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 £140
Surcharges
Singles £90.
2 Twins
From £140

Accommodation

Reviews

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

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

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

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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.