Holiday Accommodation in Cornwall: Available for holiday lets all through the year, including Christmas and New Year, Penpoll is an extremely comfortable, well equipped and much loved family holiday home in a superb riverside setting.

 

A highly desirable riverside family holiday cottage in Cornwall near Fowey

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The Gardens

Roses and honeysuckle around the front door, unforgettable starry night skies are a couple of examples of the romance and lure of staying at Penpoll.

The garden has a relaxed feel with scented Magnolias, Roses and Wisteria on the walls. Gentle plantings of ferns shrubs and trees predominate elsewhere. The extensive grounds are steeply sloping in parts, but there are pretty terraces, lawn areas and paths, plus a stream garden with seasonal shrubs, wild orchards, two outdoor eating areas and a barbeque. There is plenty for children to explore and do, including a much loved pirate boat sandpit and making camps by the creek. This is a child’s paradise of freedom, but care should be taken with very young toddlers due to the very steep slopes and steps in the garden, and the proximity to the creek.

The top terrace is a total suntrap, with lovely views over the creek. Off to one side is a small lawned area, hidden from view for total seclusion! The terrace has a large circular teak table, with umbrella and comfortable reclining chairs. Steps from this terrace lead to the upper orchard, with mown paths leading amongst the lichen covered apple and damson trees towards the creek, and yet more stunning river views.

The lower terrace is perfect for those who like a bit more shade, with a comfy bench, a recessed slate seating area (refreshingly cool on really hot days) and a long cedar wood table under the gently spreading branches of a large cotoneaster. Steps lead up to the top terrace. 

The grounds continue beyond the lane, providing off road parking for two cars or a small dinghy trailer behind a pair of wooden gates. This is the spring garden, with camellias and rhododendrons ablaze in the spring. Secret waterside camps are regularly built here by young would-be explorers.

  Lower Terrace with shaded slate seat - click to view larger image

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  Directly in front of the house, is a lawned area, by the creek which is where the resident swans and ducks come to show off their latest line of offspring, and to politely ask for bread. The creek here is perfect for dam building. It is ankle deep paddling at low tide, and the stones are well practiced at attempting to hold back or re-direct the water; they have trained generations of budding engineers!

Beyond the bridge, you are free to roam in the Lower Orchard where cider apple trees provide the main ingredient for the cider made at Penpoll Farm. The orchard borders the creek, and here we have a small mooring and tiny steps for accessing a boat at high tide. At low tide, the boats in the creek rest on the shingle. The orchard in high summer is a haven for picnics, swan feeding and birdwatching.

The garden is wonderful in the spring, the banks and orchards are covered in a non stop breathtaking display from January to April of mature snowdrops, primroses and wild daffodils. We leave the grass long in the summer to enjoy the wild flowers – dark wild aquilegias, oxe eye daisies and scabious self-seed and never fail to lift our spirits for weeks on end.

Views of the river provide year-round, ever changing interest. Sleepy sunny summer days, and long shadows in the autumn, frosty mornings in the winter and early spring, every day is different, and can be enjoyed close up on the riverbank or curled up on the sofa, through the sitting room window. No wonder painters love coming here!

Limited parking space is available. One space is directly outside the gates to the house, a further two / small dinghy trailer can be parked off road in the Spring Garden. A small dinghy (less than 15ft) could be launched (at high tide) from Penpoll. A note of caution; check the tide times and locate the channel within the creek before launching!

         
 Perfect picnic spot in the orchard - click to view larger image   Camelias in the garden - click to view larger image   The creek as it passes through the garden... a favourite dam building spot! - click to view larger image
         
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