Cornwall, United Kingdom

Fowey Harbour Hotel

Rates per night from$132.39

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP107.92), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cornish blues

Setting

Wow-worthy estuary

You’ll find no chintz or nautical schmaltz at Fowey Harbour Hotel. Instead, this handsome Victorian stay has been sensitively updated with contemporary flair; expect bold blues, of-the-moment rattan furniture and eye-catching prints. Fans of simple seaside pleasures are in for a treat: the beach is just a hop and a skip away, and windows open to sweeping views of the bay. Linger a while on the terrace to sample the kitchen’s local, seasonal fare, or head to the gardens for a restorative cream tea – just the treat after a leisurely ramble along the South West Coast Path.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

37, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from £129.50, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include a full English breakfast, or a Continental buffet breakfast of fresh fruit, cereals, muesli, cold cuts and cheeses.

Also

For a post-ramble pick-me-up, locate the free decanters of sherry and gin helpfully placed in your room.

At the hotel

Terrace, wellies to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, free bottled water and the White Company bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms take their design cues from the hotel’s waterfront setting, with clean lines and bold blue prints favoured over Cornish chintz. The inland-facing rooms are charming, but you’d be remiss not to plump for estuary views. Seaview Double Rooms are snug but cosy, with postcard-perfect vistas of the village of Polruan across the water. Deluxe Seaview Double Rooms have bay windows kitted out with a small sofa; Junior Suites are just as inviting, and have a shared balcony to boot.

Packing tips

Leave bulky wellies at home: you’ll find some to borrow on the wall-mounted rack by reception.

Pet‐friendly

On request, dogs are welcome to stay for £15 a night, and have access to the bar area and terrace. Ask about availability before booking – we'll guide you to the most suitable room for you and your furry friend. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cornwall.

Children

Children of any age are welcome. Cots and extra beds can be added to all rooms (except the Inland View Rooms) for £10 a night. The restaurant has highchairs, a kids’ menu and board games to keep everyone happy.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The terrace makes a perfect lunch spot on a balmy day; and if you’ve no afternoon plans, head to the lower garden for a leisurely cream tea.

Dress Code

Boat shoes, chinos and windswept hair won’t look out of place here.

Hotel restaurant

Blessed with scene-stealing estuary views, the restaurant stretches down the length of the hotel’s terrace. Smoked mirrors along the back wall reflect plenty of light; pale wood and a palette of variegated blues keep things airy and bright. The set lunch menu is short but tempting– local moules marinières, say, or golden fish and chips. Dinner is an equally wholesome affair: expect crowd-pleasing bistro classics (ham-hock terrine, Parmentier potatoes) alongside seafood dishes that make the most of Cornwall’s bounty.

Hotel bar

River-view banquettes, low rattan tables and a scattering of velvet pouffes make a sundowner-ready spot. Drop in for Harbour Hour (a G&T mixed from West Country spirits and cod-cheek scampi for £5), or try the Cornish Sling, a fruity blackberry-and-pineapple take on the Singaporean classic.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am (from 8am at the weekend). Order from the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus from noon to 9pm. Afternoon tea is on offer until 6pm; Sunday lunch until 5pm.

Room service

Order an in-room feast from the restaurant’s menu until 9pm, after which sandwiches and soup can sate any late hunger pangs.

Location

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Address
Fowey Harbour Hotel
Esplanade
Fowey
PL23 1HX
United Kingdom

There’s nothing but tranquil gardens and a pedestrian street separating Fowey Harbour Hotel from the town’s waterfront.

Planes

Newquay Airport, an hour’s drive away, has direct flights from around the UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Portugal and Spain.

Trains

Direct trains from London Paddington and Bristol stop at Par (a 10-minute drive away) and Lostwithiel stations (20 minutes away by car). Hotel staff will be happy to arrange a taxi.

Automobiles

Cornwall’s windswept coastal paths, secluded creeks and pretty villages make bringing your own wheels worthwhile.The drive from London takes roughly four and a half hours along the M4 and M5; limited parking spaces at the hotel are charged £10 a night and should be booked ahead.

Worth getting out of bed for

Linger over an impeccable afternoon tea on the hotel’s sunny terrace, or find your favourite local beer or gin at a laid-back guided tasting. For beach days, staff can loan out all the kit you need, from blankets and windbreaks to kites and buckets and spades. The closest sandcastle-building spot is the sheltered Readymoney Cove, overlooked by a ruined fort and edged with rockpools at low tide. Local walks run from woodland rambles to craggy coast-path hikes, while the four-mile, circular Hall Walk to Polruan route takes in two scenic ferry hops. Alternatively, charter a motor boat from Fowey Maritime, mooring up at a waterside pub or sandy secret cove. Further afield, it’s a 20-minute drive down to the Eden Project, where pineapples, orchids and tropical palms run riot in geodesic domes.  

Local restaurants

Claim a riverside table at Bufala, known for its sourdough pizzas and flawlessly sourced antipasti (don’t miss the creamy burrata, draped with salty slivers of prosciutto). Back on the seafront, Pintxo is worth seeking out: a tiny, convivial tapas bar, which punches well above its weight. Sip on manzanilla sherry as you ponder its persuasive menu, which runs from Ibérico ham croquetas to Manchego with orange-blossom honey. It’s worth booking in advance for the rightly hyped Fitzroy, owned by the duo behind London’s Primeur and Jolene. Its artfully pared-back small plates showcase standout local produce, from sweetbreads with artichoke purée to caper-laced Cornish brill.

Local cafés

The homely Brown Sugar Café is the place for brunch or cream tea (withclotted cream from Rodda’s, and tea from the Tregothnan estate). To sample the best crab sandwich in town, head to Captain Hank’s Crab & Snack Shack, a no-frills cabin by the harbour, whose tarragon-mayo-dipped crab bonbons have a firm following. Regulars swear by the Cornish pasties at Quay Bakery, baked fresh every day, while Lazy Jack’s Kitchen dispenses cones of Moomaid of Zennor’s locally made ice-cream. If it’s on the menu, savour a scoop of Shipwreck, with dulce de leche, honeycomb and a hint of sea salt. 

Local bars

Just across the river in Bodinnick, the Old Ferry Inn is full of character, with its bric-a-brac, banjo-strumming regulars and line-up of local ales. Back in Fowey, Sam’s Bar & Lounge is a low-lit, kitsch cocktail bar. Settle into a pink velvet banquette and take your pick from the list, which runs from expertly mixed martinis to the signature Samba (vodka, apple schnapps, Cornish apple juice and a kick of ginger).  

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the West Country and unpacked their walking boots and crabbing nets, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Fowey Harbour Hotel in Cornwall…

From its prime position on the estuary, Fowey Harbour Hotel commands fine views over a picturesque corner of the Cornish coastline. There are coves, woodlands and headlands to explore along this strikingly pretty stretch of the South West Coast Path, but you’d be forgiven for staying in. Once a tired Victorian stay, the hotel has been given a new lease of life with bright, airy rooms in whites and blues, a contemporary restaurant and bar, and a suntrap terrace for balmier days. Take your time savouring a leisurely lunch with sea views: sample the freshest Cornish seafood, or feast on cucumber sandwiches, oven-warm scones and generous dollops of clotted cream. Should post-prandial guilt strike you, a saunter through the tiered gardens, across the road and down a few steps will have you dipping a toe in bracing waters in no time. 

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