As the name suggests, The Old Sawmills is a former sawmill, set on the banks of a peaceful creek in an idyllic location, close to the seaside town of Fowey; a treat for lovers of Cornwall’s south coast.
Sawmills is set in its very own tidal creek on the banks of the River Fowey, and lies nestled in acres of woodland. Access is by boat, giving the feeling that you’re living on your very own island, yet behind the house lies the scenic footpath of the Saints Way, enabling you to walk out whenever you wish… if you can drag yourself away.
The accommodation at Sawmills is spread across two floors of the main house, with the living room and kitchen divided by a long breakfast bar. The floors are natural wood and the beamed ceilings are high, giving a lovely sense of light and space. There’s a large wood burner in the main room, ready for those cosy evenings, and a distinctive round window that gives the room unique character as well as glimpses of the beautiful scenery outside.
We will hold our morning workshops in the dining room, a stunning slate-floored space set in a glass-walled conservatory that seems to float above the water. The patio outside provides the perfect vantage point for the stunning views.
A short path leads from the main house to the charming and compact Lodge.
The gardens wrap around the house up into woods where you’ll find a summerhouse and picnic benches situated right on the creek. At lawn level, the lower ground floor of the main house is a residential recording studio that opened in 1974 and has attracted some of the biggest names in rock music, including Stone Roses and Oasis. The studio won’t be in use during our stay, so our peace and quiet won’t be disturbed!
The location is very convenient for those travelling to us from ‘up country’ (pretty well everywhere is up country from Cornwall!). The mainline station at Par is roughly 20 minutes by taxi and for those of you coming by road there is free parking next to the quay in Golant, from where you will be collected by motor launch.
You can see directions to The Old Sawmills here and details of our 12-17 November retreat here.