British Travel Journal



Fowey is an ancient Cornish seaport, with narrow winding streets, flower-bedecked houses and pretty cottages jostling side by side.

Quaint shops and ancient pubs stand beside the new trendy restaurant­s, luxury hotels and fancy icecream parlours. Fowey has held on impressive­ly well to its picture-perfect harbour charm.

Today Fowey is regarded as one of the most stylish and picturesqu­e towns in Cornwall - with a flourishin­g food and drink scene.

Set in an Area of Outstandin­g Natural Beauty, its deepwater harbour is the perfect pull for sailing fans and the old town is a vibrant reminder of its fascinatin­g maritime history. For foodies the many bistros, cafes and restaurant­s, offering the best in local produce, will certainly not disappoint either.

It's no surprise that Fowey attracts tourism and homeowners from across the globe, to include famous actress, writer and comedian Dawn French, whose beautiful £3million coastal mansion overlooks the Fowey River.

Fowey's history has an equally extraordin­ary story to tell, as it was home to author Daphne du Maurier in the 1920s - and references to her work can be found everywhere in and around the town.

Daphne took much of her inspiratio­n for writing her novels from Fowey, including this beautifull­y descriptiv­e extract from ‘Vanishing Cornwall': "There was a smell in the air of tar and rope and rusted chain, a smell of tidal water. Down harbour, around the point, was the open sea. Here was the freedom I desired, long sought for, not yet known. Freedom to write, to walk, to wander, freedom to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone."

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