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


4 beds


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 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.

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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
Large sunlit double bedroom

You should know

  • Electricity is generated by the solar panels and battery bank
  • If you want to use the hot tub there is an extra charge
  • 2 of the double beds are on a sleeping platform so not very private


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub/bar 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 £89
Weekly price
from £350
Short breaks available, from £245.
1 House for 8
From £894 beds3 bedrooms


'Windsworth is an enchanting place. The house is so cosy and inviting. We played games, danced, ate delicious slow-roasted food, sang and played music, walked the coastal paths and thoroughly chilled. To be so close to the sea has been wonderful … an endless expanse onto which we can project all life’s depth and meaning.

Milla, tim, martha and george, Crediton

'Thoroughly enjoyed no TV, surviving without the grid. Family chats and meals around the log-burning stove have been fabulous, and so have the views.We’ve loved staying here, the views are wonderful and we’ve really enjoyed the scramble down to the beach and back up again. Thank you.

Jo and steve, Cirencester

'A fabulous retreat for our 25th wedding anniversary! We just love playing with fire!

Rick and pam, Swanage

We had a wonderful week at here. With 70 acres of farmland, including a private beach, it really is a place where children can run free and play wild (adults too!) We were blessed with long, sunshine-filled days where we walked the South West Coast Path (directly accessible from the garden) and clear starry nights sitting in the hot tub, glass of wine in hand. It is a magical setting, with stunning coastal views. The house itself is quite rustic and living off-grid you need to be prepared to put in a bit more time to cook. A room filled with games and books for rainy days was appreciated.

Gabrielle, Bristol

'Thank you so much for one of the best experiences we had. This is such a special place. Simple, but actually it has everything you need for a perfect stay. We all feel like we skipped to some fairytale land and we can’t believe we need to go back to reality. Already planning our next trip, as this will be the best medicine for everything. A special thanks for: • the kids’ toys and games, which are brilliant, • June’s yummy stew, and • your great tips and hospitality. We’re grateful for knowing this place, and looking forward to our next time.

Inbal, London

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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!
  • Your privacy is as absolute as we can make it. Fancy jumping naked into our home-built wood-fired 2-person hot tub and stargazing? You can! (in daytime, though, a rare hang-glider might just catch a glimpse of you). Here, 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.
  • My original 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.