Visit Looe and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Looe, Cornwall, is the most efficiently tourist-commercialized fishing port in the West Country, possibly in England. The “seaside resort” and “quaint fishing village” offers its attractions, plus sailing and motor-boat trips along the coast or to its offshore island, and of course its shark fishing, for which it is the main British centre. It is also, in general, exceptionally beautiful. The walk to the beach, either via the quay or the main street, is short and attractive.
Until 1883 East and West Looe were separate towns facing each other across the river. The new guildhall (1877) in Fore Street was the symbol of their amalgamation. East Looe is the elder. In 1346 it was contributing 20 ships and 315 men to Edward III's fleet besieging Calais, only five ships less than London. But unlike their neighbour, Fowey, in the main the twin towns minded their own business: fishing and that second industry, smuggling, which tourism has now so happily replaced.
Of the old buildings, the Guildhall, possibly 16th-century, in a street running East off Fore Street, is pretty. The most attractive church is that of St Nicholas in West Looe, which was for much of the period c. 1650 to 1851 West Looe's guildhall. At one stage its tower was used as “a cage for scolding women... and a most effective one” (Rev. E. Seymour, vicar in 1851). In 1852 it was restored, a new roof, more like an old barn's than a church's, being made from the timbers of the Spanish ship, San Josef, said to have been captured by Nelson.
On East Looe quay are some fine Victorian warehouses. In Fore Street, the house of Thomas Bond, town clerk in the 18th century, contains good Jacobean panelling.
The British International Sea Angling Festival is held annually from Looe in late September or early October. Some 55,000 sharks have been caught for fun since the sport became organized here in 1953. These are cut up for crab and lobster bait. They are not normally found alive within 12 miles of the shore.
About 3 miles East of Looe is the Murrayton Monkey Sanctuary. Here woolly monkeys, an unusually attractive variety from the Amazon jungle, romp around among spectators in a beautiful setting.
Nearby towns: Fowey, Lostwithiel, Liskeard, Par, Torpoint
Nearby villages: Antony, Boconnoc, Braddock, Callington, Cardinham, Dobwalls, Doublebois, Duloe, Golant, Landrake, Lanreath, Lansallos, Lanteglos, Lanteglos, Lerryn, Menheniot, Merrymeet, Middlehill, Morval, Newbridge, Pelynt, Pillaton, Polperro, Porthallow, Quethiock, Sandplace, Sheviock, St. Cleer, St. Dominick, St. Germans, St. Ive, St. Keyne, St. Martin, St. Mellion, St. Neot, St. Veep, St. Winnow, Warleggan
Have you decided to visit Looe or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Looe bed and breakfast (a Looe B&B or Looe b and b)
- a Looe guesthouse
- a Looe hotel (or motel)
- a Looe self-catering establishment, or
- other Looe accommodation