England: Great Gardens of Cornwall in the company of Mike Nelhams15th Apr 2025

England: 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, our tour concludes with a private visit to the Tregnothnan Estate with owner Lord Falmouth and a tour of the unique Tregothnan Tea Plantation.


5 Days



Full Price£2145

(includes trains)

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What to Expect

  • 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
Pink and white flowers fill a corner of this image, framing the two ruined arches of the old Abbey on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Tropical palm trees and other lush plants surround the ruins.

Departure Routes

LocationPickup TimeDropoff Time
London Paddington Station00:00
Truro Railway Station00:00

** 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. **

Day by Day Itinerary

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.

Meals includedDinner

Caerhays Castle

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