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 the quiet Union Place or watch the world go by along Fore Street from the lounge windows.
Bedroom 1: King size bed
From the hallway there are two separate stairs heading down and one set heading up.
1st flight down leads to modern kitchen
2nd flight down 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.
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.
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.
Portia via AirBnB.
"This is a fantastic place to stay if you’re looking for a central location to explore Fowey - you’re seconds away from all the shops and restaurants that Fowey has to offer! The cottage itself is very picturesque and a lovely place to relax after a busy day exploring Cornwall. Would recommend a stay at Bessie Ellen’s cottage."
- 21 Aug 2021
Paula via AirBnB.
Great property, in a super location right in centre of Fowey, we loved it ! Living room overlooks Fore Street, so we loved having the sash window open and hearing the hustle and bustle on the street. easy to park up at bottom of Union Place to unload, before finding the car park. Caffe Mill car park is useful, as not up a huge hill :) and there is a private car park too just after it, which was £25 for 5 days. So much to see and do, we didnt move the car once we'd arrived ! Thanks once more, a very special honeymoon for us xx"
- 07 Aug 2021
Morgan via AirBnB.
"Fowey was beautiful! The location of the house is amazing, right by the front next to pubs and shops. Staying Bessie Ellen's cottage was cozy and ideal. It is lovely and comfortable. Will be returning!"
- 31 Jul 2021
Sarah via AirBnB.
"We had a wonderful week long stay at Bessie Ellen’s cottage, which we found well-equipped, clean and comfortable, and the location was second to none, just off the main street in Fowey. Great communication with hosts and small problems were dealt with quickly. We will definitely be returning, and would recommend the cottage to anyone visiting Fowey"
- 24 Jul 2021
Sarah via AirBnB.
"We had a wonderful week in this lovely home. Great location and loads to do. We’ll be back!"
- 19 Jun 2021
Arslan via AirBnB.
"A pleasant cosy stay right in the heart of Fowey"
- 15 May 2021
Mark via AirBnB.
"Great place to stay, very clean and welcoming and an amazing location! 5*"
- 08 May 2021
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 2020
Matt & Katie via AirBnB.
"Fantastic place, we highly recommend it. The location is fantastic and Abi was a great host"
- 03 Jan 2020
Stewart via AirBnB.
"very clean, comfortable and well equipped"
- 29 Oct 2019
Maxine via AirBnB.
"Fantastic location, bigger than it appears, lovely quite cottage in the middle of Fowey. We would definitely book again."
- 25 Oct 2019
Dominic via AirBnB.
"Great place, great location and very clean"
- 04 Oct 2019
Dominic via AirBnB.
"Great place, great location and very clean"
- 04 Oct 2019
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 2019