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Enjoy spending your summer trip to Cornwall at one of the best gardens in the county. Cornwall has an amazing variety of gardens, from historic estates to hidden gems where you can while away a quiet afternoon. If you want luxury accommodation at one of the best boutique hotels in Cornwall that is within driving distance to these gardens, our hotel on the banks of the River Fowey is the place to go!

Lanhydrock garden in summer

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock is bursting with colour all year round, and in summer you will be blessed with roses, herbaceous borders and dazzling parterre. The network of paths in the garden will bring you to many hidden gems, and there are also garden tours with expert guides, so you don't miss seasonal highlights. 

Cotehele

You can easily immerse yourself in Cotehele gardens this summer, as the estate has a variety of gardens to explore. There are formal terraces, the Valley Garden leading to the River Tamar and tranquil spots in the Upper Garden. Summer is a great time to wander in the two orchards, as the apples and cherries are starting to grow.

Glendurgan Garden


Glendurgan has three valleys full of natural beauty. There is a mixture of exotic and native British plants to spot, from giant rhubarb plants to spiky arid plants. The lower valley has a jungle like feel, especially on hot summer days, and the sloping sides of the valley are a blaze of colour with wildflowers. Get in touch with your inner child at the maze - it has been a highlight of the garden for over 180 years.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan have become a garden haven for visitors to Cornwall, and the 200 acres of space has been transformed since being rediscovered over 25 years ago. There is a walled flower garden, kitchen garden, Victorian garden and vegetable garden, all looking their best in summer and a system of paths, so you won't miss out on anything. If you want the perfect place to rest your feet, seek out the Pleasure Garden, a summer house offering views of the wider garden.

Poppy Cottage Garden

In the heart of the Roseland Peninsula, you will find the hidden gem that is Poppy Cottage Garden. The garden is small, just one acre, but it is a rainbow of colour all year round, as the bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and exotic plants are truly dazzling. There are plenty of places to sit and relax, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and breath in the flowery summer scent of the garden.

Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery

The Japanese Garden is growing in popularity, but you are sure to find a quiet place to relax amongst the exotic Japanese foliage and find your zen. In summer the garden is in full splendour, as the flowers are blooming, bamboos whisper in the breeze and dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted hovering over the koi pond.

Hidden Valley Gardens

Between St Austell and Lostwithiel is the three-acre award-winning Hidden Valley Gardens. The cottage style garden and plant nursery have 26 identified beds and borders that a full of colour throughout the summer, with herbaceous perennials, shrubs, crocosmia, agapanthus and dahlias. Seek out the pond area to see some insect wildlife, or find shade in the Fernery, and there are also Japanese and Mediterranean gardens.

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