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Best of Both Worlds - the cottage by the beach with Polperro on its doorstep

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beach Cottage, Sleeps 8, Stunning Views, Beach Terrace, Open Fire, Coastal Path.

Willy Wilcox Cottage is the listed seafront cottage, with the bright blue door and shutters, seen on so many paintings and postcards of both Polperro and Cornwall. It has four bedrooms, all have sea and fishing harbour views. The beamed sitting room has an open fire and a large picture window looking over the fishing boats in the harbour. The unique raised beach terrace has stunning views, a great place for breakfast, a nightcap or any time in between and there is an enclosed rear BBQ terrace. We welcome you with a home-made cream tea and also provide a pass allowing use of the indoor hotel pool and gym in Looe (4 miles).

Willy Wilcox sleeps eight and is the nearest cottage to the beach in the historic fishing village of Polperro. Its idyllic location has the coastal path leading from steps behind the cottage which is situated over the cave and beach in Polperro. The pubs, restaurants, art galleries and shops of Polperro are just seconds away. We are dog friendly and they are welcomed widely in Polperro.

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Deborah Pleace
Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Deborah Pleace

We are Deborah and Jon, living in the village of Hurst, Berkshire with our son and daughter aged 11 and 15. They, along with our Italian Spinone, are now enjoying the type of care-free childhood Cornish holidays that we both did. They have a freedom in Polperro that we believe is quite unique. Willy Wilcox Cottage is our delight.

Deborah Pleace purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Deborah Pleace chose Polperro

We were lucky enough to buy the picture postcard cottage, it features on so many. It took a long time to find the perfect sea-front Cornish property, somewhere you could hear and smell the sea.

From inside Willy Wilcox Cottage, you can experience so much of the outside because of its position and views. Beautiful Polperro, caters really well for tourists but is a working fishing village at heart. Watch fishing boats or storms coming into the harbour and be part of the changing seasons whilst cosy inside.

What makes this cottage unique

The reason the cottage features on so many photos and postcards is that it is hard to imagine a better location. A historic property of character and charm, a beach on your doorstep with a private terrace looking to open sea. Polperro with its pubs, galleries, shops and restaurants less than a minute away. The peace of coastal path leading from steps behind. You can feel completely secluded yet so much life and activity is just outside - the best of both worlds!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's a magical place and we love staying. We will be back, we hopefully intend booking a Christmas in the near future also. My only regret is that on the day we left, the fishing boats were called in early and the Storm Gate was ordered to be shut. I love the stormy weather and drive my wife mad going on about it. I have a friend and his wife making a booking in the future too. They'll love it. I am a London Cabbie and tell everyone about it. As we say in the trade.........Be Lucky
Jan 2017
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Polperro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite to the Harbour bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - cabin beds
  • Sea and harbour views from all bedrooms. The Beach Room has a king-sized bed, sink, TV and door to the beach terrace. The Harbour Room also has a king-sized bed plus an en-suite bathroom and TV. The Quay Room has twin beds and the Boat Room has two built-in cabin beds (2'6' wide).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Best of Both Worlds - the cottage by the beach with Polperro on its doorstep
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 39 reviews

Wonderful holiday home in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 3 weeks and certainly could have stayed longer. The property is a home from home with all the amenities you could wish for. I'm not sure there is a better location in all of Cornwall, we loved hearing the crashing waves and the proximity to the beach and the coastal walks were great. Polperro is a lively village and although we were there very much out of season there were pubs and some shops open. Couch's restaurant has a great tasting menu and the Blue Peter inn was very friendly and cosy. Take away fish and chips from the 3 Pilchards not to be missed. Further afield there are great places to visit in under an hour : Eden Project, lost garden of Heligan, Fowey (do try the ferry!) and Padstow (great restaurants) to name a few. We went to quite a few beaches with the dog, Constantine near Padstow was our favourite, however nearer Par was good to exercise the dog and Polkerris with Sams on the Beach was lovely.

The owner Deborah could not have been a better host and the house keepers Tracey and Carl were brilliant

This will definitely be our next stop in Cornwall again, if it's not booked up!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for these lovely words
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Cosy cottage ideally placed in the harbour

  • 5 of 5

We had just a wonderful time at Willy Wilcox. We fell in love with Polperro after visiting it for the first time in the summer but it's just lovely at this time of year - the streets are quiet, the fires are lit, the Blue Peter pub was especially welcoming and we felt very comfortable tucked up in the cottage. Most of the local artist shops seemed fairly pleased that we visited them as well judging by how much of their work we brought home - a large photo of Willy Wilcox with the waves crashing over the roof is going to take centre stage in our living room soon. We even made some new friends sitting in the Blue Peter who we've kept in touch with since so we've left with very fond memories all round.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Hills review.

  • 4 of 5

Hi Deborah,

This was our sixth visit to Willy Wilcox, once again we had a lovely stay. The cottage is very homely and welcoming, we only hope it will stay as a holiday cottage and we will be able to return. We only had a few niggles, the bed in the room which leads to the terrace was very hard and uncomfortable leaving my husband, who has back problems with a sore back by the end of the week. On this visit the front room smelt much better, last year the rug smelt of wet dogs. We loved the new kitchen. We had great weather and went for a swim in the tidal pool. Thank you once again for six great holiday, best wishes from the Hill family.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clive, a regular guest, has been contacted directly but this is a general update (Nov 17) to the response below: We have a new memory foam mattress in the Beach Room plus a choice of two mattress toppers stored under the bed. The other king-sized bed has a softer pocket-sprung mattress so hopefully we now cater for all tastes. Dear Clive and family Thank you for returning yet again to Willy Wilcox and for your feedback. We are staying next week, so will assess the mattress then. Please do notify us during your stay of anything that is unsatisfactory as it gives us the opportunity to rectify it during your visit. Otherwise, maybe leave a short note on leaving and we can try to attend to it before the following guests arrive. Don't worry, Willy will stay as a holiday cottage. Kind regards Deborah
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Don't book it....I want it all for myself!!

  • 5 of 5

Our 4th Stay at Willy's, if there is a better location in a quintessential Cornish harbour I would love the hear about it please

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Quaint cottage in fabulous location

  • 4 of 5

This is a really nice place to stay directly on the harbour.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Pretty for Pictures

  • 3 of 5

Just spent a week in Polperro at Willy Wilcox cottage. The location was perfect, probably one of the best in town being at the tip of town and overlooking the beach. Polperro is a lovely and quiet fishing village so don't expect nightlife. The food and service in town were inexplicably terrible, almost as if we were there in the off-season instead of at the peak of summer. Many places were closed or had random opening hours and when we did go out to eat much of the food on the menu was out of stock. The cottage was very well equipped and very spacious. We had everything we needed and plenty of space for 5 of us plus we hosted 6 other family members comfortably for dinners in the evenings. We gave it 3 stars for 2 reasons. We're frequent renters on home away and always choose higher end accommodations that we can be sure are clean and of a higher standard for amenities but one thing is always a disappointment and that's the quality of the mattresses. Seems like a no-brainer to invest in good quality mattresses to make sure guests enjoy their stay but Willy Wilcox was the same cheap mattresses that gave me bruises from the springs and we didn't have one good night's sleep! The other point is that the cottage is on the shaded side of the town so it is very damp and moldy. I suggest taking all the very old carpets out and replacing them with hardwood floors; a simple solution that will eliminate the smell of damp, the smell of wet dog and the mess of damp, sandy feet. The cottage as well as the entire town is very dog friendly but it would be nice if it didn't smell like it! We really did love looking out over the harbor from the picture windows and the private cliff balcony, and loved hearing the waves crashing at night. A few updates would make this cottage as perfect as it looks in the pictures.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for feedback and suggestions, Cheryl. I'm glad that you enjoyed Polperro and the location of the cottage. It does seem a pity that you didn't contact Tracey, the housekeeper or I during your stay regarding the bed as we have a range of different bedding, pillows and mattress toppers available to suit different tastes. Guests are always welcomed to tell us if they need anything. Kind regards, Deborah Update - we now have a new memory foam mattress on one king-sized bed with a choice of two mattress toppers stored underneath. There is a softer pocket-sprung mattress on the other king-size. Hopefully we now cater for all tastes.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Newquay (Plymouth closer)
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
The Blue Peter
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Looe Golf Club (St Mellion - 35 mins)
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
House on the Props
Nearest Beach
10 Metres

Polperro is host to the Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing, plenty of pubs, restaurants, small shops and art galleries. The Eden Project is 30 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19.99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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