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Looe (Hotels in Looe Click Here)
There are two Looes - East and West - just as there are two Looe rivers which converge upstream of the road bridge. West Looe is the smaller, quieter settlement whilst its eastern neighbour’s streets are crammed and bustling. Huge amounts of copper and granite were shipped from the riverside quays in the last century and there is still life here today as Looe is a busy commercial fishing port and shark-fishing centre. Looe Island lies just offshore, home of the redoubtable Atkins sisters whose remarkable story is told in the book We Bought an Island and Tales from our Cornish Island. There are fine walks to be had up the West Looe valley and a splendid railway journey up the East Looe valley to Liskeard.

Bridgeside Guest House - Looe - 01503 263113
Cherrywood Lodge - Looe - 01503 262851
Crumplehorn Mill - Looe - 01503 272348
Hannafore Point Hotel - Looe - 01503 263273
Hendersick Farm House - Looe - 01503 263207
Hillingdon Guest House - Looe - 01503 262906
Marwinthy Guest House - Looe - 01503 264382
Old Bridgehouse The - Looe - 01503 263159
Penryn House Hotel - Looe - 01503 272157
Portbyhan Hotel - Looe - 01503 262071
Sea Breeze - Looe - 01503 263131
Talland Bay Hotel - Looe - 01503 272667
The Beach House - Looe - 01503 262598
The Fieldhead Hotel - Looe - 01503 262689
The Klymiarven Hotel - Looe - 01503 262333
Trelaske Country Hotel - Looe - 01503 262159
Tresco - Looe - 01503 265981
Westcliffe Guest Houses - Looe - 01503 262927
Westwood Guest House - Looe - 01503 262943


A with a fascinating past, Lostwithiel lies in a bowl of hills at the lowest bridging point on the Fowey river, where fresh water first mingles with the salt. The fine old five-arched bridge dates from the 15th century, but this would have been an important crossing from earliest times. The town is dominated by the lovely spire of St Bartholomew’s Church and the impressive 12th-century Restormel Castle on a hill behind. Lostwithiel was once the administrative capital of the county, under the patronage of the Earls, and subsequently Dukes, of Cornwall, or that for a time it was the sole port for Cornish tin, its foreign trade greater than that of all the Cinque Ports put together, giving it second place on the south coast after Southampton. There are still some remains to be seen of the massive ‘Duchy Palace’, but scarcely a hint of the once-thriving port.

Benthams B & B - Lostwithiel - 01208 872472
Polmenna Bungalow - Lostwithiel - 01208 872642
Royal Oak Inn - Lostwithiel - 01208 872552
The Old Chapel - Lostwithiel - 01579 321260
Tremont House - Lostwithiel - 01208 873055


The church of St Madernus in this granite village overlooking Mount’s Bay used to be the mother church of Penzance. A mile to the north is the celebrated Madron Well, a very early Christian site with the restored ruins of a chapel alongside. This has long been a popular place of pilgrimage and visitors still tie votive rags to bushes in the belief that once the rags have rotted their ailments will be cured. The water is supposed to cure rickets and to assist in divination. The parish is rich in early archaeological remains, including the impressive Romano-British courtyard village of Chysauster, and the massive chamber tomb of Lanyon Quoit which dates from the fourth millennium BC.


Marazion (Hotels in Marazion Click Here)
An ancient town, formed as early as the 12th century, Marazion catered for the pilgrims to St Michael’s Mount throughout the Middle Ages, and still performs a similar function today. The Mount is joined to the shore here by a causeway which is passable only at low water; once the tide has risen there are ferries to take today’s pilgrims across. With a long and fascinating history encompassing ancient harbour, monastery, shrine, fortress, castle and home, the towering half-island of St Michael’s Mount is justly one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions.

Blue Horizon - Marazion - 01736 711199
Chymorvah Private Hotel - Marazion - 01736 710497
Feliskirk House Bed & Breakfast - Marazion - 01736 710037
Glenleigh Hotel - Marazion - 01736 710308
Godolphin Arms - Marazion - 01736 710202
The Beach Hut - Marazion - 01736 711116


Fishing still dominates the harbour of Mevagissey -- but only just. This is an extremely popular destination for visitors in the summer, when it is sometimes hard to appreciate its undeniable charms for the press of people and traffic. The large inner and outer harbours are thronged with boats and, despite the many setbacks which the industry has had to face, there remains a thriving fishing community here as there has been since at least the fifteenth century when Mevagissey’s first stone pier was built. To the south, beyond the cove of Portmellon, is the low promontory of Chapel Point with its distinctive white houses designed in the 1930s by the architect J A Campbell.


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