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“a fun place to stay with wonderful hospitality”
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Foye Old Exchange
Ranked #3 of 25 Fowey B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 30, 2010

Conveniently in the centre of Fowey this B&B has great character. Our hosts were charming, interesting and friendly. Best breakfast of trip

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

We went down to Fowey for a long weekend and were lucky to be blessed with great weather. We stayed in the Old Exchange and had the Four Poster room. On arrival the hotel is quite hard to find, but you soon learn your way around the tiny twisted streets of this quaint little town. This B&B turns out to be a 1 minutes walk from the High Street and the seafront – perfect! There is enough room to pull your car up to unload it before taking ti back up the hill to the car park. We were greeted by Michael, who turned out to be a great host. His infectious enthusiasm for the town and Cornwall in general was lovely, and his knowledge of the local area made our stay all the more enjoyable. As for the breakfasts, well I loved them. We didn’t at lunch the whole time we were here, and being so full of food was a good excuse to get up into the picturesque hills around Fowey and do some good walking!

Hints for a stay: Park your car in the free car park as advised by Michael. It is only about 2 minutes past the one that costs about a tenner a day, and if you don’t fancy the walk the bus runs up the hill about every 15 minutes. Sam seems to have a bit of a monopoly on local restaurants… and with good reason! The lobster in his main place in Fowey was off the charts, and the food in his little place in the next town of Polkerris was also very good, but paled in comparison to the view, as it is set in the old lifeboat station right on the waters edge. Obviously the Eden project is a must.

All in all thanks to Michael and his wife for making our stay really enjoyable. This place is great, and compared to much more expensive options in Fowey, represents really good value… Thanks again!! Simon and Sarah.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

This review is late because I was awaiting the gift of superlative travel writing to give the Foye Old Exchange its due. That didn’t happen so I will go with my limited skills.
The rooms and bathrooms at the Old Exchange are immaculate and large enough to be comfortable. The rooms, excellent in their own right, take second place to the hospitality offered by the owners, Celia and Michael Penprase.
Michael is the "front man" a job for which he was born, while Celia’s work is more often in the background with room maintenance and cooking. Both are beyond praise.
The cooked English breakfast is massive! My husband loves his English breakfasts but each day of our week's stay he would ask Michael to make it smaller than the previous day.
The hosts hospitality also extends outside the guest house. While trudging up the hill to catch the local bus, Celia stopped and offered us, as well as two friends who were staying at another B and B, a lift to the train station. She drove us several miles out of her way to our destination.
In reference to the formerly mentioned friends, each day when we met we would compare breakfasts, rooms and conviviality of our host., It wasn't a contest; it was a rout!With a week’s stay in a less-busy, “shoulder” season, we came to know our hosts well. We especially loved being invited into the lounge at the end of the day to share a glass of wine and everyone’s stories with Michael and Celia.
If you are a newcomer to the UK bed and breakfast experience, staying here will spoil you for all future stays at any other B and B. If you are an experienced b and b traveler, it will provide the standard for all future lodgings

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2010

This is a great little B&B in a very central location within Fowey. Michael, the owner, was very friendly and entertaining with lots of stories to tell, and the breakfast was superb. We stayed in the four poster bedroom which was very quaint, of a good size and we had a pleasant overall stay.

That said, I did find the mattress to be very uncomfortable and had a disrupted night's sleep as a result. If they changed the mattress the overall experience could be so much better.

One other thing also worth mentioning is that I felt slightly misled about the tariff. Unfortunately I had to cancel our first night's stay at short notice as I suffered from a severe spell of food poisoning the night before we were due. When I called to say we would be coming for the second night only, they told me we would have to pay a higher single night rate which I of course accepted as more than reasonable. It was only the next morning when I checked out that it became evident that the £20 deposit I had already paid would not count towards the final amount, making the room poor value for the final amount we paid.

But aside from this unusual circumstance, I would still recommend this place and hope that they are more transparent about the loss of the deposit in future.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

The Foye Old Exchange is one of the gems of Fowey and the owners are two of the nicest, most welcoming people you could possibly meet. The rooms are comfortable, clean, full of character and very good value for money. My wife and I have stayed twice in the four poster room and cannot fault any aspect of our stay. The breakfasts are legendary and really set you up for a day exploring the many walks along the beautiful Fowey coastline.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

Foye Old Exchange offered the wife and myself a weekend of fantastic accommodation in the "Four Poster Room'. The hosts were VERY warm and friendly and the local information shared by Michael was invaluable especially with his dining out recommendation. You wouldn't come across a more happy and chirpier chap throughout your stay.
Had seen comments about "the breakfast' and can only say they are all true. Huge, tasty and a sight to behold. Will definitely set you up for the day and a good walk was needed to work it off.
Overall, we cant wait to book another break at the Foye Old Exchange.

Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

This is possibly the best B&B we have ever stayed at (and between us, we have travelled the world)!! The hosts were truely welcoming. The B&B is perfectly located in Fowey. The room had everything we needed and the en suite was spacious. Overall, very clean and comfortable! Our breakfast was emensly delicious, there was so much, we couldn't finish it. We will definitly be back soon!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 12 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey PL23 1BD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Fowey
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Fowey
Price Range: $110 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional B&B in the centre of picturesque Fowey. Our house is over 400 years old and was the telephone exchange for 40 years.Hence the numerous telephone memorabilia.All rooms en-suite; largest has four-poster bed. Famous for our breakfast, minutes from harbour river trips, beaches, castle. Nearby Eden Project, Lost Gardens Heligan, Charlestown, Lanhydrock only twenty minutes away, delightful walks or we are also on the Saints Way & South West Coast path. A warm welcome awaits. ... more   less 
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