We can’t promise you Ross and Demelza, but you’ll discover the fascinating industrial and cultural heritage that features in the novels and BBC series Poldark. This tour showcases the best Cornish scenery and visits numerous filming locations of both the 70s TV series and the more recent BBC drama. Head underground at Geevor Tin Mine and to the cliffside at Botallack with its Crown Engine House. Predannack Wollas was used as a location for clifftop horse rides and Charlestown for harbour scenes.
- Visit locations featured in the Poldark novels and BBC TV series
- Explore the dramatic Cornish coast on the trail of Ross and Demelza
- Discover the fascinating industrial and cultural heritage of Cornwall
- 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 transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
- All admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday itinerary, excluding National Trust and English Heritage properties
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.
Today we visit the National Trust property and gardens of Godolphin which was a film location for the 1970s series. We shall then walk along to Gunwalloe, a National Trust site of archaeological importance surrounded by dunes, beaches, a Medieval church and a reedbed rich in wildlife. Later, we will explore Predannack Wollas, the location of many of Poldark’s clifftop horse rides – stirring stuff!
We head underground today to Geevor Tin Mine which is the largest preserved mine site in the country and part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. We then move on to Levant Mine which sits high up on the exposed cliffs of the 'Tin Coast'. At its heart is the restored 1840s beam engine running on steam. We end the day at Botallack another National Trust property and filming location. Here the Crown Engine Houses stand perilously on the cliffside above the wild seas!
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.
This morning we travel to Tehidy Country Park, associated with the wealthy tin-mining Basset family since the 11th century. Then it's on to Gwennap Pit, an open-air amphitheatre with fantastic acoustics, previously used by preacher and founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Later, we shall travel on to East Pool Mine and its wonderful heritage discovery centre.
We have a wonderful seaside theme today on our visit to Charlestown, used as a harbour film location due to its unspoilt working late-Georgian port. We'll then head across land to Truro to explore. In the afternoon we shall take a boat and look back at the land from the sea just as Poldark would have done when he returned from war.
We start off at the pretty harbour of Portreath and perhaps stay in the 21st century to admire any surfers enjoying the giant waves. Then it’s off to the glorious St Agnes Head which is perhaps better known as Wheal Coates Mine! We end our tour with where it all began; Perranporth, the home of author Winston Graham. This busy village is surrounded by the quintessential Cornish countryside that no doubt inspired the great Poldark novels. We visit the small Perranzabuloe Museum of which Winston Graham was President.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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
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.
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.
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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 Heritage 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 during the day.
Please be sure to bring your National Trust or English Heritage membership cards if you have them - admissions to sites owned by these two organisations are not included in the price of your holiday. If you are a member of an organisation which has reciprocal arrangements with National Trust or English Heritage, do be sure to bring your membership cards too.
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.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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