Lostwithiel is an ancient stannary town in Cornwall, in a wooded valley at the head of the River Fowey estuary. It was once the county capital and its narrow alleyways are packed with remnants of its fascinating past. Exploring the town centre from your holiday cottage in Lostwithiel, you will notice striking landmarks such as St Bartholomew’s Church, featuring a 13th century tower and an octagonal screen. There is a fine 14th century bridge over the river with five pointed arches and the remains of Lostwithiel Stannary Palace with its Coinage Hall. The town centre is home to a variety of independent shops, delis, restaurants, cafes and pubs where you can enjoy a delicious meal prepared with fresh ingredients from Cornwall’s coast and countryside. Lostwithiel is famous for its antique shops and there’s no better place in the county to rummage for unique treasures to take home.


Willow Cottage sleeps 4, with an open fire and private patio. This beautifully furnished Cornwall holiday cottage is located in the pretty medieval town of Lostwithiel, in the Fowey River Valley, near glorious South Cornwall sandy beaches, Lanhydrock House and Gardens and the local farmers’ market.

There are several large parks in the town centre where a variety of annual events are held including an arts and crafts festival, a beer festival, a week-long summer carnival, food and cider festivals in October and a Dickensian evening in December. The town’s museum is well worth a visit, housed in a Georgian corn exchange and town gaol, with an excellent display of artefacts including an 18th century fire engine. Self-catering holidays in Lostwithiel would be incomplete without a trip to the perfectly circular ruins of Restormel Castle, by the river just outside the town.

Holiday cottages in Lostwithiel are a short drive from Cornwall’s north and south coasts. Explore ancient fishing villages such as Mevagissey and Polperro on the south coast or head north to the sandy beaches of Polzeath, Harlyn and Constantine Bay. The Eden Project is a 10-minute drive southward and mysterious Bodmin Moor lies a few miles to the town’s north.