Cornwall Garden Tour
A superb mix of old and new. The incredible Eden Project is arguably one of the south’s finest tourist destinations, offering horticulture lovers the chance to see flowers, trees and shrubs from all over the world under its iconic domes. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are equally enchanting – this thousand-acre estate was once a colourful centrepiece before falling into disrepair during World War I. It has now been restored to its former glory, delighting visitors.
- Explore the two giant multi-domed Biomes filled with plants from every corner of the world at the Eden Project.
- Discover the lost gardens of Heligan, a world full of romance, nostalgia and adventure.
- Marvel at the south-facing glade at Trewinith planted at the time of the great plant hunting expeditions of the 1920's.
- Arrive by ferry at Trelissik and Lamorran Gardens described as the "Garden window onto the sea".
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach with PA system
- All garden admissions costs. For Garden Tours, National Trust, English Heritage and RHS admissions are not included.
- Heritage gardens(please note this does not include entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee)
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Trewithen Gardens is a true woodland garden and home of some 24 Champion trees which are either the tallest or widest of their particular species. To view the intricacies of the garden, viewing platforms have been created to take in the very best aspects. Trebah Gardens is a wonderful ravine garden of 26 acres descending to a private beach on the Helford river. It features lush exotic woodland glades, tranquil ponds and a plant collection to inspire at any time of the year.
The Bonython Estate Gardens, situated on England’s southernmost point, has been remodelled in recent years. The three man-made lakes offer a wonderful setting for the interesting planting including specimens from South Africa. We spend our afternoon at Trengwainton, a 25-acre garden with something to inspire around every corner, set around a colourful bordered stream which runs through the garden. It’s famous for the restored walled garden and its unique sloping beds.
You can use our Discovery Point to explore the local area or relax in the wonderful surroundings of our country house.
The Eden Project is currently the third most visited tourist attraction in Britain, and its sheer scale warrants a full-day visit. The mission of the Eden Project is to promote understanding and responsible management of plant resources from around the world for a sustainable future. The main focal points are the two giant multi-domed conservatories named the Biomes, each offering different climates with associated planting. However, the external gardens surrounding the Biomes are equally exciting and well worth exploring.
Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Garden showcases 80 different conifers planted in 4 acres and offers a wonderful diversity, including a Japanese garden and a water garden created for wildlife. Stepping back in time our journey takes us to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim Smit (the creator of the Eden Project) started the arduous 10-year reclamation programme, transforming the gardens at Heligan to their former glory. The estate now extends to over 200 acres and work still continues.
Our action-packed day includes a short ferry cruise up the river Fal to Trelissick Gardens. A large estate with woodland and riverside walks, the garden is on many levels with year-round colour and interest. Please note there's a steep
walk up to the garden from the ferry wharf. Another short ferry journey takes us to the private garden of Lamorran Gardens, voted as one of the top 10 favourite gardens in the UK.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there are a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.
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What to Bring
As you'll be walking around the gardens please bring stout, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather!
Harry’s first Holiday with HF was on Arran in 1971. He has been a walks leader since 2007 and a garden tours leader since 2010. Harry has holidayed at all the current HF houses having led from most of them, too.
On top of a lifelong love of gardens and being a passionate gardener himself, Harry has also taught Garden Design and Horticulture at degree level for several years and is one of only a small number of Chartered Horticulturist in the UK. Harry has a Masters in Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society. He is also an RHS Flower Shows volunteer, providing guidance on RHS Gardens at shows such as the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and RHS Chelsea Flower Show where he has been involved in delivering several medal winning gardens. He is also a specialist garden inspector for the National Trust.
Harry enjoys sharing his knowledge of the landscape, gardens and their design and history. He knows from experience of this vast field that there is something new to learn from each other at every turn. During his Garden Tours, Harry sets the pace so that there is time to stand and stare and soak it all in.
Harry does everything well - he is prepared, knowledgeable, considerate, communicative - he's the best.
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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