© Tate St Ives.
© Tate St Ives.

Garden Tours

Arts & Gardens in Cornwall

5 days From £895

4 September 2019

The undoubted star of this enriching and stimulating break is the newly extended and refurbished Tate Gallery in St. Ives, which has won the 2018 Museum of the Year award, the most lucrative museum prize in the world, worth £100,000. The gallery was specially created in 1993 to show a collection of work by twentieth-century painters and sculptors associated with St. Ives such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and exceeded all expectations in terms of visitor numbers. In the face of local opposition to its proposed expansion, the architects’ solution was to double the gallery space by excavating into the hillside behind the original building. The result has been described as “deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful, providing the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative” and we are delighted to offer the opportunity visit (or perhaps re-visit) this world-class venue.

We also visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden — Barbara lived and worked at Trewyn Studio from 1949 until her death in 1975 — and Falmouth Art Gallery which features major Victorian British Impressionists and leading maritime artists.

Cornwall’s gardens are renowned the world over and our tour includes visits to some of the best in the area. Highlights of our garden visits include Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens’ greatest masterpieces, and the formal courtyard garden of Lanhydrock, rich in flowering shrubs and trees.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Book Now £895

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £175

Tour highlights:

  • The award-winning Tate St Ives, showcasing the cream of Cornish talent
  • The horticultural masterpiece of Hestercombe
  • Behind-the-scenes tour at Godolphin House
  • Sculpture and gardens combined perfectly at Tremenheere

Tour details

Dates 4 September 2019 - 8 September 2019
Duration 5 days
Cost £895 Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £175 Balance due by 12 June 2019
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code BWAGC19B

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
0800 2000
Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
0915 1845
Holiday Inn, Marlborough Rd
1030 1730
outside the Double Tree Hilton
1200 1600

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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4 September 2019: Itinerary

We depart from our pick-up points by coach and travel to our first garden: Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens’ greatest masterpieces. The garden is home to a round pool in a round walled garden filled with wintersweet and roses, a Dutch garden of lamb's ears, lavender and the most beautiful orangery of the 20th century. Everywhere there are details of design and planting from which any gardener can learn.

We continue to our comfortable accommodation where dinner will be served on arrival.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

Our first full day begins with a visit to the National Trust property of Godolphin House. Here, we are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour which gives us insight into some of the history of the house, the families who have lived there, and the conservation story of many of its buildings.

This afternoon, we continue to Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, near Penzance. The phrase "the best of both worlds" seems to have been coined with this new attraction in mind, as we explore exotic plant-filled gardens lined by fascinating pieces of contemporary art.

We return to our hotel where dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

We are in for a treat this morning with our visit to Tregothnan. Usually open to the public just twice a year, with groups by appointment only, we are privileged to have an insight into this unique estate, home to the UK's first tea plantation. Tregothnan has the largest historic, botanic garden in Cornwall and is home to ancient camellias, mountainous magnolias and gigantic rhododendrons. Our visit will include a private tour and cream tea.

This afternoon, we continue to Trewithen, a garden whose reputation among horticultural connoisseurs has always been incredibly high. With its magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, its wonderful woodland walks and its heritage family home, Trewithen is a rare and unique Cornish gem (In September the visit to Trewithen will be replaced with Bosvigo, which TV gardener Carol Klein identified as her favourite Cornish garden. To one side of the handsome 18th century house is a woodland garden whose borders explode with dahlias, roses and nasturtiums. Around the house are several beautifully planted enclosures showing exciting and fastidious colour harmonies. There is also an excellent nursery here selling some rare plants.).

Afterwards, we head back to our hotel in time for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

Today we visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives. Dame Barbara Hepworth lived and worked in Trewyn Studio from 1949 until her death in 1975. The small house, her working studios and the lush and secluded garden she created are open to the public as a museum devoted to her life and work.

We continue to the Tate Gallery, which re-opened in October 2017 following a major refurbishment and extension, winning the 2018 Museum of the Year award in the process. The gallery shows a collection of work by twentieth-century painters and sculptors associated with St Ives. The collection includes work from 1925 to the present day based around major figures of mid twentieth-century art in Britain such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.

We move on to Falmouth Art Gallery, which houses one of the leading art collections in Cornwall, and features work by major Victorian British Impressionists, leading maritime artists, old masters and topographical watercolourists and printmakers. There is also a gallery shop, which sells a variety of ceramics, jewellery, hand-made cards, catalogues and books and paintings as well as fine crafts, original prints and paintings, many of which are made by local artists and are of the highest standard in craftsmanship. Afterwards, we enjoy some free time in Falmouth before returning to our hotel in time for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

After your full English breakfast we head for home. En route there is still time to visit Lanhydrock Gardens. Now the property of the National Trust, Lanhydrock was the home of the Robartes family from 1620 until 1953. The magnificent seventeenth century house is surrounded by parkland with the famous beech avenue, first enclosed in the mid seventeenth century, and remains one of the finest examples in Cornwall. Lanhydrock Gardens feature a formal courtyard garden, beds of modern roses and a woodland garden, rich in flowering shrubs and trees, especially rhododendrons and magnolias. Lanhydrock is also home to the National Collection of crocosmias.

Arrival back at your original departure point is expected in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

4 September 2019: Additional Info

4 September 2019: Accommodation

Lanhydrock Hotel offers lovely views of its 18-hole golf course. With free Wi-Fi throughout and free parking, the hotel offers stylish and modern en-suite rooms, along with a modern fitness suite. The golf course provides a stunning backdrop for the airy Nineteen Bistro. Focusing on modern British food, the menu features local seafood and fresh produce. The bar serves snacks and light meals and has a plasma-screen TV showing sporting events. Home-made cakes and cream teas are available throughout the day.

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