Visit Lostwithiel and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Lostwithiel, Cornwall, is far smaller than you might expect from the map and from its history. In the 13th century it was the capital of the Duchy, under the aegis of Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, in his castle, Restormel, and throughout the Middle Ages a stannary town. Now it has little but the trappings of borough status. It is compact (having been built to a medieval grid plan) with several interesting old buildings, and slopes to the River Fowey, which is here deep enough for small boats yet fast enough for trout and crossed by an old bridge.
Outstanding are the l3th-century lantern spire of its parish church, the finest of its kind in Cornwall: the same church's celebrated l4th-century font, which is most entertainingly carved, and the linen-fold panelling in its guildhall (1740). The church, which also contains quite an attractive 1886 east window by the well-known firm of Clayton and Bell, was treated even more sacrilegiously than most by Parliamentarian soldiers in the Civil War. At the font they christened a horse Charles, used the building as a prison, and tried to blow up two prisoners who escaped to the tower. The old brown buildings in Quay Street are the remains of a great hall built c. 1280 as the county treasury, and the former stannary offices: beneath the granite slabs that floor an arch at the south end a stream flows. In North Street a wall plaque tells you that Walter Kendall has a 3,000-year lease, starting 1652, on the house.
Restormel, 1 mile West, commanding the Fowey Valley, is the best preserved castle of its period in the county. Parts of it may date from c. 1100, but most of what now exists is late 13th-century. By the 16th century it was abandoned. Parliamentarian forces used it in the Civil War till driven out by Sir Richard Grenville's men in 1644.
Nearby towns: Bodmin, Fowey, Liskeard, Par, St. Austell
Nearby villages: Blisland, Boconnoc, Braddock, Bugle, Cardinham, Dobwalls, Doublebois, Duloe, East Looe, Egloshayle, Golant, Helland, Henwood, Lanivet, Lanlivery, Lanreath, Lansallos, Lanteglos, Lanteglos, Lerryn, Looe, Luxulyan, Mevagissey, Morval, Pelynt, Pentewan, Polperro, Porthallow, Roche, Sandplace, St. Blazey, St. Cleer, St. Dennis, St. Ewe, St. Kew, St. Keyne, St. Mabyn, St. Minver, St. Neot, St. Tudy, St. Veep, St. Winnow, Stenalees, Temple, Tywardreath, Wadebridge, Warleggan, Withiel
Have you decided to visit Lostwithiel or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Lostwithiel bed and breakfast (a Lostwithiel B&B or Lostwithiel b and b)
- a Lostwithiel guesthouse
- a Lostwithiel hotel (or motel)
- a Lostwithiel self-catering establishment, or
- other Lostwithiel accommodation