Bessie Ellen is a charming cottage, right in the very heart of Fowey.
With a recent full refurbishment, the cottage makes a cosy and modern home-from-home.
The cottage has a bright and airy lounge, with a staircase up to the mezzanine.
There is a good-sized bedroom with a king-sized bed, and downstairs is the kitchen and bathroom.
Enjoy a drink sitting outside on the quiet Union Place or watch the world go by along Fore Street from the lounge windows.
From the hallway there are two separate stairs heading down and one set heading up.
1st flight down leads to modern kitchen
2nd flight done leads to family bathroom
Flight heading up leads to large bedroom and living room.
In the living room is a step of steps leading up to a mezzanine.
The entrance of the cottage is at the end of Union Place - a very quiet, pedestrian-only area and we have a table and chairs for two.
The front of the house looks out onto Fore Street.
Not suited for those with limited mobility.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss any disabilities in order to find the perfect home for your trip.
Sleeps 2 (+0) 1 Bedroom(s) 1 Bathroom(s) Wifi
Check-in begins at 15:00.
You will be asked to check-out before 10:00.
Prices from £307 - £737 (Weekly).
Bessie Ellen's Cottage is on Union Street in the very centre of Fowey and does not have private parking.
There are three long stay car parks in Fowey, all run by Cornwall Council and the closest is called Main Car Park. You can get hourly, daily, weekly and rover passes on their website or using the Just Park app. From Main Car Park there is a town bus which runs up and down the hill to the church, which is at the end of the lane where the cottage is situated.
There is also a free car park opposite squire’s field on Park Road. There are no allocated spaces and can fill up quickly during the summer weeks.
During the winter (Oct 1st – Apr 30th) there is a 2-hour short-stay car park on the town quay. There is also a short stay car park all year round at Albert Quay.
Our Handy Guide To Fowey!
FOOD & DRINK
You certainly won’t go hungry while you’re on holiday in Fowey – these are our favourite places to eat out!
- Evening Meals: The Quay House Hotel, Fowey Harbour Hotel and King of Prussia
- Relaxed and Family Friendly Dining: Sams, The Galleon and Havaeners
- Cafés, Lunch and Light Bites: Brown Sugar, Pinky Murphy, The Lifebuoy Café and The Cornish Bakery
- Tea Rooms: The Dwelling House and The Well House
- International: Pintxo, Sunny Spice and Bufala
-Take Home Treats: Haveners Fish & Chips, Kittows Deli and Game of Cones
There are several well-loved brand stores in Fowey such as Seasalt, Joules, Fat Face, and Mountain Warehouse. But the real charm of the town lies in the wide range of boutique, unique and independent shops. You can spend hours browsing for clothes, homewares, crafts, glassware, art, antiques, books, seaside knick-knacks, traditional children’s toys and don't forget the old-fashioned sweet shop!
There are also top-quality bakeries where you can find bread, rolls, pasties, cakes and treats. There may be no large supermarket, but with two local convenience stores and a Boots, you'll still find everything you need. There is a Co-op around 5 miles away, Asda and Tesco are around 7 miles, and all the major supermarkets will deliver online shopping as well.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Fowey is an estuary river town, so the obvious thing to do is spend a day messing about on the water! There are many kayak, canoe, and boat hire centres that go from both Quays. If you don’t have the strongest sea legs, then why not just take the passenger ferry over to Polruan for an afternoon! If you fancy going a little further, you can take the ferry round to Mevagissey too.
In the centre of Fowey there is a sweet little aquarium, and a local museum – both are worth a peek! Fowey has a 14th century church in the centre of the town and a 15th century fort, St. Catherine’s Castle, on the edge of the estuary.
The closest beach to town is Readymoney Cove, which has clean sands and is perfect for swimming. A swimming platform is moored off the beach during the summer months. There is also a fabulous little shop for all your seaside needs. However, no dogs are allowed between Easter and October.
There is a secret sea-pool hidden away at Whitehouse Pier which is perfect for a refreshing paddle while looking out over the estuary. It can only be found at certain times, so check those tide times!
Within a 5/10-minute drive, you can be at Polridmouth, Polkerris or Par Sands, and within a half hour drive you’ll find Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Porthpean, Pentewan or Mevagissey.
An hour’s drive and you are on the north coast of Cornwall – this is where you will find the more dramatic views, coastline and good surfing on some of the beaches.
Bit of a thrill seeker? Then Cornwall has some fantastic opportunities to get your adrenaline buzz! Hang Loose at Eden have zip wires and giant air swings, Adrenaline Quarry near Liskeard is perfect for a day full of crazy activities, and Retallack Watersports near Newquay is the place to head for total-wipeout style aqua adventures.
There are hundreds of miles of fantastic walks in Cornwall. The South West Coastal Path alone winds 630 miles around the county, and The Saints Way is 27 miles from Fowey on the south coast, right across to Padstow on the north coast. The Fowey Hall Walk is much more manageable at 4 miles and is the best way to see Fowey from all angles! We also particularly enjoy the Gribbin Head walk, especially when the Daymark is open in the summer. Whether you enjoy the sea, woods, rivers, moors or fields, you will not be disappointed with the walks in Cornwall.
The closest major attractions are The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They really do offer something for everyone and make an enjoyable day-trip. For green-fingered travellers, there are also many other great gardens; in fact, there are officially 12 Great Gardens of Cornwall!
Cornwall is very famous for its tin mining heritage, and you will see many old engine houses dotted across the landscape. The countryside directly surrounding Fowey and St Austell is locally known as Clay Country due to its abundance of China Clay. Wheal Martyn is an interesting museum that gives a good insight into the history and culture of the clay works, and if you take the walk to the top of the grounds it overlooks a modern working pit.
There are lots of National Trust and English Heritage sites across Cornwall, as well as stately homes and gardens. Some of our local favourites are Lanhydrock House, Pencarrow House, Restormel Castle and Caerhays Estate.
Thinking of bringing your 4-legged friend to Fowey? They will love it! Par Sands Beach and Polridmouth Cove are only a few minutes away and are dog-friendly all year round; Readymoney Cove in town allows them to play from October to Easter. Many of the pubs are pup-friendly, and Lazy Jacks even sell doggy ice cream! Sams on the Beach at Polkerris have a Waggy Wednesday during the winter, when you can take your dog for dinner followed by a walk on the beach – special pet friendly treats are on offer too.
If you’re looking for somewhere just for the kids, check out Camel Creek, Springfields, Dairyland, Kidzworld, Indoor Active, Newquay Zoo or Porfell Wildlife Centre. This is just small selection of the many dozens of places for families to visit! Pop into our office during your stay to pick up our “best days out” pack, full of leaflets and vouchers.
Don’t forget to follow Fowey Homes Holidays on social media for inspiration on days out. When booking your trip with us, please feel free to ask for some personal recommendations - we’d love to help you discover the real hidden gems of Cornwall and get the most of out of your time in beautiful Fowey.
Ben via AirBnB.
"We loved our stay at Bessie Ellen's cottage, even in the worst weekend of the year, the place was warm cosy and comfortable. Fowey is a great place to visit with a dog, especially if you like visiting the local drinking establishments that were all dog friendly and within a 100 yard radius of the cottage! Also loved the fact you can get a great pasty or cream tea on nearly every corner!"
- 17 Feb 2020Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Matt and Kate via AirBnB.
“Fantastic place, we highly recommend it. The location is fantastic and Abi was a great host”
- 03 Jan 2020Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Maxine via AirBnB.
“Fantastic location, bigger than it appears, lovely quite cottage in the middle of Fowey. We would definitely book again.”
- 25 Oct 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Dominic via Airbnb.
"Great place, great location and very clean"
- 04 Oct 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Brian via Airbnb.
"Unusual layout with plenty of space in all rooms. Ideal accommodation for two people seeking to stay in a very well presented period cottage right in the centre of this lovely Cornish town. Just one word of caution. The rooms are spread across 3 levels and the stairs are steep so not suited to absolutely everyone."
- 28 Sep 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Karen via AirBnB.
“Very cute place in a super convenient location. Communication was excellent, we would certainly stay there again.”
- 21 Sep 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Leonie via AirBnB.
"Wonderful place to stay and great location."
- 14 Sep 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Chris via AriBnB.
“The Cottage is a great one in the heart of Fowey, for all those enjoy multi level living .”
- 06 Sep 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Stuart via AirBnB.
“Abi's place is a good location in the centre of town, easy access to many of the amenities of Fowey.”
- 14 Aug 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Livia via AirBnB.
"Thanks again for all the details re Fowey. Cottage's location was super and we had a great time. We will be back. Thank you."
- 06 Aug 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Claudia via AirBnB.
"Amazing cottage, amazing location and amazing host! Couldn’t recommend exploring Fowey and the coastal areas from this home from home enough!"
- 26 Jul 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Adam via AirBnB.
"This cottage is in a fantastic location - right in the centre of things but tucked away from the bustle of the town. We really enjoyed our stay - and Fowey is beautiful with lots to do and see."
- 15 Jul 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Linda via AirBnB.
"Great location, great place!"
- 11 Jul 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Chris via AirBnB.
“We loved our stay at Bessie Ellen's cottage. It's central location in Fowey was perfect for our stay and Abi was a fantastic host. Check in was very smooth and simple and the place was really clean with everything we needed for our stay. We would definitely return to stay here again.”
- 06 Jul 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Callie via AirBnB.
"Great place in the centre of Fowey, right by all the lovely bakeries, groceries and restaurants. Really cosy space that's perfect for a romantic getaway."
- 31 May 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Blake via AirBnB.
"Lovely little cottage with some real charm! Right in the middle of fowey with easy access to everything. Definitely worth a look if you want to stay in the area!"
- 28 May 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Wendy via AirBnB.
Perfect location for all the amenities of Fowey. Minutes walk from the Harbour , restaurants, shops and the bus up to the main car park . No parking at the cottage and no garden for the dog .Nice & clean and good communication from Abi.
- 12 May 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Anon via TripAdvisor.
Lovely clean , quaint, one bedroom property. Perfect location for the centre of Fowey . Minutes walk from shops , bars , restaurants. Not ideal for the dog as no garden and steep stairs up and down would not suit anybody elderly. Perfect for a couple wanting to be really part of Fowey life.
- 10 May 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Rebecca via AirBnB.
We had a fantastic stay, the location was absolutely brilliant, couldn’t be closer to everything. The cottage was really cosy and has everything you need. Thanks for a lovely break, we would definitely return.
- 17 Apr 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Mike via AirBnB.
A lovely cottage right in the centre of Fowey ! we had a great weekend sampling food and drink from restaurants just yards from the front door . We will definitely book again!!
- 16 Apr 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Becky via AirBnB.
We had a wonderful week staying at Bessie Ellen cottage. It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed.
- 12 Apr 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Sarah via AirBnB.
Bessie Ellen's Cottage couldn't be more perfectly placed for everything in Fowey. The space is quirky and set over multiple floors, and we loved the mezzanine level with the skylight for catching the first rays in the morning. Quiet at night, we had everything we needed during our stay and had a great time. The agents were quick to communicate and sent over some helpful information about the cottage and local area. Checking in and out with the key box was a breeze
- 05 Apr 2019Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Polly via AirBnB
We had a perfect 3 night stay at Bessie Ellens cottage. There were lovely little touches throughout the cottage which made the trip even better. The location is totally perfect for a stay in Fowey too. We will defo be back for another stay! Thanks
- 30 Dec 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Mia via AirBnB
We had a fabulous stay in Bessie-Ellen’s cottage, which is right behind the Main Street in Fowey. We could look out of the window in the morning and see when the delicious bakery opened and be first in for fresh bread! Pubs, shops and restaurants were similarly close by and were all so welcoming . Everything is close by as it is right in the centre of town. We ate out locally and also cooked Christmas Day dinner for ourselves, courtesy of Kittow’s brilliant butchers at the end of the lane helpfully supplying us with everything we needed on Christmas Eve. The space itself was spotlessly clean and comfortable, with good quality furniture, bedlinen, towels and kitchen equipment. Everything looks fresh and new. A proper coffee machine was a very welcome touch. There are lots of internal steps in the house with it being on 4 levels but it didn’t inconvenience us as each ‘flight’ is only a few steps. We didn’t move the car from the edge of town car park all week, as once we were in Fowey, there was plenty to do locally. The walks along the coastal paths are stunning with glorious views and we found ourselves walking in t-shirt’s on Christmas week, as the weather was so mild. We will definitely be returning to Bessie-Ellen’s!
- 23 Dec 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Pauline via AirBnB
Central, beautifully clean and quaint and quirky. Very easy to live in, highly recommended!
- 09 Nov 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Nigel via AirBnB
Excellent place to stay cannot fault it and we will return next year
- 20 Oct 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Alex via AirBnB
This cottage is the PERFECT place for two people (and a dog!) to have an idyllic break in Cornwall! It's clean and feels new, although still has quirkiness and personality (as well as plenty of room for two in the bedroom and living room). Location is brilliant, a minute's walk from the centre of Fowey, places to eat, drink and get provisions. There are tonnes of fab walks in the local area plus an easy bus service to take you around if you don't have a car. And Fowey is as picturesque a Cornish village as you can imagine :-)
- 29 Sep 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Tim via AirBnB
Property as described in a great location in Fowey, less than a minute away from all key amenities. Very relaxing. Great stay, thank you !
- 08 Sep 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Maxine via AirBnB
Could not ask for a more convenient location.
- 30 Aug 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Sarah via AirBnB
Bessie Ellens Cottage is a charming little retreat, spread across 3 floors. The location of the cottage was excellent and only a matter of minutes walk to the towns local amenities. We recommend bringing a couple of spare towels with you but other than that this is a great little find for a couples weekend away!
- 25 Aug 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Preena via AirBnB
A charming cottage right in the heart of Fowey - a perfect base to explore the town as well as get away on the spectacular coastal walks in the surrounding area. Spotless and thoughtfully presented, we'd come back!
- 02 Aug 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Jess via AirBnB
A lovely cottage in the heart of Fowey. Abi is a wonderful host, she was quick to respond to any questions we had and was full of local knowledge.
- 14 Jul 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Edward via AirBnB
Great cottage and location! Lots of stairs though but overall excellent!
- 01 Jul 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Cheryl via AirBnB
A few little essentials were a lovely touch on arrival, great location in the center of Fowey
- 14 Jun 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Ciara via AirBnB
Fantastic stay at Abi’s little cottage. Great location, perfect place to stay to discover the surrounding areas.
- 25 May 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest
Andrea via AirBnB
great house in a beatiful little town x
- 30 Mar 2018Bessie Ellen's Cottage Anonymous guest