Treworgey Farm faces south overlooking the beautiful Looe River Valley in Cornwall, with rolling green countryside stretching to the river and Looe in the distance. The medieval Treworgey Manor burnt down centuries ago but the ancient bakery and stables remain, together with the later Georgian farmhouse, cottages, stone barns (first recorded on the 1840 tithe map, but undoubtedly older) and the pretty Victorian farm-workers' cottages. Adjoining, is Coombe Farm lower down this valley, with a sleepy tranquility of its own, gazing over patchwork pastures grazed by sheep. Treworgey was once a flower farm and today, wild flowers amass on the lane-side banks between Treworgey and Coombe, especially during spring.
Something about Treworgey induces a leisurely feeling in many of our visitors. They tell us they spend more time than they thought they would sitting in their garden or by their fireside, just taking in the peaceful atmosphere. There’s plenty to do here for young and old, from a leisurely swim to a game of tennis, a walk or ride on the farm and the surrounding countryside to a cosy evening with a homecooked supper (by us!) and perhaps a DVD or board game by the fire. Childhood at Treworgey is more like that of a generation ago. Time is forgotten, whilst damming a stream, helping with the animals, riding a pony, playing tennis, a swim or taking “afternoon tea” in the wendy house.
Over the Horizon
For those who would like to venture over the horizon, there is plenty to do and see. To help you explore, in each cottage there are ordnance survey maps, numerous booklets and our own information folder with a mass of holiday ideas. Some of the closest or notable places to visit include:
Looe (3 miles), seen from Treworgey in the distance, is a picturesque, small fishing town with river and harbour. Charming by day and night with several excellent restaurants, very good small shops, fresh fish off the quay, beaches, rockpools, sea fishing, boats – (for hire) – includes glass bottom boat and trips to neighbouring fishing villages.
Polperro (6 miles) – famous fishing village, full of life day and night. Breathtaking when approached via the National Trust coastal footpath from Talland Bay and Lantic Bay - two of our local beaches that are most popular with Treworgey visitors.
Fowey (8 miles) – the deep natural harbour is picturesque from every approach. Try taking the car ferry from Bodinnick or the passenger ferry from Polruan. Enjoy browsing the delightful shops and eateries.
Eden Project – a must for all visitors to Cornwall (30-40 mins). www.edenproject.com
Houses and Gardens – Cornwall is world famous for its many wonderful gardens, especially in the spring. The Lost Gardens of Helligan (45 mins) for one. The National Trust also have many, including Lanhydrock (25 Mins) and Cotehele (45 mins).
Bodmin Moor – the home of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, the Cheese Ring and Hurlers near Minions. (20 mins).
Beaches – many delightful coves within easy reach.
City lights – Plymouth (45 mins) – destroyed 1941, now a modern city with a history, Drake played bowls on the Hoe while awaiting the Armada. The departure of the Founding Fathers for America.
Truro – Cornwall’s capital and only city. Pedestrian streets, old and modern shops, clustered round the cathedral. An unusually lovely city to visit.
Trains – Why not leave the car behind and walk the three quarters of a mile through Treworgey bluebell woods to our charming, little, branch line station at Sandplace. Trains run from here beside the river to Looe, or back to Liskeard and the London to Penzance main line.
Duloe Village Website: Our local village website where you can find out what is happening here and locally. www.duloeonline.com
Eating In & Eating Out
Coombe Kitchen: Home-cooked food, prepared here at Treworgey and delivered to your cottage. treworgeycottages.co.uk/food
Eating Out in Cornwall: A guide to eating out at restaurants in Cornwall www.eatoutcornwall.co.uk
The Blue Plate: Delicious sea food and local meats and produce - food for any mood - at a great new restaurant run by renowned local chef Nick Barclay. www.blueplatecornwall.com
Trawlers on the Quay: A real seafood favourite, with a relaxed atmosphere and a lovely location on East Looe Quay: www.trawlersrestaurant.co.uk
Rick Stein's Restaurants: There are four restaurants in Padstow where you can try his food, The Seafood Restaurant , St Petroc's Bistro , Rick Stein's Café and Stein's Fish & Chips . Plus a pub in St Merryn called The Cornish Arms.
Fifteen Cornwall: An inspiring restaurant started by Jamie Oliver in a stunning location at Watergate Bay. www.fifteencornwall.co.uk
Trewithen Restaurant: In pretty Lostwithiel. Delicious locally-sourced food, extensive wine list, great for dinner and their lunch specials are just as delicious and kinder to the wallet!www.trewithenrestaurant.com
Couch's Great House Restaurant: Situated in the quaint fishing village of Polperro. www.couchspolperro.com
Barclay House: One of the best restaurants in Looe in a hilltop location with great river views. www.barclayhouse.co.uk
The Plough: our fantastic local pub in Duloe. Lovely food, walk-able and dog friendly, plus it serves Orchards delicious cider from across the valley. www.ploughduloe.co.uk
The View at Whitsand Bay: is light and modern with delicious local produce from sea food to meat and when they say 'The View' they really mean it - right out to sea from high on the cliffs at Whitsand Bay. www.theview-restaurant.co.uk
Squid Ink: Another tiny tasty seafood option in the windy back streets of East Looe. www.squid-ink.biz
The Crown at Lanlivery: Ancient Cornish pub serving really good pub food. Near Lanhydrock. www.wagtailinns.com
Cornish Food Hampers: Cornish Hampers' and 'Cornish Gifts' from the award winning Purely Cornish Farm Shop - your first stop for Cornish Food Hampers. www.purelycornish.co.uk
Food4myholiday: They deliver to your holiday cottage, actually the kitchen table and fridge! One stop shop for Cornish produce! www.food4myholiday.com
Duloe Community Shop: our village shop is now run by the community and stocks a good range of provisions as well as excellent local veg, newspapers etc. Please support it! Open Monday - Friday 8am-5pm (shut for lunch 1-3) and Saturday 8am-1pm.
Taste South East Cornwall: Centered around the picturesque fishing ports of Looe and Polperro, whose reputation for local food and fine dining has exploded onto the Cornish gastro-map since Taste was first staged in 2005. www.taste-southeastcornwall.com
The Courtyard Cafe: A delightful cafe with delicious coffee and cakes, lunches and some evenings, they have their own family day-boat (fish doesn't come much fresher), internet and are dog-friendly. Run by former Treworgey manager, Lucy Newman. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Courtyard/226053514099331
Activities & Attractions
Active-8: If you are looking for adventure this site lets you book and pay online for a range of first class holiday activities in Cornwall. From cycle hire to kite boarding to kayaking - all sorts for all types. www.activecornwall.co.uk
Adrenalin Quarry: Just 10 minutes up the road. Britain's longest, fastest Zip Wire, The Giant Swing, Coasteering and a play park for the youngsters. Plus go-karting at the same site. www.adrenalinquarry.co.uk
Plymouth National Marine Aquarium: Located in Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium is the UK’s largest. www.national-aquarium.co.uk
Classic Air Force between Newquay and St Columb Major. Historic working aircraft, unforgettable flight experiences, flight simulator and hands-on activities for the whole family. www.classicairforce.com
Discovery Surf School: Providing professional coaching for all ages and levels, with an emphasis on safe, high quality tuition in small groups at Whitsand Bay (only approx 20 minutes drive from Treworgey, east along the south coast) www.discoverysurf.com
Wavehunters Surf School: Learn to surf (north Cornwall). www.wavehunters.co.uk
Atlantic Riders: Learn to kitesurf. Based at Watergate Bay, sometimes sessions are taken at Par sands on this coast too (weather-depending). www.kitesurfcornwall.co.uk
Lower Lake Shooting Grounds: They teach clay pigeon shooting from total beginners to intermediate and include cartridges and clays. www.shootingincornwall.co.uk
The Monkey Sanctuary Trust: The Sanctuary near Looe is currently home to four species of monkey: woolly monkeys, ex-pet capuchins, patas monkeys and barbary macaques. www.monkeysanctuary.org
Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary: Where the peace and tranquillity of the Cornish countryside combine with the exotic world of wild animals near Liskeard.www.porfellanimalland.co.uk
Tamar Valley Donkey Park: Fun for all with our donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits & guinea pigs to feed & pet. www.donkeypark.com
101 Things to do on Rainy Day in Cornwall: www.101-things-to-do-on-a-rainy-day-in-cornwall.co.uk
Gardens, Houses & Castles
Cornwall National Garden Scheme: Gardens open for charity with events and tours. www.ngs.org.uk
The Eden Project: This is an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location; a global garden; a place of beauty and wonder. www.edenproject.com
Cotehele House: A Tudor house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds situated on the edge of the River Tamar. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele
Lanhydrock House: Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock
Antony House: Superb early 18th-century mansion set in parkland and fine gardens. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony
Heligan: A rediscovered and now famous garden inspired by Tim Schmidt. Quite a wonderful garden giving real insight into how it was before the First World War. The original vegetable garden for the 'Big House' is now cultivated all year round. The Jungle area with enormous gunnera and ferns is a sight to see. www.heligan.com
Trebah Gardens: Trebah has a huge jungle area as well as formal gardens, this leads down to the river Helford from where the American 29th Infantry division met to be taken for the landings at Dunkirk on D-Day. www.trebahgarden.co.uk
The Garden House: Although not Cornish, but just over the border in Devon, The Garden house is exquisite and has been featured on TV several times. www.thegardenhouse.org.uk
Trelissick: Trelissick is another National Trust garden near Truro at Feock. This is a tranquil tiered garden with panoramic views down to Falmouth and the open sea. www.gardensincornwall.co.uk
Pine Lodge: At St Austell is quite a special garden. We often visit as it is good ALL year round. Extremely good homemade cakes in the cafe and excellent little nursery. www.pinetumpark.com
Boconnoc: Beautiful private gardens near Lostwithiel open to the public on select days of the year, as well as events such as steam rally, craft fairs, sheep dog trials, endurance rides and more. www.boconnoc.com/events-calendar
Port Eliot: Grade 1 listed house and Grade 1 listed park & garden. A family home near St Germans, open to the public on select days of the year. www.porteliot.co.uk Also holds events throughout the year including the summer’s original and decadent garden party.www.porteliotfestival.com
Tregrehan: Near Par. Particularly good for Camellias in spring. Also have outdoor plays in summer.www.tregrehan.org
Restormel Castle & Duchy of Cornwall Nursery: Restormel Castle at Lostwithiel is a C13th semi-ruin, great for spring wildflowers www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/restormel-castle Nearby is the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery where you can buy all sorts of plants and stop for a really good lunch with a view of the castle www.duchyofcornwallnursery.co.uk
Treffry Viaduct & Luxulyan Valley: Near the Eden Project, this is a largely undiscovered gem of a beautiful valley with really interesting industrial heritage and a lovely walk. www.luxulyanvalley.co.uk
English Heritage: English Heritage helps people understand, value, care for and enjoy England's historic environment. Several properties including castles open to visit in Cornwall www.english-heritage.org.uk
Pampering & Beauty
My Personal Sanctuary: offer treatments to guests at Treworgey in the comfort of your cottage., including warming deep tissue massages; cleansing & detoxifying body wraps; nourishing & conditioning facials; hand & feet treats; and holistic, full body treatments. Lovely fresh organic products to leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated. There are a variety of Pamper Packages & Treatments as well as Special Offers. www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk or call 01625 540 557
Body and Soul Clinic: East Looe. Sugaring, nails, lovely massage and more in a room with a view straight out to sea. Call Jo for more info on 07868 735117
St Mellion International: Near Saltash. Elemis spa with a range of indulgent treatments (and a Jack Nicklaus golf course on the premises too). Have a look at their brochure here or call 01579 351351.
Theatres & Cinemas; Museums & Galleries
Plymouth Theatre Royal: Offering a wide variety of shows for everyone. www.theatreroyal.com
Minack Theatre: Cornwall's Theatre Under The Stars, offering shows and simply as an attraction with restaurant. www.minack.com
Sterts Theatre: Just north of Liskeard. Performing arts in the outdoor covered amphitheatre. Plus an excellent home-cooked pre-theatre supper deal available. www.sterts.co.uk
Barbican Leisure Park: Vue cinema, food and entertainment www.barbican-leisure.co.uk
Reel Cinema, Plymouth: independent cinema in central Plymouth. Cheaper and we think more fun than Vue, near the shops. http://plymouth.reelcinemas.co.uk Plus the cheerful Lorenzo's Spanish/tapas restaurant is next door. www.lorenzos-restaurant.co.uk
The National Maritime Museum: With a host of things to see and do with boats and the sea at Falmouth. www.nmmc.co.uk
Tate Gallery, St Ives: Offering International Modern and Contemporary Art. www.tate.org.uk/stives
Royal Cornwall Museum: in Truro. A broad array of objects from Egyptology (including an unwrapped mummy!) to classical Greek and Roman objects. www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
Looe Golf Club: Close by, fantastic golf, stunning views and a warm welcome assured. www.looegolfclub.co.uk
St Mellion Golf Club: With two championship golf courses, including the UK's first Jack Nicklaus designed ‘Signature Course', one of only three in England. www.st-mellion.co.uk
Lanhydrock Golf Club: In a sheltered wooded valley near Bodmin, concealing one of the finest golf courses in the South West. www.lanhydrockhotel.com/TheGolfClub.cfm
Boward Park Golf Course: 18-Hole Championship Golf Course www.cornwall-calling.co.uk/golf/bowood-park.htm
Carlyon Bay Golf Course: Overlooking St Austell Bay. www.carlyongolf.com
Golf in Cornwall: Information on all of the major Golf Courses in Cornwall. www.golfincornwall.co.uk
Walking, Cycling & Wildlife
Walks from the Looe Valley Line: The following Looe Valley Line Trails are all accessible from and end at stations along the Looe Valley Line. www.trailsfromthetrack.com/looe/looetrails.htm or www.carfreedaysout.com/looe.html or www.railaletrail.com/looemap.htm
Walk About West: Guided walks in Cornwall. www.bestofbodminmoor.co.uk
South West Coast Path: Find out more about the longest National Trail and walking it. www.swcp.org.uk or go to www.southwestcoastpath.com to see maps of shorter day walks, including some lovely ones not far from Treworgey.
Looe Island: Walk on the beautiful island nature reserve. Boat trips out to the island leave from the Looe Lifeboat station www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/stgeorgesisland
Wild Food & Foraging Walks: with Rachel Lambert. Tailor-made or join a group. www.wildwalks-southwest.co.uk
Cornwall Bird-Watching and Preservation Society: Dedicated to the study and conservation of birds in the county of Cornwall, in the far south-west of England. www.cbwps.org.uk
Cornwall Wildlife Trust: Helping you enjoy Cornwall's wildlife and countryside. www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk
Cornish Cycle Hire: Great bikes (including ones with electric motors to battle all these hills!) either delivered to you at Treworgey or pickupable from their lovely farm shop and tea room at Pensilva (where they will point you in the direction of some great cycle routes). Choices for all the family. Call 07526 317737 or visit www.cornishcyclehire.co.uk/
Looe Valley Cycling: Cycle routes in the Looe valley. www.chycor.co.uk/holidays/cycling-in-cornwall/looe/looe.htm
Cycle Routes: More cycling routes in Cornwall. www.cycle-route.com
Cycling in Cornwall: Cycle routes and cycle hire. www.chycor.co.uk/holidays/cycling-in-cornwall/index.htm
Liskeard and Looe Cycle Hire. Bike hire delivered to you at Treworgey. Call 01579 343572 or email email@example.com
Cycle shop & repairs in Liskeard: Pig Meadow Lane, the Parade. www.liskeardcycles.co.uk
Fishing, Boating & Diving
Looe Shark Angling Club: The premier shark angling centre in Great Britain. www.sharkanglingclubofgreatbritain.org.uk
Looe Island: boat trips out to the island from the Looe Lifeboat station www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/stgeorgesisland
Siblyback Lake: Siblyback Lake is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of facilities and activities from windsurfing & sailing to rowing boat hire or walking and bird watching. www.swlakestrust.org.uk
Bake Fishing Lakes: 15 acres of water offering fishing for all and natural history in abundance. We have a Kingfisher in residence and rare dragonflies regularly recorded. www.bakelakes.co.uk
SW Lakes Trust: At the lakes of the South West you have an unrivalled choice of water based activities, angling, relaxation and wildlife, walking and cycling. www.swlakestrust.org.uk
Cornish Tourist Board: www.visitcornwall.com
Looe Tourist Information Centre: www.visit-southeastcornwall.co.uk
Tourist info for Fowey: www.fowey.co.uk
Boat trips and ferries from Fowey: Combine a visit to two of Cornwall’s most picturesque and contrasting ports with a return ferry trip across St Austell Bay between Fowey and Mevagissey. www.mevagissey-ferries.co.uk
Truro Cathedral: Visit our local cathedral at Truro. www.trurocathedral.org.uk
Duloe Church: www.stcubyduloe.org.uk
Beach Life Guards: The RNLI operates over 140 lifeguard units around the coast of the UK. www.beachlifeguards.org.uk
Cornwall Beach guide: There are many decent beaches on the South East Cornwall coast and also many attractive coastal villages and towns to explore, including Looe and Polperro. www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk
Dog Friendly Beaches: www.thecornishcoast.co.uk/DOGM.htm
BBC Cornwall Online: For useful entertainment, traffic and weather information. www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall
Train: Fast service from all parts of the country to Liskeard. The easiest option is to book a taxi from Liskeard station to Treworgey (about 15 minute drive). Otherwise, the Liskeard-Looe branch line (the Looe Valley Line) has a request stop at Sandplace at the bottom of the hill below Treworgey. National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or www.nationalrail.co.uk
Coach: National Express Coaches from all regions www.nationalexpress.com
Airports: Newquay. 50 mins drive. 2012 Flights (non-charter) from London & other UK cities, plus Dusseldorf (some flights are seasonal). www.newquaycornwallairport.com Exeter. 1 hr 30 mins drive.
Flights from various UK cities plus Paris & other France locations, Canada, Austria, Dusseldorf Germany, Amsterdam, Geneva. www.exeter-airport.co.uk Bristol. 2 hrs 30 mins drive.
Flights from various UK cities plus various French locations, Berlin, various Italian locations, Spain, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Orlando USA, & other European and world destinations. www.bristolairport.co.uk
Local Taxis: Looe: (good for an evening out in Looe) Lew’s Taxi 01503 263399 (also available for airport runs or long distance), Looe Taxis 01503 262405 or 264193 Liskeard: (good for arriving at the train station) Quick Cabs 01579 348525, Town Cabs 01579 344678, Express Taxis 01579 344599, Tremar Taxis 01579342383
Car Hire: Avis in Plymouth on 0844 5446090 – who can deliver a car to Looe for you www.avis.co.uk Hertz in Plymouth on 01752 664003 www.hertz.co.uk/rentacar/car-hire/britain/plymouth Thrifty in Plymouth on 01752 207 207 www.thrifty.co.uk
Ferries: Plymouth: Brittany Ferries sail to Roscoff and Santander www.brittany-ferries.co.uk Other ferry routes from the Southern UK ports to Europe include Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Portsmouth-Caen, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Portsmouth-Cherbourg, Portsmouth-Santander, Ramsgate-Ostend www.directferries.co.uk