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Gardens of Cornwall
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Gardens of Cornwall

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Once again we visit Cornwall, this wonderful peninsular, which aided by the Gulf Stream, has one of the mildest climates in Britain.

An opportunity to see rare, exotic and tender plants, sent by plant collectors for over 200 years, now flourishing in this ideal landscape. Magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias flower in this perfect environment at this ideal time of year to visit. We include the wonderfully restored Lost Gardens of Heligan and the now fully developed and innovative Eden Project as well as other private gardens.


Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour; he will be available at all times to help and advise you. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

The Lighthouse by P.D. James

Holiday highlights

Eden Project

A massive garden complex, environmental and visitor centr in Cornwall, the Eden Project is separated into huge enclosures or 'biomes' that house thousands of tropical and Mediterranean plant species from all over the world.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan was part of a Channel 4 TV series featuring businessman and record producer, Tim Smit, as he resorted the gardens of Heligan Estate after the death of the Jack Tremayne, the estate's last owner.

Trebah Gardens

In the spring, this subtropical garden comes alive with 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias, and camellias.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

The Lighthouse by P.D. James

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Bristol

Afternoon

Travel to Bristol

On arrival in Bristol airport, transfer by private coach to the famous Jamaica Inn for dinner before travelling to your hotel in the maritime town of Falmouth. Your hotel is situated on the sea front within walking distance of the town.

Day 2 - St Michael's Mount & Garden, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden & Trewidden Gardenle Gardens

Morning

St Michael's Mount & Garden

Depart for a morning visit to St Michael's Mount & Garden, an astonishing garden that exists despite the gales and salty winds as it is tempered by the Gulf Stream so that frosts are a rarity and the rock acts as a gigantic radiator - absorbing heat by day and releasing it at night, creating a micro climate in which all sorts of unlikely plans flourish.

Afternoon

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden and Trewidden Garden

This afternoon visit Tremenheere Sculpture Garden situated in a beautiful sheltered valley. The woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of contemporary artwork that harmonises with the landscape. Finally a visit Trewidden Gardens where a maze of informal paths leads you around this peaceful Cornish garden with champion trees and shrubs, many of which are over 100 years old, to be discovered alongside some species of plants rarely seen grown in England.

Day 3 - Lost Gardens of Heligan & Trewithen Gardens

Morning

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Depart for a morning visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for a guided tour of this award-winning garden, which is the scene of the greatest restoration project in Europe.

Afternoon

Trewithen Gardens

After some free time for lunch at leisure depart for an afternoon visit to Trewithen, a 30 acre garden renowned for it magnificent collection of Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias and many other rare shrubs and trees.

Day 4 - Falmouth At Leisure & Trebah Gardens

Morning

Falmouth At Leisure

This morning is free to explore Falmouth at your leisure.

Afternoon

Trebah Gardens

Early afternoon visit Trebah - a dramatically beautiful 26-acre garden with a wooded ravine descending to a private beach on the Helford River. See glades of 100 year old Tree Ferns, waterfalls, streams and water gardens full of Koi carp.

Day 5 - The Eden Project, Lanhydrock House & Garden

Morning

The Eden Project

After checking out of your hotel visit The Eden Project. Still prospering as the most successful of Britain’s millennium projects. A series of Perspex domes, erected in a former clay quarry, form the largest greenhouses in the world. Wander through climatic zones where entire ecosystems are created. There is also an extensive shop and restaurants. Free time for lunch here.

Afternoon

Lanhydrock House and Garden & Return Home

Afternoon visit to Lanhydrock House and Garden, a perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home; the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant. The historical garden with its 30-acres of woodland was laid out back in 1857, but its present format was actually established later on in the Victorian period, and many of the plants are no more than 70 years old. However, a grand atmosphere permeates the entire setting and compliments the brilliant planting of more modern times. Travel to Bristol for your return flight to Dublin

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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The Falmouth Hotel 3

Steeped in history and with striking Victorian architecture, The Falmouth is Falmouth’s first ever hotel.  Situated in 5 acres of beautiful gardens and overlooking Castle beach, the hotel offers 71 individual bedrooms, stunning views, the award winning Castle Beach restauran... read more read more read more

Steeped in history and with striking Victorian architecture, The Falmouth is Falmouth’s first ever hotel.  Situated in 5 acres of beautiful gardens and overlooking Castle beach, the hotel offers 71 individual bedrooms, stunning views, the award winning Castle Beach restaurant and an Elemis Spa… the perfect coastal hideaway.

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