Frequently Asked Questions
How many bedrooms are there?
Downstairs there are three. One has a double bed. The other two have twin beds and handbasins.
Upstairs in the loft there are three additional bedrooms. One twin and two singles.
Can you explain why the bedrooms are downstairs
It was originally a large bungalow with a small room in the loft. We've converted the loft and now it contains 3 bedrooms, a shower room, and a large room which is used as a Chapel.
What are the washing facilities like?
Downstairs there is a bathroom with a full size bath with a powerful shower over it and a wash basin. Next to it is a separate lavatory.
Also downstairs there is a large powerful walk in shower in the utility room and another lavatory.
There is an additional bathroom upstairs with a powerful shower, wash basin and lavatory.
What's in the kitchen?
There is a Britannia cooker with a gas hob and 2 electric ovens, a large fridge, a separate under counter freezer, a dishwasher and a microwave. There is a toaster and the kitchen is well equipped with utensils, saucepans, frying pans, serving dishes, crockery and glasses. We provide tea towels and dishcloths.
There is a steam iron in the cupboard and an ironing board and hoover in the cupboard in the corridor.
A large table with seating for 6 or 8 and an additional table if there are 10.
Is there a washing machine?
Yes and a dryer in the Utility Room and there is a rotary dryer and pegs for the garden.
What's in the Dining room?
A large formal table and 6 or 8 chairs. There is separate crockery in the side board if you'd like to use it and a hatch through to the kitchen to make serving easier.
There is a chaise longue for relaxing.
What's in the Sitting Room?
A really comfortable sofa and chairs, a large coffee table and the TV. And a wonderful view down the garden.
What about entertainment?
There is a terrestrial TV and DVD and Video in the Sitting Room. There are a small selection of DVDs and Videos available. There is a portable music centre and a large selection of mainly classical CDs.
There is a good selection of novels and children's books on the enormous bookcase in the corridor - you can see a picture of it on the Courses page and all the fascinating Victorian and Edwardian books are in the Dining Room and you're welcome to read any of those.
There are a selection of games in the drawers of the desk in the Dining room including Scrabble, Monopoly, Jenga and Cluedo and packs of cards.
Is there information about the surrounding area?
Yes we've provided a file giving lots of suggestions about Fowey and the surrounding area and it also includes all the information you need to operate any of the equipment in the house. There are books of walks and lots of books about Cornwall to browse.
How far is the nearest Catholic Church?
St Augustine of Hippo is the nearest and it is in St Austell which is about 6 miles away. They have a Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm and two Masses on Sunday morning at 8.30 and 10.30 when there is also a liturgy of the Word for the children. There is a leaflet in the house with details of the Weekly Mass times and also details of the services at St Fimbarrus which is the Anglican parish church in the centre of Fowey.
What about the Garden?
There is a large wooden table for 6 with a parasol on the patio and an additional number of spare chairs. There is one full length lounger to fight over.
The conservatory, with a comfortable sofa and chairs, opens onto the patio and has sea views .There is a set of stairs down onto the lower lawn at one side of the patio and a slope to run down on the other side.
There is a large barbecue with utensils and, in the kitchen, there are a selection of plastic plates, dishes and a salad bowl and wine glasses for use outside.
There are two convenient trees to act as a goal mouth and plenty of places for hide and seek.
There is a large garden in the front of the house too and a five bar gate onto the road so it is all completely enclosed.
What kind of heating is there?
A very efficient gas central heating system - but we hope the weather will be so good you won't need to use it! The cost of heating and lighting is included in the weekly rate.
What else do you provide?
Sheets, duvets with covers and pillows and pillowcases. We don't provide towels and we recommend you bring extra towels that you can just use for the beach.
What can't we do?
You can't smoke in the house or bring pets with you.
Can you provide a cot and high chair?
Yes we can if you let us know you need one.
Is there a hairdryer?
Yes in the drawer of the large linen press in the second bedroom.
How far is it to the beach?
The nearest beach is Readymoney Cove which is 15 minutes walk down a little path. It has a sandy beach, rockpools, a sunbathing pontoon that you can swim out to, lavatories and a Kelly's ice cream van in summer.
A short car ride away - 10 minutes - is Polkerris which is a bigger sandy beach overlooked by the Rashleigh Arms and with a couple of cafes. The good news is that one of the cafes has been taken over by the team that run Sam's - one of the best family restaurants in Fowey. There are sailing and wind surfing lessons available there. There is a harbour wall that the brave can jump off at high tide. For a more secluded beach you could try Polridmouth which is about a 30 minute walk over the fields and that has a wonderful stretch of sand, rockpools and huge piles of skimming-stones but no other facilities. And the very energetic among you can walk up from there to the Gribben Head.
There is a small beach at Whitehouse in the centre of Fowey, just down from the Esplanade.
There is also Carlyon Bay towards St. Austell. This is a long shingle beach which shelves away quite sharply.
How far is it to the shops?
There is a small local store and a Post Office about 10 minutes walk away and there is a butcher with a deli counter in Fowey and a wonderful fresh fish shop and another mini mart.. The nearest large supermarkets are Tesco and Asda at St Austell - about 6 miles away. There is an excellent greengrocers at Par on the way to St Austell.