The Travelling Prince – Fowey Pronounced Foy

Mimi ON Aug 21, 2009 AT 6:32 pm

The Travelling Prince tests out the bed at The Marina Villa Hotel

The Travelling Prince tests out the bed at The Marina Villa Hotel

The Prince decided he would like to visit Fowey in Cornwall, so we booked lodgings at The Marina Villa Hotel; a stunningly refurbished Victorian villa which beautifully demonstrates individuality and elegance most becoming of this unique riverside boutique hotel. 
 
The Marina Villa manages to unify much of its original design with sympathetic contemporary signatures such as the successful balance of classic antique furniture against modern designer soft furnishings.  A must during your visit is the Nathan Outlaw; Michelin Star restaurant which has recently been added to the Good Food Guide and is located within the hotel.  The restaurant has been much celebrated in recent years and I for one have heard His Highness recommending the Seven Course Tasting Menu to various friends on more than one occasion.
 
Fowey is pronounced “Foy” and this historic harbour town is located on the south bank of the River Fowey, continuing to thrive as a commercial seaport since the Middle Ages.  Nowadays yachts, cruise liners and smaller pleasure boats are more likely to sail through its narrow harbour entrance and should one wish to cross the river, a passenger ferry runs over to the apposing town Polruan throughout the day.

The south bank of the River Fowey

The south bank of the River Fowey

The Prince and I were staying in Ashley House a few steps across the narrow esplanade from the Marina Villa’s main hotel reception building.  His Highnesses spacious room was delightful and the dramatic king size bed with glass headboard as a main feature with a clear view of the river Fowey from the two large sash windows.  “I’m rather famished” The Prince exclaimed.  “May I suggest a Cornish tea perhaps?” I replied whilst unpacking.  “Splendid idea, clotted cream, warm scones and spoonfuls of jam, what more could a young Prince desire?” I thought but said nothing and we were soon making our way to The Dwelling House on Fore Street, a delightful and popular tea room where the open range kitchen is on show and one can literally see the scones and cakes being brought from the traditional Rayburn.  Two full cream teas were ordered and consumed with great gusto.  The jams were simply divine with home made gooseberry, blackcurrant and raspberry, we were indeed in heaven.
 
Fowey is quite hilly so great for walking and along the river side we discovered numerous boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.  It’s best to take things slow and just wander.  Soon enough we had walked off our Cornish cream tea and were heading back to the hotel. With such excellent service available at the hotel His Highness was keen to relax and just watch life on the river life from the hotel’s balcony whilst enjoying a rather nice Sancerre.  The Marina Villa has a superb way of encouraging one to indulge at ones own pace with no preconceived plans.

The Prince relaxes with a glass of wine

The Prince relaxes with a glass of wine

Later that evening we decided to try a local restaurant ‘Food for Thought’; located on the harbour key side.  Creative and delicious each course maintained the honesty of wholesome Cornish fare.  His Highnesses wanton passion for fresh line court fish was well and truly satisfied and I particularly remember the “fish broth” starter, served with fresh bread and butter was simply divine. 

So with much adoration given to ‘Food For Thought’, The Prince and I tottered up the small winding streets of Fowey back to The Marina Villa Hotel allowing His Highness to ponder on the way, “We really must return to Cornwall quite soon. I do rather enjoy myself whenever I’m here”.

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