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
  • 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
  • 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 £130
Surcharges
Singles £90.
2 Twins
From £130

Accommodation

Reviews

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

We stayed at Glendurgan House during a week in Cornwall, partly on a classic car rally. We needed somewhere the car could be safely parked, and this was perfect. Caroline and Charles could not have been more welcoming, with afternoon tea served out of a silver teapot on the veranda with home-made brownies, whilst watching a delightful variety of birds in the beautiful and extensive gardens. Glendurgen is a haven of tranquility and history, and Caroline's breakfasts are the epitome of home made. We loved our stay, the wonderfully comfortable room, and look forward to returning. Thank you.

Roy, Weybridge

Caroline and Charles are splendid hosts and have created a haven of tranquility in the most beautiful Georgian country house with stunning views of the Helford River. Nothing is too much trouble and their home oozes elegance and charm, full of fascinating family history. Comfortable beds, pristine white bed linen and views across the beautiful gardens and down to the river. We have stayed here many times before and look forward to our next visit!

Sarah, Kingswear

Best place, so lovely, very very friendly wonderful host, very good breakfast, helping hands for tours and events, beautiful garden and in the house you feel at home everywhere, thank you Caroline and Charles for those nice days!

Karin, Petershagen

Wonderful visit. Highly recommended for hospitality, comfort and location. Charles and Caroline were extremely gracious. They picked us up/dropped us off at the train station. Waking up to view Glendurgan Garden from our room was a pleasure- then being able to walk in it before visitors arrived. We were car-less, but could walk to Helford to pub for dinner. Bus stop very close to house. Trebah garden just down the road and not to be missed. Great breakfast. Felt like home. Special experience.

Jonathan

2couples walking the coast path stayed for one night. We walked the 14miles to Glendurgan from Coverack, so it was a delight to stroll up through the gardens and be greeted with tea and freshly made cake. Dinner was equally fine and the bedrooms with views down the garden to the Helford estuary were a delight. Caroline could not have been more helpfull.

Paul, Otterton

Glendurgan was more than we hoped for. Caroline and Charles are such warm and friendly hosts who went out of their way to make us feel so welcome in a wonderful comfy home with the most glorious views to the sea. Caroline's breakfasts were delicious and made a perfect start to the day before walks through the stunning gardens down to the beach and then along the path to the Ferry Boat Inn. A most memorable stay.

Simon, Blandford Forum

Walked, talked, ate and drank.....gardens, history, people, beauty, this special place has it all, and the sun shone throughout! We could not have had a more enjoyable three days, absolutely priceless. Thank you so much Caroline and Charles.

Sam and Niki, Petersfield

The house, still a family home, is a perfect combination of traditional Victorian luxury with all the modern amenities. The views incomparable; bed luxurious; shower pressure superb. Thoughtful details made this stay special. I loved my pajamas warming under the covers with a hot water bottle. A delicious meal on our first night, with champagne to start, organised ahead of time by our friends. Homemade oatmeal bread at breakfast was amazing. Caroline had interesting suggestions for our day out to arrive back at 5 pm for tea. Chatting with Charles about the garden he grew up in was a treat.

C and P, Bodmin

The highlight of an autumn holiday in Cornwall. Caroline and Charles are the most accomplished and charming hosts, cherishing their guests immaculately and with gentle grace and consummate kindness. Their lovely family home could not have been more comfortable and welcoming. Caroline is a most generous and thoughtful hostess and Charles a fascinating and sensitive guide and companion around the wonderful gardens and surrounds. We could not have had a happier time, nor a more enjoyable dinner and breakfast; we wished we could have stayed for a few days more and will certainly so do soon.

Adrian& Julia, Mid Devon

What a delightful and memorable stay! Caroline and Charles offer "home from home" in their wonderful house - we were made to feel so welcome, and interesting conversations complemented the fabulous location and amazing views. My dad (96) especially enjoyed playing the grand piano in the drawing room.

Cathy, Cumbria

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

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

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

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.