Lerryn and the Surrounding Area
The village itself is a vibrant community, tucked off the tourist track on the upper reaches of the beautiful Fowey estuary and Lerryn river, said to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows.
Life ebbs and flows with the tide and the seasons; long summer and autumn evenings spent on the village green watching the sun sink into the river. Winter and spring is more quiet and placid, but no less attractive. Wood smoke from the cottages drifts across the valley and frost settles on the ancient woodland lining the riverbanks. If you are lucky enough to arrive during one of the many village parties or festivals during the busy social calendar, prepare to sample some of the local cider and warm hospitality.
The village boasts its own wonderful shop and Post Office, full of local produce and the usual essentials. The quiet village pub is the hub of the village, and is only 100 yards from the cottage. It’s the true centre of the village, with not a hint of pretension. Instead, it’s full of wonderful characters, superb local beers and locally sourced food cooked with honesty and care.
With miles of river to explore by boat or kayak and some of the best ‘secret beaches’ and prettiest towns in Cornwall, there’s something for everyone!
A 15 minute drive away is the harbour side port of Fowey, which can be reached via the Boddinnick or Polruan ferries. A perfect mix of working harbour and quaint seaside shops and galleries, Fowey is an undoubted highlight of the southern Cornwall coast
Within 30 minutes drive is the Eden Project, a stunning biological park with huge bio-domes converted from a quarry, and complete with a heady mix of adrenaline-pumping action for the teenagers, adventure for the kids, and interest and delight for the adults.
Tucked away in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Fowey is Polkeris Beach, which combines an idyllic sandy cove with water sports facilities. Whether you want to build sandcastles, fish for crabs off the breakwater or fancy something more energetic like a swim or kayak, this is a great place to relax and have fun. The old lifeboat house is now home to Sam’s on the Beach, where the wine and seafood are fabulous.
A 15 minute drive is the picturesque fishing village of Polperro, where pretty fishermans’ cottages cling to the hillsides around a small harbour. It’s winding narrow streets are home to many shops, galleries and tearooms.
Looe is still very much a busy working town, with its bustling streets, fishing fleet and harbourside fishmongers. It has a wide sandy beach, and excellent restaurants tucked away in the narrow backstreets.
Once a major Cornish town, Lostwithiel has a number of excellent antique shops, attractive short walks along the river, and a variety of very good restaurants to suite most tastes and budgets. There is also the nearest small supermarket to Lerryn, an excellent delicatessen and the local fish and chip shop.
Talland Bay is a small and quiet beach midway between Polperro and Looe. It’s great for children, due to the many rock pools and natural tidal pools to swim in, and when the tide is out, a sandy beach. When you are ready for lunch grab a table or beach hut at the newly renovated Talland Bay Cafe, where they serve sandwiches, pasties and cakes all freshly prepared.
Not just for sunny days, this is one of our favourite places to go to on cold days and cosy up in a beach hut with a hot chocolate and a blanket.