Fowey is synonymous with the writer Daphne Du Maurier, with many of Du Maurier's novels inspired by Fowey and the surrounding area, including Rebecca
and Frenchman's Creek
Du Maurier moved to Ferryside, a cottage at Bodinnick, just a short walk from the Mill in 1927. She loved to walk from Readymoney Beach in Fowey, around the stunning coast walk to the coves of Polridmouth and Polkerris. She became fascinated by a secret house near Menabilly, buried amongst the trees. This house became the fictional Manderley, the setting for her novel Rebecca. Although the house is still hidden and very private, you can still walk down to Polridmouth Beach. Daphne Du Maurier Festival -
Every May, Fowey holds the Du Maurier festival
, a week long celebration of local plays, walks and celebrity talks. See our News page
Both Fowey's Tourist Information & Du Maurier Centre
have lots of information and merchandise on the author, along all the local information you will need. We have a collection of literature on and by Daphne Du Maurier available to borrow in the breakfast room.
There is a super public house - The Rashleigh Arms
- right on the beach at Polkerris. It is open all day and serves excellent pub food. Polkerris is a brisk stroll along the coast path from Polridmouth.
On the beach there is an excellent beach restuarant serving freshly made pizza's and local seafood. The beach also has a very good Watersports Centre.