Driving in circles around the Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey after an already long journey, my partner and I quickly cursed ourselves for not printing out directions for how to get to Polpier House rather than depending on Google maps.
My 4G had stopped operating and we briefly questioned how we were every going to discover the holiday home we had organized to show 8 friends and 3 preschoolers including our own for the weekend. Gladly, a look upwards from the harbor fixed our navigational problems; Polpier,catering Melbourne it took place, sits grandly on a hill ignoring the town, its crenellated roof a striking sight. As soon as at our destination, we soon found that the views back down the hill from this luxurious, late 19th-century mansion to the harbor and out to sea are even more unmissable.
Polpier, which sleeps 16 adults, has been expensively however tastefully remodeled to provide all mod cons (believe underfloor heating and effective walk-in showers) in addition to Victorian splendor. There are 7 rooms in the main house, consisting of one two-bedroom suite, 2 of which can be set up with twin beds. This being a high-end wedding venue along with a holiday leasing, there is a different honeymoon suite in the premises, complete with terrace ignoring the harbor.
It’s safe to say that nobody in your celebration is most likely to feel short-changed by their sleeping quarters. All the spaces are spacious (some are almost intimidatingly ginormous); all are in suite and come complete with luxurious bedding, towels and toiletries.
Nor is any person likely to feel cramped by day; the home is huge – so huge that there’s a DJ booth total with disco lights in the primary hallway – and offer a huge selection of choices to keep everyone entertained. There’s the snooker space and table tennis; a huge primary kitchen/dining room backed up by a well-equipped catering cooking area; 2 living spaces; 3 wood-burning fires and a number of significant tvs … and all that’s prior to you stroll outside to the tennis court, croquet yard, barbecue, outdoor dining area and, best of all (in warm weather a minimum of), sizeable pool.
A different 10-bed property within the premises, Penpol, can be leased by itself or in conjunction with Polpier. Travel cots (and high chairs) are offered for smaller visitors.
Out and about
There’s not actually a pressing need to leave the grounds while remaining at Polpier, provided the diversions on hand. If you do get itchy feet, however, it’s a five-minute stroll downhill to Mevagissey, with its pretty harbor, little fish tank, model train museum, shops and eating choices.
For larger trips, the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan (heligan.com) are less than three miles away and the Eden Project (eden project.com) is half an hour’s drive. There are a number of beaches nearby, consisting of at Polstreath and Gorran Haven, and in high season (until 1 October), a passenger ferryboat plies the beautiful path from Mevagissey to the harbor town of Fowey (mevagissey-ferries. co.uk). Outdoor pursuits consisting of golf and biking can be quickly set up; there’s a pretty thorough visitor book at Polpier with a lot of details.
Food and drink
Few staples are offered guests arriving at Polpier – it’s basically simply tea bags, coffee and sugar – however that’s easy to overlook that when you re distracted by the massive stack of fresh scones sitting in the middle of the breakfast bar. This being Cornwall, there is naturally clotted cream and jam to go with; a completely indulgent pick-me-up at the end of a long drive.
For those who cannot live by scone alone, there are large supermarkets 15 minutes repel in St Austell, or you can get an online store dropped off beforehand; house cleaner Amanda will unpack it for you. A local independent grocer/deli, Moores, will provide meat, baked products, dairy and deli treats with 24 hours’ notice (01726 843035). On weekdays, in season, Polpier’s garden enthusiasts will help you pick fruit, veg and herbs from your house s own gardens.
Mevagissey is dynamic if little, with several dining establishments and take-away to select from; attempt Salamander (01726 842254) for locally-sourced fare or the Central Caf (01726 843109) for lip-smacking fish and chips to eat in or remove. The majority of the bars also provide food, consisting of the 15th-century Fountain Inn (01726 842320).