Fowey is a cargo port, parish and small town at the mouth of the River Fowey in Cornwall. It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and has been the inspiration for many authors including Kenneth Graham, Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. You may have watched the BBC television program, "Three Men In More Than One Boat", filmed in the area.
Fowey is at the end of Saints Way, a well-marked twenty-six mile footpath running from Padstow to Fowey. Foot ferries cross the river to Polruan and there is a vehicle ferry to Bodinnick. This beautiful area's population swells in the summer months with a vast influx of holiday makers and this is the reason there are many hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast (b&b), camping, establishments and holiday homes in the area.
However the most popular type of accommodation these days is self catering as it is less expensive than a hotel, gives you more freedom than guest house and is a lot more comfortable than spending your holidays sleeping in a tent. Holiday cottages give you so much more space and you have the choice whether you want to eat in or out and at a time that suits you and your family.
Cottages in Fowey Cornwall make a great base to explore all of Cornwall. If you are planning a holiday at one of Fowey's festival times, you will need to book early, as there is a great demand for self catering Fowey cottages at these times. Festivals in Fowey include the Fowey Fringe Festival, the Christmas Market, the acoustic music festive, the regatta in August and the Daphne du Maurier Festival of Art and Literature in May.
Fishermen, yachtsmen, walkers, horse riders, swimmers, golfers, and water sports enthusiasts alike enjoy the Fowey estuary. It has lots of old Cornish taverns, restaurants and antique shops. It is lovely to explore the literary, industrial and naval history of Fowey or to just amble through the narrow streets past the old cottages and taverns.
One popular legend is that Jesus visited Fowey as a child, alongside Joseph of Arimathea who had a commercial interest in the local mines. St Saviours Cross at the rivers mouth commemorates this alleged visit and is maintained by the monks of Tywardreath. Another historical landmark is the ruin of St Catherine's Castle.
There is a beach at Readymoney Cove but you might want to travel further a field to the popular surfing beaches on the north coast of Cornwall such as Perranporth, Newquay, Polzeath and Bude. When you rent a holiday cottage in Fowey, you are never more than an hours drive from anywhere in Cornwall, so it is easy to reach towns like Falmouth, Looe, Penryn, Penzance and the cathedral city of Truro.
Fowey enjoys one of the mildest climates in Britain but the weather can be unpredictable and coastal areas in Cornwall are prone to sea mists and may feel slightly cooler.
Newquay and Plymouth airports serve Fowey, Plymouth the nearest port and the nearest mainline stations are at Par and St Austell. First Devon and Cornwall buses operate a regular service from the stations to Fowey and throughout Cornwall."