Old Barbican


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4 bedrooms

Up to 8 guests


Key Features

  • Property code: OLDBAR
  • Changeover day: Friday
  • 2 or more bathrooms
  • Access statement available
  • Near beach
  • Central heating
  • Parking (see description for details)
  • Discount for small parties
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden or outside space
  • Nearby pub or restaurant
  • Real fire
  • Nearby shop
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


The Old Barbican is a wonderful 1700’s detached period property and superb holiday home that exudes quality, charm and character. The property is a short distance from the bustling seaside port of Looe, one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside destinations. Set in a quieter area of town with ample parking, the house has been beautifully renovated by the owners, creating a fresh and welcoming environment either during the summer, when guests can relax in the wonderful cottage garden with patio and barbecue areas, or during the winter, when visitors can nestle in front of the open fire before relaxing with the family in the elegant dining room over a meal prepared in the stunning oak and granite kitchen. Upstairs, beautifully appointed bedrooms with TVs, two of which overlook the garden and have en-suite facilities, ensure a restful night. Furthermore, a delicious Cornish cream tea is provided on arrival to get your holiday off to a great start.

Please Note;  At the end of the drive at The Old Barbican there is a gate which gives access to The Wooldown - which is and open space for walking and recreation and has beatuiful sea and coastal views.There is also pedestrian access by means of  paths and steps leading down to East Looe beach, banjo pier and The Town.

Previous guests' comments:

"Superb cottage, everything is such a high standard, comfortable and homely as well. We had a wonderful stay and wouldn’t hesitate to come back." The Allen Family.

Large lounge with parquet flooring, open fireplace, two sofas, two armchairs, flat screen TV and DVD. Dining room with dining table to seat six and fireplace (not for use). Spacious kitchen/breakfast room with double oven Aga (for cooking and heating water), an additional range with six-ring gas hob and ovens, American style fridge and freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, flat screen TV, breakfast bar and table and chairs. Shower room with shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. Stairs up to master bedroom with 5ft king size bed, flat screen TV and en-suite shower room with large shower cubicle, washbasin and WC. Twin bedroom with two 3ft single beds flat screen TV and en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. Second double bedroom with 5ft king size bed and flat screen TV.  The compact Bunk bedroom with 3ft beds, head height on top bunk restricted. Luxury family bathroom with bath, large shower cubicle, double hand basins set in vanity unit, WC and bidet.

Please note that this property is suited to a maximum of up to 6 adults and 2 children under the age of 10, due to the compact bunk bedroom. 

Beautiful garden with lawns and a patio area with garden furniture, sun loungers and a charcoal barbecue.

For up to 3 cars at end of drive. Please note: Owners of three bungalows beyond the garden have right of access over drive.

  • Included: Bed linen, towels (no beach towels), WiFi, cot, high chair, 2 stair gates, electricity and central heating (gas). Please note: The Aga is only available in the winter (end of September until Spring Bank Holiday).
  • Security deposit: £150 (paid direct to owner).
  • Telephone: No telephone provided. Mobile reception mixed. WiFi available from 2nd April 2015.
  • Local Facilities: East Looe beach half a mile. Hannafore beach 1 mile. Other south coast beaches easily accessible by car. Local pub, shops, bakery, general stores, Post Office and newsagents, 300 yards level walk. More shops, pubs and restaurants down the hill in town. Polperro 4 miles. Plymouth 21 miles. Truro 29 miles.
  • Please Note;  The road way walk to Looe from The Old Barbican,  is down a very steep hill, this may cause problems for people with walking difficulties. but at the end of the drive at The Old Barbican, there is a gate which gives access to The Wooldown - which is and open space for walking and recreation and has beatuiful sea and coastal views.There is also pedestrian access by means of  paths and steps leading down to East Looe beach, banjo pier and The Town.

May 2019

Really enjoyed our stay, beautiful house full of character & wonderful location with excellent amenities. Garden was exceptional - would definitely re-book in the future!

May 2019

Yes we did enjoy our stay. It was our 6th visit and it never disappoints. The new log fire was a lovely addition for a Spring visit.

September 2017

One of the best houses we have stayed in,the children had a ball playing hide and seek in the large well kept garden,and internally the furnishings were second to none.Lovely house for a family holiday. The cream tea on arrival was very welcome.Thankyou. Will be recommending this house to family and friends,and would love to return.

August 2017

Lovely scones and cream/ jam on arrival Standard of equipment excellent

August 2017

Lovely cottage in a superb location of Cornwall. So many lovely places nearby and obviously Looe itself. Even when the weather is bad, the location and house are just right. Look forward to returning.

June 2017

This is a very high standard property and a little more expensive - but well worth it - (and we have stayed in quite a lot of holiday houses in the last few years)

November 2015

The house was wonderful. Kitchen was well equipped. Furnishings were of a high standard. We loved the sociable kitchen and atmospheric dining, and the sofas were really comfy to relax in at the end of the evening. It would be a fantastic house to rent at Christmas, and also to enjoy the garden more in the summer. We hope to be back!

August 2015

Getting in at 4pm is a little late when you have been travelling several hours with small children and you just want to put your cases down and have a cuppa

June 2014

Property was excellent and as described. Only slight criticisms were, that although hair dryers were supplied, in the master bedroom and second bedroom a wall mirror or accessible mirror nearer to an electric socket would be a helpful improvement, as the hair dryer cable was far too short to reach to the dressing table mirror! Secondly the owners admitted there is an intermittent problem with the pump that feeds the showers causing it to cut out. This happened to us on the first day. A diagram on the door to the immersion heater cupboard, illustrating how to reset the pump would be helpful and save visitors having to trouble the owners, who happened to be out all day on the day it occurred!

<p>We are delighted to let you know that the owners of the Old Barbican have rectified all of your concerns and comments, of which they are very appreciative as the future guests can now enjoy the property to its full glory.&nbsp;</p>

- The Toad Hall Team

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