NEW: Spring Gardens of Cornwall
Sunday 10th - Thursday 14th March 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
Single supplement: £139
Spring is the perfect time to experience the awakening beauty of a glorious English garden, and we have devised an itinerary taking you to five of the finest Cornish gardens. Our tour is based at the comfortable Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, nestled amongst 180 acres of countryside, surrounded by the joys of spring.
Your Holiday Hotel
The family owned and managed Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club is a luxury hotel that offers a warm welcome on the outskirts of the old county town of Bodmin. There are 46 contemporary bedrooms all equipped with TV, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant provides beautiful views of the countryside, overlooking the golf course, and features a varied modern English menu using local produce wherever possible. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided throughout the Hotel.
(DAY 1) Sunday 10th March
A taxi will collect you and your luggage from home and bring you to the coach to join your driver and fellow travellers. We drive to the West Country, arriving at the hotel late afternoon.
(DAY 2) Monday 11th March
PENCARROW HOUSE, PADSTOW & BEDRUTHAN STEPS
This morning we visit Pencarrow House and its beautiful gardens. Lying at the foot of a sweeping valley, this largely Georgian mansion boasts a fine collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture, whilst the extensive gardens are a joy to explore. The floral season starts in March with a dazzling display of camellias, and there is also a sunken Italian Garden, palm house, ancient Cornish cross and a grotto. Next, we make our way to Padstow on the north coast with time to take a stroll and find lunch. The return route takes us via Bedruthan Steps, popular since Victorian times for its spectacular views of rock stacks and the beach below.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 12th March
TRELISSICK & TREWITHEN
Our first visit today is to the National Trust’s Trelissick Garden. Set on its own peninsula, with panoramic views over the Fal estuary, Trelissick is a glorious spring woodland paradise. Its huge oaks and conifers can be traced back to the turn of the last century, when its owner, the renowned plant hunter Carew Davies Gilbert, laid out the Garden to display his discoveries. Later we move on to Trewithen. Renowned as a masterpiece of landscape gardening, Trewithen has a rich history and huge variety of beautiful specimens. Hopefully the huge magnolia tree, which stands at about 65 feet high, will be in flower when we visit. The historic private estate has been in continuous family ownership for over 300 years. Spring is a riot of colour, with early flowering magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 13th March
THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN or THE EDEN PROJECT
Heligan, on Cornwall’s lush south coast, has been hailed by The Times as ‘The Garden Restoration of the Century’, and is a genuine re-discovered secret garden, with a unique national collection of camellias, 350 ancient rhododendrons and a giant magnolia tree. Alternatively, you can spend today visiting The Eden Project, near St. Austell. Hidden in a china clay pit are two giant domes, or biomes, containing a huge variety of plants collected from all around the world. Eden is more than just a huge, tropical garden, it is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life.
(DAY 5) Thursday 14th March
LANHYDROCK HOUSE & GARDENS
Before leaving for home we will pay a visit to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock Estate, an impressive late Victorian home and gardens. After a fire in 1881, the owner Thomas Charles, filled Lanhydrock with the latest technology, including state of the art ovens and warming cupboards in the kitchen and dining areas, central heating systems and fire hydrants. Explore the kitchens and servants’ quarters, as well as the grand family spaces. Lanhydrock is famous for its wide variety of magnolias and camellias. This afternoon we will drive home to Sussex, arriving for early evening taxis.