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 the Italianate-style Lamorran and Caerhays Castle with its informal woodland garden. 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.
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
Outside Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
Holiday Inn Express, Frankland Rd
Bus stop outside DoubleTree Hilton, Redcliffe Way
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Day 1 -
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). Lanhydrock is also home to the National Collection of crocosmias.
Day 2 -
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.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 3 -
Following our full English breakfast we will travel to Caerhays Castle, which is surrounded by an informal woodland garden created by JC Williams, who sponsored plant-hunting expeditions to China at the beginning of the 19th century. Consequently, this has become a special place for lovers of the three great groups of ornamental Asiatic shrubs: camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. In addition, there are many other plants to be discovered, hidden amongst the ‘jungle’, many of them exceptionally rare. The lavish feast of spring blossom, in this wildly romantic place, is a marvellous sight.
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.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 4 -
Following breakfast we check out of the hotel and depart for Cotehele, a Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture; a magical experience awaits you where little has changed over the years. Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries.
We continue to The Garden House, near the village of Buckland Monachorum. Here, around some romantically decaying 16th Century ruins, Lionel Fortescue created a suitably romantic garden, built on precipitous terraces from which there are lovely views of the garden and surrounding countryside. Clematis and roses scale the old walls that surround the garden and there is a wonderful richness of plants. There is also, of course, another very good nursery selling marvellous plants, an opportunity to stock up on some new additions to your own garden
Following this, our final visit, we return to our original departure point where arrival is expected in the evening.
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- Meals - as per the itinerary
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|27 April 2023||BPCO230427||27 April 2023 (Thursday)||30 April 2023 (Sunday)||£720
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|29 June 2023||BPCO230629||29 June 2023 (Thursday)||2 July 2023 (Sunday)||£745
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