Our history


A quick history of Trenake Manor Farm

In a deed dated 1333 Trenake was spelt Trenahek. In 1535, just before the Dissolution of the monasteries it is thought Richard Gill, the last Abbot of Newenham Abbey, retreated to Trenake to live. In 1616 A son or grandson of Richard called William Gill left the poor of Pelynt 20 shillings a year for life, which was to come out of Trenake. Trenake is situated halfway between the historic fishing ports of Looe and Polperro, and just 4 miles from the coastal path with it's breath taking scenery. The farm has been in our family for the past 5 generations.​

We have been taking bed and breakfast guests in this grade 2 listed farmhouse for over 70 yrs. Mrs Viola Philp started B&B with evening meals in the early 1940s, in fact she bought the very first brand new tractor the farm ever had with a year’s takings !!! Bearing in mind that the tractors on the farm today cost about £110,000 that’s a record I think she will continue to hold !! Back then families would come to stay for a one or two weeks full board holiday and often stayed around the farm all day.

Today our guests still stay a week or more, many returning year after year, but others come for a shorter break to enjoy all the very best South East Cornwall has to offer.

Forsake the streets of London
Young man go west,
And soon you will be in Cornwall
The land that's Sun-blest
 There for a real holiday an interesting and restful break
You will find nowhere better than a farm called TRENAKE.
 You'll be welcomed like long lost friends
 where everything is supreme
 From real comfy beds to Cornish cream

 You won't be asked milk the cows
no tractors you'll have to drive
But you'll live off the fat of the land
from the time you arrive
So why not give it a go, you have nothing to lose
 So head west young man and shake off the blues

Thomas Collen Philp
26 / 12 / 2000