About the Owners
We have lived in Fowey for many years andhave really enjoyed the renovating properties to provide a high level of comfort for our guests. Being local we manage the cleaning, changeover and maintenance of the Smugglers Cottage ourselves and are very happy to answer any questions you may have about the accommodation or local area before or during your stay. We are sure that if you visit Magical Smugglers Cottage that it will enable you to enjoy the best that Fowey has to offer!
Pete & Ali Siddall
Fowey and Surrounding Area
Fowey, with its narrow streets and charming cottages winding their way down to one of the most beautiful harbours in Cornwall. There are a variety of shops (clothes, butchers, deli and bakery as well as the usual gift shops), 8 restaurants, 5 pubs, 2 post offices, 3 Art Galleries and a Tourist Office. Across the harbour from Fowey the picturesque village of Polruan clings to the cliff side of Fowey. Also to be seen across the estuary is Bodinnick and Ferry Side, the house where Daphne du Maurier wrote her first book ‘The Loving Spirit’. These can be reached by the use of the passenger ferry (to Polruan) or the car and passenger Ferry (to Bodinnick).
Fowey devotes a festival of Arts and Literature to Daphne in May. This includes walks around sites associated with her novels. One of the most famous being The Rebecca Walk which takes you close to Menabily House set in the woods behind Polridmouth Cove. The house, where she lived, provided the inspiration for Mandalay where her novel ‘Rebecca’ was set. Unfortunately neither the house nor grounds are open to the public. But you can see the boat house and explore the cove. The festival also includes talks by well known literary speakers and novelists.
Another huge attraction in Fowey is The Royal Regatta, and exciting seven days of sailing races, carnival, torchlight dinghy procession on the estuary and fireworks. Fowey Regatta Week, usually the third week in August, is a magnificent spectacle and provides on the central points in the sailing calendar.
River and estuary boat trips are available from the Town Quay, as is small motor boat hire. There is also a ferry which runs from Fowey – Whitehouse Quay – to Mevagissey across St Austell Bay.
The countryside around Fowey offers many beautiful walks, including The Saints’ Way, if you are feeling adventurous. Easier walks include a visit up to St Catherine’s Castle on the cliff top just above Fowey. This can be reached via Readymoney Beach, a beautiful cove to the south of the town.
For further info go to www.fowey.co.uk/
Beaches near Fowey
Readymoney – Fowey – beautiful sandy beach
Polkerris – beautiful sandy beach with pub & restaurant and sporting facilities (www.polkerrisbeach.com)
Pridmouth – beautiful unspoilt beach next to private lake
Porthpean – good beach with sailing club
Par Sands – big beach overlooking St Austell bay
There two excellent golf courses nearby at
Carlyon Bay www.carlyongolf.com/
Other places of interest
Eden Project – A living theatre of plants in a superb set of modern Biomes.
Pine Lodge Garden & Nursery – A six acre garden with the largest collection of plants (over 6000) in the South West.
Lost Gardens of Heligan – Over 100 acres of gardens that have been restored to how they were 400 years ago; these include a walled garden with a pineapple house, a jungle area, estate walks and there is now a bird hide with cameras.
Golant – A small village on the Fowey Estuary with a Gallery, pub, The Fisherman’s Arms, and a hotel, The Cormorant, which has a restaurant with views over the river and is open to non Resident
Charleston – The village is really worth a visit, it is the oldest Cornish Port built for commercial use and the dock often houses at least one or more Square Rig sailing ships, which sometimes can be seen being roped in or out of the very small harbour entrance at high tides. It has a Pub, Hotel, a Wine bar and a very good restaurant Wreckers
Charleston Shipwreck and Heritage Centre – A wonderful collection of relics and artefacts from the sea, together with the story of Charleston itself.