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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • comfortable (18)
  • lovely (15)
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  • hill (14)

32 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely lovely Property, really easy to access, to find."

    We actually arrived at two in the morning and still everything was fine which I was worrying about. Anybody with mobility issues would struggle I think that’s the only thing I would highlight. Don’t underestimate just how steep those hills are.

    Well done for finding Elmbank at 2am sounds like you had a bit of an adventure getting there. We are so pleased you had a great Christmas week and enjoyed everything the house has to offer. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a great time."

    Even the hill as access to the property did not defeat us. The property was spacious, all needs catered for.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Elmbank and everything was catered for. Your review and feedback is much appreciated and we hope you can visit us again soon. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2023

  • "A fantastic house with a great view over the harbour."

    The house met all our expectations and we had a lovely stay in Looe. 'The Hill' has had a lot of mentions here and it is a bit of an issue. Good exercise though! And Looe is set in a steep valley so access to most properties will involve a hill of some sort.

    Thank you for your excellent feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed Elmbank and the view in particular. As you say we are up a hill but so is most of Looe. The benefits are the view and reaching the moral high ground where you can eat as many pasties/cream teas/ice cream etc guilt free! Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Sep 2023

  • "A second wonderful week at Elmbank this year!"

    We’ll be back next year too.

    Many thanks again for your support and positive feedback. We are glad you are enjoying Embank and all Looe has to offer. We look forward to you returning again soon. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely stay in Looe, best accommodation we have had there so far!"

    We had everything we needed and every room was comfortable and inviting. We loved relaxing on the patio outside with views over the harbour, we will definitely be back to stay again, thank you!

    We are so pleased you enjoyed staying at Elmbank and the weather let you enjoy the fantastic patio and views. Your excellent review is much appreciated and we hope you will stay with us the next time you visit Looe. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matilda5.0Aug 2023

  • "The house was immaculate with amazing an view, everything you could need was provided and the beds were so comfortable."

    I suffer with a bad back but never had a problem waking up in the bed here. To add the area is fantastic lots to do for everyone, we went with my nan and two 6 year olds and and everyone had a great time. Would highly recommend this house and will be back in the future

    Thank you for your fantastic review on Elmbank and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for highlighting the beds and the view which are both amazing! Please visit again soon. Best wishes, M&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Elmbank."

    Lovely view of Looe and the estuary and easy walking distance to the town and beach. Property had everything we needed and was very comfortable. Unfortunately the weather decided not to behave so only got a few drinks in on the terrace under the supplied blankets but still got to the beach and did lots of crabbing. Parking space much appreciated and a great bonus. Hill to the property was no issue for us with 2 pensioners in the family party and helped burn off the pasties

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Elmbank despite the weather. Thank you for your excellent review and for making the most of what the house and Looe has to offer. Best wishes, M&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justin4.7Jul 2023

  • "It’s hard to imagine a better house in Looe!"

    The house is comfortable and beautifully furnished but best of all is the view from all the rooms at the front. The extensive patio area is a bonus! So the slog of getting stuff up there is well worth it - and apparently there is a luggage taxi service.

    What a fantastic endorsement, thank you very much! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Elmbank and were able to make use of the patio and new deck area. The views from the house are fantastic. We hope you can make a return visit soon. Best wishes, M&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Elmbank."

    The house was really spacious and comfy. The views from the two front bedrooms and sitting room was great, overlooking the river, our only disappointment was it was too cold to sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the views from there! We only came across the house guide by accident, which gave us the information as to where we can park our car, so a bit clearer guidance I think would help guests. We stayed out of season and hadn't considered that a lot of the restaurants would have been closed, so not as much choice for food as we'd been expecting, but the places we did eat at were great. Unlike others I had known that there was a steep slope up to the house, but it just meant we got to walk off whatever food we'd just eaten!

    Thank you for your excellent review on Elmbank. I'm sorry the weather wasn't kind to you and you couldn't enjoy our new decked area and terrace. The view is still amazing in any weather. We do email a "user guide" with directions and details about the house to the email address supplied by Sykes. However, as you point out this isn't a fool proof system and now have added a hard copy of the guide into the house. Your comments are much appreciated and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes M & J. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ellie4.4Mar 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Elmbank."

    The property had everything we needed and it was a very comfortable stay. The parking space, although narrow, was an added bonus and we were very pleased to have use of this. Looe is a great town with very friendly locals, good facilities and views. The hill up to Elmbank is steep and carrying luggage and shopping up is not easy! We would recommend Elmbank to others and hope to return ourselves.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Elmbank and thank you for your feedback. Looe is a great town with plenty to offer. Well done for squeezing into our parking space, it is a little Cornish! We have used online delivery for our groceries which works well and most major supermarkets do deliver, which makes things easier. Thanks for your recommendation and hope to see you again soon, best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Oct 2022

  • "Super location, fantastic beds and bedrooms only let down by arrival and departure times"

    Thank you for your positive feedback. We agree the beds are amazing and love the bedrooms with the views as well. We agree the check in/out times are a little harsh and will talk with our turn over team to see if there is some flexibility to still allow a full turn over and a softening of the check in out times. Many thanks, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fabulous property, very clean and attention to detail is excellent."

    , all the home comforts had been thought of, beds were especially comfortable. Will definitely be booking again. My only tiny niggle is that the parking space provided (which was fab) needs to have defined spaces as unfortunately other users only left a space big enough for a push bike so I couldn't use it.

    Thanks for your excellent feedback on Elmbank, we are glad you had a great time and had everything you needed. We will liaise with the parking space owner to mark a more usable space for the future. Best wishes M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2022

  • "Elmbank was absolutely great, comfortable for the 6 of, amenities great along with the extras of beach equipment and trolley to transport beach towels etc."

    Views were outstanding and the best we’ve experienced. Seagulls are mutants and noisy but that’s just Cornwall. The steep hill is the only reason we scored it down as it is steep and hard going for fittest of us but any mobility issues this cottage wouldn’t be suitable again this is Cornwall but you’d be in a sticky situation if you got there and couldn’t manage it. Overall we couldn’t of asked for a better week away weather was hot and the house and views unforgettable. We will definitely be back.

    Hi, we are pleased you had a great week and enjoyed staying at Elmbank. We do provide a wheeled cool box and beach trolley as it does help move things up and down the hill into town and to the beach. As you say (being Cornwall) there is a steep hill involved and the house unfortunately doesn't suit everyone. However, the reward is the amazing view from the house and balconies, which is a big pay back! Please look us up again next time you are in the area. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie4.4Aug 2022

  • "It was a lovely house, spacious accommodation and well stocked with everything we needed for our stay."

    Its location in Looe and the views of the town from it are spectacular!

    Hi, thank you for your great review on Elmbank. We are pleased you enjoyed the house and the view in particular, which we agree is spectacular! You are welcome back anytime. Best wishes, M&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great location, excellent range cooking options, gadgets, utensils, good quality china and cutlery."

    Comfortable beds and good bathroom facilities. Great instructions and information sent prior to visit. Outside space is disappointing as it could easily be improved, seating is limited for more than 4 adults and garden is unkempt and scruffy. Cleaning inside could be improved, cobwebs everywhere and window sills dusty and unwiped. Lots dog hair on the lounge floor and sofas from previous occupants.

    Hi thanks for your excellent feedback and we are pleased you enjoyed staying at Elmbank. Our focus has been primarily to get the indoor fitting and furnishings to a high standard so appreciate your comments. With the weather so good we now need to focus more on the outside, as you say and have already purchased some new outdoor furniture which we will add to the second balcony area. We have also had a gardener around to tidy the garden borders and will monitor the indoor cleaning standards as you point out. Many thanks, your feedback is important and helps us maintain high standards and keep making improvements to the property. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anita3.8Jul 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Elmbank, a lovely big 3 storey home with absolutely everything you need for a home from home stay."

    Perfect for a family or group of friends as the house is so big. Spotlessly clean with access to plenty of towels and bedding if required. The views overlooking Looe Harbour were spectacular day and night, and as the weather was perfect we loved sitting on the front patio with a bottle of wine. You have use of a bbq, and there are all sorts of things to help with your day on the beach, such as wind breakers, cooler bags, buckets/spades etc, even a trolley to help with carrying it all back and fore. The home has a smart TV so you can access your Netflix and Apple TV accounts, surround sound sonos speakers and plenty of comfortable seating for the nights spent indoors. The kitchen and utility room is equipped for all of your needs, nothing has been forgotten. There's also a small travel hairdryer. The only negatives was the walk up the hill from looe town/beach especially on arrival with heavy luggage and bags, as there was no way our car would fit on the road up to the house. We are fairly fit so it was OK, I wouldn't let it put you off, but we nearly brought our parents who would not have been able to manage the hill every day. The car was parked in the long stay car park, which was again fine for us, as we didn't use tbe car all week as the weather was amazing, and we used the train to travel out of Looe (recommended) but if you have typical British wet weather you would need to walk for about 10 to 15 mins to get the car. Also the garden area needs some tlc, with maybe some extra seating/ sun loungers as it really is a gorgeous sun trap garden. I say these are negatives but they're not the end of the world and won't spoil your stay. We would definitely come back to Elmbank it really is a lovely house to spend your holiday in.

    Thank you so much for writing such an excellent, detailed review on Elmbank. We are glad you enjoyed the house and your time in Looe. We appreciate your comments regarding the garden, I am looking at getting a gardener in asap to tidy things up. Sun loungers are also a good idea especially in the second, side balcony, which is a bit of a sun trap and has plenty of potential. That will be our next project to get sorted in the summer. Best wishes and come back soon, M&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicky4.7Jun 2022

  • "The house is in a great location but the hill is very steep and long although once you have recovered the view is worth it."

    It would be good to have at least a basic welcome pack. The 2 double bedrooms are spacious with exceptionally comfortable beds. Love is a lovely place with plenty of places to eat and 2 coops for supplies. Coastal walk to polperro is spectacular. We will come again

    Thank you for your excellent review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Elmbank and especially the beds and the view. We are looking into adding a welcome pack for next season and appreciate your suggestion. We are also looking forward to doing the coastal walk to Polperro ourselves, as it's on our bucket list for later in the year. Best wishes, M & J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jay4.4Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful property with space for the whole family."

    The guide which was sent to us was very helpful and easy to follow. The walk up the hill wasn't strenuous at all and definitely shouldn't put anyone off. Thank you, would be happy to stay here again!

    Thank you for your excellent review, we are so pleased you enjoyed staying at Elmbank. It is great to hear that you found the "user guide" helpful, we try hard to keep it up to date and relevant for our guests. You would be most welcome to stay again next time you are in Looe. Best wishes, M&J Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Apr 2022

  • "Elmbank is a great house for a holiday with dog’s in Looe, although it is a very steep walk up to it which is tricky when unpacking and repacking to leave as you have to carry everything up and down."

    The parking is however not a problem both in the paying car parks or in the space provided just across the bridge. The house itself is very comfortable, great beds and a decent television and in the summer I’m sure the garden would be lovely with great views over the harbour. I accidentally left some clothes in the wardrobe and Dilly the house keeper could not have been more helpful with reacquainting me with them! Despite the steep hill we would definitely stay here again don’t be out off by it!

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Oct 2021

  • "From reading the reviews afterwards aswell the main issue seems to be the very steep hill which was not made clear until we received the welcome pack."

    The beds were fantastically comfortable, and the shower was powerful and hot, we felt the front room furniture was tired and the sofa had a number of stains on. The kitchen was very dark with hardly any natural light coming through. The closeness to the town was very good but the steep hill put us off going up and down more than once or getting dressed up and putting shoes that were not suitable for going up and down on the hill. Considering the location of the property anx the cost of the week, a basic welcome could of been provided.

    Reviewed by Tara2.5Sep 2021

  • "The patio area with the amazing views was the best."

    Sitting in the sunshine with the views of the river was very relaxing. The beds and bedding were very comfortable and of good quality The secure parking was an extra bonus. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Angela3.8Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous holiday home with lots of space."

    Balcony with the view over the estuary was just fabulous and we spent most of our time out there as we were blessed with some lovely weather! The free parking was fantastic - great to have and only a few minutes walk across the bridge. Very steep walk up to the house which was absolutely fine for our family but would be a struggle for the less mobile. Looe is beautiful and there is so much more to see and do than we ever imagined! We loved our time here and would return in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Sara4.4Aug 2021

  • "A wonderful property with a stunning view to while away a few hours watching life on the estuary and viewing the sunset."

    The house had been cleaned thoroughly before arrival, so felt really comfortable in these strange times. So good to have quality king size beds and mattresses to ensure a good nights sleep, with the seagulls providing a natural alarm clock. Like other comments, this is a lovely period house but the road to the house was designed for a horse and cart more than the modern car, great as no traffic to disturb you, but would only attempt it if you have a small car. The town is very busy this year, so book restaurants and trips ahead to avoid disappointment. My tip is that as there is a short but very steep hill to climb out of the town centre back to the house, take some bags with you and bring a few groceries back each time you go out. Better still book a fishing trip on one of the boats advertising on the quayside and catch your own supper. Overall we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to anyone looking for a holiday in Looe.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our stay at this property was fantastic."

    The house was really comfortable and had everything we needed and the location into to town was superb. The free parking space was a bonus too. We were a family with a 3year old and 4month old and a 71 year old and although the hill was steep we did manage it quite well. The only challenge is the packing and unpacking as we could not get the car close by, however don’t let this put you off as the views and the comfort of this property more than made up for it. We had good contact with the owner and I felt very informed. Sainsbury’s also did a big food delivery for us although we did help the driver out. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Jun 2021

  • "Fantastically well equipped, tasteful, spacious and comfortable home which the ladies in our party say could only have been improved by a full-length mirror or two!"

    Parking in the mill pool car park was no problem and surprisingly cheap. All four of us and the dog would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2021

  • "Elmbank is in a superb location with stunning views across the Looe river."

    It is only a very short but steep walk down into the town centre shops, restaurants, pubs and the beautiful sandy beach. We really enjoyed our stay at Elmbank, the beds are wonderfully big and comfortable and the house was quiet, warm, clean, spacious and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Apr 2021

  • "The owners were most helpful and when the washing machine broke down, we had a new replacement within 24hrs, we had to contact the shop and then they arranged fitting."

    We had excellent weather but it was lovely to come back to a warm cosy house. We would definitely rent the house again, very homely. Thank you again!

    Reviewed by Annabelle5.0Apr 2021

  • "Elmbank is a lovely well equipped property, with good quality fixtures and fittings and fabulous views towards West Looe and the Millpool."

    The lower end of Shutta Road is indeed steep but eventually levels out, the house and views make the uphill stroll worth it. We also found space 59 in the Beach car park too small for our estate car. However the Millpool car park just over the bridge is free overnight from 6pm to 9am and with pay by phone really easy to add an hour in the morning without leaving your bed! We would definitely return to Elmbank if looking to stop in that part of Cornwall again. Comprehensive user guide from the owners contained lots of useful information.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Romano is a lovely house very clean and comfortable."

    The only drawback is the location fantastic views but the walk up the hill a couple of times a day is quite difficult. I think the ad should state that anyone with any kind of walking difficulties should think about booking this property. The car parking we found a nightmare the designated car parking space 59 is so difficult to park in unless you have a small car. We had to pay for parking most of the week.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Aug 2020

  • "Elmbank is a gorgeous house - really spacious and well equipped."

    It is also in a great position, only a few minutes’ walk from the town with various shops, including 2 Co Ops and approx 10 mins walk from the beach. As others have mentioned, the hill to get up Shutta Road is pretty steep but we managed it with our 3 children aged 6, 3 and 9 months, usually going out at least twice a day. Pushing the buggy up was hard though!! The owners sent us a pdf with lots of really useful information the day before our stay and it was a nice surprise to find out that a parking permit would be available as this wasn’t included within the Sykes listing. When we arrived we were a bit nervous to use it as the details were completely faded and unreadable - but after a quick message to the East Looe Town Trust who manage the car park, they provided us with a new replacement permit. The car park is next to the beach, which was actually handy for leaving beach gear in but the spaces are very tight so unless you have a small car, you probably wouldn’t want to have to navigate getting in and out each day. We actually didn’t use the car all week which was lovely and although this was one of the more expensive places we have stayed in recently (also much bigger, as it has 3 bedrooms when we only really needed 2), it was well worth the money to be able to walk everywhere and nip down to the beach when the sun popped out. There are very few downsides to this property but if you are thinking of staying with young children (crawlers) be aware that there are 2 open fires with real coals in. We left our 9 month old in the lounge for a few mins when we arrived and came back to find him looking like a chimney sweep!! There is also not much of a garden - only a paved area but with a picnic bench - but this wasn’t an issue with the beach so close. We are were also confused as to why a note had been left in the property stating that recycling wouldn’t be taken that week - even though other houses on the road had their recycling bags out and a quick chat with one of the general refuse collectors confirmed that recycling would be taken as usual. However, the bags weren’t left for us so we didn’t have much choice which doesn’t sit well when we try hard to be as eco friendly as we can.

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and exactly as described in the details, however on arrival we struggled to find the car park(s) that were suggested, so we parked in the closest, and set off walking up to the house, Shutta Road is a very steep road and I don’t feel that the steepness and length of the walk required is explained fully, we were 4 healthy adults, anyone with children would possibly struggle, especially with luggage."

    On arriving at the cottage there was a key and car park pass but no more information as to where the car park was, we did eventually find it after 2 days of asking around, even asking the car park attendants, this had meant that we had to keep moving the car and paying to park. I feel that a little welcome note would have been appreciated to let us know about the car parking, what to do with the rubbish and what to do with bedding on leaving.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2020

  • "The house was amazing- everything including kitchen appliances was top quality."

    The house was gorgeous with fantastic views. We would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Feb 2020

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king size double, 1 x second-floor super king size double with balcony, 1 x second-floor super king size double, two of the bedrooms are zip/links
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Parking is available in nearby car parks on first-come, first-serve basis
  • Front terrace area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles and pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Please note the road outside the property will be closed to vehicles from March 2023 to Sept 2023 due to road works, normal pedestrian access is unaffected.

The property

A spacious Victorian townhouse nestled in the town centre of Looe, on the Cornish coast.

Set in an elevated position, on the banks of the estuary, this property is the perfect base for friends or families seeking a seaside escape.

Step into the open-plan living space where you can look forward to unwinding after a long day, with the TV to provide plenty of entertainment for those quieter evenings, with a large bay window offering some of the most magnificent views of the river.

This room also has a dining area which provides ample space for family gatherings over a hot meal and a refreshing beverage.

Walk through to the kitchen area which is amply-equipped with everything you will need to set you up for a weekend in the countryside.

Follow the steps up to the first floor which has a super king size double bedroom and access to a family shower room, whilst the second-floor provides two further super king size doubles, one of which benefits from its own balcony area.

Each of the beds benefit from top of the range Naples pillow top mattress' for the best nights sleep.

Enjoy your morning cup of tea on the balcony and watch the sun rise over the river, with a good book to keep you company.

During the summer months, choose to dine alfresco with those estuary views as your backdrop, perfect for a romantic meal.

Tempting though it might be to spend your whole break here soaking it all in, there's a huge choice of things to do to suit all ages and tastes.

While you're in the area, visit East Looe Beach for a fun-filled afternoon on the golden sands, learning how to surf, swimming or spotting all the local wildlife and birdwatching.

For a spot of history, venture towards the Old Guidhall Museum and Gaol, a local history museum which dates back hundreds of years.

Close to the Polperro Heritage Coast, which combines with part of the South West Coast Path, ideal for keen walkers and cyclists.

Elmbank is the ultimate choice for a seaside break to the south coast of Cornwall.

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About the location


Polperro 5 miles.

Looe is Cornwall’s second largest fishing port and hence there is always a lively maritime bustle around the quay area of East Looe, which is connected to the quieter West Looe by a seven arched 19th century bridge over the River Looe. You can also catch the river taxi between East and West Looe. East Looe has narrow cobbled streets, twisting alleyways and plenty of tourist shops, whilst West Looe has a lovely outlook across the harbour. Looe’s viewpoint, Banjo Pier, can be reached from the quay and is a great spot to watch the returning fishing trawlers and look across the bay to Looe Island, which can be walked to occasionally at very low tides. The sandy Looe beach adjoins the pier and is very popular with families because of its safe shallow swimming and vast expanse of sand. There is also a great rock pool area at Hannafore that children will love. West Looe has a Heritage Centre that recently opened in the Old Sardine Factory with a climbing wall and a cafe and the delightful Kilminorth Woods have way marked walks through the majestic oak wood, rich in plant, insect and bird life. Apart from beach activities in this part of south east Cornwall, there are many mining remains on Bodmin Moor and in the Tamar Valley and much of the mining landscape has World Heritage status. This area of Cornwall has inspired writers, such as Daphne du Maurier and much of Bodmin Moor has inspired legends linked with King Arthur. There is much to explore in this beautiful part of Cornwall.

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Note: Please note the road will be closed to vehicles from Feb 2020 to Sept 2020 due to road works. Normal pedestrian access is unaffected

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas