Virtually hidden within the green rolling hills and woodland, Lostwithiel is nestled into the valley of the river Fowey, just a few miles from the coast of South East Cornwall.
The name Lostwithiel is believed to come from 2 Cornish words combined as ‘lostwydhyel’ which means “tail of a wooded area”. As you can see from the below picture, it clearly is at the tail of the woods and Mellingey is the first house you can see on the right, effectively next door neighbour to Restormel castle just 600 metres further up the valley.
This ancient Cornish stannary town dates back to the 12th century and has seen many battles. It was home to the Black Prince, the first Duke of Cornwall and he resided at the historic and imposing Restormel castle.
Today Lostwithiel is a thriving local, family friendly community. It’s perfectly positioned as a holiday destination and ideal for day trips. As you can see Lostwithiel is surrounded by breathtaking countryside, as well as being just a few miles from the unspoilt beaches of South East Cornwall.
Antiques’ shops and weekly fayres have made Lostwithiel the antiques capital of Cornwall, while the considerable range of independent’s provide everything from grocery and conveniece goods to deli foods and gifts. There are excellent restaurants and pubs as well as an award winning farmers Saturday market.
If that’s not enough, the river Fowey flows through the centre of the town and provides the perfect place to walk, chill, swim, fish or simply sit on a bench and eat fish and chips or cornish pasty.
There is so much more to tell so watch this space as we add to this blog!