Fowey Hall Hotel review: A luxury stay in Cornwall that children and parents both love

Last modified on Tuesday 4 August 2020

A member of the Luxury Family Hotels group, Fowey Hall Hotel has natural beauty, loads of activities, luxury rooms, a swimming pool, kids club and so much more. Here, we give an honest mum review.

Fowey Hall Hotel sits on the Fowey estuary and has natural beauty, family activities, pampering experiences and gorgeous accommodation, presented impeccably. Here, we review how well it caters to children and adults.

We’d visited years ago with our then only-toddler; we went back with an 8-year-old and his 6-year-old sister to check out its facelift. Lots of thought has gone into keeping the hotel clean and staff and guests as safe and comfortable as possible.

Little Girl in Wellies With Fishing Net Fowey Hall Hotel Cornwall
Fishing nets and wellies are provided

What’s there

At first glance, Fowey Hall is the perfect luxury bolthole for grown-ups: a country house perched high above Fowey with heart-soaring views, complete with suitably chic bedrooms plus a vast sitting room, library, bar, restaurant and spa for lounging in when you want a change of scene from your four poster.

But, with thanks to the parent gods, it’s also a haven for little people.

Family-friendly features at Fowey Hall hotel

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Adventure playground (glimpse-able from said bar, restaurant and sitting room, should parents wish to relax while their kids are playing) complete with zipwire, giant trampoline and rope swing.
  • Kids’ club and creche offering two hours’ free childcare every day in its Ofsted-registered Four Bears’ Den, plus daily activities for kids. While we were there ours only got involved with marshmallow toasting but activities as diverse as mocktail making and a treasure hunt were all on offer. Baby listening and babysitting are both available, too.
  • Games room , featuring table tennis, table football AND arcade games.
  • Cinema room where you can watch what you want, when you want
  • It’s also worth noting that Kenneth Grahame , author of The Wind in the Willows , is thought to have based Toad Hall on Fowey Hall. Poop-poop!
Girl on zip wire Fowey Hall Hotel Cornwall
Fowey Hall's zip wire

The rooms

Rooms start at £249 for a standard double , B&B.

We stayed in a large family suite that was as grand as it sounds: our giant room had seascapes at every turn, a four poster and the world’s largest wardrobe. The kids had their own room with bunk beds, giant fluffy sheep and a height chart on the wall that kept them busy. This hotel is all about the little touches.

There are set of rooms on the ground floor opening directly onto the gardens for those who need wheelchair access and there are also interconnecting rooms for those with up to four children.

To make packing easier on parents, all the kit you’d normally have to haul along with you for babies and toddlers is provided: cots, bottle warmers … even potties. And because you're beside the seaside, wellies in every size and fishing nets (Fowey is known for its excellent crabbing opportunities!).

Welly Boots Fowey Hall Hotel Cornwall
Fowey Hall provides welly boots in every size

Nearby places to visit

Be sure to check out our Local section for the best events for kids in Fowey .

Fowey – Fowey (as it rhymes with ‘joy’) is a 10-minute walk downhill but twice that back – it’s a steep climb up winding roads. And it’s as charming as everyone says it is, peppered with gift shops, independent cafes and restaurants and plenty of pubs.

Fowey is best known for being home to Daphne Du Maurier, who lived and wrote her most famous novels here – Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel and Jamaica Inn. (Reading one of these while gazing out over Fowey from the hotel has to be one of my favourite lifetime reading moments).

Readymoney Cove – the nearest beach to the hotel is less than ten minutes’ walk away. A deep sandy beach flanked by rocks that are perfect for climbing on, it’s perfect for kids to swim in while parents sip a flat white from the shore (there’s a tiny take away coffee shop that does really good coffee). A short walk from the beach is St Catherine’s Castle, built in 1536 by Henry VIII. Great for Horrible Histories fans. And overlooked by Dawn French's spectacular cliff-perched house. We left green with envy.

The Eden Project – Home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, just 15 minutes’ drive away.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – One of the best family days out in Cornwall is a half hour drive away, with 200 acres of gardens, woods and farmland to explore. The Burmese rope swing is one of the longest in the UK – we dare you!

Newquay – Forty minutes’ drive away, Newquay is the home of Cornish surf, with most of the surf schools offering lessons for kids as well as grown-ups. Other attractions there include:

Oasis Fun Pools with swimming pools and 3 water flumes

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay

Pirate's Quest Adventure Golf, Newquay

(See the best events for babies and toddlers in Newquay .)

View Of Sea From Fowey Hall Hotel Cornwall
Seaviews from Fowey Hall Hotel

Where to eat

The hotel – Most room rates include breakfast, which is everything you’d want from a hotel breakfast with kids i.e. pancakes and waffle a-go-go.

We had lunch on arrival and dinner on our first night and both were great. At dinner they offered to serve the kids first which meant they then ran off to the playroom while we enjoyed the rest of our meal in peace – a clever touch.

All meals can be eaten in the bar, sitting room or grand, vast dining room. Of course, all offer views over Fowey so don’t expect to talk to each other that much – it’s all about the gazing.

The foodie highlight at the hotel is the afternoon tea – Peter Rabbit themed at the time of our visit. Cleverly split into adult and child servings and served on separate trays so that little ones really feel like it’s been created just for them, neat extras included decorate-your-own-gingerbread and a plant pot filled with chocolate mouse and biscuit crumbs. Prices are £25 for adults and £12.50 for kids – good value for a luxury hotel afternoon tea.

Because it’s part activity, part face-stuffing, we grazed over it for over an hour – a rare treat with little ones in tow. And it was so eye catching that others sitting nearby quickly ordered tea, too.

For babies, purees are available on request and a kids' high tea is served each day between 5 and 6pm for those who want to feed the kids early.

In Fowey:

  1. Pintxo – this tapas bar is about half way from the hotel into Fowey and is perfect for a relaxed family meal on a warm evening thanks to its charming outdoor tables and holiday vibe.
  2. The Old Quay House – set on the waterfront in the heart of Fowey with a good kids’ menu.
  3. Bufala – proper pizzas on a water-front terrace. What’s not to love?
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea Fowey Hall Hotel Cornwall
Afternoon tea at Fowey Hall Hotel

How to get to Fowey Hall Hotel

If you want to explore the area when you’re there, it’s a good idea to have a car.

The hotel is easily accessible from the A390.

There’s a mainline station at Par – a 5-10 minute taxi-ride from the hotel.

Another option is to fly to Newquay and take a taxi to the hotel.

Family Suite Fowey Hall Hotel Cornwall
A Family Suite at Fowey Hall Hotel

Perfect for …

Families with kids of all ages. Parents of tinies will enjoy the extra services the hotel offers; those who love an activity or kids’ club have everything they need, and tweens and teens will love the combo of serious style plus games-room and cinema.

We’re busy plotting when to go back for a full week. A weekend just wasn’t long enough!

You can see more details here on Tripadvisor.

This article was updated: 19 March 2023

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