With so many holiday properties to hire online, it may seem overly indulgent to be reviewing just one, but Polpier is no ordinary rental. This regal coastal pile has eight super-king bedrooms, its own DJ booth and disco floor, outdoor heated pool, clay tennis court, open log fires, roll top baths, mesmeric Cornish views and a fruit garden where you can pick your chosen berries for breakfast.
It’s kitsch and chic in equal measure and as staycations go, you won’t want to be anywhere else.
Throw open the doors, chill out on the numerous terraces, enjoy panoramic views of charming Mevagissey harbour aaaand relax. We visited in January and fell in love with the place, so one can only guess at how swoonful this spot is in the summer.
Polpier, designed in 1892 by Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail, was renovated by its current owners a few years ago and while it is packed to its tall ceilings with mod-cons and luxuries, the house retains its Cornish character, from the locally sourced toiletries to the plate of freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream that awaits every guest arrival.
The house (if you can call it that) sits majestically, on the hill above Mevagissey on the Cornwall’s southern coast. Everything from the curtains to the kitchenware is of the highest quality… Le Creuset dishes, Spode tableware, White Company throws, and the décor is an enviable mix of Breton stripe and coastal blues and creams mixed with the odd slick of thick-cut granite work surface, slate walk-in shower or solid oak table top.
This is a holiday rental (nay, a humungous soiree-cum-party house) where the owner has ever-so-wisely gone with the no-expense-spared options. Bose systems are located throughout, roaring fireplaces are contemporary and glass-fronted, while the snooker room and huge lounge have cloud-comfy sofas to flake out on.
The showstopper is the DJ booth, complete with a library of cool, classic vinyl, from Bowie to The Doors, a disco ball and lights. Now tell me a dinner party for 16 that wouldn’t like to indulge…
If it’s coastal relaxation you’re looking for, however, then Polpier delivers this above all else. Huge picture windows line the seaward side of the building, ensuring that wherever you are in the house, you are treated to magical views of the rich green hills rambling down to the inky blue sea. It truly is a soul-soothing type of place.
Wingbacks are positioned next to huge seaview windows, inviting guests to sit back and enjoy the view. Although, with two acres to explore your clan will no doubt be enjoying the sea air, immaculate gardens and a Pimms-perfect pool and BBQ area in no time.
There are tiered areas of the lawn to escape with a book to and just as with inside, you have commanding view of the hills, the harbour and the coast from every corner of the estate. Quite spectacular.
Trundle down a path and you’ll find the clutch of fruit trees and thriving greenhouse – on arrival you’ll be told what is in season and to help yourself.
A few feet from the main house is the romantic honeymoon suite – a self-contained one-bedroom cottage with a beautiful terrace and a perfect pick for guests or grandparents who want a little more privacy.
At the back of the house (and elevated so you can also enjoy those sea views once again) guests will discover a tennis court for some Wimbledon-esque fun.
Group getaways, family birthdays, summer staycations; the number of people renting holiday homes year-round is on the up and Cornwall is one of the most popular UK holiday destinations. Depending on the season, a two-night midweek break at Polpier can cost £110 a head, which can’t really be bemoaned when you get a castle in return!
The coastal enclave of Mevagissey doesn’t disappoint either. It has proper, low-beam Cornish pubs, pasty shops and tea shops and a brisk hike across the hills will take you to one of many beaches in the area.
So, just another big house? Well yes in stature but this rental is perfect for whatever lounging or partying you want to do. It’s not often you find yourself emailing the housekeeper to ask what brand of duvet they use or where to find the heavenly scented bath oils, but it was my attempt at taking some of Polpier home with me.
As families grow (and age), annual gatherings with friends or family become more special, it’s places like Polpier that offer something unique along with all the space, Agas, wood burners and Pimms you need.
A 30-minute drive away, the bustling port of Fowey has shops, boutiques and galleries. Visit the Old Quay House right on the waterfront for lunch or dinner.
Dogs are welcome at Polpier and a dog basket and bowls are provided.
Hit the surf at one of the local surf schools. Paddle boarding and kayaks can also be rented nearby.