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Found within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey sits on the west bank of the Fowey estuary between Looe and Mevagissey. It’s not difficult to see why it’s one of Cornwall’s most popular harbour towns, with its unique charm and traditional seaside holiday atmosphere. The town is surrounded by miles of beautiful countryside, most of which is cared for by the National Trust.
Stay in a Fowey self-catering cottages
In and around the charming town we have a great selection of Fowey cottages that would make the perfect holiday base. You’ll want somewhere comfortable and relaxing to refuel after a busy day of exploring.
The beauty of its position at the mouth of the Fowey Estuary is that some of our holiday cottages enjoy magnificent views across the river and out to sea, an added extra which can make your holiday that little more special. Our properties suit any kind of break whether it’s a family-friendly holiday or a romantic couples’ escape.
Things to do in Fowey
Narrow winding streets sit in the shadow of medieval Georgian buildings, where you will find small independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bistros serving the very best of local produce. The Fowey River Mussel being one of the town’s specialties.
A great way to take in the beauty of the unspoilt harbour town is from the water. There are a whole host of fantastic boat trips to be enjoyed, all of which offer a fantastic perspective of the town. Sail upstream on one of the river tours or hop aboard the harbour cruise. If you fancy something a little different you can sip champagne as you drift along the water aboard the Sunbeam picnic boat, perfect for a romantic holiday.
You may also enjoy the Wind in the Willows tour, which takes you to Lerryn whilst a Blue Badge Guide talks of Kenneth Grahame’s popular children’s tale of those well-loved little critters. You can jump aboard boat trips that will take you to Lostwithieland across the water to the village of Polruan. With numerous creeks and coves to explore along the Fowey Estuary you can also take to the water in a canoe or kayak which are available from a number of places n Fowey.
If you enjoy life on dry ground then set off on foot and explore the banks of the river, the fantastic walking trails or get on the South West Footpath and explore the coastline. There are a number of routes that you can explore either on foot or by bicycle, the 17 mile Camel Trail is one of the most popular and runs from nearby Padstow to Wadebridge and Bodmin Moor.
There are a number of popular beaches in the area. The nearest are the sheltered cove of Polridmouth and Readymoney Cove which sits in the shadow of St Catherine’s Castle. A little further away you will find Polkerris beach which overlooks St Austell Bay. This is the best option for family days out because it has plenty of facilities and lots of water sports. This is great if you have older kids, or even for the thrill-seeking adults!
From Fowey you can also visit the very popular attractions of Tregrehan Gardens, Lanhydrock House and Gardens and the award-winning Eden Project. These popular days out are great for the whole family, often holding a fantastic range of events.
History in Fowey
Fowey is very much linked to the well-known writer, Daphne Du Maurier whose work was influenced by the Cornish coast. In 1949 whilst her husband was at war she lived nearby in Readymoney House and it was here she took much of her inspiration for some of her best-selling novels such as Rebecca, The Birds and Jamaica Inn.
Today the annual Du Maurier Festival is held in the town to celebrate her greatest works and the Daphne Du Maurier Literary Centre houses information on all of Fowey’s writing connections.
Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Fowey the single room museum is packed with displays of costumes, historic weapons, and history of Fowey’s families throughout time. Here you will also find much information on the town’s history and relationship with the sea through models, photos and ship sails.
Another historical site, which is well worth a visit, is the medieval St Catherine’s Castle, which stands on St Catherine’s Point overlooking the harbour entrance and Readymoney Cove. Built during the time of Henry VIII to defend the harbour, it used to function as a lighthouse. Today it can be accessed from Readymoney Cove.
If Fowey sounds like a magical destination for a holiday then take a look at our cottages and book today!