Hidden Gardens of Cornwall
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Cornwall’s climate and history offers an abundance of wonderfully diverse gardens. You may already be aware of the ‘must-see gardens' of Cornwall but there are many more interesting lesser known gardens to explore. Hidden garden gems which are perhaps not so well advertised, or are seldom open to the public. We’ll explore a Japanese garden, a sculpture garden, a fabulous nursery and a private visit to the fabulous Scorrier garden.
- Private visit to the beautiful Scorrier country house garden
- Enys Garden - Cornwall’s oldest garden, dating back to 1709
- Modern art installations and stunning views at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden
- 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 essential transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach with PA system
- All garden admissions costs (please note this does not include entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee)
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.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Laundry facilities
• Chy Morvah has a splendid elevated position with sea views
• The main lounges enjoy views across St Ives bay
• Dining room
|• Conservatory front
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens with sea views
| • Heated outdoor swimming pool (Open April to September, weather permitting)
• Table football
|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.
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
Saturday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Sunday: Tregrehan & Marsh Villa Gardens
We’ll visit Tregrehan, a magical woodland garden with a diverse range of planting. It was created over 200 years ago and has some very fine specimens of trees and shrubs. There’s a walled formal garden with a fine example of a traditional greenhouse. In sharp contrast to Tregrehan, Marsh Villa Gardens is a comparatively new 3-acre garden. The development of this garden from farm fields to garden is a fascinating story.
Monday: Scorrier Gardens & The Japanese Gardens
We’ve lined up a private visit to the famous Scorrier Gardens, the home of Richard and Caroline Williams. It’s a traditional old Cornish garden developed over many centuries - a mature private garden at its best. Then we’ll explore The Japanese Garden, offering peace and tranquillity amongst sculptured shrubs, water features and tea houses. There is also a specialist Bonsai nursery to explore, with helpful hints and tips available from the owners.
Tuesday: Burncoose Nursery, Diaspora Botanic Gardens & Tregenna Castle
Burncoose Nursery is a frequent exhibitor at the major flower shows with their wealth of trees, shrubs and plants, and is owned by the Williams family of Caerhays Castle. Enjoy a quick stop at Heartlands, a fascinating heritage museum relating to the Cornish mining industry. It’s also home to the very interesting Diaspora Botanic Gardens. We’ll then explore Tregenna Castle, with its superb views of St Ives Bay and hidden pleasure gardens, and we can stroll back gently to the Country House from here.
Wednesday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.
Thursday: Penjerrick Garden & Enys Garden
Today it’s the truly fabulous Penjerrick Garden, which is still owned by a descendent of the famous Quaker Fox family. Penjerreck can be muddy so please bring your wellies. Then there’s a quick visit to the Fox Rosehill Gardens in Falmouth where we can appreciate the Fox family philosophy of introducing exotic trees and plants to the general public. Then we’ll explore Enys Garden, home of the Enys family. It’s considered to be the oldest garden in Cornwall, dating back to 1709. Discover the peaks and trials it’s had during its lifetime. Please be aware that walking shoes or sturdy boots are advisable if you want to make the most of your visit to Enys, for although we have footpaths that can be accessed by all, there are many over the site that require regular walking attire.
Friday: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens & Carminowe Valley Gardens
The intriguing offer thought-provoking contemporary art work alongside large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting, all set in a backdrop of a wooded valley. There’s also a well-stocked, beautifully presented succulent nursery. Then we’ll have a relaxing visit to a private, intimate garden, Carminowe Valley Gardens. It’s been created by the current owners who’ve put their own unique stamp and style into their choice of plants and design.
Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
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.
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.
Wendy Tolson started her career in design with her wedding gown business “Golly Gosh!” based in the Malvern Hills. Some of her designs are exhibited at the National Fashion Museum in Bath. Wendy then turned her eye to garden design and studied and worked at Sparsholt Agricultural College. More recently Wendy qualified as a teacher and has taught Garden Design and Horticulture at various colleges. Now retired and living in Somerset, Wendy is pursuing various horticultural volunteering opportunities.
Well planned visits, very knowledgeable leader, did not overwhelm us with information but always ready to give more if you asked questions. Allowed time to explore alone but was there for guests who wanted more guidance.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.