Cornwall’s gardens are renowned the world over and our tour includes visits to some of the finest in the county. Choose between spring, when rhododendrons and bulbs bring life and colour to the gardens, and autumn, when the palette changes to reds, yellows and golds and the gardens relax into mellow fruitfulness.

The near neighbours of Trebah and Glendurgan illustrate this perfectly, with the great Asiatic shrubs of rhododendron, magnolia and camellia all featuring, rich with blossom in spring and remaining glossy and green in autumn. Travel in October and you will see the magnificent sight of Glendurgan’s Tulip Tree with its bright yellow flowers.

The award-winning Lost Gardens of Heligan continue to fascinate, while over at the Eden Project things have come a long way since that disused chalk pit was transformed into a futuristic microcosm of botanical diversity. If you haven’t been for a while it’s time to revisit; if you’ve never been before you’re in for a treat!

Our tour is bookended with visits to two top-class National Trust properties at Knightshayes Court and Killerton, where historic houses provide add an extra dimension to your garden visits.

And, best of all, there is no single room supplement!

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Deposit: £100

Tour highlights:

  • The wild and colourful Cornish gem of Trebah
  • Glendurgan’s intriguing maze
  • Cutting-edge horticulture at the Eden Project
  • Europe’s largest restoration project at Heligan

Tour details

Dates 11 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Duration 4 days
Today's Price
Deposit: £100 Balance due by 17 January 2019
Tour code BWCOG19A

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
0800 2000
Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
0915 1845
Holiday Inn, Marlborough Rd
1030 1730
outside 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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11 April 2019: Itinerary

We depart from our pick-up points by coach and travel to Knightshayes Court - one of the finest examples anywhere of the Gothic Revival country house. The extraordinary “medieval romantic” interiors give an atmospheric insight into grand country living and the celebrated garden features a water lily pool, topiary, specimen trees, rare shrubs, seasonal colour and an impressive Victorian kitchen garden which supplies fresh, organic fruit and vegetables to the property’s restaurant. Lunch is available here (not included).

We continue to our comfortable accommodation at the Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, a stylish, contemporary hotel with its own 18-hole golf course set in mature parkland. Dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

After breakfast we travel to St Austell for a visit to the Eden Project, which since its opening in 2001 become one of Cornwall’s star attractions. The Eden Project is a 50 metre deep, 34 acre china clay pit which was reclaimed and transformed to house two controlled environment plant conservatories, the larger of which recreates the climate of the Tropics and displays some of its plants such as cotton, rice, rubber, orchids, bamboo and rainforest flowers. At its highest point it reaches 50 metres, taller than Nelson’s Column. The second conservatory recreates a warm temperature climate and houses plants from Southern Africa, the Mediterranean and south western America, with orange trees, olives, grape vines and hundreds of colourful flowers. In 2005 The Core was added, providing the Eden Project with an education facility, incorporating classrooms and exhibition spaces designed to help communicate Eden's central message about the relationship between people and plants. Lunch is available here (not included).

Our next visit will be to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The award winning gardens, asleep for more than seventy years, are the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the spring of 1991, the Gardens of Heligan lay under a blanket of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. A year later the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery.

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

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

Following breakfast we depart for a visit to Trebah, a wild and colourful Cornish garden with something for everyone. The garden was laid out originally in the 1840s and flourished to become one of England's great gardens by the 1930s. After the death of the then owner, the garden was sadly neglected for many years until it was taken over by the Hibbert family, who still run it today. Wander down the "Zig-Zag", a slope where a rare collection of exotic Mediterranean plants was recently planted. You will also see Rhododendron Valley, a huge amphitheatre of sixty foot high rhododendrons, many of which were imported as seed in the 1890s. It was here that rare Chinese palm trees, giant ferns and a host of other exotic plants were discovered a few years ago when some of the rhododendrons were cut back. Lunch is available here (not included).

We then continue to Glendurgan, a place of great beauty and tranquillity. Three valleys converge and drop towards the sparkling waters of the Helford River and the hamlet and beach at Durgan. The garden has many fine trees, rare and exotic plants from the four corners of the globe, outstanding spring displays of magnolias and camellias, plus carpets of wild flowers. One of the highlights in the autumn is the magnificent Tulip Tree with its bright yellow flowers. Look out too for the hedge maze, originally built by the owners in the 1830s to entertain their 12 children.

Afterwards, we head back 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 we will call in at the house and gardens of Killerton. The house displays a magnificent collection of 18th- 20th century costumes in period rooms (originally known as the Paulise de Bush collection). The estate is set on a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it. Countless trees and shrubs thrive in the gardens including rhododendrons, magnolias, stewartias and maples. A masterly rock garden in an old quarry sparkles among mossy rocks under a canopy of old camellias and maples.

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

Meals include: Breakfast

11 April 2019: Additional Info

11 April 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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