Looe area - many times but not for a few years now. It's getting started on the local roads that takes the time, surely - nothing like zooming along the new A30 at all
I Know looe very well used to play rugby in cornwall (and still have friends down there) Looe to Looe mills / A38 is about 12-15 minutes, not a too bad road (not the best granted! but good enough). Looe mills/A38 to Newquay via A30 is around 30 minutes. Looe I admit would be one of the further points of cornwall but " well over an hour"? amazed!
If you did it in 50 minutes you would be driving PRETTY SLOWLY. the whole trip is about 35 miles! to take well over an hour would mean you averaging 30 MPH with 3/4 of the journey on the (in your own word) nice easy A30.
Fair criticism is constructive but that is just negativity without reason!
As for your comment regarding easy on the A30, YOU ARE IN LOOE for christ sake, your only 9 or 10 miles from A38 that take you to A30 ( closer than me actually, im about 12 miles from it)
Also as per my comment Looe is certainly a holiday destination, but does not have the high volumes of other areas and is one of the furthest points of cornwall from Newquay but well over an hour (come on!)
Coventry is pretty central I accept that but I certainly wouldn't go there for a weekend! it was good for people from the midlands (granted) but get a nice weekend in cornwall, get a nice break and some aviation! and if you want to book accommodation in Looe,I can confirm its a nice place and will NOT take you well over an hour (resisting being sarcastic now). But book up in North Cornwall (just a stones throw and prettier), Tintagel, King Arthur, Airbase great beaches etc and depending which way you come call into The heli museum at Weston or the excellent FAA museum. (positivity is a nice 2013 word
If you travel in the school holidays at certain times traffic can be un-predictable, but easy to avoid holiday maker arrival times for those few weeks!