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Review – UK staycation in Fowey, Cornwall

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Wondering what a UK staycation in Fowey, Cornwall is like?

Are you planning a UK staycation? Claire St went to Fowey in Cornwall with her family and she thinks it’s the perfect place for an autumn getaway. Here she explains why Fowey should be on your UK staycation shortlist.

Hello, my name is Claire and I run a blog called Stapo’s thrifty life hacks. I live just outside Wigan with my partner Keir and our 20-month-old son, Arthur. Last autumn we had an amazing family break in Fowey and I wanted to explain why it’s a destination I’d recommend, especially in the autumn months.

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Why Cornwall?

When it came to booking an autumnal getaway, Cornwall seemed to tick all the boxes. We would be able to drive there in a day, there are plenty of beaches to explore and some of the local attractions (including The Eden Project) appealed to us. We’d also taken Arthur to John O’ Groates earlier that year and we were keen to show him Land’s End, the most southern part of the UK. 

Where did you stay in Fowey, Cornwall?

We decided to stay at Fowey Hall, which is part of the Luxury Family Hotels collection. The Daily Telegraph praises the hotel’s “show-stopping grandeur” and the “top-notch facilities”, but this isn’t why we chose the hotel. We made our booking because of the baby-friendly facilities. Fowey Hall is a parent’s dream, as it helps the whole family to relax, unwind and have a break. 

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If you book a family room at Fowey Hall, then you get a complimentary two-hour stay in the on-site creche included in the price. This means that you can enjoy the hotel’s facilities, knowing that your little one is being taken care of. There’s a spa, a swimming pool and an outdoor hot tub with the most amazing views across the River Fowey. If you go in the autumn months, you might strike lucky and find that you’re the only couple in the spa area. We had exclusive use and it was an amazing treat. 

Breakfast at Fowey Hall has a complimentary bottle washing service, which is a godsend if you’re travelling with a baby and breakfast is laid out with a highchair and a sippy cup. In the evening, you can either dine with your children, and take a family film, from the hotel’s extensive DVD collection, back to the room. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the baby-listening service and have an adults-only dinner. Either way, the food is delicious and the menu changes daily.    

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What can you do locally in Fowey, Cornwall?

Fowey is a beautiful town with lots of windy roads to explore. Some of the cafes and shops were closed as it was out of season, but there were places to stop for a coffee and a sandwich. There are lots of hills though, so if you’re travelling with a baby, be sure to pack the carrier as the roads are not pushchair friendly.

I’d recommend catching a ferry from Fowey over to Polurrian Quay. This hop-on-hop-off service runs throughout the day and it costs £2.30 per adult and £1 per child. Once you’re at Polurrian, I’d recommend a stroll to Polruan blockhouse, this roofless ruin is free to enter and its great viewing point.

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Did you venture further afield from Fowey, Cornwall?

The Eden Project is just a 20-minute drive from Fowey and it’s a fun day out for the whole family. It was a great baby sensory experience for Arthur and mummy and daddy enjoyed learning about different climates and environments.

During our stay we also visited St Ives beach, Land’s End and the fishing village of Port Isaac. We found that Autumn was a great time to go, because there were hardly any other tourists around. 

Would you go back?

I would return to Cornwall, especially in the autumn, as we felt like we had the county to ourselves. However, now we’ve explored Fowey, we’d choose a different part of Cornwall to stay in. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Fowey Hall Hotel to other families though. The hotel goes the extra mile and we all left feeling like we’d had a break away.

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