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Great gardens in Cornwall

May 17th, 2016

We are lucky to have some great gardens only a short drive from Fowey. From beachside canopies to tropical biomes, we’ve found our nearby favourites that we think you’ll really enjoy spending some time in…  Lost Gardens of Heligan Known as being ‘lost’ due to its period of inactivity and overgrowth during the Second World War, Heligan is a beautiful spot near Mevagissey, with acres of both productive plants and pleasure grounds, which you will not regret discovering. The shop […]

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Literary & Arts Festivals

April 26th, 2016

Fowey is a town steeped in history, bearing associations with the literary world due to its once-residing novelist, Daphne Du Maurier. Daphne spent many childhood holidays near Fowey, and in her adult life relocated to the beautiful town from London, continuing to write and gaining inspiration from Fowey and its surrounding area. Cornwall as a whole is also renowned for its thriving arts community, and has been home to numerous well-known poets, authors and artists, with plenty of the festivals […]

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Rainy day activities in and around Fowey

March 24th, 2016

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We know England isn’t exactly renowned for its hot, sunny days, but here in Cornwall there’s a multitude of things to do when the weather isn’t so great. Here are some great spots nearby to keep you busy, that don’t rely on sunshine and warm weather to enjoy yourself. Shopping Although small, don’t underestimate what Fowey has to offer, with numerous interesting shops and galleries to browse that line the narrow road winding it’s way through the town. Start from […]

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Spring walks in Fowey

March 18th, 2016

Fowey is surrounded by a beautifully rugged coastline and stretches of rural bliss, perfect for a seaside walk to soak up the views and sights that the area boasts. Whether you’d like a gentle stroll through the town, or a challenging coastal hike, we’ve rounded up our favourite walks to keep you busy and active during your stay with us. The South West Coastpath, image courtesy of Barnacle and Bird Photography and Visit Cornwall Walk 1 – Fowey to Bodinnick, Polruan and back […]

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We chat to Kieron from Brocante

February 19th, 2016

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We have been working with Kieron Cockley on the recent refurbishment of the hotel. Kieron and his partner own the interiors shop Brocante in Fowey, and they have a second shop in nearby Mevagissey. Kieron takes some time out of his day to chat to us about his approach to refreshing the rooms at The Old Quay House. Please tell us a little bit about your beautiful shop Brocante. In 2006, David and I were living in Manchester, but visiting […]

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Our pick: top festive events in Cornwall

November 13th, 2015

The following events bring together some of our favourite things about the festive season: great food, traditional Christmas markets and atmospheric settings. Read on for our top picks. Christmas at Lanhydrock There’s no better time of year to visit Lanhydrock than in the winter. You can enjoy a walk around the stunning grounds or visit the house, which is open everyday during December expect Christmas Day. Children can also meet Father Christmas on select days and receive a magical gift. Trereife Christmas Gift Fair, […]

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Things to do in Cornwall this autumn

October 20th, 2015

An autumn stay at The Old Quay House is completely different to one in the more hectic summer months, but there’s no less going on. Here’s a list of our favourite things to do in and around Fowey as the weather gets colder and the nights draw in. Visit Restormel Castle Blow the cobwebs off with a walk round Restormel, a well-preserved 13th century circular castle which sits above the River Fowey. Open until 1st November, there are some great views from […]

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A few of our favourite things to do and see in Cornwall this summer

June 25th, 2015

The summer months are a busy time in Cornwall, with lots of events taking place, and activities to try out. Here are just a few of our favourite picks for the coming weeks. GWR Polo on the Beach Now in its ninth year, the three day polo festival at Watergate Bay takes place this weekend. The event includes three high-goal matches, Segway polo, equestrian stunt displays, a dog show on the Sunday, and delicious food and drink. GWR Polo on […]

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Fowey Festival highlights

May 8th, 2015

This weekend sees the start of Fowey Festival of Words & Music which runs from Saturday 9 May to Saturday 16 May. There are lots of events taking place, some ticketed and others entirely free. We have picked out a few of the week’s events we particularly like the sound of. Saturday 9 May Poldark Novels. A panel of experts including writer Debbie Horsfield and Dr Andrew Graham will be discussing the new BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels which aired this spring […]

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Cornwall’s best scenic drives

April 22nd, 2015


The Cornish peninsula is something of a natural wonder, and we’re often asked about the county’s best scenic drives. From day trips around the coast to rural ramblings, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring Cornwall by car. After much deliberation, we’ve decided on our three favourite excursions. There may be a few winding lanes along the way, but we promise it’s all worth it for the beautiful views. The Roseland The Roseland is wonderfully unspoilt, and with […]

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