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Walking in Cornwall from your base at The Fieldhead Hotel

The collection of cliff top and moorland walks accessible from the hotel are perfect for those looking to discover the undeniable beauty of the area around Looe. And from these high vantage points tantalising glimpses of the scenic harbour will soon lead you to explore the town itself….

Whenever you are ready to explore, the friendly team at the hotel can offer you advice and maps on local walking routes – please ask and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

Also when planning your visit, The South West Coast Path website has lots of suggestions for walks in the area, ranging from easy to challenging.

One of our favourite circular walks is via Lammana Chapel. The route (shown here on the SWCP website) passes The Fieldhead Hotel on Portuan Road, follows the coast path and returns via an inland route, before descending into Looe itself.

When following this route you can see the remains of the Lammana Chapel on the hillside as you leave the town of Looe behind. This was an ancient Celtic site which later became a Benedictine Chapel – replacing the chapel on St George’s Island, just offshore. The island was a site of pilgrimage in those times; but so many people drowned trying to reach it that the Lammana Chapel was built instead.

The chapel belonged to Glastonbury Abbey at one point, but by the 14th Century was owned by the local Dawnay family. It was demolished in 1549 during Henry VIII’s infamous Dissolution of the Monasteries.

From the Lammana Chapel, this walk continues inland through valleys and meadows – where you might want to stop for a picnic and enjoy a spot of birdwatching if the weather is fine.

Following the route (which is around 3.5 miles in total) will bring you back to a quiet road which passes through Portlooe and down West Looe Hill, where you can either carry on into town to browse the shops and perhaps find a friendly pub to rehydrate, or return to The Fieldhead Hotel.

These short walks are fantastic for getting to know the local area, which is full of history and interesting sites.

If you are walking a longer stretch of the coast path, The Fieldhead Hotel is ideally located for breaking your journey. Providing a chance to rest and enjoy a spot of luxury, our hotel in Looe also offers an excuse to get to know the town a little better rather than simply passing through.

Click here to book, or call us on 01503 262 689 if you need assistance planning your visit.

 

 

No pain no gain…. The Fieldhead Hotel is visited by The Hotel Inspector!

It’s been an anxious few months here at The Fieldhead Hotel as we awaited the start of the new series of The Hotel Inspector – featuring our very own hotel in Looe in the first episode which you can watch here.

Following the visit from hotel guru Alex Polizzi last autumn we were inspired to update our offering, and have made significant changes to the hotel in line with Alex’s advice.

It’s been a learning curve for us as we have come to terms with the changes we needed to make in order to attract a new generation of visitors.

Although Alex didn’t hold back in her efforts to convince us to “modernise and simplify darling!” we were buoyed by her comments at the end as she left saying: “Overall this is very positive; I am quite amazed at what we have managed to achieve.”

Alex helped us see things in terms of traditional – which we are unashamedly – and old-fashioned – which is what we were rapidly becoming.

As a result of Alex’s intervention, we now have a new website, redecorated rooms and updated communal areas, and provide free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; it’s also a lot easier to book online and avoid the dreaded tariff card!

We still describe ourselves as traditional, but we’ve acknowledged that in some areas modern touches were required, for example we are now active on social media; however we stick by our high service standards as a tradition that we will not be doing away with!

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, kindly gave his views on our efforts to reinvigorate The Fieldhead Hotel: “It is not easy for small family businesses to keep up with the demands of modern visitors – who have every kind of review and comparison website at their fingertips – but it is vital that they don’t get left behind as Cornwall competes as a tourist destination on the world stage.”

He added: “However Cornwall is also known for its great diversity and individuality – in updating their facilities or marketing hotels don’t have to lose their unique personality along the way.”

We are now looking forward to the 2015 season – this is The Fieldhead at its best now and our view of the future is very positive.

We hope you will come and experience the changes for yourself!

Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch

**Special Offer – Mum Dines For Free!**

The Horizons Restaurant at The Fieldhead Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a special lunch for Mothering Sunday on the 15th March. Soak up the view from your vantage point overlooking the town of Looe, whilst spoiling your mum with our delicious menu and friendly service.

Why not make a day of it? Leave your car in our car park while you take a stroll along the Sea Front at Hannafore, or wander into town to explore the shops and attractions of Looe.

We’ll also be serving cream teas during the afternoon: Tea, Scones, Cornish Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam and Cake.

The following lunch menu is £24 for four courses and, for each table, one mum eats for free!

We invite you to relax in our comfortable lounge afterwards and enjoy tea, coffee and mints while taking in the view once more.

Please call 01503 262 689 to book.

Starters

Cream of Asparagus Soup with Crispy Croutons

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Fine Westcountry Pork Pâté with Rhubarb and Ginger Chutney and Toasted Points

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Warm Sweet Chilli Salmon with Lambs Lettuce Salad

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Mains

Pan Fried Fillet of John Dory on Caramelised Shallots and Beetroot

or

Slowly Roasted Westcountry Pork with Crushed Celeriac and Bacon Mash and Mustard Cider Sauce

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‘House Special’ Chicken Breast with Melted Goats Cheese, Fieldhead Damson Jam and Pine Smoked Black Forest Ham

or

Spring Lamb Shank in Port and Redcurrant Jus on a Bed of Sweet Potato

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Open Lasagne with Wild Mushrooms, Wild Rocket and Butternut Squash

 

All main courses are served

with Chef’s Selection of Vegetables.

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Desserts

Steamed Vanilla Sponge Pudding with Golden Syrup and Custard

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Cornish Cream Tea Sundae

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Black Forest Gateau with Pouring Cream

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After Lunch Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate and Mints are served in the Sitting Room.

Gardens in Cornwall to visit this spring

Spring comes early to Cornwall and as a result our gardens flourish, with colour returning triumphantly in springtime and species from warmer climes surviving our mild winters. Here are three gardens to visit in Cornwall this spring from your base at The Fieldhead Hotel – where we have our own slightly more modest stretch of sub-tropical garden for you to enjoy during your stay!

Cotehele House & Gardens

40 minutes/21 miles from The Fieldhead Hotel.

Location – Cotehele is next to the Tamar in East Cornwall, and is located between the towns of Callington, Saltash and Tavistock.

Gardens – This National Trust property comprises a Tudor house, beautiful gardens and walking paths which take in the estate and quay. The gardens feature formally planted terraces and the wilder Valley Garden, which leads down to the River Tamar. There are also orchards, ponds and dovecots to discover.

Visiting – The gallery, shop, Barn Restaurant and Edgcumbe tea-room on the quay are open 11am-4pm. The estate and garden are open daily from dawn to dusk. The house and mill reopens on 14 March for the 2015 season.

Click here to find out more about Cotehele.

Mount Edgcumbe

40 minutes/19 miles from The Fieldhead Hotel.

Location – Mount Edgcombe is located on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall, close to Torpoint. It would make an easy day out from our hotel in Looe.

The Gardens – The gardens are Grade I listed and feature Italian, French and English styles of planting from the 18th Century, with a newly established American plantation and New Zealand garden. A large landscaped park gives way to woodland and coastal walks, and marvellous views over Plymouth Sound.

Visiting – The House and Earl’s Garden is open 1st April – 30th September 2015, Sunday to Thursday and bank holiday Mondays between 11am and 4.30pm (last admission at 4pm).

Click here to find out more about Mount Edgcumbe.

Lanhydrock

35 minutes/20 miles from The Fieldhead Hotel.

Location –  Lanhydrock is near Bodmin and can be easily accessed by following signs from the A30, or travelling via Liskeard or Lostwithiel from The Fieldhead Hotel.

The Gardens – One of our favourite days out, this National Trust property is located within easy driving distance of The Fieldhead Hotel. The gardens at Lanhydrock have been developing since the 17th Century. Today you will find formal areas, stunning Magnolias, thatched cottages and lawns for picnicking on. The entire estate covers 1,000 acres, with parkland, woods and riverside paths.

Visiting – Lanhydrock is open all year round for visits to the estate and gardens between 10-6 every day. The house itself is open March – November.

Click here to find out more about Lanhydrock.

There are plenty more fabulous gardens in Cornwall, many of which are within reach of The Fieldhead Hotel. These include Pencarrow, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays Castle. We’ll be featuring them all on our blog over the coming months…

 

Looe Music Festival

The annual Looe Music Festival in September brings the summer to a close in style in this corner of Cornwall. The beach, harbourside and the streets of Looe come alive with music, colour and culture for a weekend extravaganza which attracts music-lovers of all genres to a unique seaside festival.

This year the festival takes place from 18th – 20th September. 3-Day tickets are available, giving you access to all ticketed areas throughout the event. You can buy tickets online here.

For such a young event (2011 was its inaugural year) Looe Music Festival has succeeded in attracting big names since the beginning, including Reef, The Darkness, Hayseed Dixie, Seth Lakeman, Levellers and The Brand New Heavies – and this year is no exception.

Already The Proclaimers and Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra have joined an increasingly packed line-up for what looks set to be the biggest event yet.

The festival embraces its unique location, popping up in the heart of our seaside town with stages on the beach and the bustling harbour. As the organisers say, “Wherever you look there are amazing views, side streets to explore, pubs to lose a day in…”

The atmosphere is energetic, with foot-stomping tunes pouring from every stage, pub and street corner and the friendly festival feel means the event is great for families too.

All accommodation options fill up for the weekend, and early booking is recommended. The Fieldhead Hotel is ideally positioned for those looking to be close to the action but also in a secluded location, combining easy access with a peaceful retreat after a long day enjoying the entertainment.

Click here to book, or call us on 01503 262 689 to check availability.