Looe & Polperro Holiday Cottages
Did you know...Looe and Polperro were once thriving smuggler’s communities?
Perched on the south coast of Cornwall, the town of Looe and the village of Polperro are just six miles apart, yet Looe and Polperro holidays have characters all of their own! Looe is divided into East Looe and West Looe by its river, and Blue Chip Holidays offers modern and traditional holiday cottages in Looe and Polperro. Polperro’s untouched beauty and original fishing cottages give the village a timeless quality, and it’s easy to imagine days gone by.
- The tide gets just low enough once a year to walk out to Looe Island
- Barbary pirates kidnapped 80 people from Looe in 1632
- East Looe and West Looe are separate towns, joined by a bridge
Looe & Polperro Tourist Information
Looe and Polperro have gripping histories filled with tales of the smugglers, pirates and fisherman who have walked the cobbled streets and alleys over the centuries. Although the only traces of the less lawful industries are these days confined to the museum in East Looe, Looe remains a working fishing port and holidays in Looe involve ample to see and do - both in the town and around the area. With the harbour and main shopping area in East Looe, West Looe is the quieter of the towns.
Access for cars in Polperro is controlled very strictly, and most vehicles must be left in the car park on the outskirts, so it is worth walking if possible. Cars are permitted into Looe, although it is advisable to leave them at the town’s entrance or arrive on foot as the narrow, winding streets can be difficult to navigate by vehicle.
Beach Holidays in Looe & Polperro
Those who stay in Blue Chip’s holiday cottages in Looe and Polperro during the summer season are bound to pay a visit to one of the area’s beaches. West Looe and East Looe are connected by a small, regular ferry, so visitors of one side of the river can hop on if they don’t fancy the walk with their buckets and spades!
The spacey sands and shallow waters of East Looe make it a favourite for family-friendly holidays. Dogs are banned all year round, and there are facilities close by. Nearby Banjo Pier is a popular spot for line and rod fishing, or just to relax and watch the fishing boats leave and return to the harbour.
Looe Family Attractions
Looe and Polperro holidays provide plenty to see and do. For more relaxed days, why not wander the area’s winding, cobbled streets and browse the little shops for unusual gifts and souvenirs? Or, if the tales of the smugglers of yesteryear leave you feeling adventurous, wreck fishing trips, speedboat rides, and a glass bottomed boat are operated during season – each offers a unique way to get to know the area.
St George’s Island (also known as Looe Island) is one of Cornwall’s most intriguing and beautiful sites. Bought by two sisters in 1987 and inhabited by them since (until one’s death in 1997), the island has no traffic, shops or buildings although it does include two beaches, a natural swimming pool set in the rocks, fishing and woodland trails. The island is open to daytime visitors during the summer for a landing fee.