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Curlews: 4 star large period cottage, East Looe - central location beach & town

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
cottage
People
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Has recently been completely refurbished to a very high standard

Lovely 4 star (Quality in Tourism accredited) cottage right in the middle of the town, a stone's throw from the beach and harbour. Curlews has recently been the subject of a major renovation to the ground floor, which includes a brand new luxury fitted kitchen and also a completely re-fitted luxury shower room new for 2017. The top floor was completely renovated in 2015. It is decorated in a bright, fun contemporary nautical theme throughout.

This large Cornish stone cottage was built in the late 1800's and is spread over three floors. It is located in the heart of the fishing town of Looe, set back in a quiet square on the East of the town (the old medieval market square), nestled between the beach, the quaint streets and the harbour. You are literally on top of it all, there's no need to use the car once you arrive! One parking space is provided on the seafront, just a one minute walk from the property.

The property offers 3 large bedrooms (two double rooms and a large twin bedroom with full-sized single beds), a large luxury shower room and an additional cloakroom. The open-plan living area is equipped with a luxury fitted kitchen and integrated appliances, state-of-the-art Optimyst real flame-effect electric stove, comfortable sofas and a dining table with chairs to seat six. There is full central heating throughout the property and constant hot water. The cottage is also equipped with BT infinity ultra-fast speed Wi-Fi and has a large flat screen multi-media TV with Amazon Video, featuring films, music, games and much more, which are all included in the cost.

Great care and attention has been paid to the decorating and design of the interior. Packed with interesting nautical objects and pictures, you really will feel like you are on holiday by the sea and being very well equipped, you should have everything you need for a wonderful and relaxing break at Curlews.

Looe is steeped in history, being famous for its smuggling heritage. You can even see the exit of a real smuggling tunnel in the building across the square from Curlews! Legend even has it that Jesus took a trip a by boat to Looe Island with his father Joseph as part of a pilgrimage (this was featured in an episode of 'Time Team'). Find out about this and Looe's fascinating history in the town's museum (opposite Curlews).

Looe is perfectly located for exploring the joys of Cornwall (its close to Plymouth, so easy to reach and a perfect base to explore both Cornwall and Devon), is extremely easy to reach by London from train (a direct link runs from Paddington to Liskeard, with a very pretty short train journey alongside the river on the branch line to Looe), meaning that a car is not actually necessary to enjoy a break at Curlews. The town itself is very picturesque with its old quaint streets and historic architecture, lovely sandy beach and beautiful harbour and river and it nestles in amongst some of the country's finest landscapes, slap bang in the middle of the stunning South West Coastal Path.

A summer holiday in Looe can be a delight, but this part of the country truly is beautiful any time of the year. In fact a winter break in this part of the country gives you the beauty (if not more beautiful - it is really peaceful and tranquil in the winter) without all the hustle and bustle of the summer months. Did you know that towards the end of February it gets darker a whole hour and half later than in London - reason in itself to take a winter break here!

Prices are inclusive of all linen (other than towels, which can be provided upon request), utilities and seafront parking. Well behaved dogs are welcome (ground floor only) by appointment.

More Details

Owner
Julie
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

About Julie

I live in Hertfordshire and work as an executive assistant for a large London city insurance company. I bought Curlews in 2008 as base to eventually retire to. I am not a rich property developer and this is the only property that I own (with a hefty mortgage!).

Julie purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Julie chose South East Cornwall

I have loved Cornwall and Looe for many years. I decided to buy a property in Looe after taking several holidays in Looe, particularly over New Year (which is a must, Looe really is THE best place to spend New Year). I love the atmosphere of the town, the quaint shops and pubs, the stunning scenery and walks and being only just into Cornwall it is a really great base to visit this beautiful part of the country.

What makes this cottage unique

Curlews Cottage is really easy to reach by train - you can even get there for last orders if you travel from London after work! Its location is superb - you are right in the middle of everything - the beach, the harbour, the shops, the pubs and fabulous restaurants, but the set-back courtyard location makes it a peaceful retreat. It also has parking - something that is in very short supply in the town!

Looe is very famous for the quality of its fish. Its small harbour means that only day boats can land here, so you can rest-assured that the fish caught around the coast of Looe really is fresh! Look out for Looe Bay fish in some of London's swankiest restaurants! But never mind those, there are some fabulous seafood restaurants in Looe that you must try whilst you visit. No need to for a cab home either if you stay at Curlews, it's just a short stagger from all of the towns pubs and restaurants!

For those made of sterner stuff, why not try your hand at catching your own - regular mackerel fishing trips and longer day trips run from the harbour, or for the budding chefs, buy your own at Pengelley's fishmongers on the quay!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great holiday and Curlews Cottage was perfect
Jul 2015
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

4

Perfect location, parking clean and tidy

  • 4 of 5

Needed a get away long weekend to relax, Curlews Cottage was perfect. Even in November with the rain it was cosy close to shops, pubs and restaurants and harbour. We were four adults on a get away break and would recommend and stay here again ourselves. Owner and housekeeper very accommodating. Only thing missed was a DVD player in living room there is one in television in one of the bedrooms but needed one in living room.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Averil, many thanks for your review and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your break at Curlews. There used to be a DVD player at the property, but when I had the ground floor refurbished last year and the large flat screen TV installed on the wall, there was no longer room for one. I figured that DVD players were now a little outdated anyway! I have just installed Amazon Video, so there is now a full multi-media TV - films, music, games and much more, all included in the cost. I look forward to hearing from you again. All the best, Julie :-)
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5

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Great little cottage, very cosy and had everything we needed for our weekend break. Lovely touches like buckets and spades for the beach and games for indoors when the weather wasn't that good! Right in the heart of Looe so eating out, shopping and getting around was super easy, especially with two young children. It is literally less than a minute walk from the car park and beach so no need to drag luggage very far. Would definitely recommend for a small family, does sleep up to six but it might get too cosy if you were staying for more than a few days! It was doggy friendly too so will take our dog next time :)

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Vicki, thanks for your great review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed staying in Curlews and Looe and shall look forward to hearing from you again!
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5

The cottage is absolutely beautiful , had everything we needed and more ! highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly positioned in the centre of the village , driving through was interesting the 1st time but got used to it ! Highly recommend the looe to polperro walk , we did it on a beautiful sunny day . Lanhydrock worth a visit , polperro lovely , nice cream tea at plantation , the courtyard at looe amazing crab sandwiches . The cottage was very well equipped , pots , pans , utensils , plates , glasses etc , lots of games and books .. Great tele( only because Olympics were on !!) dog friendly .. On ground floor .. Which our dog is used to anyway .. Nice early morning walks when looe was empty ..

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review Terri. I'm really glad that you enjoyed staying at Curlews and hope to hear from you again. Julie
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4

very clean, lovely house

  • 4 of 5

lovely house right near the shops, and beach,everything you needed, for a lovely stay.right near beach perfect for children. great to have milk tea biscuits waiting for you very welcomed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jean, thanks for your review. I'm really glad that you enjoyed your holiday and staying at Curlews. Julie
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5

Fabulous, central, well equipped cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Just enjoyed our first stay Curlews with our dog, Jake. What a wonderful find. Central to East Looe and all it's amenities yet the location was peaceful too. The cottage is very well equipped - (great to have a washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher in a cottage) with some very thoughtful additions such as cutlery you can take to the beach, and towels especially to wipe doggy paws, which I have not come across before in over 20 years of staying in Looe. All credit to Julie, she has created a wonderful place to stay, and credit too, to the housekeeping staff as it was immaculate when we arrived!

We will definitely be visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kath, Many thanks for your shining review. I'm delighted that you (and Jake) had a good stay and that you enjoyed staying at Curlews. Thank you also for your feedback regarding the details, comments like this make all the hard work worthwhile! Looking forward to having you back. All the very best, Julie
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5

Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

Curlews is a very clean and comfortable cottage. We felt at home instantly. It is fully equipped with top notch appliances and accessories. The beds and bedding are exceptionally comfortable. Curlews is so central you don't need to go elsewhere (although I'm sure you will as nearby Polperro, Talland Bay, Black Rock etc are a must).

We will go back with no hesitation.

Julie (the owner) responded very quickly and pleasantly to our enquiries.

The car park space is an added bonus as parking is expensive and restricted at times.

Carol and Bill Stevens

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carol and Bill, Thank you for your shining review. I'm delighted that you had a good time and that you liked Curlews and Looe. I look forward to welcoming you back again! Best wishes, Julie
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid-Winter 2 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£381
for 3 nights
From
£127
£475
 
 
Late winter early spring 2017
4 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£420
for 3 nights
From
£140
£525
 
 
Short Spring Break
15 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£296
for 2 nights
From
£148
 
 
Spring 2017
24 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£477
for 3 nights
From
£159
£695
 
 
Mid-Spring 2017
1 May 2017 - 7 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£558
for 3 nights
From
£186
£695
 
 
Mid-Spring Short Break
8 May 2017 - 9 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£260
for 2 nights
From
£130
 
 
Mid Spring 2 2017
14 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£558
for 3 nights
From
£186
£695
 
 
Late Spring Bank Hol 2017
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
Early Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£895
for 7 nights
£895
 
 
Early Summer 2 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 7 nights
£1,050
 
 
Peak summer 1 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 
 
Peak summer 2 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,295
for 7 nights
£1,295
 
 
Peak summer week 3 2017
5 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 
 
Late Summer 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 7 nights
£1,050
 
 
Early Spring 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Looe Music Festival
28 Sep 2017 - 4 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,192
 
 
Early Autumn 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£695
for 7 nights
£695
 
 
Autumn Half Term 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£795
for 7 nights
£795
 
 
Late Autumn 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£595
for 7 nights
£595
 
 
Late winter 1 2017
4 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£420
for 3 nights
From
£140
£525
 
 
Late winter 2 2017
18 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£342
for 3 nights
From
£114
£425
 
 
Pre-Xmas Short Break 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£360
for 5 nights
From
£72
 
 
Xmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
New Year Week 2017
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

A £200 security deposit is required which is refunded to guests within a month of departure. Costs of any damages or breakages incurred / non-return of keys and or parking permit and any exceptional cleaning costs will be automatically deducted from this security deposit. Additional costs for cleaning will be charged should it be found that guests have smoked in the property.

A security deposit of £250 is required for the New Year week.

Changeover Day:
Saturday (may occasionally differ for short breaks and Christmas and New Year weeks).

Notes on prices:
Please note that short breaks (3 nights) and weekly prices (7 nights) are all listed in the pricing schedule. Weekly prices for low season breaks start from £285.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Looe in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The luxury shower room was completely renovated in 2017
  • This gorgeous luxury shower room has just been completely renovated for 2017 and includes a large walk-in shower with a large rain shower head. There is a toilet and sink in the room and also a cupboard room housing a washing machine and tumble drier for guests' use. There is a further separate small cloakroom with a toilet and sink on this floor. (note: the property does not have a bath)
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The bedrooms are set over two floors. There is a large double bedroom on the first floor with a feature fireplace and close to the shower room (more suitable for older people than the other double bedroom), a futher double-bedroom on the 2nd floor, with a feature exposed stone wall and views over the rooftops to the hills. A further twin bedroom is also on the 2nd floor, furnished with two full-sized single beds, spaced well apart, so plenty of room for 2 adults sharing the room. This room is packed with toys, games and books to delight and occupy the kids. The top floor was completely renovated in 2015. The property sleeps 6 comfortably.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Well-behaved dogs are permitted (on the ground floor only) - there is a £40 surcharge for dogs. Outside: There is no outside area, as the property is in the middle of the town. Most properties in the town do not have any outside space as the town was originally built on reclaimed land from the sea so the buildings are close together. Your outside space is the beach! Utility Room: A washing machine and tumble dryer are located in the bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property will be thoroughly cleaned prior to guests arrival and departure. All linen is provided, other than towels, which can be provided (for a small additional cost) if required. Other: The following are provided for guests additional comfort: Wi-fi, cot & cot bedding and a high chair. Guests are provided with a basic welcome pack (tea, coffee, milk, soap and toilet rolls) upon their arrival. One parking space is provided Due to two steep staircases may be unsuitable for elderly or infirm.

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