t is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. The kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life ’below stairs’, while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant.

The house is set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.

Follow in the footsteps of generations of the Robartes family, walking in the 17th-century Long Gallery among the rare book collection under the remarkable plasterwork ceiling. After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian style, with the latest mod cons.

Don’t miss

* There are 50 rooms to explore – allow plenty of time!
* Play the Steinway piano in the Long Gallery
* Look out for the museum and second-hand bookshop

The gardens

The historical garden with its 30-acres of woodland was laid out back in 1857, but its present format was actually established later on in the Victorian period, and many of the plants are no more than 70 years old. However, a grand atmosphere permeates the entire setting and compliments the brilliant planting of more modern times.

Explore formal parterres of dazzling bedding plants and wander along paths that wind through a woodland landscape planted in a semi-formal Cornish fashion – rhododendrons and Himalayan magnolias lurching to their full-size in the fresh Cornish air. Because the grounds lie inland and rise up to 130-metres above sea level, the plants have to cope with harsher climates than the lush valley gardens of the south coast. In spite of this, Lanhydrock still puts on one of the county’s most colourful spring shows, with over 120 species of cream and white magnolias featuring amongst a flurry of wild blooms that carpet the woodland.        Phone:  01208 265950      PL30 5AD

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios – now the Barbara Hepworth Museum – from 1949 until her death in 1975. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.

‘Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.’ When she first arrived at Trewyn Studio, Hepworth was still largely preoccupied with stone and wood carving, but during the 1950s she increasingly made sculpture in bronze as well. This led her to create works on a more monumental scale, for which she used the garden as a viewing area.

Most of the bronzes are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer Priaulx Rainier.        Phone: 01736 796 226        TR26 1AD

Cothele Valley

Cothele Valley

Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. The interior tour has changed little over the years, although the furnishings were titivated as Cotehele continued to inspire its adoring owners.

Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries.

From early spring flowers to herbaceous borders in high season, to the orchards in the autumn and snow drops in winter, you’ll find horticultural activity all year round.

In the 19th century local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market.

The restored sailing barge ’Shamrock’ is moored at the quay where you’ll also be able to treat yourself to a Cornish ’jam-first’ cream tea in the Edgcumbe tea-room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden valley to our sister property Cotehele Mill.        PL12 6TA

Caerhays Castle and Gardens

Caerhays Castle and Gardens

It is difficult not to be stunned when you visit Caerhays Castle and its 140 acre Gardens which are the home of the Williams family.
The natural beauty of the coastline and its steep valleys, the architectural surprises, the inescapable sense of history and the range of activities and facilities that the estate offers, all set the scene for a wonderful day of discovery and exploration.

The gardens originated from the work of plant hunters in China at the start of the 20th century.  Caerhays bred the very first x williamsii camellias and is today the home of a Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias containing over 600 species and named hybrids from around the world.  The gardens have an international reputation and have been described as ’world class’.

The castle itself was designed by the famous Regency architect John Nash around 200 years ago and both the building and the two families who have lived and worked at Caerhays have played significant roles in the history of Cornwall and its former tin mining industry.

You can visit the castle and gardens, walk in the grounds and visit the stunning beaches and coastal paths which make up the estate.

This is a renowned shooting estate, a popular wedding venue as well as often being used for filming, as a photographic location and for corporate hospitality.

Enjoy the tranquility, beauty and history of the whole estate for a day, or for longer if you choose to stay awhile in the restored Georgian splendour of The Vean or in one of the estate’s many holiday cottages.     Phone: 01872 501310     PL26 6LY

Trengwainton Garden

Trengwainton Garden

Here in this warm and luxuriant garden, you can follow in the footsteps of the 1920s plant hunters to see plants that flowered in Britain for the first time.

Award-winning magnolias and rhododendrons are still nurtured by those with a passion for their beauty and extraordinary story and five sections of walled gardens are crammed with tender exotic species from around the world.

Winding wooded paths follow a half-mile incline to sea views across Mount’s Bay, and the descent via the drive is bordered by a stream garden and open meadows.

There’s also a kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark and a visit to the tea-room means you’ll most likely eat some of its produce.

Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden, including the tea-room garden.       Phone: +441736363148      TR20 8RZ

Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden

There are three valleys of Glendurgan to lose yourself in – full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants.

Big leaves and exotic flowers thrive in the jungle-like lower valley and sun-loving specimens enjoy the upper banks. In spring thousands of wildflowers carpet the sloping sides of this steep valley.

Wandering through the garden leads down to the unspoilt hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles.

Walking back up from Durgan you can find a boat-seat, a gigantic tulip-tree and ponds teeming with wildlife. You can also learn about the Fox family who created this ’small peace of heaven on earth.’

The maze has been foxing people for over 180 years. Who will be first to reach the middle of our living puzzle?       TR11 5JZ



The garden as it looks today with canopies of Beech, sweet chestnut, and specimen conifers is roughly from 1870 onwards.

The main plant collections are Magnolias, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas. Formal lawns sweep to estuary views.

The garden has always evolved, with each owner adding an interesting layer. The bulk of the plant collection is from the 1930’s to the present day so it has a relatively modern atmosphere with references to the past reflected in the fabric of the garden – Victorian brick walls to stone walls and wooden summerhouses.

Different owners added their history and plants, and the National Trust have added to the collection making a rich and fascinating place to explore.

Light influences the appearance of the garden at this time of the year and in many ways brings the true magic of Trelissick to life. These colours and the light create contrast, bringing the best out of the views and setting of the place.

The mild climate often sees plants growing and flowering right into November. In the borders late flowering dahlias, canna and gingerlillies will carry on producing interest.

In all areas of the garden trees and shrubs such as the maples and liquid amber, turn purples, reds and yellow as the leaves fall. The hydrangea collection sees the old mop heads turning different colours and creating lacey frosty patterns.       TR3 6QL

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of garden history, mystery and romance

Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

We have now established a large working team with its own vision for our third decade. The award-winning garden restoration is already internationally acclaimed; but our lease now extends into well over 200 acres, leaving the project far from complete. We intend Heligan to remain a living and working example of the best of past practice, offering public access into the heart of what we do.

Our contemporary focus is to work with nature, accepting and respecting it and protecting and enhancing the variety of habitats with which our project is endowed.    Phone: 01726 84510      PL26 6EN

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens

A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Open every day of the year, from 10am.

Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River.

Trebah offers visitors a year round experience. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias; in summer, the giant gunnera is a must see for young and old. In autumn, Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond and in winter, our spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whilst plants from the southern hemisphere flower.

With adventure play areas, children’s trails and special events all year round, we are a family and dog friendly garden.    Phone: 01326 252200      TR11 5JZ

St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount is without doubt one of the most recognisable attractions in Cornwall. This rocky Island just off Marazion in Mounts Bay is a living community and home to the St Aubyn family. St Michaels Mount is currently run by the National Trust.

The medieval church and castle date from the 12th century, and the island can be accessed from along a causeway at low tide, or take a ferry at high tide, from mainland Marazion. The National Trust offer traditional cream teas, and cakes in their cafe and restaurant, found at the foot of the island. Tours are usually available, providing stories, myths and historical tales about the island. Please visit their website for more details.