Pelynt & Lanreath

Both Pelynt (population of 1,140 ) and smaller neighbour Lanreath (population 600) – are located amongst the rolling Cornish countryside, approximately 10 mins from both Looe & Polperro.

If not arriving in your own car, you can reach the villages on the Looe-Liskeard bus service No. 77 (with stops in both Pelynt & Lanreath) or bus service No. 73 with connection to Pelynt only (and Polperro). If you are on bike, there are a number of routes you can enjoy that take in the communities in & around Looe & Polperro.

Both Pelynt & Lanreath have great village shops; Pelynt has a highly regarded local butchers as well as a pop-up fish stall each Friday (please see our Blog about shopping for your self-catering holiday).

What’s to See & Do?

The villages are thriving communities year-round, with great local facilities from village shops, pub, pop up cafes & bars. There are great variety of places to stay for those who want the best of both worlds (easy access to Looe & Polperro, yet set back from the hustle & bustle during the peak summer periods).

There is good access to central & west Cornwall too, as well as both Polruan & Fowey which are 6 1/2 miles away.

Both Pelynt & Lanreath have respective historic churches which are worth a visit in their own right. St. Nun in Pelynt & St. Marnarch in Lanreath are at the heart of both communities.

There is a wonderful circular walk from Pelynt, through the enchanting West Looe Valley – the 6.4 mile walk takes in some stunning ancient woodland and St. Nonna’s Well. (This, and over 300 hundred other Cornish walks, can be downloaded when you buy he £2.99 app from our partner iWalk Cornwall)

For families, close to Lanreath is the wonderful Porfell Wildlife Sanctury which homes a number of wild animals from lemurs to zebra. This is a must-see when staying in the area.

In Pelynt, the historic Jubilee Inn (a food-serving pub with rooms) organise a number of events & live-music; the Old School Pelynt is a social club which stages a number of events open to the public and, in Lanreath, the Tipsy Cow organise a number of food, drink & music events at Lanreath Village Hall.

(We understand that the former pub, the Punchbowl, in Lanreath is currently under renovations – we hope that this wonderful village pub will re-open again in the not too distant future).

Where to Stay


The majority of holiday accommodation in and around Pelynt & Lanreath is self-catering, and many are in beautiful ancient farm cottages & converted barns.

The exception being The Jublilee Inn which has 9 B&B guest bedrooms that can accommodate up to 19 at full occupancy… and also the magnificent Trenderway B&B which offers 7 bedrooms, sleeping up to 14. Trenderway is also a highly regarded wedding venue.

Close to Pelynt, Trelay Holiday Park has a range of beautifully appointed holiday homes for both sale & rent.  This 5-Star rated park has operated for over 67 years and remains in family ownership.

If you enjoy high quality holiday park-style accommodation, close to Lanreath, Stonerush Lakes offer stunning lake-side lodges with great facilities. The added attraction is the on-site Old Mill Restaurant & Bar, popular with residents and lodge owners alike.

Staying in Lanreath, The Old Rectory is a beautiful former rectory with landscaped gardens and a heated outdoor pool. Providing one or two-bedroom apartments, you have far-reaching views across the village & Cornish countryside beyond.

Ashen Cross in Pelynt offer a choice of a one-bed or two-bed cottage with wonderful facilities, log burners, BBQs and its own private fishing lake too… you are welcomed with some fantastic home baked treats by by the owners on your day or arrival.

A short walk into Pelynt, Cardwen Farm Cottages have a variety of beautifully appointed cottages, as well as a 16th century farmhouse. Each is individual in style and set within acres of private outdoor space, with trickling streams, to explore. Rented together, Cardwen can accommodate up to 26 guests.

Carole Cottages is another beautifully converted farm, offering six cottages, which were former store barns & stables, and now accommodate up to 24.

Another option within walking distance of Pelynt is Wilton Mill Farm – offering a choice of three cottages (accommodating either 2 or 4), with ponds & even a young vineyard.

A further beautiful farm-style property Talehay Cottages which offers four stone-built cottages on the 17th century farm. Accommodating up to 10, across the 4 cottages, you have a beautiful central courtyard plus 3 acres of private land to access & enjoy.

Where to Eat & Drink

The aforementioned Jubilee Inn is an excellent choice for traditional pub fayre & Sunday lunches. In the summer months the garden, with far-reaching county views, also has live music.

The Old School Shack, adjacent to the Old School social club, opens seasonally for breakfasts & take-away foods in the evenings.


In Lanreath, The Old Mill Bar & Restaurant at Stonerush Lakes is open to the public with both indoor & lakeside dining areas. The Tipsy Cow organise a number of food & drink nights at Lanreath Village Hall – if you follow their Facebook page they detail the upcoming events.


Coming soon… our blogs about the communities of Talland, Morval & No Man’s Land, Hessenford, Duloe, Plaidy & Millendreath… and maybe more !

The businesses mentioned in this Blog are those listed, with a paid for advert, on the Welcome to Looe & Polperro website. There are other businesses to enjoy during your time in Pelynt & Lanreath and the nearby communities in addition to those detailed above.