Artists & Writers in Cornwall
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.
- 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
- 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 places of interest that form part of your holiday itinerary, excluding National Trust and English Heritage properties
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
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.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
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.
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 are 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. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre
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 Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.
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What to Bring
To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is 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. 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.
Please be sure to bring your National Trust or English Heritage membership cards if you have them - admissions to sites owned by these two organisations are not included in the price of your holiday. If you are a member of an organisation which has reciprocal arrangements with National Trust or English Heritage, do be sure to bring your membership cards too.
Heather has a background in heritage conservation from both a professional and personal perspective. She has a passion for historic places and likes to find the unusual and extraordinary facts that will help to bring a visit alive. She enjoys sharing her love of historic places and her respect for contemporary architecture and always tries to cater for everyone by including a variety of places, spaces and building types to enrich the experience. She has a good knowledge of architecture and social history and a great enthusiasm for the setting of buildings.
A very pleasant person who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and really made the holiday for us
Jane is an experienced author and guide with degrees in English literature and art history and a passion for bringing history to life. She has written over 100 books for children and teenagers, while her books for adults include popular guides to the Tudors, Paul Cézanne, and the Cotswold region. She also writes short stories about writers and artists and has recently performed some of her stories as part of the National Trust’s ‘spirit of place’ campaign.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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11 Jul - 18 Jul
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03 Oct - 10 Oct
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