Artists & Writers in Cornwall

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Heritage Tours

Explore the inspirational places that ignited the creative passions of both artists and writers - St Ives, Newlyn, Fowey and Penzance. In St Ives, the Tate Gallery and Dame Barbara Hepworth studio and sculpture garden showcase the work of local artists. Zennor was a haunt of D H Lawrence while Charlestown will be familiar for fans of the TV series Poldark. Fowey was once home to Daphne Du Maurier while the highlight in Penzance is the Penlee House Gallery with its paintings of Newlyn.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the Barbara Hepworth studio in St Ives
  • Explore Charlestown: the 18th-century port used as a filming location for Poldark
  • Discover the town of Fowey: once home to Daphne Du Maurier

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
  • All admissions to venues/attractions that form part of your holiday itinerary

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

We’ll start with a leisurely stroll around St Ives, enjoying the winding streets and astonishing sea views immortalised by writers and artists. We visit the town’s two major art attractions: the spectacular Tate Gallery and the Dame Barbara Hepworth studio and sculpture garden.

Our first stop is the village of Zennor, where D H Lawrence worked on 'Women in Love' and was accused of spying by local people. Then we visit the award-winning Geevor Mining Museum to uncover the real background to the Poldark novels, set along the rugged Cornish coast. After tea in Trengwainton Gardens, we tour the famous Leach Pottery.

The day has been left free for you to relax or explore the local area.

This morning we travel to the 18th-century port of Charlestown, filming location for many Poldark scenes, and visit the Shipwreck and Rescue Heritage Centre. We spend the afternoon in Daphne Du Maurier’s home town of Fowey and take a boat trip to view her riverside home.

The Penlee House Gallery in Penzance is a real highlight of this trip. We’ll learn about the Newlyn School of Artists and visit the places they painted in the old fishing port of Newlyn.  If the tide is right, there will also be a chance to explore St Michael’s Mount.

Our first stop is the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, home to a collection of fascinating paintings charting the history of the county. We will also visit Truro Cathedral and there will be time for you to explore the city. In the afternoon, we visit the remarkable church at Breage before ending the day in the gardens of Godolphin House, another setting featured in the BBC’s Poldark series.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Chy Morvah

Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there is a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. 



Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Chy Morvah is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Chy Morvah

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet, or dry.

All of our Heritage Tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. You will be spending most of the day on your feet. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks during the day.

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