Coriander Cottages

About Fowey

The quintessentially Cornish port of Fowey is just over a mile from Coriander Cottages. A lovely stroll passing the foot ferry to Bodinnick and along Passage Street, past the lifeboat station to the harbour.

Fowey (pronounced "Foy") is now a bustling small town of pretty whitewashed cottages, with a fine range of independent shops, bars and bistros with terraces out over the magnificent harbour.

Take a stroll along a track - an ancient route for carts collecting seaweed and lime from the beach for the farmers' fields - to Readymoney Cove. Further along is St Catherine's Castle, a perfect spot to have a picnic or take in the beautiful sea views as you look down at the harbour entrance.

The Fowey to Mevagissey ferry runs from May to September and takes only 35 minutes. It's agreat way to spend the day and you may even spot dolphins . There is a picturesque 40 minute walk or a bus to the Lost Gardens of Heligan on landing at Mevagissey

One of Britain's premier sailing events, The Fowey Royal Regatta, is held every August. There's plenty to do and see.

Water-lovers can also hire boats from Fowey River Boat Hire. For a breathtaking marine adventure, take a trip out to sea and catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins, seals and basking sharks with Fowey Marine Adventures.

See the Fowey Visitors Charter  or visit

Daphne Du Maurier

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 for dates

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.


The ancient fishing port of Fowey offers something for all types of visitor
The ancient fishing port of Fowey offers something for all types of visitor
Frenchmans Creek, made famous by the Daphne Du Maurier novel of the same name
Frenchmans Creek, made famous by the Daphne Du Maurier novel of the same name
Daphne Du Mauriers house in Bodinnick
Daphne Du Maurier's house in Bodinnick