Guest Book

Thank you for visiting the Talland website. I am pleased to say that after quite a long break we are once again accepting new entries to the Talland Bay Guest Book, so if you have memories, comments, history, facts and figures or anything else of interest and relevance to or about Talland Bay please send them to us - click here.
Please note that your contribution will not immediately be added to the Guest Book but at the next update. Spammers etc should not waste their time as their contributions will never be added.


To read what others have had to say just scroll down this long page.

Bob Tarr, webmaster


My visit last week

I have been visiting the small hamlet of Talland Bay every year since 1997 it is such a lovely place to visit. However, I was there for 6 days last week and I was meet with Blue/Red/Orange/Green Bag and Black Rubbish boxes outside all properties on the road leading down to Talland Bay and they stayed outside for 4 days it was not a pretty sight and I do hope that the council rubbish collection will improve.

I also had a peek in to the New Holiday Village at Talland Barton's old Caravan Park
(Now called "The Bay, Talland") and it looks very overcrowded in there. I thought they would have finished building by now but work is still going on in there and I can see that they have put in another planning application (Cornwall Council PA12/03331) for even more houses, so I guess it will be another 3 years before they finish. What a shame, I hope the the locals will object to this planning application. I would like to thank the Editor providing us with photos/news and memories of Talland Bay, please keep up the good work.
Karen Falken, 26 May 2012
Thanks to this marvellous site and the help of Bob Tarr, Chantal and I are now in touch. As one can imagine, we have much catching up to do. Again, my heartfelt thanks to all concerned.
Brian Smith, 17 April 2012

I've just seen the post by Chantal Lucienne Eunice Eastwell. She posted a comment in November of 2011 and made reference to my post some 10 years before. I am her 'long lost' cousin. I would very much like to be in contact with her and would be most grateful if you could relay this message to her. You may give her my email address. Thank you very much.
Brian Richard Smith - 27 March 2012
(Editor's note: Brian's note has been forwarded to Chantal - we look forward to hearing what happens next! And apologies especially to Brian for my slowness in actioning this!)



Last night having spent yet another wonderful day walking on the beaches and lanes around Polperro , my husband Danny and I settled down with a glass of wine and as usual my mind wondered to my family ! I had visited my grannie Nessie Smith 's grave in Polperro thinking there must be more . Found by chance the Talland website and there was a name I was looking for my granfer Dick who died the year I was born 1958 , my mum said he saw me just the once . It was my cousin writing on your page . The date said 2003 please can anyone help me?

Yes my grannie Nessie had two brothers uncle Jack and uncle Clyde my dad was her son Richard Herbert Matthews born 1936 at 17 he left Polperro and joined the RAF meeting my beautiful mum in France she worked for NATO in her home town of Fontainebleau my birth place . The year I was born mum and I came to live in Polperro for 6 months with my grannie and gramps Sidney then joined my dad in Cyprus for 4 years . Mum and I came back for another 6 months and my first school was Polperro . Mum has always said that as a young 21 year old French girl everyone made her so welcome and her memories here were wonderful . That was the last time I ever saw my grannie but I loved her so much and not a day goes by when I don't think of her and Polperro , living in Grumplehorn cottage . My dad however was a wild card I think like granfer dick . We travelled a lot , I spent my holidays with my wonderful grandparents in France never forgetting Polperro and Talland . Dad got killed in 1976 in Algiers. Aged 40 !! Mum was 39 never remarried .

I have so many questions that need answering . Mum lives with us, my husband Danny , son Olivier (Richard ) in Letchworth Hertfordshire please if anyone can help I would be so grateful ! Oly is an only child as I am and has many, many French cousins but we want to find our Cornish ones ! I want to come home thank you for listening .


Chantal Lucienne Eunice Eastwell (Was Matthews), Willian, Letchworth Herts . 14 November 2011



Each Easter we stay in a beautiful house overlooking Polperro harbour and our favourite thing to do most days is take a picnic and walk the coastal path to Talland Bay. Last Easter 2010 we had beautiful blue skies and warm sun each day and spent our 6 days on Talland. The kids had their swims on the dogs sunbathed and we relaxed. I have some beautiful photos of the days we spent there that Easter and have fond memories and are looking forward to Easter 2011!

Marilyn Marston, Adel, Leeds, 28th February 2011
Hi there. I was so fortunate to visit Cornwall in September of 2006 staying in Looe at a B&B. Mentioning to the owner, David, that we wished to go to Polperro, he suggested we drive to Talland Bay and walk the cliff path to Polperro. What a joy this was. We were told there was a large car park at Talland Bay. Turning the corner at the end of Bridle Lane we could see no car park, just a small lay by on the right. We parked the car and only on further investigation, rounding the corner at the tea room did we discover the enormous car park. Quite a giggle at how we had felt that there could not possibly be anything beyond the bend!! It seemed we would drive onto the beach!. What a beautiful day we had exploring Talland church, spectacular in itís simplicity, the coastal path walk was magnificent, and the breathtaking view as Polperro comes upon one as you ascend the path to the village. But it was Talland Bay that captured my heart. The beauty of Talland Bay seen from the church yard and a sense that I had been here before was overwhelming. My grandfatherís family were, I was told, came from Cornwall. Could this be the connection? All I know is that sitting in the stillness of the church I felt a peace like never before. As it was my birthday, I felt so blessed that we had been guided to this place. I often relive that cliff path walk and long to return, perhaps someday. Kind regards

Margi Daly, Cape Town, South Africa, 6 February 2011
Hi everyone i read a lot of stories on here before i went to polperro in sept this year .i thought talland cant be as nice as all the testimonials. i stayed in polperro and enjoyed the harbour views ,but one day we came to talland and it is magical i am coming to cornwall next year but will be staying in talland , regards

roy haslam ,eccles, manchester . 6 October 2010
I worked at Talland Bay Hotel between 1979 and 1981 and enjoyed some very happy times. I went back to the hotel recently and though it had changed considerably it still evoked strong memories. I would be interested to hear if any of your readers know what happened to Major Ian Mayman and his family. Richard Winship was the manager at the time. Major Mayman and his wife Polly owned the hotel.

Alex, 13 June 2010

My family stayed at a beautiful log cabin at Killigarth Manor. Which over look Talland Bay. The lovely cliff walk and scenery too beautiful Talland Bay. made our day beautiful and relaxing. Beach is safe for children, water nice and blue so welcoming, even saw the seals swimming of shore now looking forward to seeing Dolphins when we come again 2010 Cornish cream tea is a must in that lovely beach cafe where they made us most welcome. I have reserched family tree my ancestors were born in looe no wonder i love it so much here.

Patricia Collier, Kingsbridge, Devon, England Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:20:17


Hiya people

Looking forward to yet another of my annual visits to one of the best locations on gods earth, Talland always made the sweeter by the friendliness of Ian and June Slee of the Beach cottages in the bay.

This year will be tinged with great sadness due to the loss of Ian, a gentleman in all respects. Ian had an impact on our lives, as I am sure he did the lives of many.

My family and I will miss you mate.

God bless

Anne, Kelvin & family on Thursday 16 August 2007 at 17:02

Subject: Memories of Talland bay

I have many memories of Talland bay almost of all of which involve me frightening my long suffering parents to death.

I must have been about 2 years old (1971) the first time we visited Talland and every year for the next 20 we visited as a family. I seem to have watched it grow smaller each year although I suspect that this has more to do with me growing.

I remember being stuck on the rocks as the tide came in and having to be rescued by father who was an awful swimmer whilst my mother shouted at him to hurry up. I have vivid memories of a small inflatable dinghy being dragged through the surf at low tide by both my parents and laughing uncontrollably as the waves would tip me upside down.

There were times when the weather would be against us getting our swimming things out but we still seemed to be drawn to Talland and would happily sit and watch as the waves crashed up the beach.

Talland holds a huge place in all of our hearts so much so that when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer she asked that we would spread her ashes in the sea at Talland. When she eventually died aged 48 it was with very mixed emotions myself and my father made our way to Talland and fulfilled her wishes, but knowing we had all shared such wonderful times went someway to easing our hearts.

I still regularly visit Talland now I live in Cornwall and will always treasure my memories of wonderful childhood holidays spent at the most beautiful place I have ever known.


Gavin Hartshorn, Tremough Campus, Penryn. Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:13 AM
We have been visiting Talland Bay and the surrounding areas of Polperro and Looe with our children now for the past 9 or so years. Before that I used to holiday as a child in the 80's with my parents. We have just returned from a windy 11 days staying at Talland Bay Camp site in out tent. We had the most amazing views over the sea and coastline, and did our usual walk along the coastal path to Polperro. In the past we have done the whole walk from Polperro to Looe (and back!), but as we were staying at Talland Bay this year we only had half the journey! I am interested to know why the negative comments on your website re camping and caravanning sites on this particular spot of the coastline? As far as I could make out when we were walking the coastal path, Talland Bay campisite is hardly noticeable from the coastal path, and certainly doesn't 'spoil' the view. Most peope who walk the path are, I would imagine, looking at the fantastic sea and coastal views, not stretching their necks to spot the odd caravan or tent! Having stayed (in our tent) in previous years at Killigarth Manor (among others), we had a drive around it one evening to show the children where we stayed....what shock we had this year, with the touring field almost gone, and the park being totally 'urnbanised' into a small estate with log cabins and tarmac roads. It's somewhere we certainly wouldn't want to stay now. Talland Bay itself remains one of our favourite spots in the whole of England. We love that our dog is welcome on the beach there, and the little cafe/shop serves wonderful cream teas. We will be back in July!
Glenn & Ali Horan, Bedfordshire on Friday 1 June 2007 at 20:06
Webmaster's comments: Enjoy camping at Talland whilst you can. The owners of the caravan park and campsite secured planning permission in 2006 to redevelop the site as an up-market holiday village so, once this development takes place, there will be no caravans (static or touring) and no tents/camping. There was a vigorous campaign against this planning application partly because the new permanent houses, many of which will be two storey, are likely to be much more visually intrusive and partly because of the loss of touring caravan and camping sites, of which the Caradon area already has a shortage. Unfortunately the local Council didn't receive the advice of its own tourism development officer who advised the Planning Officer that the redevelopment was detrimental to tourism development - this advice was kept from the councillors who made the decision to approve the holiday village. As the site owners pointed out, with only 42 holiday homes on the redeveloped site, there will be much less traffic on the narrow lanes and no caravans at all. Talland Caravan Park is now up for sale and is expected to be bought by one of the leisure develpment groups who will no doubt get on with the redevelopment post haste - so enjoy some more visits to camp here in 2007 as you may well not be able to do so in 2008 or later.

I have visited Talland Bay regularly over the last 50 years. Over the last 8 years or so I have been amazed at what has been allowed to happen at Talland Barton. The substantial building in the caravan park, the prominent grey bungalow and the recent earth moving activities and hedge pulling. I can only assume that either someone on the planning committee is being 'paid off ' or land for agricultural use has a different meaning in Cornwall. It has saddened me to see the rate of change in this tiny area brought about by a family intent on developing as much as they are allowed to get away with. Is there really a need for a swimming pool on The Heritage Coast ? Are people just too lazy to walk to the beach? The thought of looking back over the bay if the proposed 'Holiday Development' goes ahead makes me shudder. You may not want to put my comment in your Guest Book, regrettably coming back to Talland is beginning to make me sad at such unsympathetic changes.

The early years of my life were spent at Talland Vicarage. Playing in the orchard, hearing wartime gunnery off the coast, watching The Eddystone at night, playing with Granddad's driftwood boats in the rock pools, collecting shells and seaglass. We have happy memories of our children enjoying Talland beach in the '70's Some of the natural attractions are still there, but poor stewardship, unregulated 'business' development and lack of planning control in recent years are beginning to alter the character this lovely bay.

Michael Timberlake
West Sussex on Thursday 1 December 2005 at 14.48


We are about to spend another week in talland bay. This will be our third visit. It is the lovliest place to stay in Cornwall for a relaxin holiday. The scenery is splendid and the people are lovely.
Mr & Mrs Neil

Witney,Oxfordshire on Sunday 26 June 2005 at 18:44
We have stayed in Looe for about 7yrs and I can't believe that I have never visited Talland Bay! This year we are staying at Killigarth Manor and I will definately be exploring! I must admit to being a little apprehensive as we have never been before so if anyone could give me a clue on what Killigarth Manor is like then I will appreciate it! So see you in 11 weeks!!
Bev Dearden
Denton, Manchester, England on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 09:11:38
I'm interested in your comments on the Stivey family. My great great great grandmother was Joan Stivey, born in 1771. She married Thomas Day (born 1765). They lived in Salmon Cove, Newfoundland. Their son, Benjamin Day, my great great grandfather, had a daughter Ann who married my great grandfather, Mark Bailey. I am trying to determine when the branch of the Stivey family to which Joan belongs came to Newfoundland from Cornwall. It was before Joan's birth, I think, although she may have been born in England. Any information on my branch of the Stivey family you might have would be appreciated.
Steve Bailey
(steve_bailey@telus.net)
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 00:01:06
HELLO, WELL MY FAMILY USED TO LIVE THERE BEFORE I WAS BORN. I REMEMBER GOING ON HOLIDAY WHEN I WAS SMALL TO TALLAND BAY AND CORNWALL CAMPING. ALTHOUGH I NEVER LIVED THERE MYSELF I LOVE IT THERE. I HAVE BEEN BACK A FEW YEARS AGO WITH MY HUSBAND. MY PARENTS NAMES WERE JILL AND JOHN PESTERFIELD. I REMEMBER BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND HOPE TO TAKE MY DAUGHTER THERE SOON.
susan blake

haslemere, surrey, uk on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 14:41:17
I HAVE BEEN VISITING CORNWALL FOR SOME TWENTY YEARS AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO TALLAND. THE PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY MAKE A REFRESHING CHANGE TO THE CHAOS OF THE HOME COUNTIES. FRIENDLY PEOPLE (AND ANIMALS), COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION AND GOOD FOOD MAKE AN IRRESISTABLE DESTINATION, EVEN IF IT IS SIX HOURS DRIVE FROM HOME (M25 INCLUDED).
John Killen
Southend on Sea, Essex on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 16:38:16
i would just like to thank everybody for always making my family so welcome every year. My love for looe and surrounding areas grows evermore, my wish is that one day my husband Trevor and myself will be fortunate to settle in Cornwal and enjoy the rest of our lives exploring everything that your wonderful home has to offer,and never tire of the scenic seaviews along the coastal paths. For the time being though i will think myself as fortunate enough to visit every chance that we get.LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING SOON MANY THANKS TO ALL.
susan johnson

longfield, kent, england on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 16:44:32
HAVE AT LEAST 2 TRIPS A YEAR TO THE SOUTH COAST OF CORNWALL, STAY AT KILLIGARTH MANOR. COASTAL WALKS ARE A MUST, AND THE SEA FISHING ON A LAZY HOT SUMMERS DAY IS FANTASTIC(LURE FISHING MAINLY)lOVE THE WALK TO TALLAND AND ESPECIALLY DOWN TO THE SMALL BEACH NEAR DOWNEND POINT, OK GOING DOWN , BUT A HECTIC CLIMB BACK UP, SO BE WARNED. NOT FOR THE ELDERLY OR VERY YOUNG. TALLAND AT LOW TIDE IS FANTASTIC FOR ROCK POOLS AND GENERAL BEACH COMBING. JUST RETURNED OCT 04, WEATHER WAS, SHALL WE SAY, STORMY, BUT THE SEA WAS A JOY TO WATCH CRASHING ONTO THE ROCKS ETC ETC. CANT WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR, WHO NEEDS TO GO ABROAD WHEN THERE ARE FANTASTIC PLACES IN CORNWALL ON OUR VERTUAL DOORSTEP, BRILLIANT!!!!!!!
Graeme Daley
Gosport, Hants, UK on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 23:38:35
LOVE THE AREA HAVE TRAVED THE WEST COUNTRY MOST OF MY YOUNGER YEARS WITH MY LATE MOTHER& FATHER MR & MRS ALFRED WHITELEGG,WECAME TO LOOE TWICE A YEAR. WITH MY LATE GRANDFATHERS GALLOPERS. FIRST TIME ON YOUR SITE BUT FOUND IT VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE.
GLORIA WESTLEY NEE WHITELEGG
THORVERTON, DEVON, ENGLAND on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 00:59:39

TALLAND BAY IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT.IN MY CHILDHOOD MY FAMILY AND I OFTEN WENT CAMPING IN THIS AREA WHERE WE HAD LOADS OF FUN AND MEMORYS OF WHICH I TELL MY CHILDREN AND HOPE ONE DAY WE WILL VISIT SOON.SEE YOU SOON.
WENDY
MIDHURST, WEST SUSSEX on Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 22:54:12

A big thank you to mary tregellas and co,at talland church for the work she had done with the Rowett grave stone's.Once again thank for your help. Vince Rowett.
Vince Rowett
Newbury, Berks, United Kingdom on Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 00:38:20


My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the wonderful Crumplehorn Inn at Polperro, where Mr. & Mrs Andrew Taylor, the Innkeeper and his wife Joanne were gracious hosts, and took us for tea to your village, at the Beach Cafe and help celebrate our 4oth Wedding Anniversary. Being my second time visiting England, and as a Canadian, I really enjoyed the visit, and hope to go back with my wife again in the future.
Frank Sabo
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 19:23:06


spent our holidays in talland bay for the last five years. what a magical place . peace and tranquility. would love to find out a bit more history about the place. took my daughter there on her first holiday last year. going back this year to stay in the superb smugglers cottage again.
martin jones
scunthorpe on Friday, February 20, 2004 at 14:46:07
spent our honeymoon at a cottage on the opposite side of the bay to the church(can't remember which one), and are coming back this year for our 25th anniversary with our three children and their other halves, can't wait.
jim and karen ruff, epping, essex, u.k. - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 18:52:23
Very pleased to see Talland Bay on the net. My connection being to my father Ray and step mom Pam Pearce, past propieters of Beach Cafe and former residents of Phoniex. Looking forward to a visit in early May with "mom".
William (Ronald) Pearce, near London, Ontario, Canada - Saturday, February 7, 2004 at 03:44:01
I recently "rediscovered" Talland after many happy childhood holidays in the two original beach cafe chalets in the 70's. (I'm 37 now.) Back then, they were owned by Mr and Mrs Pearce, who lived in Pheonix, the house just up the hill behind the cafe. It's heartening that so little has changed in the bay - though I do remember seeing some of the house at the bottom of Sandhill still standing when I was young. Also, I'm not too sorry to see the back of the outside bathroom/toilet that graced one of the chalets! Just spent another week at the end of Oct 03 - glorious weather and almost no crowds. This time we brought our 5 month old son with us - probably the first of many Talland memories for him too!
Rich and Cath White, Leamington,Warks,UK - Sunday, November 2, 2003 at 16:45:19
A must see...Talland Bay was the highlight of our holiday in Cornwall...so beautifull...we will definately be back...we are hoping for good!
Karren
Hertfordshire - Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 15:02:55 (BST)
See you in the Summer!
Liz Angus
Australia - Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 04:12:14 (GMT)
I just wanted to thank the kind people who got in touch to make sure that I had the number for Rotterdam Cottage. Also to say how much I enjoy reading everybody else's memories. Thank you.
Kerry Knight
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 22:37:28 (BST)
I used to visit Talland Bay regularly every year - my family live in Plymouth and my Grandparents lived near St. Austell, so we used to meet up for the day at Talland Bay (a good half-way point). I remember the rocks and the Talland Bay Cafe (where I spent a lot of my pocket money) and also the lovely cliff walk to Looe where I used to enjoy a crab salad. Last month I went back for the first time in many years and was really pleased to see all the lovely colours in the rocks. And was very surprised to see a helicopter landing pad!
Mary Hawkins
West Devon, UK - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 18:48:14 (BST)
I lived in a cottage in Talland bay during the war years with my grandmother (Rotterdam Cottage) so named after I think a ship that sunk in the bay. I have many happy memories of playing on the shore line and rocks of the bay. I remember that one night the roof of the cottage was brought down when a mine exploded in the bay. I started my school life at Polppero and walk to school along the cliff path.
David Lomas
UK - Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 22:20:16 (BST
I First came to Talland Bay with my parents some forty years ago.We Stayed in a farmhouse that was just a short walk from the beach. I remember going into to Looe to watch the shark boats come in and then weigh the sharks that they had caught. My father bought a sharks jaw and boiled it for ages to get the teeth out to make my sister a necklace from them. I caught a huge Spider Crab in one of the rock pools there.
Barry Miles
Gillingham , Kent UK - Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 16:00:23 (BST)
What a site ! I have been to Talland every year since i was 11 (that's some 18 years now!) and every year it seems to get better. My parents were the ones who introduced me to Talland. Since they now go away on their own and i go with my family, we always have 1 british holiday a year and always come back to Looe/Polpereo and visit Talland. If you want somewhere to go, for walking, exploring caves, catching shripms then come to Talland ! This is one little place that shouldnt be missed !
Paul
Ipswich, Suffolk UK - Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 12:32:14 (BST)
We have just returned from a 9 day break staying at Talland. I was introduced to the joys of Looe and Talland Bay by my husband who spent many holidays there as a child and having migrated from Australia 18 months ago he was keen to share his childhood memories with me and our 9y.o. son. What a wonderful place. We went for the first time last summer and I have waited all year for the opportunity to return. The walks to Looe, Talland Bay and Polperro provide scenic delights beyond description. Treat yourself!
Michelle Wright
Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK - Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 11:48:08 (BST)
An excellent website. Would it be possible to put a link to your site on my general (non-profit-making, personal) Cornwall website called 'Cornwall in Focus' at www.shimbo.co.uk? My son and I are walking around the coastpath eastwards and have just reached Lansallos taking photographs as we go. Any help from Polperro - Cornish gem would be gratefully received. Thanks
Will Wallis
Cornwall UK - Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 22:08:36 (BST)
Wow, I've only just found this website about Talland Bay even though I've been consistantly going there for about eleven years (since I was about 4) and I am about to go to stay again in the cottages behind the cafe in half term. I'll be able to look at the views of the sea every day now.(ps. no I'm NOT obsessed)
Gemma
London, Kent UK - Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 10:40:03 (BST)
I spend many happy weeks in Talland Bay from '66-'77 and I can still remember every inch of it. Hope it isn't too crowded today. keep it quiet!barry Sullivan
Barry Sullivan
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Monday, February 25, 2002 at 01:46:53 (GMT)
My wife and I lived in the Talland Bay area from 1995 until 1998, We still have many friends in the area and return for visits on a regular basis. We now live in the Uttoxeter area in Staffordshire near to Alton Towers.
Fred Mckeon
UK - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 21:28:37 (GMT)
I'm yet another one researching my familty tree. Apparently, the Penhaligan's lived in Talland bay sometime in the 19th century - does anyone have any information? Thanks in advance.
Mark Penhaligan
UK - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 13:41:21 (GMT)
We are currently researching all War Memorials in the county.I would be very interested to hear from anyone with details of the dedication etc of the local memorial and would especially like to hear from anyone in the area who has family members commemorated on the memorial or indeed family members who served during either world war.I can be contacted at the above e-mail.We hope to soon have a web site up and running details of which we will publish soon.Many thanksRonnie Purvis.
Ronnie Purvis
Penryn, UK - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 22:04:32 (GMT)
I LIVED AT PORTHALLOW FARM 1964-1972 WHEN MY FATHER WORKED AS HEARDSMAN FOR STAN AND MARY HUTCHINS AND OFTEN THINK OF THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD THERE .
KEVIN PESTERFIELD
UK - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 20:46:22 (BST)
My earliest holiday memories are from Talland Bay in the early 70s. We stayed at Ten Creek Farm, and then Yeate Farm (on the road out of Bodinnick) throughout my childhood.I remember a bit more of the cottage on the clifftop falling into the beach each winter (as the pillbox is now), and of our dogs drinking sea water and begging for other people's icecreams from Sid's cafe.Since my parents retired and moved to Sclerder Lane (near the Abbey), I have been to Talland many times - and for the first time in Winter. If you thought it was good in Summer, imagine a crisp, clear winter's morning... magical.
Jonathan Beckett
Marlow, Bucks UK - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 22:04:39 (BST)
My grand-father lived at Talland, Richard (Dick) Smith (Alias, Granfer Smith; AKA the mayor of Talland). I can barely remember him; I think he died somewhere in the mid 50s. He lived in a property near the top of the lane that leads to Polperro. I gather he was a bit of a character in his day. He had two sons, Clyde and Jack (My father) also a daughter, Nessie, sadly all deceased. For this reason my knowledge of his life and times is somewhat scant; I would therefore very much appreciate any information that anybody may be able to provide.....the good and the not so good !! Any photos would be a special prize. Thank-you.
B R Smith
Location not stated - Sunday, 2 September, 2001 12:05:47 (BST)
Like so many other people I have very fond memories of Talland Bay. During1973/1974 I rented and ran the Talland Bay Cafe (the one on the hillside)and lived in Rotterdam Cottage - such a shame they changed the name! One ofmy greatest regrets is not purchasing this property (cafe & house) when itwas offered to me - for £19,000!! in 1974. However, regretsnotwithstanding, they were happy and halcyon days - even despite the weatherwhich, in 1974, was appalling all summer. I visited Talland Bay a couple ofyears ago and it had scarcely changed in the previous 25 years - trulylovely memories.
Iain Holland
Hove, East Sussex, UK - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 12:18:00 (BST)
Finally after 30 years I got to go back to Talland Bay.
We were on holidayin Cornwall for the week and I insisted we went. It was the only place Iinsisted we went!

It was as wonderful as ever and seemed to have changed very little at allthough the stream was smaller than I remembered and some rocks seem to havefallen.It was magical to be back there.

I noticed that the cottage on the beach we stayed in 30 years ago, RotterdamCottage?, was being worked on and there was a number to get in touch.Foolishly I didn't get my number but my brother would like it. Can anybodyhelp? Is Rotterdam Cottage going to be available to rent again?

Thanks
Kerry Knight
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Sunday, 29 July, 2001 at 21:22:00 (BST)


I have visited Talland Church many times as whilst researching Family history, I found that my 5th Grandparents Lawrance Best Gill and Joan Puddicombe were married there 2 December 1779. On Joans side were the Hearle & Hancock Families. Joans sister Margery Puddicombe was also mar. at Talland to Robert Johns 1770 and their children were Jane 1771, Ann 1773, Robert 1774, Meliscent 1777 and Sarah 1779.When at Polperro or Looe I never miss a chance to see where my ancestors lived, mar. and christened their children. It such a peaceful little haven from a time past.If you are from the same families I would love to hear from you.
Gloria Evans
Bournemouth, Dorset UK - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 20:30:57 (BST)
I first came to Looe and Talland Bay in 1973 with my wife. For over twenty years we wanted to live in Looe or Talland area or at least in Cornwall.In April 2000 our dream came true, we moved from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, Looe is now just down the road only three miles from Talland Bay. We love Looe and the people.Thank you for this web site and guestbook, it is excellent.David Beckett
David & June Beckett
Sclerder Lane, UK - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 04:25:10 (EDT)
I am researching my family tree, the A'Lee family, I know many of our family records were in Talland Parish Church and that there were links with Killigarth Manor. My grandfather ws born in the cottage down near the beach, I think it is now known as "Smugglers Cottage" and a great-uncle is commemmorated on the war memorial. I would love to hear from anybody who knew my family and /or can help me with my researches. As a child I know that my parents would meet people in Looe, Polperro and Talland and I would be told that they were cousins or even second cousins as well as many friends my father made whilst delivering for AFB bakeries in the 1960s if you know/knew my father Mike A'Lee or my grandad Bill orindeed any of my great aunts and uncles I would love to hear from you. f
Susan Dent
Sunderland, UK - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 16:01:31 (EDT)
Even though I've lived in the West Country for 2 years, and live only only 20 miles away in Plymouth, I must admit to never having visited Talland bay. However, having now read the fascinating articles in this website and the messages in this guestbook, and seen the beautiful photos, it's a situation I intend to rectify at the earliest opportunity!Best WishesIan Chaston
Ian Chaston
Plymouth, Devon UK - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 18:24:48 (EST)
There is indeed something very magical about Talland Bay. It is the only place in the world I consider my 'home'. I was last at Talland in Oct '99, walking around the cliffs to Polperro for teas with my two best friends. I've almostrecovered from a broken ankle (late one stormy night on a Scottish island in Nov '99....) and am ready to embark upon a full-scale motoring holiday of Cornwall visiting the lovely old gardens and their houses with my very home-sick horticulturist/history buff daughter. First and last stop Talland. Like me, she was brought up visiting Talland on many summer (and winter) weekends. In fact, when I was little I refused to go anywhere else and would throw huge wobblies if we were forced to make for places where the sun shone that day. By mid-March or mid-April we intend to be gazing at the stupendous golden sunsets along the Cornish coast and into the West. I have travelled the world a fair bit and have sat under swaying palm trees on South Pacific islands (the actual "Bali Hai" of James Michener's 'South Pacific'-Manono Island,Samoa)but my thoughts always turn to Talland and the magnetic pull of this magical place.Be good to be in touch and see you there!Regards to all,Liz
Liz
Sydney, Australia - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 22:13:49 (EST)
My wife & I spent our honeymoon at Talland in September 1980& I hope to surprise her this year with a return visit.We were fortunate to discover it the year before. I look forward to the memories it holds for us.
David White
Handcross, West Sussex UK - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 17:17:07 (EST)
I'm 33yrs old and have been coming to Talland/Looe/Polperro for 22yrs firstly on holiday with my parents Yvonne and George who introduced me to many happy & memorable times there that I now bring my family who also enjoy immensely.Myself ,my parents,my family usually stay in the Manor House at Killigarth around August every year and look forward to every year!! Ive been trying to find Killigarth on the internet but it may not be available yet,pity!SEE YOU SOON REGARDS Andy and family(Sheffield)P.s. What a wonderful place for all!!!!
Andrew tomlinson
Sheffield, UK - Saturday, February 03, 2001 at 18:16:51 (EST)
My wife Annette and I have visited Talland Bay and Polperro twice over the years. We stayed with Jenny Hall at West Cliff Old Court, in her upstairs apartment with it's wonderful, spell binding view across the bay. It was so relaxing that we genuinely did not want to leave at the end of our few days break. It was absolutely wonderful. Not a lot to do there, but that's the knack of the place. It is really relaxing. Having discovered this web site and also www.polperro.org I feel another early spring break coming on. I must contact Jenny Hall. Visit this part of the country at least once during your lifetime; and then die. It truly is magnificent.
Dennis Addey
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK - Sunday, January 21, 2001 at 12:35:23 (EST)
I have recently found this website after my family history lead me here. Talland & Polperro look beautiful and wish I could visit, but that is still along way off. So it is lovely to see all the photos on the websites.My families I am researching are Rendle & Holten (Holton, Holtan, Houlton) if anyone has any info on these families I would love to hear from you. I have alot on them from their arrival in Australia.Sue.
Sue
Vic Australia - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 03:22:13 (EST)
My family used to stay at Talland Bay every year when I was a child but so far I haven't managed to get back. We used to stay on Talland Barton Farm, I even have a picture of Mr Carne, or Farmer Carne as I always thought of him. One year we stayed at the cottage next to the beach with the big cafe beside it. Can that cottage still be rented and where can I get details from? Thanks to anyone who can help me and I look forward to renewing some happy memories this summer.
Kerry Knight
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 20:09:35 (EST)
Hello everybody,this year we spent our holidays in Cornwall, some few days in Talland as well. Looe/Talland/Polperro is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. Lars Diederich
Lars Diederich
Solingen, Germany - Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 16:11:45 (EST)
I am a member of the parish. I think that this web-site is brillant and it reflects to our parish as it is in everyday life
Beckie Hicks
Cornwall UK - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 09:42:46 (EST)
Talland is such a pretty place to visit and Talland Church is somthing to behold.I Like to visit the church and look out to sea, just perfect !!!
Colin Roberts
Crawley, UK - Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 14:25:00 (EST)
I had never heard of Talland until I started researching my family tree and found that my great, great grandmother and her sisters were christened there do I was thrilled to discover this site.I am descended from Maria Mallett born1820, daughter of Joseph and Ann (nee Gill?)of Pelynt and Talland. Please does anyone have any information on these families? It's very difficult trying to research from Australia. I have found this site really interesting. Keep up the good work.
Anne Mellon
Adelaide, South Australia Australia - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 05:31:43 (EDT)
What a super web page! My real interest in the area started a few years ago when I started to research my family and discoved that great grandmother Stivey was born at Looe. I have since discovered connections with Talland, going back to the 1600's. These early ancestors worked on the Killigarth estate, and are quite well documented. Hope to visit the area again soon.
Una M Foden
UK - Friday, September 29, 2000 at 11:11:43 (EDT)
I was looking through my family tree and noticed that I have some relatives from Pelynt called Achyn, Thomas Achyn of Pelynt and his daughter Ursula or Margaret. Wondered if anyone from the village has relatives going back to 1550 or later.Is there anyone who knows the vicar of the local church so I could contact him or get the address of the church. Otherwise I'm from the Isle of Wight and spent an early childhood holiday in Gunnislake and we visited Talland Bay and will always remember the cream and pasties.Glad to hear from anyone.Now married and living in Budapest teaching English.Regards > Tim Vale
Tim Vale
Budapest, Hungary - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 08:02:19 (EDT)
My first memories of Talland Bay are from when I was about 5, it was a long walk from the house we were staying in.We then stayed in the cottages behind Ian's cafe about 2 years later.It's a beautiful place with lots of fun memories of walks into Looe and Polperro, I even made friends with the girl in the next door cottage (Hi Hannah!!!) and we still keep in touch. I haven't been there for 2 years but it'll mean that when I do go there next it will be extra special. I hope everyone that holidays there will have as much fun and make as many memories there as my family and I have!And don't get stuck on the rocks when the tide comes in!!!
Gemma Robinson
Reading, Berkshire UK - Sunday, August 27, 2000 at 13:28:59 (EDT)
Just returned home from a weekend in Pol Perro. Spent a day at Talland Bay and hardly saw my two boys, aged 7 & 10, all day!They thoroughly enjoyed thwmselves, and what a pleasant change to have seen them do so without having to have spent hardly a penny!Thoroughly recommended as a day out for parents with young inquisitive children!
Rob Lapham
Sevenoaks, Kent UK - Sunday, August 06, 2000 at 10:45:24 (EDT)
Will be on holiday in Polperro in just four weeks from now. Looking forward to having a paddle along the smooth sand of Talland Beach when the tide is out. It is a fantastic place, unspoit and quiet, Can't wait.
Colin Goss
Watford, Herts UK - Monday, July 17, 2000 at 06:03:02 (EDT)
talland bay is the best place on earth and i would like to ay a big hello and thank you to Dave and Gwen and Charlie harris for letting us stay in their cottage it is the coolest cottage around . PLEASE REPLY SOON.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JENNA DUNMORE
PLACE, British Isles UK - Friday, June 23, 2000 at 08:50:17 (EDT)
I love Talland Bay!
Jenna Dunmore
Norfolk, UK - Friday, June 23, 2000 at 08:44:23 (EDT)
I am just about ready to move to Polperro, after buying a house on Talland Hill. There is nothing nicer than walking up Talland Hill (really!) first thing on a sunny morning, and making my way down to Talland Bay, and then just sitting with my dog watching the waves roll in. And walking down Sand Hill and seeing the bay and the cliffs anew each morning is just heaven.
Ann Hudson
London, UK - Wednesday, June 21, 2000 at 14:42:24 (EDT)
We found Talland Bay by accident. And it was a heaven-sent accident!
Rebecca Troyer
Knoxville, TN USA - Friday, June 16, 2000 at 06:56:54 (EDT)
MY FONDEST HOLIDAY MEMORIES WERE EARLY MORNING FISHING TRIPS TO THE POINT WITH MY FATHER (1974-5). COULD ANYBODY TELL ME IF MY MEMORY IS PLAYING TRICKS OR WERE ROWING BOATS FOR HIRE THEN. BACK AGAIN SOON.
CLIVE BARRETT
CARDIFF, UK - Monday, June 05, 2000 at 14:27:50 (EDT)
We also have been going to Talland for many years, and have met the abovementioned Thompson family, with whom we have become good friends, and are at this moment typing this on their computer. So if Mr Slee is reading this "four teas please", and stephen wants a toastie.P.S, have you a new barbeque yet?On a serious note, this is a wonderful place, and we can't wait to return.
Pete&Lynn Lathbury
Wombourne, UK - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 12:11:18 (EDT)
When I was a child, our family would visit Talland each summer (in the 1950's/1960's), where we used to stay with friends at Rotterdam Cottage, then part of the Talland Barton farm. I have very many happy memories of the place.According to what I was told "stinkers" beach was so-named because pigs used to be kept there. Our favourite walk eas into Polperro. The family link to talland goes back may years to when my grandfather, Jack Wylie, was chaffeur to Lord & Lady Cooke at Porthallow.I now live in South Africa,but still visit Talland on my occasional holidays in the UK.
Terry Fox
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 10:39:16 (EDT)
If you want the fresh sea air, good walks and peace and quiet - Talland Bay's the place for you - especially if you stay at the Talland Bay Cottages run by the Slees. Freshly made tea and sandwiches, home baking as well as the traditional Cornish Pastie - and the wit and friendliness of June and Ian who run it.A week here is like going into a retreat - heaven! Well recommended if you want peace and quiet - but near enough to place like Looe if you need toknow that civilisation still exists outside of Talland.
Janet Gibbons
UK - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 14:15:18 (EDT)
I AM RESEARCHING MY FAMILY TREE AND ROADS LEAD TO TALLAND BAY. I HAVE QUITE A LARGE GAP BEFORE I CAN GET TO CORNWALL. AT THE MOMENT I AM IN LANCASHIRE IN ABOUT 1950. IF ANYBODY CAN HELP THE NAME I HAVE AT THE MOMENT IS ARTHUR TALLAND.
Rob Talland
Essex, UK - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 17:08:28 (EDT)
We first visited Looe in 1984 when our eldest daughter was just one year old and we were staying on the north coast. From that moment on we were hooked and have been holidaying in the area on a regular basis ever since, with the emphasis on Talland Bay.Our first awareness of this unspoiled part of the county was when we stayed at Westcliff Old Court in 1990. We returned a year later, "discovered" the cottages behind the beach cafe and have stayed there just about every year since.Our eldest daughter is now of an age where other pursuits take precedence over the family holiday. Inevitable I suppose, and no doubt our other two children will follow suit in the years to come. Whatever the numbers though, we will continue to return and enjoy what is truly a beautiful stretch of coastline.
Mike & Jill Robinson
Reading, Berkshire UK - Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 14:41:27 (EDT)
We found Talland Bay by accident last year, we had booked for a week at a campsite at Looe. Fortunatly I am a lousy navigator and soon had us through Looe and lost on some tiny windy country roads, as we had been driving for over six hours I was beyond caring where we stopped. we then came across Talland Bay camp site I asked if we could pitch our tent for one night the couple who ran the site were also originally from my neck of the woods. We were pitched on the top of a cliff with views like I had never seen before. That night we stayed on the site for a drink in the clubhouse. My partner soon got a taste for Scrumpy. my little girl enjoyed meeting new friends and singing on the karaoke. We fell in to our sleeping bags after midnight and slept like babies.. The following morning we went for a walk along the coastal path to Looe, with the intentions of finding our original camp site. But we didnt look to hard . Instead we came back to Talland and booked in for another two nights..The following day we went in the opposite direction on the coastal path and found Polperro, what a dream. We ended up staying the full week in Talland Bay and have never enjoyed a place so much before.. We had decieded to go to Greece this year ,but we put it to the vote and we are going back to TALLAND so hope to see everyone again in July...
ann garside
UK - Saturday, April 15, 2000 at 15:50:16 (EDT)
I have been going on holiday to Talland since I was 2 yaers old and still go every year. The cottages Above the Bay are brill and this is where we always stay. This place is deffinitly a place thats ideal for children trust me I know I am oneHannah (15 years)
Hannah Oddy
Blackpool, UK - Friday, April 07, 2000 at 08:10:35 (EDT)
We visited Grannie and Grandad Timberlake at the Vicarage as small children and played on Talland Sands. I have been back regularly all my life. All my family are scattered at Talland and now my younger brother who died last year. That we all do this is the effect of a special and magical place where we all seem to find rest and contentment. So I know what other visitors experience- my grandfather and the Church was such a part of it.
Dr.T.Timberlake
UK - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 10:24:32 (EST)
My Mother, Desiree Campbell of Torpoint, Cornwall, told me about your site. Our family used to live in the Vicarage very many years ago as a large family called Jerram, many of whom are buried in the Churchyard. The remaining family moved to Polperro until around 1951 and from thence to Helford. We still visit Talland and Mother is a frequent visitor to Polperro as a member of the East Cornwall Art Society which is in the old Fire Station there now. All the best with your website....it makes surfing a pleasure to surf back to Talland after all these years!!
David Campbell
London, UK - Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 15:53:47 (EST)
We as a family have been going to Talland for the last 10 years and have enjoyed every minute of it, even when its raining. When the children were smaller, when asked if they wished to go abroad, the answer was always no, let go back to Talland and catch fish and crabs in the rock pools. The Cafe owner is a little bit querky though, but if you let him win at cribbage he will let you have a free cut of tea.

Seriously, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, especially if they have young children, there might not be any fun fairs or bars, but the beach cafe sell smashing ice creams and cream teas etc.

Once you have been, you will want to go back time and time again, we did.

Visit and enjoy.

Peter Thompson
Stockport, UK - Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at 08:25:16 (EST)