Stay at Inn on the Shore
We have eight beautifully-refurbished en-suite letting rooms for you to stay in, some of which are dog friendly! Please call ahead if you would like to book with a dog. All rooms have TVs, tea & coffee facilities and hair dryers. Pre-booked cots are also available on request.
Our rooms are all named after the beaches and landmarks of the bay:
This room offers a king size bed with an ensuite that offers a large corner rain shower and views over Downderry beach and towards Looe Island.
This room offers a king size bed with an ensuite that has a bath and rain shower with views over Looe Island.
We offer pre-booked lunchtime hampers for the beach or a picnic further afield, details will be in your room on how to book your Picnic on the Shore.
If you are celebrating a special occasion and would like a bottle of champagne, sparkling wine or just a bottle of red or white in your room on arrival, please email or call us with your order. We can also organise flowers, chocolates and fruit bowls for your arrival.
Breakfast will be served every morning from 9am in the dining room and there is no need to pre-order.
Dogs are welcome at the Inn on the Shore and can stay in the Seaton, Portwrinkle and Rame Head rooms, but we would kindly ask you to not let them sleep on the beds or chairs in the rooms. Please bring their dog beds with them to make them feel at home and don’t leave dogs unattended in the rooms.
Please note: We do sometimes have live music over the weekend at the Inn on the Shore but it will be finished around 11pm. Please check our events page for more information.
Around the Area
The Inn on the Shore is located in Downderry, just above the beach.
Downderry Beach offers surfing on big swell days, swimming on calmer days and rock pooling at low tide – making it a great place to be for the whole family.
Our village sits on the South West Coast Path, a path that leads you along a fantastically varied journey of high cliff paths, urban landscapes, shady woodland, passing rocky coves and through wide open fields, resulting in a mixture of easy strolling and some more strenuous walking.
After Looe, the Path passes through the holiday village of Millendreath and opens up again on Bodigga Cliffs, where the views open out to the Path ahead and Rame Head in the distance. In some places the Path twists and climbs to heights with spectacular views, especially on the approach to Battern Cliffs, which is one of the highest points on the south coast of Cornwall at 462 ft (141 m). From here you enjoy some truly fantastic cliff walking to the fishing village of Portwrinkle with views of the 4-mile expanse of Whitsand Bay beyond.
Walking along the final stretch of the South Cornwall Coast Path is mainly fairly easy, although there are some short, steep ascents and descents in places. The Path passes a military firing range at Tregantle Fort. Here you may take the seaward permissive path or if the red flags are flying you will need to take the route that follows the B3247.
Here is some information about the beaches in the area.
Looe Island, also known as St George’s Island, is a small island a mile from the mainland town of Looe in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Until recently it was owned (and inhabited) by two sisters, Babs and Evelyn Atkins, who have made a gift of the island to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust in perpetuity.
It is an island of outstanding natural beauty, about 22.5 acres( 91,000 m²) in area and a mile (1.6 km) in circumference. The highest point is 47 m above sea level. With frost and snow virtually unknown it has an exceptionally mild climate. Daffodils bloom at Christmas and, unlike most small islands, it’s partly wooded. A natural sanctuary for sea and woodland birds and one time haunt to smugglers, its history includes a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 of which only a few stones remain visible. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea landed here with the child Christ.
Evelyn Atkins wrote two books — We Bought An Island (1976) and its sequel Tales From Our Cornish Island (1986) — about the purchase of the island and what it is like to live there. She died in 1997 at the age of 87 but her sister Babs continued to live on the island until her death in 2004, at the age of 86, leaving the island to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust which will preserve it as a nature reserve.
The island is normally accessible only by boat, but at low spring tides it is possible for the journey to be made by foot across the rocky sea floor. The island is open to day visitors from approximately Easter to around the end of September and the tipi is actually available for short breaks – all the details are on the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website.. This is a non-profit making venture, the landing fees and other income being devoted to conserving the island’s natural beauty and to providing facilities for visitors without commercialising it in any way. Jetty cottage has a license for weddings and couples may stay the night in a tee pee on the island after their wedding service.
laidy Beach is a south facing beach near Looe, Cornwall. It is a sandy beach with rock pools to explore. At high tide most of the beach is reclaimed by the sea. Because of the shortage of facilities near the beach it is normally pleasantly quiet.
Car parking is limited and there are no facilities near the beach, but Looe is less than a mile on foot, along the South West Coast Path. Looe is one of Cornwall’s largest towns and boasts a range of shops, cafés, pubs and more, including a fine beach and car parking facilities. To the east, Millendreath Beach is a brief stroll along the coast path. Car parking is available at Millendreath. Dogs are permitted on Plaidy Beach.
Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach in a sheltered cove near Looe, Cornwall. It is a sandy beach with numerous rock pools to explore at low tides. At high tide most of the beach is reclaimed by the sea. A car park is situated less than 100 yards from the beach, and access is easy. There are currently no facilities. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. Black Rock Café & Bistro has been a resounding success since opening its doors 3 years ago. You can enjoy scrumptious quality food and drink with either a contemporary, Spanish, or British style. The Tapas menu is extremely popular and has a Cornish twist and is guaranteed to tempt those taste buds.
Seaton Beach is a wide, south-facing beach at the foot of the River Seaton valley near Looe in south-east Cornwall. Seaton’s steeply-sloping, sand and pebble beach is reasonably popular with families during peak summer months. The nearby Seaton Valley Countryside Park – Cornwall’s first Green Flag Countryside Park and Local Nature Reserve – includes a garden, cycleways and woodland walks. The nature reserve is home to wildlife including otters and kingfishers.
A car park is situated adjacent to the beach, from where the beach can easily be accessed (with disabled access). Facilities at Seaton Beach include a café, shop and toilets. There is no lifeguard patrol at the beach and extreme caution should be taken with the unpredictable currents. Seaton is a year-round dog-friendly beach.
Downderry is a south-facing, sand and pebble beach with rock pools at low tide. It is located 4 miles from the western-most end of Whitsand Bay in the far south east of Cornwall, 18 miles from Plymouth. At low tide, the cliff-backed beach stretches to around a mile and reaches Seaton.
A small car park is located in the village of Downderry, from which the western end of the beach is easily accessed via a path or slipway. There is disabled access to the western beach. Access to the eastern end of the beach is difficult. Public toilets are situated at the car park. Downderry Beach is dog-friendly. There is no lifeguard service, though the beach is equipped with rescue equipment.
Portwrinkle’s two beaches are located at the western-most end of Whitsand Bay in south east Cornwall. The eastern-most beach at Portwrinkle, Finnybook Beach, is the more popular of the two – a pleasant, sandy beach, popular with families and experienced surfers alike. Portwrinkle Beach is south-facing, with limited access at high tide. The western-most, quieter beach is a shingle beach with a small harbour at its east end, and rock pools to explore at low tide.
Access to Portwrinkle’s beaches can be difficult, down steep paths from the cliffs. Two small car parks are situated on the cliffs above the beaches. Toilets are provided, but there are no other facilities. Dogs are not permitted on the beach all year round.
Tregantle is the first beach on arguably the finest stretch of sands in south east Cornwall, Whitsand Bay beach is actually a sequence of beaches which, combined, stretch around 4 miles from Portwrinkle to Rame Head. The beach, which is south west facing, is only available at low tide – beware of being cut off at high tide.
Plymouth, Devon is only 7 miles away via the Torpoint Ferry service. Looe is around 6 miles west of Portwrinkle, along the coast, and Liskeard is around 9 miles inland.
Car parking is available at Tregantle, Sharrow Point and Tregonhawke but access to the beach is difficult, via steep, uneven steps and paths, so not suitable for all. There are few facilities provided. The strong rip currents make it unwise to bathe in the bay but sometimes desirable to surfers. The area is popular with experienced divers. Whitsand Bay is dog-friendly.
Situated on the western edge of the beach stands Fort Tregantle, a 360-foot hexagonal fort bounded by a ditch on three sides, originally built in 1865. The fort is still in use and during firing range practice the west end of the beach is closed.
Rame Head is formed of a rocky shoreline punctuated by popular sandy beaches. The distinctive rounded landmark of Rame Head with its medieval chapel on top makes for a prominent landmark. The sheltered valley behind the Rame headland forms an intimate and enclosed setting for Cawsand and Kingsand. It is a quiet landscape typified by sparse settlements of farms and hamlets linked by mostly small winding rural roads.
Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit
The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe – https://www.monkeysanctuary.org/
The Adrenalin Quarry, Liskeard – https://www.adrenalinquarry.co.uk/
Polperro, Narrow, winding streets and alleys, cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny harbour – Polperro is everyone’s idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village – visit and you may want to stay – for ever – https://www.visitcornwall.com/places/polperro
The Ship Inn, Polperro – is the sister pub of the Inn on the Shore http://www.shipinnpolperro.com/
Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City about 17 miles and 30 mins away from The Inn on the Shore you will find shopping in Drake Circus, restaurants and pubs, cinema and National Marine Aquarium https://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/explore/areas-to-visit/city-centre