The small and pretty harbour town of Fowey is about half way between Plymouth and Falmouth, in a deep valley on the mouth of the River Fowey. The port is surrounded by white, or pastel-coloured buildings, giving it a proper seaside air, and there are some really charming pubs and cafes with wonderful views of the river and the harbour. Some of the best places to stay in Fowey also have restaurants or bars overlooking this lovely scene.
In August there's a yachting regatta which is when the town really comes to life - so book ahead if you want to enjoy the fun.
Despite looking like a fishing port, the town actually became wealthy exporting good quality china clay from the nearby pits. This wealth built a lovely 15th Century church, as well as some charming buildings.
If you're looking for the beach you need to head west to Polkerris beach, known for sailing, paddle-boarding and windsurfing, or else just stroll along the coast until you find a sandy cove you like the look of.
As we've already pointed out, if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Fowey during the busy summer months, you'll have to do it well in advance. Alternatively come off season, when the village is quieter and you can really appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.
Still undecided? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Fowey, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our Cornwall recommendations.
Small country house hotel overlooking the south Cornish coast, kitted out for families, with pool and spa - so beware if you have none in tow.
Boutique luxury in the heart of Fowey with ample amounts of sea air, estuary views and contemporary charm. Crisp, minimalist rooms are breezy and comfortable. The restaurant serves an inventive menu of local seafood delights. An ideal spot for a romantic mini break away from city life.