Looe Holidays and Sunshine Days
As seasoned caravanners we holiday in the U.K. regularly. I thought it might be useful to start documenting some of the caravan sites we visit; what we liked and didn’t like. We are members of the Caravan And Motorhome Club and have been for three years. (We pay for membership – they don’t give it to me!) This Easter we went to Looe and stayed in their caravan club site. These are my thoughts of Looe itself and where we stayed.
The Caravan Club Site
The site is situated outside the small town of Looe. You could walk it in around 40-45 minutes, we never attempted it. With three children in tow I am not sure I could take the moaning. There is a big long stay car park in West Looe, and a couple of short stay car parks. We didn’t have trouble finding a space even on the bank holidays but I could see it becoming trickier in the summer holidays.
We paid around £150 for 7 nights for five of us which is great value for a holiday. It is part of the reason we caravan, it is so much more affordable for a family of five and more comfortable than camping. I do not miss the tent lol.
The pitches were spacious with plenty of room for awning, caravan and car. We could choose our pitch and went right next to the park for the two year old to be able to wander back and forwards.
It is a dog friendly site, with a dog walk close by. The rarest big supermarket we found was Morrison’s in Liskeard which was about 8 miles away. But there are two Co-ops and a Spar in Looe for stocking up on food and drink.
Be warned don’t follow a sat nav to the site! Follow the written directions instead. If we have followed the sat nav it would have taken us down a very narrow road with tiny passing spaces. The Caravan Club directions are much better.
So what did I like?
- Toilet blocks. Beautifully clean and well kept, mould free and good facilities. Only half the site was open on our visit so only one toilet block was open. Even so, I never waited to use a toilet or a shower.
- Children’s facilities. The park had a great range of equipment for all ages.
- Ball games: tennis, football, basketball and mini golf were all available. Ask at reception for golf clubs and balls.
- Blossom. So many trees around this campsite and a lot were in full bloom. It was beautiful.
- Small shop. For the essentials, but the staff were very helpful if you couldn’t find what you were looking for.
- Rabbits, pheasants, owls. My two year old spent ages wandering around trying to find them to say hello.
What wasn’t great?
- The WiFi didn’t work. Brilliant on one hand but I had some work I needed to finish while away and I couldn’t do it.
- Nohting else. Seriously!
Looe used to be two separate villages East and West and you cross a small bridge to go between them both. It is a really pretty town, with a working fishing boat port.
My children spent quite a while watching the boats come in and out. This is very dependent on tide times.
The beach is lovely and sheltered and sandy/shingly. Sand castles didn’t really hold together unless you were right up the top furthest away from the sea. Not that we cared we built them anyway.
On our visit there was an organised Easter Egg hunt which was really enjoyed by all three. Close to the beach are cafes, shops and most importantly toilet facilities. For public toilets they were clean and they didn’t make me cringe!
There are some gorgeous independent shops. It was nice to see a town with a good variety of shops, from gift shops to bakeries. I also recommend Catch for fish and chips down on the Quay. Some of the best fish and chips I have ever had. Also the traditional sweet shop full of jars of sweets and American candy treats.
My children get bored wandering around so when I found Treasure Trails on Google I knew it would be perfect. It cost £6.99 and I couldn’t print it because we were already away but we used the pdf file on my phone. This did get slightly annoying because you kept having to enlarge it and scroll around to find the next clues or up to the suspects and weapons. It was a brilliant way of seeing all of Looe and the older two absolutely loved it. I’d definitely buy another trail for another holiday destination.
It is a lovely destination for a family holiday. We had such a chilled out time and definitely got lucky with the weather. We spent most of the time on the beach or in Looe town itself and didn’t travel to find any tourist destinations or things to do.
As a family we absolutely love holidaying in the U.K., we love showing our children how wonderfully unique the country we live in is. I hope they keep their lovely memories about Looe for years to come.
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