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We are now permanently closed

We are sorry to announce we are now permanently closed for self catering holidays at The Sail Loft Studio, Looe.

Its been great fun meeting new and interesting people who we welcome in our superb apartment, we thank all our lovely guests for choosing to stay with us in Looe and hope if you return you will find somewhere that equals our special accommodation.

With warm thanks

Steve & Etty

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Autumn at National Trust Lanhydrock Estate,

The first really chilly day of autumn at Lanhydrock and the leaves on the beech trees of The Avenue at Lanhydrock National Trust estate had turned to a rich burnished brown and gold forming a deep carpet on the crisp ground.thumb_img_0773_1024

The old sycamore and beach trees line The Avenue, leading from the Gatehouse of Lanhydrock and form part of The River Walk a 2 mile circular route capturing ancient woodland and habitats for moss & lichen, flowers & fungi, beetles, bats & birds. Listen out for woodpeckers and look out for kingfishers down on the River Fowey as you walk over Respryn Bridge, a small pretty five arch early crossing, with parts of this bridge dating back to 15th century.

The house itself was built during the early 17th Century by the Robartes family and remodelled after a fire in 1881. Today it is a house with one of the longest tours within the National Trust and is a fascinating snapshot of life at the turn of the century before the 1914-18 war. Rooms are presented as they would have been furnished with an and an intimate sense of life and work at this time above and below stairs is a truly interesting experience.

Its our favourite house in Cornwall and is well worth the time to spend a day walking and enjoying the history just a few miles from The Sail LoftStudio, Looe

 

 

 

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Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps are an hours drive from The Sail Loft Studio, Looe and well worth the visit to experience the full majesty of the North Cornish coast. Stark cliffs rising above a flat tidal sandy beach are dominant in this rugged landscape a few miles north of Newquay and close to Watergate Bay where Jamie Oliver’s 15 Restaurant is based. The Bedruthan Steps are accessed from National Trust owned land and there is ample car parking, however if you don’t have your membership card for the National Trust you will have to pay to leave your car. The walk to the steps is reasonably easy if you are mobile,  its a hard walk down to and up from the beach but take your time and its well worth it, but watch the tides!

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After trudging around the beach and walking to the near headland we drove the short distance to Jamie Olivers Restaurant, 15 in Watergate Bay. The food was brilliant and the staff superb with a view to captivate. With the energetic kite surfer, whizzing along the shallow tide line, we found it difficult to concentrate on the menu but we did manage it eventually with some brilliant results. Its worth making a booking for a good seat near the window, but we were squeezed in and ate at the bar. 3 courses is a small luxury but saves on supper later and the flavours will linger.

Our next venue was Trerice House, 10  minutes away from the restaurant, another National Trust house, its a smaller manorial farm and garden, with yummy tea room and restaurant, entertaining volunteer guides and lots of activities, it was altogether a super day out, with a bracing walk, a fine lunch and a bit of history before a short trip home on easy roads and no holdups!

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SonoS wifi sound system

SonoS wifi sound system has landed at the Sail Loft Studio, Looe, The multi speaker, super adaptable wireless sound system is the latest addition to our studio apartment. If you have a smart phone you have control! Download an app from the Apple or Google and you can choose from the music on your device, be it your phone, Laptop, or Tablet, listen to thousands of digital radio stations, connect to Spotify, Deezer or any number of music services and you have each and every one at the touch of a button. High quality digital sound with immersive space filling qualities add to The Sail Loft Studio experience, give it a try if you stay and you will be converted to the cult of SonoS.

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Busy day in sunny Looe Cornwall

A busy day in sunny Looe Cornwall, our visitors are baking in hot sunny weather, the sea is warm and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained, ferries are busy in the harbour and the bay is a boat owners dream, plenty of space to enjoy the clear water and a fine view of the town and beach! Arrive here by car, train, bike, by boat or walk the South West Coast Path from Polperro, Seaton, Whitsand Bay, Fowey or Charlestown. Watch the sun go down in a blaze of orange and the sky turns pink as dusk falls, its a piece of Cornwall which is off the tourist trail but close to everything that is.

The Sail Loft Studio is the perfect base to get to know this enchanting piece of the Duchy of Cornwall and we are open for next years bookings already!

Busy day in sunny Looe, Cornwall

Busy day in sunny Looe, Cornwall

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Smugglers Rest – Talland Bay

We visited the Smugglers Rest, Talland Bay, just a few miles from the Sail Loft Studio, Looe for an evening out with friends, it’s is our favourite place for casual dining out near Looe. Usually we walk en route to Polperro via The South West Coast Path and take a taxi back home, but last evening we were lucky to be driven there by our friends, the table was pre booked and as ever there were specials to tempt us, the barbeque food is full of flavour, plentiful and theres a great choice, its a very casual relaxed venue, reasonably priced and with views to die for. Watch the sun go down, causing a spectrum of colours in the sky, from orange, turquoise and soft mauves across a calm sea to moonlit darkness  and scintillations twinkling on the water. Its a magical place, worth the trip and its open all day in the holiday season, serving breakfasts, snacks, cream teas, etc, take cash and its advisable to book for the evening barbecue. The servers are super friendly, so helpful and good fun, Its a family run business, it deserves its success and long may it continue to thrive.

Smugglers Rest - The Barbecue

Smugglers Rest – The Barbecue

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Brown Willy, the highest peak in Cornwall

On a breezy day with a little cloud,  we headed up to Camelford, about 35 miles away to the north of The Sail Loft Studio, Looe for a walk around Showery Tor and Rough Tor and  Brown Willy, the highest peak in Cornwall, the car park is at Poldue Downs and the walk is about 5 miles in length. Fabulous rock formations on Showery Tor allow for dramatic photo opportunities and the view from Brown Willy shown in the video is spectacular. P1030800

The terrain is not strenuous but can be a little soggy in wet weather, so boots on before you leave the carpark! There are cattle and horses roaming free and raptors and ravens fly high above the peaks.

Details of the walk can be found at iWalk Cornwall and it is well worth the effort to take a picnic, or start early and perhaps have lunch at the St Tudy Inn, in St Tudy a short way off the A39 en route to Wadebridge, Bodmin and Looe.

 

 

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The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro – Its a great pub

The Blue Peter, Polperro, our favourite pub by far in this quintessential Cornish fishing village, only a 2 hour walk from The Sail Loft Studio via the South West Coast Path, or a short, speedy bus trip, then lunch on the great menu and catch the boat back to Looe. You can book at the Blue Peter by calling Caroline who can reserve a table for you at lunchtime, try the variety of real ales and ciders, their fresh seafood or local sourced meaty dishes and there are veggie options too! Eclectic decor, and characterful atmosphere, its a great pub with truly hospitable staff where nothing is too much trouble, our favourite, you try it too!

 

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Boscastle on the North Cornish Coast

Boscastle, about 45 miles from The Sail Loft Studio, Looe, sits on the North Cornish coast in a narrow natural harbour, the town hugs 2 valleys of the Valency and the Jordan rivers and in 2004 suffered extensive damage due to flooding. The town has been rebuilt and re-energised and is a thriving community with interesting galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants, the walk along the South West Coast Path to the Boscastle National Coast Watch station is spectacular, not strenuous but well worth the short walk from Boscastle and the Harbour.

The walk gives one a brilliant view of the harbour and rugged coastline and on to the headland where the station, once a summer house to the Rickard Avery family built in the the 1800’s, it is now leased from the National Trust by the National Coast Watch Institution and serves as a lookout post watching out for all water users within their area.

Sea Pinks coating the sides of Boscastle Harbour

Sea Pinks coat the grassy sides of the tidal harbour valley and the clear waters are busy with commercial and pleasure boats taking advantage of the tides.

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