Osborne House is a magnificent 350 year old five bedroom Cornish town house which, in the 1800s, was originally the home of a wealthy merchant. During the last century it was a sweet shop, and more recently a thriving restaurant. Today it is a fully restored family home, retaining many original features including wooden beams - one of which is reputed to have come from the defeated Spanish Armada.
Lantau Cottage is a fine example of an Elizabethan merchant's house located in the heart of Looe’s old town. This five bedroom house was built for a ship trader in the early 1600s and is packed with character including gabled ceilings, wonky floors, a winding stair that includes a ship's mast and, in one bedroom, a stunning medieval paneled wall.
These self-catering cottages are located in East Looe, an excellent position to explore all of Cornwall. Both are in the heart of the old town and close to the beach which is at the end of the street. Each house has Wifi as well as allocated parking for two cars.
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The historic seaside town of Looe keeps visitors entertained all year round whilst still retaining a working fishing port. Stand on the quayside in the evening and watch the boats return before dining on fresh fish in a local restaurant. The town prides itself on it's fresh fish, and be it award winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in smart restaurants overlooking the harbour, you won't be disappointed. There is also a fresh fish mongers on the harbourside for those wishing to cook at home. To work all that food off, Looe is a great place for walking. The South West Coast Path passes through the town, plus there are countless walks in the beautiful countryside, or along the two rivers that flow inland.
Looe's main beach offers soft golden sand and slopes gently to provide safe swimming and a regular sun trap. It is easily accessible from the town providing all you need for a relaxing day including cafe's and shops. In addition, there's plentiful crabbing along the quayside, fishing trips as well as boat trips a plenty. Take a trip out to Looe Island, once a holy pilgrimage site, nowadays it's a sanctuary for rare plants and wildlife. It’s here you’ll find a grey seal population sunbathing on the rocks and bobbing up and down in the water. Trips out to the island start around Easter time depending on tides and weather.
A visit to Looe Museum reveals a collection of smuggling memorabilia, the town’s railway heritage and some wonderful model boats housed in the towns old Guildhall and Gaol. There's even a ghost who lurks in the dark recesses downstairs! Across on the West Looe side of the river, The Old Sardine Factory has recently opened with a heritage centre that compliments the museum, focusing on the towns maritime and fishing history.
Looe Marine Conservation Group run regular rockpool rambles for kids of all ages. Their website has loads of information, including a what's on listing for wildlife events and encourages visitors to discover, explore and learn about rock-pooling, crabbing, snorkeling, bird watching and fishing. Apes and monkeys rescued from all over the world are looked after by dedicated staff at The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary four miles from Looe. A fascinating and informative refuge for troubled primates. Also nearby is the Porfell Wildlife Park with a broader range of animals.