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Cornwall hotel review: The delights of the newly restored Fowey Harbor Hotel

I rarely need an excuse to visit Fowey. This pretty harbor town on the south Cornish coast has a Riviera feel, exquisite views, bustling streets filled with independent galleries, decent shops and restaurants, and small coves and beaches nearby.

It can be pricey – it’s one of the UK’s top five most expensive seaside towns for fish and chips – but it’s worth being here.

The Fowey Harbor Hotel is perfectly located for exploring the city. The newly restored massive cream-and-white Victorian building towers over the Esplanade, and commands impressive views from its rooms, wraparound terrace, and bi-level gardens — the lower one just steps from the water.

Harbor View: The view from the bar at Fowey Harbor Hotel, located in the pretty town of Fowey on the south Cornish coast

According to Vicki, the newly restored solid cream and white Victorian building is perfectly placed to explore the city

According to Vicki, the newly restored solid cream and white Victorian building is perfectly placed to explore the city

Despite a rack of rubber boots, the foyer creates a surprisingly exotic vibe. Monkeys climb the wallpaper and swing, alongside parrots and toucans, from the rattan light near the elevator shaft in the Moroccan-tiled hallway.

Ceiling fans and palm-leaf wallpaper, artwork, and even Hibiki Japanese whiskey behind the well-stocked bar have a touch of the Orient, while water views confirm our Cornish location.

Stepping into our large superior sea view room will make you feel as fresh as a sea breeze, with blue and white décor. It’s coastal without the cliches, except you can really hear the waves lapping.

“Many of the hotel’s 37 rooms have harbor views, and even on a gloomy day it would be easy to spend hours there…just looking at it,” Vicki writes.

Vicki says the hotel's decor creates a

Vicki says the hotel’s decor creates a “surprisingly exotic vibe,” from the rattan light fixtures to the Moroccan-tiled hallway

The Fowey Harbor Hotel offers impressive views from its wraparound terrace, pictured above.  B&B double rooms at the hotel are priced at £125 per night

The Fowey Harbor Hotel offers impressive views from its wraparound terrace, pictured above. B&B double rooms at the hotel are priced at £125 per night

French doors with full-height shutters let in lots of light and draw us back to that beautiful harbor view.

The large high bed has a chic blue and white ikat style headboard in a William Yeoward fabric and a generous plumpness of cushions.

Bright, white and classically styled in marble, the bathroom has a double sink vanity unit and an over-bath shower with Bramley toiletries.

Most of the hotel’s 37 rooms have harbor views, and even when the weather is gloomy, it would be easy to spend hours sitting on the bedroom’s lovely sofa watching it while getting stuck in gin and Free sherry – a bonus for all guests.

Sea bream caught earlier in the day and a hearty version of affogato are the hotel restaurant's standout dishes (pictured), says Vicki

Sea bream caught earlier in the day and a hearty version of affogato are the hotel restaurant’s standout dishes (pictured), says Vicki

Vicki writes that Fowey has a

Vicki writes that Fowey has a “Riviera atmosphere, exquisite views, bustling streets filled with independent galleries, boutiques and decent restaurants”

According to Vicki, Fowey has a lot of

According to Vicki, Fowey has plenty of ‘little coves and beaches’ worth visiting, including Readymoney Cove (pictured)

Taking advantage of the good weather, Vicki set off to explore the surroundings of the castle of Sainte-Catherine, photographed, during her stay

Taking advantage of the good weather, Vicki set out to explore the surroundings of the Sainte-Catherine castle, photographed, during her stay

But, blessed with good weather, we started our day lazing on the terrace outside our room before a fun afternoon of walking the dog (they are welcome at the hotel) and exploring the area above from Readymoney Cove and around St Catherine’s Castle.

I’d recommend booking a parking space at the hotel – spaces are limited and unfortunately cost £10 a night – or risk the busy but cheaper city car park a two-minute drive away.

On our return we find service a joy in both the bar and restaurant, where sea bream caught earlier in the day and a hearty version of affogato are the stars. Many menu ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal.

It was a treat to go to bed early and wake up to the sound of waves and fishing boats heading into the ocean.

And after tearing ourselves away from that postcard view of the harbour, the breakfast offerings included a full English version as well as a vegetarian version with grilled halloumi.


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