Nestled in the mouth of a wooded estuary, Fowey (pronounced Foy) is still very much a working china-clay port as well as a focal point for the sailing fraternity. Increasingly, it's also a favored home of the rich and famous. Good and varied dining and lodging options abound; these are most in demand during Regatta Week in mid- to late August and the annual Fowey Festival of Words and Music in mid-May. View more
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Relax enjoying a traditional Cornish Cream tea aboard a nostalgic steam-hauled locomotive train of the 1950s.
Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway
The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway was built at a cost of £35,000 (approximately $85,000 at the time) following a study commissioned in 1831 by local landowner Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow. The line from Wadebridge to Wenfordbridge, with a branch to Bodmin, was intended to carry sand from the Camel estuary to inland farms for use as fertiliser.
Reporting the opening of the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway in 1834, the 'West Briton' stated, 'A more grand and imposing sight was never, perhaps, witnessed in the county'. It was the first steam-powered railway in Cornwall and one of the first in Britain to carry passengers. Today, experience the past brought to life with a journey aboard a steam hauled locomotive train.
Your excursion begins with a journey by motorcoach to Bodmin General Station, where you join the steam train. Spend fifty minutes aboard taking in the old world charm of the steam trains. This railway is Cornwall's only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives. At your table within the carriage, you are served a traditional Cornish cream tea of scones, jam, and clotted cream, accompanied by the finest English tea or coffee.
A scenic coach ride back to Fowey at the end of your train journey rounds off the tour.
Please note: There is an uphill walk from the tender landing area and 15 steps to climb to reach the tour vehicles. This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach and coach via steps. During the two stops made for the train to change direction and the steam engine to run around its train (10 minutes at Boscarne Jct. and 30 minutes back at Bodmin General), guests may disembark to watch the proceedings, take photos, or just stretch their legs. During the longer layover at Bodmin General, participants may also visit the souvenir shop or view the locomotive restoration work being carried on in the depot. The actual journey time spent with the train in motion is approximately 50 minutes
Explore the Cornish villages, history, and traditions of Britain during this half-day sightseeing excursion, with a visit to Polperro for cream tea.
Depart the pier towards Polperro passing through Lostwitheil. Your route crosses the peaceful Cornish countryside filled with small villages, granite farmhouses, and hedged fields threaded by narrow roads before reaching the village of Polperro. This storybook village is home to narrow, winding streets, cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny, picturesque harbour, wonderful cliff-path walks and interesting shops.
Traditional Cornish Cream Tea is practically an institution in the British Isles. Custom dictates that tea should actually be an event, one that relaxes and soothes the senses. Tea is served, often with cream, if taken 'white', traditionally accompanied by a scone. Here in the south-west of England, the cream reigns supreme with the people of both Cornwall and Devon claiming all other versions of a cream tea are inferior to their own - anything else is second best, or so it is claimed. The origins of clotted cream are lost in the depths of history, although monks were making butter from clotted cream in the early 14th century. Spread thickly on freshly baked scones, with lashings of home-made strawberry jam, this makes for a seductive and delicious tea-time treat. Having enjoyed the cream tea stop there will be time to browse the local shops and explore the area.
Reboard the coach and travel along the fringes of Bodmin Moor, renowned for its connections with the 18th-century smuggling fraternity.
Please note: There is an uphill walk from the tender landing area and 15 steps to climb to reach the tour vehicles. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over surfaces that include cobblestones in some areas. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The village of Polperro is traffic-free; therefore, guests are required to walk at least one mile (1.6 kilometres) between the village and the harbour front and the coach drop-off point. There are horse and cart rides and 'trams' for guests who feel they cannot manage the walk, but transportation into the village may be limited and its availability cannot be guaranteed. There is a small charge for this transport which guests must pay in local currency directly.
Experience the Old World beauty and architecture of the Cornish countryside during this memorable, half-day visit to the legendary Pencarrow House.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive to Pencarrow House. One of the West Country's few remaining privately-owned great Georgian houses, Pencarrow House has been the home of the Molesworth-St. Aubyn family since the Elizabethan Age. Located at the end of the one-mile-long (1.6-kilometre-long) Carriage Drive lined with numerous conifers, rhododendrons and camellias, Pencarrow House is nestled amidst a beautiful garden and woodland setting.
Upon arrival, your private guided tour begins in the Inner Hall, which is adorned with outstanding paintings. From here, proceed to the Drawing Room, which was renovated in 1841 and features beautiful, rose-coloured damask curtains taken from a Spanish ship captured off the Philippines in 1762. In the Music Room, the rococo ceiling depicts the four seasons, and fine mouldings of birds, fruit, and flowers decorate the maple-grained panelling.
During your visit, see fine furniture, family portraits, and ceramics, notably the Pencarrow family rose bowl. Afterwards, coffee and tea are served, followed by some time at your leisure to explore the extensive gardens, highlighted by a lovely Italian garden and adjacent rockery.
Having experienced this lovely Georgian estate, re-board your coach for the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier and the awaiting ship.
Please note: There is an uphill walk from the tender landing area and 15 steps to climb to reach the tour vehicles. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, at your discretion, to explore the interior and ground. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. The garden and first floor of the house is wheelchair-accessible; a video tour is available for those who cannot negotiate the stairs.
This stunning ecological project is a global garden that also focuses on the inter-relationship of plants and humans. Since its opening in 2001, the Eden Project has become one of England's premier attractions. This dramatic global garden nestles into a crater which was once an old clay pit overlooking St. Austell Bay.
Depart via coach on the approximate 90-minute drive, crossing a peaceful countryside of small villages, granite farmhouses, and hedged fields that gives way to rolling downs as you approach St. Austell Bay and the Eden Project. Eden is a gateway into the fascinating world of plants, where science meets arts and technology in a living theatre, a dramatic global garden the size of 30 football pitches, nestled like a lost world in a crater overlooking St. Austell Bay. Cornwall's mild climate, clean air, ample water supply and southerly location provide ideal conditions for these plants to flourish. There will be a short introduction by your guide before you are free to visit this fascinating complex at your leisure.
As well as the outdoor landscape, you will be able to visit the biomes - giant conservatories with cathedral-like qualities. The Humid Tropics Biome allows you to experience the sights, smells and sheer scale of the rainforest in the world's largest conservatory, whilst the Warm Temperate Biome showcases the world from the Mediterranean to South Africa and California, demonstrating how the plants thrive on drought and poor, thin soils. The Garden of Eden contains plants and trees ranging from the Amazon and West Africa to Malaysia and is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. You can also learn something about the inter-relationship between men and plants throughout history.
After exploring this fascinating world, re-board the coach for the return 90 minute drive to Fowey and the pier.
Please note: There is an uphill walk from the tender landing area and 15 steps to climb to reach the tour vehicles. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, bring water from the ship. Guided tours are not permitted in Eden so walking is at your leisure. Please make arrangements with your butler in advance as the dining room will be closed when the tour arrives back to the ship.
Enjoy a round of golf at the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus signature St. Mellion course in Fowey.
The Nicklaus Course was the first course in Europe to be designed by the great Jack Nicklaus and it remains one of his proudest achievements. The par 72, 7000 yard (6400 metre) Nicklaus course has played host to many of the world's top golfers and was recently named as the "most difficult course in England" by Today's Golfer. A lot of the Nicklaus hallmarks are here such as a raised teeing box, long fortified greens that require a soaring faded approach shot.
Once you have completed the course you will be transferred back to the ship.
Please note: There is an uphill walk from the tender landing area and 15 steps to climb to reach the tour vehicles. Programme involves moderate to extensive activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and shared cart. Club rental is GBP 35 per standard set. All prices quoted are subject to change without notice. Optional rentals and purchases are not a part of the programme and are to be paid directly to the pro shop. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted. Golfers may wear soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of four golfers is required to operate this tour. Please bring local currency for all purchases including lunch.
Experience the beauty and history of Fowey and its environs during this half-day excursion to Lanhydrock House.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive to the valley of the River Fowey between Liskeard and Lostwithiel. It is here that Lanhydrock overlooks the lower part of this beautiful river. Landhydrock is closely surrounded by its own plantations, which were sadly depleted by storms in 1990. Upon arrival, see the avenue climb gently through the park. The gatehouse appears in the distance, and behind it are the spreading grey house and a little church nearby.
The original Lanhydrock House was laid out around four sides of a quadrangle like an Oxford college. However, by the mid-19th century, the old house was proving inconvenient for modern domestic life. In 1857, Thomas Agar-Robartes, later the 1st Baron Robartes of Lanhydrock and Truro, had it remodelled and enlarged into a fashionable Victorian manner. Unfortunately, the building was ravaged by fire just 24 years later. Only the north wing, with its superb 17th-century gallery and plasterwork, survived. It was left to the 2nd Baron Robartes, who rebuilt the house in a Neo-Jacobean style and modernis
ed its interior to late-19th-century standards of comfort and convenience.
During your self-guided tour of Lanhydrock House and Gardens, a total of 49 rooms are available for viewing. Together, they evoke the entire spectrum of life in a rich and splendid Victorian household. See the many servants' bedrooms, a fascinating complex of kitchens and larders, the nursery suite where the Agar-Robartes children lived, learned and played, and the grandeur of the dining room with its table laid and ready. Surrounding the house on all sides are gardens ranging from formal Victorian parterres to the wooded higher garden where magnificent displays of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias climb the hillside to merge with the oak and beech woods all around. At the conclusion of yourexcursion to Lanhydrock House, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: There is an uphill walk from the tender landing area and 15 steps to climb to reach the tour vehicles. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and loose gravel paths and slopes, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, six steps from the ground floor to the billiard room, and stairs to other floors. There is an approximate .5 mile (.8 kilometre) walk from the coach park to the entrance. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.