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.
The Old Sawmills is set in its very own tidal creek on the banks of the River Fowey, 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 from the view.
The accommodation at The Old 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 cosy evenings, and a distinctive round window that gives the room unique character as well as glimpses of the beautiful scenery outside.
We 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.
The gardens wrap around the house up into woods, where you’ll find a summerhouse, and down to the water’s edge where there are picnic benches beside the creek. The lower ground floor of the main house is a world famous recording studio that opened in 1974 and has attracted some of the biggest names in rock music, including Stone Roses and Oasis. The studio isn’t in use during our stay, so peace and quiet are guaranteed!
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 about 15 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.
Directions to The Old Sawmills vary according to travel arrangements, arrival times, and the local tides. We will provide information and instructions when you book and you will be met in the village of Golant before being guided by foot or water to the house.
Please note that the unusual setting means that guests will need a reasonable level of mobility in order to embark and disembark from the motor launch, or walk through the woods to the house. We recommend packing good walking shoes or boots. A torch is essential for our evening walk to the local pub on one evening during the retreat. If you would like more advice about access before booking your place please use the booking form to contact us. You can see details of our 9-14 April retreat here.