Restaurants, pubs and stunning scenery are within walking distance, while sandy beaches, historical sites such as Restormel Castle and Lanhydrock House, and the famous Eden Project are a short drive away.

In Summertime there’s a range of activities, and even in high summer the village of Golant remains one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets as a peaceful waterside retreat. Autumn & Winter holidays are popular too, with the nearby oyster festival and Christmas & New Year celebrations.

Golant Golant


Golant is an ancient fishing village on the Fowey River Estuary, just two miles from Fowey. The area is steeped in fascinating history, with the last battle between Cromwell's army and the Royalists having taken place nearby in 1644, and many of Daphne du Maurier's novels set in the vicinity. 

This stretch of the Fowey River is equally famous as the inspiration for Kenneth Graham's The Wind In The Willows

Also nearby is the site of Castle Dore, traditionally the seat of the legendary Dark Age King Mark and the setting of the romance of Tristan and Isolde.

The Fisherman's Arms The Fisherman's Arms

The Fisherman's Arms 100 yards

A charming character Inn dating back to 1826 with spacious outside terraces boasting stunning views over the River Fowey. All our produce is locally sourced wherever possible.

Choice of Traditional Cask Ales, Hot & Cold Meals and Snacks served daily between 12–3pm & 6-9pm. Sunday lunches served from 12–3pm. Annual beer festivals held May & August Bank Holiday weekends.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project 6 miles (16 minute drive)

Opened in March 2001, the Eden project is Cornwall's most popular attraction with over a million visitors every year. Its two huge biodomes cover a total of 5.5 acres and house more than a million plants from all over the world.

The River Fowey The River Fowey

The River Fowey a hop, skip and a jump!

Flowing from the ancient town of Lostwithiel – past The Boathouse – then to the sea, the many creeks and inlets of the River Fowey offer unspoilt scenery, lovely waterside villages, and the curious glances of rare wildlife along the shore.

Canoeing down the river is a fun, safe way to explore the beautiful area. Encounter Cornwall provides canoe trips and kayak hire, with options for experienced paddles and beginners alike.

Country walks Country walks

Country walks 0.3 miles

There are many footpaths accessible from the village, including forests, fields, country roads and wonderful coastal walks.

OS Explorer map 107, OS Landranger map 200

Wetland birdlife Wetland birdlife

Wetland birdlife

The Fowey River estuary is a noted haven for birds, where many of the UK's common waders – oystercatchers, curlews, whimbrel, and several species of sandpiper – can be seen year round. As well as the many kingfishers, the rare avocet was spotted in 2010. The river and local coast is an important arrival and departure point for migratory birds making their way across The Channel. One of the rarest visitors is the osprey (March and October), once seen taking a fish just 100 yards in front of The Boathouse.

Restormel Castle Restormel Castle

Restormel Castle 5 miles (15 minute drive)

Built in the thirteenth century but standing on an earlier Norman mound, Restormel Castle guards what was then a major crossing of the river Foway.

Surrounded by a deep and wide dry moat, the castle still encloses the main rooms in remarkably good condition, and allows fantastic views. A wonderful picnic spot.

Fowey Fowey

Fowey 4 miles (10 minute drive)

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey, on the south coast of Cornwall, has much to offer. With a selection of quality shops, galleries, restaurants and interesting walks from gentle strolls to cliff hikes. There's also the harbour itself, with boat trips on the River Fowey a popular way to spend a day.

Readymoney Cove

Readymoney Cove

A sandy beach to the south of Fowey, Readymoney Cove is sheltered by cliffs close and bound on one side by the medieval part of Fowey and on the other by St Catherine's Castle. Local legend has it that a mermaid frequents the cove during winter storms!

Lanhydrock House Lanhydrock House

Lanhydrock House 8 miles (18 minute drive)

Lanhydrock estate and country house offers serene grounds, fifty elegant Victorian rooms and the 17th century Long Gallery, while the servants' quarters show how life would have been 'below stairs'.

Carnglaze Slate Caverns

Carnglaze Slate Caverns 13 miles (30 minute drive)

Consisting of three man-made caverns formed as part of a slate quarry in the Loveny Valley, Cornwall, Carnglaze slate cavern was used as a mine from the 1500s up until about 100 years ago. A part of the cavern was used by the Royal Navy during World War II to store its supply of rum.