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You may assume that Cornwall's gardens come to a stop and close up for the winter months, but you will be pleasantly surprised that a few are open throughout the coming months and also looking nearly as beautiful when they are in full bloom in the spring and summer.

Lost Gardens of Heligan in winter

If you are staying at our hotels in Fowey Cornwall, why not have a day out to one of these gardens, making the most of the quiet and serene gardens without the bustle of tourists.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan in winter is one of Cornwall's best attractions. You can step back in time to lose yourself in the magnificent garden restoration. The garden and surrounding grounds offer a world of romance and nostalgia and are stunning even in the winter months, with the bare trees and fewer flowering plants. Open all year round, excluding Christmas Day, the gardens also offer a Winter Pass, offering unlimited garden access to the end of February. There will also be Christmas events in December at Heligan and charity events in the New Year.

Pinetum Gardens

Pinetum Gardens are Cornwall's most colourful winter gardens and a lovely place to spend the day. The three-acre winter garden has a lot of appeals, with the spiralling paths designed to look like a rose. The array of plants have winter flowers, beautiful bark and colourful foliage or heavily scented leaves. There is also the Japanese garden, arboretum, lake, café and gift shop to enjoy at Pinetum Gardens on your visit this winter.


Lanhydrock, on the edges of Bodmin, is the perfect country house and estate. The brisk winter weather is perfect for taking a stroll through the extensive gardens and enjoying the all-year-round colour. There are beautiful herbaceous borders and colourful plants to enjoy in the gardens, but the wider estate is worth exploring too. Bring some wellies or walking boots for a wander through the ancient woodlands and riverside paths that can be found on the Lanhydrock estate.


The Tudor house and garden are just an hour away from The Cormorant Hotel, and a lovely place to visit in the winter. The house is closed in the winter to March 10, but the garden, estate, restaurant, tea rooms and art gallery are staying open. The garden is lovely in all seasons, with formal areas, a wild garden, tranquil corners and the old orchard. In the lead up to Christmas, the cut flower garden has a festive theme, with a 60ft-long Christmas flower garland, comprising of up to 40,000 dried flowers. You can see the garland, by booking in advance, up to the 6th January. The garden is closed on 25th and 26th December.

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