Cornish boutique’s change of owners spurs interior refresh


The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey has gone under the knife and been given a refurbishment following its change in ownership last autumn.

The 11-bed Cornish boutique was acquired by South African investment group, Fairtree Hospitality Real Estate Private Equity Fund in September 2015, who then begun work on giving the property’s bedrooms and public areas a little nip and tuck.

The hotel worked closely with local interior designer Kieron Cockley of Brocante to refresh each of the bedrooms, which are split over three floors, bringing in new furniture and colour palettes. Now each bedroom comes with Nespresso coffee machines, flat-screen TVs and goose-down duvets.

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Improvements have also been made to the WiFi network throughout the building.

The hotel’s waterside restaurant, ‘Q’, headed up by chef Ryan Kellow, was also given a new look, with lighter wood tables brought in alongside dark grey upholstered dining chairs to create more contemporary style.

Kieron Cockley said: “The dining room has benefited significantly from new furniture. We’ve worked really hard to make it more comfortable. You pick up the vibe in a restaurant very quickly and we wanted to make it a place you are keen to linger over your meal.”

The award-winning hotel is located in the centre of Fowey, on the water’s edge. Originally built in 1889 as a seamen’s mission, the whitewashed Victorian property was bought by previous owners Jane and Roy Carson in 2002 and opened as a hotel in autumn 2003 following a full refurbishment.

Joe Bester, portfolio manager of the Fairtree Hospitality Real Estate Private Equity Fund said: “We believe The Old Quay House is the perfect property. The hotel has a great reputation, and we are looking to build on what Jane and Roy Carson have achieved in offering a unique guest experience in Fowey.”??

The Old Quay House was named ‘Best Cornish Hotel’ in the 2013 Good Hotel Guide.