Destination guide

Seaside stays with holiday rentals in Looe

Straddling a wide river at the eastern end of the Polperro Heritage Coast, the old town of Looe is a regular family holiday choice. Come summer, East Looe Beach fills with parasols and sunbathing bodies. It links to the centre over a single promenade, behind which sits a medley of locally-owned cafes, ice-cream parlours and independent bakers, all set along loveable Higher Market Street. A harbour filled with boats bobbing on the swells faces wooded hills laden with sea-blue cottages, and Looe holiday lettings a little deeper within, creating a quaint and authentic vision of a Cornish fishing town.


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.

Where to stay around Looe?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,963 holiday lettings near Looe. From 778 Cottages to 808 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Looe for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Looe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Looe. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Looe Beach: 2,300 holiday lettings
  • Polperro Harbour: 2,310 holiday lettings
  • Looe Station: 2,784 holiday lettings
  • Sandplace Station: 2,527 holiday lettings
  • Eden Project: 4,947 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Looe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Looe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 778 Cottages in Looe. Our other popular types of Looe holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 808 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 778 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 778 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Looe?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 158 holiday homes with pool available in Looe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.