Lanhydrock Estate, Bodmin
Lanhydrock is a charming country house and estate belonging to the National Trust. The place is surrounded by woodlands and parklands with winding paths taking you through the rich blue carpet of bluebells that are at their best in May. The sprawling estate surrounds the house down to the River Fowey at Respryn Bridge, making it a lovely place for an afternoon stroll. The house at Lanhydrock is worth exploring as well, from the Victorian kitchens and servants quarters to spacious dining room and bedrooms.
Looe Valley, Duloe
In South East Cornwall, Looe Valley is one of the best places for seeing bluebells in spring. A walk through the valley on a public bridle path takes you near the Looe River, follows part of the Looe Valley railway line and through woods carpeted with the purple and blue flowers. You can park at Tregarland Bridge and take a circular walk around the valley, enjoying the pretty views and flowers blooming in the balmy spring weather.
Godolphin House and Garden, Helston
Though it will be over an hours drive to Godolphin House in Helston, the bluebells at the country house are fantastic. The garden at Godolphin dates back to the 16th century, and the estate also has a woodland that years of mining have left an unnatural, undulating landscape. The house and garden are brimming with romance, and the winding path around the estate gives visitors the chance to see the bluebells towards the end of spring along with the engine house and old Godolphin mine.
Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth
For more than 25 years the sloping valley garden at Glendurgan has been home to many beautiful wildflowers and is one of the best places to see bluebells. The journey to see Glendurgan Garden is definitely worth it as the three valleys are a great place to lose yourself among the stunning nature. The lower valleys have big leafed plants and exotic flowers that provide a jungle feeling, and on the higher banks of the valleys, the sun-loving plants emerge, creating a rainbow of wonderful natural colours. Spring is the perfect time to visit Glendurgan Garden and see thousands of wildflowers and outstanding bluebells.
Pencarrow House and Gardens, Bodmin
Pencarrow House and Gardens can be found in a stunning valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. The Georgian mansion has been owned by the same family since the 1500s and opened to the public in the 1970s, and one of the highlights is the bluebells and wild garlic that carpet the woods from May to June. You can wander the gardens at Pencarrow enjoying the flowers, shrubs and trees and other highlights including the Italian Garden, grotto, Iron Age hill fort and ice house.
Take a look at our blog for more attractions and activities to do when staying at our boutique hotel in Cornwall:
South West Coast Path walks near Fowey
Cornwall wildlife to see in spring
Visit Cornwall gardens this spring