Luxury holiday Cottage with hot tub, Lerryn by Fowey, Cornwall

Roselyn Cottage

In the heart of the magical village of Lerryn

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Friday, Saturday & Monday arrival Two well behaved dogs welome Short breaks available
The Retreat

This luxury creekside retreat is set in a sought after village by the picturesque Fowey river and sleeps six. Roselyn Cottage is a historic home, lovingly refurbished and sympathetically modernised to a very high standard to create a charming and comfortable holiday home. It benefits from a Finnish wood-fired hot tub and two kayaks are also included in your rental. Roselyn makes the perfect escape at any time of year for a family or couple.

Weekly stays available with an arrival day of Friday, Saturday or Monday.
Short breaks are available all year round (Friday and Monday arrivals only, 3 night minimum) Please contact the team
here for more information. 

This is a stunningly beautiful part of Cornwall famed for its tranquility. As well as the village of Lerryn itself with its riverside green, excellent pub and café/deli and scenic walks along the riverbank, the location makes a great base to explore South East Cornwall. Visit the Eden Project, the historic eighteenth century harbour of Charlestown featured in Poldark, the sunning beaches of Lantic Bay and Polkerris, Restormel castle, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, historic Lostwithiel and of course the delightful seaside town of Fowey.

Inside Roselyn Cottage

Roselyn is set back from the quiet village road and is approached up the garden path to the front door. This is flanked on either side by an elegant paved terrace, which catches the afternoon sun, and has a café-style table and chairs. You’ll step through traditional half-glazed stable doors into the bright and airy open-plan living area, with a comfy sofa, vintage Ercol easy chairs, a contemporary wood burner and smart TV. Also in this space is a dining table for six and a beautiful hand-crafted kitchen. This has a large central island with granite worktop, a Neff hob and oven, and is generously equipped for keen cooks. Downstairs is also a utility room and WC.

Bedrooms of Lerryn holiday cottage by Forever Cornwall

Upstairs you have three comfortable bedrooms, two of these are doubles which look out over the front garden towards the village — one of them has a lovely en suite bathroom with a walk-in waterfall shower. The third bedroom is a twin. All have excellent deep-sprung mattresses. Upstairs is also a contemporary family bathroom with bath and shower.

The décor throughout is a blend of lovingly curated antique, mid-century vintage, and up-cycled furniture set against a backdrop of original stripped pine floors, subtle paint finishes, and carefully chosen contemporary and heritage fabrics, prints and artworks.

Outside and in the village

The main garden is to the rear of the property and is laid out over three terraces. The centrepiece is the Finnish hot tub, which can accommodate three to five people. It’s fired using natural wood, and the water heats remarkably quickly. The upper terrace of the garden is lawned and has garden seating and a classic barbecue for al fresco dining. Please note that because the garden is terraced this property may be unsuitable for small children. Please contact us if you would like to discuss further.

The location of Roselyn Cottage in the heart of Lerryn means that the little village and all it offers will become very much part of your memorable holiday experience. Within a few paces of your garden gate is the very wonderful Lerryn River Stores which is remarkably well-stocked not only with kitchen essentials but with cheeses, meats, Cornish gins and ales, oven-fresh bakery products, excellent local pasties and fab ice creams. You can also get logs for the hot tub here! Cream teas and other nourishments are served inside and outside of the café and can be enjoyed by the river. Opposite Roselyn is also is the 16th century Ship Inn, a good traditional pub serving hearty food including locally caught fish. The beautiful Lerryn area and riverbanks here are reputed to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.”

Outside Roselyn Cottage in Lerryn, Cornwall

The essence of this area is ‘messing about on the river’, and you will find that your body clock tunes in to the ebb and flow of the tides. Roselyn comes complete with two sit-on kayaks with buoyancy aids and paddles, to help with river exploration. You can also walk along the creek and beside the Fowey River through stunning woodlands to the tiny hamlet of St Winnow, used as a film location in the original screen adaptations of Poldark (in the 1970s!) and home to the legendary Angie’s Kiosk serving farm-reared meats, home-baked cakes and ice creams — it’s well worth the walk there and back (or short drive).

If you tire of the river, the sea is close by. The beaches in this area are non-commercial, and the best one, Lantic Bay, is accessed along the coast path — along the way are stunning views, and truly spectacular landscape. Note there are no lifeguards so enter the sea with due care. Lantic Bay also has the rare benefit of being dog-friendly all year round. Further along the coast you will also find little Lansallos Beach. In contrast, idyllic Polkerris beach, slightly further away and east of Fowey is one of Cornwall’s best and most well-equipped beaches. It offers all manner of watersport activities as well as a café, pub, restaurant and lifestyle shopping. You have two neighbouring towns; the nearby 12th century Stannary town of Lostwithiel will be your go-to for convenience shopping and also has excellent independent retailers, cafés and restaurants. Fowey itself — an essential visit — is best reached via the Bodinnick ferry (you can take a car over or park in Bodinnick and go across as a foot passenger).

Things we love…

We think Roselyn Cottage represents all that’s best about this magical area of Cornwall. It’s steeped in history and the sensitive restoration has brought out the beauty of the stonework and character of the building. Of course, we love the hot tub and it’s rewarding to spend time with loved ones, soaking and conversing, knowing that your moment of luxury is warmed by nature. The spirit of the timeless Fowey River flows through this area; home to Daphne Du Maurier, host to countless sea-birds, and hideaway for pirates, smugglers, artists and lovers. The essence of Roselyn is time slowing down to keep pace with the tides rather than the clock, the antidote to hectic modern living.

A home from home!
Wow, what an amazing week we had here at Roselyn Cottage. Such a gorgeous home and so well equipped. There is nothing that we needed and didn't have whilst we were here! From comfy nights in with a bottle of wine watching a film, to evenings spent in the garden with the barbecue going and drinks and music on. Such a perfect week. The beds are comfy, showers are amazing and the kitchen is amazing, so good for family and friends to be able to cook, socialise or relax all in the same space, it really is a home from home! The Ship Inn is very friendly and the food is lovely and very reasonably priced — recommend spending an evening in there. Chat to the locals and find out all the best spots to visit! There are also stunning walks to do around the river in Lerryn, get exploring!
Holly & family — May 2023

Retreat Features

  • Finnish wood-fired hot tub
  • Two kayaks with buoyancy aids
  • Cosy wood-burner
  • Surrounded by beautiful local walks
  • Excellent village pub serving good food
  • Free parking close-by in village car park
Principle bedroom: double bed with en suite
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Open-plan kitchen, dining
Neff hob and oven
American-style fridge-freezer
Dining area for six
Comfy living area
Cosy wood-burner with wood provided
Free wireless broadband
Family bathroom with bath & shower
En suite with shower
Additional WC by the utility room
Bathroom towels provided
Finnish wood-fired hot tub (initial supply of logs will be provided, any additional logs can be purchased from the local shop)
Tiered garden with large lawn
Barbecue and outdoor dining furniture
Two sit on kayaks with buoyancy aids
Saturday changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Travel cot and high chair available upon request
Garden may be unsuitable for toddlers and small children due to terracing
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome
Washing machine
Tumble drier
Central heating and wood burner (initial supply of logs will be provided, any additional logs can be purchased from the local shop)
Free roadside parking nearby
Limited free car park (50 yards away) and you can unload outside the property


At the head of a tidal creek on the beautiful Fowey river, lies the tiny and ancient village of Lerryn — widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in South Cornwall, and adored by many as a ‘well-kept secret’. The essence of this area is ‘messing about on the river’, and you will find that your body clock tunes in to the ebb and flow of the tides.


Travel times

  • Roselyn is about 4 miles from the nearest mainline station at Lostwithiel. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • The pretty village of Lerryn is 15 miles off the A30. Driving time from London is just over five hours in normal traffic, while Exeter is around two hours away.

Things we love

  • Much of Lerryn is listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and unsurprisingly it attracts a lot of wildlife including kingfishers, herons and egrets
  • Canoe or kayak along the river
  • Explore Ethy Woods and learn all about the village's rich smuggling history
  • Indulge in a decadent cream tea on the village green
  • Recharge your batteries with a relaxing and unforgettable trip with Fowey River and Sea Cruises
  • A short drive away from Polperro and Looe

The Fowey River guide

Fowey River near holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

A haven for sailors

The community in the Fowey River is centred around the water as a way of life, and whatever time of year you visit, you’ll find people ‘messing about in boats’. Whether you prefer a pootle on a pleasure boat or a technical sailing race, we bet you won’t be able to resist the call of the seas. The estuary location creates calmer waters perfectly suited to beginners and cruising craft, but the close proximity to Falmouth in the West and Plymouth in the East means that many boats stop by here on their tours along the South Coast. Schooners, traditional working boats and luggers are a common sight in up and down the river, transporting you back to times gone by.

Every August sailors flood into town for the Fowey Royal Regatta Week: yacht racing, dinghy sailing and gig rowing, as well as crab-catching competitions and plenty of spectator activities, including the stunning firework displays.

Fowey River near holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall


Whether it’s a guided walk of the town you’re after, an escape across clifftop paths, or wandering through quiet woodlands, Fowey has plenty to explore on foot. A popular recommendation is the ‘Hall Walk’ which loops a circular route around both sides of the river, across to Polruan and up the creek to Pont Pill. The National Trust recommended route includes two ferries, which is a wonderful excuse to take a seat and enjoy the scenery for a few minutes!

Literary connections

Inspiring the iconic ‘Manderley’ estate in Rebecca, the Fowey estuary was a favourite haunt of perhaps Cornwall’s most famous novelist, Daphne du Maurier. She lived at Readymoney Cottage during the war before bringing up her own children on the neglected and tumbledown Menabilly Estate (the supposed ‘real Manderley’).

The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature takes place every year in du Maurier’s honour, also celebrating the work of local author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (‘Q’), and Kenneth Graeme’s ‘Wind in the Willows’. Graeme used to visit Fowey and write home to his son – affectionately known as ‘Mouse’ – telling tales of the riverbank and the ‘Wild Wood’ which could just be those found in Lerryn itself. We’ll leave you to make your own judgements on that one, but why not bring your own paper and pen in case you feel creatively inspired? Or just relax and read the classic works in the places they were dreamt up…

Beach near holiday cottages on the Fowey River by Forever Cornwall

Lantic Bay

This gorgeous National Trust beach between Between Fowey and Polperro is dog-friendly all year with sandy shores and turquoise waters on a bright sunny day. It’s a coastal walk and then an exciting scramble down the cliff from the Lantic Bay Car Park (NT), and being a step or two off the beaten track, most people like to stay awhile and make a day of it with a well-prepared picnic. We think there’s something special about being on a beach where so many visitors arrive by sea, and Lantic Bay is no exception.

village near Fowey River holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

Polruan ‘Quay Beach’ and ‘Back Beach’

Probably the closest beaches to Lerryn, these sandy spots either side of the port are also close to local amenities. A couple of pubs, shops and toilets are just a stone’s throw from the beach in Polruan village. (Though in terms of accessibility, there is a steep walk from the nearest car park at St. Saviours unless you come by ferry from Fowey.) The beaches here are safe for swimming, but do check your tides before visiting as the sand disappears almost completely at high water! The beach is a favourite for families but is not dog-friendly due to its small size.

Beach near Fowey River holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall


Polkerris is the beach with a buzz! Privately owned, it hosts events and activities throughout the year; beach yoga, stand-up-paddleboarding, beach cleans and sailing events, to name just a few. Creative workshops are available for both adults and children, with a beach-side shop and gallery as well as the all-important café. Check out their webcam to see what’s happening on the beach right this moment…

Polkerris is dog-friendly only from October-Easter.

Food & Drink

Sam’s in Fowey

“Roguish piracy has always been the unspoken code of conduct” at Sam’s in Fowey, where the exposed brick walls and funky pink and green decor invite you into this welcoming and contemporary space in the middle of town. They know their fish and their local Cornish produce, working these into the carefully curated menu of seafood, salads, steaks and burgers. The newly added bar and lounge upstairs creates a perfect place to relax – traditional cocktails are joined by non-boozy creations such as the ‘Teeny Colada’ for the little people in your party…

And if you’re on the beach at Polkerris, ‘Sam’s On the Beach’ have the additional benefit of a wood-fired pizza oven overlooking St Austell Bay…

pub near Fowey River holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

The Ship Inn

In Lerryn itself is The Ship Inn, with generous portions of locally-sourced food and a dog-friendly bar area ready for woodland walkers. The sixteenth-century building is full of charm and serves up a traditional roast of pork, beef, lamb or chicken every Sunday. Step back in time, and sit down to dinner by candlelight in the main restaurant or eat outside if the weather is fine…

pub near Fowey River holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

The Lugger Inn

Relax, grab a tipple and soak up the atmosphere, the Lugger Inn is an authentic pub great for mingling with locals and tourists alike. It has great views of the Fowey Estuary from every window, has a toasty log burner for the colder months, and boasts a good range of locally sourced food & drink. The fresh seafood is especially a draw, with Fowey estuary mussels on offer — you can’t less food miles than that!

Things to do

Motor or kayak up the river:

Just across the river from Lerryn Creek is Golant, where Encounter Cornwall run guided canoe trips and kayak hire for all ages and abilities. Paddling through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) you’re likely to be joined on your paddle by kingfishers, egrets, herons and perhaps a seal or a dolphin if they’re feeling friendly! If the tide is high, you’ll head upriver, and if it’s low you’ll bob south towards the sea – meaning that paddling is available throughout the day, all year round.

If some (or all) of your party fancy something a little more stable than a SUP or kayak, you can hire a motorboat from Fowey Riverhire. A secure and stable way to explore the river – even dogs are welcome aboard!

Castle near Fowey River holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall

Restormel Castle

This stunning circular ruin is an unusually well preserved ‘shell keep’ from the 13th century; boasting fabulous views across the valley as well as peaking your historical intrigue. Managed by English Heritage, the castle is a favourite for picnics and has a 45-minute walking trail which links to the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery through the picturesque Cornish countryside. Back inside the structure of the ruins you can climb a stone staircase and walk around the inner ward of the old castle walls. It is easy to imagine the royal grandeur of times gone by. The English Civil War saw the remains of the castle occupied by a Parliamentary garrison before being stormed in 1644 by none other than Sir Richard Grenville, a former Fowey MP…

Beach near Fowey River holiday cottages by Forever Cornwall


The privately-owned beach at Polkerris hosts events and activities all year round, from children’s pottery and mosaic making to adult printmaking classes, to stand-up paddleboarding and beach yoga. The shop, gallery and café are well worth a visit and there are kayaks, SUPs, sailing boats and windsurfing kit available to hire as long as the weather allows. Dogs are welcome from October to Easter and you can easily spend a day here walking, paddling, eating and creating to your heart’s content.

Guests Say
  • Very comfortable

    Have spent a marvellous week at Roselyn Cottage! It has very quickly become our 'home from home'. The walks along the north and south banks of the river via St Winnow and St Keys respectively have been fantastic. The village of Lerryn itself is a delight and the close proximity of both the Ship Inn and the village shop make life very comfortable indeed! Roselyn Cottage and garden are very comfortable and thank you very much for the goodies in the fridge — much appreciated. Thank you also to Bronwen for the spotless presentation of the cottage and advice when sought.

    The Perkins — June 2023
  • A home from home!

    Wow, what an amazing week we had here at Roselyn Cottage. Such a gorgeous home and so well equipped. There is nothing that we needed and didn't have whilst we were here! From comfy nights in with a bottle of wine watching a film, to evenings spent in the garden with the barbecue going and drinks and music on. Such a perfect week. The beds are comfy, showers are amazing and the kitchen is amazing, so good for family and friends to be able to cook, socialise or relax all in the same space, it really is a home from home! The Ship Inn is very friendly and the food is lovely and very reasonably priced — recommend spending an evening in there. Chat to the locals and find out all the best spots to visit! There are also stunning walks to do around the river in Lerryn, get exploring!

    Holly & family — May 2023
  • April 2023 — The Agg family
  • Fab week

    Fab week in Roselyn Cottage — weather was stunning, so lucky. Caerhays Estate is beautiful — lots of magnolia in bloom. The shop across the road is great for breakfast — bacon rolls, coffee and super flap jacks. Stock up for your walks! Thank you for a great week.

    The O'Clarks — March 2022
  • Relaxing

    We have had a wonderful relaxing week with glorious weather! Thank you very much for making this lovely home so comfortable and welcoming. The lovely people at the shop and river stores have been so friendly. We will miss our bacon baps in the mornings after the kayak runs! We absolutely loved the incredible Lantic Bay and Polkerris beach. Loved just lazing around in the garden and village. Many thanks again for everything.

    Lesley & Tim — March 2022
  • Super well stocked and equipped

    Had a fabulous week in Roselyn Cottage. Super well stocked and equipped so stayed in and cooked most evenings. As Cornwall regulars, it served as a great base to visit some favourite Cornish villages and beaches. Weather was very kind and allowed us to spend most days out on the beaches and exploring the local walks that exited out from Lerryn. The circular walk to St Winnow was particularly fun but very muddy!

    Lauren & Joe — March 2022
  • Tastefully done up

    Thanks for a wonderful stay! Roselyn has been tastefully done up and is really well-equipped. We grew up in Golant and St Austell respectively, so know the area, but still found some new gems walking on the South and North coasts. We had such superb and unseasonably sunny, mild weather — very lucky! Everyone in The Ship and shop was very friendly and helpful.

    Jules & Julie — January 2022
  • Quaint and lovely

    We truly loved your cottage and this quaint and lovely village. The shop is well stocked and their Cornish pasties are to die for. So yummy. The dogs loved the area, and the many walks close by meant some really beautiful and fun hikes.

    David, Asta, Peter & Louise — New Year 2022
  • Beautiful cottage

    Have been visiting Lerryn for years — lovely to stay in this beautiful cottage. Recently emptied 'nest', so just the two of us now — but here to celebrate 30th wedding anniversary! Lovely walks either side of river (the south side a little more adventurous!). Visited an old friend in Polruan and took the ferry over to Fowey. There is a Tarquin's gin shop for those who are fond. Thank you for a lovely week.

    Mark & Heather — November 2021
  • Cosy and well-equipped

    We swam at Lantic Bay and Lansallos — beautiful. We loved walking on the South and North side of the river, listening to the jays and spotting egrets, kingfishers and grey wagtails. The house was cosy and well-equipped. Kayak trips felt safe and easy two hours either side of high tide. Tide timetable available at the shop and essential to have.

    The Balls — November 2021
  • Feeling relaxed

    We have had the most fantastic stay in this beautiful, well equipped cottage. We visited somewhere different each day. Charlestown is lovely and Carlyon beach is gorgeous. We had the best weather too. Sad to go home but feeling relaxed. Big thank you, until next time.

    Gary, Paula & Rafa — October 2021
  • A perfect escape

    Another fabulous week in Lerryn! Cottage is as comfortable as ever, and a perfect escape. Location and views are hard to beat. We enjoyed two beach trips to Lantic Bay and Lansallos —both stunning. We'll be back!

    The Salva family — September 2021
  • Wonderful cottage

    What a fantastic week we have had in this wonderful cottage. Really well equipped — very comfortable beds and in a lovely peaceful location. Enjoyed using the hot tub as well as kayaking along the river. The shop was great for stocking up on provisions, and sells amazing pasties and sausage rolls! Hope to return again in the future.

    The Reeves — August 2021
  • Fantastic spot

    What a fantastic spot! Cottage was perfect — enjoyed the hot tub and BBQ. It was great using the kayaks at high tide too.

    The Wardles — July 2021
  • Memories with our daughters that we will never forget

    What a lovely week we have had here in this beautiful home. We have made memories with our daughters that we will never forget. Our favourite beaches were Polkerris and Fowey. Thank you for sharing your home.

    The Goughs — June 2021
  • Just wonderful!

    Just wonderful! Roselyn Cottage ticked all our boxes...and more! So comfortable — a real home from home with the added luxury of the hot tub and kayaks. We went on the river every day. Lantic Bay was paradise, as was rock pooling at Lantivet Bay. We got the foot ferry to Fowey for the best Cornish pasties. We were very lucky with the most amazing sunshine and ate outside as well as enjoying the local pub. Ice cream from the village store is the best. What a wonderful week. Hope to be back one day.

    The Rice family — June 2021
  • Beautiful home

    We have loved every moment in your beautiful home. Everything worked perfectly and was squeaky clean. We enjoyed the hot tub and appreciated the many touches around the house. Thank you so much.

    The Lavers — May 2021
  • Idyllic location

    A fantastic week in a beautiful house, idyllic location. We loved the kayaks and hot tub! Plenty to do — didn't get time to do it all in a week. We'd love to come again next year.

    Jason, Catherine, Winnie & Rupert — August 2019
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