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As a peninsula, Cornwall is bursting with beautiful harbour towns to explore – just follow the coast and you will discover a variety of picturesque beaches, villages and communities. A short 20 minute drive from Looe and the Fieldhead Hotel is one such spot. Polruan is located on the banks of the River Fowey, opposite the town of the same name, and between them they have much to offer the visitor.
Polruan is an unspoilt fishing village, which is home to an active boat yard, where building and repairs still take place. Its winding streets trail past quaint cottages and shops, while from the top of the village walkers can access the South West Coast Path – making for a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of many more well-known Cornish hotspots.
To enjoy the best of both worlds, continue your journey across the river to Fowey. The town located across the water to Polruan on the opposite bank is famous for its sailing, galleries, shops and restaurants. A regular car ferry runs every 15 minutes every day of the year, transporting you across the short stretch of water.
A literary haven, Fowey provided inspiration for writers such as Daphne DuMaurier and Kenneth Grahame. The area features in DuMaurier’s classic ‘The House on the Strand’ which the town celebrates each year through the ‘Fowey Festival of Words and Music’. Additionally, Kenneth Grahame’s family holidays to Fowey are said to have inspired settings such as ‘Toad Hall’ in ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
Fowey is also host to a range of quirky independent shops and restaurants including ‘Sam’s‘. Located inside a twelfth century merchants’ house, this chic bistro serves a range of bespoke burgers and locally caught fish dishes, alongside a selection of stylish cocktails.
Alternatively, the Fowey Picnic Boat offers private picnic cruises along the River Fowey. Enjoy locally sourced food while relaxing amongst the sights and sounds of the river.
For art enthusiasts, there is a fantastic choice of galleries to explore. The Fowey River Gallery has a varied exhibition calendar which covers impressionistic styles of sea and landscapes to fun, playful pieces – each celebrating Cornwall.
The gallery is housed in a Georgian building, and includes a shop selling bags, scarves, jewellery, gifts and greetings cards.
The Toe in the Water gallery also features arts and crafts inspired by the sea and coastline, with original art to view and purchase, alongside glass, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, cards and crafts.
Why not explore Polruan and Fowey from your base at the Fieldhead Hotel and uncover these two treasures on opposite sides of the riverbank.