Travel review: Fowey Hall Hotel
Situated in the idyllic harbour town of Fowey (pronounced Foy) on the southern coast of Cornwall, Fowey Hall Hotel is the perfect Cornish hideaway for that much-needed UK staycation.
The verdict: 8/10
Originally built as a Victorian mansion, Fowey Hall Hotel retains the character and charm of a coastal manor with the relaxed atmosphere of a country home.
It's well equipped to cater for families and its unique vantage point makes for spectacular views across the harbour and beyond.
- Luxury accommodation in a sensitively-restored coastal manor set in a beautiful location
- Great service
- The perfect place to get away from it all
Fowey Hall Hotel is perched above the estuary in the Cornish coastal town of Fowey, a small fishing area that offers visitors a taste of traditional Cornish life. It boasts boutiques, galleries, artisan shops, traditional riverside pubs and, of course, plenty of Cornish cream teas.
The hotel is a short walk from the town centre and, if you're after a beach, you can easily get to the local sandy cove at Readymoney on foot too.
If you're driving, or willing to brave public transport, it's within easy reach of several excellent attractions in Cornwall such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the popular Eden Project.
Part of the appeal of Fowey is that, while it's tucked out of the way on Cornwall's south coast, it's still fairly well connected by road, air and rail. We flew from Heathrow to Newquay and the hotel was a 35-minute taxi ride from the airport.
As you'd expect from a Victorian mansion, the rooms at Fowey Hall Hotel are luxuriously appointed. All rooms are generously sized and come with comfortable king size beds, a table and chairs, and even a balcony. The bathrooms are large and open plan with both a rain shower and a bath.
There are no self-catering apartments at the resort, but it's possible to book adjoining rooms for larger families who also want some privacy.
On the ground floor, the rooms open out onto an exterior terrace with sun loungers and irresistible views across the harbour and out towards the Celtic Sea.
Activities for the kids: 8/10
This family-friendly hotel has a good range of facilities for children of all ages.
Firstly, there's the Four Bears Den day crèche, which has toys, games and dressing up costumes to keep little ones entertained. Open daily from 10:15am to 4:45pm, it offers guests up to two hours of free childcare every day. This can be extended by arrangement.
The spa features an indoor heated pool that is open to children for most of the day (8am to 9am and 6:30pm to 8pm is exclusively for adults) and there’s also a games room with table football, a Nintendo Wii and a cinema with a decent selection of films to choose from.
If you’re a fan of seafood, then you’re in for a treat. Fowey Hall Hotel's menu is a blend of traditional cuisine and continental dishes. All the fish is caught locally, and you’ll be blown away by the variety and quality of the catch.
During our stay, we tried the hake, sea bass, salmon, crab, lobster, mussels and turbot. Every fish is filleted, pan-fried, grilled and garnished with a finely-prepared sauce. The subtlety in flavours and presentation were first rate at every meal.
Services and facilities: 10/10
The staff are attentive, friendly and professional, and display a huge attention to detail at all times.
They took genuine interest in our comfort and wellbeing and went out of their way to make our stay feel special, particularly as we were also celebrating a birthday. We were welcomed with a box of chocolates and a handwritten birthday note.
Services and facilities include:
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, massage rooms, pool and hot tub
- Room service
Value for money: 8/10
Fowey Hall Hotel exudes character and old-world charm. There’s a real sense of occasion upon arrival so the high-ticket price tag comes as no surprise.
But, if you're after a luxury resort that offers a relaxing break in a delightful Cornish setting, then this could well be worth it.
When to go
We went in mid-June and the weather was a mixed bag of cloudy and sunny days – still warm, however, at over 18 degrees (64°F) each day.
If the weather is less-than-appealing, the hotel has a couple of open fireplaces that make for a very sumptuous and cosy environment for spending a little time indoors.
Where to book
Accommodation can be booked through the Fowey Hall Hotel website.