Golant's location makes it ideally situated for touring the south and north coasts, as well as wonderful places to visit and numerous pubs and restaurants for food and drink. Close by are golden sandy beaches, coves to explore, scenic coastal paths to walk, beautiful Cornish gardens, gastronomic restaurants, National Trust properties, quaint fishing villages, river trips, surfing, riding stables, boutique shopping, castles, steam railways, cycling, fly fishing, sailing, ample golf courses and the famed Eden Project just 10 minutes away.
Golant has around 120 dwellings with a population of circa 220 people. There is an excellent riverside pub (Fisherman's Arms) to enjoy lunch or dinner or a quiet drink as the river ebbs & flows. Or bring your boat as there are facilities for boat launching. The village offers an Art gallery displaying local artists work. The Saints Way Path is located in the village of Golant which provides spectacular scenery for walks along the river Fowey and leads to all the coastal paths. Along the path you will find a 13th century Parish Church dedicated to St Sampson.
Golant offers wonderful opportunities for sailing, boating, walking, hiking and nature enthusiasts. It is only 3 miles from the picturesque harbour town of Fowey, which can be reached by road (3 miles) or by boat (2 miles) along the beautiful River Fowey. The well known books "Tales of the Riverbank" & "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Graham were scribed by inspiration of a scenic boating trip from Fowey to Golant. Today you can take the same breathtaking trip from Fowey to Golant then onto Lerryn. Self drive hire boats, sailing, sea fishing, canoeing can all be arranged from the Town Quay at Fowey.
Golant is known for its river birds and is home to cormorants, egrets, mallards, swans, Canada geese, kingfishers and herons. Take a scenic river trip and see the wildlife or Daphne du Mauriers home, which is a mile down river from the village.
Beaches, sand castles and damming streams are a child's dream with Readymoney cove, Polkerris, Par Sands, Charlestown and Porthpean beaches, to name but a few, within the local area. Sunsets and stormy seas are spectacular. The stunning coast line is the finest in Cornwall, with numerous paths for walkers; or you can just stroll along the cliff tops with your binoculars for some bird watching.
If you’re lucky you might see a train that runs parallel to the river transporting cargoes of china clay to the waiting ships on the quays at Fowey.
Today most places are touched by the commercial world, yet Golant remains beautiful, quaint and antiqued to ensure and offer escapism.
Written by Louisa Winter – Owner of Property 406033 in Golant, Cornwall
Make a holiday rental home or self catering cottage in Golant, Cornwall your home away from home
Golant is a small village on the banks of the River Fowey in Cornwall, situated between St Austell and Polperro and a short drive from Bodmin and Wadebridge. Golant is bordered in the west by Lostwithiel and is less than two miles upstream from Polruan harbour. The Fowey River has inspired many artists and writers including Daphne du Mauriers and Kenneth Graham.
Golant is a lovely place for a holiday and there are many types of accommodation in the surrounding area including hotels, caravan parks and bed and breakfast establishments, but according to local estate agents and tourist information offices, self-catering accommodation is becoming more popular especially property like Cornish cottages and barn conversations.
The beauty of Cornwall is that you are rarely more than half an hour away from the other end of the county or from the City of Plymouth in Devon, so a self-catering holiday allows you the freedom to explore. Requesting a map from the local tourist board will help you when planning a holiday in a Cornish cottage. Cottages are usually a cheaper option than a hotel and have more of a homely feel about them.
Golant Carnival is held in the middle of August at the height of the tourist season so if you are planning to visit at this time of the year you will need to book your riverside cottage early to avoid disappointment.
The pub in Golant, the Fisherman's Arms has occasional live entertainment and hosts various activities such as the beer festival over the August bank holiday. It has stunning river views and is surrounded by birds and wildlife. The thirty-mile Saints Way coastal path runs from Padstow passing through Golant to Fowey and this acts as one of the watering holes along the way. Don't get caught out by the locals, as the Golant Gaffer is not the boss, it is a compact boat built in Golant.
Restormel Castle, the Eden Project and Pine Lodge Gardens are less than five miles from Golant and attractions within twenty miles include Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, The China Clay Country Park, British Cycling Museum, Newquay Zoo, Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro and Tintagel Castle. Helston, Liskeard and Launceston with its castle are towns very dissimilar from each other, but all worth a visit.
Seaside resorts, riverside locations and ports not to be missed when staying in a holiday cottage in Cornwall include St Mawes, Porthleven, Perranporth, Mousehole, Newlyn, Penryn, Penzance, Lizard, Looe, Mevagissey, Hayle, Bude and Falmouth. A holiday cottage in Golant is less than twenty miles from the beautiful Cornish gardens of Bosvigo, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Trewithen House Gardens and Nurseries, Caerhays Castle Gardens, Pencarrow and the Old Mill Herbary.
The climate in Golant is mild but unpredictable and you will find as you travel around that the north coast, it can be much cooler than inland.
Newquay, Plymouth and Exeter airports serve Golant and Par is the nearest main line station. National Express coaches stop at St Blazey, which is four miles away. Local bus services run from St. Blazey, St Austell, Par, Fowey and Tywardreath.