The River Fowey at Lostwithiel
Historic Lostwithiel in the Fowey Valley nestles alongside the upper reaches of the river Fowey and has ancient stannary town origins dating back to the 12th century. The original Restormel Castle near Lostwithiel was built by Norman lords. Today the magnificent remains of a 13th century shell-keep sit on the earlier Norman mound surrounded by a great dry ditch. The site is spectacular, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and pleasant walks in the castle grounds. In summer Restormel hosts outdoor theatre performance evenings. You can discover more on the market town's history in the Lostwithiel Museum, one of Cornwall's smallest museums, housed in the Old Corn Exchange and jail.
Restormel Castle near Lostwithiel
Lostwithiel is famously Cornwall's 'antiques capital' brimming with not just antiques shops and markets, but many independent shops, a selection of historic Freehouse inns serving fine food and ales and several bistros and restaurants. Mainline rail links and easy access just off the A390 make it a great base from which to explore South Cornwall beaches and attractions including the nearby Eden Project just 3 miles away. The National Trust's Lanyhydrock, a beautiful late Victorian country house set within extensive gardens and wooded grounds is another popular day out in the area, only 5 miles from Lostwithiel. Dogs are allowed in the grounds and onsite facilities include an adventure playground, cafe, restaurant and shop.
Festivals & Markets
Popular annual events include the Cornish Cider Festival celebrating grassroots cider making annually in October, LostFest a quirky one day festival every May and a Carnival Week in July. The Beer Festival comes to town annually in March and a Dickensian Evening featuring a Victorian Santa, vintage fairground rides, festive food, carols, market stalls and late night shopping with shop keepers dressed in Victorian costumes is held every December. Regular markets and fairs centred around the town's Community Centre are a highlight attraction and include an award winning local produce market every fortnight and The Lostwithiel Antiques Fair on the second Sunday of each month. Antiques and Collectors markets also take place on alternative weeks to the produce market.
Where to Stay
In and around the town you'll find a great choice of quality guest houses, old inns with rooms, elegant apartments in the centre and farm B&Bs on the outskirts. The surrounding countryside contains many farm and country cottages, and some holiday parks with static caravans and tourer/ camping space.
Accommodation in Lostwithiel
(1.4 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per Week (Lodge)
Family-friendly holiday park in Lanlivery near Bodmin and Lostwithiel, with pet-friendly tent and caravan pitches and self-catering lodges. Play area and games room on site.
(5.1 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6-8
Hoseasons two and three bedroom self catering a frame lodges and Scandinavian bungalows, Bodmin.
(3.7 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
double/twin room per night B&B (2 sharing)
Superb AA 5 Star Bed & Breakfast accommdodation near Lostwithiel with free WiFi and parking. Superior rooms, delicious breakfasts and tea on arrival.
(1.2 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 5
Merlin Cottage is beautifully situated in a valley near to Lostwithiel and also close to the River Fowey. A charming house, full of character and history, it also provides stora...
(3.5 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
From £21 pppn for groups. B & B from £25
Rating from 18 reviews
Unique, luxury Gold Award accommodations near the Eden Project. Ideal for families & groups. Sleeping 12 to 30, configured to your requirements. Free Wi Fi and off road parking.
(0.6 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per person B&B
Rating from 14 reviews
Built in 1910, Benthams is a spacious house set in 2 acres of land and surrounded by attractive gardens overlooking the ancient stannary (tin) town of Lostwithiel. Free wifi ...
(2.0 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 3
Rating from 13 reviews
Tastefully decorated and beautifully appointed, this peaceful barn conversion offers comfortable and stylish accommodation for up to three people.
(2.5 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per week, seasonal (sleeps 2)
Spacious self-catering cottage near Bodmin offering cosy accommodation with beamed ceilings and Wi-Fi internet. Off-road parking space. Private garden. Sleeps 2.
(0.7 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per Person including breakfast
Rating from 29 reviews
Lostwithiel B&B, six miles from the Eden Project. Spacious guest rooms, lounge and dining area. Beautiful views. Delicious breakfasts. Ample off road parking.
(0.4 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
Per Week (Seasonal)
Holiday cottages in Cornwall, around Launceston & Looe, coast & country, great for family holidays, group accommodation or romantic weekend breaks.