Bodinnick
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The area around Fowey and Bodinnick is very much "Daphne du Maurier" country, and opposite the Old Ferry Inn at Bodinnick, is Daphne du Maurier's old house "Ferryside". Ferryside used to be known to the locals as Swiss Cottage, and the property was once a boatyard, as old photographs show. Daphne du Maurier first saw the house at the age of 19, when down in Cornwall for a holiday, and immediately fell in love with it. Daphne's parents were looking for a place to live for a while in Cornwall, and they bought the property. It is where Daphne did much of here early writings, and her love for the place did not diminish... "I for this, and this for me!" The du Maurier family still live there, and this area is a mecca for lovers of her books - there is a Literary Centre in Fowey dedicated to her.

Bodinnick means Bos-dinek in Cornish, or "dwelling by a fort, or fortified dwelling". Which dwelling this refers to is not known, but may have been the older Hall farm nearer to the top of the hill above Bodinnick.

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"Ferryside"
"Ferryside"

(if you look carefully in the photo above, that's Rick Stein sitting on the balcony (we saw him go in!)

The view from Fowey
Bodinnick from Fowey

Bodinnick and Ferryside
Bodinnick and Ferryside

The best pub view in the world, when sat with a pint of Doom Bar and a Fish Pie, this side of the Urals!...
(well, one of them... the others are in Cornwall as well!)

The view from the balcony (great place to eat!) of the Old Ferry Inn
The view from the balcony (great place to eat!) of the Old Ferry Inn

The Old Ferry Inn
The Old Ferry Inn

Bodinnick Ferry

There has been a ferry at Bodinnick since time immemorial, or at least for hundreds of years, and the latest models will navigate you far more safely across the river than the older horse and cart ferries that were rowed and punted across by man-power alone.

The Bodinnick Ferry
The Bodinnick Ferry

The Bodinnick Ferry, looking up towards the China Clay berths
The Bodinnick Ferry, looking up towards the China Clay berths

Ferryside and looking down the river
Ferryside and looking down the river from the ferry

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