Corner Cottage - Information

Corner Cottage House Details


Our house is very special to us and you are welcome to be using it. However, we would request that you take every care of the house and the things in it so that we can keep it looking nice for ourselves and our other guests.

Please sign our visitors’ book before leaving and report any problems immediately to me (contact details).

We do not allow pets or smoking in our house. We appreciate your co-operation.

Enjoy your stay.


The main bedroom has a king-size bed, bedroom 2 has a standard double bed and the third bedroom has two single beds. In the attic the small room at the front of the house has one standard sized single bed and the main room has two single beds. All beds have duvets and pillows and we provide all bed linen. Winter and summer weight duvets are provided for all beds.

Laundry is processed for us by our agents and returned in a black bag, which you should find in the hall or in the cupboard under the stairs. If you need bedding or towels help yourself from this bag and if you require any more, all the remaining bed linen and towels are kept in the cupboard in the attic room organised in labelled laundry bags. If the beds are not made when you arrive please help yourself from these bags.

The twin room has a special bed which was used by Sue. It needs a special sheet as it is longer than a standard single bed. The sheets are available in the attic cupboard. Please make sure that children do not play on the bed.

The main room in the attic opens directly to the stairs which are steep and narrow. Consequently, this room would not be suitable for young children unless a stair gate is used. Whatever the room is used for, please take great care with the stairs as they are steep and quite awkward. Coming down them backwards is recommended.


The kitchen on the first floor offers comprehensive facilities for catering and sufficient seating for 6 to 8 to eat. The kitchen includes an oven, 4-ring hob, microwave oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. Washing and drying facilities and a large fridge/freezer are also available in the basement.

On the wall next to the door you will find controls for the hot water. On the left is a timer that controls the main immersion heater and the right-hand switch is for the secondary immersion heater. Please see details below on how to use.

Refuse and Recycling Collection

Cornwall Council has a comprehensive re-cycling and refuse collection service, but due to the limited access in the village and the hazard from the seagulls, we have to cooperate with the bin-men.

Refuse Collection

Refuse should be placed in strong black sacks and placed in the wheelie bin (marked “CORNER COTTAGE”) at the rear of the house in the small curtilage. You may find some black sacks which we have left under the sink, and which are suitable for the kitchen bin, but otherwise please obtain them from the Polruan shop. Please wrap carefully any food in the bins. The bins will be emptied on Monday mornings.

Always place refuse in black sacks and please do not put any loose rubbish or recycling, such as bottles and newspapers in the dustbin, as the bin men will not take it. Do not leave black bags out as the seagulls will tear them apart and make a huge mess.


Bags should be found in the basement for recycling. One is for paper, one for bottles, one for cardboard and one for plastic bottles and metal cans. Please place the recycling in these bags and leave them out on the relevant Monday morning. Recycling is collected fortnightly and there should be a printed timetable of collections on the notice board in the kitchen. Otherwise, consult the Cornwall Council web site for dates.

If you are leaving the house before the recycling collection day, please leave the bags in the basement, not by the dustbins. If you are in the house, please put out any bags that are already in the basement on collection day.

Living Room

Seating for 8 or so and dining for up to 10 people. There is a TV and a Blu Ray DVD player as well as a Sky Q Box. The TV has internet connection and supports catch up TV and downloads from various services and the Sky Q Box can record programmes. The stereo is also available for CDs, and the radio (both DAB and FM) and iPod. The HiFi has a small Bluetooth adapter connected to the AUX input. Just press the button on the top for a while until the light comes on and you can connect any BT device (BT ID BT4807).

The electric fire has controls under the flap at the front. Ensure the fire is plugged directly into the wall outlet and not the extension lead.

Wireless Broadband

Wireless broadband internet connection is available. To set up the wireless link you need to connect to SSID: CornerCottage using key: CCPolruan. Remember key and password are case sensitive.


The basement can be used for storage and some games. There is a utility area with a washing machine and a tumble drier. The utility area also has a drying line which is secured to the two hooks on the far wall and locked using the handle on the side of the unit. The electric fan should be used when drying in the utility area. There is also a dehumidifier in the cupboard which helps drying. There is a dryer/airer kept in the basement cupboard. Please return it if you use it.

There is a pool/snooker table, dart board and table football. We provide darts, but please take care. Please do not lose the snooker balls or the table footballs.

We also provide a large fridge/freezer which can be used when larger groups are staying and the kitchen fridge is too small.

The main water stop cock is under the sink in the basement.

main water stop cock situated under the sink in the basement
Location of the stop cock under the sink


electrical cupboard with fuses etc.
Location of the circuit breakers

The electricity switches and circuit breakers are situated in the cupboard just inside the door to the basement. These circuit breakers are quite sensitive and will trip quite easily. They can be reset by switching up the tripped switch. If the electrical problem persists the switch will not stay in the up position. Please contact me immediately if such a problem occurs.

Hot Water and the Heated Towel Rail

Heating in the downstairs shower room is provided by the heated towel rail. It has a controller to set the heat level at the bottom left corner and the timer controller outside the door is set to turn on during the night to provide a warm room and dry towels in the morning. When you arrive you may need to turn the controller at the bottom left hand of the towel rail to full to switch it on. When leaving you can turn it back to zero.

Hot water is provided by an immersion heater on a similar timer controller in the kitchen.


You need do nothing with the timer other than to switch it on when you arrive and off when you leave.

The ADVANCE button cycles through 4 states: NORMAL PROGRAMME - ADVANCE ie OFF to ON or ON to OFF - ON OVERRIDE, ie switched ON regardless of the programme - OFF OVERRIDE ie switched OFF regardless of the programme - back to NORMAL PROGRAMME ie as programmed. When you arrive, press ADVANCE once to switch it to the ADVANCE state and when leaving you need to press ADVANCE three times to get it to the OFF OVERRIDE state.

If the programming becomes reset

If the time becomes reset press the TIME button for about 3 seconds and the year will show. Increase with the OVERRIDE button and decrease with the BOOST button. Press TIME to move to months and repeat until the day, hour and minutes are set.

For the hot water timer/controller. If the programme is corrupted press PROGRAMME for 3 seconds or so and the days of the week should show. Press PROGRAMME again and the first of four programme times will display. Set this to 06:00 using the OVERRIDE and BOOST buttons then press PROGRAMME again to move to the switch off time and set this to 10:00. Press PROGRAMME again and it will go to the next programmed time and set this to switch on at 18:00 and off at 20:00. Then press PROGRAMME again until you have cycled through the four programmes. Do not set programmes 3 or 4 to anything.

For the heated towel rail programme just one on and one off time to 02:00 and 10:00 respectively


The house is heated with electrc radiators that can all be individually controlled at the radiator or via an app running on a smartphone. You can download the iVista app from the app store and when you have installed it you can log in to control the heating. The username is my email address: and the password is CornerCottage. It will give you access and control of all the radiators individually and you can set the temperature you require on each. Go to the My devices list and set each radiator. You should use the COMFORT setting and adjust the temperature as required using the +/- symbols. If you do have a baby with you there is an option that will ensure the surface temperature of the radiator will not burn. If you wish you can set a programme for timed on/off. You can also override the setting at the radiator.

When you leave I can reset the heating as required. Do not switch the radiators off. If you do not need them just turn the temperature down.


The phone number is 01726 870053.


The doors have door closers for building regulations reasons. We provide door wedges to keep them open as required but please ensure the doors are closed at night.

Smoke alarms are fitted on the ground, first and attic floors. They are mains powered with battery back-up. If they beep, please replace the battery. Do not remove the battery. A fire blanket is provided in the kitchen. Fire extinguishers are sited:

Bathrooms/Shower Rooms

The bathroom on the first floor has an electric shower which is switched on by the switch on the ceiling by the door. The shower room on the ground floor has a power shower using the hot water. The pump is switched by the switch outside next to the towel rail timer, but the shower will operate with it switched off if you prefer lower water pressure.

The shower in the basement also works from the hot water. The shower door does not close well and tends to leak. Please make sure it is firmly closed, especially at the bottom. Useful for showering the dog after a muddy walk though!

Important Rules

We should be grateful if guests would help us by following these guidelines:

Local Information

The Cornwall Council web site provides a lot of useful information regarding the local area.

The Polruan web site is very useful.

Contact details

I can be contacted: Tel: 01223 977326 Mob: 07770 902001 Email:


The following manuals are available for various appliances in the house