West Country Gardens Thru' The Seasons
Brand new for 2021, this terrific tour takes you through the rural heart of Cornwall and showcases the very best of this beautiful region’s legendary gardens. Every green-fingered garden enthusiast can be sure to enjoy a dazzling variety of blooms, blossoms, scents and scenery whether you visit in Spring, Summer or Autumn. Experience the beauty of the quintessential, glorious English garden together with some of area’s most picturesque landscapes, pretty coastal resorts and wonderfully mild climate. Who can resist the Charm of the West Country, whatever the season?
NB due to the extensive nature and size of the gardens as well as uneven pathways, a good level of general fitness and mobility is required to enjoy this holiday to the full.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Head South West, stopping for lunch and refreshments en-route before your arrival at your hotel near Camelford later today, ready for your first evening meal together. DBB
Day 2 – 4 At leisure in Cornwall with three included excursions.
Pencarrow House & Gardens & Padstow
Tucked away on the edge of Bodmin Moor at the edge of a sweeping valley, (Pencarrow is the Cornish name for ‘head of the valley’ or high fort’), this Cornish Georgian gem has been the friendly family home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns for nearly 500 years. Tour the historic house with a guide to experience Cornish history still in the making before enjoying the extensive gardens, always impressive, always a joy to explore. The true floral season begins in Spring with a dazzling display of camellias and rhododendrons (more than 400 varieties). Bluebells and wild garlic carpet the woods in May-June and the Memorial Garden provides a stunning summer display. Into the Autumn you can enjoy the hydrangeas and ancient trees on the turn, making these gardens ever changing and always engaging. You will receive a voucher for you to enjoy a cream tea in the café at your leisure. Head off to Padstow, the picture-perfect fishing village nestling on the beautiful Camel Estuary. Its colourful working harbour surrounded by pastel washed medieval houses is a delight. Spend some time at leisure in pretty Padstow, now a famous foodie destination thanks to its fabulous seafood restaurants and links to celebrity chef, Rick Stein, before heading back to the hotel.
RHS Rosemoor Gardens & Bude
Head north today with a stop in the lovely seaside resort of Bude. With its wild coastline and glorious beaches, a coastal stroll is a fine choice here or maybe a delicious Cornish ice cream. Known for its popular 1930s outdoor sea pool, surfers, coloured beach huts, stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean plus a great variety of shops and eateries, laid-back Bude makes for a great visit. Today’s highlight is, of course, a visit to RHS Rosemoor, nestled ‘across the border’ in North Devon’s Torridge Valley, where formal and informal plantings blend to magical effect. Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit in every season as cherry trees blossom in the spring, the iconic Hot Garden dazzles with vibrant colours in summer, while the woodlands blaze with autumn finery. The two outstanding rose gardens featuring both modern and traditional roses are best enjoyed in Spring and Summer whilst the colour themed Hot Garden comes to life in the Summer and Autumn with waves of plants chosen for their heat and vibrancy. A springtime fanfare awaits in the Cherry Garden and the Cool Garden and Long Border flourish in Autumn as Hydrangeas bloom across the garden and there's a bounty of produce to see in the Potager and Fruit and Vegetable Garden.
Lost Gardens of Heligan & Mevagissey
Experience one of the most unique and fascinating attractions in Cornwall, The Lost Gardens of Heligan – a genuine secret garden which was lost for decades and rediscovered from the brambles of time back in 1990. Today it is the largest garden restoration in Europe, home to a National Collection of camellias and rhododendrons and an incredible 200 acres of gardens and estate to explore, bursting with romance and intrigue around every pathway and corner. Heligan is truly a garden for all seasons - so whether you are visiting in the delights of spring colour, the hazy buzz of mid-summer or the tranquility of autumn, you are sure to discover a paradise for the explorer, plant lover, history buff or garden romantic – The Lost Gardens have it all! Finish the day with a stop in lovely Megavissey where narrow street lead down to the old centre and the distinctive twin harbour provide a safe haven for local boats. Once the centre of Cornwall’s pilchard fishing, many of the old buildings, constructed of cob and slate, bear testimony to a time when the large shoals of pilchards were the livelihood of the whole village.
Day 5 - After breakfast, return homewards with a stop en-route for refreshment and to stretch your legs. Head onto interchange before arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-evening.
BOWOOD PARK HOTEL & GOLF CLUB, Nr CAMELFORD
Situated in the heart of North Cornwall on the fringes of the glorious Cornish coastline, this modern, low-rise 3* hotel occupies 230 acres of rolling hills and woodland. All bedrooms are equipped with TV and tea / coffee making facilities. The restaurant put an emphasis on home-cooked dining using locally sourced produce whilst the bar offers an informal setting with comfy chairs and scenic views across the golf course from the terrace. There is no lift but there are a few ground floor rooms. Single rooms are doubles for sole use.