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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 by Car, Bus and Train

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Printed on the back of our breakfast menus, our Top Ten Day Trips from Looe have proved so popular with guests staying at Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley that we thought we’d share our recommendations so you can plan ahead.

Cornwall With and Without a Car

Explore Cornwall by trainBe adventurous!  Why not explore Cornwall by car, bus and train.  It’s rare to find hotel accommodation in Cornwall in such an idyllic rural location enjoying the convenience of both bus and train services.  Our suggestions include days out from Looe with and without the car using Polraen Country House near Looe as a touring base for Cornwall and Devon. At Sandplace in the Looe Valley, Polraen Country House benefits from Western Greyhound No 573 hourly bus service and the scenic Looe Valley Line train giving easy access to Looe, Polperro, Liskeard and beyond.

Touring By Car

Whitsand Day out from LooeWithout negotiating any narrow back lanes, it’s a direct route from Polraen’s car park to the A38 via Morval on the A387. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be on a fast road heading east to fantastic beaches at Whitsand, the Rame Peninsula and Devon or west into deeper Cornwall.

Exploring By Looe Valley Line Train

Just a 2 minute stroll to Sandplace Station, guests really appreciate our proximity to the scenic Looe Valley Line. 5 minutes to Looe or use it to connect with the mainline at Liskeard. It’s perfect for day trips by train to St Ives, Falmouth, Truro and Plymouth. Cheap day returns and group/family discounts make the journey easier, faster, and far more relaxing than by car. It’s less costly too (no fuel or parking charges).  A year round service Mon-Sat and from May 18, a Sunday service too.


Travelling By Western Greyhound Bus 573

Polperro Harbour Explore Cornwall by busWestern Greyhound bus number 573 runs from Polperro via Looe and Sandplace through the Looe Valley to Liskeard and beyond to Pensilva up on Bodmin Moor. It stops on request right outside the hotel and honours senior citizen bus passes so if you qualify, enjoy ‘free’ trips too. We’re happy to assist with directions, timetables & loan Ordnance Survey maps.

Top Ten Day Trips from Looe

  1. Looe to Polperro Cliff top walk (on foot and by bus)
  2. Eden Project via Bodinnick Ferry and Fowey (by car)
  3. Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Victorian port of Charlestown (by car)
  4. Lanhydrock – a gem in the National Trust portfolio of historic houses (by car)
  5. Days out by train to St Ives, Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, Plymouth (by train)
  6. Whitsand Bay & the Rame Peninsular – the beaches & villages of Cornwall’s ‘forgotten corner’ (by car)
  7. North Coast to King Arthur’s Tintagel, Boscastle and Rick Stein’s Padstow (by car)
  8. The contrast that is Bodmin Moor, granite formations, ghosts and Bodmin Jail (by car or by bus)
  9. Discover grey seals and amazing wildlife on  visit to Looe Island (by bus/train and boat)
  10. Go on a mackerel or deep sea fishing trip from Looe (by bus/train and boat)

Full details and a print friendly download available here.  At Polraen, we know that a little bit of local knowledge can go a long way in making the difference between a good holiday and a great one. We are more than happy to assist you during your stay, with suggestions on things to do, places to visit and how to get there. Why not book your holiday in Looe now?

Help for Heroes Lifting Spirits in the Looe Valley

Monday, December 10th, 2012

At our charity fundraising night at Sandplace in the Looe Valley, we raised £454.50 for Help for Heroes – the British charity providing direct, practical support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans, and their families. 1940’s crooner Andy Marshall entertained local residents during a Gourmet Bangers and Mash meal at a community based fundraising event ‘Crooning for Christmas’.

Help for Heroes Crooning for Christmas Event at Polraen, Looe, CornwallThrowing the doors open in aid of Help for Heroes, we decided to support this worthy cause  for the second year running. Our hotel, Polraen Country House Hotel at Sandplace, is an ideal venue to host a community party, and we were supported by fellow Sandplace residents including Adam Grundy and Caroline Foster, (seen here with 1940s Crooner Andy Marshall, dressed as a Land Army Girl).

Planned some time ago to foster community spirit, the event brought out the best of British in the face of adversity as it couldn’t have taken place at a better time to help lift the spirits of local residents. The previous two weeks had been a frustrating time for everyone in the Looe Valley.  An unprecedented combination of scheduled roadworks and a landslide in Looe following recent heavy rains had isolated communities severing bus routes and creating traffic chaos on the back lanes as we were  forced to cope with ‘rat run’ detours. We’re pleased the scheduled roadworks on the A387 are now complete and the road is now fully open between Widegates and Sandplace. Not only was this event for a really worthy cause, it helped us to send out a strong message that businesses in the Looe Valley are open for business as usual, including Sunday roast lunch. We’re particularly relieved the public transport is back on track. The Looe Valley train is running and the 573 bus has resumed a service from Looe, detouring via Widegates and Morval to reach Sandplace, Duloe, St Keyne and Liskeard.

We owe a lot of thanks to Andy Marshall, 1940’s crooner, a brilliant talent with an amazing voice, who generously travelled up from St Columb Major near Newquay to Croon for Christmas at Polraen. Thanks Andy!