Once a busy fishing community, the town of Looe is divided into West & East by its river. This picturesque resort has a variety of little shops, a busy harbour, which is well worth visiting to watch the remaining fishing boats coming in to unload their catches – always a busy and colourful event, and the Hannafore Beach with its views across to Looe Island. Visits include the fantastic Trelissick Gardens and the famed Lost Gardens of Helligan.
The 3 star Portbyhan Hotel is superbly located on the quayside overlooking the picturesque Cornish fishing port of Looe, in an unrivalled position in the heart of West Looe. Each of the ensuite rooms has tea & coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors. Entertainment is provided most nights.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to the southwest and Cornwall. We reach our hotel, the 3 star Portbyhan Hotel, where there is tea and coffee on arrival with plenty of time to settle in and relax before dinner is served.
Tuesday After a fine breakfast we travel to the county capital of Cornwall, Truro, where we spend some time, then follow the River Fal to our first garden visit which is the National Trust property at Trelissick. This tranquil varied garden enjoys a fabulous setting on its own peninsula overlooking the Fal Estuary and offers a superb collection of tender and exotic plants. In addition to the floral attractions the estate offers refreshment facilities and a gift shop.
Wednesday A day at leisure to relax and discover the charms of both East and West Looe.
Thursday A full day excursion to the unspoilt Roseland Peninsula. Our first visit is Mevagisse, a delightful and unspoilt fishing village on the South Coast of Cornwall. We then travel to St. Mawes, a picturesque waterside fishing village offering safe sandy beaches, boating, fishing, walks, plenty of small shops, pubs and restaurants, all of which nestle around the harbour. Our next visit, St. Just, is one of the jewels of Cornwall. After a good stay we return to Looe.
Friday A visit to the great maritime city of Plymouth, the 'Waterfront City' with its unique location between moors and sea. We enjoy a short guided tour of this fascinating city to point out the principle landmarks followed by free time for lunch and to visit the shops or perhaps a stroll along the Hoe. Why not take a scenic and naval harbour cruise, viewing the mighty warships and submarines.
Saturday A leisurely breakfast before we drive to the Georgian village & harbour of Charlestown, the setting for the TV programmes Poldark and The Onedin Line. Next we visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England. Lost for decades it has now been lovingly restored to its former glory, a labour of love that continues to this day. Over 200 acres ranging from the jungle to formal gardens are a paradise for the explorer, the plant lover and keen gardener.
Sunday This morning we take a short ride to the village of Polperro. Like most Cornish villages, Polperro has a history of smuggling although its legal trade is fishing! Known as one of the most popular places in Cornwall, Polperro is undoubtedly one of the prettiest. The last afternoon is spent at leisure back in Looe.
Monday Time to head for home. Departing after breakfast we retrace the route of our outward journey to arrive back in our home area late afternoon after an enjoyable West Country break.
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