The Old Coach House at Windsworth

Looe, Cornwall

Simple, soulful, off-grid and with stunning sea views. For adventurers and lovers of the great outdoors


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


Getting here is half the fun: along winding lanes and down a track to find a Victorian coach house surrounded by nature. The house is completely off-grid, which means you will have no mains electricity or gas but it’s light, comfortable and warm as toast.

Fire up the wood-burning stove in the big, handmade kitchen with its large table for convivial meals. The acoustics in here are good and Caroline leaves guitars and African drums so you can rediscover your inner musician. Sea views from upstairs and the from the garden are restorative.

The outdoors goes on and on –  wander the overgrown sub-tropical garden, roam 70 acres of private land, picnic in your own fields and clamber down to a beach below you (not for the less than intrepid) for wild swimming. As the stars come out, open the wine or fill up the Kelly kettle for a warming cuppa and revel in your privacy. There’s nobody to hear anything –  except moles, voles, deer and badger.

Large lounge with log burner

We think you'll love

  • Your own half mile of the most secret part of the Cornish coast and a private beach
  • Star-gazing with no light pollution
  • A separate annexe for 2 of your party and private camping for extra people
Lounge with double doors leading onto the garden

Home truths

  • Electricity is generated by the solar panels and battery bank
  • The wood-burning stove and the sun heat the house and the water
  • 2 of the double beds are on a sleeping platform


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Unusual bedroom layout - check on owner's website before booking.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Cosy dog blanket, water bowl and towels for drying.

Dogs £20 per stay.

Half-mile of dog-friendly beach; footpaths through woodland. Completely free-ranging chickens, as well as sheep, goats, ponies - so dogs on a lead please in the relevant areas.

Pubs/restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £350
Short breaks available, from £245.
1 House for 8
From £503 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Special for being on the coast but away from the crowds. The coastal path is a field away from the house and it’s just a mile to the sandy beach at Millendreath. An hour’s walk will take you to Looe for shops and a passenger ferry to Looe island (Easter to September) for birdwatching and hiking. There’s a cool café at the monkey sanctuary next door, or nip to Tredinnick farm shop 3 miles away for a homemade pie or freshly baked cake.

Local points of interest from Caroline Petherick

  • • We're easily accessible – just an hour’s drive from Exeter ¬ yet we own half a mile of the quietest, most secret parts of the wild Cornish coast. Fancy a spot of wild swimming? You can – if you’re fit enough to brave the steep, steep path to the beach!
  • • While you’re here, your privacy is as absolute as we can make it. Fancy dancing naked in the garden? You can – at night, anyhow; in daytime a (rare) hang-glider might just catch a glimpse of you. So relax; at Windsworth, your home really is your castle!
  • • We’ve created a private nature reserve here; with Defra’s help we’ve created flowering meadows, and with the woodland and coastal slopes our land is now host to rare butterflies and a wide variety of wildlife, from slow-worms to deer.
  • • The air here is clean. Damp but clean. The stars (hour and clouds permitting) are stunning. They’re set off – enhanced even – by the lights of Looe 4 miles away across the sea, the Eddystone lighthouse 12 miles to the south and occasional fishing boats.
  • • Part of my idea in converting this ancient house was for it to be a bolthole for us when the world goes mad. But that doesn’t look like happening this year. So in the meantime you can come and find out what fun it is to live without the energy companies!
  • • Discover our romantically ruined 19th-century manor house with lost subtropical garden, and track down a 1930s golf links; nearby you may be able to find traces of an incipient GWR branch line; and go to Looe Island – check Time Team’s youtube offerings.


Caroline Petherick

Caroline, the beating heart of this place, is a generous soul who loves to share her 70-acre holding. An editor, she’s connected to the Cornish Wildlife Trust and used to edit various local magazines. She constructed the labyrinth which you’ll find in the field on the way to the coastal path – a beautiful spot to stop and contemplate the view. She lives at the very top of the hill, far away from her guests but she’s kind and enthusiastic if you do want to make contact.