Download the detail on our T’s & C’s including Cancellation Terms and our Flexible Reservation Policy on direct bookings.
Download the detail on our T’s & C’s including Cancellation Terms and our Flexible Reservation Policy on direct bookings.
We wrote this Covid-19 blog back in April when we introduced Flexible Reservations for Summer 2020. Our aim was to boost confidence by giving more flexible cancellation terms on direct bookings in uncertain times. Well – it’s now June and we’re looking forward to re-opening on July 22.
We’ve reduced room availability and built in a 24 hour gap between guests so you really need to think about booking soon to make sure we have availability. Rest assured the safety of our guests and staff remains paramount. We’re doing our Risk Assessment, developing robust hygiene protocols, reviewing our services and facilities and revising some procedures. We’ll shortly be releasing this information and all guests will receive a copy before their arrival.
21 April 2020 – the original Covid-19 blog:
“If you’re dreaming of visiting Cornwall, missing Looe or just keen to plan a holiday to have something to look forward to when restrictions are lifted, we’d love to hear from you!
At some point, people will be able to take a holiday. We encourage you to book direct. This way, we can keep control and exercise a superior level of service, taking into consideration the individual needs of our guests. You’ll get a lower rate and more flexible cancellation terms.
Call Gill on 01503 263956 or make a direct booking via our website.
Now for the Covid-19 update:
Firstly, we’ve introduced a new flexible reservation policy so that you can book with confidence. On all direct bookings, we agree to transfer your deposit to alternative dates without penalty, if you need to postpone your stay due to Covid-19. All we ask is that you let us know 8 or more days before the original arrival date. All other standard Terms and Conditions apply.
We have an excellent record for cleanliness at Polraen Country House. Our standard of housekeeping is reflected in our high tripadvisor ratings. Rest assured, we commit to following any additional measures that may be introduced as ‘best practice’ following the pandemic. From now on, hand sanitiser will be in every room and common area as standard. Read our Reviews.
With spacious common areas including a guest lounge, large conservatory and extensive gardens, it will be easy to maintain social distancing, Tables at breakfast will be minimum 2 metres apart. We can also offer a self-isolating ‘private’ breakfast in another room or on the patio on a booked basis. If you consider yourself vulnerable or simply wish to be extra cautious, let us know.
For those who’ve stayed at Polraen before and enjoyed one of Martin’s magnificent breakfasts, this might be a suggestion too far!! However, if you want to book room only in order to keep your distance, then call us to get a revised quote.
Our conservatory provides a perfect picnic room for lunch or dinner with easy access to crockery, cutlery and glassware. A fridge and microwave is available plus we can suggest recommended takeaway services from local restaurants.
So if you want to visit Cornwall but prefer to #stayathome – then feel free to ‘dine at home’ overlooking the beautiful garden. Relax and enjoy your holiday maintaining whatever social distance you’re comfortable with.
These are our thoughts for now but we will remain flexible in order to respond to changes in guidelines and the easing of restrictions.
Please call us if you have any queries or suggestions that will help you feel safer. We’re ready and waiting when it’s safe to return….in the meantime, sit back, relax and watch the video!
The Looe Valley bus and train from Liskeard to Looe make it easy for our guests to explore by public transport from the doorstep of Polraen Country House. We print our Top Ten Day Trips from Looe on the back of our breakfast menu. Whilst you relax over a coffee at breakfast with a country garden view, you can plan a day without the car, using the Looe Valley bus and train. So take a day off – there’s no need to drive!
Our suggestions have proved so popular with guests staying at Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley that we thought we’d share our recommendations with you.
Be 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.
Guests really appreciate our proximity to the scenic Looe Valley Line. You can stroll up the lane from Polraen Country House to Sandplace Station in about 4 minutes. Sandplace is the last stop before Looe and it takes about 5 minutes for the train to skirt the riverbank into Looe along the prettiest stretch of the Looe Valley Line. The train runs to a GWR timetable. You flag the train down as it stops on request, going back and forth on a single line track to Looe and Liskeard. From Liskeard, you can connect with mainline services across Cornwall and beyond. This makes for a perfect day trip 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).
In recent years, extra services have been added on the Looe Valley Line. It now provides a year round service Mon-Sat but most importantly, trains now run later of an evening. This permits our guests to extend their day trip or enjoy an evening meal in Looe, returning to Sandplace Station by train. The last service back from Looe arrives 21.41 and the Sunday service resumes from April 5. Scroll down to download a timetable.
At Sandplace in the Looe Valley, Polraen Country House benefits from Bus Route Number 73 – an hourly bus service. Plymouth Citybus 73 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. If you’re privileged to carry one, then it’s an hourly free shuttle service from the hotel’s front doorstep to Looe and Polperro. Buses run til about 7 in the evening. We’re happy to assist with directions, timetables & loan Ordnance Survey maps. Scroll down to download a timetable.
Without 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.
Full details and a print friendly download of our Top 10 list is 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?
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In Cornwall in the winter months, you just have to scratch the surface to find there are so many things to do. Looe loves a New Year party including fancy dress and fireworks! The community spirit is ever present with many events and festivities in the run up to Christmas and New Year.
See more events at Looe Tourist Information Centre.
Of course, New Year in Looe has become famous for its fancy dress and fireworks display. If you need accommodation, check our New Year Shortbreaks page at Polraen Country House to spend New Year in Looe or do a quick availability search.
Looe’s New Year fancy dress and fireworks tradition turns the whole town into one brilliant party. You really are a bystander if you’re not in costume. There are two firework displays set off from the Banjo Pier. One at 6 pm to cater for families and of course the big one at midnight.
Looe Beach is the busy venue due to its proximity to the town but one of the best vantage points is at Rock Towers at West Looe overlooking the river mouth and bay. We recommend booking a table at a restaurant so you have somewhere in town as a base and booking taxis in advance. Of course, Polraen is the perfect place to relax if you prefer to see in the New Year quietly.
If you want to keep up with the latest information on New Year in Looe and what’s going on, we recommend you like the Love Looe Facebook page
This year, Looe is promising a fantastic time for anyone planning a short break to Cornwall. If you like to balance your fun with rest and recreation of a more relaxing kind, and get a good night’s sleep between the celebrations, then look no further than Polraen Country House for your Winter Bed and Breakfast accommodation. We’re offering simple B&B from £60 per room per night throughout the winter.
This fun-filled 3 day weekend event of Christmas activities centred around West Looe Quay offers plenty of opportunity to buy local produce and novel Christmas presents and stocking fillers as well as Santa arriving by boat and live reindeer in town. There’ll be plenty of entertainment with choirs and carols, fireworks, a lantern procession and more. Full information.
For the first time ever, the Coca Cola Truck will be visiting Looe in Cornwall which is one of only two places in the UK where it will bequeath a lasting gift for the people of the town. Drawing crowds wherever it goes, the truck will be on the Quayside in Looe from midday until 8 pm with a lots of fun filled entertainment – and no doubt, ‘free Coca Cola’!
Fancy dress revelry topped off with a spectacular fire work display at midnight has made the town of Looe a magnet for those seeking a night to remember at New Year. Looe is rated as one of the top places in the UK to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, while hundreds of brave souls, do their bit for the RNLI on New Year’s Day by taking part in a fundraising New Year’s Day Swim from East Looe Beach.
Just a 3 minute drive into Looe and you can join in the pre Christmas festivities or the New Year fancy dress and fireworks. Back at Polraen, you can sleep like a baby surrounded by glorious Cornish countryside, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and relax in the space and privacy of a country house with the convenience of easy access from onsite parking, free Wifi and bus and Looe Valley train links into town.
In the walking festival, alongside tried and tested favourites, such as a visit to the Duloe Beer & Cider Festival, this year’s week long programme of escorted walks from Sat 14-21 September, introduces some more eclectic interests such as foraging for edible plants along the South East Cornwall coast and seashore and a guided tour with archaeologists conducting the first archaeological dig to be carried out on the Hurlers Stone circle on Bodmin Moor since the 1930s.
The walks explore a truly diverse and beautiful rural landscape with a chance to appreciate some ‘off the beaten’ track gems. These idyllic locations are within an area of countryside in South East Cornwall along the coast from the popular fishing and seaside town of Looe to Polruan on the Fowey River, and inland across verdant pastures of the Looe River valleys running up to Bodmin Moor.
Walking of course can be a solitary pursuit but to be escorted by local experts sharing their insight and specialist knowledge in local history, wildlife, conservation and archaeology is a real bonus. Although all these walks are free of charge, many are led by experts in their field and any donations will go towards local charities or the project running the walk eg Looe Marine Conservation Group or Mapping the Sun Project.
If you need accommodation, Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley, is an ideal base for the Walking Festival. You can book bed and breakfast but with a fully licensed bar and restaurant service serving home-made dishes and blackboard specials – you have the convenience of optional evening dinner Wed- Sat. Some of the walks start from Sandplace Station on the scenic Looe Valley Train Line just 400 yards from Polraen so it is an ideal base to explore whether you come with or without the car. Double rooms are priced from £80 per room per night including Full Breakfast, free parking and Wifi. To book rooms at Polraen, check availability here
For the South East Walking Festival, download the full list of walks here
And if music rather than walking is more your cup of tea, remember the Looe Music Festival takes place in September the weekend of 27-29 September.
This year sees the very first Looe Festival of Food and Drink open it’s gastronomic doors to Looe and South East Cornwall. Whether it rains or shines, you’ll be able to sample delicious Cornish food and drink, talk to local food producers and learn how to cook something new and delicious with cooking demonstrations from top chefs from our best restaurants. Everything will be under cover in a custom designed marquee on the Millpool car park beside the Looe River. The festival is free to enter and there’ll be plenty of tasters.
At Polraen Country House, we have a double and a king available over this weekend (£87 – £96 per night with extra nights available). So you can enjoy our quiet location with free parking and free WiFi at Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley, waking up to our full range of breakfast choices using local produce relaxing in the conservatory overlooking our award winning garden. Then you can head into town to literally ‘graze’ on tempting tasters from land and sea in the marquee tents at the Festival throughout the day (Sat & Sun). We’re just 5 minutes from Looe and the sea with convenient bus and train links on the Looe Valley line so if you fancy sampling some of the local beer and cider, you don’t need to worry about taking the car. You can add extra nights for a longer break with optional evening dinner Mon-Fri.
So don’t wait, don’t hesitate, don’t bother to look up the weather forecast, just BOOK NOW now before it’s gone
The annual Polperro Festival takes place Sat 16-24 June promising an action packed week of entertainment while the new Looe Food Festival provides a weekend (June 23 and 24) to tempt your tastebuds with produce from land and sea. (Scroll down to see the outline programme of events).
If you want to visit the Polperro Festival and need somewhere to stay, accommodation in the small fishing village of Polperro may be in short supply or at a premium and parking (minimum £4 charge) can be an issue. So avoid the crowds and the seagull noise! and enjoy our quiet location leaving your car behind in our free car park at Polraen Country House in the Looe Valley. Go green and catch the bus! We benefit from an hourly bus service No 573 which runs to Polperro from 07.42 until 17.49 while later bus services run from Looe. The last evening return from Polperro to Polraen leaves Polperro at 18.20 but much later services run between Polperro and Looe allowing you to enjoy the full range of evening entertainnment in Polperro’s pubs with the last service back to Looe at 23.20 from where you can catch a taxi.
Here you can download the No. 573 bus timetable
Bring your bus pass if you are a senior citizen, and you can enjoy the scenic ride to Looe and Polperro for free as concession passes are recognised by Western Greyhound buses in Cornwall.
At Polraen Country House, we currently have availability throughout the week of the festival from £87 per room per night including breakfast with optional dinner available. Call us direct for the best deals or book online via our website which will be up to 15% cheaper than online booking agents. But book soon as the end of the Polperro Festival coincides with the Looe Food Festival, taking place over the weekend of 23 and 24 June. And there’s no prettier journey into Looe than on the scenic Looe Valley Line where you can board the train at Sandplace for the 5 minute journey into Looe skirting the banks of the river while you watch the birds and wildlife from your carriage window. Here you can download the train timetable
So it really is a great time to visit, when you can enjoy two festivals in the same week! The Looe Food Festival will take place in a large marquee in the Millpool Car Park in Looe, where you can tempt your taste buds with an array of Cornish seafood and local produce from sea and land. There’ll be a host of leading Cornish food and drink suppliers, chef demos, brewery bar….and more over a fantastic weekend with FREE ENTRY TO THE FESTIVAL MARQUEE!
(Outline programme for the Polperro Festival is below with a full programme available via this link: Polperro Programme of Events 2012 )
Friday 15th June – Day 0 – Festival Eve/ Arts Foundation evening
Saturday 16th June – Day 1 – Opening Day, Procession & Mayor Unveiling (Procession at 2pm)
Sunday 17th June – Day 2 – Music & Family Fun Dog Show
Monday 18th June – Day 3 – Arts Foundation Craft Fayre
Tuesday 19th June – Day 4 – Village Fete
Wednesday 20th June- Day 5 – Schools Day, Comedy Night
Thursday 21st June – Day 6 – All things Cornish, Comedy Night
Friday 22nd June – Day 7 – Foody Friday
Saturday 23rd June – Day 8 – Polperro Festival Carnival (procession at 2pm)
Sunday 24th June – Day 9 – Gig on the Green Finale
The South East Cornwall Walking Festival 17-25 September and Looe’s Making Waves Music Festival 23-25 September. What a great week to visit Looe! You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with a great selection of guided walks covering the East and West Looe River Valleys, the Tamar, Bodmin Moor, and the South West Coast Path.
Then you can change from walking boots to dancing shoes to head down to any of the 3 sound stages over the weekend of 23, 24 and 25 September where the focus will be on different music styles in a fantastic music festival ‘Making Waves’ with headline acts including Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds and Roy Wood and his Rock n Roll Band.
Making Waves Music Festival in Looe – the staged venues:
Music will be concentrated during the day on the 3 soundstages then local pubs, restaurants and cafes will take over in the evening to maximise the benefits to the local economy. Workshops, street entertainment and dance performances will add to the festival atmosphere.
And it’s very affordable! A weekend ticket is £40 for all venues if your’e over 18, while 14-17 age group pay only £10 and accompanied under 14s go FREE. Saturday only tickets are £25. The weekend kicks off on Friday with a ‘giant pasty’ procession from East Looe to West Looe where everyone is invited to ‘make some noise’ to welcome the pasty followed by a Noz Lowen on West Looe Quay from around 5pm (traditional Cornish dance). So if you haven’t got your tickets yet, click on the Making Waves Festival logo above and get online to book! After Wednesday, tickets will be sent via text to your phone. You can also get them from the Looe Tourist Information Centre (tel 01503 262072) or on the gate.
If you need accommodation, at Polraen, Check Availability for 2 and 3 night breaks until end September.
See you there!
The Daphne du Maurier Festival in Fowey begins on Thursday 13th May and runs until Sat 22nd May. For me, it heralds the start of our amazing season of festivals in South East Cornwall.
Accommodation in Fowey can frequently get booked up well in advance so if you are still looking for a room, consider us at Polraen Country House (more details below) but back to the festival. … a celebration of Art and Literature now in its 10th year, the Dumaurier Festival is a most entertaining and eclectic programme of music, comedy, art, drama, recitals, sculpture, etc etc, both free and by ticket. A myriad of events are held in festival marquees, village halls, libraries and colleges in and around Fowey and the festival manages to combine local traditions and communities alongside the famous names. This year’s line up includes names as diverse as Pam Ayres, Julian Lloyd Webber and The Stranglers! Tickets are now available through an online box office.
If you’re having any difficulty finding accommodaton in Fowey, it’s easy driving distance (about 20-25 minutes) to the festival from our location at Sandplace in the Looe Valley. From Looe, you can drive to the village of Polruan on the east side of the Fowey River, park up and catch the passenger ferry across. If you prefer to take the car across the river and park in Fowey, you can use the Bodinnick Car Ferry. Either way, you’ll more than halve the round trip journey compared to going on the A38. Check availability to see what rooms we have left during the DuMaurier Festival.