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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.
- Fowey Hall is a 36 room country house hotel specialising in familiy breaks, overlooking the Cornish coast, just above Fowey. There's a creche, nannies, activities galore, plus a family friendly indoor pool and spa. Oh, and the views are stunning too.
- The Old Quay House Hotel is, as the name suggests, right on the quayside in the heart of Fowey's charmingly white-painted harbour. Converted from a lovely old building, it has 11 rooms, contemporary in style, with pale colours and colourful artworks. There's also an excellent restaurant which spills out onto a deck in warmer months. The hotel only allows children over 13, so it's a stylish, grown-up spot!
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Best Hotels in Fowey
Fowey Hall 36 rooms from $214Fowey, Cornwall
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.FamiliesSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolViews - Great views from hotelKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Old Quay House Hotel 11 rooms from $245Fowey, Cornwall
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.Great walks - Wonderful walking all around this area, a particualr favourite is the picturesque Hall Walk, which ends in pretty Polruan.Sights nearby - The ruins of St Catherine’s Castle sit on the edge of the town and command spectacular views of the harbour.Sailing - Yacht rental is available nearby, head off with a professional skipper or simply charter your own course.Kayaking - Kayak rental is possible from the village of Golant, the perfect way to explore this stunning coast.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays, Tablet, I Escape