How to get there

📍 Boatman’s Steps, 24 West Street, Polruan, Cornwall, PL23 1PJ Google Maps

The roads in Cornwall are narrow and some are better than others. If you are coming from the East, about 15 minutes away from Polruan, Google Maps will advise you to take the right-hand turning via Pont. We advise that you DO NOT do this, it is better to follow the signs for Polruan. Although Google Maps directions think it is quicker, the road is very narrow with few passing places. It is better to follow the road signs.

Where to park

Polruan is a very old fishing village, and it’s not designed for modern cars. We think this is part of its charm as it makes for exciting winding paths and lovely walks, but it also means arriving needs some planning, as you cannot drive to the door of Boatman’s Steps.

We recommend you park your car in the St Saviours Hill Car Park which is 250m up the hill from the house. We will provide free parking for one car, which we will arrange with you directly ahead of your stay. For additional vehicles, it is £30 per week which you can pay directly to the car park attendant or using the machine. You can find a link to the Google Map here. You can either unload your bags at the bottom of Fore Street or walk down with your bags.


Check-in is from 6 pm. Regrettably, it is difficult to offer early check-in but please get in touch if and we will do our best to accommodate if we can.

What's at the house?

We provide all the essentials you'll need for a comfortable holiday. Including; linens, towels (beach and bath), hand and body wash, dishwashing tablets, and loo roll. 

The kitchen is well stocked with crockery and utensils, and you will find olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh ground coffee, tea bags, sugar, salt and pepper are provided. 

There are lots of board games, puzzles and books, as well as internet-connected TV for any rainy days. 


Small/Medium sized, well-behaved dogs are welcome for an additional fee but please note our dog policy. 

The best place to walk your dog in the village is near the St Saviours Hill Car Park. There is a fenced field where you can let your dog off the lead safely.

Unfortunately, the two beaches in Polruan do not allow dogs. However Lantic Bay allows dogs all year around

Children and Babies

There is a travel cot, high chair, non-slip bath mat, changing mat and the attic room has a blackout blind, but please note there is no stair gate at present. 

Beach Access

The steps to the beach are private and shared with our two neighbours. There is a gate at the bottom and a 2m drop to the beach. There is an aluminium ladder in the courtyard that you can take down to gain access, please be very careful if you want to go to the beach this way. You can also walk around via the Quay which only takes a few minutes. 

What to bring

Paddleboards and Kayaks (or rent them), Fishing Rods, Swimming Clothes, Suncream, and Warm Clothes.

Internet and Phone Reception

The internet is fibre broadband with download speeds of 55mb and upload of 18mb. There is good mobile phone reception on all the major networks.

Supermarket Delivery

Most major supermarkets will deliver to Boatman's Steps and they should be familiar with the accessibility issues. Usually, they will park at the bottom of Fore Street and bring the delivery to the door on a trolley. 


Regrettably, Boatman's Steps is not wheelchair accessible.