Cornwall Discovery Tour
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Wild rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, fishing harbours, mining heritage and superb gardens all make Cornwall a wonderful place to visit - the ultimate Discovery Tour holiday for beach and sea-lovers. Naturalists' favourite Lizard Point is home to rare flowers, insects and seabirds, while the gardens of Trelissick are also great for nature lovers.
On the seafront, discover picturesque fishing harbours such as Mousehole and the dramatic cliffs at Zennor. The Celtic village of Chysauster, meanwhile, offers a glimpse into the past.
- Lizard Point, well known to naturalists for rare flowers, insects and seabirds
- The extensive gardens of Trelissick (National Trust)
- Picturesque fishing harbours such as Mousehole
- The Celtic village of Chysauster
- The dramatic coastal cliffs at Zennor
- Optional short strolls of up to 1½ miles
- 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 with a PA system
Chy Morvah, meaning 'house by the sea' in Cornish, is an appropriate name for this characteristic seaside property. Situated within walking distance of the centre of St Ives, it enjoys wonderful views along the north Cornwall coast.
Chy Morvah has 39 bedrooms, either located in the main building or in the adjacent Lanyons House.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the layout of Chy Morvah, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £10 per day for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.
Penwith & Iron Age Chysauster
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, Mousehole and Porthcurno
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 July and September we'll also be able to visit the Minack Theatre.
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.
7-night - Free day
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.
3-night holiday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
4-night holiday: Arrival day
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.
The Atlantic Coast
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.
Trelissick Gardens & ferry from St Mawes
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.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Chy Morvah is situated in the attractive seaside town of St Ives. A 10 minute downhill walk will take you to the harbour and old town; a maze of narrow streets and shops. The harbour front is always bustling with activity, and there are numerous artists’ galleries to enjoy. There are also two excellent sandy beaches. Nearby Porthminster Beach (5 to 10 minutes' walk) is very sheltered and very popular with families. Porthmeor Beach on the far side of town (15 to 20 minutes' walk) is more exposed and excellent for surfing. There are several surf schools if you want to give this a go – a popular option for all ages! St Ives has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.
During your stay at Chy Morvah you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Tate Gallery & Barbara Hepworth Gallery
Opened in 1993, this branch of the Tate Gallery celebrates Cornwall’s rich artistic legacy. Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists. Both galleries are within easy walking distance of Chy Morvah. www.tate.org.uk
Justifiably popular with visitors, the fascinating ‘Biomes’ of the Eden Project house a flamboyant collection of plants from around the world. Explore the two gigantic geodesic conservatories – one a majestic rainforest, the other is host to the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Outside the extensive grounds are landscaped and produce tea, lavender, sunflowers and hemp. The Eden Project is just over an hour's drive from St Ives. Between May and September guests staying at Chy Morvah are able to book a coach excursion each Wedneday, organised by Oates Travel. www.edenproject.com
St Michael’s Mount
The jewel in Cornwall's crown, a fairytale island with an exotic garden, ancient harbour, a church and a medieval castle. Access from Marazion is by foot along the causeway, or by ferry at high water. Marazion is about 20 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached by regular local buses. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
National Maritime Museum
Cornwall's £21 million attraction in Falmouth is housed in an award winning building on the harbour-side. The museum transports you into the world of small boats and Cornish maritime history. Falmouth is about 50 minutes' drive from St Ives, and a day here could include visits to Pendennis Castle, or a delightful boat trip up the River Fal to Truro. www.nmmc.co.uk
National Seal Sanctuary
Situated at Gweek beside the Helford estuary, the seal sanctuary cares for injured or abandoned seals, before returning them to the wild. The seal sanctuary is about 40 minutes' drive from St Ives. www.sealsanctuary.co.uk
Geevor Tin Min
Discover Cornwall's mining heritage at this excellent museum. Guided underground trips as well as surface tours are available. The musem is about 30 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached using the 300 open-top bus. www.geevor.com
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Created in the mid 18th century, the gardens at Heligan are one of the best examples in Britain, famed for displays of rhododendrons and camellias. Following years of neglect they have been subject to extensive restoration work over the last 20 years. The gardens, located near Mevagissey are just over an hour's drive from St Ives. www.heligan.com
This uniquely situated open-air theatre is cut into the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Lands End. Performances take place most evenings with some afternoon matinees. The Rowena Cade Exhibition Centre tells the story of its creation. An evening theatre visit is offered on most weeks to guests staying at Chy Morvah (May to September). www.minack.com
St Michaels Mount image credited to Mike Newman, Eden Project image ©Hufton+Crow,
Travel to St Ives
Our address is: Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB
The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £4 for this short transfer. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.
Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives (2nd Exit). You will now come to 2 small roundabouts, go straight across the first and take a right at the second heading towards the village of Lelant. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay on the same road.
Pass Tescos and the Treganna Castle hotel on your left hand side, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork which heads slightly up hill, following signs to visitor parking and the leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again but instead of following the road around to the left you need to turn off the road and head directly up the hill on Porthminster Terrace.
Chy Morvah is right in front of you at the top of the hill. To reach the car park drive left past the front of Chy Morvah and turn immediately right behind the back of the building. The car park is on the right 15 yards along the lane called Bishops road.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to St Erth, and finally a short branch line train to St Ives. This is a relatively straightforward, if lengthy journey - allow 6½ hours, so a morning arrival into Heathrow would be preferable.
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.
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.”
Rob D Dightam
Rob studied geography and then town planning which has given him a lifelong interest in people and places. He has travelled widely across the globe. Rob likes to research historical and architectural history in relation to the areas he visits, as well as enjoying their present day attributes such as outdoor areas, seeing how they fit into the natural landscape around them.
Rob is a highly professional guide with detailed knowledge of the sites in his programme. He imparts the information very well.
A dedicated traveller, Phil researches all his holidays with enthusiasm and dedication. He has trekked all over the world for cancer and children's charities and has a love of the countryside born out of his childhood within the boundaries of the North Yorkshire National Park. History has always been a fascination for him. As a guide Phil hopes the guests on his tours will leave having had a pleasurable and memorable experience and been part of a happy team that really did “discover”.
Took us to some small interesting local features as well as the more obvious tourist attractions. He had researched the area well and had planned and organised very lovely venues for lunch!
Brought up in south-east England, Jill has lived in the West Country, Scotland and, since 1998, Cumbria. She has a real passion for Britain, its history, geology and wildlife and loves sharing that with other people. She loves visiting stately homes and gardens but is also interested in how ordinary people lived in the past. Jill works as a Blue Badge Guide which is the perfect job for combining her wide range of interests with a love of communicating with people.
I cannot praise Jill enough. She was a mine of information which she put over in an interesting way. She organised everyone efficiently and pleasantly and ensured everyone felt included and had a good time.
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Dates & Prices
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|4 May 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||3||£389.00||£374.00||Book Now|
|7 May 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||4||£549.00||£524.00||Book Now|
|8 Jun 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||3||£389.00||£374.00||Book Now|
|8 Jun 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||7||£915.00||£875.00||Book Now|
|11 Jun 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||4||£549.00||£524.00||Book Now|
|20 Jul 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||3||£389.00||£374.00||Book Now|
|20 Jul 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||7||£915.00||£875.00||Book Now|
|23 Jul 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||4||£549.00||£524.00||Book Now|
|24 Aug 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||7||£915.00||£875.00||Book Now|
|24 Aug 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||3||£389.00||£374.00||Book Now|
|27 Aug 2019||SVHCR - Discovery Tour - St Ives||4||£549.00||£524.00||Book Now|
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