£50 deposit

Private Gardens of Cornwall

Cornwall’s gardens are renowned the world over for their colour and variety, and there are some truly outstanding examples here, many of them privately owned. These include Bosvigo, with wonderfully colourful borders; Trebartha with many water features and great views, and the Italianate-style Lamorran. We begin at Lanhydrock, where nineteenth century formal gardens surround a fine seventeenth century house. Trewithen has long enjoyed a great reputation amongst garden connoisseurs thanks to its outstanding collection of Asiatic trees and shrubs, while Trelissick is a more modern affair which is constantly evolving with new planting and fresh ideas.

Choose between spring when the rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias burst into life or high summer when the hydrangeas run riot and the flowering reaches its peak.

What's included?

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

Full Price

Today's Price


Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.

Single supplement: £150

Tour highlights:

  • Classic parkland and formal gardens at Lanhydrock
  • Trewithen’s testament to the great age of plant hunting
  • Innovation and contemporary style at Trelissick
  • Lamorran’s unique blend of Italian and Japanese style
  • The result of years of hard work by an enthusiastic owner at Marsh Villa

Tour details

Dates 29 April 2021 - 2 May 2021
Duration 4 days
Full Price
Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.
Single supplement: £150 Balance due by 4 February 2021
Activity Level
Tour code BPCO210429

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
08.00 21.30
Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
09.15 20.15
Holiday Inn, Frankland Rd
10.30 19.00
DoubleTree Hilton
12.00 17.30

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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29 April 2021: Itinerary

We depart from London (coach will also pick up in Reading, Swindon and Bristol) by coach and travel to Cornwall, stopping en route for refreshments (not included). In the afternoon we 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 nineteenth century formal terraced gardens which formed part of a scheme of improvements overseen by George Gilbert Scott in 1857. Beyond the terraced gardens are areas of informal pleasure grounds which were developed from the mid nineteenth century with many choice trees and shrubs. The parkland with the famous beech avenue was 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 (best in April/May). Lanhydrock is also home to the National Collection of crocosmias.

We continue to our comfortable accommodation at the nearby Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, where dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

Following our full English breakfast we will travel to the privately-owned garden of Bosvigo. 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.

After an opportunity for lunch (not included) in the cathedral city of Truro, in the afternoon we visit Trewithen, a garden whose reputation amongst connoisseurs of gardens has always been of the highest, though it is only recently that its great beauty and horticultural importance has become known to a wider public. Despite the loss of many mature trees in the great storm of 1979, it remains very much a woodland garden designed on a grand scale, with evidence of the great age of plant collecting to be found everywhere. Many of the flowering trees and shrubs were grown from seed sent from China, Burma and Assam and are now bigger than their parent plants, having flourished in the mild damp Cornish climate. From the South Lawn, smooth gently curving paths lead into numerous bays and glades, full of spectacular blooms and constantly offering new vistas and glimpses to tempt you on. In spring there is dramatic colour in the huge magnolias and the vast array of camellias.

We return to our hotel where dinner will be served.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

Today, following breakfast, we will visit Trelissick, a modern garden which was created within shelter belts planted 200 years ago. The garden is constantly evolving, with new planting and fresh ideas. Trelissick has seen trees grow to maturity, the tide ebbing and flowing, but has become a dynamic, forward-looking estate. The iconic Water Tower was built for irrigation and fire-control; now the lavatories are flushed with rainwater stored underground in modern reservoirs. Heat is extracted from kitchen appliances and the sun to provide hot water and heating. Lunch (not included) is available here.

In the afternoon we move on to the privately-owned 4½-acre garden of Lamorran House, overlooking Falmouth Bay, which has been designed by the owner in an Italianate style, although there are also Japanese influences here. The intention was to create an intimate garden very much in the mould of Mediterranean gardens but with water ever-present, both as a backdrop to the garden and with running water featured in the many pools and streams. Many features are included to divide the garden into intimate compartments which the visitor can explore. Hence there are areas of woodland, a water garden in Japanese style as well as temples and archways in the steeper parts of the garden and a small bridge on which to lean to look out over the bay exhibiting a distinctively Venetian influence.

Dinner is served at the hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club

Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for a visit to the privately-owned garden of Marsh Villa, situated in a former tidal creek made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s book The House on the Strand. This three-acre garden is result of years of hard work by the enthusiastic owner – not to mention several lorry loads of manure. The main feature of the garden is the magnificent pond. The water table rises in winter and so marginal planting consists of reed mace, filipendula, lythrum and the ubiquitous flag iris. A passion for perennials brought about the construction of a secluded, rather formal garden set within escallonia hedges. Here there is colour all year round from the tulip season right through to the heleniums and eupatoriums.

Following our visit we will transfer to Launceston, where lunch is available (not included).

We then transfer to the nearby private gardens at Trebartha, on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor, which feature water, trees and views. Trebartha is an estate that had a lot of Rhododendron ponticum cleared following infestation with Phytopthora ramorum (so-called sudden oak death), and has presented an opportunity for a new landscape gardening project. We will do a circular walk that takes in the pool, cascades, wooded terraces, fishponds and the walled garden.

Following this, our final visit, we depart at around 4.00pm and return to our original departure point where arrival is expected in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

29 April 2021: Additional Info

29 April 2021: 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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