornish pasties and antiques you can visit one of the six pubs in the village, all of which serve food. Fish dishes are a specialty in Polperro as is to be expected from the local harbour, but there are plenty of alternatives on offer in the many restaurants and cafes dotted around the town.
For local activities there is a British Legion and local snooker club, both of whom welcome visitors on holiday. Most pubs have regular live music, and there is an annual Arts and Music Festival as well as a yearly Beer Festival. Even better for those with furry friends, many of the local pubs and restaurants are dog friendly so you don’t need to leave the family pooch outside when enjoying your meal, which is a great bonus for visiting families who would rather not be separated from any of their members!
With plenty of transport, all the local amenities and facilities one could need (including doctors and even a veterinarian) and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, Polperro has a great deal to recommend it as a destination for any self-catering Cornwall holiday. For a range of lovely holiday cottages in Polperro browse through the range of properties we have on offer here at Looe&Polperro Holidays.