We stayed in one of the one bedroom cottages which was perfect. It had everything! Good sized lounge with DVD and CD player, small dining table, a fantastically equipped kitchen with every type of utensil you can imagine, a dishwasher with dishwashing tablets, a good sized bathroom with a wonderufl jacuzzi and the most comfortable bed that I have ever slept in and a powerful hairdryer! The cottage had its own veranda and balcony which overlooked the river with deckchairs and patio furnitire. Fortunately the weather was amazing when we were there and we got to have a few drinks while watching the sun go down which was lovely.
Nick and Amanda gave us a fabulously warm welcome although we didn't have time to have lunch in the Barclay House restaurant which was a shame since the menu looked fantastic. You can also have breakfast if you want to and there is a bar which we didn't use.
The walk down to Looe takes around 10 minutes and there is one section where there is no pavement which isn't great and I probably wouldn't recommend walking it at night. However there are plenty of taxis around if you need them.
Looe is lovely although Polperro is superb and much more picturesque. You can take the coast path walk from Looe to Polperro which is stunning and will take you around 3 hours. A taxi back from Polperro cost us £10.
Don't miss Dave's Diner fish and chip shop on the quay in Looe (they are the best fish and chips in the world!) or the Blue Peter pub in Polperro which has plenty of good ales on tap. We had dinner at Nelson's in Polperro which was a bit pricey but worth it. The Barclay House welcome pack recommends some other restaurants which were fully booked on the Saturday night when we tried to go to them. The area is much quieter at the moment since it's low season and there are quite a few shops closed, but at least that gave us time to appreciate the area without the tourists!
All in all, a memorable and relaxing stay, would definitely recommend it.
A Cornish Gem
Like everyone else we found this hotel to be outstanding in every respect, well worth paying a little more for this standard of accomodation.
We had a family room overlooking the river, it was delightful.
Last year we met up with friends who had booked a self catering cottage in the grounds, it was amazing, great care had been given to every detail.
Their lunch menu is legendary........Congratulations!
Great stay at the Barclay House
We spent one night here at the Barclay House last weekend. We decided to book to stay here from reading the reviews on trip advisor and found the information to be spot on. The house is beautiful and spacious in a great location over looking East Looe river. We were given room 4 which was a good size with large windows to make the most of the gorgeous view. The bathroom was clean and modern with lovely products! The room was well heated, comfortable beds and tastefully decorated. What more can you ask for? The staff were all outstanding - friendly, helpful and attentive. We had dinner at Trawlers in the town, the food was delicious. Looe was picturesque and even though the weather wasn't the best (what can you except at the end of Nov) we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The breakfast we had in the morning was one of the best we've ever had! Barclay House is a little pricey but well worth it.
Like the people in November, we booked one of the one-bedroom cottages and found it to be fabulous - well equipped, pretty secluded, but with the hotel below if we fancied breakfast or evening meal. We didn't find the footpath problem too much of a bother - traffic seemed to see us OK, but you could take a small torch.
Ownership seems to have changed over the winter. We were slightly disappointed by the restaurant, finding the food over-fussy (fish rather smothered by the sauce), but service was impeccable. Maybe picked an unlucky choice.
Didn't manage to find particulary recommendable restaurants in Looe, but The Blue Peter pub in Polperro lived up to the review.
Tourist ofice in Looe was good for suggesting walks - we took the local bus to Polperro and walked back along the Coastal Path.
Other recommended visits - Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan & Lanhydrock House.
Excellent food, views & everything else
We stayed for 2 nights and were very impressed with all aspects of the hotel. The views both up and down the valley and across the river were great.
The tastefully decorated room was a good size and the mattress nice and firm.
Unfortunately the restaurant was not open either of the nights we stayed (Sunday & Monday), but the breakfast was first class with the usual choices augmented by a daily special which was blueberry pancakes one morning and open faced omelette with Cornish Brie, mushrooms and Parma Ham the other.
The hotel is situated a little out of town so is quiet but only a 10 minute walk from the centre. Part of the walk is steep and a torch might be useful at night as the road at one stage does not have a pavement.
Overall a very very good place to stay.
We stayed here for one night in a lovely room overlooking the river, it was nicely decorated and furnished.The bathroom was pleasant with good quality bath products.The lounge and dining room were beautifully furnished with again stunning views.The surrounding gardens are well cared for. We had a pleasant evening meal but I would say that the breakfast is the best, offering a good choice and the full english was individually cooked for each guest.All of the staff were friendly and helpful and I would definitely recommend this hotel.It was the highlight of our holiday.
Lovely hotel, fab location
We recently stayed at the Barclay House for one night after attending a wedding in Falmouth. It was really easy to find just over the bridge and had easy parking. We arrived early and were advised that the room wasnt ready but that we were welcome to have a tea and leave our bags, I had also requested a spa bath room and they told us that unfortunately there was a problem with the plug and a plumber had been called. They werent sure if we could have that room but showed us another perfectly acceptable room (though without a spa bath) in the hotel (and a £20 room rate reduction) or another choice of a one bed cottage which did have the spa bath. I was really impressed that they gave us a couple of options - in the end we chose to stay in the hotel and after we got back later that afternoon after a mooch around Looe they had managed to repair the plug so the origninal room was ready. Great.
So its in a great location, easy to walk down the hill to Looe (bit harder on the way up) and Looe is pretty, lots of atmosphere and lovely beach. The hotel decoration was great, ,modern and good quality. Breakfast was brilliant - lots of choice and eat as much as you like, and not a buffet - all brought to you. We stayed a sunday night and unfortunately the hotel restarant is closed Sun but I would have liked to it as the menus sounded good. Anyway lovely spot, would really recommed and on checking out they did give us the reduced room rate for the inconvenience - so we were very satisfied, would wholly reccomend this hotel.
We left happily relaxed...
Having left arranging our summer break until the last minute, when I came across Barclay House and saw the excellent reviews on tripadvisor.com I thought it was unlikely they would have availability for the dates we would have liked. Fortunately they did have availability so I booked a River View room for 3 nights straight away.
The hotel is really easy to find, on the hill just before you reach Looe itself, with plenty of parking.
We arrived at 1.30pm so thought we would be too early to check-in but thought it worth asking and were pleased to hear the room was ready. We had room No. 4 which was lovely, really comfortable and clean with great views. We dropped off our bags and thought we'd head in to Looe for a look around. On our way out of the hotel, Richard, who works there said he was dropping a colleague off in Looe so would we like a lift and he kindly drove us all around the streets of Looe, pointing out good places to eat etc. which was really helpful and we were really impressed that he was happy to go to that effort for us.
That night we ate at the Smugglers Cott, a lovely olde world pub with wonderful food, although mind your head if you are tall!
I have to agree with previous visitors who said the breakfast at Barclay House is the best they've had. The choice is vast, even a cheese board with fresh fruit for breakfast which you can have in addition to a full Cornish breakfast, cereal, toast, the loveliest croissants and fresh juice and tea and coffee, plenty to keep you going until dinner!
We ate at Barclay House on our second night and I would say it was the best meal we had during our trip. Bread rolls are topped up as soon as you finish one (but I would suggest not eating too many as it may mean you don't have room for their lovely desserts!).
We were both impressed by the way the hotel didn't come across as being a small hotel trying to provide the service of some of the larger ones, it provides an even better service but without seeming to try too hard, i.e. it isn't too over the top but is really well done, so many other hotels try to achieve this but fail miserably!
The hotel also provide lots of ideas for things to do and places to eat in the area which is really useful for first time visitors such as us. We ate in one their recommended restaurants on our last night, The Old Sail Loft, which didn't disappoint, really cosy with a good menu selection.
I would say the walk into Looe can be a bit precarious, especially when it's dark (and raining!), although cars do slow down for you, it might be a bit tricky with children.
All in all, we had a really enjoyable stay in Looe made extra special by the loveliness of Barclay House, a real gem and somewhere we would highly recommend.
Hoping to stay in one of their cottages in the future which also look fab!
Fantastic and relaxing
We absolutely loved our stay here.
Room: double with river view - the barclay has an amazing view of the river and is really peaceful.
Staff: Really wonderful. They are more than happy to assist you and to make you feel welcome. They even saw us walking back one night and gave us a lift back - brilliant!
Food: The restaurant is just amazing, we selected it for our anniversary meal. They use local produce and it was cooked to perfection. It was brilliant you are not rushed in anyway and they make the whole evening a great experience.
Overall: This place has a swimming pool and has such a relaxed atmosphere we definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to escape the city.
Tip: stay away from the moonlight tandori restaurant in the bay, we had a bad experience there and would not recommend it to friends.