Top places to live in Cornwall Looe
A historic fishing village with serious charm, Looe is perfectly positioned for a commute to Plymouth whilst offering the benefits of a small community. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Looe is a popular south coast resort town, divided in two with a river running through the middle. East Looe is generally more bustling with shops and cafes whereas West Looe is much quieter. Property search agent Jayne Choak at Live By the Sea recommends Looe, saying there is “a good mixture of little cottages and houses all shapes and sizes for all different prices” available.
Looe is a fishing town and famed for its catch, which you’ll find on the menu at The Sardine Factory, a stylish and laidback restaurant in converted sardine factory on the quayside (it was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2020 and 2021) – takeaway only for the time being, obvs. Nearby, perched on the cliffs at Porthallow (between Looe and Polperro) sits the Talland Bay Hotel – good for dinner or drinks. The Coddy Shack just above the town itself has a reputation for serving the best fish and chips in the area, and although it isn’t the prettiest of buildings, it didn’t disappoint when we visited.
If you’re after cute holiday-maker type independent shops then Looe will cater well for you, plus there is a butchers, fishmongers, bookshop and so on. For larger shops you’ll need to head up to Liskeard or there is a Waitrose on the outskirts of Saltash (17 miles).
Looe itself has great beaches and coastal walks as well as many a happy child crab fishing off the quay. Hannafore beach has lots of excellent rockpools and the surfing beach of Whitsand Bay is just down the road. The Rame Head peninsular is not far away, which has lots of beautiful walks and little beaches, as is Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. It’s a five mile walk to Polperro along the SW Coast Path.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£239,024. The majority of sales were detached properties costing on average £365,320. Terraced properties cost on average £170,697, with flats costing £171,456. Local estate agents are Bradleys and Stratton Creber.
Looe Primary School is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted as is Looe Community Academy secondary. For independent education, Plymouth College Preparatory School and Plymouth College are around 15 miles away, as is King’s School in Plymouth.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Looe Music Festival takes place in September, one of Cornwall’s largest events with stages spread across the town and beaches, attracting an excellent line-up.
It’s about a 40-minute drive into the middle of Plymouth. The scenic Looe Valley Line runs regular rail services up to the nearest mainline station at Liskeard, but it’s almost certainly quicker to drive. From Liskeard you can be in Plymouth in just under 30 minutes and Paddington in just over 3 and half hours.
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