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Cocooned by large Monterey pines and overlooking the open sea, Raffia enjoys a sheltered cliffside position above the quaint cove of Polperro on the south east Cornwall coast. This luxury self-catering beach house is blissfully unplugged, with no distractions from the vast sea views. Accessed via quad bike or footpath, Raffia invites guests to escape the everyday and experience the luxury life a little off grid.

Luxury self-catering beach house overlooking Polperro, Cornwall


Approached via a steep, zigzagging path which tumbles down the cliff at Polperro in south east Cornwall, this luxury self-catering retreat embodies escapism. The unique dwelling started life as an army hut from nearby Whitsand Bay. Years later the plot was cleared and Raffia was built onto the cliff at Polperro using a zip-wire lift to lower every last joist, rafter and panel. A beachy, Scandinavian style creates a relaxed interior, framed by floor-to-ceiling glass which leads to a wooden deck overlooking the glistening ocean below. Raffia enjoys no distractions from the important things in life; allowing guests to embrace the luxuries of nature, space and time in the company of loved ones. 

Bedrooms and Bathrooms 

Raffia's front door leads to the first floor gallery, on which sits the twin bedroom and king-size bedroom with en suite bathroom, plus a family bathroom with bath and overhead shower. Each bedroom is large and luxurious, with floor to ceiling windows and washed oak floors affording a cabin feel. The ground floor features one king-size bedroom with en suite shower room, opening out onto the open-plan living space.


The house is set above Polperro harbour; a quaint fishing village with a lost-in-time appeal one can't help but fall in love with. Walk from the house along the coast path to discover the warren of narrow alleyways, cottages and boat houses that combine to make this old smuggler's hideout so quintessentially Cornish. Whether swimming in the shallows of the harbour or exploring the popular towns of Looe and Fowey nearby, there's myth and magic hidden around every corner.

For Relaxation

With no television (though there is a projector screen for family film nights), guests can while away time reading, painting or simply hanging in the swing chair listening to the radio whilst the ocean glistens away alongside. There's wool blankets for wrapping up on the deck on cooler days, and the woodburner hurls out warmth for guests staying during the crisp, Cornish wintertime. The lack of buzzing technologies and clever merging of indoor-outdoor space gives an authentic 'retreat' vibe, where relaxation reigns.


There are three parking spaces at the top of the cliff and a steep zigzag path leads down to the property, so please note that the access may not be convenient for those with limited mobility; backpacks and trainers will be more suitable than cases and heels! Guests can also contact the regular quad bike taxis in Polperro, who are more than happy to ferry luggage and passengers up the cliff directly to the house. The kitchen benefits from an electric oven with gas hob, a large fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher.


  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
  • Alternative Group OptionsUp to 2 or Up to 4 guests
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  • BedroomsDoubles: Two double en suite bedroomsTwins: One twin bedroom
  • BathroomsFirst floor family bathroom with bath and overhead shower and one en suite bathroom with overhead shower and one en suite shower room (ground floor)
  • FamilyChildren: Babe-in-arms and children over four are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQCharcoal barbecue
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    There is a charge of £60.00 per week or part thereof for your pet to stay
  • Mod ConsProjector screen for DVD´sInternet & Communications:WiFi internet via a dongle due to the locationMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Eco-friendlyThere is underfloor heating throughout, powered by an air source heat pump and a solar panel
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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Style: With strong Scandinavian influences, this coastal retreat has a clean, pared-back aesthetic. The chosen style embodies a lifestyle that is all about kicking back and living at one with nature.

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Our Take

Property Owner Martin says

The property is located on a steep cliff and set within large Monterey pines and and numerous ever changing flowers that give the property a secluded feel. You are though only a short walk from the village. The view is mesmerising and every room has floor to ceiling French doors or windows.

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Unique Extras

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The open plan kitchen-dining area looks out over the ocean, meaning cooking should be a long and loving affair. Cornwall's clean seas and fertile land produce some of the freshest food you'll find anywhere in the UK. Polperro News in the village has all the essential supplies and you'll find a good farm shop, fish mongers and bakery in Looe (as well as that all-important Cornish pasty shop!).

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your partner (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

Just a short stroll into the village will take you to House on the Props, serving delicious homemade cakes and crab sandwiches. The Blue Peter Inn is your nearest pub (charmingly authentic and with live music on some evenings) whilst The Old Sail Loft in Looe offers a more sophisticated menu, reputed to be a former haunt for smugglers of the 16 century! 

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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