Fowey Hall, now an impressive luxury family hotel, was originally built as a beautiful Victorian mansion by local resident Charles Hanson.
Today, the building retains the unique character of a coastal manor with the relaxed atmosphere of a country house.
A Victorian show piece
Charles Augustin Hanson was born in Polruan, across the estuary from Fowey, in 1846. After leaving Fowey School in 1862, he emigrated to Canada to seek his fortune in the lumber trade. Hanson commissioned the mansion, now a listed building, on his triumphant return as a wealthy man in 1889. A plot of land was purchased from the nearby Rashleigh family (owners of Daphne du Maurier’s Menabilly), and a decade later Fowey Hall was complete.
As the 20th century progressed, Charles Hanson dedicated himself to politics, becoming MP for Bodmin in 1916 and Lord Mayor of London – and a baronet – in 1917. Fowey Hall welcomed guests from all over the world as Sir Charles cultivated leaders in society and commerce. Some visitors, however, were neither welcome nor friendly: in the early 1900s, Sir Charles’ Rolls Royce was set alight by suffragettes while in the Coach House.
After his death in 1922, Fowey Hall passed through the family until being sold in the late 1950s. In 1968, the house became a hotel for walkers and bird lovers under the Countrywide Holiday Association.
Luxury Family Hotels took over Fowey Hall at the beginning of 1998. The first eight months of the year were spent undertaking extensive refurbishments and restoration. The ground floor remains largely in its original layout, with the library, morning, drawing and billiard rooms and the dining area returned to their original uses.
Luxury Family Hotels
Today, Fowey Hall Hotel represents the best of contemporary, child friendly luxury. To us, this means carefree fun and relaxation in a beautiful setting. In fact, we’ll think of everything so that you can simply enjoy your time together.
We provide beach and pool equipment, fresh morning and evening milk, and complimentary fruit for children to snack on. For each day of your stay, enjoy two hours of free childcare in our Ofsted-registered Den. The gardens are designed to inspire family exploration, with chickens to feed, tree faces to find and a ‘bee friendly’ zone containing bee hotels.
When it comes to days out in Cornwall, we’ve got suggestions aplenty. An information station at reception offers tips and guides to exploring Fowey, including running routes and tide times.
In traditional country house style, the hall has strong links to the local area. Our Head Chef works closely with Cornish producers to use quality ingredients, from freshly caught seafood to award-winning ice cream. So whenever you want to eat, whether as a family or a romantic twosome, sit back and take your time. It’s precious, after all, and here you’ve got plenty.