Cornwall's GardensCornwall's world famous gardens are within easy reach of the hotel. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project are close by and are both worth visiting. Both of these attractions have powerful stories to tell and it is impossible to not feel moved by some aspect of time spent here.
Less well known but no less impressive are the gardens at Caerhays Castle. Overlooking Porth Luney beach the gardens surrounding this beautiful castle are home to The National Collection of Magnolias. From February to April these magnificant plants put on a breath taking display of colour that you don't expect to experience in early spring. Cornwall is also home to some of the UK's largest private botanical gardens and The Nare is able to arrange private guided visits for guests to these special places.
Here is a more detailed list of the gardens close to the hotel, many of which The Nare has concessionary rates for if tickets are purchased from our Hotel Reception. Click on each title to view the garden's own website:
Trelissick Estate - Feock, Truro (National Trust)
Seasonal 10.30am - 5.30pm
(Just across the river via the King Harry Ferry)
As well as a stunning garden you can let your dog walk you on the extensive parkland and woodland paths. There is also a gallery with top quality Cornish crafts for sale and a large shop that stocks first class Cornish produce.
Caerhays Castle Gardens - Gorran, St. Austell
Seasonal Mon-Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm
Famous for its Williams specie plants, many of which originate from plant hunting expeditions by J. C. Williams. Holds the National Collection of Magnolias. Private tours available.
Tregothnan Estate - St Michael Penkevil, Nr. Tresillian
By private appointment only
An opportunity to visit Lord Falmouth's lovely botanic garden and arboretum, which is not generally open to the public. It is purported to be the largest private botanic garden in the country.
Trevarno Estate and Gardens - Crowntown, near Helston
Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm
Beautiful historic tranquil 70 acre garden, home of the National Museum of Gardening and National Daffodil collection. Abundant wildlife, restoration projects, cafe and gift shop. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Trewithen Estate - Grampound Road, Nr Probus (an RHS garden)
Seasonal 10.00am - 4.30pm
Not only a lovely garden but it has a great plant sales area too. Many plants are hybridised and propagated at Trewithen. Private tours can be arranged.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan - Pentewan, St. Austell
Open Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm
Diverse award winning gardens. See many things from pineapple pits in the two-acre working kitchen garden to a sub tropical jungle. 80 acres in total. Tickets available from reception.
The Eden Project - Bodelva, St. Austell
Open Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm
Innovative and new. The biggest greenhouses in the world, with a steamy tropical biome and a warm Mediterranean zone and much more. Best to go mid to late pm to avoid queuing. You can obtain your tickets in advance from reception.
Poppy Cottage Garden - Ruan High Lanes, Near Truro
1st March - 30th September - Tues, Weds, Thurs and Sun from 2-5.30pm
An intensely planted acre of gardens with all year round colour, with sweeping lawns and visiual areas. Brimming with bulbs, herbaceous shrubs and exotic plants. Cafe. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Glendurgan - Mawnan Smith, - near Falmouth (National Trust)
Seasonal Tuesday to Saturday
A steep valley garden, which leads to the pretty Durgan village on the Helford River. The garden contains a wonderful laurel maze and a giant stride for the more active. Great for children.
Trebah Garden Trust - Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth (an RHS garden)
Open daily 10.30am - 5.00pm
Spectacular sub-tropical 26 acre ravine garden sweeping down to a secluded beach on the Helford estuary. Giant tree ferns and palms mingle with trees and shrubs in ever changing colours. A wild and magical playground for all ages. A new visitor centre was opened in 2003 with an Art gallery, garden cafe, plant and gift shop. Tickets available at reception.
Penjerrick Garden - Budock Water, near Falmoth
1st March - 30th September - Weds, Fri and Sun from 1.30-4.30pm
Peaceful, spring flowering, uncommercialised 10-acre garden, featuring rhododendrons, magonlias and camellias. Wood bridge leads to a primeval valley with ponds, huge tree ferns and bamboos. Gumboots recommended. Dogs welcome. Not suitable for the disabled.
Roseland House - Chacewater, Truro
April to September - Tues and Weds from 1-6pm
An acre of clematis, roses, honeysuckles and unusual plants surrounding old mine captain's house. Victorian conservatory and greenhouse shelter rarer varieties of plants, and scented plants are a great feature. Holder of the National Collection of Lapageria rosea and Clematis Viticella CVS. Cafe. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Lamorran House Gardens - St. Mawes
Open 10.00am - 5.00pm April - Sept. Weds, Fri & 1st Sat of month
A 4½ acre garden overlooking the Bay of Falmouth designed by the owner in an Italianate style. An extensive collection of sub-tropical plants reflects both the design and extremely mild climate, water features.
Potager Garden - Constantine, near Falmouth
Sundays only, 5th April to 11th October from 11am to 5pm
A new organic garden emerging from an old nursery near the helford estuary. The garden provides a relaxed environment with an informal mix of herbaceous planting, accentuated with vegetables and fruit. Home made cooking is available in the cafe, and hammocks, games and sculptures make it a peaceful retreat! Dogs welcome on a lead.
Bosvigo - Truro
March to September - Weds, Thurs & Fri from 11am to 6pm
Filled with rare and unusual plants, a balance between the formal and informal and, because of the shape and contours of the grounds, a series of distinct gardens-in-a-garden.
The Enys Trust - Penryn
April to September, Tuesdays, Thursdays and the 1st Sunday of the month between 2pm and 4pm The Enys Trust was formed in 2002 as a charity in order to secure the long term future of the garden at Enys near Penryn in Cornwall, and to open the garden to the public.