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House Keeping & Reception
House Keeping & Reception
All of the staff work together to ensure that you have the most enjoyable holiday experience during your visit to Cornwall. If there is anything you need, from booking a restaurant to advice on places to visit we will be happy to help.
We moved from the South East ten years ago and have not looked back. 'The beauty of Talland is the unique location combined with the luxury properties that give families the perfect holiday environment to do as little or as much as desired. We love Talland, and hope our guests will agree it is ideal for families of all ages.
To make your holiday easier, we also put in a small selection of the following items, so that you don't need to rush out to the shops straight away:
Monday to Thursday - 8.30 am until 5.00 pm
Friday & Saturday - 8.30 am until 9.00 pm
Sunday - 8.30 am until 5.00 pm
(Reception opening hours may vary out of school holidays).
The check in time is from 4.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Check out is prior to 10.00 am. A charge will be payable for late checkout.
Talland Bay lies between Looe and Polperro and is one of the most memorable and secluded coves along the coastline of South Cornwall. The quiet hamlet of Talland consists of a scattering of houses and cottages and an ancient church, away from the busy tourist areas to the north and west.
The Bay community, set on a secluded hillside with direct access to the shore, is a haven of tranquillity, so rarely found in such an accessible location.
It's a perfect location for walking, fishing and exploring the coast - or just relaxing and enjoying the views.
It has three small beaches flanked by a rocky foreshore and a beautiful undeveloped coastline and is sheltered and safe for swimming.
There are two main beaches in the bay and they are great for families as it is a sheltered cove, making it safe for swimming both at low and high tide. There are also lots of rock pools to discover at low tide - keeping the children occupied for hours while you relax on the beach!
Fishing off the rocks is another popular pastime at Talland. The clear waters make it an ideal spot for snorkelling and it's also very popular with scuba divers who come to visit the old boiler from the French Trawler Marguerite, shipwrecked off Talland in 1922. If you are really lucky you may spot dolphins weaving in and out of the boats. Basking sharks have also been spotted in the bay on various occasions and make an amazing sight. They aren't a bit perturbed by the swimmers or kayakers and are a testament to the cleanliness of our bay as they only feed in clean waters. On a more regular occurrence, there is a local seal that lives in Polperro harbour and often swims around to Talland for a visit.
There are two cafes in the bay. The Smugglers Rest is a licensed cafe serving food and drinks with evening BBQ's during peak periods.The Talland Beach cafe is located on the beach serving light snacks, ice creams, cream teas and beach equipment. Both have stunning views of the beautiful Talland Bay.
Sit-on kayaks are available to rent (subject to weather conditions) from the café on an hourly basis. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times. They are one man kayaks but are suitable for an adult and a small child together and are a great way to spend a couple of hours bobbing around on the open sea soaking up the Cornish sunshine and sea air!
The Bay Talland is located with direct access onto the Cornish Coast Path making it the perfect spot for walking. Head off West to Polperro - 1 1/4 miles (allow 55 minutes each way) or East to Looe - approximately 3 miles (allow about 1 1/2 hours each way). The footpath offers fantastic views and is very well trodden. The walk to Looe although longer is slightly less steep than the Polperro walk.
Built on a fifth century Celtic site, Talland Church is well worth a visit. One unusual feature of the church is the detached bell-tower, joined to the church in the fifteenth century when a coach-house roof was built between the doors of the church and the tower. There are some exquisitely carved pew-ends in the church, as well as many other features of note, not to mention the stunning views from the grounds.
Talland Bay Hotel
Talland Bay Hotel's Restaurant and Conservatory are among the best places to eat in East Cornwall. The chefs handpick the best produce from the area to create menus packed with both firm favourites and adventurous new twists. Beautifully cooked Cornish duck, grilled lobster or succulent scallops might all attempt to win your palate, accompanied by an excellent wine list.
Talland Bay Hotel Restaurant, Porthallow, Cornwall, PL13 2JB (T: 01503 272667)
The Smugglers Rest is a lovely licensed café with amazing views over Talland Bay. Serving a delicious selection of hot and cold food in a specatacular location. (Seasonal opening)
Smugglers Rest, Talland Bay, Looe PL13 2JA (T: 01503 272259)
Talland Beach Café
Situated right on the beach, serving freshly ground cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos, delicious home made cakes and a lovely range of hot & cold food - a definite must for visitors to the area!
Talland Bay Beach Café, Talland Bay, Looe PL13 2JA (T: 01503 272088)
The Blue Peter Inn
Nestled between ancient smugglers cottages on the harbour and Fish Quay, just a few yards from the beach 'The Blue' (as it is affectionately known) is one of the quaintest pubs you may ever come across.
The Award-winning menu specialises in freshly caught seafood and a variety of meats from our locally based butcher and grazier - hearty, wholesome and made with love.
The Blue Peter Inn, Quay Road, Polperro, Cornwall, PL13 2QZ (T: 01503 272743)
Looe Island Reserve
Looe Island is a marine nature reserve and the waters around it are teaming with life. The island provides a quiet haven for wildlife, with a variety of habitats.
Looe Island is part of the Whitsand and Looe Bay Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) and has a variety of precious wildlife habitats including woodland, maritime, grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef.
Trips run from approximately Easter until around the end of September. All visits are weather and tide dependent. The crossing via a small passenger boat (Moonraker) takes 20 minutes and you will have about two hours to explore.
2 Hour Public Trips (sign up on quayside in East Looe):
*Child is defined as age 10 and under
Guided Walks (book on-line in advance):
£25 (includes tour, optional slide show, boat and landing fees) per person
For zip wires, a giant clifftop swing, axe throwing, bouncing off a massive inflatable blob, and coasteering in the lake….
Only 6 miles and 15 mins drive from Looe, Adrenalin Quarry is a stunning beauty spot near Menheniot, Liskeard: easy to get to, just off the A38. A site of special scientific interest, this old flooded quarry has sheer cliffs on 3 sides surrounding a deep lake.
It’s run by a friendly, professional team who know what they’re doing. They’ve spent the last decade finding innovative ways to fill the quarry with heart-palpitating, terror-inducing, mind-boggling rides and attractions. As their tagline says, they’ve been ‘Throwing people off cliffs since 2009’.
Polperro Model Village
An utterly charming day out for the family, Polperro Model Village and Land of Legend is two attractions in one. The village is, quite literally, the coastal town in miniature and has been around for more than 60 years, surviving both fire and floods – so don’t underestimate the strength of these little guys. Meanwhile, Land of Legend is your chance to explore Cornish folklore, derived from tales of pirates and smugglers who thrived in and around Cornwall from the early modern period through to the 19th century. It is a unique show of lights, sound and animation. The site also houses a model railway, and prices are £3 for adults and £2 for children, open daily from Easter to October.
The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
The visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.
Owned by the East Loose Town Trust, the Looe Museum is managed by a small community of volunteers, and gives a delightful insight into the history and character of the area. It’s an opportunity to develop your knowledge of the town and locality whether you’re a first time visitor or frequent tourist. They frequently house new exhibitions and take part in local events, acting as a supportive part of the community. In 2016 they celebrated the 150thanniversary of the lifeboats in Looe for example, by loaning some of its objects to the RNLI for a dedicated exhibition. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children, and £4.50 for families.
The Monkey Sanctuary
Not perhaps what you might expect to find in Cornwall, The Monkey Sanctuary is a delightful opportunity to learn about its 36 inhabitants, all of whom have distinct characters and personalities. An active rescue centre dealing with individuals that have often not had a very happy start to life, the priority is always their wellbeing, but it’s also an opportunity for guests to meet them and learn about the organization, explore the gardens and cultivated meadows, shop or relax in the café. There’s also a play area for children, with views of the Cornish coast. The sanctuary is closed on Fridays, but otherwise open from March to September (dates vary from year to year, so keep an eye on the website). Prices start at £8.50 per adult and £5 for children, which entitles you to entry for a whole year.
A beautiful horse riding school offering lessons and trekking in the beautiful and tranquil Cornish countryside, near Lanreath, which is close to Looe and Liskeard. Riding is available all year round, whatever the weather in true British style, and they have some wonderful horses you can find out about on the website before you visit. They offer horse riding lessons, training and trekking, from the very first riding lesson to training for formal BHS qualifications, simple rides out to accompanied endurance races.