Great Gardens of Cornwall in the Company of Mike Nelhams
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.
Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.
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Day 1 -
We depart by train from London Paddington for Truro and continue by coach to our hotel in Cornwall. There is also the option of travelling independently to the hotel (£100pp discount per person) and regional rail connections can also be arranged at a supplement. Before dinner our guide Mike Nelhams will give a presentation on his favourite Cornish gardens including those we are about to see.
We are based at the 4-star Alverton Hotel, Truro.
Day 2 -
Following our full English breakfast, we begin today with a visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, where we will be welcomed by Sir Tim Smit who, together with John Nelson, ‘discovered’ and restored the gardens to their former glory. He then went on to co-found the Eden Project, which he will also talk about in his introduction. We will then be joined by Alasdair Moore, Head of Gardens and a former assistant to Mike Nelhams on Tresco, for a tour of the gardens.
Following this we transfer to Caerhays Castle, where we will be welcomed Charles Williams, whose family have owned Caerhays since the mid-19th century. After lunch in the castle we will enjoy a guided tour of the garden with a member of the family. This is very much a spring-time garden, with a spectacular collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 3 -
Today, following breakfast, we have an action-packed and stimulating day ahead of us as we transfer to Penzance and take a short helicopter to the island of Tresco, where Mike will take us on a personal guided tour of the Abbey Garden, without doubt one of the most stunning gardens in the British Isles. Caressed by the Gulf Stream, the exceptionally mild climate allows for a wide range of exotic, sub-tropical plants to thrive here, earning the Abbey Garden the soubriquet ‘Eden with the lid off’. We fly back to the mainland by helicopter and return to our hotel.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 4 -
Following breakfast this morning we depart for a private visit to the Tregothnan Estate, where we will be welcomed by the owner Lord Falmouth. We will then be privileged to enjoy a tour of the garden which opens very infrequently to the public. As a private botanic garden and arboretum Tregothnan is unequalled, offering a diversity of plants and trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves. Plants collected during recent expeditions to Japan and South America give the gardens truly international feel.
After lunch we will be joined by Managing Director Jonathon Jones for a tour of the unique Tregothnan Tea Plantation, which has expanded greatly since the first bushed were planted in 1999. Blessed with the optimum microclimate for growing tea, Tregothnan produces some of the world’s rarest and highest rated teas and new varieties are tested all the time. There will of course be an opportunity to taste and buy some of the teas produced here.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 5 -
Following breakfast the morning is free to explore Truro and perhaps visit the Cathedral. Later we will travel home independently or transfer to Truro railway station for our train back to London Paddington.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- 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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|16 April 2023||BGMN230416||16 April 2023 (Sunday)||20 April 2023 (Thursday)||Mike Nelhams||£1,695
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