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Gardens of Cornwall
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Gardens of Cornwall

  • 4 Night Holiday
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Cornwall is a peninsular located on England’s glorious South West Coast. Aided by the Gulf Stream ocean current, it has one of the mildest climates in Britain. This 4-night holiday gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare, exotic and tender plants flourishing in a perfect landscape.

Magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias flower in this perfect environment at this ideal time of year to visit.

The exciting itinerary includes the wonderfully restored Lost Gardens of Heligan and the now fully developed and innovative Eden Project.


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 - The Lost Gardens of Heligan & Caerhays Castle Gardens

Morning

The 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. With historic plantings (some of which are over 150 years old) the Lost Garden is home to the UK's National Collection of Camellias and Rhododendrons introduced to the gardens before 1920. You will have free time to explore on your own and for lunch at Heligan before an afternoon visit to Caerhays Castle Gardens.

Afternoon

Caerhays Castle Gardens

In the afternoon, continue to the extensive gardens of Caerhays Castle, home to a National Magnolia Collection. The gardens have an international reputation and are enhanced by the coastal setting.

Day 3 - At Leisure & Trebah Gardens

Morning

At Leisure

Morning is free to explore Falmouth; shop or visit the National Maritime Museum. Iain will be on hand to offer advice on interesting places to visit in the area.

Afternoon

Trebah Gardens

Early afternoon visit to 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 4 - Bosvigo House and Gardens, Trelissick Gardens & Lamorran House Gardens

Morning

Bosvigo House and Gardens & Trelissick Gardens

Today you will visit three fascinating gardens. First stop is Bosvigo House and Gardens, a 2-acre garden where you will discover rare and unusual plants. Then onto Trelissick Gardens, now run by the National Trust, with its tranquil, varied garden housing a superb collection of tender and exotic plants. Based on its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in Britain. The garden has always evolved: the bulk of the plant collection is from the 1930's to the present day so it has a relatively modern atmosphere with references to the past reflected in the fabric of the garden - Victorian brick walls to stone walls and wooden summerhouses. Free time there for lunch.

Afternoon

Lamorran House Gardens

Then an afternoon visit to Lamorran Gardens, voted as one of Britain’s top 10 Gardens and where the growth is for virtually twelve months a year.

Day 5 - Pine Lodge Gardens, the Eden Project & Return Home

Morning

Pine Lodge Gardens & the Eden Project

After checking out of your hotel, you will visit Pine Lodge Gardens and Nursery. The collection of plants there now stands at over 6000 – all labelled. Next 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.

Afternoon

Return Home

Transfer to Bristol airport for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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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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The Falmouth Hotel
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Falmouth
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