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The Botanist | Luxury Coastal Self-Catering | Fowey, Cornwall

The Botanist

Fowey, Cornwall, UK

Just a 20-minute stroll from the heart of Fowey, The Botanist is wonderfully placed for exploring all that the leafy south coast of Cornwall has to offer. Inside, rich jewelled tones, soft velvets and bright botanical patterns reign while the extensive gardens offer a quiet place to lounge between the trees. A luxury self-catering coastal home with warmth and zing in abundance; Cornish holidays by the sea will never be the same again.


Hidden behind trees and shrouded in peace and quiet, this self-catering coastal home was designed with family get-togethers in mind. By day, stroll into Fowey to enjoy a traditional Cornish pasty on the harbour wall before returning to The Botanist to recline under the willow tree with a good book and glass of something chilled. As the sun begins to fade, continue life outside at the summer house where a sunken hot tub hides behind greenery, or choose from any of Fowey’s chic bistros for the finest combination of fresh seafood and cold Champagne.


Emerging from underneath the marshmallow duvets of one of the six bedrooms after a dreamy night’s sleep, every day at The Botanist feels like a revival. Tiptoe down to the elegant kitchen to prepare leisurely breakfasts of fresh pastries and juicy fruit, enjoyed either around the dining table or outside under the morning sun. Veer off to get ready for a day’s adventure, and upon return, soak tired legs in a freestanding bathtub. Once towelled off and suitably relaxed, the lounge with its plump sofas is the perfect space for socialising.


A symphony of colour and scent awaits as the doors are flung open to the walled garden on early spring mornings. Enjoy hot, buttered croissants on the al fresco dining area next to the tinkling sound of water, perch under the Victorian ironwork with a cup of tea on the front porch or challenge the family to a game of croquet on the field in front of the hot tub. Beyond the trees which border The Botanist, turquoise waters and secluded coves invite balmy dips, long coastal hikes and afternoons sipping cocktails under umbrellas in seaside towns.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £2,250 per week, £1,750 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are three first floor double bedrooms, one with super king-size sleigh bed, claw-foot bath and en suite shower room, one with four poster bed and en suite bathroom with separate shower, and one with king-size bed. On the second floor are two doubles with king-size beds, plus one zip-and-link bedroom. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower on the first floor, a shower room on the second floor, and two WCs on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesHot tub and games room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per stay
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking available for up to six cars between the two drives outside the property. The large kitchen has an AGA, induction hob, electric oven, grill, double fridge-freezer and coffee machine. There is a separate utility room with washer, dryer and drying space. The owners´ five-acre field adjoining the property is the perfect space to exercise dogs, complete with gate and access to an ancient wood with a trickling stream.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with wine and Cornish produce, 50" smart TV and 40" smart TV with Amazon Firestick, Alexa, Miele Nespresso machine, second coffee machine, croquet, iPad, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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A pretty fishing port full of maritime history with stunning estuary views in south Cornwall. Lose yourself down the narrow winding streets, poke about in little shops or throw on wellies to discover the town´s festival culture - from arts to food and music.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Botanist is located just outside of the busy coastal town of Fowey, just a 15 minute stroll from the harbour.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Par Train Station, a 15 minute drive from The Botanist.
  • By Air Newquay airport is a 40 minute drive away, or Exeter airport can be reached in an hour and a half.

From the owner

“My favourite place to relax at The Botanist is to simply spend time in the glorious gardens. The house is a much loved Victorian landmark within the community and it is a tradition that we erect and decorate a large Christmas tree within the grounds each year, which gets the whole village into the festive mood.”

From the owner

The Botanist was originally built in 1895, in the parish of Lescrow in Fowey as a Dower house. The Victorian proportions and details in the construction indicate it was built to the highest standards known at the time.

We were told by the previous owners that the property was built to replicate a house in Golant, where the landowner built the house for his mistress; he would be seen on his horse galloping through the fields and hills to see her. This story was the inspiration for the design at the front of the house, making a Celtic love knot border. Who knows whether this is true...

The owners of Lescrow House informed me that The Botanist was the Dower House to the Lescrow House. The parish of Lescrow was once a thriving hamlet at the turn of the 1900s. The farmhouse employed many people to work the land and its dairy; however, the parish ceased to thrive after many men never returned from the World Wars.

The Shaw Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Fowey with an insider’s perspective.

Eden Project
To See

Eden Project

Here, massive biomes housing the largest rain forest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to the striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. 

Camel Valley Vineyard
To Do

Camel Valley Vineyard

Enjoy a glass or two of Cornwall´s finest sparkling wine on the sun-drenched terrace overlooking the vineyard. Producing wines for over 20 years, Camel Valley Vineyard provides a great day out for wine aficionados.

Nathan Outlaws Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
To Eat

Nathan Outlaws Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

Outlaw currently holds three Michelin stars across his empire of exquisite seafood restaurants. Outlaws Fish Kitchen sits within a 15th century fisherman’s cottage and offers unique dishes using the freshest seafood landed each day.

The Camel Trail
To Do

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is a glorious 18-mile stretch of a largely flat, traffic-free surface, rewarding bikers with views of the idyllic Cornish countryside along an old railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

Guest Testimonials

Cloudless skies, flat calm sea and dolphins escorting our boat on a fishing trip. These are some of the memories that will stay with us from our amazing stay at The Botanist: the perfect and stunning base to enjoy Fowey, the river and surrounding coast. My wife summed up the house and amenities in one word - wow!

This modern but Victorian house really is a home. The lush interiors have been selected so well and really compliment each room! Great for children too, with loads of room upstairs for playing in and the gardens with a summerhouse are another extension of that. The house is great for family gatherings, we have certainly enjoyed getting the family together for the first time in ages and it´s been so heart-warming to be able to share this experience in this lovely home. Thank you so much for the memories.

The property is lovely and has plenty of amenities, the welcome hamper was a real treat. Nick was brilliant and not too intrusive. The property was beautifully decorated and an incredible space for us to enjoy during our amazing stay.

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