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It is not difficult to fall in love Cornwall, and your visit in 2018 could lead to a passion that lasts a lifetime! But what is it about the far-flung south-west corner of England that brings people back time and again? The dramatic coastline, quirky villages, turquoise waters, sandy beaches and delicious gourmet food are just some of the reasons why this year should be the year to visit Cornwall and Fowey if you haven't before!

St Ives in Cornwall, one reason to visit Cornwall


Cornwall is famous for its food; pasties, fish 'n' chips and cream teas, but in recent years, it has also gained a reputation for being a foodie heaven. Several top restaurants have opened around the county, offering customers a chance to indulge in some truly delightful food, there are even a few Michelin starred restaurants to seek out! The Cormorant Hotel has its own restaurant that is always a popular choice for visitors to Fowey. We source all the food locally from farmers, butchers and fishermen around the area, and ensure food is seasonal, so you enjoy the best of the best depending on the time of year. Stay at the best of the hotels in Fowey for a luxury retreat with your partner this year and enjoy an evening of wining and dining at our award-winning restaurant!


Surrounded by the sea, there is no shortage of beaches and Cornwall has some of the best you can find in the UK. There is a variety of beaches to take your fancy, from the wide and sandy - perfect for families in the summer; quiet and secluded with turquoise waters - the ideal spot for a couple on a romantic getaway; to steep-cliffs and boulder-strewn with the wild Atlantic waves crashing - for those seeking an adventure. Cornish beaches are also great for surfing, as they have some of the best waves you can find on the British coastline. What's best, is the beaches are a year-round attraction; sunbathing in the summer and blustery walks in the winter.


People who have not visited Cornwall may see it as cut off from the rest of England and lacking in events and activities, but that is far from the truth. There is just about a festival every month in Cornwall, covering all sorts of things. There are food festivals, beer festivals, music festivals, and our favourite as it is right on our doorstep - Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature. It takes place in various locations in and around the town, and is not just for book lovers, with lots of music, laughter and more to enjoy. Fowey is the perfect place for the festival, due to its connections to Daphne du Maurier, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and Kenneth Grahame. This year the festival takes place from May 12th to May 19th. We will have more information about the festival closer to the date.


You may have decided 2018 is the year to get outdoors more, exploring the great British countryside, combining a new hobby with a healthier lifestyle. And where better to enjoy the outdoors than Cornwall? The miles and miles of South West Coast Path is a great place to start for walking, and each place has a completely new and spectacular view for you to enjoy. You can also opt for a circular walk, doubling back into the Cornish countryside, giving you a chance to see more of the beautiful scenery. In addition to the coastal path, there is also a network of paths inland to walk along, most of them being traffic free. Take a look at some of our previous blogs about walks near Fowey, along the coastal path, beach walks and walks along the River Fowey.

Sub-Tropical Gardens

You might not expect to find sub-tropical gardens in England, due to the temperamental weather, but Cornwall enjoys a balmy climate, and you can find an array of fantastic gardens with sub-tropical and tropical plants. The copious amount of sunshine the south-west gets gives way to several gardens that are lovely to visit all year. However, they are best visited in spring and summer, when flowers and plants are in full bloom. There are the Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell, the world famous Eden Project and Trebah Gardens with sub-tropical paradises found within the gardens. Cornwall has many more gardens to visit throughout the year too, with seasonal flowers in formal gardens, woodlands and estates, several within easy reach of The Cormorant.

Picturesque Villages

There is a postcard-perfect town everywhere you turn in Cornwall, that will make you dream of settling down in the south-west. The pretty harbours, colourful houses, fishing boats and boutique shops will remind you of a better time, and you will not want to leave. Fowey is among the best of them, a truly romantic hotspot for couples and very popular with book lovers. Why not also pay a visit to Charlestown, a highlight for Poldark fans, or St Ives, with its art scene and Tate Gallery? Then there is Boscastle, with its thatched cottages and funky Witchcraft Museum, Mevagissey which has a working harbour offering fishing trips and ferries over to Fowey, or Mousehole, that hasn't seemed to have changed in years. The narrow streets and granite cottages are huddled around the harbour, which comes to life in December with its famous Christmas lights.

Call us today on 01726 833426 to book a mini holiday to Cornwall with your loved one!

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