for one person on their own... or up to eight people
Starting from Truro... but we can start at your hotel/B&B from anywhere in Cornwall... we proceed to St Ives and Penzance, sight-seeing en route and in St Ives, including a look at the St Ives Tate Gallery, the Egyptian House in Penzance... and on to St Michaels Mount for their 10am opening (garden opens at 10am; house opens at 10.30am).
St. Michael's Mount more than holds its own in the gardening sphere with an extraordinary sub-tropical Mediterranean garden cleverly protected from the wind by pines, Holm oaks and shubberies of plants tolerant to salt, such as escallonia, hebe, tamarisk, fuschia and Sea Buckthorn found on the steep ascent to the castle. Near the summit overlooking the southern slopes and favoured by the sun, good drainage and lack of frosts are agapanthus, aloes and kniphofias sheltering amongst the huge granite boulders, together with many other exotic plants including aeoniums, pelargoniums, callistemons, yuccas, phormiums and other plants usually only found in glasshouses. A unique experience and well worth a visit.
Allow between 1.5 and 3 hours at St Michael's Mount.
We now stop for lunch at somewhere appropriate, lots of places to choose from... your choice... and after lunch travel just a short distance to Trengwainton Garden, near Penzance.
At Trengwainton a very mild climate and a renowned collection of trees & shrubs makes it a plantsman’s dream-garden. Many of the species growing here originate from plant-hunting expeditions on the 1920s, and the garden includes some of the largest tree ferns in the West Country. The magnolia garden with champion specimens opens in March & April. A renowned feature of Trengwainton is the series of walled gardens with unique sloping beds where restoration is planned. Beyond the walled gardens, visitors can follow the stream & meandering paths up to a terrace with summerhouses, a slate toposcope & glorious views over Mount’s Bay. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Allow between 1.5 and 3 hours at Trengwainton.
If time, energy and enthusiasm allow, return to Truro (or where you are staying) via Mousehole and Lamorna... an ancient, picturesque fishing village and a lovely valley leading to a spectacular little harbour respectively... and well worth a visit.
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 £400
London to Cornwall £480
Southampton & Portsmouth to Cornwall £370
All other locations please enquire for price.
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!