Golant, Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom
The Sunday House....a sanctuary awaits you
Calling all modern pioneers, urban gypsies, elegant adventurers and tasteful travellers in search of stylish secrets. Shhhhhhhh…..just down the hill, a pebble's throw from the River Fowey, in a picturesque waterside village, a secret sanctuary awaits you.
The Sunday House, a tenderly transformed 16th century Victorian chapel affording idyllic river views. Having been awarded the 5* Self-Catering Award from Visit England & offering four bespoke bedrooms, comfortably sleeping nine guests.
Plumped pillows and anti-allergy downy duvets, you'd be hard pushed to find a more luxurious space to sink into when it's time to put your head down. Wake every morning to the soothing stream that flows a gentle course down the bank to the side of the property and supplying a calming and gentle sound of running water. Your very own little piece of heaven; there's no better way to start the day. Snooze a little, read a little, grab a Nespresso and read a bit more. Our bedrooms are hard to leave. Yet so is our Riverview terrace. What better way to relax al fresco enjoying the idyllic views of the boats that drift by. Gaze out towards the river Fowey and watch the dragonflies dance beside kingfishers and wild otters frolicking in the very fold of the Fowey estuary that inspired Kenneth Grahame’s novel The Wind in The Willows.
The second floor open-plan living-room is an amazing space, with enormous windows, huge log burner, original Chapel organ and vaulted ceiling; it's a complete joy, offering the most stunning views. Star gaze, storm watch, or just get snuggly with one of our cashmere throws. A great ambience in the evening to ensure you and your guests are cozy and warm whilst relaxing on the lush sofas after a lovely day of walking on the Saints Way or exploring antique shops in Lostwithiel.
The kitchen is located in the former Sunday school, is really rather special. With original flooring throughout, you'll find a Rangemaster with gas hob and electric oven, Nespresso machine, Dualit appliances, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. The kitchen is large and spacious, with dusky Blue cabinets and smooth wooden work surfaces. It's fantastically well stocked with equipment too, so you'll never be left searching for a corkscrew - keep an eye out for the fabulous vintages pieces too. Even if you are a keen cook or wish to have a wonderful Cornish chef cater & entertain you (which we can arrange) the kitchen will be ideal for preparing any gastronomic delight. Fowey is just down the road so you can go and buy some crab, lobster or fresh fish and return to The Sunday House and barbeque on the terrace to the delights of your guests or use the range cooker for boiling, grilling or oven baking your purchased morsels. A lovely farm house kitchen table, with original chapel benches, ideal for those family breakfasts and long perfect holiday lunches.
The original double entrance chapel doors take you through panelled vestibule and to the delights of the dining hall. There you will find the original chapel pulpit, custom silk drapery, solid oak floors and marble fireplace. A exquisite dining table for eight, ideal for intimate crackling fire side supper parties.
There are four bathrooms; the three en-suites and the family bathroom are fitted with heating bars and the finest of fixtures, showers and antique claw foot bath tubs with copious amounts of hot water will ensure everyone is dressed for dinner on time. The White Company bath towels and Laura Ashley beach towels are provided.
A private south-facing terrace with stunning views and surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside and River Fowey views, you will really be pushed to stray far. With surreal sunsets and evenings spent using the outdoor dining area with barbecue, teak furniture and outdoor heater why would you want to stray?
The laundry room houses the washing machine and tumble dryer and a travel cot and highchair are supplied.
Well-seasoned travelers can rest easily knowing that the beautiful Sunday House holds the prestigious Visit England Five Star rating and Gold Award, nine years in a row for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service from Visit Britain & Quality in Tourism.
The Eden Project is 10 minutes away, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Padstow are a 20 minute drive, the Cathedral City of Truro is 30 minutes away, and the sailing town of Falmouth is a little further down with beautiful St Ives 1 hour away. There are numerous beaches on both the north and south coast all within 20 minutes drive so the perfect base to explore! A Mecca for yachting and offering a variety of unique shops, boutiques, inns and restaurants, as well as sailing and fishing.
A professional cook is also offered* (additional fee's), please ask for more details.
WHAT TO DO:: The sandy beaches of Polkerris, Readymoney or Par sands are all within 5 minutes by car. Carlyon Bay (6 miles) also has many excellent beaches as well as a golf course. Today most places are touched by the commercial world, Golant and its surrounding villages, Fowey, Lostwithiel, Charlestown, Polruan, Looe, Lerryn and Polperro still remain beautiful, quaint and antiqued to ensure and offer escapism. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Blue Reef Aquarium, The Eden Project, Bodmin Jail, National Seal Sanctuary, Charlestown and Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Museum, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, The Minack Theatre, The Tate St Ives, Falmouth Maritime Museum, Daphne du Maurier Festival, China Clay Country Park & Museum, Lanhydrock House, Fowey Royal Regatta Week, Crealy Adventure Park, Castledore are all close by.
The Village Pub: This local is not a business - it's an event. Sure it is made by an excellent selection of real beers, by a decent choice of well cooked, unpretentious pub grub, a top notch setting by the river etc. etc. However, the main ingredients in this mix is the customers themselves - the committee meeting at one end of the single room whilst other regulars chat around the open fire. In the summer months for those who would wish to sit and contemplate the value of life whilst watching black, long necked cormorants skim the waters of the Fowey as they race up river to dive for mullet and sea trout.
What more could you want other than the occasional meet with a famous rock band calling in for a pint between sessions at the nearby Sawmills Studio, or the joy of listening to the landlord displaying his talent on the guitar whilst accompanying one or two other local residents sharing their vocal and instrumental skills, (and there's no charge for the cabaret).
Will your holiday feature a summer of romance on the Cornish Riviera, tales of merrymaking with the family on River Fowey or an inspirational short break discovering the hidden coves whispering the secrets of pirates and smugglers from times past you never knew existed?
The Sunday House....a sanctuary awaits you.
Single Family Home with 3 levels
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3200 square feet
Queen, 2x Twin, Queen, and Queen
9 guests maximum
Cornwall Airport Newquay - NQY
30 Minutes by Car
Charming Idyllic River Views
Activities of Interest
- Coastal Walks
- The golfer is spoilt for choice with five courses within 20 minutes drive from Golant: Carlyon Bay, Lanhydrock, Lostwithiel, St Austell & Porthpean.
- St. Catherine’s Castle, Restormel Castle, Caerhays Castle, Penndennis Castle, St Mawes Castle,
- Charlestown...Harbor to the Tall Ships
Places of Interest
- Fowey, unique shops and boutiques, inns and restaurants, as well as sailing and fishing
- Restormel Castle and Lanhydrock House, & the famous Eden Project
- Stunning Area Beaches
Lovely property set in a small village. Great for exploring the rest of Cornwall or alternatively great house to just chill, walk down the hill to the river and local pub.”
If you are after solitude you will find it at the Sunday House being perched on a hill rising steeply from the tidal River Fowey in the village of Golant. For eating there is a village pub (five stars for resisting gentrification) and a modest hotel within walking distance. However another option is eating in using the very well-appointed kitchen. Though only a mile or two via steep narrow lanes from busy Fowey, we arranged taxis to take us to and from various pubs and restaurants for our evening meals. It's a perfect area if you like walking, sadly there is not a path along the river into Fowey as it is lined by the famous china clay railway on the Golant side. ”
what a quite wonderful house in an idyllic setting.....So much care and attention was given to the house, it made it a pleasure to stay in...highly recommend taking the kayaks in to Fowey with the tide...the best possible way to enter Fowey....A truly special place.....”
Great Cornwall Vacation
The Sunday House and Golant/Fowey were more than expected. The house is beautiful and has everything you need to have a family vacation. The quaint country roads and villages were a delight.”
Spectacular Week at Sunday House
A much appreciated Thank You to Sunday House for a wonderful week in Cornwall. The house was everything we could have hoped for and more. Well appointed, charming and a total joy to stay in as we used it for our base to explore the spectacular and awe inspiring Cornwall countryside. The creativity and beauty which the owners used to convert this old church into a home was just amazing. Obvious love and care went into all the details. Just beautiful! We were three couples with two cars and the only negative was the parking shortage and having to park one car in the village at the bottom of the hill in pay parking every night then having to run down the hill each morning before 8 to feed the meter again. And then back down again each time we went out. A small price to pay.”
The Sunday House
We drove down from Sussex and arrived late at night at the Sunday House. Turning off of the main road we drove down a steep lane covered by trees and arrived in the sleepy fishing village called Golant. If Bilbo Baggins has walked up the road I would not have been surprised. Golant is the sort of place where the world stops...zero mobile reception and the possibility to relax and hear the silence. The house is a converted church with very tall ceilings and the owners have cleverly worked out how to place 3 bedrooms and a kids "den/bedroom" into the old stone building. Golant is on an estuary and be careful when you park your car near the pub 100 meters away from the house...the tide can rise and "wash" your car. The house is cosy and has all of the mod cons and my only negative point was that the church organ does not work! The incredible Eden Project is nearby and we visited the beautiful beach called Lantic. You can hire sea kayaks at the bottom of the lane near the water and explore the estuary.”
- 40"+ TV
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- High Speed Internet
- Laundry Service
- Multiple TVs
- Outdoor Grill
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- iPod Dock Stereo