Barclay House Hotel

, Looe, United Kingdom
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Barclay House Hotel

, Looe
4 star

Rooms: 11

St. Martins Road - Looe - England - PL13 1LP - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01503262929
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A Wonderful Place to stay

from takumi
We just got back from a wonderful anniversary weekend away from Cornwall where we stayed in 2 different locations. The Barclay House is the perfect place to stay in Looe. Stayed for 1 night only, we found that the hotel was ideally located, just a 1-2 minute drive to town down the hill, great service from the staff who made us feel welcomed as soon as we arrived and the breakfast is awesome. Ample amounts of orange juice, lovely scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and a full English breakfast. The room we stayed in was spacious, a lovely soft bed and nice bathroom with shower only. One key tip: if you are planning to visit the Eden Project, you can buy your tickets at the hotel reception, saves queuing when you get there =).

Perfect for a weekend away at Looe, gave us a great start for our anniversary weekend away.

Fantastic stay

from Sarah_and_Mat
We stayed at Barclay House for 2 nights. As this was a late choice we couldn’t get a water view room. However the room we got was overlooking the pool & gardens. Whilst the room wasn’t huge it was very good value for money and top marks for the shower.

We got a very warm welcome from Nick and his staff and this high level of service continued right through our stay. The overall atmosphere is very relaxed and nothing was better than getting a bottle of wine (very well priced) from the well stocked bar and sitting outside overlooking the sea as the sun went down.

The hotel facilities and location are excellent. Breakfast was superb and the daily specials very imaginative. As we stayed at the weekend unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to try the lunchtime menu.

Overall we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We had a great time and would certainly recommend Barclay House to anyone.


from PETE111
We stayed in Barclay house in late June for two nights and were extremely impressed by the accomodation, hospitality and food on offer.

The hotel is situated in a beautiful spot overlooking the valley which seems to catch the sun all day - great when you are lazing by the nicely kept pool.

The hotel itself is a fine looking building and the room we stayed in spacious and clean with a good sized bathroom - though there was no bath, just a double shower. The bed was a super king which is never a bad thing!

Though the hotel doesn't do dinner, the breakfasts we had we excellent and, the terrace outside perfect for a drink before wandering into Looe (itself a good example of a seaside town that hasn't yet become toooo tacky) for a meal at one of the many bars or restaurants.

The staff and owners are very personable and will run you into town free of charge if you need a lift - you can't say fairer than that. A further measure of the laid back attitude of the hotel is that although the bar closes at 11 or so, the facility remains open to guest on an honesty basis. A nice touch in this day and age.

The only thing to look out for is a rather precarious section of the walk into town (10-15 mins away) where there is no pavement and you have to walk on the road itself. We recommend that you wear light clothing at night as there is approx 150 yrds of the walk where you are very exposed to traffic (though the locals know to slow right down etc). We are young and relatively nimble but those less quick on their feet might not enjoy the 'thrill' of dicing with the traffic!

Overall though, a very impressive small hotel and reasonable value for money too - Highly recommended

Superb Service - Superb spot!

from gg020
The Barclay House is just the ticket if you are looking for a relaxed and friendly top class small hotel! Every member of staff, from the owner to the breakfast waitress, was happy and attentive and couldnt have done more to make our weekend stay special. Our room was on the first floor and overlooked the estuary which looked magnificent in the morning sun. The rooms are well decorated in a modern style, with very nice bathroom / showeroom, but not losing the essence of the period building. The hotel is well located within a 10 minute steep walk of the town (downhill there and uphill on the way back). We stayed at a weekend (friday and saturday night which meant sadly we could not sample their lunches which they now only do during the week. There is no food of an evening but they can recommend several very nice restaurants in Looe within walking distance. The breakfast were superb. The best full english we have ever had anywhere, especially the sausages. Even the orange juice tasted amazing - a lot to do with the surroundings I think! In the past we have tended to stay in larger hotels mostly 4* and 5* all over the world, but after this trip we put more faith in the smaller boutique hotels and would definitely go back to the Barclay House Hotel without question. It was as enjoyable a 2 night break as we have spent anywhere.

Great place for lunch

from maryouth
While staying in cornwall we decided to treat ourselves to a lunch out to celebrate my husbands birthday. We were recomended barclay house. when we rang to book they asked if it was a special occaision- my husband was subsequently presented with a birthday sweet. we also mentioned that we would be walking over from Talant alomng the cliff path. They said if we got stuck they would pick us up! On our way back they even offered to fill up our water bottles. All this customer service would be no good without good food which needless to say was the best I have ever had in a restaurant- amazing!

excellent food and cheerful service

from algee1
We stayed for a week having two rooms – a king size for us and a twin room for our teenage daughters. Both rooms overlooked the Looe valley with gorgeous views of rolling countryside and the river. The rooms were very clean and furnished to a good modern standard. We ate in the restaurant every day for breakfast and evening meals. The food is absolutely fantastic with local fresh produce used (e.g. cider, wine, cheeses, meat etc). The menu provided a good choice and changed very slightly from one day to the next but mostly using the same recipes. We have not had better food anywhere else, both the quality and presentation were first class. The meat and fish were cooked to perfection (as was everything else) and just melted in your mouth. The food was fantastically presented.
The tables have slate ‘mats’ with pristine linen tablecloths and napkins. We were always served with water in one glass, which never got below a third full as they were continually refilled. Wine was also served in the same high standard although we found it a bit expensive (from £14 upwards). The excellent service applied to the bread rolls – if you eat one expect another to appear shortly! All this was part of the service - very attentive, cheerful and pleasant with a relaxed atmosphere.
It was ambitious to be able to eat in every day and sample all the meals but there is no way you could get through all the food offered and most days we could only manage two courses.
The breakfasts were also very good with the food served to the table (not self service). There was a good choice of cereals and yoghurts or fruit bowls followed by a full breakfast or whatever you wish with some ‘specials’ on the menu – e.g. French toast with pecan nuts, strawberries and raspberries drizzled in honey! – well worth a try and more of an experience than your usual English breakfast. The usual toast and jams followed – more than enough for a good day out.
The swimming pool is a bit small but it is heated and our youngest daughter went in every day.
The only thing to improve (if we were being picky) was that the beds were a bit on the hard side.

The hotel is no more than ten minutes walk into Looe although it is a bit precarious walking as there are no pavements and a busy junction to navigate, but it is so close it is not worth using the car.

The enduring impression of the hotel is one of being very ‘homely’, very clean and presented with excellent service from the waiters and waitresses who always had a smile and excellent food.

More than we could have wanted

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and i needed a bit of time away from our 18 month old daughetr and thourgh this site i found the hotel. I booked one night including a meal in the restaurant and...all i can say is WOW!!! When we arrived we were greated by Nick and the staff and shown around. The feel of the place is classy yet informal and the general ambiance is one of relaxation (perfect for any trip to Cornwall). The room was fine, clean, well decorated and with new bathrooms (great showers!). The star of the show was the meal. We both loved the meal we had and also the local Cornish wine (you may gasp but both the Baccus and Red were sooo nice). The measure of the place was that i could not decide what starter to have and so was given a half plate of both my choices. We took our time and enjoyed a great Pimms sorbet! In all, if you want to have a great base for Cornwall or, like us you need some time for just the two of you then book this hotel. You will not be disappointed (if you are theni am sure that any issues you have will be ironed out very quickly). we will be returning!

Great Food!

from Whicker1
Although we didn't stay on this occasion (in Pelynt) we did eat at the Restaurant....good choice on the menu...and although my husband is not a great fan of fish, he did savour the 'signature starter' of bubble & squeak cake, with cod fritters. My scallops were delicate and tasty...we both opted for the local Cornish Fillet of beef with a morel and truffle sauce, which was delicious. Nice touch was another bread roll as soon as you finished the first!...probably why we couldn't manage a pud!
There is an optional 10% service charge printed on the bill, which I always think is a bit cheeky...should leave to the customer to decide, in any event we were pleased with the service so paid it ! Bill was £67 in total, cheaper than comparable restaurants in Cheltenham!!
Very pleasant owner/chef...Nick Barclay, made you feel welcome.
All in all, if you are in the area, definately one restaurant not too miss.

Perfect place to relax

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went to Barclay House looking for total relaxation. Nick and Kelli Barclay have created the perfect formula to do just that. The hotel is very fresh and contemporary with good sized bedrooms. The restaurant is fantastic with modern cuisine and served in huge portions! But what made it so special was the excellent service. All staff have a "can do" attitude and nothing is too much trouble for them. They are very genuine and personable and will make your stay truely memorable.

US-style service in the UK !

from xtrapnel
My in-laws live in Looe and we used Barclay House as the venue for their Diamond Wedding. The function was superb, in fact I don't think anyone attending had seen anything like it. The owners, Nick and Kelli, used to run restaurants in the US (Dallas) and it shows - the service and attention to detail are second to none. During the function we stayed in one of their self-contained chalets - luxurious, a superb base in which to explore Cornwall. Nick is a master chef and his cuisine is mouthwatering, and you will not get better service in the UK. Every time we go to Cornwall we eat at Barclay House, and I cannot recommend it highly enough - I just wish that the rest of the UK would catch up and offer this kind of service and attention to detail.

Top Local Tips for Looe

Where to eat in Looe The Lascares Wine Bar and the nearby fish and chip shop on the right as you start to go along the main street of East Looe are both excellent. For pub dining, with good ambience and excellent service, try the Salutaion Inn, a little further along the main street (over-14s only allowed).

Interesting - holiday wise - fishing industry wise - environment wise Smallish coast town with lots of charm, fishing history, and natural environment. Would work for families with kids, getaway upwardly mobiles, and the white haired brigade. Something for everyone where you can crash and forget about whatever

Take a trip on the new high speed rib boat down in the harbour The new high speed rib boat does 40+ knots - and had just started when we visited - it was great fun and certainly blew the cobwebs away - would be great for older kids

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