So, the festival is here. Three days of music and fun, and kicking off the proceedings, were the Huckleberry Fins as you would expect.
Friday was a gloriously sunny but briskly windy day. Nevertheless, I sat in the rooftop garden of Eliza Cottage, overlooking the river, the bay and beyond, with a glass of vino, listening to the music coming up from the quay. With several… would you call them venues? Tents, certainly, you pick and choose what to listen to. The pubs too have live bands which is more my cup of tea – or indeed a pint – in The Jolly Sailor listening to the music. But read all about the festival on the Looe Live Facebook page.
My visitors this weekend certainly seem to be enjoying themselves.
Bookings for Eliza Cottage
Cars and parking
They didn’t build garages back in 1492. It is safe to pull up outside to unload then, when you’ve finished, park on the quay (pay and display). Note that between the hours of 18:30 and 8:00 (that’s 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. the following morning) parking is charged at £1.50. You can pay for parking online.
The Cornish of old were not tall. I am descended from them. A word of warning for tall people, there are low ceilings and even lower doorways throughout the cottage.
Where would you stay? In The Land of Isanor, a twin-bedded room in the attic with its ancient beams, probably dating back to the 1300s (when they were still floating around in French or Spanish ships). Small area to hang clothes and your own chest of drawers.
Step out of Isanor and into the Pigeon Loft, the guests’ private sitting room (the pigeon loft), with a wood burner (electric!) to make it extra-cosy.
Like an ancient foot solider, defending the castle you would climb the first flight of wooden stairs to the first floor, turn right and take the first right up the circling stone steps to the Pigeon Loft.
The guests’ own bathroom is on the floor below (on the first floor) as the family use the en-suite bathroom in The Book Room.
Bed AND breakfast?
A voucher will be supplied per person, per number of nights for ‘breakfast at Jake’s’ (AKA The Tasty Corner) up to the value of £5.00 to put towards food (but I do recommend the breakfast). Bed linen and towels supplied, tea, coffee facilities in your room. Breakfast at Jake’s, except on Monday, that is, when the cafe is shut. Then you get a buffet, serve yourself breakfast of cereal, toast, orange juice and tea or coffee, all in Eliza’s cosy kitchen.
An old house, a beautiful house but not without challenges. You need to not only climb stairs easily, but also be comfortable with the different levels on each storey, frequently a step or two to climb or descend.
There is nothing level about Eliza. The garden too is quaintly unusual, as it starts at roof level, reached by a flight of stone garden stairs.
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