A small harbour town that looks out over the River Fowey estuary, Fowey is a quintessential Cornish town. With the Eden Project and Readymoney Cove right on its doorstep, there’s more to see and do than you can pack into one weekend. Whether you’re looking to explore the local landscape or indulge in excellent local cuisine on offer, Culture Trip has picked the best hotels to stay at in Fowey.
With views over the sprawling Fowey Estuary, this manor house hotel has enough space for even the most energetic kids to run around. This hotel is perfectly set up for families, with complimentary childcare services, kids’ clubs and activities such as zip wiring and swimming all available onsite. It’s not just for children, though. There’s an onsite spa offering facials and massages as well as a hot tub with a sea view. The rooms are sophisticated too – decked out in plush red carpets, gilt mirrors and velvet antique sofas, they offer a little slice of luxury to return to after a long day out in the fresh air.
For those looking to enjoy the spoils of Fowey on a budget, you can’t get much better than The Cormorant Hotel. Located in Golant, it offers a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Fowey town. Rooms are simple but clean and bright, and many come with balconies or views of the river and surrounding countryside. There’s free onsite parking for all guests, allowing you to explore Cornwall by road and load up surfboards and boats to take out on the sea. What’s more, this hotel is child-free, so you can enjoy a glass of wine on the garden terrace or a three-course meal in the restaurant in peace.
If basking in the sun, drink in hand, watching the boats and the world go by is your kind of break, a stay at The Old Quay House is a must. Once a seamen’s mission, this boutique hotel sits right on the water’s edge in the heart of Fowey and features 11 adults-only rooms ideal for a relaxing break. Though the building is historic, each of the bedrooms is fitted with modern décor and furniture, perfectly capturing Cornwall’s breezy, nautical style. With a focus on fresh, local produce and freshly caught seafood, the restaurant is well known throughout the town as being one of the best places to eat. Once you’re feeling fully satiated, drop into the bar for a nightcap before heading up to bed for a sleep punctuated only by the sound of lapping waves. Heaven.
Who doesn’t love a cracking gastropub downstairs from their hotel room? At Havener’s, you can enjoy a bowl of freshly caught mussels over a glass of crisp white wine and a view of the harbour before heading up to one of the boutique rooms where the nautical theme continues. Wood panelling, fishing hooks and blue colour schemes give a nod to the pub’s surroundings without feeling gimmicky, and everything from the fluffy white towels to the soft bed linen showcase the luxury finish of the space. It’s a perfect spot for a weekend away.
If you like to be on the doorstep of all the action but still like a bit of peace and quiet, this little bed and breakfast is a perfect stop. It’s just a couple of minutes from the shops and galleries of Fowey harbour but far enough away that you won’t hear the revellers spilling out of the pubs in the evening. There are four ensuite guest rooms, and each features a unique style, whether that be a four poster and chandelier or a simple double with nautical decorations. Breakfast is served daily from 8 am – plan ahead and ask for the Fisherman’s Breakfast, and you’ll be rewarded with a plate of freshly caught fish.