Glendurgan

Falmouth, Cornwall
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1326 250326


Wend your way down steep paths to Durgan beach, explore the magic of Charles’s wonderful garden and feast on Caroline’s super breakfasts

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Glendurgan has been in Charles Fox’s family for over 200 years. It’s a magical, exotic and wooded place, and there’s a sense of discovery as you set off down steep paths to Durgan beach. Come in spring for the mass of magnolias, bluebells and primroses. While summer, to quote Charles’s excellent book, “breaks in a wave of whiteness, with eucryphia, hoheria, myrtus and that ‘bombe Alaska’ of rhododendrons, ‘Polar Bear’, and autumn is awash with bulbs – amaryllis, colchicum, crinum and nerine.” In the winter this is still an important garden with its collection of fine trees, and, even in the wildest weather, it’s a deeply romantic place to be.

Charles’s paintings of plants and trees line the stairwell up to bedrooms with sensational Helford river views; Violet and Magenta are as your Edwardian aunt would have liked – no TV but a grand piano, harp, and books to browse. Caroline trained as a cook and her breakfasts are delicious with homemade bread, jams and marmalade and locally produced eggs and bacon.

Charles, garden designer and leader of tours, has lots of tips about what to visit and where to eat. Falmouth is just 15 minutes, so if you’re visiting the university it’s easy to come back to this gracious home.

Glendurgan - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The abundance of character, history, books and art
  • Exploring the garden and visiting all the other interesting ones nearby
  • Caroline's generous home-cooked breakfasts
Glendurgan - Gallery

You should know

  • You'll need to wait till the children are older to bring them

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible
Check out
Flexible
Closed
Occasionally.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Restaurant within walking distance.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £150
Surcharges
Singles £90.
2 Twins
From £150

Accommodation

Reviews

Glendurgan House is very special gem in the crown of loveliness that is the Cornish coast. Caroline and Charles welcomed us with warmth and grace to their beautiful home, fed us with delicious local and home grown feasts, and were utterly charming and generous in their attention to detail, ensuring our supreme comfort and relaxation at all times. The only down side was having, eventually, to leave this heavenly place.

Fiona, Winchester

As well as all its other delights, Glendurgan House offers you the chance to rise with the sun, make your way down through the magical garden with only the birds for company, to emerge at the bottom of the valley on a little beach (very little, if the tide is in). Here you can swim in clear cold water, as the sun rises over the headland. By the time you arrive back at the house after the 10 minute walk, your body is warm again and ready for a perfect breakfast. And you could go again at sunset, or in the moonlight...

Ally, Oxford

Enjoyed a very comfortable one night stay at Glendurgan whilst visiting friends locally. The house is lovely and Caroline and Charles are very welcoming. Delightful view from the breakfast table down to the water through very attractive gardens. Hope to return before long.

Christine, Oxford

Caroline and Charles offer a superlative experience - comfort, charm, delicious food and of course the most spectacular historical important gardens in the South West of England - this is a must on your bucket list for anyone visiting Cornwall

Alexandra, London

I just spent 5 lovely nights at the Fox’s B&B at Glendurgan. My bedroom looked out over the garden filled with rhododendrons and azaleas! Beautiful! The bed was very comfortable, the breakfasts were perfect, and Caroline’s dinners were absolutely delicious! Charles drove me to the Eden Project one day and to Falmouth for a ferry and lunch in St. Mawes on another. I walked through the garden several times and along the SW Coast Path in both directions. It was a wonderful visit and I hope to go back very soon.

Pauline, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

We've recently returned from a wonderful stay at Glendurgan House whilst dropping our son off at university. It was the perfect place to stay - the house and gardens are beautiful, with stunning views of the estuary (also from our bedroom!). Charles and Caroline made us feel very welcome and we would love to visit again. Thank you!

Sarah, Dorset

I loved my stay at Glendurgan. The tranquility and Cornish beauty of both the house and surrounding gardens were memorable. Caroline and Charles were warm and welcoming hosts which made the whole stay a joy.

Rosalynd, North Petherton

We were made to feel immediately welcome by Caroline. The house is charming and very comfortable. The guests comfort is obviously uppermost in our host’s focus. We had 2 delicious dinners. Caroline is a most engaging person and chatting with her over breakfast was a joy. We will be back for sure.

Peter, Bath

We had a lovely 3-night stay with Caroline and Charles at a beautiful house at the top of the NT Glendurgan Gardens. We were made very welcome, thoroughly enjoyed Caroline's cooked breakfasts and the one evening meal that we had at Glendurgan. We walked down through the National Trust gardens and along the coast path to the Ferry Boat on the other 2 evenings. We learnt a lot of local history both about Glendurgan and about the Donald Healey motoring connections with Trebah Gardens next door. Hopefully we will return one day.

Alan, Cullompton

We had the loveliest visit to the Fox’s Glendurgan near Falmouth. The hosts were most welcoming and we wanted for nothing. Enjoyed our walk through the beautiful gardens, then had a delicious dinner. We are hoping to be able to visit again.

Heather, London

We loved everything about our stay with Caroline and Charles at Glendurgan House. Caroline and Charles were fantastic hosts, the house is beautiful and the setting stunning. On the edge of a large national trust garden and with a secluded swimming spot 15 mins walk. We had the perfect stay and would strongly recommend. Thank you!

Theresa, London

We only stayed for one night but it was a perfect haven for that time. Caroline and Charles are delightful hosts, offering a warm welcome and very helpful advice on local walks . Glendurgan house is beautiful with a fabulous view over to the Helford river, and access in to the wonderful Glendurgan gardens was an unexpected privilege. A little taste of heaven. We would highly recommend it and love to go back.

Alison, Sheffield

Sublime experience staying in this beautiful home. Caroline and Charles are the perfect hosts. Waking up to that incredible view down through the gardens to the river….. priceless! Highly recommend the dinner option.

Audrey & David, Glastonbury

Returning after a couple of years and an altered world it was such a pleasure to find nothing had changed at Glendurgan. Charles and Caroline as fascinating and generous as ever, a palatial bedroom, wonderful breakfasts, beautiful gardens and the loveliest countryside. To be able to wander the historic and unique grounds in the late evening with just birdsong for company will stay with us always. Thank you very much, we'll be back!

Sam, Petersfield

Not your average b&b! We felt very lucky to visit this amazing house and garden, and so looked after by Caroline and Charles. We will especially remember the beautiful garden flowers in our bedroom, the story behind the historic doorbell and playing the Steinway grand. Loved everything and looking forward to the next trip.

Emma and Tom, London

We had the most delightful 10 days staying with Charles and Caroline at Glendurgon. The warmth of their welcome and hospitality knew no bounds. Nothing was too much trouble and our room was extremely comfortable with a lovely view. We were treated to wonderful breakfasts and because of the special circumstances of Covid, Caroline cooked the most delicious dinners for us every night. We had fascinating tours of Glendurgon and two other gardens with Charles. We could not recommend staying there more highly and even though it is a very long way from us we hope to go there again.

John and Sara, Leamington Spa

Caroline & Charles welcomed us (with delicious homemade brownies & tea), into their beautiful, elegant home - a delightful treasure trove of historical artefacts. You had thought of our every comfort & we really appreciated the luxurious linen and beds! Being able to walk through the stunning gardens to the beach at the bottom for a swim, was glorious! Thank you for your kindness, interesting chats & wonderful breakfasts. We would love to come back!

Diana, Leigh on Sea

We arrived early evening and Caroline suggested a walk through her amazing garden to the sea for a swim. Absolutely nothing could have been nicer or more welcome. And so the weekend went on......it just got better and better - deliciously comfortable beds, deliciously delicious dinner and breakfasts (first class home-made bread and jam) glorious coastal walks with 100 swims a long the way, many a fun chat with Charles and Caroline and a farewell tea and cake on their sunny terrace. The house and garden are simply magical and we were looked after beautifully. Thank you so much.

Miranda, London

What a gem! We took my parents to Cornwall shortly after 'sheilding' was over. We felt completely safe and cared for from the minute we first arrived. The house is spotless, as were our bedrooms, bathrooms, bed linen and towels. Plenty of sanitiser is provided. Protecting our parents whilst having a much needed break away was our foremost concern. We needn't have worried. Glendurgan is like a home away from home. Caroline gave us delicious tea and cake on the terrace as we arrived - the views are simply stunning, gazing down the valley to the river. Her breakfasts were fresh and varied.

Amanda, Northampton

Staying at Glendurgan, with its timeless elegance and beautiful garden, was made even more special by our hosts, Caroline and Charles, whose generous and faultless hospitality made our stay so wonderful. Glendurgan is, quite simply, a haven of peace and tranquility.

Ann, Wedhampton

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Location

The neighbourhood

Glendurgan is a mile or so from Mawnan Smith village. You can walk east along the coast into Falmouth, where there is the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, or west to Helford Passage. These footpaths connect by foot ferry with the coastal path which runs around Cornwall. There are numerous circuitous routes from the house, and a local walk can be as short or as long as you want. There are gardens galore to visit in the area; nearby are Trebah and Penjerrick, which were created by members of the Fox family, and then further afield: Trelissick, Trewithen, Heligan and Caerhays; Bonython on the Lizard Peninsula; Trengwainton near Penzance, where you can visit all the art galleries too.

Local points of interest from Charles & Caroline Fox

  • Great walks nearby and along the coast - explore the footpaths and take in the views!
  • Visit the charming Trebah and Penjerrick gardens nearby
  • Plenty of shows and exhibitions to see for all at National Maritime Museum Cornwall
  • Head towards Penzance for St Michael's Mount, Tremenheere sculpture garden or Penzance Penlee House Art Gallery, which houses the Newlyn School paintings

Introducing

Charles & Caroline Fox

Your hosts Charles and Caroline Fox are hugely warm and welcoming, their sweet little dog is very friendly too, and B&B visitors are treated like house guests. Charles, having lived in Cornwall all his life and trained as a garden designer, has decades of experience taking visitors around Cornish gardens and as an artist he is always abreast of exhibitions and what is worth seeing in local galleries.