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The romantic Cornish gardens exude a timeless, magical quality and from our base at the south western tip of the county, we visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, unique Trengwainton Gardens and Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly.
Day One - Home to St Ives
We’ll make our way from the interchange to St Ives, where we’ll check in to the Bay St Ives Hotel and will enjoy a sumptuous evening meal. (D)
Day Two to Seven - St Ives
We’ll have a great time, with three excursions to make the most of. Discover the stunning Scilly Isles with us, taking a cruise from Penzance and exploring Tresco Abbey Gardens. We also enjoy a scenic tour of western Cornwall, seeing Sennen Cove and the beautiful Trengwainton Gardens as well as visiting the mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan. (B,D)
Day Eight - St Ives to Home
Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)
St Ives Bay Hotel
Set on a cliff above St Ives’ winding alleys, quaint cottages and boutique shops and overlooking Porthminster Beach, which has won many prestigious awards, the St Ives Bay Hotel is a great place to enjoy this wonderful North Cornwall town.
In less than 10 minutes you can stroll down to the seafront for a walk around the town’s harbour with a number of fantastic restaurants and bars surrounding the area. A little further on you can visit the Tate St Ives or pick up the South West Coast Path about 15 minutes from the hotel which will take you out of town to the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can see some stunning sunsets over the sea.
The seaside towns of Penzance, Newquay and Falmouth and historic Truro are all within an hour’s drive of St Ives and are great places to take a day trip to discover the culture of Cornwall. The town is also perfectly placed to enjoy lovely countryside and dramatic coastlines, Britain’s most southerly point, Lizard Point and Land’s End are both easily reachable by car.
The hotel is just across the road and up some steps from the train station meaning arriving by train couldn’t be easier. In the hotel there is plenty of space to sit back and enjoy a refreshing drink in our courtyard terrace after a busy day of exploring everything that Cornwall has to offer.
Full Day: Lost Gardens of Heligan
We make our way to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, first established in Mevagissey by the Tremayne family in the mid-18th century. They surround the Heligan estate, on which is the beautiful Jacobean Heligan House.
The public gardens around the house are filled with wonderful scenery, as the plants here have been perfectly preserved and tended to. There are a number of gardens to wander through, including the Italian Garden, the Jungle, the Vegetable Garden and the Waller Garden. We’ll see gigantic rhododendrons, aged camellias, and Europe’s last pineapple pit.
Full Day: Scilly Isles and Tresco Abbey Gardens
After an early breakfast we sail across to St Mary's, before taking a shuttle boat to glorious Tresco Abbey Garden, where our local guide accompanies us on a tour of the gardens to discover the exotic fauna and flora.
Full Day: Trebah Gardens and Falmouth
Excursion visiting the tranquil haven of Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Visit in spring as the colourful array of 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias burst into flower, in summer to see the giant gunnera, or autumn when Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft whites across Mallar Pond. We also call at the maritime town of Falmouth.