Our boutique hotels, Cornwall, The Cormorant in Fowey is a great place for a short break, and many of Cornwall's best gardens are within easy reach. We currently have a spring break offer running throughout March, April and May which includes a river view bedroom and breakfast, dinner every evening, £20 towards your choice bottle of wine on your first evening at a discounted entry at Trebah Garden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
The offer is for a two-night minimum stay, with prices ranging from £125 to £175 in March and £135 to £185 in April and May, depending on the room type, and prices are per room, per night based on two people sharing. The offer is not available on 30th and 31st March, 1st and 2nd April, 4th, 5th, 6th, 25th, 26th and 27th May For more details, click here, and call to book on 01726 833426.
Trebah Garden is a sub-tropical garden with a breathtaking coastal backdrop, located near Falmouth. The garden has been growing and cultivated for over 160 years, and it sets itself apart from Cornwall's other gardens. A natural spring in the garden drops 10ft into the koi pool and cascades through waterside plants. The Mediterranean and tropical plants mingle with Australian tree ferns, bamboos and palms, making you feel as though you are in an exotic land miles away from the temperate British Isles. Many plants at Trebah have been selected for their fragrance, meaning all of your senses are satisfied when you visit. Trebah is an all-year garden, but you don't want to miss visiting in early spring, as the rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias are in bloom. Trebah is one of seven gardens in Cornwall that has Magnolia campbellii trees. When the trees are first flowering, it signals spring has arrived!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The beautifully restored Victorian gardens near St Austell are a favourite of many who visit Cornwall gardens. When the gardens were rediscovered in 1992, they underwent a massive restoration, transforming them into the pleasure gardens they are today. You feel like you are stepping back in time at Heligan and with the plants from all across the world, it's like you have travelled the world in one afternoon. There are rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, Maori carved tree ferns from New Zealand, an Italian garden and Alpine Ravine. Walk through outdoor jungle passing by banana trees, towering bamboo and giant rhubarb, and enjoy the riot of colour throughout summer and spring. If you take the woodland walk, you can see the Giant's Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady sculptures emerging from the undergrowth and blending in with the natural beauty of the Gardens.
Tregrehan Garden between Fowey and St Austell is a Temperate Rainforest garden, protected by hills, trees and parkland. The garden is on a family run estate and opens from March 15th to May 31st Wednesday to Friday and Sundays from 10.30am to 5pm. From June 1st to August 31st it is open Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 4.30pm. Highlights of the garden include the tree collection, as the garden was initially planted in the 19th century as an arboretum, which grew into a woodland garden. The size and range of trees at Tregrehan are stunning, and it has been noted the garden is one of the finest private gardens for the tree species. The parkland at Tregrehan is 50 acres where sheep graze, and visitors are welcome to walk through, as the views of St Austell Bay are spectacular, and the entrance to Fowey Harbour is visible. Throughout spring, you can visit and enjoy the sights and smells of camellias, magnolias and the rhododendrons.
The world famous Eden Project makes for an unmissable day out in Cornwall. The gardens housed in the biomes are an excellent introduction to the world of plants for people, and in addition to the gorgeous foliage, the Eden Project is an educational attraction. In the Rainforest Biome, you are transported to the sights, smells and incredible scale of the rainforests of the world. The Mediterranean Biome makes you think of hot, sunny days, with lemon trees, olive groves and vines to wander through. It isn't just the biomes at the Eden Project you should check out, with the 30-acre Outdoor Garden flourishing all year round with more native plants. You can easily make a day of it at the Eden Project, with on-site cafes, restaurants and facilities available.
The historical garden at Lanhydrock sits within 30 acres of woodland, and the mixture of Victorian and modern planting creates a lovely atmosphere for visitors. The bedding plants are blooming in spring and summer, and you can take the winding paths through the woodland landscape which has a Cornish feeling to it, with rhododendrons and magnolias. Despite being on higher grounds than the other gardens on this list, Lanhydrock still has a colourful spring display of flowers, especially those that carpet the woodland. The garden and surrounding estate is a great place for walkers, and the zig-zagging footpaths that cover the 900-acres of the countryside around the house and garden are lovely to wander along in the mild Cornish air.
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