for one person on their own, up to eight people
Starting from Truro... but we can start at your hotel/B&B from anywhere in Cornwall ... we go to Lamorran Woods, cross the River Fal, traverse tidal salt marshes at Ardevora and Ruan Lanihorne, visit St Just-in-Roseland Church, St Mawes, pass St Mawes Castle (built circa 1540 by King Henry VIII) and other scenic locations en route to the western edge of Bodmin Moor in time for Lanhydrock House's 11:00 opening (visit Lanhydrock House/National Trust ... visiting times vary).
Lanhydrock is essentially a very grand Victorian house that evolved from much earlier beginnings around 1650. The name Lanhydrock comes from St Hydroc, believed to have been an Irish missionary to Cornwall. The estate was owned by the Priory of St Petroc in Bodmin until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530's by King Henry VIII. After a number of owners, it was purchased by Sir Richard Robartes, a powerful local merchant, the son of a very successful Cornish moneylender, in 1620. Sir Robert and his son John, completed the construction of a new house on the site, a traditional four-sided house around a central courtyard. This is possibly Cornwall's grandest house... with a wonderful Victorian Kitchen and a good restaurant.
Allow between 1.5 and 3 hours at Lanhydrock.
For lunch we have several options.
OPTION ONE: Eat at Lanhydrock.
OPTION TWO: Eat at a XIV Century Inn, the Crown at Lanlivery, close by.
OPTION THREE: Eat at Pencarrow House Restaurant, which is our destination house for our afternoon visit and approximately four miles from Lanhydrock.
Our second house today is Pencarrow at Washaway near Bodmin.
Pencarrow is approached by a mile long drive through an ancient British encampment, flanked by huge rhododendrons, blue hydrangeas and specimen conifers. Sir John Molesworth, 5th Baronet, completed the present Georgian house circa 1770. His descendants own and live in the house today. Panelled library, music room. Many portraits of the Molesworth family, including 11 by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Allow between 1.5 and 3 hours at Pencarrow.
If time, energy and enthusiasm allow, return to Truro (or where you are staying) via the North Coast, visiting Chapel Porth, St Agnes Head and the Blue Hills (to complete your sight seeing for the day).
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.
Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW),
Southampton : Ocean, QE2, Mayflower,
Terminal 5 (Mayflower Terminal),
Ask for a Quotation!
London Heathrow to Cornwall £315
Central London to Cornwall £340
London Gatwick to Cornwall £325
Southampton Cruise Terminals to Cornwall £280
It's Easy! Go to... Journey Planner in Cornwall
to and from Cornwall... for 'Cornwalltour' search: London Paddington to Truro www.thetrainline.com
Merchant House in Truro is a friendly, welcoming place to stay for every nature of visit...read more
Video of Cornwall and the West of England (created by Anthea from Australia who toured Cornwall with her husband Gary in 2011 - with Cornwalltour)
Plus - First Class Airport and Cruise Ship Shuttle Service for the West of England and Cornwall - Optional Extra!