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Review: Fowey Hall Hotel

A grand mansion overlooking the fabulous Fowey estuary, this luxury family retreat is perfect for couples, friends, or a solitary break.

I visited the Fowey Hall Hotel in May 2021 and my room named ‘Hoskins’ cost £619 with breakfast included.

Address

Fowey Hall Hotel
Hanson Dr
Fowey
PL23 1ET

Contact

T: 01726 833866
W: foweyhallhotel.co.uk

Fowey Hall Hotel Overview

The striking Victorian hotel is perfectly positioned to explore the picturesque coastal town of Fowey. The location and sea air scream leisure and holiday mode. Sat overlooking the fishing and sailing ports, with enviable views of the south Cornish coast, the hotel is moments by foot to olde worlde pubs, quirky gift shops, traditional Cornish bakeries and more.

Fowey Hall Hotel

There’s plenty to do in situ but if you’re not pressed for time, take the Boddonick ferry by car and visit pretty nearby village – Polperro.

Décor and vibe

The imposing building is said to have inspired the creation of Toad Hall – the grand abode of the lovable character Mr. Toad, from children’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Refurbished last July, the unique interior is a mix of original furniture with artwork and hand carved wooden furniture sourced from local craftsman, proudly promoting Cornish produce.

Although primarily a luxury hotel fit for families, couples can enjoy the dining room options, with one for adults only, plus a long terrace to eat and drink outside which takes in serene views. Set within five acres of inviting, well-kept, grounds that beckon you to take a stroll, it’s a bonus that your prized pooches are welcome in this dog friendly hotel.

Children are spoilt for choice (and kept occupied) with elaborate hand-carved garden play equipment. There’s a cosy library, a games room with retro arcade machines, nursery with childcare, cinema room and a quaint on-site shop selling local artisan gifts.The environment both inside and out is refined yet relaxed.

Services and facilities 

  • Room service
  • Pool
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Fitness centre and spa
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant and bar
  • OFSTED registered creche and babysitting

Rooms (and suites)

Though each room is individual, the theme is cool, calming grey and blue walls and tiles, injected with bright bursts of yellow and orange chairs and cushions. The family rooms’ children’s quarters exhibit quirky toy dog characters fixed to the wall with fun attire such as glasses and even a smoking pipe, to make you smile.

There are children’s books to read in these rooms, borrowed from the local library and rotated. Restored antique furniture is contrasted against contemporary bespoke wallpaper. Of the 36 rooms there are 12 family rooms, featuring interconnecting bedrooms.

A good night’s sleep is guaranteed on top of a luxury mattress from The White Company. Opt for a room with a sea view and sink into a comfy chair to take it all in.

Elemis toiletries compliment the modern, stylish bathrooms and, in-keeping with increasingly environmentally aware guests, the coffee machines use plastic-free compostable capsules. To be in one of these rooms is to sense the history of the house while feeling the modernity of the interior design.

Food and drink at Fowey Hall Hotel

The hotel team certainly make use of the produce on the hotel’s doorstep with a seasonally changing ‘Market Menu’. Expect to find ingredients such as Fowey mussels, Cornish brie and new potatoes, Treleavens ice cream, fudge from the shop down the road, fresh fish collected from the fish market by the chef every morning and incredible Da Bara Bakery pastries.

The friendly knowledgable staff are passionate about the locality of the produce and are on-hand to guide you through the menu options. For dinner I had crostini topped with Cornish crab, followed by perfectly cooked local Mevagissey lemon sole, fennel salad, roasted Cornish new potatoes, East Coast brown shrimp butter and concluded with a Cornish cheese platter.

Nibbles are available throughout the day, ranging from a traditional afternoon tea accompanied by the famous Cornish clotted cream to a healthy platter of hummus and crudités.

More information about Fowey Hall Hotel

Prices: Spring/Summer from £279 per night B&B basis; Low Season from £179 per night B&B basis. For more information and bookings, visit the hotel website at foweyhallhotel.co.uk.

Fowey Hall Hotel