ATTRACTIONS – GARDENS & COUNTRY HOUSES
St Michaels Mount – 01736 710507 – www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Cross the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims or boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover an evocative castle, a sub-tropical garden paradise and a close-knit island community.
Cotehele – 01579 351346 – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele
Explore the Tudor house: ancient, spellbinding alive with stories. Beautiful garden includes medieval fishpond, dovecot and a tower to climb. Huge estate with walks through woods, meadows and orchards. Quay on the Tamar, with discovery centre and restaurant; working watermill nearby.
Lanhydrock – 01208 265950 – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock
An insight into Victorian life – Explore 50 rooms, including kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters. Discover the fabulous 400–year–old decorated ceiling in the Long Gallery. Vibrant formal and woodland gardens; parkland with ancient trees, a huge estate to run wild in: bring picnics, fly kites!
Trerice – 01637 875404 – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trerice
Get a real taste of Elizabethan life at this intimate manor house. Take in the beautiful architecture and ornate plaster ceilings. Try on clothes and armour and handle gadgets in the Great Hall. You can even have a go at the Tudor games of ‘kayling’ and ‘slapcock’ in the garden, or try brass rubbing.
Pencarrow – 01208 841369 – www.pencarrow.co.uk
A great day out for families, history enthusiasts, nature and garden lovers and of course the dogs. Café, gift shop & childrens play area. There are 50 acres of grounds to explore, an imaginative guided tour of the House and special events are held all year round.
Trewithen – 01726 883647 – www.trewithengardens.co.uk
Trewithen is a historic, privately-owned Cornish estate with beautiful gardens famous for their plant hunter origins, royal connections and astonishing variety of species.Explore woodland paths bordered by champion trees, rare blooms and magical glades. Be inspired by a horticultural vision that has stood the test of time and relax in stunning surroundings full to the brim with peace and serenity.
Glendurgan – 01326 252020 – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan
Lose track of time in this valley garden dropping to a beach on the Helford River. Relax amongst carpets of wildflowers and exotic trees and plants. Get lost in the notorious maze, or airborne on the ‘Giants Stride’ rope swing.
Trengwainton – 01736 363148 – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trengwainton
Discover plants from all over the world in this tropical paradise. See giant tree ferns, champion magnolias and views across Mounts Bay. The walled kitchen garden’s unique sloping beds are filled with tasty produce.
Trelissick – 01872 862090 – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick
Enjoy a relaxed all-year garden and estate with panoramic views over the River Fal. Summerhouses, art and craft gallery, spaces for picnics and tree climbing. You could even take a ferry from St Mawes, Falmouth or Truro to Trelissick’s own jetty.
Trebah Garden – 01326 252200 – www.trebah-garden.co.uk
Discover Trebah, a beautiful sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop, set within one of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the result of 175 years of inspired and dedicated creation. Discover the magic of this beautiful valley garden with over four miles of footpaths. Enjoy adventure play areas, children’s trails, and special events all year round. Visit the award winning Planters Café for seasonal home-cooked food. Trebah – Its’ excitingly different.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan – 01726 845100 – www.heligan.com
Created over a 150 year period, this intricate collection of gardens was inspired by the Tremaynes’ passion for travel and the garden trends of the Victorian Period. Explore ancient woodlands, lost parklands, lush pastures, and hay meadows. Meet the heard of Dexter cattle, and the poultry and pigs. Discover how traditional farming and woodland practices contribute to encourage wildlife abundance as well as produce to the Shop and Tearoom.
Bonython Estate Gardens – 01326 240550 – www.bonythonmanor.co.uk
Bonython Estate Gardens offer excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. Bonython Estate is a traditional, mixed agricultural Cornish estate with the 18th century Manor, farm and woodland stretching almost from one side of the peninsular (the Helford River) to the other (the beach at Poldhu cove) with both shores just over a mile away.
Caerhays Castle Gardens – 01872 501310 – www.caerhays.co.uk
It is difficult not to be inspired when you visit Caerhays Castle and Gardens. The natural beauty, the architectural surprises, the inescapable sense of history and the range of activities and facilities that the estate offer, all set the scene for a wonderful day of discovery
Lamorran Gardens – 01326 270300 – www.lamorrangarden.co.uk
Set on four- acres, south facing hillside overlooking St.Mawes bay, Lamorran is home to an enormous collection of sub-tropical and warm temperature trees and plans. The garden in laid out in a Mediterranean style with many streams, bridges and water features including koi-pond and several ornate temples, with ever- present sea as a backcloth. Tender rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas flourish everywhere.
Tresco Abbey Garden – 01720 424105 – www.tresco.co.uk
The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception, a perennial Kew without the glass, shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.
Trewidden Garden – 01736 351979 – www.trewiddengardens.co.uk
One of the Great Gardens of Cornwall Trewidden has a famous collection of Magnolias, Camellias and Tree Ferns, which, combined with the historical links to West Cornwall’s mining heritage, makes for a fascinating day out. It is an ideal garden to explore with children and dogs through the unusual twisty paths, with sudden bursts of spectacular views, followed by a welcome cream tea in the tea room.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens – 01736 448089 – www.tremenheere.co.uk
In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting.