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A wonderfully relaxed seaside bolthole, with great views and everything you need for a comfortable, grown-up stay by the sea.

A whitewashed Victorian building that was once a refuge for the sailors that moored on its doorstep, the Old Quay House is now a chic, boutique hotel nudging the River Fowey. Architect designed, with elegant, modern décor, the Deluxe rooms are right on the river – sit at the window and all you can hear is the water lapping and boats passing. In the town-facing rooms there can be some noise from passers-by – but for many visitors being part of vibrant village life, is part of the joy of being here. The food in its Q Restaurant is excellent, with a refreshing and sensible emphasis on quality – there's just a handful of starters, mains and desserts every night -- and the waterside terrace is a fantastic place to eat. There are just 13 bedrooms in total, with another two planned, so it's best to book in advance during peak of summer. For a splurge, the spacious Penthouse offers the best views in the building with floor to ceiling windows: a real treat in this scenic spot. As for hotel life, expect a relaxed and social feel, attentive but never intrusive service, and country house touches, like the open fire, serve-yourself cheese cupboard (along with a lovely selection of ports available from the bar) and a library. The best rooms come with binoculars, while all rooms come with waterproof jackets and … teddy bears – the latter, to be put outside the door instead of a Do Not Disturb sign.

Note, no under 12s allowed, but families would in any case be better off at the lovely, more family-friendly Rosevine on the Roseland peninsula near Falmouth, which is owned by the same people.

Our favourite room

If you are coming for a one- or two-night stay, the Deluxe rooms will make the biggest impact, as they are right above the water. For a longer stay, the Penthouse is ideal, as it has so much space – and breathtaking views.


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