We’ve been on the road for a month now and have experienced a few AirBnBs so we have some comparisons. If you are curious about a Cornwall AirBnb, Cornwall, UK that is, then search no more. If you are looking for a quiet spot, off the beaten path a bit, and love to hike then I have a suggestion. We spent almost a week in a place called Fowey (pronounced Foy, as in Joy) and loved it.
I’ve been slow off the mark in contributing to the site, time for that to change. To tell you the truth I’ve been somewhat surprised by how much Baharak’s been writing. She’s done great recaps of most places
we’ve seen so far. Although Iceland might have the single coolest moment, the lounging in a hot river after a one and a half hour steep hike. Tough to beat that, but for a relaxing week, we have a champ. Fowey, Cornwall.
** If you want to jump straight to the listing – https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/7214579
A Week in Cornwall
This week we find ourselves in the tranquil town of Fowey (we’ve been calling it Fow-wee for many months only to discover it’s pronounced Foy as in Joy). I don’t think I’ve ever come across nicer people. Every single person you cross while walking to town says Hi or “Hi, you doing alright?” Perhaps that’s a perfectly normal thing for small towns but it’s pleasantly different from where I come from.
The town here really is a hidden gem. Tucked away along the Cornish coast, a pleasant train ride from London. With the train stopping at Par, a cab was needed to get to our AirBnB hosts. We called the company to see where our car was – “Oh, he had to go pick up somebody else, he should be by in 20 minutes”. Guess it’s a one car company. If you ever come to this area you wouldn’t find a better place stay. Our son is presently off swimming with their three boys. Not the first time we were able to leave Kasm with them..Baharak & I had a chance to take a stroll into town the other day just ourselves. No kid, so what do we do? Run into Lugger’s Pub for a nice pint of the local stout – St. Austell’s.
One of the main attractions in Fowey is a hiking trail that wraps around the Gribbin Head. We did this walk a couple days ago. About 17 km mostly along the coast. It wraps along a cape, past a tall Landmark, then we cut back across a few farmer’s fields to get back to our place. It was long but well worth it.
Pictured below is one of a few coves you pass by on the hike. This was our coastal end point, Polkerris Beach before cutting inland across the farms.
Our Cornwall AirBnB Visit
Our hosts, Victoria and Andrew have been very welcoming and charming. We feel more like friends than tenants. Last night Baharak went to a local crafting session with Victoria (making some sea-glass trinkets) while I had a beer and watched football with Andrew, Kasm and their little guy Monty. They’ve taken time to tell us about the town and shared stories about their family and their own experiences in Fowey. All wonderful stuff.. making our week go by just a little too fast.
Did I mention Victoria keeps a pen of chickens. And lucky us they just had 5 little hatchlings. And fresh eggs for breakfast every morning.
The house is lovely, a private room for us with its own shower & toilet. Downstairs we had access to a dining area, the kitchen and a quiet patio/deck, perfect for chicken-vision. You could stare at those guys for quite a while. While I might not recommend this place to a senior or somebody with trouble walking as the walk into town is quite steep, lots of huffing and puffing on the way back.
In town, you should try the fish & chips at the Ship Inn. A cozy, quiet pub-style restaurant/inn. Pleasant bar staff, great ales and good eats. The baked goods at the Quay bakery are also worth a stop. For the young ones, be sure to bring them into the little aquarium down by the main quay. It’s a hands-on aquarium that our son loved.
We have one more day here then it’s off to Chester, England on Monday morning.