Fisherman's Cottage in Looe, Cornwall, England - Romantic Cottage Close to Beach and Harbour
About Sarah Tremayne
Bird's Nest is a locally managed traditional fisherman's cottage which has undergone a total refurbishment to bring it to the very high standard that it is in today. Its very cozy and luxuriously furnished, with a great deal of thought going into every detail to make it home from home. Everything is colour co-ordinated and of the highest quality. Once at Bird's Nest you will not want for anything. Its a truly romantic getaway and we are sure you will have the perfect holiday.
Sarah Tremayne purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Sarah Tremayne chose Looe
A whole year was spent lovingly renovating the cottage and modernising it to a high standard. Everything you could possibly want has been thought of. The cottage is very romantic and is ideal for a couple who want to get away from it all. The local area is superb and has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Bird's Nest is nestled in a quiet pretty cobbled street, with the beach and quay seconds away, as are the many restaurants, cafes and shops. But if you want to explore Cornwall and its attractions, Looe is an ideal base. There's no need to worry about parking as the house has an allocated parking space in Looe's Millpool carpark which is a 7 - 8 minute walk from the house. Guests are welcome to drive to the top of Higher Chapel Street in order to unload etc and the cost of parking is included.
What makes this Cottage unique
This traditional Cornish cottage is laid out over three floors and gives a flavour of a bygone era. We have just finished completely refurbishing this property for the season, so everything is new and clean in this beautiful cottage. Please be aware that the stairs can, for some, be a little steep and a possible struggle for more elderly and less mobile travellers.
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We loved Looe and the parking space was a great added bonus. We knew the property had steep stairs between each floor but every inch of space was used effectively and it was nicely decorated, if a little ‘busy’.
It is unfortunate we have to report that it wasn’t very clean, with big balls of dust on the floor, the back of the loo seat, the shelving in kitchen etc. My husband has asthma and every morning when we got up he’d have huge sneezing fits!
Understand the place is too small and awkward for a normal hoover, but a hand-held one would be ideal.
We also left a message for Dilly on arrival about the ice maker not working, but never got an acknowledgement.
Finally, the mattress is very lumpy.
All that said, we had a lovely time in Looe and the location of the property couldn’t have been better.
A quirky and characterful cottage in a terrific location.
Well equipped, and within walking distance of a lovely beach and harbour, and plenty of good places to eat.
It wasn't easy to find as the directions were a bit vague. The key point that wasn't clear is that after turning right (as you have to) at the end of the one-way Middle Market Street, you then need to take the very next turning on the right, with the church on your left and ignoring the sign that says "Unsuitable for motors". You then park by the far end of the church, and the cottage is just along the street in front of you, on the right-hand side.
The bed is quite comfortable if a little lumpy. The stairs are very steep and very narrow.
Excellent to have a reserved parking spot, even if the parking permit was out of date. Dilly the caretaker assured us that there wouldn't be a problem, and there wasn't.
The cottage has wi-fi, although the information we were sent says both that it does and that it doesn't. The signal is strong and easily enough to stream video - a good thing because the Freeview signal is quite poor.
Things to get out and do:
- Boat trip from Looe Harbour, round St George's Island. Moderate value at £9 per person for a 45-minute trip.
- The Hurlers stone circles, and nearby Trethevy Quoit and King Doniert's Stone, near Minions on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Well worth the visit, beautiful countryside and impressive ancient stones. Free parking and access.
- Scenic Looe Valley railway to Liskeard. A beautiful journey; but at the other end the centre of Liskeard is really not worth the 15-minute walk from the station. Especially on a Sunday (when we did it) as almost nothing is open, and the same appears to be the case on bank holidays.
Recommended places to eat:
- Sarah's pasty shop serves pasties that are as good as any we have ever had.
- The Plough on the Quay - we enjoyed this so much, we went there twice. It's important to book though, especially at the weekend.
- The Smuggler's Cott.
- Catch for fish and chips.
- We also enjoyed 'do it yourself' cream teas, using absolutely fantastic scones from Martin's Dairy bakery (opposite the car park at the eastern end of the bridge).
Cozy cottage, perfect for a romantic getaway
The cottage is adorable and exactly how it looks in the pictures. It is spotlessly clean (I even checked under the bed!) and well kept.
The kitchen is extremely well equipped for dining in and very spacious.
The staircase is tiny (as you would expect from a fishermans cottage) so I couldn't take my huge suitcase upstairs but this was not a problem as it tucked away neatly in the kitchen.
The bathroom is also on the small side (again to be expected from a fishermans cottage) but is immaculately clean. We did find that we were unable to close the bathroom window properly once we had opened it so perhaps this is something that might be addressed.
The living room is perfectly proportioned and is well stocked with a range of books and DVD's should you fancy staying in.
The bedroom was the best part of this cottage. So light and airy. The bed is very comfy and the bed linen is good quality. Larger than expected and a great amount of storage space.
The cottage is in a great location. Seconds from the sea, great pubs (The Bullers Arms is our firm favourite) and a fantastic Indian takeaway.
The communication and instructions for getting to the cottage and the parking was spot on. We had no issues in finding the property or our allocated parking space.
All in all we had an absolutely fantastic stay in Looe and would 100% recommend this property. We will definitely be returning :)
What a fantastic little cottage
From the fits of hysterics trying to get out suitcases up the narrow and steep staircases right through to the fun of bringing them down again we had a lovely time at Birds Nest Cottage. Fantastic location in the centre of Looe, close to all the lovely restaurants. The cottage is excellently equipped with everything you could need during your stay. I can't recommend this place enough, just be prepared for the 5:30am seagull alarm call from the roofs of Looe.
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we had a good holiday thanks. There were a few issues with the accommodation you may want to address. The shower head needs replacing as it is leaking and makes showering tricky. Also the shower seems to be leaking onto the floor of the kitchen as there was water on the floor of the kitchen after a shower. One of the chairs in the living is broken so you cannot sit on it and needs replacing. Ian
Dear Ian, Many thanks for your feedback - we're really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. We're sorry that not everything was working - but we've now fixed these including the chair and shower - if you had let us know while you were staying we could have done this at the time. Please let us know when you're next coming to Looe - we'd love to accommodate you again. Kindest regards, Sarah.
First time of visiting Looe and we fell in love with the place! The cottage was very quaint and qwerky! Everything we needed for a relaxing and chill out holiday. The stairs a little challenging at times, as was the small bathroom, but all manageable, and by the end of our week, we were at home with it all. The cottage exuded warmth and for us, comfort. The bed was sooo comfortable too. We would love to return some time in the future and would highly recommend.
Special interest holidays:
Shark and mackerel fishing excursions are available locally.
The beach is within 100 meters, so seconds away!
The nearest airport is Plymouth or Exeter. A train service runs from Looe. The bus service is also excellent. Once in Looe you never need to get in your car again! Everything is on your doorstep and within walking distance.
The cottage now has the benefit of an allocated parking space in the Millpool carpark which is a 7- 8 minute walk away (effective for bookings made after 1 March 2018).
Guests opting to drive should be able to park temporarily at the top of Higher Chapel Street adjacent to the Church in order to unload and load (around 10- 15 metres away from the cottage).
All of the shops and restaurants are on your doorstep. Looe has everything you could possibly want. The Eden project is 30 minutes away and we are near the Camel Trail so ideal for walking and cycling. Places of interest are Padstow, Fowey, Polperro, infact Looe is an ideal base for exploring all of Cornwall.
Looe is full of lovely restaurants, coffee shops and exclusive quaint shops to buy special momento's of your holiday. It has two small supermarket (Co-op) where you can buy all of your essential provisions for your holiday. It also has banks and a post office. It is an historic fishing village and fresh fish is sold on the quay at Pengellys fish shop. You can go out in a glass bottom boat, go mackeral or shark fishing for the day, walk or cycle along the famous coastal path to Polperro and Talland Bay. Or just sit and relax on the sandy beach and watch the world go by or enjoy a cream tea in one of the coffee shops. Looe is also renowned for its homemade pasties. So there is something here for everyone.
Looe now has the famous music festival every year in September.
There are farmers markets every 2nd and 4th week in the town.
Looe is famous for New Year and everyone dresses in fancy dress and at midnight they have the most amazing firework display.