Eliza Cottage – Floodlights and water

Looe – notoriously one of the most often-flooded towns in the UK.


Looe Bay at Dusk

Looe – most often-flooded town

We had our typical October ‘high water flood’ yesterday evening with a 6.30 p.m. high-high tide.  Lapping up to the very edge of the quay walls, the blustering wind blew water over into The Quay car park.  The words ‘Looe flooded again’ tend to be over-dramatic as generally the flood waters go no further than across the road to lap by the side of The Tasty Corner, but I can remember one October early on in the millennium where the water passed the fire station and crept its way up to the second door of The Jolly Sailor.  It even managed to make inroads towards the Spar.  My brother, my nephew Matt and I paddled (yes, really paddled, water to our knees) down to the quay and watched as fishing boats bobbed up and down level with the parked cars, wheels submerged in the over-spilling river.

Fortunately, Eliza is high enough up the hill to stay dry until he ice-caps melt away.

High tide in Looe – 29th October 2019

High Tide 30th October 2019

High-high tide came and went and we walked down to witness it but it was as impressive as the previous night – not more but not less either.


Bookings for Eliza Cottage

Bookings for:

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.

Tall People

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.

‘The Land of Isanor’

Step out of Isanor and into the Pigeon Loft, (the guests’ private sitting room), with a wood burner (electric!) to make it extra-cosy.

The ‘Pigeon Loft’

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.

Stone Stairs looking down

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.

‘The Loo in Looe’

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.

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.

Patio and View

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