Whistlefish is a beautifully appointed cottage just minutes from Fowey's bustling harbour and narrow streets, where an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, local bakeries and award-winning eateries await discovery. Tucked halfway down a very steep pedestrian hill, the cottage is furnished and equipped to an impeccable standard. A seamless blend of whitewashed walls, wonderful artwork, crystal chandeliers and original stained glass enhance the lovely interior, where a big open plan living-room provides ample opportunity to spend family time together. Three lovely bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the three-storey accommodation, with a ground floor shower-room too.
Locally-sourced goodies and luxurious toiletries are provided on arrival for a truly welcoming touch.
There are sandy beaches, secret coves, boat trips and coastal footpaths all within walking distance in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The big, light-filled open plan living-room in Whistlefish has bleached floorboards and plantation shutters, a Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player and an iPad/iPod dock. There are deep linen sofas covered with cushions and throws, shelves full of books and DVDs, a painted dining-table and candy-coloured chairs. The kitchen-area has a Stoves mini range cooker and a retro fridge/freezer to chill your holiday drinks, with a Nespresso machine for your essential morning coffee. There are three lovely bedrooms, two twin rooms on the first floor and a big double bedroom on the floor above, with a south-facing dormer window with views of the river, and a super-king size bed. The two cosy twin bedrooms on the floor below have lovely linens, rugs and cushions, and are close to the family bathroom, with an additional shower-room on the ground floor. All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes with hanging space and shelves, reading lights, snuggly blankets and hot water bottles for chillier nights (although with super-efficient German-sourced electric central heating, they are unlikely to be needed)! There is Egyptian cotton bed linen and superb quality non-allergenic bedding.
Steep cottage stairs lead up to the bedrooms, so take care with children here and outside too, where steps lead to a raised deck (securely fenced with safety glass) with fabulous views down over rooftops to the river below, an ideal spot for sitting as the sun goes down, enjoying a chilled glass of wine and watching the lights of the town and the boats on the water gently twinkle in the dusk.
There is an outdoor laundry-room with a washing machine/drier and a drying line, perfect for drying towels and swimsuits after a day at the beach.
Fowey is a quintessential coastal town with terraced cottages perched on the hilly, narrow streets leading down to the water and hundreds of yachts bobbing on their moorings. There are many activities throughout the year, with Regatta Weeks, the Fowey Festival of Words and Music, Fowey River Big Gig and BBQ Weekend and Christmas Markets, so there is plenty to do whatever time of year you visit. All the town's facilities are on hand from the cottage, and there are ferries across to Polruan, Mevagissey and Bodinnick. Par station (on the Paddington to Penzance main line) is only four miles away, so you can even pop down by train and leave the car at home.
If you are driving, children and luggage can be off loaded at the top of the lane (50 yards away but steep) before dropping the car off in the town car park further up the hill (weekly parking can be purchased at the machines in the car park, for approximately £42 a week).
There is plenty to do, with sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding tuition all available locally, Readymoney Cove is a lovely sandy beach just a short walk away and eating out is a must: Sam's in Fowey or Sam's on the Beach (the latter overlooks the water at Polkerris) both have a great reputation and serve delicious food (and cocktails!), while The Old Quay House in Fowey is a lovely building which offers a luxurious restaurant with fabulous water views.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD player and iPod dock. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with twin beds (3')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with super-king double bed (6')
Outside Access to
Laundry-room with washing machine/drier
Due to the access, steep stairs and raised deck (please take care), this property is not suitable for children under 5 or anyone with limited mobility.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Public car park 300 yards (at cost)
- No smoking
- Pub 150 yds
- Deck furniture
- Full electric CH
A TV, Blu-ray DVD and iPod dock provide plenty of sources of entertainment.
Looking down over the rooftops from the raised deck at Whistlefish to the river below.
The kitchen-area (with door out to the raised deck).
Looking from the kitchen towards the dining and sitting areas.
Whistlefish (house with porch and blue door) is one of a terrace of four cottages on a very steep pedestrian hill.
The view from the raised deck at the back of the cottage accessed through the kitchen so grab the glasses on the way!
Bedroom 3 is tucked snugly in the attic space on the second floor.
The rooftop views from Bedroom 3.
The ground floor living area is open-plan.
Beautiful cut glass chandeliers.
The dining area in the light-filled open-plan ground floor.
There are many original features in the cottage, including this most gorgeous stained glass panel that greets you on arrival.
Sofas, throws and soft cushions for perfect relaxation.
Two big sofas to stretch out and relax on.
The original cooking range (ornamental only).
In praise of the 'unfitted' kitchen!
Soft candy colours in the kitchen.
The hand-carved porch doors.
The shower-room on the ground floor.
Steep cottage stairs make the cottage unsuitable for small children and those with limited mobility.
The narrow winding streets are a delight to explore.
A lovely window seat to relax and read or look out over the lovely view.
Lovely vintage touches.
Bedroom 1 is on the first floor.
Bedroom 1 has twin beds.
Looking back into Bedroom 1.
An original Victorian fireplace.
A lovely desk area for writing those postcards!
The cottage provides clocks, throws, cushions, hot water bottles... everything you could possibly need for a wonderful stay.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds.
Bedroom 2 also has an original cast iron fireplace.
Another lovely vintage mirror.
The bathroom on the first floor.
A rainhead shower above the bath.
Handmade tiles above the bathroom basin.
Nearly time for a cream tea!
The beautiful twelfth century church in Fowey.