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    Our history at the Fowey Hotel, Established in 1882, was purpose-built to be a hotel, as the railways expanded into Cornwall. Over the years it has welcomed many famous and notable guests who considered the hotel to be a second home. Original Minutes from the hotel’s regular board meetings are on display in the hotel and references to purchasing hay for the hotel’s carriage horses can be clearly seen!

    Situated amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, Fowey and the surrounding area have been the inspiration for novels by Daphne Du Maurier and Kenneth Grahame. A real must-see are the original letters written by Wind in the Willows author, Kenneth Grahame, to his son Alistair ‘Mouse’, which are displayed in the hotel. The banks of the river Fowey are the inspiration behind the famous Wind in the Willows book.

    During World War One, the hotel was used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, whilst for a large part of World War Two it housed US Naval Officers.

    The Fowey was purchased by Keith Richardson in November 1996. He has since carried out extensive refurbishments and improvements throughout the hotel, and has also created additional bedrooms on the lower ground floor which have access to a sea-facing terrace.

     

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