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OS map 107 for Lanteglos and Fowey estuary area. Click here

Oh my country, if I keep your secrets, keep for me your heart!

Arthur Quiller-Couch

Peregrine Falcon

"Here was the freedom I desired, long sought for, not yet known. Freedom to write, to walk, to wander, freedom to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone."

Daphne du Maurier, Bodinnick

Welcome to Lanteglos-by-Fowey

The south coast of Cornwall with its beaches, coastal walks, wooded valleys, and sheltered estuaries has some of the most beautiful walking, swimming, sailing and historic places to visit in Britain. 

The parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey, on the south coast of Cornwall, includes the ancient villages of Polruan, Bodinnick, Mixtow, Pont and Lanteglos Highway. Bordered by the River Fowey to the east and the Atlantic sea to the south, it has been settled by early inhabitants as far back as the Bronze Age.  

Many of the surrounding farms date back to the Doomsday records of 1086 (Trenant, Trethake and Lantivet), and the countryside has changed very little since. This rural backdrop, together with its stunning beaches and coastline makes it a very beautiful location for nature lovers and holidaymakers. 

Across the water is the ancient harbour town of Fowey with its narrow winding streets, shops and restaurants. Lostwithiel lies at the head of the estuary, an ancient town with an incredible historic past. Many of the smaller villages dotted along the estuary inlets are equally enchanting and picturesque; Mixtow, Penpol, St Veep, Lerryn, St Winnow, Milltown and Golant.

Home to Daphne du Maurier, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and other famous authors, much has already been written about the area. This online guide aims to provide insight and information to holidaymakers about the Fowey estuary area and to provide a flavour of what makes Bodinnick, Fowey, Polruan and the surrounding villages so special.

There are many cottages and self catering holiday accommodation providers in the Fowey estuary area and families who come to visit once, return again and again. This 'unofficial guide' aims to provide an insight into this incredibly beautiful and historically fascinating part of Cornwall.

'He spoke of my home as a ‘nook’. Its windows look down on a harbour werein, day by day, vessels of every nation and men of large experience, are for ever going and coming; and beyond the harbour, upon leagues of open sea, highway of the vastest traffic in the world: whereas from his own far more expensive house my friend only sees a dirty laurel bush, a high green fence, and the upper half of a suburban lamp-post. Yet he is convinced that I dwell in a nook.

In a flash I saw the truth: that my love of this spot is made up of numberless trivialities, of small memories all incommunicable, or ridiculous when communicated; a scrap of local speech heard at this corner, a pleasant native face remembered in the doorway, a battered vessel dropping anchor – she went out in the spring with her crew singing dolefully; and the grey-bearded man waiting in his boat beneath her counter till the custom-house officers have made their survey, is the father of one of the crew, and is waiting to take his son’s hand again after months of absence.

Oh my country, if I keep your secrets, keep for me your heart!'

Source: The Delectable Duchy, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

For more information on self catering holiday accommodation in Bodinnick, Polruan, Fowey, Pont Pill, Mixtow, Lerryn, St. Veep, Lostwithiel, Golant, St. Winnow and the Lanteglos area contact

Bed and breakfast accommodation at pubs and farmhouses, several campsites and National Trust holiday accommodation in cottages and campsites are also available in the area.