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With the help of Mike Nelhams, Curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens and a long-standing associate of Brightwater Holidays, we have put together this very special tour of Cornwall, featuring not only the gardens but the personalities behind them. These include Sir Tim Smit, the driving force behind both the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project, Charles Williams of Caerhays Castle and Lord Falmouth of Tregothnan Estate.

At our base in the comfortable Alverton Hotel, Truro, our tour begins with a presentation from Mike Nelhams on the great Gardens of Cornwall. Over the following three days we will see the gardens for ourselves, beginning with a tour of the Lost Gardens of Heligan with Garden Manager Alasdair Moore, after a personal introduction from Sir Tim Smit, and a visit to the wonderful spring gardens of Caerhays Castle, which includes lunch and a welcome from the owner Charles Williams. After an exciting day on Tresco and a tour of the outstanding Abbey Gardens led by Mike Nelhams, our tour concludes with a private visit to the Tregnothnan Estate with owner Lord Falmouth and a tour of the unique Tregothnan Tea Plantation.

Tour highlights:

  • Personal welcome and introduction from Sir Tim Smit at Heligan
  • Tour of Heligan with Alasdair Moore
  • Lunch and welcome from the owner at Caerhays Castle
  • Private visit to the Tregothnan Estate and Tea Plantation with welcome from Lord Falmouth
  • Day trip to Abbey Gardens and personally conducted tour with Curator Mike Nelhams

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Deposit: £125 Single supplement: £220

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Whether you want to add extra nights on either side of your tour, you want to upgrade your flight or hotel room, or you are hoping to enjoy a door-to-door airport transfer, we can help.

To add special extras to your tour, call our Specialist Sales Executives to discuss your needs on 01334 657155.

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Mike Nelhams

Tour Manager

Mike Nelhams is the Curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens and one of Brightwater Holidays’ most popular and well-travelled garden experts.

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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Train travel
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • All visits as outlined in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional tour manager
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
25 March 2023 BGMN230325 25 March 2023 (Saturday) 29 March 2023 (Wednesday) Mike Nelhams £1,645
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£125 £220 £1,445
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16 April 2023 BGMN230416 16 April 2023 (Sunday) 20 April 2023 (Thursday) Mike Nelhams £1,695
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£125 £220 £1,570
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