The Bolthole is a fantastic property in Fowey with stunning views over the river - take in the sights while sitting on the front terrace, watching the boats and world go by.
The cottage has a fresh and funky feel and includes great artistic touches. It’s the perfect base for couples or families to explore Fowey and further in Cornwall.
The living room has plush sofas to watch the water views from, or snuggle round the log burner.
Onto the open plan dining space, and there’s room for 4 to enjoy meals and relax and talk.
Our compact kitchen and roomy utility room has everything you could need, along with a stylish but functional electric Aga.
To the rear of the house, we have a small courtyard, where you can enjoy a secret space surrounded by a Cornish cliff walls.
Upstairs, we have our two pretty bedrooms. The master room enjoys a king size bed, and a large bench style sill, both giving spectacular views of the river. The second, double bedroom is comfortable and cosy.
The family bathroom is brand new and has an elegant and stylish tub - perfect for a long soak with lots of bubbles. We do not have a shower, but the bath has a high quality attachment.
Bedroom 1: King-size bed
Bedroom 2: Double bed
Ground floor: Front door leading into small hall, open plan lounge and dining, kitchen and utility room.
1st floor: Bedroom 1, family bathroom, bedroom 2.
Front: Terrace with water views.
Rear: Small private courtyard.
The Bolthole is on Passage Street and does not have private parking. It is possible to park outside the house for a short period of time to load/unload bags. Caffa Mill Carpark is only 100 yards along the road.
There are three long stay car parks in Fowey, all run by Cornwall Council. You can get hourly, daily, weekly and rover passes on their website or using the Just Park app.
There is also a free car park opposite squire’s field on Park Road. There are no allocated spaces and can fill up quickly during the summer weeks.
During the winter (Oct 1st – Apr 30th) there is a 2-hour short-stay car park on the town quay. There is also a short stay car park all year round at Albert Quay.
Our Handy Guide To Fowey!
FOOD & DRINK
You certainly won’t go hungry while you’re on holiday in Fowey – these are our favourite places to eat out!
- Evening Meals: The Quay House Hotel, Fowey Harbour Hotel and King of Prussia
- Relaxed and Family Friendly Dining: Sams, The Galleon and Havaeners
- Cafés, Lunch and Light Bites: Brown Sugar, Pinky Murphy, The Lifebuoy Café and The Cornish Bakery
- Tea Rooms: The Dwelling House and The Well House
- International: Pintxo, Sunny Spice and Bufala
-Take Home Treats: Haveners Fish & Chips, Kittows Deli and Game of Cones
There are several well-loved brand stores in Fowey such as Seasalt, Joules, Fat Face, and Mountain Warehouse. But the real charm of the town lies in the wide range of boutique, unique and independent shops. You can spend hours browsing for clothes, homewares, crafts, glassware, art, antiques, books, seaside knick-knacks, traditional children’s toys and don't forget the old-fashioned sweet shop!
There are also top-quality bakeries where you can find bread, rolls, pasties, cakes and treats. There may be no large supermarket, but with two local convenience stores and a Boots, you'll still find everything you need. There is a Co-op around 5 miles away, Asda and Tesco are around 7 miles, and all the major supermarkets will deliver online shopping as well.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Fowey is an estuary river town, so the obvious thing to do is spend a day messing about on the water! There are many kayak, canoe, and boat hire centres that go from both Quays. If you don’t have the strongest sea legs, then why not just take the passenger ferry over to Polruan for an afternoon! If you fancy going a little further, you can take the ferry round to Mevagissey too.
In the centre of Fowey there is a sweet little aquarium, and a local museum – both are worth a peek! Fowey has a 14th century church in the centre of the town and a 15th century fort, St. Catherine’s Castle, on the edge of the estuary.
The closest beach to town is Readymoney Cove, which has clean sands and is perfect for swimming. A swimming platform is moored off the beach during the summer months. There is also a fabulous little shop for all your seaside needs. However, no dogs are allowed between Easter and October.
There is a secret sea-pool hidden away at Whitehouse Pier which is perfect for a refreshing paddle while looking out over the estuary. It can only be found at certain times, so check those tide times!
Within a 5/10-minute drive, you can be at Polridmouth, Polkerris or Par Sands, and within a half hour drive you’ll find Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Porthpean, Pentewan or Mevagissey.
An hour’s drive and you are on the north coast of Cornwall – this is where you will find the more dramatic views, coastline and good surfing on some of the beaches.
Bit of a thrill seeker? Then Cornwall has some fantastic opportunities to get your adrenaline buzz! Hang Loose at Eden have zip wires and giant air swings, Adrenaline Quarry near Liskeard is perfect for a day full of crazy activities, and Retallack Watersports near Newquay is the place to head for total-wipeout style aqua adventures.
There are hundreds of miles of fantastic walks in Cornwall. The South West Coastal Path alone winds 630 miles around the county, and The Saints Way is 27 miles from Fowey on the south coast, right across to Padstow on the north coast. The Fowey Hall Walk is much more manageable at 4 miles and is the best way to see Fowey from all angles! We also particularly enjoy the Gribbin Head walk, especially when the Daymark is open in the summer. Whether you enjoy the sea, woods, rivers, moors or fields, you will not be disappointed with the walks in Cornwall.
The closest major attractions are The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They really do offer something for everyone and make an enjoyable day-trip. For green-fingered travellers, there are also many other great gardens; in fact, there are officially 12 Great Gardens of Cornwall!
Cornwall is very famous for its tin mining heritage, and you will see many old engine houses dotted across the landscape. The countryside directly surrounding Fowey and St Austell is locally known as Clay Country due to its abundance of China Clay. Wheal Martyn is an interesting museum that gives a good insight into the history and culture of the clay works, and if you take the walk to the top of the grounds it overlooks a modern working pit.
There are lots of National Trust and English Heritage sites across Cornwall, as well as stately homes and gardens. Some of our local favourites are Lanhydrock House, Pencarrow House, Restormel Castle and Caerhays Estate.
Thinking of bringing your 4-legged friend to Fowey? They will love it! Par Sands Beach and Polridmouth Cove are only a few minutes away and are dog-friendly all year round; Readymoney Cove in town allows them to play from October to Easter. Many of the pubs are pup-friendly, and Lazy Jacks even sell doggy ice cream! Sams on the Beach at Polkerris have a Waggy Wednesday during the winter, when you can take your dog for dinner followed by a walk on the beach – special pet friendly treats are on offer too.
If you’re looking for somewhere just for the kids, check out Camel Creek, Springfields, Dairyland, Kidzworld, Indoor Active, Newquay Zoo or Porfell Wildlife Centre. This is just small selection of the many dozens of places for families to visit! Pop into our office during your stay to pick up our “best days out” pack, full of leaflets and vouchers.
Don’t forget to follow Fowey Homes Holidays on social media for inspiration on days out. When booking your trip with us, please feel free to ask for some personal recommendations - we’d love to help you discover the real hidden gems of Cornwall and get the most of out of your time in beautiful Fowey.
Elliott via AriBnB.
"We didn't want to leave it was so nice! We had a fantastic stay and would definitely visit again! Everything was great and all the communication was very helpful. Beautiful spacious home in a wonderful town and great proximity to centre. Would highly recommend!"
- 29 May 2021Bolthole Anonymous guest
Annabel via AirBnB.
"We had such a lovely stay at The Bolthole. It’s a very special spot with wonderful views and we enjoyed watching the boats and ferry passing even when it was bucketing with rain!!"
- 24 May 2021Bolthole Anonymous guest
David via Airbnb.
"A really nice cottage, very well fitted out and very clean, in a great location. I would thoroughly recommend."
- 13 May 2021Bolthole Anonymous guest
John via AirBnB.
"Great location; near the car park with no need to drive through the one way system. Short, easy, walk to everything. And great view of the river."
- 03 May 2021Bolthole Anonymous guest
Julie via AirBnB.
"A big thank you to our super host Jane for making our stay so easy and comfortable. A lovely cottage with fabulous views, warm and cosy too."
- 04 Jan 2021Bolthole Anonymous guest
Henrietta via AirbnB.
“Wonderful views, perfect location and ideal for couples”
- 16 Oct 2020Bolthole Anonymous guest
Treeza via AirBnB.
“Beautiful river views”
- 03 Oct 2020Bolthole Anonymous guest
Garthine via AirBnB.
“A lovely house in a fantastic setting!”
- 12 Sep 2020Bolthole Anonymous guest
Leonardo via Airbnb.
“We had a fantastic and cosy stay seeing we stayed in Nov and the heating worked very well. Also had everything we needed. Great position and views from the house and close to the car park .”
- 26 Nov 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Emily via Airbnb.
“Loved the personal touch of prosecco and crisps waiting for us when we arrived. Bed was super comfy but we didn’t appreciate there wasn’t a shower, our fault on that part! The location was fantastic and the suggestions of where to eat were spot on.”
- 04 Nov 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Gail via HomeAway.
The Bolthole is a lovely......bolthole! Fantastic location at the far end of Fowey, very near the car ferry. Only a 5/10 min stroll to the centre of the town. A very peaceful place to be. Sat in bed with a cup of tea watching all the boats go back and forth every day of our stay. Moved downstairs and did the same from the lounge! We literally parked our car in the long stay car park for the week and left it there. Walked, bussed and boated everywhere for the whole time we were there Pubs, cafes and many of the shops are dog friendly and all the meals we had were lovely Would definitely return"
- 17 Aug 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Lynda via AirBnB.
"“Perfectly situated between the car park and the shops, and just across from a great crabbing spot on the slipway. This is a stylish and spotless house which is a perfect base for a break in a location with lots of restaurants on offer. The milk and Prosecco on arrival were both very welcome :) and we played many a fun family game of scrabble during rainy times. The kitchen is well stocked with plates/cutlery and it was a treat to use the Aga for breakfast and suppers.” "
- 03 Aug 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Anne via AirBnB.
"Great place, great location, friendly and swift communication, perfect for a get-away for a family (two adults, two children). We really enjoyed the house and the surroundings. We'll be back."
- 01 Jun 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Janis via AirBnB.
"We had a lovely stay. The Bolthole was perfect, very comfortable, spotlessly clean, the location was perfect and very convenient for the Caffa Mill Car Park. All we needed was supplied and the standard was excellent. Thanks to a previous reviewer for the top tip of paying for parking for the whole stay using app. No worries then about forgetting! We enjoyed some lovely, very long walks from Fowey, one along the cost beyond Gribbin Head to Polkerris and back, the other over fields to Lerryn. Fabulous. We very much hope to return."
- 24 May 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
David via AirBnB.
Great location with brilliant view of river from living room and front bedroom - also ( for Fowey ) easy to unload and park .Its stylishly furnished with hi quality beds , sofas etc .Living room is spacious with real log fire and dining table plus 2 sofas .Kitchen small but adequate . Front bedroom is good size with comfy bed and views - rear smaller and limited outlook
- 26 Apr 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Mark via AirBnB.
Lovely location as previously mentioned, plenty of boat/people watching. Nice small town with all the amenities you need. Would recommend.
- 20 Apr 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Jocelyn via AirBnB.
We had a literally perfect stay at the Bolt Hole. I'd definitely return. I'm from St Austell and know the area well. The Bolt Hole is in one of the best positions in Fowey and is also very beautifully and comfortably furnished/finished. As a frequent traveller, it's always good to have comfortable sofas and beds which are in excellent condition. Also, very good light in bathroom and good light for mirrors in bedrooms (for hair, make up etc) with good access to electrical sockets. Good supply of hot water and easily controllable heating and good wi-fi and TV. Walking distance from lots of lovely cafes and restaurants and even a lovely hairdresser/barber 50 yards away for a holiday treat blowdry or hair cut! Parking is easy and very close and easy to pay for with the app or over the phone. I paid for the 3 days that we stayed as soon as I got there so we could come and go without having to constantly pay for parking. Will be back!
- 12 Apr 2019Bolthole Anonymous guest
Ade via AirBnB
Lovely little place in a great position in Fowey. Some good recommendations from Abi in the booking paperwork for local beaches and eats. Would be happy to stay there again.
- 21 Oct 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest
Julie via AirBnB
Lovely modern cottage with impressive sea views. It’s also in a good location for car parks and for a level walk into town which is not always easy to find in Fowey. The log burner was an especially nice and very cosy addition on a stormy night.
- 12 Sep 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest
Bruce via AirBnB
We had a great stay at the Bolthole
- 25 Aug 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest
Hayley via AirBnB
The Bolthole is a stylish, clean and perfect space for a couple or family of 4. It has spectacular views of Fowey Estuary and a front raised patio where we sat soaking up the views, people and boat watching! It's located at the quieter end of Fowey but all the shops, bars and buzz is just minutes walk away. The beds are very comfy, the bath is deep ( no shower but shower attachment to bath), the kitchen is fully equipped, there's two spacious sofas and Netflix! Wifi is good. We had our car so ventured out to Falmouth, Lerryn, Golant and Padstow. There are plenty of activities to try and I would recommend cycling the Camel Trial, having a taster session of sailing and Kayaking from Golant. There are numerous coastal/ country walks. We had an amazing holiday and would highly recommend the Bolthole to others.
- 11 Aug 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest
Geraldine via AirBnB
Great location, near the centre but away from all the noise Nice details in the appartement. We had a great holiday
- 14 Jul 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest
Andrew via AirBnB
Ideally located as the name suggests as a ‘bolthole’ for a weekend or weeks visit. We enjoyed its convenient position in relation to shops, cafes, beaches etc. walking into the town for breakfasts, snacks and coffee numerous times a day. Enough to do if you just want to chill for the week and ditch the car or use a base for exploring. I can imagine Parking in high season can be an issue but we managed and getting there early helps. Nice veranda overlooking a small launch was nice, catching the sun till late morning or sitting out on the warm evenings. Tidy, clean and modern inside yet still exuding seaside charm and character which is what we want visiting the coast. All in all we loved it, would recommend to anyone and will be booking again to return!
- 05 Jul 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest
Alison via AirBnB
Lovely property, everything brand new and very well equipped. Great view across the river and very close to everything Fowey has to offer. Booked at very short notice and everything went very smoothly. Super comfy bed meant I had the best night's sleep I've had in ages.
- 12 Jun 2018Bolthole Anonymous guest