On their first trip to Cornwall with John Wesley in 1743, two of his companions, John Nelson and John Downes, stopped at stonemason Digory Isbell's cottage to seek hospitality.
They were welcomed by his wife, Elizabeth. Nelson called again as he was leaving Cornwall and reportedly preached to some 300 people.
After that Wesley was also a regular lodger, and so Digory Isbell added a two-room 'Prophet's Chamber' to his cottage where Wesley and his preachers both stayed and preached.
The lower room of the Chamber is thought to be the smallest Methodist preaching place in the world.
Today Wesley Cottage is open for visitors and contains eighteenth-century furnishings and displays of Wesleyana.
Additional visitor information Complimentary light refreshments normally available
Tours by the Curator normally available
Peace Garden and Prayer Garden
Very limited parking
Bargain Christian bookstall
Traditional Methodist services by prior request
Activities for children available
Limited disabled access (contact Curator for details)
Monthly Evening Praise and Prayer services May-Oct. Annual Wesley Day 'Preach from the Porch' on Sunday nearest 24 May (see www.wesleycottage.org.uk for further details).
Altarnun village and church, where Elizabeth
and Digory Isbell are buried. The old Methodist
chapel in the village (1795, enlarged 1836) is
today a private dwelling, but indicated by a bust
of John Wesley over the doorway, carved by
eminent sculptor, Nevil Northey Burnard, when
just 18. Burnard's birthplace adjoins the chapel.
Wesley Cottage Wesley Day Celebrations
Wesley Day Celebrations are held in May each year to mark John Wesley's Conversion on 24th May 1738
Friday 24 May 2013
Service led by Mr John Hogarth in the Prophet's Chamber including the reading of a Wesley Sermon
Sunday 26 May 2013
Services to be led by Rev Steve Wild and Rev Celia Philips
4pm : open air service at the porch - Preacher: Rev Ruth Goodland followed by
Tea in Altarnun Church Hall
6.30pm : Saltash Ladies Choir at Altarnun Parish Church
7pm : Wesley Day worship in Altarnun Parish Church- Preacher: Rev Keith Garner (Wesley Mission, Sydney, Australia)
Near Launceston, Cornwall
1st May to 31st October Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Groups welcome by prior arrangement.