Hidden in the depth is the Lanherne Valley is the Japanese gardens, only a mile away form Sun Haven Valley. As well as the gardens there is a Bonsai nursery where you can pick up your unique tree to take home with you. There are over 120 different named varieties of Acer palmatum planted there and that is just the start but you will have to visit to find out more
Lost Gardens of Helligan
Once neglected in the 1990ís the gardens have been brought back to life. Being one the most mysterious estates in England gives these gardens an unexplainable feel.
There is a lot to see here from the productive gardens producing an array of traditional crops using old growing methods, sub-tropical Jungle where you can lose yourself in the tunnels of towering bamboo and protected wildlife that you can witness intimate dramas before your eyes and more.
Not to forget the tearoom which can supply you with Cornish cream teas and delicious home-cooked lunches.
Caerhayís Castles & Gardens
There is one of the finest collections of Camellias and Magnolias in the country held here. This is the combination of history and beauty to create something special. Most people only think of the castle that is here, but donít realize just how magnificent the estate is with a variety of businesses operating out of it.
This historical park has 865 acres for you to wonder around and is located by the sea giving you breathtaking views. The house and gardens were built in the 1500s and has a 400 year old lime, a brilliant Lucombe oak and a Mexican Pine that are all superb specimens of these great trees.
Trewithen is internationally renowned for its magnificent collection of rare trees and shrubs that grow throughout its gardens. When you walk around the gardens there is some new wonder to behold around every corner making it hard to find any where more beautiful or intriguing. There is a raised viewing platform that allows visitors to take a closer look at the blooms. This gives you the rare opportunity to see over the floral canopy. Awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to the South West and RHS recommended. It cannot fail to amaze
Home to a vast collection of sub-tropical, warm temperature trees and plants this south facing four acre hillside overlooking St Mawgn, is the perfect setting for the incredible garden. The garden was featured in the top 10 of the BBC Nationís Favorite Gardens 2002.
With an orinspiring coastal back drop this sub tropical paradise is the result of 160 years of dedicated and inspired creation. When the garden was created by Mr. Fox the owner of the estate got his head gardener to erect a scaffold towers to represent the height of each type of tree. Then got a garden boy to climb to the top and hold a white flag to show Mr. Fox what the tree would grow to. The tower often had to be repositioned several times before he was happy.
Pencarrow House and Gardens
History that dates back 2000 year and has won best property in the UK, there is no wonder why when you see it yourself. There is 50 acres of woodland and gardens for you to explore with much wild life to look out for. The house has been the much loved home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns for nearly 500 years and is far from a museum with family photos, childrenís toys and pet dogs Oscar and Sambo bring this mansion alive. There is a tea room, free parking and well maintain toilets as the facilities.
Steeped in history and natural beauty the gardens offer an unmissable orchestra of colour through out the year and more particularly in the spring months. The 15 acres where originally planted by T. B. Bolitho in the 19th Century with a magnificent Tree Fern Dell at the center. You will also see a fine collection of camellias and magnolias all contained within this wonderful natural garden.
In 1988 Peter and Elisabeth Prideaux-Brune arrived and a huge change to the estate took place. Today you can see the changes that were made back then, in this enchanted place. When wondering around the house or gardens to can find out about the stories that surround this stunningly graceful Elizabethan manor house. When looking out of the windows you have a fabulous view over looking the picturesque harbour of Padstow.
Lanhydock is a beautiful estate to come and wonder around in for a day, it gives off a wealthy feel but at the same time it is an unpretentious family home. Walk down the Long Gallery among the rare book collection that the Robartes family has been gathering for some years. In 1881 there was a devastating fire and the house was refurbished in the high Victorian style.
(photo by Darren Shilson)
The castle stand proud on the roughed cliffs of north Cornwall with some of the most dramatic coastal scenery the world has to offer. Tintage Castle also is believed to be the birth place of King Aurther. The legend has it that the castle was protected by his magical sword Excaliber from the evil magic of Merlin. Over the year the mainland has been eroded by the elements and is now only assessable via a narrow bridge. Many people claim this as the most romantic area in the UK, not surprising with its amazing walks and the Cornish Coastal Path.
King Arthurs Great Halls
The great halls were built in the 1930ís by a philanthropist millionaire and houses granite thrones and round tables which is surrounded by 72 stain glass windows depicting the Arthurian legend. There is a laser show involving the painting of King Arthur and his Knights which tells the story of this great legend.
Trerice House & Garden
This national trust property was built in 1571 and contain everything an old manor house should including fireplaces, ceilings, furniture and clocks with the garden housing unusual plants, orchard and tea-room in a barn perfect for a Cornish cream tea. There are activities for children to get involved in like the treasure hunt and at the back of the barn there is the new Tudor vegetable garden growing veg the same way it was done back then.
The castle is set on top of a large natural mound, dominating the surrounding landscape. This unusual keep consists of a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, in side this is an early circular shell keep. To get to the top of the battlements you have got to travel via a dark internal staircase but it is well worth it when you see the amazing view from the top.
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