We looked for a convenient place so that we could visit the Eden Project for one of their 'music sessions' and so booked a 2 night stay in the Penthouse room in The Old Quay House. Having been to Fowey for our very first holiday together 30 years previous, Mrs M. and I knew what a quant place this little fishing village is.
On finding the hotel the arrival can be a bit hectic; having to pull up in the road outside to drop your bags off. This is a one way street (good job too because there's no way two cars going in opposite directions would pass on the narrow roads within the centre of Fowey), but fear not you are on Cornwall time and so things run a little slower and no one minds a short wait!
That said the receptionist was super efficient (and her first day - so well done) at organising the parking permit that comes with a stay in the hotel and after giving directions I was off with the car whilst Mrs M formally checked in and was shown to the room.
It is a little walk to the car park though fairly level and no hardship (make sure you go in the right car park as there are two close together and you don't want to get a ticket for being in the wrong one!). The stroll back along Fore Street is pleasant enough and offers a chance to check out the range of shops along the way, plus gawp at some of the lovely views and cottages.
On arrival back at the hotel I was then given a short guided tour of where things were and taken up the stairs to the Penthouse (bear in mind there are quite a few flights of stairs to navigate) where I met Mrs M who was thrilled to be in such a lovely place (brownie points to me for booking it :) ).
The room is absolutely wonderful topped only by the view afforded directly over and across the roof to the harbour and the village of Polruan beyond. This is quite a large room with separate shower room, toilet, sitting room and bedroom, which also is home to a nice slipper bath. Being at the top of hotel the ceiling is a bit low particularly in the bedroom and no doubt someone of 6' tall or above will at least once bang their head but believe me when I say it's worth it.
The shower room has twin basin and a choice of rainfall or riser hose shower heads, both with ample water pressure. The sitting room has a nice L-shaped sofa and large flat screen tv, though why on earth you'd be watching it when the view outside is quite simply beautiful. Off of the sitting room was a door leading out onto a small balcony, which was nice to draw breath on the sea air.
Not long after arriving we decided to go downstairs to the bar for a drink and make use of the outside seating right on the waters edge - a place where time just simply slips by as you watch the comings and goings of the harbour (plus keeping a watchful eye on some of the rather cunning seagulls who one would think will be more than happy to drop in and take anything resembling food from you given half a chance!).
We had booked a dinner reservation for 8pm and had a pre-meal drink in the sitting area just near to the restaurant / entrance hall and made our menu choices whilst waiting. The meal and service was spendid, plus the wine choice was good, if not extensive and priced for all to find something to enjoy.
Breakfast was a nice selection from the buffet which included cereals, pastries etc, plus the cooked option was varied enough for all tastes. Presentation and food quality was, as with dinner, very good.
Rather than drive to the Eden Project we decided to catch a taxi which the hotel kindly reserved and given that it was a busy day for cabs had to make several calls as some were unable to offer a return journey for us, nonetheless the firm used (Star Cars) was reliable and not too expensive (£13 for those who were wondering).
Our second night was as restful as the previous, even though the seagulls had other ideas in the early hours (do remember this is a fishing village and seagulls have no watches, so as soon as the sun rises (and sometimes beforehand) they like to go about their noisy business!).
We had a wonderful time in The Old Quay House, reminiscing and re-treading old footsteps, helped along by the beauty of Cornwall and its hospitality. We hope to be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Cornwall- 2012 winner of a Cesar Award from the Good Hotel Guide - Best Hotel in Cornwall, Wind your way through the narrow streets of Fowey, passing cafés and pubs, boutiques and galleries and catch a glimpse of boats bobbing in the estuary. Breathe in a lungful of fresh sea air and you'll immediately start to feel relaxed. Pull up outside a whitewashed Victorian building and discover that what was once a refuge for seamen is now The Old Quay House, a boutique luxury hotel and a modern-day refuge from the stresses of daily life. With 11 luxurious bedrooms, a renowned restaurant, the best estuary views in town, and staff that are always ready to add that little extra touch to ensure your stay is perfect, The Old Quay House is one seafront hideaway that you might just want to keep all to yourself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Quay Hotel
- Old Quay Hotel
- The Old Quay House Hotel Fowey, Cornwall