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Fowey, Cornwall (Ref. 984523)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is very well positioned and equipped."

    It was great to be out of the centre but so close to the pubs and restaurants. The parking is conveniently close. For us the cottage was a little on the small side and lacking storage upstairs. We visited in May so we had quite a lot with us to include wet weather walking gear. Overall very stylish and welcoming.

    Reviewed by JulesMay 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, perfect for couples who are likely to be out and about a lot."

    ...could be a bit confined during inclement weather. Very well presented and well equipped, in a good location a little way outside the hustle and bustle of the village centre. We found the hip bath / shower arrangement awkward to access due to the height of the sides - a walk-in shower would be perfect. Had a wonderful week and would definitely recommend for active couples.

    Thank you for your feedback and I'm glad that you had such a lovely holiday in Serendipity and thank you recommending Serendipity, I do appreciate it. We did have a note to say that the bath was small and deep with high sides but for some reason this has been removed from the website, we have now updated this so people are aware but thank you for bringing it to my attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicholasApr 2022

  • "Perfect little cottage for 2."

    Thank you for your feedback and I'm glad that you had a lovely holiday in Serendipity and we hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NigelMar 2022

  • "Lovely little house but could do with a new sofa."

    Thank you for your feedback and I'm glad that you had a lovely holiday in Serendipity. A new sofa is on order and this is being delivered to the Cottage in next month. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EilishFeb 2022

  • "The cottage itself is great - small but very well positioned with parking nearby that was easy enough to get into."

    Its then a short walk into Fowey. Inside the cottage is best described as compact - its all there but well packaged. The shower is good but the bath is about half size. There were some technical issues - the wall fire isn't right and the extractor fan the cottage needs has a timer with a mind of its own. We had to turn it off at night as it started at midnight each day for no apparent reason. I'd replace the mattress and the sofa now as they have clearly had a lot of use so are no longer as comfy as they once were. Overall though the cottage is a great base for a holiday in Fowey.

    Thank you for your feedback and sincere apologies for the delay in my response. I am sorry to hear that the fan was coming on at midnight, I have had my electrician look into this and also the electric fire and both these issues have now been resolved. A new sofa has been ordered for Serendipity. I will also look into the mattress as several guests have said how comfortable the bed is. Maybe my other Cottage, The Shell Seekers would be more suitable for you for your next holiday to beautiful Fowey? Property Owner

    Reviewed by CharlesSep 2021

  • "The bath / shower facilities would be difficult for anyone with mobility problems as side is very high."

    Thank you for leaving your feedback. We advise that anyone concerned about mobility within the property should contact us prior to booking. We hope you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LizSep 2021

  • "A very strong smell of damp in the cottage, both of us suffered all week with breathing ."

    Everything else was fine, a bijou property but expected that from reviews. Location great. Needs a very good clean as felt it hadn’t been, I went around wiping finger print marks and stains in places, so if it wasn’t for the strong damp smell and cleanliness then it’s a lovely property.

    Thank you for your review and apologies that you felt the cottage smelt of damp. We have been informed by the owner that a tile had blown in the shower allowing water to run around the walls. This has now been fixed and the damp smell has disappeared. Serendipity is booked in to be repainted at the beginning of October. We have also been in touch with the cleaners, and they have done a thorough clean in Serendipity. We do value all our feedback and hope to welcome you back to Fowey again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PritiAug 2021

  • "Everything was perfect, cottage was clean and well presented."

    Easy walking access to the village centre. Could do with some more ventilation in the hot weather, perhaps a few pedestal fans. Car parking can be challenging, limited space in the Caffa Mill car park and a very steep climb back up to the main car park if you have to park there, which we did on several occasions. Have to be very careful stepping out of the cottage, it is straight into the road on a blind corner, got to listen carefully for traffic. Fowey is a beautiful village and perfect if you love boats and the hustle and bustle of village life in a tourist hot spot but it is peaceful in the early morning and evening. You need to book tables in restaurants way ahead of time, no availability at all on the day anywhere.

    Reviewed by JonathanJul 2021

  • "Clean, warm, comfortable, well equipped and convenient for the centre of Fowey and for the nearby (but not too near) car park."

    The property description is accurate although the shortage of storage space is less obvious (we kept some clothes in the suitcase) and the bath is a sit-in one although fine for a shower. The room above the sitting/dining area belongs to the upstairs property and has a wooden floor. It was slightly disconcerting and noisy when the upstairs occupants (including the dog) moved around. That said, we were happy with our stay and would consider staying there again if we revisited Fowey.

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, great location and equipped with everything you could need during your stay."

    As per the description it is a small cottage but it does not feel it once you have settled in. It is short walk to the shops and restaurants and all Fowey has to offer. There is so much choice within Fowey we ended up eating out every night. Due to Covid restrictions you need to book a table if you are going out or else you will be disappointed! Parked in Caffa Mill every day and found a space every day. We bought a weekly rover parking ticket before we got to Fowey so could use it in Caffa Mill and every other long stay car park in Cornwall which we found really useful. A lot of thought has gone into this cottage and making it as welcoming and comfortable as it is. We hope to return and would not hesitate to stay in Serendipity again. Two things to note but did not cause us any issues at all are that the stairs are a little steep, but perfectly useable and the shower is over the bath which is very deep! We had a lovely time in Serendipity and loved it and Fowey.

    Reviewed by LynneOct 2020

  • "It suited my needs perfectly."

    Great locatiuon close to the centre of town. Very quiet and comfortable .Fowey is a beautiful town

    Reviewed by IsabelOct 2020

  • "Great cottage in a great location by the estuary and 2 minutes to the town."

    We will be back.Fran and Barry.

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2020

  • "Nice cosy cottage in a good location , loverly fishing port , great views in Fowey ."

    . Somewhat smaller than we had expected, the bathroom is adequate at best , very small bath and the shower and screen needs attention. You also need to take extreme care going down the stairs, very steep. Having said that the cottage is overall comfortable. Also one other negative issue no wardrobe to hang clothes , we were literally living out of our suitcase. Don’t think we will go back but enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you for taking the time to send in your review of the cottage. We are pleased that you found the cottage to be cosy and the location lovely. We are disappointed however, that you found the cottage to be smaller than anticipated. We believe the photographs online show all aspects of the cottage, it is cosy, well laid out and as you said comfortable. It is noted in the marketing details that there are clothes hooks in the bedroom and extra storage for clothes in the kitchen, we would hope that this explains the situation to our guests before they arrive. Once again, thank you for your feedback and we do hope you will reconsider and visit again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2020

  • "The property is in an excellent location and spotlessly clean when we arrived."

    There were nice little touches on arrival i.e. pint of milk some teabags and sugar, tea towels, washing up liquid etc. There is plenty of places to eat and things to do and the locals are really friendly and helpful. Would definitely book this property again.

    Reviewed by LeighSep 2020

  • "A lovely, comfortable holiday home for the week."

    Perfectly located within Fowey. Serendipity is just right for two people. Very clean accommodation and kitchen well equipped with everything you might need. A great holiday location. Thank you!

    Reviewed by DebbieAug 2020

  • "Serendipity is bijou, well maintained, with great facilities."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by AllisonAug 2020

  • "We had a lovely week at Serendipity."

    It is a very cute cottage, perfect for two people with easy access into the centre of Fowey and also for the car park which was very handy. It has been lovingly decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The property was very clean and beautifully presented as well as very well equipped with everything you could wish for. The only downside was the lack of outside space but we knew this when booking. There are benches not far away where you can sit and watch the boats on the river. Also, like another reviewer, we did find the mattress a bit too soft and it certainly didn't feel a proper kingsize bed. Having said all this, we had a lovely time and would definitely recommend Serendipity as a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by KatherineJul 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage ."

    Reviewed by AdeleMar 2020

  • "'A wonderful place to relax'   We had a lovely stay in Serendipity, it was a surprise holiday for my partner, we love Fowey, this is our second visit this year!"

        Having seen a few comments recently about the cottage, I can confirm that there has been some maintenance done in Serendipity.  The bed was so comfortable, the white bedding with the lovely fur throw makes it so cosy for this time of year.  The bathroom looked very clean and we didn’t have a problem with the towels.  The kitchen is one of the best stocked kitchens we’ve seen in a holiday let.   Serendipity is a great little cottage for 2, very cosy and warm, tastefully furnished to high standards meant we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Fowey.   Good places to eat: The Ship, Pintxo and Sam’s.  We had a couple of good walks – The Hall walk from Bodinnick and the walk from Readymoney beach along the coastal path to Polkerris.   We will be back again soon to Serendipity, thank you!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and I'm so glad that you had such a lovely holiday in Serendipity, what a lovely surprise for partner, it sounds as though you had a wonderful week. We hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2019

  • "Have made a phone call to explain, bedding and towels smelt musty, shelf over ..."

    Have made a phone call to explain, bedding and towels smelt musty, shelf over towel rack missing, towel rail coming away from wall and no corkscrew

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback for your stay at Serendipity. Our cleaners have assured me that the bedding for your stay came straight from the laundry. We will continue to check bedding to ensure it is fresh for our guests.The over towel rail glass shelf was recently broken by a guest and for health and safety reasons we are looking for a suitable replacement. In the meantime, there is another shelf and plenty of towel hooks as well as a newly installed heated towel rail.The kitchen does have a corkscrew, so we will check if it has been removed or was just not found and replace if necessary. Your feedback helps us to maintain excellent standards at Serendipity. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineAug 2019

  • "Hi nothing went wrong just that the property, although very sweet, is starting to look a little in need of tlc."

    Black mold in the bathroom, bathmats very stained. We both had backache as the mattress not great and the pillows need replacing. Just needs a general deep clean and freshening up. Also very tricky door lock some days it took 10 mins to lock. The booking itself was very straight forward and we had all the information needed. Kind regards.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback for your stay at Serendipity. We have been in contact with the cleaners to ensure that particular attention is made to bath mats and other linen supplied. Mattress and pillows can be a very personal choice. Many guests have commented about the comfy beds, so we are sorry that they weren't to your preference.We are happy that in other regards, you had an enjoyable stay. Your feedback helps to ensure that Serendipity continues to offer a wonderful experience for our guests, Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2019

  • "Cosy cottage for two with very comfy bed."

    Ideally situated. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by GillApr 2019

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  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size, clothes hooks in the bedroom with extra storage space for clothes in the kitchen
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Please note: the bath is a small deep bath with high sides and even though its small it's still ideal for soaking in after a day of exploring
  • There is a grab handle on the wall for safety
  • Open-plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with electric fire.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Espresso Coffee machine, 2 x TV with Freeview, DVD, music system, WiFi, selection of books, games, Ipod dock and Hairdryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Car park 50 meters from the cottage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: The cost of weekly parking is approx
  • £47 for a Rover Ticket which can be purchased prior to your stay, direct from Cornwall Council, this ticket is transferable and can be used in any Council run car park in the county.

The property

Originally a museum, and the Shallowpool Doll Shop and Exhibition, Serendipity was once known for its window displays, and collectors pieces, revered for their detailed modelling and outfits.

Today, the hideaway offers a high standard of contemporary living in a centuries old building, with a beautiful open-plan living area, freshly renovated to promote relaxation and calmness.

From the exquisite white kitchen to the almost seaside themed lounge/diner, you will never want to leave the soothing set-up, except to cosy up in the lovely king-size bedroom.

Whether you are planning a refreshing summer holiday, or a winter break in front of the pebble flame effect fire, this cottage is for you.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 984525, together they can sleep up to six people.

Serendipity And The Shell Seekers

These two beautifully restored cottages lie in the glorious surroundings of Fowey, a fascinating village which has something for guests of all ages. You will be spoilt for choice between the two retreats, each designed in a luxurious fashion, divided between a cosy lounge, dining area, and a modern kitchen, which can be enjoyed morning through to evening. Whether you are gathering with your loved ones around the fire, or settling down for dinner after the sunsets, you will look forward to returning here, taking in the immaculate decor and its hidden charm. Serendipity (Ref. 984523) boasts an interesting history once upon a time selling and exhibiting the famous Shallow Pool dolls. The Shell Seekers (Ref: 984525) benefits from a lovely outside area to the rear, a tiered garden on a number of different levels; the top most of which has lovely views up the river over the roof tops from the recently renovated Crow's Nest. The properties are only a short walk (approx 5 min) into the centre of town, whilst the harbour, shops and restaurants rest in the opposite direction, and only a minutes walk is the Caffa Mill Car park and the Car and Passenger Ferry over to Bodinnick. The quaint cottages and a mixture of medieval and Georgian historic buildings resting upon cobbled walkways all add to the enchanting atmosphere. With a fine selection of quality shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs, Fowey really is a vibrant destination. There are many family attractions in the area, including Mevagissey and Charlestown harbours, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Lostwithiel 8 miles; Polperro 8 miles

This small town and civil parish lies at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall. The estuary of the River Fowey forms a natural harbour, which enabled the town to become an important trading centre. There is a wealth of things to see and do in and around the harbour. Whether you enjoy getting out on the water, playing golf or finding out more about the history of the area, you are sure to find something to suit the whole family. Harbour cruises leave the Town Quay regularly in season giving you a superb view of the town, but for the more adventurous, rent your own self-drive boat, kayak or paddle board and explore the waters for yourselves! The town is steeped in history, so why not join a guided tour of either Fowey or Polruan? You can even join an owl experience, play golf, go horse riding or pursue your artistic talents with pottery or painting courses. There is the aquarium, museum and St Catherine's Castle, as well as Readymoney Cove, all waiting to be explored. If you get peckish, or fancy something thirst quenching along the way, there is a plethora of pubs, inns, cafes and restaurants to choose. Whenever you plan to visit, keep a look out for the festivals, fairs, markets and theatre performances on throughout the year. There are many family attractions in the area, including Mevagissey and Charlestown harbours, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Discover them all from this fantastic base!

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