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10 Reasons to Visit Looe in May and June

Friday, May 9th, 2014

1. Best time to visit Cornwall

One of 10 reasons to visit LooeWe’ve selected 10 Reasons to visit Looe in May and June as they’re among the best months to visit Cornwall and Looe is the perfect touring base. Come ahead of the crowds. See hedgerows full of wild garlic and campions. If you’re quick, be dazzled by carpets of bluebells. Visit historic houses when their gardens are bursting into colour. It’s also a key festival time when Looe celebrates its connection with the sea, offering the chance to savour the wonderful fish and seafood landed on Looe Quay.

2. Save £100 on your hotel accommodation

2. Head for Cornwall in the next few weeks, and save up to £100. Use our great value free night special offer on 4 and 7 night holidays in May and June to take a spring break or early summer holiday in Cornwall.

  • Check availabilityMay 4 nights from £126 pp
  • June 7 nights from £258 pp

3. Amazing Bluebell Walks

Looe Valley Dog WalkBluebells everywhere! They’re spectacular in the Looe Valley, especially between Sandplace and Duloe. You can follow a Looe Valley Walk (see blog) or join the Friends of Kilminorth on a Wood Watch Bluebell Walk on 11th May. Meet 10.30 at the Millpool entrance to Kilminorth Woods.

4. Beat the crowds

Enjoy it all ahead of the crowds – Just by avoiding the school holidays, you can escape to deserted beaches at Whitsand Bay, enjoy a leisurely lunch in some great seafood restaurants. Relax and listen to the birdsong. No queues. No stress.

5. Gardens are at their best

Polraen country house garden LooeAs May progresses to early summer, the gardens at Lanhydrock, Cotehele, Anthony and Mt Edgcumbe become a profusion of colour. Azaleas and rhodedendrons tower over exotic herbaceous borders.

6. Bodmin Moor fame

With its newly acquired popularity following the recent TV drama of Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, why not come and see the REAL thing in Cornwall? There’s a Guided Walk on Bodmin Moor 14 May. (Meet at Hurlers Car Park 10 am.) Guaranteed to provide a sense of solitude and amazement, this is the country for those seeking views and wild walks and a sense of history and folklore.

7. Entertainment on the Looe Valley Line

Looe Valley Line train CornwallOn 16 May, for the cost of your train ticket, be entertained between Liskeard and Looe on the scenic Looe Valley Line, by stories, poetry and music while you travel through beautiful scenery. A novel twist to your journey!

8. Festivals in and around Looe

Millendreath Festival May 25

Enjoy folk music? Remember Fairport Convention? May 25th promises a full day of fantastic music, food, fun in the sun, by the sea. Acts include Fairport Convention, 3 Daft Monkeys, Pete Williams (founder member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners), Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Phat Bollard, C Force, Shamrock, The Wreckers and more.

Festival by the Sea – June 7/8

Photo Courtesy of Looe Festival of ood and DrinkA highlight of this 2 day festival is sampling food from local restaurants ‘Grazing on the Quay’ and the mad hilariously funny Looe Raft Race – see highlights of a previous year.

 Looe Food Festival – June 28/9

If you enjoy your food, you can’t miss the Looe Food Festival – a 2 day event. Leading Cornish food and drink suppliers take centre stage, purveying superb produce, from chutneys to cheeses, confectionery to locally landed fish and seafood, speciality beers and mouth-watering meats, from the traditional to the unique.

9. First Great Western Promotion

Top quality guest accommodation in chocolate box historic houseAfter a chaotic start to the year on the railways, First Great Western is highlighting  easy access to Cornwall with  the resumed service through Dawlish on the Paddington Penzance line. In collaboration with FGW, Polraen has extended it’s free night offer to the end of June. So you can come all the way to Polraen Country House at Sandplace and Looe by train. And explore Cornwall using cheap day returns to St Ives, Truro, Plymouth, Falmouth or Penzance.

10. Reminder – Save £100 – the best reason

Book your room at Polraen online nowOur free nights offer at Polraen Country House means you can save up to £100 if you book a 4 or 7 night holiday while we still have availability. Check availability and book online now.

Need more inspiration? Then take 2 minutes to see me in another Visit Cornwall video on the treasures of South Cornwall.


Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Boconnoc DaffodilsWent to the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc today (Sat 6th April) – an annual pilgrimage with my Mum. We were blessed with clear blue skies, lower than average temperatures but no wind chill so the weather was perfect.

Buy your ticket in advance if you want to save a £1 but the £7.50 entrance charge at the gate is well worth it – for a Cornish version of the Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court Flower Show with an emphasis on daffodils, which is no surprise at this time of year.

The backdrop for the event is amazing. Boconnoc is situated about 10 miles north of Looe and Polperro, just off the B3359 and near the A390 towards Lostwithiel.  It’s one of Cornwall’s old country estates with gracious sweeping lawns, sheep grazing on pastures, Victorian follies, rhodedendron ‘trees’ and an impressive Cornish country mansion. The event itself is charming. Marquees and outside displays with lots of nurseries plying rare and exotic species alongside more familiar plant types with alpines and rockery plants going for a song.

Amongst the ‘other’ stands were garden ornaments, solar powered fountains, antique edwardian garden implements, garden furniture, garden sculptures and pottery, garden tools and of course, Cornish food and drink at very reasonable prices.

All in all, a great day. I came away with a few additional shrubs, alpines, and perennials for the Polraen Hotel garden (always manage to find a new space for a new arrival). Best I think to set a budget before I go next time………… Also signed up for a monthly donation to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust while I was there. A lovely day. I’ll be going next year. The first of many ‘Things to Do‘ in and around Looe which I recommend to hotel guests and love to do myself…..

April 3 nights for the price of 2 offer at Polraen Country House

Take advantage of our April 3 nights for the price of 2 offer on double and twin rooms and enjoy a short break from £84 per person for a 3 night stay at Polraen Country House.  There are so many fantastic gardens in Cornwall which are wonderful particularly in spring.

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A Wonderful Wedding near Looe

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Polraen Conservatory - wedding receptionLast Saturday 3rd July, the wedding reception held at Polraen Country House show-cased the magical wedding venue we have here in the Looe Valley.

The afternoon garden party for 40 guests was followed by an early evening barbecue for 75. “A reception that was relaxed, fun, and with a country house informality” is what the bride and groom wanted. They had arranged for Plymouth’s top indie band ‘Joker’ to provide the live entertainment and they were absolutely brilliant, playing cover versions of Oasis through to the Kings of Leon and Kasabian. There was also a ‘Rodeo Bull’ ride to keep the children happy, although a few of the adults entered the spirit of things and had a go.

The garden looked fantastic, the sun shone, the conservatory was transformed into a beautiful wedding room decked out with  flowers and cotton bunting. The finger food buffet included pixie cornish pasties, and a Cornish cheese board with plenty of choice for vegetarians. This was followed by a meat eaters feast featuring Cornish reared meat including  sirloin steaks, chicken thighs, and butchers sausages, complimented with a flavour from the sea – delicious king prawn skewers.

Wedding Reception at Polraen Country House LooeWedding Buffet at PolraenJust in case of rain, the bride and groom had erected a small marquee over the patio interconnecting with the conservatory, but there was no need…… the odd grey cloud passed over and the sun shone into the evening as the live band played on – we felt as if we were enjoying our own mini Glastonbury!

Wedding Buffet at Polraen LooeIn fact the band were dead impressed with our venue as there is a natural stage in the garden on the raised terrace above the flower beds, the acoustics in the valley were amazing and access via a separate drive in the garden allowed the entertainment to unload and set up their equipment without any inconvenience or hassle.

Hopefully we’ll have similar weather in two weeks time when we are hosting a 50th Birthday party………..