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Cottage with river views in Lerryn, Fowey

Trewel Cottage

A romantic, modern cottage by the creekside in Lerryn

Sleeps up to 4 in 2 bedrooms (+cot) Friday arrival One well behaved dog welcome
The Retreat

Set in the tranquil village of Lerryn near the River Fowey, Trewel Cottage offers up to four guests a peaceful break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With contemporary interiors and ever-changing river views from the sunny terrace, it’s the perfect retreat for relaxed, romantic creekside living.

For every stay that takes place between May and September, the owners of Trewel Cottage are donating £100 to Lerryn School, who are fundraising in a desperate bid to employ a second teacher to keep the school open; which is such a vital part of the local community. 


Hidden up a quiet lane moments from the creek, Trewel Cottage is in an elevated position looking out over the river Lerryn in the heart of the village. There’s a calming, contemporary palette of blues and greys and thoughtful touches throughout the single-storey, dog-friendly retreat. Entering the cottage you’ll find yourself drawn into the modern kitchen with smart dark blue units, breakfast bar and dining area by the big windows; even on the days you can’t dine outdoors you’ll still be able to enjoy the view. Leading on from the dining room, the lovely principal bedroom has a king-sized bed, plenty of hanging space and river glimpses from the window to enjoy from the comfort of your bed. Heading back through to the other side of the cottage you’ll find bedroom two, with a comfortable double bed and single bunk overhead which is ideal for two adults. The main bathroom has a step-in shower, and then to the heart of the home, the living room. This light-flooded room has a smart TV, wood burner and plenty of books and games — it’s the perfect spot to retreat to after a day’s kayaking along the river, exploring the fabulous coastline, or wandering creekside footpaths; the small conservatory at one end opens out onto the patio for inside-outside living.

Outside and in the village

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Trewel Cottage has a sprawling patio and terrace that wraps around two sides of the cottage giving you plenty of privacy; it’s the ideal space for outdoor dining or for simply taking in the gorgeous views from the comfortable rattan sofas. The west-facing terrace catches the sun all day until it sets over the river — perfect for summer sundowners. The picturesque village of Lerryn is right on your doorstep. Within a few paces of your garden gate you’ll find the historic Ship Inn with its restaurant and beer garden, as well as the amazing little Lerryn River Stores, your local shop/café/deli. It’s brilliantly well-stocked for all the kitchen essentials as well as local produce, such as cheeses, meats, Cornish gins and ales, oven-fresh bread, and pasties and ice creams.

For those who love messing about on the river, the Fowey Estuary itself is the biggest draw. You will find yourself tuning in to the ebb and flow of the tides as the stresses of the 9 to 5 fade away. The landscape is reputed to have inspired Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, and it’s easy to see why. You can walk along the creek though stunning woodlands to the tiny hamlet of St Winnow, used as a film location in the original screen adaptations of Poldark. You can find Angie’s Kiosk serving farm-reared bacon rolls, home-baked cakes and local ice creams, as well as the surprising St Winnow Barton Farm Museum — it’s well worth the walk there and back (allow three hours of more at a gentle pace and lingering stop-over).

This may be one of Cornwall’s quiet, creekside spots, but the sea is close by too. The sandy shores and turquoise waters of Lantic Bay are truly spectacular and only six miles away (or a beautiful 2.5-hour walk). Further along the coast you can drop down to another little gem, Lansallos, a quiet, sheltered cove (and possibly our favourite), complete with refreshing waterfall. Both beaches are dog-friendly year-round (although families should note that there are no lifeguards at either of these). If you want a beach with all the frills, head a little further east to idyllic Polkerris beach — one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches — with watersports lessons and hire, plus café, pub, restaurant, and shops on the waterfront. Near Lerryn, the 12th-century stannary town of Lostwithiel will be your go-to hub with independent shops and places to eat.

Things we love

Trewel is the pride and joy of its owners. It has been lovingly — and very thoughtfully — renovated it to make it a comfortable year-round retreat. Lerryn is a perfect place to escape and unwind — here on Cornwall’s wooded and sheltered south coast it’s all about exploring the creeks and coastline. A perfect week here would have to include a day looking around Lostwithiel’s great little independent shops and cafés and visiting remarkable Restormel Castle. Another day trip is Fowey itself — an essential visit — and best reached via the Bodinnick ferry (you can take a car over or park in Bodinnick and go across as a foot passenger), just as Daphne du Maurier would have done from her home in Bodinnick. Then perhaps get on the water yourself by kayak, SUP, self-drive boat hire or sea safari (there are plenty of options locally), or go for a wild swim at Lansallos or one of the other local beaches near Fowey. However, possibly our favourite thing to do here is to change gear entirely… enjoy company of loved ones, pull on your walking shoes and amble over the creek’s stepping stones and just follow the path. Return later to the best ice-cream at the Stores, pick up something delicious to eat and drink,  and then it’s back home to Trewel to light the fire and settle into your own little slice of creekside heaven.

A true jewel!
We've not just been lucky with the weather but also to have discovered this little gem of a cottage. It's so beautifully decorated and furnished it has a special ambience of both comfort and relaxation, with many additional extras that are both thoughtful and welcoming. It has possibly the best little terrace in the village to enjoy the estuary and the sunset and for a moment, to rediscover what it means to be still, to just be us again. We've loved staying here, it's been such a memorable week. Thank you for making Trewel Cottage a true jewel!
The Wilkes — April 2022

Retreat Features

  • Views of Lerryn river
  • In the heart of the tranquil Lerryn village
  • A short drive to Lantic Bay beach
  • A cosy woodburner
  • Private garden with beautiful views
  • Stylish modern interiors
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: double bed and single cabin bunk above

All bed linen and bath towels provided
Nespresso Krups coffee machine
Breakfast bar
Sonos speaker
Dining area and seating for six
Smart TV, wood burner and plenty of books and games
Small conservatory opening out onto patio
Family bathroom with Step-in shower
Private patio and terrace wrapping around the cottage
Outside dining area
Private parking for one car
Free roadside parking nearby
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
Please note the cot is a tight fit in the double room, especially if occupancy is at maximum. Please enquire for more details if required
One well behaved dog welcome
Essential cleaning items
Electric heating
Friday changeovers
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am
Single floor property
Contact us for more accessibility information


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

  • Trewel Cottage 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

  • Canoe or kayak along the river
  • 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
  • Explore Ethy Woods and learn all about the village's rich smuggling history
  • Indulge in a decadent cream tea on the village green

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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!

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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
  • Fantastic week

    We have had a fantastic week here, the cottage provided us with all we needed. We had lots of lovely walks by the river, Par and Polkerris. We look forward to coming back next year!

    The Chandlers — October 2022
  • Wonderful cottage

    Wonderful cottage with beautiful views. Fab walks either side of the river. Duchy tea room is definitely worth a visit. Really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back.

    Alei & Mike — October 2022
  • What a gem

    What a gem of a cottage - so peaceful and relaxing. Great walks either side of the river, cream tea on the green which also does the best pasties. Have loved staying here. Thank you so much.

    Teri, Mick & Bo — September 2022
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

    Had a great time at the cottage. Multiple good days out at Charlestown harbour, Bodmin jail, Polkerris beach, walk from Talland Bay to Polperro and walks beside Lerryn river. All in all, a lovely cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

    Sarah, Chris & Luis — September 2022
  • The Webbs — July 2022
  • Fits our dream perfectly

    We have enjoyed our stay at Trewel Cottage. It has always been our dream to find a place which is near a river, where we can paddle on our kayaks. This cottage fits our dream perfectly. We loved Lansallos beach for a swim. There is a national trust car park in the village and the walk down is beautiful. The south west coast path can also be accessed from here and is equidistant from Polruan and Polperro.

    Suzanne & Dave — June 2022
  • Gentle and slow

    What a wonderful week we have had at Trewel Cottage! We have loved staying here; Arlo especially loved the bunk bed. Trewel has been a real home from home, from where we have explored Fowey, Polperro, The Eden Project, St Mawes and Falmouth. Life on the estuary has been gentle and slow and we have loved it. We would love to come back and we're already planning our next visit to lovely Lerryn. Thank you so much!

    Ashley & Family – May 2022
  • A true jewel!

    We've not just been lucky with the weather but also to have discovered this little gem of a cottage. It's so beautifully decorated and furnished it has a special ambience of both comfort and relaxation, with many additional extras that are both thoughtful and welcoming. We've had a magical week here - walking, visiting harbours, beaches and National Trust houses. This is such a wonderful location with so much to do and see, but above all it offers such peace and tranquility. It has possibly the best little terrace in the village to enjoy the estuary and the sunset and for a moment, to rediscover what it means to be still, to just be us again. We've loved staying here, it's been such a memorable week. Thank you to Rich and Vicki for making Trewel Cottage a true jewel!

    The Wilkes — April 2022
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