Eliza Cottage – Historian’s Paradise

Eliza makes it to the history books.

For Air BnB details, see below.

Dusk in Looe Bay

Eliza to appear in the history books

Great excitement.  Eliza Cottage has been selected to appear in the annals of history as our local historical society host the annual event I can only describe as ‘exploring ancient homes’.  It is a UK organisation and every year a location is chosen and owners of ancient cottage are invited to open up their homes to these learned people.  This year, it is the turn of South East Cornwall.  How and why did ‘she’ get selected?  First of all, she is extremely old and secondly, I don’t know how it works elsewhere, but here someone says to someone ‘Have you thought to ask who-ever – their house is REALLY old‘.   And so Eliza was chosen, a floor plan of the ground floor was taken and many questions asked by Carol and her crew from Looe and a visit booked for after Easter.  Will keep you posted.

As I’ve mentioned, I can only take bookings made through Air B&B.  Here is the link to make a booking.

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.

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 an English breakfast.  Bed linen and towels supplied, tea, coffee facilities in your room.


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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