I take it readers know that Pendra Loweth is a "village" of holiday rental units, arranged as row housing (but each one looking a little different) in a quiet, even picturesque setting outside Falmouth. I'd been afraid it would be noisy, with small children shrieking and music playing, but I must say the project has been carried off as well as it possibly could be. As for our individual unit (Gew, #65), it was quiet, clean and spacious. On top of it all, the price was right, being quite a bit lower than one would have to pay in Falmouth itself, at least in the summer months.
Two minor peeves before getting to the decider: there was no wi-fi in our unit (though it was available at the reception area in the centre of the "village"), and the laundry machines were expensive at four pounds for a fairly small washer.
Any decision to return to Pendra Loweth would depend entirely on the length of my stay. I know Falmouth quite well, having lived there for three years as a boy. Thus, for a short stay of a day or two, it would be frustrating to stay at PL - it's about a couple of miles away from the town centre (less to the beaches) and, although I'm a keen walker, there's not much alternative to relying on the car. Also, at night, one feels isolated in the pretty PL "suburb", with no sense at all of being in Falmouth. One might as well be anywhere.
On this occasion we stayed, though, for three nights, and by the end of our stay I was beginning to appreciate a quiet base for the evening. We spent our days "doing" Falmouth, and other places in the area, after which we'd go back to PL, cook supper and relax. If I were in Falmouth for a week or more, I'd find PL quite an attractive option for the reasons I gave earlier. (By the way, I believe most units ask for a week-long minimum stay but am not certain of this. We were able to get an exception as the unit's owners agreed.)
The long and the short of it: this is a very agreeable "suburb" which, if you're in Falmouth for a week or so, you're likely to appreciate. For a shorter visit, though, try to get something closer to town.
- Also Known As:
- Pendra Loweth Falmouth, Cornwall