Perched above the pretty sailing town of Fowey on the south Cornish coast, the 36-bedroom hotel boasts sweeping sea views and vistas over the estuary and picturesque Fowey harbour.
The virtual tour of the main guest areas and hotel bedrooms begins here….
On arrival, guests will enter the hotel’s historic lobby; welcomed by a roaring log fire in a feature fireplace, its antique white walls lit by an eye-catching Jamb globe chandelier on the ceiling. Much to the delight of guests, the lobby retains many of its original features and beautiful parquet floor dated from 1899 when Fowey Hall was built as a private house by local businessman Sir Charles Hanson.
Inviting sofas upholstered in a combination of British heritage inspired luxury fabrics including tweeds, hounds tooth, and herringbone with velvet and leather accents and striped canvas and rustic reclaimed stools add a playful twist. Bespoke handmade console tables and coffee tables in a mix of smoked oak and dark stained oak now grace the lobby to create a welcoming first impression.
The hotel’s guest areas have been adapted to reflect guests’ changing needs, with additional seating areas in the lounges providing more places to relax together, enjoy a drink as well as providing the opportunity for informal dining.
Simon Maguire, Managing Director of Luxury Family Hotels, comments: “Fowey Hall is a Grade II listed building so any changes we made had to be sympathetic to the character of this impressive building while at the same time refurbishing it in order to create a contemporary and luxurious hotel for its discerning clientele. We are delighted that after our six-week closure we are opening our doors to the new look Fowey Hall Hotel and we’re extremely excited and very proud to welcome guests new and old.
“This has been a real labour of love and the results we feel speak for themselves. Fowey and all that Cornwall has to offer is very much at the heart of our hotel and this major refurbishment tells the story of the hotel from past right through to the present.
“Throughout the major refurbishment, our interior design team worked with renowned local artists and the best craftsmen in their fields who have decades of experience and who have worked painstakingly in order to create a range of bespoke interiors from wallpapers and stylish furniture to interesting guest room details which celebrates the best of craftsmanship in both Cornwall and also in Britain.”
Fowey Hall’s extensive library is home to its collection of vintage photography and prints that tell the story of the hotel and as part of the refurbishment it has been transformed. Furniture is all vintage or British made pieces including a console table made from a reclaimed railway sleeper by &Bespoke and upholstery is a mix of deep rust, burnt yellow and playful monochromatic prints.
The library’s original bookshelves have been retained and as well as providing a selection of great reads for adults too, they will now be filled with more than 700 new books for children of all ages to enjoy a read while staying at the hotel. These include Penguin Classics through to contemporary favourites such as Harry Potter. It is thought that Fowey Hall now boasts the largest library for children in any hotel in the UK.
The Mansion House
The Mansion House’s 16 bedrooms have all been refurbished and feature oak wooden floors painted in soft grey, vintage pieces of furniture, oversized wool rugs, and bespoke handmade turned oak beds made by Cornwall furniture and homeware designer maker Headandhaft using FSC certified European oak from sustainably managed woodlands.
Each room also features a 50-55 inch flat screen TV and guests will also find an ode to the dog friendly ethos of the hotel with charcoal prints of characterful dogs by Central St Martin’s artist Justine Osbourne. Bathrooms are finished in two-tone crackle flaze tiles with authentic Victorian style stylish premium sanitary ware.
Garden Wing and Coach House
The 11 bedrooms and one large family suite in the two-storey Garden Wing
have a more modern feel with luxurious beds, designer furnishings including rough edge elm coffee tables (certified as ‘grown in Britain’) and wardrobes which are lined with characterful bespoke wallpaper designed by interior designers StudioJill and illustrated by North Cornwall artist Nicole Heidaripour. Guest bathrooms are spacious and feature deep rust coloured freestanding baths to enjoy a long, relaxing soak.
Rooms in the hotel’s Coach House also have a rustic feel, each with a light oak four-poster bed and a mix of new and antique furniture that has been lovingly restored. Guests will also be able to admire interesting in-room features created to add personality. Bathrooms pick up on the heritage of Fowey Hall with soft grey panelling and bold patterned tiling.
The hotel’s children’s rooms are sophisticated yet playful, with a bold but elegant use of colour. The bunk beds and desks are bespoke, again made by HeadandHaft. The room lighting comes in the form of a fisherman’s net pendant light and the iconic ‘softhead’ dogs displayed on the walls, which can be seen around the hotel, reinforce its relaxed feel, appeal to guests of all ages.
Fowey Hall’s newly created Morning Room Bar, which overlooks the garden terrace, is a beautiful corniced room and will now be able to offer a versatile space for coffee in the morning through to evening drinks. The alcoves have been lined with hand painted Degournay Eden wallpaper to reflect the image of the garden and the room features green marble tables and a walnut centrepiece table by Galvin Brothers. Lloyd Loom chairs are upholstered in soft green velvet and a playful monkey palm print and are just waiting for guests to sit in and enjoy the perfect place for a traditional Cornish Afternoon Tea or a sundowner.
Children’s Games Room and Cinema Room
The hotel also boasts a Games Room with a dramatic dark blue painted original vaulted ceiling. Its walls adorned with Marvel posters and the room playfully furnished with vintage cinema seats, leather pommel horse seating and kitted out with table tennis and a pool table popular with guests young and old.
Monochromatic striped curtains have been introduced along with the addition of luxe velvet beanbags for children and families to relax on, vintage style arcade games including more than 1,000 games including old favourites like Pac Man and Space Invaders now feature as well as table football.
Spotlight on Fowey
Fowey is rapidly becoming the classy place to be in Cornwall with its buzzy and flourishing food and drink scene on the up and new restaurants opening this year. Yet Fowey still manages to retain its fishing village charm and Fowey Hall Hotel is perfectly positioned as the place to stay to enjoy all that it offers. Most importantly, excellent Cornish cuisine is at the heart of the experience at Fowey Hall Hotel and the restaurant is the place to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or a private event and the soon-to-be opened stylish new bar area will tantalise guests with local artisan drinks and cocktails. More to follow – watch this space!
** Spring special offer **
Rates are inclusive of dinner, bed and breakfast and are from £179 for a one-night stay, from £329 for two nights from £459 for three nights.
The four-night break is from £609 and includes a cream tea.
** Easter at Fowey Hall **
Included in the two-night break is breakfast, dinner on one night and Fowey Hall’s very own Beatrix Potter inspired afternoon tea – a delicious edible garden for the whole family to ‘munch’ through. Rates from £508 per room for a two-night break based on two adults sharing a Standard Double Room.
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