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Luxury 17th Century House in Looe's Old Town Close to the Beach

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Large self catering characterful houses sleeping 9 to 12 in 5 bedrooms

Located among the quaint old streets of East Looe, Lantau Cottage is an immaculately presented Elizabethan house dating back some 400 years. It is very well equipped for modern day living yet steeped in a rich history with many original features including beamed and gabled ceilings and offer discerning guests a flavour of days long gone. With quality furniture and soft furnishings throughout, guests will appreciate the attention to detail. The house is normally let from Saturday to Saturday during the peak season but we offer long weekend breaks during other times. The house is ideally situated just a few paces from East Looe’s sandy beach, historic harbour and many cafes, bars and restaurants. It is a no-smoking property and we regret that we can't take pets. Lantau Cottage has off-site parking for 2 cars including 1 space in the beachside carkpark and one in the Millpool carkpark.

More Details

James Hesketh, Bookings & Administration
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About James Hesketh, Bookings & Administration

I'm James Hesketh and I have been managing this beautiful house for the past eight years. It's my favorite house in Looe by a country mile (and I look after a lot). We've just upgraded all of the soft furnishings along with the sofa and chairs. I'm happy to say that everyone who visits loves it and its not difficult to see why.

James Hesketh, Bookings & Administration purchased this house in 2008

Why James Hesketh, Bookings & Administration chose Looe

Lantau enjoys a quiet position in the quaint old streets of East Looe's old town. Everything is close - restaurants, cafes, pubs and most importantly, the beach is just at the end of the street! Inside, the house is full of character - Elizabethan panelled walls in one of the bedrooms, beamed ceilings and full sized ship mast running from the ground floor to the top floor (it forms the centre of the staircase)......and there's plenty more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for Christmas and the New Year. Wow. This is a real gem and in the perfect spot - close to everything, the beach, the harbour, the cafes and restaurants. Very nicely furnished and very comfortable beds (helped by being in a quiet back street). The house is very well equipped - great for cooking Christmas lunch with plenty of pots and pans of all sizes. The children escaped to the 'snug/ante' room on the top floor and claimed it as their own - it has its own TV and sofa - while the grown-ups relaxed in the open plan living area on the ground floor. The weather was kind to us and we went on plenty of walks along the coast path: Millendreath, Talland Bay, Polperro...and to a secret beach! A great time was had by all and we've already booked to stay again.
Jan 2017
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Looe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Towels are provided as standard with weekly rentals. Guests are requested to bring their own beach towels if required (these can also be purchased locally).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Travel Cot
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single , Access via three stepped-ladder
    Single Room - 1 twin/ single
    Double Room 1 - 1 double
    Double Room 2 - 1 double
  • The house is arrange over three floors. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms rooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom that includes a shower, WC and wash basin. All bedroom linen is high quality pure Egyptian cotton and towels are heavyweight Turkish cotton.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house is normally available from 4.00pm on your arrival date and we ask guests to vacate the house by 10.00am on the final day to allow enough time to prepare the house for incoming guests. Joining instructions will normally be sent two weeks before arrival.


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average rating of 4.8095236 based on 35 reviews

Great extended family holiday in top location

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family of 8 enjoying a weeks holiday in the lovely town of Looe. The house was easy to find (thanks for the good directions) and we were greeted by Dilly, the house manager, who was very helpful and informative. The house is arranged over 3 floors and even with eight of us we never felt on top of each other.....we discovered a separate mini lounge/snug on the top floor which had its own TV and which the children claimed as their own den. All the beds were very comfortable and we all slept extremely well. The kitchen was very well equipped and we enjoyed sitting around the lovely old dining table enjoying meals. The old leather sofas in the lounge were great for relaxing in too. The location couldn't have been better and very close to the beach and everything else. The hardest part for us was leaving. Would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jayne, Many thanks for your review and kind words. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we would love to welcome you all back again. Kindest regards, James
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Wonderful holiday in beautiful Elizabethan house

  • 5 of 5

We were two families (8 in total) who enjoyed the most amazing holiday in the wonderful Elizabethan house. So much history – beamed ceilings, paneled bedrooms, tapestries and wall hangings…and a ship mast forming the centre of the stairs! Well equipped kitchen and dining room with comfortable leather sofas in the living room area. Beds were very comfortable complimented with good quality bed linen. Very clean throughout and some real attention to detail here.

Easy to find parking for two cars and we had no problem in finding and extra parking space in the Millpool carpark. We were also able to park within a few yards of the house to unload and load.

Looe’s sandy beach is just yards away at the end of the street (clean and dog free) and harbour close by (great for the obligatory crabbing). Lots of family friendly cafes and restaurants close by too and all reasonably prices. We enjoyed some lovely walks – especially the coastal walk to Polperro.

A special thank you to Dilly for meeting and greeting us on arrival and also for clear joining instructions.

Highly recommended for family holidays.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emma, Many thanks for your review and we're glad you all enjoyed your stay at Lantau Cottage - it sounds like you had a really fantastic break. Next time you're planning on coming to Cornwall please get in touch - we would love to welcome you back! Kindest regards, James.
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A step back in time! Great house in perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

We were six middle aged couples enjoying an Autumn walking break in this lovely part of Cornwall. The house was clean and comfortable and rich in history. We loved the beamed ceilings, paneled walls, hidden doors and ship mast joining all the floors. Sympathetically decorated with nice soft furnishings and curtains. Good attention to detail extended to the pictures and wall hangings - most continuing the nautical theme - which added to the feel of quality and refinement.

Location couldn't have been better - a stone's throw from both the beach and harbour - and close to some truly great restaurants: Smugglers Cott, Old Sail Loft, Ancient Mariner to name a few. We enjoyed hearty breakfasts in the Pier Cafe as well as Daisy's and also Tasty Corner.

All in all a lovely holiday home experience and highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Perry, Many thanks for your comments and we're really pleased that you enjoyed the house and all it has to offer as well as its close proximity to the beach. Please do bear us in mind for future visits - we'd love to welcome you back. Kindest regards, James
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment of booking to the last day, all issues were addressed with clear and detailed pre-stay notes, greetings at the property on arrival and during our stay.

Would recommend to others if they wish to book in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ian, Many thanks for your comments - we're really please you enjoyed your stay at Lantau Cottage and would love to welcome you back another time. Kindest regards, James
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A charming piece of history.

  • 5 of 5

Holding my breath as I entered Landau Cottage, we were all immediately charmed by the ancient wooden beams and white painted walls. We felt transported back in history. We appreciated the house being well fitted with modern bathrooms and a kitchen which was also well equipped.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ann, Many thanks for your comments and we're really pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Lantau and its wonderful history. Please do bear us in mind for future visits - we'd love to welcome you back. Kindest regards, James
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Beautiful cottage in great location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week's holiday with the family in Lantau Cottage, an old and beautiful property with excellent accommodation and very well equipped. The location was great; in the middle of the old town and only two minutes from the beach. It was good to have two car parking spaces, one of which was right by the beach where buckets and spades, sunshades, etc., could be stored in the boot of the car. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alwyn, Many thanks for your comments and we're really pleased that you enjoyed the house and all it has to offer as well as its close proximity to the beach. Please do bear us in mind for future visits - we'd love to welcome you back. Kindest regards, James
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South West Coast Path
East Looe Beach
Smugglers Cott
Daisy's Cafe
The Ancient Mariner Bistro
Trawlers on the Quay
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Plymouth Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
All of the town's pubs are a short walk away
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
East Looe
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
A38 at Liskeard
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
East Looe's finest restaurants are just yards away
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
East Looe Beach

Get a glimpse of Looe's past by visiting the Old Guild Hall Museum, or wander the narrow streets, and sample the delights of the town’s award winning restaurants. Explore the picturesque village of Polperro with its jumble of whitewashed cottages. Its tiny harbour was once a thriving centre for the area's smuggling of brandy and tobacco. Or take the coastal path to explore the secluded coves of Talland and Lanivet Bay.

Looe is a great base in which to explore Cornwall and discover over six thousand years of legend, tradition and heritage from the moors, mines and mansions of the region. There are beaches for everyone, including the spectacular 4 mile stretch of Whitsand Bay which is a 15 minute drive away.

Springtime sees a riot of colour from the bulb fields of the Tamar Valley while the summer brings in an abundance of marine life to this area of outstanding natural beauty. Autumn sees a further transformation through the area's ancient woodlands and their flora & fauna.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $346.21

In order to avoid the new online booking fee that was recently introduced by HomeAway and Ownersdirect, we accept payments by direct bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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