UK: Bestselling author David Walliams has officially opened the library at Fowey Hall Hotel, thought to be the largest children’s library housed within a hotel in the UK.
Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, the 36-bed Fowey Hall Hotel reopened its doors in July. The property is part of Luxury Family Hotels.
The hotel’s interior design team worked with local artists to create a range of bespoke interiors from wallpapers and furniture to guest room details.
The library is home to more than 800 books appealing to children of all ages as well as a selection of reads for adults. It also houses vintage photography and prints that tell the story of the hotel and its literary links.
Walliams stated: “In a world of deadlines and constant interruptions, many families are juggling work, personal commitments and their lives are currently restricted due to the pandemic. A library, however big or small, can often be the perfect place to retreat and enjoy a book without distraction. It’s a real pleasure to visit Fowey Hall and open its wonderful library. I’m honoured to declare it open for literary indulgence!”
Simon Maguire, managing director of Luxury Family Hotels, added: “One of the most relaxing things about getting away, whether it’s to the beach or a long weekend out of town, is that you get the chance to pick up a book. As part of our major refurbishment, we wanted Fowey Hall to offer a luxury stay with relaxation guaranteed and our library has been carefully designed to do just that, enabling our guests – whatever their age – to while away the hours, sink into the sofas and comfy chairs with a good book.”
The sailing town of Fowey on the south Cornish coast served as the inspiration to authors including Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca, and Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows.
Fowey Hall Hotel includes an OFSTED registered creche, a children’s outdoor playground, a luxury cinema room, a retro games room, morning room, bar and restaurant, and indoor swimming pool and spa.