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Fowey River Views
A beautiful holiday home on the waters edge in Fowey, Cornwall
Fowey, a picturesque ancient town and port, welcomes visitors and has lots
to offer - riverside cafes and restaurants serving delicious food,
characterful pubs, galleries displaying local art, delightful shops and
sandy beaches are all within easy walking distance
of River Views. Boat trips can be enjoyed on the river Fowey which
is home to many birdlife, seals and even dolphins. Wonderful walks can be found
right from the door along the glorious National Trust coastlines
and close by are The Eden Project, fabulous National Trust houses such as
Lanhydrock and the
Fowey is located on the south coast of Cornwall, please see the maps below.
Fowey offers some very special events throughout the year, including the Fowey Festival of Words & Music (formally know as the DuMaurier festival) in May, Fowey Royal Regatta Week in August and the Christmas Market in December. The Eden Sessions are summer concerts in June and July.
Fowey has attracted many artistic types over the years from Daphne Du Maurier and Kenneth Grahame, who drew inspiration from the River Fowey for Wind in the Willows, (see the events guide below for 'Wind in the WIllows' river trips) to our more recent residents of TV & stage!
The largest beach in Fowey is Readymoney Cove, with a permanent swimming raft in the summer months, it's great fun for all the family. Whitehouse beach disappears completely at high tide, but is a little quieter than Readymoney, with a seawater filled children's paddling pool in the summer months. A little more of a walk away (or a short drive) is Coombe Beach, which is normally quiet with just a few locals knowing it's whereabouts (check out the guide in the apartment for 'hidden beaches'). Crabbing and rock pooling are always great fun too!
There is much to do in the area. River Views is only 6 miles from the world renowned Eden Project. The magnificent Lanhydrock House (National Trust) is only 9 miles away and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are 15 miles away. Antony House where the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland was filmed is 24 miles away. Padstow, Falmouth and St. Ives are within easy reach for a day out, if you fancy exploring further afield.
There are some fine walks in the area that take in the fantastic views around the Cornish coast line. We like to cross the river on the ferry, then pick up "Hall Walk" along the cliff path to Polruan, returning to Fowey by passenger Ferry. The Saints Way and South West Coast Path are also popular - pack a pasty and a good map and start exploring!
Guided walks run from Easter to end of October 2016, every Tuesday (11.00am-1.00pm) from the Town Quay (pre-book through the Tourist Information Centre).
The Fowey to Mevagissey ferry runs from May through September and offers a really good day out, either to Mevagissey or via Mevagissey to Heligan Gardens, on the fast, fun and scenic 35 minute boat ride. The trip is across open sea - so can be weather dependent - and provides an opportunity, if you are lucky, to see dolphins, basking sharks and diving gannets.
Small motor boats and kayaks are available for hire in Fowey harbour in the summer months. This is a great way to see the town from the perspective of the river.
For any keen fishers, bass, mackerel, whiting and pollack can be found in the waters of the River Fowey (restrictions apply).
Cycle hire - there are some great cycle routes in Cornwall (a favourite of ours is to park in Wadebridge and cycle the Camel Trail into Padstow - much nicer than driving and parking there!). Here are a couple of our favourite hire shops:
Sam's - this lively popular restaurant with an 'American diner meets Cornish sea food' feel is a great place to hang out (there used to be a waiting list to work here!). They don't take bookings, and at busy times you may be propping up the bar for a little while, but it's well worth the wait.
The Old Quay House
- a little more pricey, great for a special occasion. Great views over
the water and a lovely terrace to
enjoy on a warm summers evening.
You won't find any 'Golden Arches' in Fowey (Sams do great burgers though)!
See eatoutcornwall.com for more ideas and restaurant reviews.
Trip Advisor Fowey Restaurant Reviews
The Ship Inn - a traditional pub that serves food. It's quite small inside and can get a bit cramped in the summer months.
The King of Prussia - an unusual name with many theories of its origin. Up the steps from the Town Quay, it's been modernised in recent years and also serves food.
The Galleon - Fowey's largest pub, completely refurbished several years ago with a large conservatory and a terrace over-looking the river.
The Lugger - a traditional pub, serving great value good food.
Brocante - have some lovely furniture and decorative items for the home, along with jewellry, bags, pictures and much more (my favourite shop in Fowey!).
Sea salt and Fat Face are great for holiday wear.
There are many shops selling traditional (& variations of) pasties. The Cornish signature dish, originally thought to originate from the tin miners (when they contained meat & veg in one end and pudding in the other!) and as they say down here, these pasties are 'proper job' with real steak and vegetables, locally made and fresh. You'll find it tough not to eat them every day!
Fowey Coffee Shops
The Lifebuoy - Fab food and friendly service in this small but delightful cafe.
Brown Sugar - serving great coffee and delicious cakes, right in the centre of town. The "Big One" for breakfast is highly recommended.
Fowey Hotel Tea Gardens - an amazing location, watch the boats in the harbour whilst you indulge in a Cornish Cream Tea (we prefer jam first then the cream on top!). Enjoy the beautiful new willow structures in the garden.
Fowey has a butchers, a couple of bakers (the Quay Bakery is a favourite of ours), a small pharmacy, newsagents (with small post office services) and Tourist Information office.
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