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Looe is a seaside town on the Cornish coast, about 12 miles from Fowey and 20 miles from Plymouth. Situated on opposite sides of the River Looe, it was at one time a thriving shipyard and fishing port before tourism became its main industry. East and West Looe are joined by a Victorian bridge with both sides huddled around a small harbour. It's small East beach offers good bathing.

Visitor Attractions - The Monkey Sanctuary at Murrayton House is one of Looe's most popular visitor attractions. It's located about a mile outside town and is home to more than 20 monkeys including Barbary, Patas and Capuchin breeds. The sanctuary also includes a large wildlife garden, featuring an array of plant species, a bat cave and wildlife room, as well as a play area for children.

Fishing remains popular in Looe, especially shark fishing. The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain is located on the quay and offer chartered boat trips for individuals of all ages and all skill levels. Rods and tackle are provided free of charge. They also arrange dolphin and bask shark spotting trips.

For a taste of local history, see Looe Museum on Higher Market Street. Housed in the Old Guildhall building, it traces Looe's development as a major fishing port and tourist holiday spot. Exhibits include mining artifacts, fossils, fishing equipment and historical photographs of the town and surrounding area.

Food and drink - The Old Sail Loft is one of the oldest eating establishments in Looe. Dating back to the 16th century and housed in and old inn, its offers a cosy, intimate atmosphere. They serve fish dishes from a vibrant, highly original menu and keep an outstanding wine cellar. Trawlers on the Quay is also known for its outstanding seafood and has attained awards for its cuisine and fine service. It's had a mention in the Which Food Guide and received Taste of the West Awards Gold Medal.

Looe's Jolly Sailor is one of the oldest inns in the United Kingdom. Its proud heritage is illustrated by its charming interior of heavy beams and flagstone floors. Ye Old Fisherman's Arms is another ancient old inn, located in East Looe. It too features beamed ceilings as well as a large open fire. Traditional folk music is played on week nights and there's a small outside patio area.
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Looe East Beach: Sand
Lifeguarded: No
Water grade: Basic Pass

Looe cottages and self catering properties

Holiday LettingsHoliday Lettings - Around 45 Looe holiday cottages from this rental company from £180 per week during off peak times. They also provide bungalows, self catering apartments sail loft studios and other properties in what is essentially a collection of modern holiday homes. Their collection includes self catering properties in both East and West Looe.

Cottages 4 YouCottages 4 You - 12 Looe cottages for rent and a variety of self catering holiday properties on the Cornish coast. Their collection is a blend of both modern and traditional properties with a wide collection of fisherman's cottages. Prices start at £300 per week during low season and user comments are included for a large number of their holiday properties.

Cottages directStilwells - 8 Looe cottage properties to rent from Stilwells including traditional stone cottages, farm building conversions, seaside holiday apartments and barn conversions. Reductions are offered on a good number of holiday properties with some available for £250 per week. They also provide more than 200 cottages in the Cornwall region.

Independent CottagesIndepedent Cottages - 4 cottages in Looe at the time of publication including a barn conversion, a fisherman's cottage and a 17th century property. Rates are as low as £160 in some cases although prices rise during peak times. They also provide Fowey cottages and cover other nearby locations such as Plymouth. Visit the website for more information.

HoseasonsHoseasons - 15 self catering properties from Hoseasons Cottages, all of which are within 10 miles of Looe in places like Liskeard, Polperro and Portwrinkle. Their collection includes lodges, the usual barn conversions and historical beamed cottages. Also featured is a collection of Plymouth, Bude and Mevagissey cottages. There's another 130 properties in the region.
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Looe Visitor Attractions - Top 5

Monkey Sanctuary
Murrayton House, St Martins, Looe, Cornwall
PL13 1NZ
Tel: 0844 272 127
Email: info@wildfutures.org
Website: http://www.monkeysanctuary.org

Mystique Fishing
Looe, Cornwall
Tel: 01503 264 530
Email: mystiquebond@aol.com
: http://www.mystiquefishing.com

Old Guildhall Museum
Higher Market Street, East Looe, PL13 1BP
Tel: 01503 263 709

Pots in Looe
Paint a Pot, Fore Street, East Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1AD
Tel: 01503 262763
Email: sarah@potsinlooe.co.uk
Website: http://www.potsinlooe.co.uk

Shark Angling Club of Great Britain
Middleton's Corner, The Quay, East Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1AH
Tel: 01503 262642
E-mail: sharkclublooe@gmail.com
Website: http://www.sharkanglingclub.org.uk
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