BED & BREAKFAST - Looe, Cornwall
There is a train service to Looe from the mainline station in Liskeard and a good local taxi service for the 5 minute journey from Looe to Hendersick Farm. There is a taxi rank and bus stop near the town bridge E.Looe.
By road, Hendersick Farmhouse is accessed via a turning off the A387 between Looe and Polperro. This is the narrow lane that leads down to Talland Bay and the sea. The entrance to Hendersick Farm is an unmetalled track half a mile from the main road, 100m long approx. There is free parking adjacent to the house on the right hand side of the track. The surface is crude, sloping and made of of bedrock and/or stone chippings. There is a flat area of slate slabs in the grass verge at the foot of a flight of 5 granite steps (15cm in height) leading to a pathway of slate crazy paving leading to the front door. There are 4 further steps (the steepest of which is 20cm in height), leading up to the front door which is 1m wide. There is a small threshold 7cm high. The hallway, 1.3m wide has a slightly uneven slate flagstone floor. The doorways to the ground floor sitting room and kitchen are 80cm wide. The kitchen has an uneven slate floor similar to that in the hallway, whilst the sitting room has polished wooden floorboards. The kitchen is of modern design with a a 2m long farmhouse table and 6 pine dining chairs.
The first floor is accessed by means of a flight of 7 stairs, the staircase then turns back on itself, there is one additional stair on the turn followed by 5 further stairs to the first floor landing. The staircase is 86cm wide, stairs 20cm in height with traditional bannister handrail. The doors to the three bedrooms are 80cm wide approx. The doorway to the private bathroom is 73cm wide. The corner shower cubicle has a step up shower tray 17cm high. The doorway to the ensuite shower is 70cm with a step up to the shower tray of 14cm.
Hendersick Farm is a small and very friendly rural community. Opposite the farmhouse there is a group of picturesque buildings around a central courtyard. These used to be the barns and stables belonging to the farm and were converted years ago into private dwellings now lived in by my neighbours. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help but please bear in mind this area is private.
Old Hendersick farmland, now National Trust property extends from here to the SW Coastal Footpath and the sea. A rugged cart track leads from the front garden to a hillside viewpoint overlooking the coastal footpath and Looe Island (5 minutes).
There's a steep walk down to the coastal path and access to a secluded beach via a flight of wooden steps, (15 minutes from the house). Alternatively there's a relatively flat walk across to the headland to Hore Point. It takes approximately 50 minutes to walk to Looe along the coast path, 75 minutes to Polperro. Guests often walk to Looe or Polperro along the coastal footpath and then take a taxi back or a bus as far as the junction where the lane to Talland Bay joins the main road.
Narrow back lanes and a steep walk down W. Looe Hill bring you to the shops and nearest pub, W. Looe (40 minutes). It's a further 10 minutes to the town centre in E. Looe.
The rural landscape in and around Hendersick Farm is in the nature of things uneven and care is required in order to avoid accidents. The ground underfoot is sometimes unstable and is affected by seasonal conditions and weather as in any other area of countryside. The garden here is terraced and steep in places and the paths and steps very old, rustic and uneven requiring the same level of caution that you would exercise on the beach or in open countryside along this coast. Paths are sometimes slippery. Therefore please be advised that your use of the garden is at your own risk. There is an ornamental garden pond supplied by a spring that runs through the garden. Please take care and ensure that children are supervised at all times. The walled garden at the front of the house provides a safe area. There is a wooden picnic table and seating on the front lawn. Four wide rustic slate steps lead down to a lower garden/orchard and the track leading out to the coast.