“Serene hotel with delicious food and an idyllic seafront setting in the heart of pretty Fowey”
Accommodation is split into 4 categories - see Rates for full details. Décor ranges from wicker-laden rustic in some rooms to sleek monochrome in others, but all are a good size, with large bathrooms, calming colours and lots of natural light. Amenities are hidden away to maintain an airy, uncluttered feel, so you’ll find small kettles and TVs in wardrobes, and milk in fridges out on the landings.
Prices vary according to view, and it’s definitely worth paying extra for one of the rooms at the back, which overlook the water. Our Deluxe Room had French doors opening onto a picturesque vista across the estuary, and we loved watching bobbing boats from our huge bed. Superior Rooms (some with small balconies) have partial estuary views, while Classic Rooms face the street. There’s also a Penthouse Suite, which has the feel of a New York loft with its separate lounge, panoramic views and decadent in-room tub, though low eaves mean the bed is a mattress on the floor.
The restaurant was packed during our visit - a testimony to the quality of the food and the beauty of the setting. Large doors open onto the waterside terrace, and blankets mean you can drink and dine outside long into the evening. Menus fuse British and international influences, with plenty of fish and seafood, as well as meat and vegetarian options. Ingredients are local and seasonal, and some are even foraged by Head Chef Ben Bass. Delights for us included sweet and succulent scallops, smoked duck with shallot jam, pork loin, and a coconut and lemongrass panacotta - all very tasty indeed.
Breakfast is equally delicious, with a wide choice of continental options (including heavenly granola pots and mix-your-own muesli). Cooked dishes are also included in the price (eggs Benedict, the Full Cornish). Come afternoon, the breakfast bar is transformed into a ‘treat cupboard’ where you can indulge your inner child with all manner of cakes and sweets, and the bar is always open for cream tea, wine and cocktails.