The River Fowey at Lostwithiel (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50144889@N08/8016877031/in/photolist-bxCi9h-fCGJX7-aDurbE-ceKtFs-ddqAeM-bQMMj2-biqY3T-dXT9mw-bBT575-dpuWW5-e99Pwz-c9yppL-ddqyzm-oCP2em-no9zss-bHpMzT-eCUw3D-anj6yi-goDsq4-ceQkEs-kYqFcf-o7sKA6-anjj1k-oi5tTr-bCijF4-dpbPFy-dUmub5-o4CFsV-bo5s6o-c3JEvJ-oi6y7A-dT1XnU-dW5dj2-bGMBv8-anjegg-bo5se9-ann3Ho-cnYPDE-pe5PrQ-dUfUbg-bCsnCE-atTDbN-ann3ob-ann3yb-p52LSi-c7d2mA-cqzUUQ-dpbBQT-bRn51B-cqzSWs)

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 (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenshilson/4385884112/in/photolist-52XnaR-52XpQt-52XoAR-8qz3kZ-8qz39K-eCUw3D-8qCaas-7FyNxA-7pgyTq-5gWm9u-5gLisN-5gWdDm-5gWgAQ-5gWf8J-5gWi6w-5gL8aE-5gFQNx-5gWbYb-7pgAmy-7pgAxC)

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

  • Bodmin   (5.0 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Peaceful family run caravan holiday park in Lanivet, Cornwall. Close to Eden Project, Bodmin and the Camel Trail for cycling. Ideal for a relaxing countryside break.
     
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  • Bodmin   (4.7 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Unique 15th century guest house in Lanivet village on the edge of Bodmin Moor, perfect for touring. 8 charming ensuite rooms, function room space, bar and Full English breakfast.
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  • Bodmin   (5.1 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Hoseasons two and three bedroom self catering a frame lodges and Scandinavian bungalows, Bodmin.
     
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  • Lostwithiel   (1.2 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    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...
     
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  • Lostwithiel   (1.9 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Tucked away in peaceful countryside close to the village of Lerryn, The White Cottage has been recently refurbished and now provides a charming place to enjoy a holiday. Beautif...
     
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  • Lostwithiel   (0.0 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Lostwithiel allows you to explore the north and south coasts of Cornwall with equal ease, as the neck of land that travels down to Land’s End gets narrower and narrower.
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  • Lostwithiel   (0.1 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    £309
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    Willow Cottage in the town of Lostwithiel sleeps four and has two bedrooms, which makes it ideal for a family getaway.
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  • Lostwithiel   (0.1 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Sleeping six people in three bedrooms, this terraced cottage is in the small town of Lostwithiel.
     
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  • Lostwithiel   (0.2 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Semi detached two bedroom cottage in Lostwithiel with wood burner effect stove, unrestricted street parking, Freesat TV & local amenities closeby. Children over 10 welcome.
     
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  • Bodmin   (2.0 miles from the centre of Lostwithiel)
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    Tastefully decorated and beautifully appointed, this peaceful barn conversion offers comfortable and stylish accommodation for up to three people.
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