Glendurgan

Falmouth, Cornwall
Bed & Breakfast


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

In 1827 a thatched cottage stood where the light-filled family house now surveys the valley. Charles’s paintings of plants and trees line the stairwell and there are family furniture, books and paintings galore. Caroline trained as a cook and her breakfasts are superb, with homemade marmalade and jams – some from garden fruit. Bedrooms have sensational views; Violet and Magenta are as your Edwardian aunt would have liked. No TV but a grand piano, harp, and the view to Helford river is stunning. It’s a magical, exotic and wooded place, and there’s a sense of discovery as you wend down steep paths to Durgan beach. It is splendidly scented in spring with magnolias, bluebells and primroses. 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’, while 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, a deeply romantic place to be. There is much to explore and Charles, garden designer and leader of tours, will tell you all you want to know.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

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 £125
Surcharges
Singles £85.
2 Twins
From £125

Reviews

A fabulous and unique spot, with dreamy views to the Helford river and beautiful gardens at your feet. This was a special one night stay which we wished could have been longer. We were made to feel extremely welcome by Caroline and Charles, who were gracious and charming. Their house is so very beautiful and our room was clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious. Highly recommended.

Audrey, Glastonbury

Arriving at Glen Durgan on the eve of heavy snow falling for 2 days - we could not have found ourselves in better company - the house and our rooms were warm. Caroline cherished us with care, delightful meals and refreshment when required and Charles offered to drive us when the conditions were difficult. the house and gardens are in an area of outstanding beauty and Charles has an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants as well as his family's history which is fascinating. Having found we could not return home because of heavy snow at our home, our stay was extended - and we valued every moment.

Ronald and mary rose, Crediton

Caroline is a warm and welcoming host. Breakfast was delicious and there were lots of lovely touches, like our beds being turned down at night. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful setting on the Helford River. We hope to return to see the gardens in another season - and be spoilt again.

Angela, Kent

We had a wonderful stay with Caroline & Charles at Glendurgan. Our hosts did everything possible to make our visit comfortable; we had wet walking boots upon arrival which were dried out in the boot room overnight. We were treated to a welcome cup of tea with home made cake, sitting in the lounge of the beautiful & historic house, overlooking the fabulous garden . Above & beyond the call of duty, two evenings running, Caroline gave us a lift to & picked us up from the nearby pub on the Helford river. Also, a delicious breakfast was served each day. ideal if you are walking the coast path.

Timothy, Basingstoke

It's my second stay at Glendurgan and I love it. Caroline and Charles are perfect hosts and I feel totally welcome. The two rooms, each with own bathroom are very comfortable, the house and the garden are amazing. From there I can perfectly explore Cornwall, the wonderful beaches and great gardens.

Judith, Berlin

The perfect starting point for a tour of Cornwall's famous gardens! Charles set the scene and provided answers to even the most challenging of gardening questions. His tour of the garden was a high point of our stay only matched by the quality of the dinner Caroline had prepared for us. The Foxes are truly excellent hosts and made us feel at home in that fantastic house.

Nicholas, Florence

If you are planning a holiday in Cornwall the only place to stay for me would be Glendurgan. The home of Charles and Caroline Fox. Their wonderful home surrounded by the most stunning garden with fantastic views and their amazing hospitality cannot be bettered in any home in the country. I just loved every minute. This was my second visit and looking forward to the next?

Vivienne

This is the most enchanting house and garden , we stayed for two nights and wished we could have stayed for a week. We were totally spoilt and came away thinking that one never needs to go abroad again when you have gardens to explore like Glendurgan. Incredibly warm and interesting hosts and they went out of their way to make our time very special. We are going to recommend all our friends to stay at Glendurgan.

Hannah, London

Fabulous. We had such a happy family weekend. CHarles and Caroline Fox were so hospitable. The breakfast was wonderful and they treated us like royalty.

Liz, Cambridge

Glendurgan is perfect. Every carefully planned detail - trees, books, fabrics, art, colours, sea views, eggs, china, flowers - provided nourishment for a starved soul and tired body. A Sense of Place.

Victoria, Sydney

Wonderful welcome (tea and cake) from Caroline, continuing engaging and generous hospitality, great breakfast and conversation with Caroline and Charles, very comfortable bedroom and all of the time living with history, books,paintings, views to the Helford River and of course the garden. Dinner booked by Caroline in Maenporth, followed by a walk in the garden on midsummer's evening (significant for us Swedes! ). A perfect short break within the Glendurgan estate and garden with many thanks to the Fox family for their generous hospitality, Caroline and Charles! 21/22 June 2016.

Katarina, Stockholm

A very special place where Charles and Caroline provide a most wonderful experience. Their home, food(a first class breakfast) and the location at the top of Glendurgan garden is exceptional. They take pride in ensuring you are well looked after.

Michael, Montacute

What a pleasure to wake up each morning to a long view of the Glendurgan garden down to the sea. Caroline's varied breakfasts started the day, along with maps and ideas for more garden visits and dinner reservations as needed in the evening. Our room and bath were spacious, comfortable, very clean, with modern amenities in an historical house full of Charles' paintings and fresh flowers. We walked the garden often and also used the National Trust tea room for lunch or tea. Although we had already planned our Cornwall trip, it was obvious that Charles would have been an excellent guide.

Glenys, San francisco

Charming & hospitable host & hostess - everything presented to the highest standard with great attention to detail in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Delicious home-made food was an added pleasure, not to mention Caroline's delicious cake on the terrace on arrival - a chance to admire the glorious view.

Helen, Reading

A wonderful place to stay. The house and hospitality are exactly as described, and a real treat. We had the large bedroom with the bay window shown in the photo, with a view down the garden to the estuary: single beds but very comfortable & with hot water bottles provided! The gardens were magical, esp after visitors had left: reds and pinks and yellows, soft grass, bumblebees and birdsong. Walk along the coastal path in the sunshine. Take the ferry to the pub in Helford Village. Well done, Charles and Caroline. Very highly recommended.

Simon, Brighton

A rare and special place. Charles and Caroline's kind thoughtfulness and care for their guests is exceptional. To give just one example, I mentioned early on I was keen to see the rare rhododendron "Polar Bear" in flower, then completely forgot about it, but there it was on the breakfast table on our last morning, Charles had remembered and went to pick it for us specially. A wonderful few days, I will gladly return. Shipwright Arms just across the river also really good, peaceful, unhurried, and delicious food.

A

Wonderful! A exquisite place to stay in an amazing surrounding and a great hospitality. Caroline and Charles are the perfect hosts. I enjoyed the days and I´ll return next year.

Judith

WONDERFUL LOCATION, HOUSE AND HOSPITALITY . ONE OF LIFE'S COMPLETELY DELIGHTFUL EXPERIENCES . A VERY SPECIAL FAMILY HOME TO HOSTS CAROLINE & CHARLES FOX. VIEWS FROM THE HOUSE AND GARDENS WONDERFUL. ALL TOPPED OFF WITH EXCELLENT BREAKFAST. FULL MARKS .

Peter

We saw in the New Year at dreamy Glendurgan and the whole experience was delightful, especially as, being off-season, we had the remarkable gardens to ourselves. This is a comfy family home in the best English country house tradition and I thoroughly endorse previous comments about talented and generous hosts Caroline and Charles. They live in a beautiful place and are happy to share it, so sign up and wind down...!

Frances

A wonderful stay in a comfortable and gracious house set in spectacular gardens. Caroline and Charles Fox could not have been more welcoming and accommodating. We had an absolutely delicious dinner (accompanied by generous amounts of wine) cooked by the very accomplished Caroline.. All in all, a very special place at a more than reasonable price.

Michael

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Location

The neighbourhood

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