Cornish Gardens Adventure - Thu 11th April 2019
- Duration: 5 Days
- Product code: P2ZMYN
The mild coastal climate has blessed Cornwall with some of the finest gardens in the country. Join our 5 day Spring holiday as we tour the county to see some of the very best of them. Many of the gardens were built as a result of the great Victorian plant hunting expeditions, leaving a lasting legacy for us to enjoy today. And there is a great variety to explore - from woodland gardens to landscaped parkland and spectacular sub-tropical glades - there is something of interest for everyone. Many of these gardens should be at their very best at this time of year plus there is plenty of lovely countryside and rugged coastal landscapes to enjoy on route. We are returning to the excellent 3* Esplanade Hotel, a quality hotel which enjoys fantastic ocean views over Fistral Beach on the outskirts of Newquay. We have a full itinerary for this holiday – this added to the topography of some of the destinations means that sadly this holiday may not be suitable for all. All entrance fees are included in the price.
After being collected from your local pick up point (approx 8.00am) we have refreshment stops as required before arriving at the hotel late afternoon. Time to settle in to the hotel and hopefully enjoy your first sunset from the beachfront lounge!
We start our Cornish Garden adventure at nearby Trewithen Gardens. Set around an elegant 17th century manor house, Trewithen offers an amazing variety of trees with woodland walks and Spring brings a riot of colour, with early flowering Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias. From here we head south to Trebah Gardens. These amazing sub-tropical gardens near to Falmouth are world famous – covering a spectacular 26 acres and descending 200 feet through a wonderful tropical valley to the Helford river. The gardens have a staggering variety of plants and trees including 100 year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.
Today we head to Trelissick. Close to Truro, this remarkable National Trust property boasts wonderful views of the beautiful Fal Estuary. With incredible spring blooms and noted for its camellias and rhododendrons the 40-acre garden is part of 375-acres of parkland with an extensive range of trails through woodland – wonderful place to explore. Inside the house there is a renowned art gallery with a wide range of work from local Cornish artists. The café offers a delicious range of light refreshments and hot lunches. Plenty of time to enjoy here before we have a short stop in Cornwall’s county town, Truro. It’s a vibrant centre of shopping, culture and impressive architecture including the gothic towers of the Cathedral. Great variety of independent shops in the narrow historic streets with plenty of coffee houses. £10 NT Member discount.
Another lovely day excursion today as we visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This remarkable garden has a wide range of areas from the more formal walled Victorian Gardens down the valley to the exotic outdoor Jungle with raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo. Take the woodland walk to discover the famous stone sculptures - The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady. A memorable experience. After time here for lunch we visit the nearby traditional fishing village of Mevagissey.
We head home this morning, with refreshment stops as required before being returned to your local pick up point around 5.00/6.00pm.
Meal plan - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
3* Esplanade Hotel
Overlooking the magnificent Fistral Beach, we have been using this hotel for nearly 20 years. It offers something for everyone - the town centre is a 10 minute walk away but with the South West Coast Path outside the hotel you can go much further if you wish! Or stay in the hotel and enjoy views of the surfers from the beachfront lounge or Pebbles Bar. It’s a friendly hotel with a relaxed atmosphere - somewhere you can really relax. If you fancy a swim the hotel has an excellent indoor pool and spa. The Ocean View restaurant serves good quality food with a choice of menu in a lovely setting. All the hotel bedrooms are comfortably furnished with en-suite private bathrooms, Colour TV, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Passenger lift to all floors. Guaranteed Sea View subject to availability - £80 for the room.
EXCELLENT QUALITY HOTEL