“Its core is a characterful old building in the centre of Fowey, with a new extension overlooking the estuary and harbour. The harmonious interior is embellished by funky artworks, and the informal restaurant spills out on to a teak deck with spectacular waterfront views. Bedrooms are traditional in the old part of the building, contemporary in the new, all with state of the art technology. One is in a glass turret – magical.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Lovingly restored from a derelict B&B, the Old Quay House is a boutique hideaway in Fowey that acts as the perfect base from which to explore all this stunning part of Cornwall has to offer. With just 11 rooms and an award winning restaurant, it also encourages long, lazy weekends in one of the region’s most idyllic harbour side towns.
The hotel’s bedrooms are decorated with gentle neutral tones, fine fabrics, Asian inspired furniture, and most have small balconies with stunning views out to sea. For a closer look, the waterside terrace is the perfect place to relax and soak up estuary life, whilst being served a pre dinner cocktail and homemade snacks. The intimate and elegant restaurant ‘Q’ is headed by acclaimed chef Ben Bass, who cooks with French flair and local passion, making the most of daily catches such as Fowey river oysters and pan fried Cornish scallops. The staffs’ attention to detail is second to none, nothing is too much trouble and they are always on hand with local knowledge and even a warm rug when the terrace gets a little chilly in the evenings.
The Old Quay House is a ten minute drive away from the Eden Project and very easily accessible to The Lost gardens of Heligan; there’s also an open air theatre and sailing and flying clubs nearby. The town of Fowey, with its perfect location, lends itself to long afternoons on boats exploring beaches, bays and neighbouring towns, walking the coastal path or simply relaxing in seaside cafes, enjoying the scenery that has inspired literary artists from Daphne De Mauier to Dawn French, who has a home in the town.
Q. Why do people love staying in your hotel?
A. We aim to offer a relaxed informal environment where our guests can simply sit back and unwind. Service is efficient without being stuffy, discreet yet friendly, and we always go the extra mile to make sure our guests feel at home. They also love our big comfy beds and the views out over the estuary.
Q. What is there to do in the area or on site?
A. The Old Quay House is a small hotel but really well located for exploring the galleries, boutiques and waterfront cafes of Fowey, which also has a rich literary heritage (events throughout the year). The surrounding coastline is perfect for walks and there are beaches and plenty of traditional, welcoming pubs nearby. It is also just a short drive to some of Cornwall’s fantastic and inspiring gardens and National Trust properties – the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tregothnan and Lanhydrock.
Q. What kind of breakfast do you offer?
A. An à la carte selection of dishes ranging from beans on toast and eggs benedict to the full Cornish breakfast which features locally produced sausages, bacon and hog’s pudding (a speciality of Cornwall). We also offer a breakfast buffet of cereals, fruit, muesli and fresh fruit juices.
Q. Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Yes, our restaurant ‘Q’ overlooks the harbour and offers a creative menu incorporating local, season produce, served in a relaxed setting – think West Country meats, Cornish cheeses and locally caught fish and seafood. In the summer the terrace is ideal as a spot for lunch or afternoon tea (served the Cornish way of course, jam on first then the cream). There are plenty of friendly pubs and cafés in Fowey too – our neighbours The Bistro serve up French and Mediterranean style dishes with a focus on seafood.
Q. What is special about your hotel?
Location – right on the harbour front, there is nowhere better from which to soak up the atmosphere of life on the estuary, watch the boats drift by and in August, enjoy the sights and sounds of Fowey’s annual regatta.”