Schooner Point Guest House was the happy recipient of an invitation to a pre-opening visit to the re vamped Bodmin Jail. We were able to visit the day before the official public opening and Mrs. B&B and I were eager to see the renovations.
We arrived for our 13.40 tour ahead of time and took a while to have a look round the courtyard and discuss what was new. When we checked in we were advised there had been a hitch and our tour was delayed, this was handled professionally and we had a chat about the “new” attraction with staff.
Our last visit was over a year ago but the new plans were already in place then and we were able see what the vision was. I have to say that we noticed an immediate difference as the old hospital block had been replaced with a new modern building but “in keeping” with the old. When the tour started we were led through the bookcase wall and down into the depths. Mrs. B&B and I were blown away with the first displays, state of the art, we would say. For us, the rest of the tour was interesting but not quite at the same level. There was a surprise at the end but that would be spoiling your experience.
The days t-shirt was another Rolling Stones one, Grrr! A large gorilla with Stones lips features on this one and the album is a celebration of 50 years of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.
Mrs. B & B and I managed to get away from Schooner Point Guest House for a few hours the other day. We had been talking about the amount of stone circles, burial tumuli and quoits in Cornwall and decided to go and investigate. We initially headed for Carn Euny Iron Age settlement near Sancreed, Penzance. Carn Euny was easily found and turned out to be well worth a visit. Unfortunately some of the original stone has been used in more modern times to erect a cottage but there is still enough to see including the “tunnel” and underground chamber. From there we headed for The Merry Maidens stone circle near Lamorna. This is quite a large circle of medium sized stones and it is easily found, just through the gate and across the field. From the same layby we ventured down the road to see Tregiffian Burial Chamber. We have driven past this site in the past and not even noticed it. It is right on the verge of the B3315 literally just a stones throw from the Merry Maidens. For our final stop we went to see Lanyon Quoit, a large flat horizontal stone held in the air by 3 large upright stones.
On the way down we passed through Hayle and just had to stop at Philps pasty shop. We bought two traditional pastys, large of course. They were piping hot so we waited until reaching Carn Euny before attempting to munch them. They were still hot but we did manage about half. Each time we got back in the car we were enveloped by the delicious smell of pastys. The remains were consumed when we got home later that evening. It was a really interesting day made better by Philps pastys.
The days t shirt was London Calling from The Clash. Interestingly the design for the album cover leans heavily on Elvis’ first album.
It is with relief that we can say that Schooner Point is extremely busy, as is most of Cornwall. We are virtually vacancy free until the start of October, excepting our single room, which has limited availability.
Mrs. B&B and I have managed to get out a couple of times during this busy time. We visited Cadgwith down on The Lizard. We took a leisurely walk to Ruan Minor on The South West Coast Path, passing through the old serpentine works along the way. We also managed to get out to St.Mawes and visited Lamorran Gardens. These are worth a look even if they are on the small side. Some great views to be had of the water and some very impressive yachts in the estuary.
We have been fortunate to have been able to be part of our dear friends 70th. birthday celebrations and it was pleasure to have them stay with us. We are now looking forward to more long standing friends paying us a visit this weekend.
Storm Francis whipped through Looe last night leaving bright and sunny skies today, hopefully continuing for our guests over the weekend.
Todays t shirt is The Rollin Stones, Exile on Main Street, classic.
Mrs. B&B and I managed to get out of Looe for a day. Mixing business and pleasure we headed for Truro. Lunch was had at a small Tapas bar, Bodega 18, just in behind the cathedral. We had a delicious meal of varied dishes, pig cheeks with mash, salt cod croquettes, whipped mackerel, fried aubergine, lemon prawns and duck with red cabbage and aioli. Surprisingly very filling. While in Truro I managed to pick up a new t – shirt and is todays featured shirt. A new Jimi Hendrix number.
August has seen many visitors from our hometown of Swindon come to Looe to stay with us. There are more friends and acquaintances from Swindon due to visit us in September. We thank you all for your kind support and look forward to welcoming them into our home.
After a very busy day we took a stroll out to Hannafore and decided to have drinks on the patio at Hannafore Point Hotel. Very relaxing whilst taking in the views of Looe Bay and Looe Island.
Well it didn’t take long to get back in the saddle. From a slow first start in the first week we are now full and vacancies are few and far between in August and September. We do have availability in October and November but we are expecting these to go quickly. A number of Guest Houses and B&B’s, in Looe, are reporting full houses so if you want to visit be quick.
We are adhering to our Covid 19 principles and this seems to have been well received by our guests. It was good to see Sue & PJ, who came to see us for the fourth time and were keen to try out our “ruck sack picnic” and then our picnic hamper, their feedback was welcomed and thankfully positive. While here Sue & PJ reported that they were having difficulty booking into attractions and restaurants, so please be aware if you are heading our way make sure you have contacted the places you want to visit. If you would like to take advantage of our packed lunches, picnics or high teas. These can be added to your booking on our web site and remember it is cheaper to book direct with us.
The fishing charter boats are operating now, which has been to our advantage. I would like to thank the fishermen, who recently stayed with us, for the variety of fish they supplied, Cheers gents, much appreciated. Another of our guests spent 3 days sharking and the boat they were on was very successful, on one day they had 7 blue sharks and 17 in total.
We managed to venture out to the pub for the first time in months. Visited The Jolly Sailor in West Looe and it was good to see the guys again and of course offer a little support for another local business. While out and about in town today we noticed people on The Banjo Pier which is actually closed. This has not been done to annoy holiday makers, we feel, it has been done to help maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of the emergency services being called out in these difficult times.
Mrs.B&B and I celebrated our 13th. Wedding Anniversary on the 2nd. and we treated ourselves to a lunch in The Sardine Factory. Wow, what a beautiful meal. We both chose to have the Sunday Lunch which was roast beef and pulled brisket with green veg, roast potatoes, carrot & swede puree, Yorkshires and gravy. The best Sunday lunch I have had, other than Mrs.B&B’s, of course. I would highly recommend The Sardine Factory in Looe but again make sure you book well in advance to save disappointment.
Todays t shirt is a Rolling Stones lyric shirt, the old classic that is Honky Tonk Woman, just can’t get enough of The Stones.