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The clifftop resort boasts unimaginable views of the ocean
I’m racing throughout the waves in a powerboat, previous coves and inlets and the home the place Daphne du Maurier spent her remaining idyllic years, and as we attain the majestic Fowey Harbour Resort the place I’m staying, I get a sudden glimpse into why the writer so cherished this corner of Cornwall.
Neglect the actual fact it’s raining. These rocks and cliffs and ghostly watery inlets provide you with a way of the journey and romance in old school Fowey.
That is the place, strolling in woods in 1926, Du Maurier found the overgrown however spectacular (and nonetheless sadly personal) Menabilly nation home, which grew to become the inspiration for Manderley in her basic novel Rebecca – the place the ghostly presence of a deceased spouse haunts her widower’s new bride.
Now, with the discharge of the movie starring Lily James, this spectacular setting is recent in our minds (though James herself is being haunted by footage quite than spirits).
Lily James stars within the 2020 movie adaptation of Rebecca (Image: Kerry Brown / Netflix)
So when you’ve seen the most recent film, learn the guide or fancy a romantic getaway as a pair (ahem), there’s no higher place to go than Fowey, the place the final word gothic romance first started.
Right here, in decidedly happier circumstances, my romantic different and I’ve set out on a ship journey armed with a tartan blanket and pristinely packed picnic hamper supplied by our hosts on the resort.
As we pace throughout the waves, skipper Dan tells us about native legends of pirates and wartime secrets and techniques with the relish of a real historian. Severely – this man needs to be on the Discovery Channel.
The resort is simply the place to flop into after a moist two-hour sea journey. Alongside your entire again of this attractive, cliff-hugging Victorian pile is a colonial-style bar and hanging open-plan restaurant full with Twenties-style ceiling followers, jungle-inspired wall artwork and turquoise theme.
Their large home windows overlooking gardens and the ocean past will encourage you to go open air. Excellent news: there’s a balcony ripe for sipping a regionally distilled gin and tonic.
With a chilled blue color scheme and sea views, the rooms on this resort are merely luxurious
There are extra epic sea views from our superior double, which we’ve been slowly eased as much as by way of the constructing’s unique Victorian raise. Elsewhere, White Firm toiletries and Hunter wellies out there for visitor use are simply a few of the different little luxuries right here.
Meals isn’t overly fussy however tantalising: locals clearly prefer it right here. Our griddled scallops, pea purée and crispy bacon (£11.50) and cod with crab and herb crust £21.50) are classily executed.
Has Covid spoilt the enjoyable? Under no circumstances – there’s the standard air of friendliness and calm from the ever-cheerful employees, regardless of social-distancing measures.
It’s taken us simply six hours to drive from London – and roughly six minutes to determine that we by no means need to go away. Loads of time to dream in regards to the ghosts of Mandeley right here.
What it’s good to learn about Fowey Harbour Resort
What’s nice about Fowey?
The resort’s colonial fashion is Instagram-worthy at each nook but no person is taking selfies. They’re all watching the boats go by as an alternative.
Who goes there?
There’s all ages, bonded by an appreciation of the distinctive setting.
What’s there to do in Fowey?
A brief stroll into city unveils historical past at each flip. You’ll stroll previous the steps the place Queen Victoria and Prince Albert alighted from their boat, greeted by cheering locals.
For a extra transferring slice of historical past, drive for half-hour to the Misplaced Gardens of Heligan – 200 acres of historic gardens as soon as forgotten after the workforce went off World Conflict I however now restored to their former glory (heligan.com, £16 adults, £8 for youngsters as much as 17).
Normal doubles begin at £145 B&B. Different experiences together with gin tasting, yoga, fishing and hidden seashores might be booked by way of harbourhotels.co.uk.
A powerboat journey with Fowey Maritime Centre prices £300 for a half-day constitution or £25 per individual for a one-hour Rib journey, with a further resort picnic priced at £25pp
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