Visit Polperro: Places to stay, things to do

Sat in your office dreaming about the weekend? Then let Countryfile Magazine provide you with a rural retreat for next weekend. Nick Peers heads to a smugglers' paradise in Cornwall


Why go there?
This is the archetypal Cornish fishing village, perched on a steep coastline dotted with quaint cottages and traversed via narrow streets and winding alleys. The centrepiece is the village harbour, from where you can take boat trips and go shark fishing, or enjoy the scenery from one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants.
Those with more energy should take advantage of the South West Coastal Path, affording the visitor beautiful scenic walks along the coast, which runs through Polperro.


Where to stay
The Claremont Hotel is ideally situated, just three minutes walk from the village centre. It has 12 ensuite bedrooms available over three floors, and includes a full English breakfast in the price. Prices vary according to the room you pick – one single is available for £30/night, and doubles range from £54-74 per night. Free parking is available at the hotel.

Where to eat
Nelsons Restaurant can be found in the heart of the village, 150 metres from the harbour. It boasts an extensive menu, made up of produce sourced locally, including a fresh selection of seafood. And if you can’t face a full menu, pop downstairs to the Captain Nemo bar and bistro. Booking essential.


Tell us a local secret
Polperro earned notoriety in the 18th and 19th centuries for being the place where goods such as tea, gin and brandy were smuggled from Guernsey in order to avoid paying high duties charged while Britain was at war.