Lonely Planet Writer

Stay at the historic studio where Oasis recorded their debut album

Listening to Oasis’ 1994 high-energy debut album, “Definitely Maybe”, the first place that comes to mind is not an idyllic water mill in the Cornwall countryside in the southwest of England. But it is here that that album, as well as dozens of other significant releases from artists of all genres, was recorded. And guests eager to spend a night where music history was made can do so, as the studio now doubles as a B&B.

The Sawmills sits on the banks of The Fowey in Cornwall.
The Sawmills sits on the banks of The Fowey in Cornwall. Image by The Sawmills

Established in 1974 as one of the first residential recording facilities in the United Kingdom and with parts of the site that date back to the 11th century, The Sawmills sits at the tidal creek on the banks of the River Fowey in Cornwall, and boasts beautiful views of the surrounding area. Operating as a fully-functional recording studio that includes a control room and machine room, plus a live space and two isolation booths, The Sawmills has views of both the lawn and creek. As well as the Gallagher brothers, the studio has played host to a varied selection of recording artists over the years, including Robert Plant, Stone Roses, Muse, The Verve, Ben Howard, Jessie J, Wet Wet Wet, Supergrass and Duran Duran.

The recording space at The Sawmills studio.
The recording space at The Sawmills studio. Image by The Sawmills

The last few years has seen The Sawmills opening accommodation specifically for the public, with booking times alternating with studio use to ensure that there are no noise issues for guests. The main house features seven bedrooms and five bathrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests, and the site also includes a two-bedroom lodge on the edge of the woodlands that overlooks the creek.

The main house features seven bedrooms and five bathrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests.
The main house features seven bedrooms and five bathrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests.

“We do have some people that book specifically because of the bands that have stayed here, we’ve had stag weekends of Oasis fans for instance. However, I think most people just see the picture and are dazzled by the sheer beauty of the location, once they book they read up about the place and discover all this history,” Ruth Taylor of The Sawmills told Lonely Planet Travel News.

The area is also said to have inspired Kenneth Grahame's, "The Wind in the Willows.
The area is also said to have inspired Kenneth Grahame’s, “The Wind in the Willows. Image by The Sawmills

As well as shaping the history of music, it is widely accepted that the River Fowey and its surrounding area acted as the inspiration for the setting of Kenneth Grahame’s, “The Wind in the Willows”, which was published in 1908, one year after the author had stayed there.

More information on The Sawmills is available at the official website.