Gardens of Kent & Sussex
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On this garden holiday we’ll discover Cornwall; this wonderful peninsular, aided by the Gulf Stream, has one of the mildest climates in Britain. We’ll have an opportunity to see rare, exotic and tender plants, sent by plant collectors for over 200 years, now flourishing in this ideal landscape. Magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias flower in this perfect environment at this ideal time of year to visit Cornwall. We’ll be based at our hotel in coastal town of Falmouth to take day trips to the wonderfully restored Lost Gardens of Heligan and the now fully developed and innovative Eden Project as well as other private gardens.
On arrival in Bristol airport we will transfer by private coach to Lanhydrock House & Gardens, a perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home; the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant. The historical garden with its 30-acres of woodland was laid out back in 1857, but its present format was actually established later on in the Victorian period, and many of the plants are no more than 70 years old. However, a grand atmosphere permeates the entire setting and compliments the brilliant planting of more modern times.
Following our visit we continue our onward journey to the maritime town of Falmouth where we are based in the The Falmouth Hotel - this has all the usual facilities including an indoor pool, spas, sauna & steam room. It is situated on the sea front within walking distance of the town.
This morning we will visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan for a guided tour of this award-winning garden, which is the scene of the greatest restoration project in Europe.
This afternoon we will visit Trewithen, a 30 acre garden renowned for its magnificent collection of Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias and many other rare shrubs and trees.
This morning is free to explore the nearby town of Falmouth at your leisure.
Early afternoon we will visit Trebah - a dramatically beautiful 26-acre garden with a wooded ravine descending to a private beach on the Helford River. See glades of 100 year old Tree Ferns, waterfalls, streams and water gardens full of Koi carp.
Today we depart for a full day excursion visiting some of Cornwall’s most wonderful gardens. Lamorran Gardens is a subtropical Italianate inspired garden on Cornwall’s beautiful Roseland peninsular. The National Trust gardens of Trelissick are set on 40 acres of parkland including the Main Lawn, The Cornish Orchard and the Tennis Lawn. Our final garden visit of the day is to the restored heritage gardens of Gyllyngdune in Falmouth where features include a Victorian bandstand, Edwardian terraced veranda and a quarry garden laid out as a Victorian fernery.
After checking out of our hotel we will depart for a morning visit to The Eden Project. Still prospering as the most successful of Britain’s millennium projects. A series of Perspex domes, erected in a former clay quarry, form the largest greenhouses in the world. Wander through climatic zones where entire ecosystems are created. There is also an extensive shop and restaurants
Free time for lunch at your leisure.
This afternoon we visit Hestercombe Garden, a garden designed and planted by the formidable team of Gertrude Jekyll and Edward Lutyens, now beautifully restored and maintained.
This afternoon travel to Bristol airport for your return flight to Dublin.
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
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