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|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Nearest beach||Looe Town Beach 100 m|
|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|
|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, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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