The Lookout Gin Bar has fantastic views overlooking our gardens and the river, with a menu offering a range of sandwiches, lighter meals and snacks. You can also dine al fresco with family and friends on our terrace, or just relax with your favourite glass of chilled Gin.

Fowey elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons until the Reform Act 1832 stripped it of its representation as a rotten borough, it having lost its borough corporation a few years before.[11] It was restored as a municipal borough in 1913, and then was merged with the nearby and much larger St Austell in 1968 to form the borough of St Austell with Fowey. This was itself in 1974 replaced with the Restormel Borough, which was replaced by Cornwall Council in 2009.[12]

Fowey (i/ˈfɔɪ/ FOY; Cornish: Fowydh, meaning 'Beech Trees'[1]) is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall, England. The town has been in existence since before 1300; the estuary of the River Fowey forms a natural harbour which enabled the town to become an important trading centre. Privateers also made use of the sheltered harbourage. The Lostwithiel and Fowey Railway brought China clay here for export.

Portloe is the living reality of a Cornish fishing village. The boats unload lobster, crab and other fish. Pretty cottages cluster around the harbour and stretch up the valley on both sides....

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Pleasant village with square on Lizard Peninsula. 400 shipwreck victims of nearby Manacles Reef buried in churchyard. The birthplace of two Cornish rebellions. Annual Ox Roast in August. Beaches at Porthallow, Housel Bay and Kennack Sands. Nature trails at Tregellast Barton farm. .

Family Beach - ideal Family day out.

Rough Tor Rugged moorland terrain, with pre historic settlements

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Fowey is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall, England. It is at the entrance to a large flooded valley created after the last ice age by the melt waters that caused the sea level to rise dramatically, creating a large natural harbour which is navigable for its last seven miles.[15] [16]

Notable for its British Telecom Earth Satellite Earth Station (note that the BT visitor centre has been closed), prehistoric monuments and barrows, and national nature reserve of 103 acres, habitat of rare heathers. Wind farm.

Looe - Family beach holidays and Fishing Port

A small sandy beach only accessible at low tide.

We are currently recruiting for full and part time positions for in our busy Spinnakers Restaurant,

Lining the main Fore Street you will find many small, independent shops selling unusual gifts, artwork, clothing and books. If you’re a foodie then Fowey is home to many bistros, cafes and restaurants where you’ll find menus offering the best in local produce – Fowey River mussels are a highlight.

The 4 star Fowey Hotel with its 2AA rosette Spinnaker Restaurant and Drawing Room offers an ideal choice of venue…

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Things to do in Fowey 

A doctors' surgery called the 'Fowey River Practice' is situated in Rawlings Lane, and is part of a group including two other surgeries in the Fowey River Practice group, which are situated at Par and Polruan.[31]

Our elegant 2 AA rosette Spinnakers Restaurant offers a Table d’Hôte menu, highlighting Mark’s passion for fusing fabulous local ingredients…

The BIG Sheep is firmly established as one of the UKs most innovative and exciting family attractions. Hilarious and entertaining shows include the World Famous sheep racing, complete with woolly jockeys, Horse Whispering, Dog and Duck Trials. Plus, a great selection of slides and imaginative soft play climbing areas, tumble towers, mazes and obstacles in our MASSIVE indoor playarea

Little ones love the Giant Pasty ceremony, in which the iconic pasty arrives by boat from Polruan – as well as magicians, the crab catching contest and a visit from Newquay Zoo. For the more active there’s a fun run, harbour swimming races, gig racing and raft race. And the town’s Flora Dance sees everyone dressed in white and bedecked with flowers, dancing though the town accompanied by a band (part of an ancient fertility ritual).

One hundred yards west of the lighthouse on the west of the harbour entrance, about thirty feet below the top of the cliff edge and broadly concealed, is a small grass area known as "Johnny May's Chapel". This name is believed to be that of a Methodist preacher at the time when Nonconformism was persecuted.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan consist of over 80 acres of magnificent gardens, which until 1991 were lost and forgotten under seventy years of ivy, bramble, laurel and fallen timber.

Self Drive Boat Hire - Canoe Hire on the River Fowey

Fowey has thrived as a port for hundreds of years, initially as a trading and naval town, then as the centre for china clay exports. Today Fowey is busy with trawlers and yachts. Tourism is also an important source of income, contributing £14m to the local economy and accounting for more than half of the jobs in the town.[21]

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We offer a choice of dining options, whether you want to treat yourself to a gourmet 3-course experience or enjoy more informal fare in our Lookout Bar.


During the summer months, Fowey Town Hall houses a museum and a small aquarium. The port has an interesting history and was the major port on the south coast of Cornwall during the fourteenth century. More recently, it was the main centre for the export of china clay from the area. Many properties in Fowey and the surrounding area were owned by the Rashleigh family. The town boasts many craft shops, galleries and restaurants.

We stock a great selection of books, maps and guides so you can plan your perfect holiday. Call in and see us when you arrive in Fowey.

Brown Willy - the highest point in Cornwall.

Fowey is a bustling small port which still has a busy commercial life in addition to providing attractive moorings for leisure boats. Its harbour is flanked by fourteenth century blockhouses, one in Fowey and one on the opposite side of the river in Polruan, from which chains were once suspended to close the harbour mouth. Polruan blockhouse may be visited on foot. There is a good view from there of the remains of Fowey blockhouse, which is not open to visitors.

Not far away, in a lay-by on the left side of the A3082 road into Fowey is the Tristan Stone, a sixth century inscribed monolith believed to be the burial stone of Tristan, son of King Mark of Cornwall. The stone dates back to the 6th century. Restormel Castle at nearby Lostwithiel is also worth a visit.

Fowey was the main port for loading ammunition for the US 29th Division that landed on Omaha Beach on D Day during the Second World War.[8] There was a munitions siding at Woodgate Pill just north of Fowey, originally built for the Great War conflict.[9]

Vaults Beach a large remote shingle beach with some sand at low tide - National Trust parking close by

Take a look at the wide range of activities in the area - many are waterbased, including boat trips, kayaking, watersports and fishing. The area offers fantastic walking and cycling and of course some beautiful beaches. We are close to some of Cornwall's most stunning gardens including The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Fowey is… tucked away on the picturesque south coast of Cornwall, which enjoys milder weather than most of the UK. The River Fowey is one of the deepest rivers in the world and is often visited by large cruise ships, including The World, together with other large sailing vessels.

Our Standard Rooms are styled individually and comfortably furnished.  Many have wonderful sea views which you can choose to upgrade to.

At the time of the 2001 census, Fowey had a population of 2,273. This had increased slightly at the 2011 census to 2,395[17] The Fowey electoral ward had a population of 4,690 in 2011.[18]

The Royal Fowey Yacht Club is based on the harbour front.[28] A Pilot Gig Rowing Club races in and around Cornwall, with an event at Fowey being held the same week as the Regatta. The club launches from Caffa Mill slip.[29] Fowey Golf Club was founded in 1894 and continued until the late 1940s.[30]