7-Night Cornwall Discovery Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,189pp

Journey to a land of stunning coasts, quaint fishing harbours, exotic gardens and fascinating history. Step back in time at the Celtic village of Chysauster and the Merry Maidens stone circle then fast forward to the 1920s' open air theatre perched on the cliff tops above the Atlantic Sea, the Minack Theatre. Enjoy the scenery at Kynance Cove and Lizard Point; see if you can spot a rare Chough. Absorb the scents and colours of Trelissick Garden and explore picturesque fishing villages at Mousehole and Coverack.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the Celtic village of Chysauster
  • Gaze out to sea on the dramatic coastal cliffs at Zennor
  • Feel the magic at the Merry Maidens Stone Circle
  • Explore Mousehole - one of Cornwall's classic fishing villages

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage. 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our first day is along the wild granite coast of Penwith: we head for Zennor and have a gentle walk out to embrace a feast of wild flowers, views of the Atlantic and maybe a mermaid. Our picnic lunch is by the beach at Sennen Cove. Then in the afternoon we visit the timeless Iron Age village of Chysauster.


Penzance today where we visit Penlee Gallery with its collection of Newlyn school paintings. Lunch is in Mousehole, and then on to the standing stone circle, the Merry Maidens. Our final call will be Porthcurno where we'll visit the unique open air Minack Theatre that is perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean, or just sit on the beach, gazing at the turquoise sea. 


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. 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.


To the most southerly point today via the eclectic Folk Museum in Helston (home to the Flora Dance), to Coverack for our lunch stop, with its fascinating geology and tales of shipwrecks, and then to Lizard Town from where we can walk down to Lizard Point at 49° 57' 30" N, and maybe peek at the elusive Cornish Chough.


Thatch and cob are not normally associated with Cornish buildings; however, at Come to Good, there is a delightful Friends Meeting House. Then on to the lush gardens at Trelissick and afterwards a ferry hop across to the Roseland peninsula for lunch at St Just.  Taking another ferry from St Mawes, we glimpse the fine castles guarding the entrance to the Carrick Roads. We then take our final Cornish tea together, finishing our week of visits.


Today begins with a gentle walk following the South West Coast Path past Godrevy Rocks and finishing with views of Godrevy Island. Later in the day, we'll visit Heartlands - a 19-acre UNESCO-listed site which celebrates and documents Cornish mining heritage. Heartlands is built on the site of a former mining complex and features state-of-the-art exhibitions which document the rise and fall of the Cornish tin mining industry in a way which makes you feel like you were there. The site also features the Diaspora Gardens which tell the poignant story of Cornish people and their influence on the lands to which they travelled. We shall end our day with free time to explore the town of Truro where you might like to drop into the Cathedral or the Royal Cornwall Museum.


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. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

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 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 Discovery 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 and drinks (at least 1 litre) during the day.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
14 May - 21 May 2022
7 Discovery Tour £1,189 Available Trip Notes Book Now
30 Jul - 06 Aug 2022
7 Discovery Tour £1,189 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

7 nights from £1,189pp

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