The Penthouse at The Old Quay House
First impressions: Fowey. Have you been? Go. It’s gorgeous. Really, truly, life-by-the-sea good. It’s UK minimoon-perfect with its tiny, higgledy piggledy high street bursting with quaint tea rooms, and shops stocked with coastal-chic household essentials (wooden seagulls and knotted rope door stops, city dwellers). It’s just made for romance, from walks around the castle perched on the cliff edge out to sea; to strolls past picture-postcard seafront town houses; and the boat trips that whisk you away to nearby islands. You won’t find a better excuse to spoil yourselves silly with fresh crab sandwiches, tea and cakes, ice creams and real ale. There’s a fish & chip café on the corner, perfect for cuddling up on a bench and sharing dinner à deux from steaming hot paper soaked with vinegar.
And resting on the quayside of this pretty town is the fashionable Old Quay House Hotel. Boutique styling against an unspoilt Cornish backdrop makes this an easy reach for couples that want by-the-sea romance with a touch of luxe.
Room for romance: If the budget allows, splash out on the penthouse, complete with low-to-the-floor bed, freestanding bath tucked under the eaves and its own lounge area. The room, and view, breathe laid-back luxe. The rest of the hotel is an eclectic mix catering to all tastes: from classic wicker headboards and throws in every shade of cream to modern monochrome details and bolder, statement touches. Bathrooms are clean lines, fluffy white robes and ease-of-use everythings. Sweet touches include ‘Ssshh’ door hangers and heart-shaped hot-water bottles. So far, so cute.
The Terrace at The Old Quay House
Wine & dine: The dining room comes with a spectacular view across the Fowey Estuary and opens onto a beautiful terrace – a scorcher on a good day. Dinner ranges from full-of-flavour cod and mash to classic steak and frites; like the rooms, there’s something for everyone. The chocolate brownie with praline ice cream tastes just as good as it sounds.
We love: Being woken by the gulls outside our window (it’s more soothing than perhaps you’d imagine), and watching people drift into the quay early evening on the water taxi. You’ll never tire of the sense of calm this vista inspires.
We don’t love: The homemade bread served at dinner was so delicious, we’d have loved it as an option at breakfast, too.
Go there: Rooms from £180 per night, includes breakfast.
For information or to book, visit theoldquayhouse.com or call 01726 833 302.
First Great Western operates trains from London Paddington to Par (then it’s a short
taxi ride to Fowey). Advance singles start from £20.50 each way. Visit firstgreatwestern.co.uk
or call 08457 000 125.