7-Night Cornwall Discovery Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £959pp £914pp

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 Victorian era at the Museum of Submarine Technology. 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

  • Venture to Lizard Point - well known for its rare flowers, insects and seabirds
  • Explore the extensive gardens of Trelissick
  • Discover the Celtic village of Chysauster
  • Gaze out to sea on the dramatic coastal cliffs at Zennor

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
  • Day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

Trip Notes

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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.


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 the Museum of Submarine Telegraphy (Victorian internet) or just sit on the beach, gazing at the turquoise sea. In June and July we'll also be able to visit the Minack Theatre.


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.


We start with a gentle walk along the Great Flat Lode, now part of a Cornish World Heritage Site, then learn about the fascinating mining heritage of the area.


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.


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 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

 

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 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.

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

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Getting to Chy Morvah

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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 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, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.

Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.

Paul Birbeck

Paul is a Blue Badge guide for the South-West region, and he’s led for us since 2013. Being a former Geography & Environmental Education Advisor for Somerset, he’s very knowledgeable and familiar with the social, economic & political history, geography & geology that create the distinctive character of the West Country. His passion is making holidays interesting for guests, and he does this in a confident and relaxed way.

”His enthusiasm was passed onto the group. A top rate leader. Good local knowledge and friendly.”

Chrissie Le Marchant

Chrissie grew up in Yorkshire and spent her early years exploring the North York Moors. Having obtained a degree in Geology and Geography, she spent the next few years working for an international mining company, prospecting in the West Country and gold mining in Africa, driving home overland from Johannesburg via India.

She spent the next few years raising children and working for two National Parks, Snowdonia and Dartmoor. After training as a teacher of design technology she returned to civil engineering building roads. Eventually she became a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and has worked in the West Country and southern England and all over Europe as a guide and tour manager.

As a ‘Deviationist’ on the Ffestiniog Railway she drove trains, tipped wagons and appeared on Blue Peter and has been leading railway holidays for several years.

Chrissie was superb and made the week memorable. She was super and very knowledgeable about everything.

Lizzie Kerkhof - May

I have spent most of my life working in the travel industry, being a travel consultant, tour operator, hostess, Representative, a tour manager and a guide.

This has enabled me to travel extensively and see so many places, which is my passion.

I have lived in the UK, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, The Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand and have been lucky enough to travel further afield and to many other countries.

My late husband was Dutch and we lived in Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands and my daughter was born there.  I have a Dutch Fine Art Degree.  We emigrated to live in Auckland, which was a very exciting time and my son was born there. I have also been lucky enough to be a co-owner of a villa in Greece which led to many happy holidays.

I enjoy dancing Ceroc (modern jive), photography, the arts in general, archaeology, architecture, visiting places of interest and finding out about other cultures and languages.

I love tour leading as I get to meet so many wonderful people, see so many fascinating places and try out many new things. Every day is different, interesting and often amusing too.

 

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Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
16 May - 23 May
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Duration:
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Interests:
Discovery Tours

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