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Bessie Ellen's Cottage

Bessie Ellen is a charming cottage, right in the very heart of Fowey, and 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 Union Place or watch the world go by along Fore Street from the lounge windows.


Damage Deposit

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1: King size bed
Mezzanine Floor: 2 single sofa beds

Interior layout

From the hallway there are two separate stairs heading down, and one set heading up.
1st flight down leads to modern kitchen with breakfast bar.
2nd flight down leads to a family bathroom.
Flight heading up leads to large bedroom (sleeps two guests) and the living room with dining space for two.
In the living room is a ladder which leads up to an open plan mezzanine. The ladder is fairly steep so is not suitable for everyone to climb. The mezzanine is used as a seating area, with comfy sofa beds and a bright skylight. The windows at the front of the house look out onto Fore Street.
The two chairs can be made into single sofa beds to sleep an additional two guests. This is only available on request and at a rate of £100 per trip - please contact us first to discuss before booking.


The entrance is at the rear of the cottage and at the end of Union Place, a pedestrian-only area and we have a table and chairs for two.


  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Bath towels provided
  • Bedding provided
  • Washing machine
  • Coffee machine
  • TV
  • Internet access
  • Free Wifi
  • Main door / Private entrance
  • 24h check-in available
  • Central heating
  • Pets allowed (fees may apply) 1
  • Bathroom(s) 1


The cottage can not be accessed by car. There are lots of steps and stairs within the cottage.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss any accessibility requirements.

Top facilities

Sleeps 2 +1 (Max) 1 Bedroom(s) 1 Bathroom(s) Wifi

Check-in begins at 15:00.

You will be asked to check-out before 10:00.

Special offers

*Special offers are sometimes available when arriving in the next couple of weeks*
Please email for last minute promotions.


Bessie Ellen's Cottage, Fowey, England


Bessie Ellen is in the very centre of Fowey and does not have parking. The closest Car Park is called Main Car Park and is around a 10 minute walk. Union Place is a car-free lane, and at the end is the one way road and church. There is a town bus which runs from the car park to outside the church.

There are three long stay car parks all run by Cornwall Council. You can get hourly, daily, weekly and rover passes on their website or using the Just Park app.
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.



You certainly won’t go hungry while you’re on holiday in Fowey – these are our favourite places to eat out!
- Evening Meals: Appletons, Fowey Harbour Hotel and King of Prussia
- Relaxed and Family Friendly Dining: Sams, The Galleon and Havaeners
- Cafés, Lunch and Light Bites: Brown Sugar, The Lifebouy Café and The Cornish Bakery
- International: Pintxo, Sunny Spice and Bufalla
-Take Home Treats: Haveners Fish & Chips, Kittows Deli and Game of Cones

There are several well-loved brand stores in Fowey 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.

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.

In the centre of Fowey there is a sweet little aquarium and a local history 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 overlooking Readymoney Cove.

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.
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 coastline and good surfing on some of the beaches.

Things To See & Do In The Local Area
- There are hundreds of miles of fantastic walks in Cornwall. The South West Coastal Path alone winds 330 miles around the county. 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 on Sundays 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 famous for its 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. Further afield on the North Coast, head to Wheal Coates from the iconic Poldark-style tin mines.
- There are lots of National Trust and English Heritage sites across Cornwall, as well as independent stately homes and gardens. Some of our local favourites are Lanhydrock House, Pencarrow House, Tintagel Castle, Restormel Castle and Caerhays Estate.
- Bit of a thrill seeker? Then Cornwall has some fantastic opportunities to get your adrenaline buzz! Hang Loose at Eden, Adrenaline Quarry near Liskeard and Via Ferrata near Penryn are perfect for a day full of crazy activities.
-If you’re looking for somewhere just for the kids, check out Kidzworld, Camel Creek, Springfields, Dairyland, Newquay Zoo or Porfell Wildlife Centre. This is just small selection of the many dozens of places for families to visit!

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.



Guestbook reviews

Matthew (AirBnB) "A beautiful little cottage one minute walk to pubs and restaurants. A very clean cottage with everything you need. Would highly recommend this cottage and Fowey. If we ever pass this way again we would most definitely stay here again."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Misabah (AirBnB) "Absolutely loved my stay here. The place was beautiful and well equipped with everything you could need. It was easy to find and in a great location. Abi is a great host and was helpful with any questions i had. Highly recommend!"


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Chris (AirBnB) "Wonderful cosy little cottage. Great little place to use as a base to explore the local area, especially the many pubs and places to eat nearby. Clean and very neat. Easy to access with wonderful communication. Hosts even left us a bottle of Prosecco for booking the property which was massively appreciated."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Caroline (AirBnB). "The cottage is thoughtfully set up, with all the facilities you could want, including wet weather saviours such as books and puzzles! Warm and comfortable throughout, an open airy seating area, and the whole place just a moment's walk from the quay, shops, coast path, and any number of cafes and restaurants/pubs. The instructions to find the place are spot on, and there are a couple of parking options, no significant distance away."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Stuart (AirBnB) "Spent a relaxing week here, good base to see a bit more of Cornwall and Fowey is a lovely town. Some tips: My phones maps got a bit confused about the location from the address but the instructions sent from the hosts were spot on. The local offseason carpark at the Quay was super tight, some spaces not suitable for large cars so, if you plan to use it beware. The main carpark is good but it’s a very steep walk to get to it. There’s great shops, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep from the cottage."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

George (AirBnB) "A clean, comfortable place to stay in the heart of Fowey. I would certainly consider staying there again."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

James (Airbnb) "We had a great stay at Bessie Ellen's Cottage. It is quirky, being over 4 floors, which we liked. It is very close to the beautiful harbour of Fowey, so location is perfect ! It is so easy to walk to local shops, pubs and restaurants. The property has character and includes all of the essentials. We really enjoyed our stay, and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay close to the lovely places to visit in this part of Cornwall !"


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Davina (AirBnB) "What a fabulous location and an amazing house to stay in. It was like a home from home, super helpful hosts, thoughtful details and clean throughout. Fowey is a lovely place to stay with amazing views and fantastic food. I loved every minute of my stay"


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Andrius (AirBnB) "The cottage situated in the heart of Fowey, just a few steps from quay and Fore street. It is clean and cosy house and well equipped, the beds are comfortable. So we had a perfect holiday in Cornwall."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom

Verity (AirBnB) "Great little cottage right in the town of Fowey and near the waterfront. Lots of lovely bakeries, cafes and restaurants. Easy to get to, we came by public transport on the train and bus - lots of great walks along the SW coast path, great beach at Readymoney Cove only about 10 mins walk away. Regular passenger ferries to Polruan and further afield."


Bessie Ellen's Cottage Fowey, PL23 1BY, United Kingdom