The Boathouse in the Heart of Looe

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Description from the owner

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 2

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Sleeps: 2

Type: Cottage

The Boathouse in the Heart of Looe



This romantic, little gem of a cottage, modern and stylish, is located only a few yards from the bustling centre of ancient Looe with its fine beach, busy harbour, boutique shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Boathouse has recently undergone a complete renovation and now provides modern and stylish accommodation for two arranged over two floors with complimentary wireless internet.

On the ground floor is the open plan living area with a stable door, comfy sofa, dining table seating two, a wall mounted 32” HD ready ...Read more

About the owner

Ian D.

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    5.0 / 5.0 based on 37 reviews and 3 properties


The Boathouse in the Heart of Looe
Looe, West Country, England

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Just a three minute walk from The Boathouse and you’ll find yourself on the South West Coast Path, miles of superb, breathtaking coastline. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll with spectacular views or a challenging hike, such as a 13 mile walk to beautiful Rame Head, you’ll find it all here.

The South West Coast Path continues to the west from Hannafore Point in West Looe, taking in more stunning beauty spots such as Talland Bay, Polperro, Lantivet Bay and Lantic Bay. Check our Photo Gallery for pictures from our walks in Dec13/Jan14. Walk to the ancient fishing village of Polruan, approximately 4 hours, stop for well earned Fish & Chips (we’ll send you a link to our Local Tips map!) and take the passenger ferry across the estuary to picturesque Fowey town. You can always take the bus back (check local timetables) to Looe from Polruan Quay!

Looe remains a fishing town, and several fish dealers operate from the docks of East Looe. With its fleet of small fishing boats returning their catches to port daily, Looe has a reputation for producing excellent fresh fish. The town is also a centre for shark fishing, and is the home of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain.

Looe's main business today is tourism, with much of the town given over to hotels, guest houses and holiday homes, along with a large number of pubs, restaurants, and shops selling beach equipment, ice cream and Cornish pasties.

Inland from Looe lie many camping and caravan sites, as well as a famous Woolly monkey sanctuary. Other local attractions include the beaches, sailing, fishing and diving, and spectacular coastal walks (especially that via Talland to Polperro.

Several stately homes, including Port Eliot Estate, Antony House, Cotehele, Mount Edgcumbe, and Lanhydrock House, as well as the Eden Project near St Austell may be visited by tourists who can travel by car.

Outside the busy summer months, the town remains a centre for shopping and entertainment for local villagers. There is a tradition of the townsfolk wearing fancy dress on New Year's Eve, when the streets are thronged with revellers in inventive outfits. Looe has been on the list of the top 10 places in the UK to celebrate New Year.

Looe is being regenerated, like many other ports, to serve as a small cargo port. On the high ground north of East and West Looe there are many modern houses and a recreational area called 'The Downs'.

East Looe centres on its broad sandy beach, with the distinctive Banjo Pier, creation of Joseph Thomas, a new lifeboat station and St Mary's Church. Stretching back from here is a grid of narrow streets forming the main business area of the town, packed with many small shops, restaurants and pubs, and the Old Guildhall, now a museum. Along the estuary lies the quay, with several fish dealers. Towards the bridge lies the Victorian Guildhall, and just north of the bridge the railway station. This is the terminus of the Looe Valley branch line to Liskeard (at Liskeard, the line connects with the main Plymouth to Penzance Great Western Main Line).
On the hilltop above East Looe lies Shutta, and beyond that the Sunrising housing estate and Looe Community School. Along the cliffs to the east is Plaidy Beach, and further on the bay and village of Millendreath with another beach.

West Looe spreads west from the bridge on the Polperro Road towards Sclerder, and along the river south of the bridge, with hotels, restaurants and boarding houses along the waterfront and houses climbing the perilous cliff above, towards a cluster of shops and businesses and the Church of St Nicholas.

Further south along the coast road is Hannafore Point, marking the edge of Looe Harbour, with to the west the wide, stony Hannafore beach, facing across a narrow channel to Looe Island (officially called St. George's Island). Slightly inland is the hamlet of Portlooe. Beyond lies a coastal path leading to the hamlets of Porthallow and Talland, and from there on to Polperro. Two towers mark one end of a nautical measured mile, the other end is marked by two towers near Talland Bay.

New Year's celebration
On New Year's Eve, Looe has a surprisingly large celebration. The small fishing town, usually quiet in winter, due to the largely seasonal economy, is host to an influx of visitors. People flock the streets in their hundreds, wearing fancy dress, a tradition upheld by all ages. The crowds begin the evening in the town and slowly move towards the seafront for a fireworks display, and the announcement of the new year.

There are a wealth of local attractions easily accessible from The Boathouse including; Talland Bay, the picturesque fishing port of Looe Polperro, The Wolly Monkey Sanctuary, the internationally renowned Eden Project, Tate Gallery St Ives, several National Trust properties, including Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Antony House as well as beautifully rugged Bodmin Moor and a variety of beautiful , sandy beaches, bays and hidden coves skirting our stunning Cornish coastline.

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More About This Location

Beach or lakeside relaxation

Getting There

Nearest train station: Looe, 0.5 miles
Nearest airport: Newquay, 33 miles
Nearest ferry port: Plymouth, 23 miles
Car is not necessary



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