Destination guide

Experience Cornwall with Fowey holiday lets

Fowey is a charismatic holiday town filled with cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses and atmospheric pubs. It's set on the banks of the River Fowey and is a great base for exploring the south-east corner of Cornwall. Spend your days basking on sandy beaches, walking in the countryside and discovering centuries of local history. Planning a getaway to South West England? From romantic waterfront apartments to spacious family cottages, Fowey holiday rentals promise a local experience in Cornwall.


Discover historic Cornwall with Fowey holiday rentals

Saint Catherine's Castle, perched on a rocky cape, offers a glimpse of the reign of Henry VIII. Today, you can explore the 16th-century artillery fort, climb up onto the ramparts and enjoy sweeping views over the Fowey Estuary. You'll also enjoy easy access to a handful of beautiful National Trust properties, including Lanhydrock House, a Victorian stately home surrounded by manicured gardens and wooded parkland. History buffs will jump at the chance to stay in period holiday rental properties scattered across Cornwall.


Activities and attractions in and around Fowey

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Fowey a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Fowey Aquarium (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Readymoney Cove (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Fowey Estuary (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Polperro Model Village (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Cornwall Football Golf (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Fowey

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Fowey is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Readymoney Cove (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Polkerris Beach (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Marsh Villa Gardens (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Eden Project (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens (5.4 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Porthpean Beach (6.2 mi / 10 km)

Beach-hopping in Cornwall from your Fowey holiday cottage

A few miles west of Fowey, Polkerris Beach lures sunseekers with soft sand and a bevy of water sports, including sailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. It's a great place to swim, sunbathe and get creative with a bucket and spade. Daphne du Maurier fans shouldn't miss Polridmouth Cove, a secluded bay that supposedly inspired scenes in her much-loved thriller novel, Rebecca. If beach access is a priority, snap up one of the oceanfront holiday cottages strung along the Cornish coast.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Fowey

Fly into Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), the closest airport, located 17.6 mi (28.3 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting around Fowey from your holiday rental

The Fowey town centre is best explored on foot. Most of the action is centred along Fore Street, and it's difficult to resist the tempting lineup of farm-to-table cafes, artisan bakeries and traditional Cornish pubs, not to mention antique stores, art galleries and boutiques. The atmosphere is hard to beat, so why not stay local, with Fowey holiday rentals just steps from Fore Street? The nearby village of Par offers train connections to London, while National Express operates coaches throughout Cornwall.

Food & drink 

Bite into Cornish cuisine in Fowey

Cornwall is immensely proud of its traditional pasties, which grace cafes, bakeries and pubs across the county. They come stuffed with a variety of different fillings, though a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crust is essential. A Cornish cream tea is another rite of passage, served with scones, jam and lashings of clotted cream. Dairy lovers can bite into over 60 varieties of local cheese, including Cornish Yarg, a semi-hard cows' milk cheese wrapped in an edible nettle leaf rind. Well-equipped kitchens and sunny courtyards make Fowey holiday cottages the perfect excuse to stock up on fresh produce and prepare your own Cornish-inspired feasts.

Essential info

Essential info for your Fowey holiday rentals stay

  • Tipping isn't expected, though is always appreciated for excellent service
  • Pack layers, as Fowey can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Visit in spring to see Cornwall explode in a sea of camellias, rhododendrons and daffodils
  • Holiday reads from the likes of Jack Clemo, Winston Graham and Daphne du Maurier are best enjoyed in the garden of your Fowey holiday cottage

How many holiday rentals are available around Fowey?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,618 holiday lettings around Fowey. From 865 cottages to 450 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Fowey?

Inhaling cool ocean air, warming up in the sunshine and losing track of time. Now that's the sort of amazing vacay you deserve. Luckily, there are 550 beachside getaway properties to whisk yourself away to. Alternatively, you may be searching for a different setting. HomeAway has heaps of rental properties to choose from, including:

  • 456 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 384 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 288 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Fowey?

If you want an authentic holiday experience and don't feel like sharing space with strangers this time round, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 737 houses currently listed on HomeAway. Prices start at £35 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Cottage: 688 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £47 per night.
  • Apartment: 205 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £39 per night.
  • Barn: 55 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.

Can I stay in Fowey in a large group?

Whether you're hitting the road on a trip with your relatives or spending a few nights away with your old school gang, it's always lots of fun being under the same roof! And the good news is that HomeAway has options that'll suit. The top option for bigger groups here are house holiday rentals, and you'll find 152 available. If you're wanting to stay in a big group, the holiday properties that are suitable for you include:

  • Are you on the hunt for places that can hold 6 holiday makers? We have 340 that will be suitable. The prices start from £50 per night.
  • Keen to find a rental property for 8 people? We have 133 that will be ideal. You can get one for as low as £47 per night.
  • Trying to find places for rent suitable for 5 guests? You'll be delighted to know we have 129 that'll be ideal. You can secure one from just £57 per night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can take your dad, your cousins and all your mates to Fowey.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Fowey?

Those cramped hotel rooms are no place to spend those precious holiday moments! Uncover our economical holiday rentals today and make sure everyone in your group has enough room to move. You can always count on there being an irresistible deal waiting to be snatched up in or around Chapel Ground. With 211 holiday rentals available at an average price of £138 a night, a stay in this well-known area is bound to get your trip off to an awesome start!