Wake under the gabled ceilings of this 17th-century ship’s merchant’s house to the cries of the gulls outside. Gather the family from rooms spread over three floors creaking with beams and brickwork to the warmth of the cosy kitchen and lounge. The battered old pew and deep sofas make for sociable evening meals and board game battles with the wood-burner crackling away, while the kids lay claim to the smaller sitting room hidden up in the rafters.
Take nautically-themed Osbourne House, just a minute away and equally full of character, for the space to invite everyone to stay. Down at the Looe quayside, watch the fishing boats bring in some of the UK’s freshest fish, destined for top local restaurants, or cross the bridge and set off towards Polperro on an 8km walk down the South West Coastal Path. A 9-mile hike inland to Liskeard offers the chance to come back via the old steam train, in use since 1860. Fish & chips are good too. Eat them.