Walking with Sightseeing at St Ives

Cornwall

Code: SVWOD

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • History

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £279.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy full days exploring Cornwall, combining guided walks of up to 6 miles with plenty of time for sightseeing.

Holiday highlights

  • Cross the causeway to the castle on St Michael’s Mount
  • Visit Geevor Tin Mine, then walk along the coastal path to Land’s End
  • Discover the history of shipwrecks at the Lizard lighthouse, and walk to Kynance Cove
  • Enjoy an evening at the Minack Theatre (additional cost – not included in entrance fees)
  • See if you can spot seals on superb cliff-top walks

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy the perfect mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: stay in the charming harbour town of St Ives, famous for its art galleries, including the celebrated Tate
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

Accommodation

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   4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationalong the north Cornwall coast.

 

Bedrooms
Chy Morvah has 39 bedrooms, either located in the main building or in the adjacent Lanyons House.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.

Chy Morvah has been designed to make maximum use of its splendid elevated position and sea views. The panoramic main lounges enjoy views across St Ives Bay and form a flexible and sociable open-plan room.

The dining room is particularly light and has a conservatory front overlooking the gardens and the sea. There is also a ballroom which can be used for a variety of evening activities and a comfortable bar. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

Chy Morvah has attractive gardens with sea views. The heated outdoor pool is always popular with our guests (open April – September, weather permitting). Table football and boules are available in the garden.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Visit England Breakfast Award logo at HF HolidaysStart your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but a highlight during summer is a performance at the famous open air Minack Theatre (usually every Tuesday). In addition there could be the opportunity to enjoy a talk on local history, a team quiz, or a stroll into St Ives itself. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Due to the layout of Chy Morvah, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility. 

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • There is ample free parking for guests, with 2 spaces for disabled drivers
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac and the car park is on level ground
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance & reception

  • From the main car park to the main house there is a smooth pathway, which has 2 sets of steps to the Reception door (3ft wide)
  • The first set has 7 steps (each being 8 inches high, 11 inches deep) and the second set has 2 steps (both are 8 inches high, 24 inches deep). There is a handrail (32 inches high) and the steps are lit at night time
  • Entrance from disabled parking is via 2 steps with limited access through the ballroom fire door
  • There is level access from the main car park to the Lanyons building, however all bedrooms in Lanyons are on the first and second floor
  • Assistance and porterage is available on request

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • All public areas are well lit and carpeted, with the exception of Ballroom, Art Studio and games Room which have wooden flooring
  • Minimum door width is 2ft 6 inches 

Public areas - sitting room, lounges

  • The main house has main office / mini-shop, lounge, bar, conservatory, dining room, ballroom and public toilets on the ground floor and bedrooms on various floors, including the ground floor
  • Lanyons has the following facilities on the ground floor: Art room, games room, washing and drying facilities, boot room and public toilet
  • The door widths to the public rooms are: Ball room 5ft, bar 3ft, ballroom fire door 2ft 6inches, art room 3ft and games room 3ft. The lounge has no door
  • The lounge is L shaped, approximately 50ft x 20ft 

Public WCs

  • Unisex public toilets on the ground floor are accessed via 1 step of 8in high. The door is 2ft 6inches wide
  • Toilet seat height 18 inches, hand basin 30 inches high
  • The ladies toilet on the ground floor is accessed via 3 steps up (a hand rail, each step is 8 inches high and 11 inches wide), followed by 3 steps down (each step is 8 inches high and 12 inches deep). The entrance door to the ladies toilet is 3ft wide, the cubicle door is 2ft 6 inches
  • Toilet seat height 18 inches, hand basin 32 inches

Dining room & bar

  • The ground floor dining room seats 60 in circular tables
  • The table height is 16 inches, the armless chairs are 18 inches high with the back rest of 40 inches
  • The approximate size of the dining room is 50ft x 20ft
  • Waitress service, except on buffet nights. Assistance available, if required
  • The bar has tub stools that are 18 inches high and the high bar stools are 30 inches high
  • Tables in the bar area are 16 inches high. The approximate bar area is 15ft x 10ft 

Outdoor facilities

  • Outdoor pool, which can be accessed from the Basement level rooms without incurring any steps
  • Pool size 20ft x 30ft. Heated between May and September
  • Pool surrounded by paving stones
  • The pool complied with the relevant Health & Safety standards, but does not have lifting equipment
  • Pool alarm situated beside the pool for emergencies 

Bedrooms

  • Bedrooms are situated on the lower ground, ground, first and second floors of the main house and first and second floor of Lanyons
  • The two bedrooms best suited for anyone with restricted mobility are room 24 (single) and room 33 (twin), both are on the ground floor of the main house
  • The beds are 2ft 6 inches high and 3ft wide
  • Minimum door width 2ft 6 inches
  • All bedrooms are en-suite, most rooms are with a shower, but rooms with bath are also available
  • All rooms are carpeted and well lit
  • All furniture, including beds is movable 

Bathrooms

  • All en-suite, most with a shower, but rooms with bath are also available
  • Bathrooms for rooms 24 and 33 have a shower. Bathroom door width 2ft 6 inches, toilet height 16 inches, hand basin 30 inches, shower step 10 inches high. No hand rail
  • Lino flooring 

Additional information

  • 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 

Itinerary

Saturday: arrival day

Sunday: The Lizard, Kynance Cove and an ice-cream farm!

Today we walk to the most southerly point in Britain, the Lizard. In the morning we visit the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, including an optional tour of the historic lighthouse itself. In the afternoon we can see the remains of the old lifeboat house and slipway as we walk to Kynance Cove, along the top of a ‘Cornish hedge’. 4 miles (6.5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.

Monday: Geevor Tin Mine, Sennen Cove and Land’s End

Magnificent coast accompanies our drive towards Geevor, where we stop to learn about how the tin was extracted from the rocks at Geevor Tin Mine. From here we follow a trail that takes us through the history of tin mining, to the scenic setting of Botallack. We then hop aboard the bus for a short transfer to Kelynack  and a walk along a classic section of the coast path  to the beautiful beach at Sennen and along to Land’s End. 4.5 miles (7km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent. 

Tuesday: St Michael’s Mount

Our walk begins at Higher Kenneggy, dropping to the coast at Prussia Cove, to follow the South West Coast Path to Marazion, and the iconic 300-foot granite island of St Michael’s Mount with its castle and 14th century church. Access to St Michael's Mount is by ferry or foot, depending on the tides. The walk today has some steep ups and downs. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (260m) of ascent and 1,050 feet (320m) of descent.

Wednesday: free day

Thursday: Porthcurno and Mousehole

A visit to the mythical Merry Maidens stone circle before we begin our walk from Land's End, along the coast to visit the National Coastguard Lookout Station at Gwennap Head and on to beautiful Porthcurno beach, passing Rowena Wade's stunning cliff-edge open-air theatre, the Minack. There's time this afternoon to relax on the beach, visit the Telegraph Museum, or to explore the grounds of the Minack before we transfer for a short visit to the pretty harbour of Mousehole. 4.5 miles (7.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent. 

Friday: Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives

We take the train today, along to Lelant Saltings, to begin our walk along the South West Coast Path, and some of St Michael's Way, passing Carrack Gladden, Carbis Bay and ending in St Ives. We've left the afternoon free to explore St Ives. Pick up some last minute souvenirs, or maybe take a wildlife watching cruise, visit the Tate, or relax and enjoy the hubbub at the beach. 4 miles (6.5km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent.


Holiday information

  • Walks are up to 6 miles (9.5km) with up to 800 feet (260m) of ascent. The nature of the coast path means that some of the ascents and descents are sharp and steep.
  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card; additional cost for the Minack Theatre (details below)
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently

Minack Theatre

A visit to the Minack Theatre is available to all guests on a Tuesday evening from May to September. There is a supplementary cost which includes return coach travel, ticket for the performance and blanket hire from Chy Morvah. Guests can sign up for this trip at the House - tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability. 

Local area

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

Eden Project
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

Minack Theatre
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

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

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

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

Travel

Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB

By train: The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient.  Please note that St Erth has a very steep bridge. 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).

By taxi: St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £3.50 per taxi for this short transfer. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.

By car: Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay. Pass the Treganna Castle on the left, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork, following signs to visitor parking and leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again by the Longships Hotel, but at this junction turn right and go up the hill. Chy Morvah is in front of you. 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.  Free parking is available.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Reviews

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19 Jul 2016, 5:03 a.m.

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I have never had a HF holiday that I have not enjoyed or been the quality I have expected.

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Excellent staff, very friendly and helpful. Superb food and great position of hotel in St Ives. Mine was a Discovery Holiday and a few of the guests found the walks a bit challenging and perhaps could have done with more breaks on the walks for a rest and fluid intake. Obviously cliff walks are going to be more challenging.
26 Jul 2015, 9:52 a.m.

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I enjoyed the holiday. It would have been even better if HF had gone to St Michael's Mount on a day when the gardens were open. We could see them a little, from the roof. They looked magnificent!!!

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26 Jul 2015, 8:47 a.m.

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The leader was excellent, very flexible and was eager to ensure that the needs of all the guests were met. Looked after everyone. Staff in the hotel were also helpful.

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Enjoyed the blend of visiting a place of interest in the morning and then a walk along the coast in the afternoon.
24 Jul 2015, 11:47 a.m.

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Very good situation with excellent staff and leaders
28 Jun 2015, 3:26 p.m.

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first class organisation! perfect! the service was excellent

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10 out of 10 ; I enjoyed every minute, even when it rained ! no way did I go hungry!the service was excellent
8 May 2015, 10:05 p.m.

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You generally know what to expect, and should there be problems there is always someone who will sort them. Makes a big difference, knowing you will be helped if necessary.

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Did Discovery Walks. Interesting visits so that all tastes catered for, and lovely walks.
7 May 2015, 3:26 p.m.

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Administration is not perfect. Every time I have to try and phone the office, not always successfully. For this holiday they sent me the wrong walking programme, but after my call they sent the right one

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This Discovery Walking holiday was well designed and the leader was excellent
26 Sep 2014, 6:27 p.m.

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The garden was beautiful. The food was good. The house was clean and the staff most helpful and cheerful. We had room 11. Fortunately both of us are slim. as the shower room was minute. I had to open the door when I bent to wash my hair.

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We were on Discovery Walking which we found suited our ability and needs. Our leader was knowledgeable and considerate.
25 Jun 2014, 8:49 a.m.

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Very efficient in all communications. We have been dealing with them for nearly fifteen years and they are prompt and caring.

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Great weather and great company helped but relaxed atmosphere is result of good planning and routines.
25 May 2014, 11:38 p.m.

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HF is excellent in all all ways. I wish we had an equivalent organization in the US.

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The discovery walk was a work in progress which I think will improve as the guides become more experienced in leading the type of activity. I think the discovery walks is a very good concept which I hope will grow in the future.

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person