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.
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