Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in the South West are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees. From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous. We have put together a handy list of 'must dos' plus some near by accommodation to help you make the most of your time.
Hidden under a tangle of weeds, these glorious gardens were only uncovered again 25 years ago. Painstakingly restored to its former glory, Heligan is once again one of the country’s best loved gardens. There are over 200 acres to explore, with a sub-tropical jungle, bamboo tunnels and giant tree ferns, as well as ancient woodland, rare breeds and an abundance of wildlife.
We have some accommodation within a 20 minute drive, fancy taking a look?
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In the heart of St Austell, discover Pinetum Gardens, a place of tranquillity, peace and remarkable garden scenery. This family-owned garden offers an intimate experience with a personal touch, rarely found in our busy world.
A garden for all seasons, it is a botanical delight for gardeners; a wonderful retreat for walkers and a place for families to explore and have fun with nature.
We have a Hotel and an Inn within 5 minutes, take a look;
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Lanhydrock is a gorgeous country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home.
Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living.
Make sure you take a stroll around the extensive gardens and enjoy their year-round colour. There are beautiful herbaceous borders, a fabulous formal parterre and colourful higher gardens filled with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.
Visit the National Trust website for more information about Lanhydrock.
We have a beautiful little restaurant in nearby Fowey, with rooms and a self catering apartment within a 20 minute drive.
A welcoming country house and garden set in an estate with stunning maritime views and wonderful woodland walks.
Trelissick is set on its own peninsula, with panoramic views over the Fal estuary. You can explore the meandering paths through the garden, leading to exotic plants and herbaceous borders bursting with colour. Trelissick offers woodland walks through dappled sunlight and across open parkland with views down the estuary to the town of Falmouth. The house has a friendly and inviting atmosphere with a rolling programme of exhibitions that reveal stories from its diverse history.
We have two great options if you are looking for a place to stay while visiting;
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