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Rent a small fishing port cabin for your holiday at Looe

The small fishing port of Looe is the place to go to rent a log cabin in Cornwall that will provide a quaint, serene getaway with a historic feel. The River Looe runs right through the middle of town, which itself lies on the southeastern coast of Cornwall. Your cabin here offers cosy accommodation surrounded by quiet nature and greenery on the shores of the deep blue waters. You can visit the Looe Island wildlife trust and marine reserve, spend time swimming or walking the pier at East Looe Beach, or have exciting outdoor adventures with the zip lines at Adrenalin Quarry.

 
Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Looe

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Looe a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Polperro Model Village (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Kartworld (5.5 mi / 8.9 km)
  • Adrenalin Quarry (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Fowey Aquarium (6.5 mi / 10.5 km)
  • Readymoney Cove (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • Fowey Estuary (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Exploring the Cornish outdoors from Looe

Just a stone's throw from the old Victorian harbour at Looe, the Polperro Heritage Coast begins to unfold. It's a lovely length of beautiful Cornish coastline that's fringed with bracing cliff walks. Among the iconic routes is the section that goes from Polperro. It runs for miles over blustery headlands and rocky outcrops, passing the jutting stones of Hore Point and historic smuggler's coves, all before ending back at the doorstep of Looe holiday rentals, in Looe itself. For adventures out at sea, you can pull on the waterproofs and hop on a marine safari. Trips across to Looe Island are great for those – keep the eyes peeled for sightings of seals, dolphins and seabirds.

Day trips

Where to go on day trips around Looe

  • Ditch the car and hike westwards into the Polperro Heritage Coast, a place of green hills and spectacular coves
  • The city of Plymouth is only 40 minutes away by car, offering the eye-opening National Marine Aquarium – think meetings with sharks and rays
  • Go north-east to see wild ponies and Bronze Age henges in the vast Dartmoor National Park
  • Head to Newquay, across on the north-west coast of Cornwall, for a surfing lesson on Atlantic waves
  • Padstow is under 1 hour's drive away, offering chic seafood restaurants run by a celebrity chef
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Looe

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Looe is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Looe Beach (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Looe Island (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Readymoney Cove (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • Port Eliot House and Gardens (8.4 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Polkerris Beach (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Whitsand Bay (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Looe

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 22.9 mi (36.9 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer train travel, make your way to Looe Station or Sandplace Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Getting around the Looe area

Pack a decent pair of shoes and you should find that you'll be able to walk to most places from a Looe holiday home located near the heart of the town. Be ready to navigate a few old, crooked lanes, though, and consider that you might need to climb the steep-sided edges of the valley to reach your doorstep. Because this corner of Cornwall is largely rural, it's not got too many local bus links. That makes a car pretty much indispensable if you're looking to escape to rustic Looe holiday cottages around the Polperro Heritage Coast and beyond.

Food & drink 

Foods to try when staying in Looe holiday rentals

Though it's quite close to the county border with Devon, Looe is still firmly in Cornwall. That means all the culinary treats of the region are still on the menu, here. A cream tea with cushiony scones and homemade jam? Just delve into 1 of the charming cafes along Higher Market Street. A meat-packed, veg-heavy Cornish pasty? There are bakeries that churn them out all over the place. Seafood is another staple – Looe was once a town totally reliant on fishing, in fact. Whether it's griddled bream or fresh John Dory, don't miss a fillet of that tasty English Channel bounty.

How many holiday rentals are available around Looe?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,784 holiday lettings around Looe. From 1,017 cottages to 469 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Looe?

If you're a pushover for ocean views and the sound of waves, you're in luck! HomeAway has 596 beachside rental properties. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Luckily, HomeAway has loads more options, including:

  • 472 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 435 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 298 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Looe?

You can forget about standardized, cookie cutter hotel-chain rooms. Our house holiday rentals offer a personal touch — as well as all the space you and your group could need! There are 807 houses available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £62 a night. Or maybe you'd rather choose one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 745 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £50 per night.
  • Apartment: 209 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £39 per night.
  • Barn: 70 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.

Can I stay in Looe in a large group?

Whether you're hitting the road on a special trip with the whole family or spending a week away with your old school gang, it's a whole lot of fun staying under the same roof! And the great news is that HomeAway has places that'll suit. House holiday rentals are the preferred choice here for big groups of guests. Our international database currently has 172 available. Around this area, the rental options that are suitable for large groups include:

  • Searching for properties that can house 6 people? We have 673 that will be perfect. Prices begin from just £50 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your squad, you'll be delighted to find out that there are 276 holiday rentals suitable. You can get one for as little as £50 per night.
  • Trying to find rental properties suitable for 5 guests? You'll be happy to know we have 211 that'll be perfect. You can bag one from just £57 per night.

You and your crew will be in good hands when you plan your Looe holiday through us!