||Starting from Truro ... but we can start at
your hotel/B&B from anywhere in Cornwall ... we proceed to the King Harry
Ferry, cross to the Roseland Peninsular, visit St Just-in-Roseland Church
... wonderful garden ... take a look at St Mawes and St Mawes Castle, and
head for Mevagissey and The Lost Gardens of Heligan in time for their
10.00 o'clock opening.
Covering 57 acres and a further 100 acres of ornamental woodland,
at Heligan there is an impressive range of plant breeds and features,
including, an Italian garden, a crystal grotto, summerhouses and the
Flora Green Lawn surrounded by giant rhododendrons. Originally dating
back to 1780, the gardens fell 'asleep' throughout the two World Wars
when little time was allowed for the pleasures of gardening ... and men
were away fighting 'the war to end wars'. In 1991, a restoration team
ploughed through the mountains of bramble and creeping ivy to discover
the forgotten orchid houses, vineries, peach houses and even a pineapple
pit ... the story continues ...
Visit the website of Heligan Gardens
Allow between 1.5 and 3 hours at Heligan.
We continue east and then north towards Bodmin and Bodmin Moor. We
sight-see at Polkerris, Fowey and the Luxulyan Valley; travelling through
the area where Daphne du Maurier lived and set her famous stories, passing
close to Menabilly (Manderley) ... her house ... and a house with a
history! We stop for lunch (if appropriate) ... your choice ... and at
Bodmin we visit Lanhydrock House and Garden.
The grandest and most welcoming house in Cornwall, Lanhydrock is
superbly set in 450 acres of woods and parkland running down to the
Fowey river and is lovely in all seasons.Twenty two acres of spectacular
gardens at Lanhydrock contain herbaceous borders and formal parterres.
The parterres have bronze urns brought from the Chateau de Bagatelle in
Paris and taken to Lanhydrock in 1857. The gardens still maintain the
19th century plan. The wooded higher gardens contain rhododendrons,
magnolias and camellias, subtly blended into the indigenous oak and
beech woods and there is a complete a network of footpaths.
National Trust website for Lanhydrock House and Garden
Allow 1.5 to 3 hours at Lanhydrock.
If time, energy and enthusiasm allow, return to Truro (or where
you are staying) via Lostwithiel and Fowey ... both ancient towns, one
at the head of the tidal part of the Fowey river and the other a
picturesque port at its estuary ... and passing through the area which
Daphne d Maurier made famous in so many of her books.
If other Cornish Gardens have more appeal, just let us know and
these will be the ones we visit!
And if you'd just like to go to just one Cornish Garden - say The Eden
project - we'll provide a
PRICE QUOTATION FOR TRANSPORT FROM AND BACK TO YOUR HOTEL/B&B
- ON REQUEST.