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OVERVIEW

This upmarket waterside retreat - previously a seamen's mission - retains much of its original character, offering a backdrop to relax over champagne, seafood and striking river vistas in one of Cornwall's liveliest and well-heeled harbour towns. Dine over a modern British menu brimming with experimental dishes and served in style, using local ingredients.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated on the south Cornish coast, in the heart of Fowey's bustling Fore Street, The Old Quay House provides a prime waterside retreat on the Fowey estuary. Take a foot-ferry from the harbour across the river to the small fishing village of Polruan, or wander the narrow streets full of galleries, crafts, cafes and local artisan producers.

By car: Fowey is around 5 hours from London, 3 hours from Bristol and 1 hour 30 mins from Exeter. The hotel can supply you with a parking permit for the Harbour Commissioners Car Park (about 800 yards from the hotel). Permit cost is included in the room rate.

By train: London Paddington to Par takes around 4 hours. The station is an 11-minute drive from the hotel. Par is also serviced by Great Western Railways trains from Penzance (1 hr), Plymouth (50 mins), and Exeter St David's (1 hr 55 mins). Book trains to Par.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Built in 1889, this boutique townhouse was originally a seamen's mission and has been subtly redesigned to create a homely and elegant ambience that ties in with the surrounding seascape. Think contemporary styling in natural materials, including oak wood, with a tonal palette of grey and pale blue hues juxtaposed with traditional architecture.

THE FACILITIES

The friendly and enthusiastic teamwork ensures your stay is enjoyable within the hotel's restaurant, terrace, and lobby-bar area. Kick back on one of the fireside sofas, designed for relaxation, before sipping cocktails on the terrace leading to the water's edge, with staggering views towards the wooded banks of Pont Pill Creek and out to sea.

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Terrace

  • Adults-only
  • Parking nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The Old Quay House boasts 13 beautifully styled bedrooms designed to create a calming environment in harmony with the landscape. The rooms are fit for lounging with large comfortable beds, made up with luxurious goose-down duvets and Egyptian-cotton sheets.

Room types: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, The Loft Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathrooms with The White Company toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, waterproof jackets, umbrella, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Toast your harbourside stay with a glass of something enticing from the well-crafted cocktail menu before indulging in freshly prepared seafood, locally reared meats and vegetarian dishes. Head chef Richard Massey's seasonal menu uses native ingredients such as Fowey river mussels, local scallops, West Country beef and Cornish cheeses.

The restaurant: relaxed dining, West Country produce, fresh seafood, seasonal, contemporary dishes, and cocktails. Open every day for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Lunch mains from £16, two-course dinner £37.50, five courses £45.

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