Cornwall is well known for having a slightly better climate than the rest of the UK and when staying with us here at Country View Cottages you’ll be within easy reach of some of the most exotic and beautiful gardens not only in Cornwall but the whole country! From hedge cut mazes to pick your own fruit farms there is something for everyone. So, if you’re an amateur gardener with a keen eye or you just want to take in all of Cornwall’s genuine beauty, here are some of our favourite spring gardens that are a must visit.
Trelissick Garden is a tranquil garden set in a truly special location overlooking the Fal Estuary. The garden includes 30 acres of formal gardens and 300 acres of estate with plenty to keep you entertained for a whole day of wandering.
In spring it’s one of the best places in the county to enjoy the daffodils and no matter what time of year you visit you’ll be struck by the peace and tranquillity you’ll find. As well as having many winding paths to explore and hidden nooks to sit and reflect you’ll find a full calendar of event throughout the year such as exhibitions, Nordic walking and an Open House during summer.
The Eden Project was created on the site of a huge disused quarry and quickly became an internationally renowned success. It has the world’s largest indoor rainforest with steamy jungles and waterfalls, stunning architecture across the site and there’s just as much to see outdoors as there is indoors.
There’s also sculpture, art, gigs, concerts, and an educational centre to visit, as well as a very popular land-train which is often pulled by a tractor! Whether the willow dream chamber, lavender field or the giant bee sculpture becomes your favourite thing at Eden we’re sure you’ll find something that captures your imagination and will make you want to return again and again.
The mystical lost gardens of Heligan laid in a state of disrepair for a number of decades before being re-discovered and lovingly restored. There are over 200 acres of garden to explore, with a magical Northern Garden, areas of jungle-like foliage, a historic kitchen garden and a wealth of wildlife too. Children will enjoy finding the giant sculptures in the woods and everyone will love the cream teas in their excellent cafe.
The well-presented Glendurgan garden near Falmouth combines three valleys of gardens, to create a very unique habitat which the owners describe as a ‘little slice of heaven on earth’. You’ll find giant rhubarb, tulip trees and ponds teeming with life, as well as a jungle-like lower garden and a maze which adults and children alike will love exploring.
Trerice estate consists of a stunning Elizabethan Manor and its gardens which is located in the pretty location of Kestle Mill near Newquay. Almost frozen in time it is a wonderful example of a property which has suffered few adjustments over the years.
See falconry displays, take part in an Easter egg trails, get busy in a bonnet making workshop or perhaps come back in the evening for a Stargazing event. There’s so much to see and do at Trerice, you’ll want to go again tomorrow.
The natural beauty, rich history and impressive location of Caerhays Castle have made it popular as a film location and have been used for the BBC adaptations of Rebecca and Poldark as well as Dangerous Exile and Wycliffe. It has also been a popular destination with visitors alike for many years.
There are over 120 acres of gardens, which are known across the world for the camellias, rhododendrons and magnificent magnolias.
The estates previous owner, J C Williams (1862-1932), gave up a career in politics in 1985 and devoted himself to his passion for gardening. Luckily he also realised the value of plant hunter’s work and over a period in the early 20th century contributed a large sum of his own money towards funding expeditions and trips, hence why the garden is home to some rare and exotic species even today.
So which would you most like to visit? Do you fancy a last-minute break in Cornwall? Take a look at our beautiful barn conversions in North and South Cornwall as well as our luxury Glamping Yurts.