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Penthouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Situated in an elevated setting, nestled into the hillside of East Looe, Gwendrock is a newly converted impressive penthouse apartment enjoying superb views over the beach, pier and out to sea and to the west over the roof tops of the traditional fisherman's cottages of East Looe and beyond the river to West Looe. Whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday or a busy, action packed time, Gwendrock has it all. Combine the bustle and amenities of this picturesque fishing town with beach fun or coastal walking. Or simply sit back and enjoy the views and the comings and goings of the fishing boats from our armchair. The perfect position to enjoy the best of Cornwall any time of the year. Recently installed high speed unlimited broadband allowing you to stay in touch at no extra cost.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Looe Town Beach 100 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newquay 60 km, Nearest railway: Looe 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details outdoors|
Bridge access directly into the penthouse.
The West Country region
There's so much to do, see and explore in Cornwall. With the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, you’ll discover tiny fishing villages, smuggler’s coves, countless spectacular beaches and sweeping bays, dramatic cliffs and coastlines, plus beautiful moorland and countryside.
Whilst staying at Gwendrock, a visit to the Eden Project is highly recommended and is only a forty minute car ride. There are many National Trust Properties in the area too one of the nearest being Lanhydrock House which makes for a pleasant afternoon. Bodmin Moor is close by for walking, cycling and beautiful scenery. Walk from Gwendrock along the beautiful coastal path from Looe to Polperro.
Looe is a traditional working 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. Mackerel and conger eel fishing are popular activities too and there are several daily charters to choose from.
Looe's main business today is, however, 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, crabbing and diving, and spectacular coastal walks (especially that via Talland to Polperro). Several stately National Trust homes, including Antony House, Cotehele, Mount Edgcumbe, and Lanhydrock House, as well as the Eden Project (40 mins by car) 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, and ranked third on the list for 2007/08.
East Looe centres on its broad sandy beach and at low tide there's excellent rock pooling to be enjoyed. Also there's 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 lined by traditional fisherman's cottages and further into town there are many small shops, restaurants and pubs, and the Old Guildhall, now a museum. Along the estuary lies the quay, with several fish dealers and lovely sea food restaurants and at high tide this is a great place to try crabbing. 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).
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 pubs and the Church of St Nicholas.
Continue along the coast road to Hannafore Point, marking the edge of Looe Harbour, and the stony Hannafore beach, with views of 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
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19 Aug 2014
"brilliant base for family week away."
Lovely accomodation which served all our needs. Pub meals were great and would highly recommend 'the ship' which served even the Fussiest of children. Did not eat in 'the salutation… More
3 Aug 2014
"Fabulous views, comfortable apartment, very short walk from town centre"
This is a lovely apartment with great views to the beach, sea and river/harbour. We stayed as a family with 3 children aged 5 to 13 and whilst it isn't especially large, the apartment is well pl… More
2 Sep 2013
"A gorgeous apartment from which to enjoy a wonderful view"
We have just returned from a wonderful break in Looe staying at Gwendrock Twyr. The apartment is found at the top of the original road into Looe and is in very close proximity to the steps down to the… More
4 Apr 2013
"Amazing stay in a beautiful flat"
We were 5 Adult friends, 1 English, 3 Aussies and an Italian, who had never been to Cornwall before, let alone heard of Looe. We found Looe a good base to explore cornwall, and much less touristy than the more well known towns like Newquay and St Ives, which was fine by us!.
The penthouse apartment was fantastic! There was a well equipped kitchen (we cooked 2 of the 3 nights we were there), and a fantastic view of the sea. We even preferred to buy breakfast from the town (2min walk) and eat it in the comfort of the flat...definitely worth a visit
8 Jan 2013
"An amazing apartment in a friendly warm community."
This apartment in situated in East Looe with picturesque views across the harbour! It is at the top of the hill minutes walk from shops , pubs & restaurants in which we ate at most & had some very enjoyable meals . There are many walks along the cliffs & beaches which usually ended with a very friendly pub lunch. Looe is an extremely friendly seaside village which is as enjoyable in Winter as it is in Summer. The apartment is modern & well cared for with fabulous decor & very comfortable beds. The sunlight streams through the windows even on a winters day & we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!! Couldn't recommend enough - you won't be disappointed!
10 Jun 2012
"Great place and superb views"
I stayed for seven nights along with my 6 year old son and wife. Gwendrock Twyr is well positioned, clean and well appointed with modern furnishings. Although there is no official parking at the accommodation there is space up the lane where we parked on the last night as we set off early the next morning. The rest of the holiday we parked at the Mill Pool car park (£30.30) for the week. This was a nice short walk passing / visiting the bakeries and Cornish pasty shops on the way to the car. Looe is a great place to stay. We had poor weather for June, heavy rain and gale force winds. This did not dampen our spirits and I can recommend the walk to Polperro along the coastal path, canoeing at Fowey, a visit to St Micheals Mount, The Eden Project, Lanhydrock House and the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Take the Torpoint Ferry to Plymouth (£1.50) and you get a free close up view of the naval docks and ships. Back in Looe AVOID "Archies" for dinner. Overpriced food. Try the Sail Loft, superb food which has been cooked and prepared well.
We enjoyed Gwendrock Twyr. I would have rated the holiday rental as excellent if it had wi-fi and a clothes airer as children tend to go through lots of clothes especially playing on the beach every night. These shouldn't be seen as negatives but future improvements! There are games, books, toys and DVD's to keep the whole family entertained without having to leave the accommodation for the whole week. There are even binoculars which my son loved taking on our walks and spotting all the birds nesting on the rooftops in Looe.
9 Apr 2012
"Breathtaking views, beautiful modern appartment, Cornwall at its best."
We loved the beautiful appartment, the views are truly stunning and the decor really lovely.Its in a superb location, close to the safe beach, town and river.Great restaurants, cosy pubs.Walked the coastal path 100m away. We went mackeral fishing and cooked our own fresh fish for dinner, brilliant. Eden Project, Plymouth, the moors and many other attractions nearby all well worth visiting. Our 3rd visit and plan to go again.We love it as much in winter as in summer. We enjoyed a glass of wine while watching the children crabbing in the river. Great fun!
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