The beautiful little Cornish fishing town of Looe is actually two towns - West Looe and East Looe, either side of the River Looe. The two Looes have been joined by a bridge since the 15th century. East Looe is Cornwall's second largest fishing port and its fleet of small fishing boats does an excellent job of supplying the many excellent restaurants in South East Cornwall.
West and East Looe, image Adam Gibbard
Nowadays though, Looe's biggest trade is tourism. There are plenty of hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages in and around the town, and shops, cafes and restaurants catering to holiday makers. You won't be short of places to buy a proper Cornish pasty or fabulous locally made clotted cream ice cream in Looe!
East Looe has its own broad, golden sandy beach right in the town with the Banjo Pier (a pier in the shape of a banjo, and the first of its type in the world!) Behind the beach is a maze of quaint narrow streets.
East Looe Beach, from Banjo Pier, image Adam Gibbard
Looe is a great base from which to explore the rest of rest of South East Cornwall. There are other local beaches, stately homes and family activities within easy reach, making Looe the perfect spot from which to base a family holiday.
Something that you must try in Looe is crabbing - fishing for crabs. It's very easy and you can buy what equipment you need (not very much!) at plenty of shops in the town. For those of you who fancy a more challenging fishing expedition, you could try shark fishing. Looe is the headquarters of the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain, and there are frequent shark fishing boat trips.
Crabbing, image Matt Jessop
Every year in late September, Looe is taken over by the Looe Music Festival - big name acts (and many less famous but no less talented) come to the town and play in temporary venues around the town, the harbour and on the beach.
While many seaside resorts are dead in the winter, the reverse is true of Looe. Looe is regarded as one of the best places in the whole country to celebrate New Year. Every New Year's Eve, the streets are full of revellers dressed in increasingly inventive fancy dress.
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Accommodation, Things to do & Businesses in and around Looe
A large family apartment sleeping 4-8 in a historic house, set in beautiful gardens in a peaceful village location just a few miles from the sea. Enjoy our heated outdoor swimming pool in the summer months and relax on the south terraces after challenging your family to a game of pool or table tennis in the games room. Free parking and WiFi. Dogs welcome.
Badgers Sett Holiday Cottages are 4 star Gold Award Cornish granite cottages set within 2 acres of colourful grounds in an idyllic and peaceful location on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor, a perfect place to relax and explore .Rosemary Cottage sleeps 2 in a double room (+Cot if required)
Garden Edge at Trelawne Cottage Gardens is a comfortable and spotlessly clean, ground floor cottage apartment with off road parking. We are in a very peaceful position but only a minute's walk to a bus stop to Looe & Polperro. There is a south facing, outside seating area which overlooks pretty gardens and is for your individual use. Central for most of Cornwall and Plymouth. Our aim - To provide holiday accommodation you want to come home to. A brochure is available on request.
The Old Rectory is a gracious Georgian Mansion converted into spacious, fully equipped holiday apartments. The building stands in large and beautifully secluded gardens on the edge of the quiet village of Lanreath by Looe. Heated outdoor swimming pool available in summer and Games room to challenge your family and friends. Families and pets welcome
Charming 18th century country house nestling in the Looe Valley, extending the warm hospitality of a small privately owned hotel, with fully licensed facilities, onsite parking and excellent evening dining, within 5 minutes of the historic fishing port of Looe.
Badgers Sett Holiday Cottages are 4 star Gold Award Cornish granite cottages set within 2 acres of colourful grounds in an idyllic and peaceful location on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor, a perfect place to relax and explore. Thyme and Lavender Cottages sleep 4 in a double and twin room (+cot of required).
These peaceful self catering cottages some three miles west of Polperro set in some of the most picturesque countryside and unspoilt stretches of the South Cornwall coast with the beach of Lansallos about a mile away
For a traditional farm holiday experience - Cleese Farm provides comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a traditional Cornish farmhouse, set in a quiet rural position with breathtaking views of the sea and countryside.
Wringford is a collection of 6 cottages set in 4 acres on the South coast of Cornwall.
The cottages have from 1 to 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of up to 40 people.
It is only a 10 minute walk to the beach and the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand.
Situated in the heart of the Cornish Countryside and near to Looe and Polperro and Fowey, the Pool House at Trefanny Hill offers stunning views and the perfect getaway for a restful visit to Cornwall. With its own walled garden providing complete privacy, and a private swimming pool, this wonderful property provides its guests with a perfect opportunity for a secluded break.
Built during the late 1800's of traditional Cornish stone, Trehaven was originally the Vicarage to St Mary's Church in the centre of Looe. The hotel enjoys spectacular views over the estuary and harbour. We are surrounded by peace and tranquillity and yet only a three minute walk into the beautiful fishing village of Looe.
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