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Cornwall boasts a large number of world-famous gardens, many of which are within easy reach of the hotel

CORNISH GARDENS

Cornwall has a mild sub-tropical climate due to its geographical location on the edge of the Gulf Stream. The great plant hunters of the previous centuries realised this significant factor and as a result Cornish gardens are today considered some of the most famous in the world. The historic nature of these gardens are a testament to their founder families and gardeners and a tribute to those who nurture them today.  

Cornwall'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. 

A bridge spanning the pond at Trebah Garden.
Trebah Garden - one of The Great Gardens of Cornwall

Less well known but no less impressive are the gardens at Caerhays Castle. Overlooking Porthluney beach the gardens surrounding this beautiful castle are home to The National Collection of Magnolias. From February to April these magnificent 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. 

A man-made waterfall at Trebah Garden.

Below is a full list of the gardens close to the hotel, many of which The Nare has concessionary rates for if tickets are purchased from the Hotel Reception. The Nare Spring Garden Breaks are designed to enable you to see these gardens at their best. However, a surprising number of the gardens are open all year round, and the autumn colours are magnificent.

A girl on her dad's shoulders looks at a champion magnolia in bloom.

Cornwall Spring Story

Cornwall's Spring Story - the moment Cornish Magnolias flower, spring has arrived in England - was founded by The Nare Hotel in partnership with the Great Gardens of Cornwall.

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Caerhays Castle Gardens

Gorran, St. Austell
Caerhays Castle in Cornwall, surrounded by gardens.

Caerhays Castle Gardens are everything you could wish for in a spring woodland garden. Holders of the National Magnolia and Podocarpus Collection. It is also the original home of the world famous x williamsii camellias that came across from China.

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A twenty minute drive. Gardens are open daily between 10am – 5pm from 19th February - 17th June. Dogs are welcome on a lead. The castle is open weekdays with guided tours at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm from 19th March until the 17th June.

Call 01872 501310

Email enquiries@caerhays.co.uk

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Tregothnan Estate

St Michael Penkevil
A couple enjoys a private tour of Tregothnan Garden.

Home to the Boscawen family, is a living and working Cornish estate dating back to 1334. Known for pioneering botanical firsts, the estate nurtures rare plants, shrubs and Camellia Sinensis (tea plants) within its unique micro-climate.

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By private appointment only. The Nare has a long-standing relationship with the Boscawen family and guests have the privileged opportunity to have a private tour of Lord Falmouth's botanical garden and arboretum.

Call 01872 520 000

Email enquiries@tregothnan.co.uk

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Trewithen Estate (RHS Garden)

Grampound Road, Nr Probus
Large flowering trees in bloom in a Cornish garden.

A historic estate with a magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, wonderful woodland walks and a beautiful family home that is open on selected days for guided tours.

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A twenty minute drive. Open daily between 10am - 4:30pm between 1st March and 30th June. Dogs are welcome in the gardens on a lead.

Call 01726 883647

Email secretary@trewithenestate.co.uk

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Trelissick Estate (National Trust)

Feock, Truro
A field and trees with the sea in the distance.

A large, diverse and abundant garden, parkland and wooded National Trust estate, with panoramic views down the Fal and out across Carrick Roads towards the open sea.

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About a forty minute drive. The estate is open daily dawn until dusk. The gardens are open daily from 10:30am - 4:30pm and the house from 11:00am - 4:30pm. Dogs are welcome in the estate but not in the grounds of the house.

Call 01872 862090

Email sw.customerenquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pentewan, St. Austell
A girl crosses the rope bridge at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

200 acres of beauty, mystery and ground-breaking restoration. Victorian gardens beckon along winding paths, The Jungle is a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and majestic tree ferns, whilst the estate reveals a lost world of ancient woodlands.

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A thirty minute drive. Open daily between 10am - 6pm from April to September and 10am - 5pm October to March. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Call 01726 845 100

Email info@heligan.com

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The Eden Project

Bodelva, St. Austell
The Eden Project in Cornwall.

With over a million plants spread across 35 acres, Eden is a horticultural spectacle built into a former quarry pit. Eden's instantly recognisable covered Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, thundering waterfalls and Mediterranean landscapes.

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About a forty minute drive. Open daily between 9.30am - 6pm, with the exception of being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in January. Tickets are available from the hotel reception. Dogs are welcome in outdoor garden areas but not the biomes.

Call 01726 811911

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Trebah Garden

Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth
Trees and flowering shrubs at Trebah Garden in Cornwall.

A beautiful sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour down to a private beach on the Helford River.

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About an hour's drive. Open daily from 10am – 4pm with last entry at 3pm. Tickets are available from the hotel reception. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Call 01326 252200

Email mail@trebah-garden.co.uk

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Lamorran House Gardens

St. Mawes
View of the sea from Lamorran House Gardens in Cornwall.

Set on a four-acre hillside overlooking St Mawes Bay, Lamorran is home to an enormous collection of sub-tropical and warm temperature trees and plants. It is said to be the most northerly Palm Garden in the world, having over 35 species of palm trees.

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A twenty minute drive. Open between 10am - 5pm on Wednesdasy and Fridays from 1st April – 30th September. No dogs allowed.

Call 01326 270800

Email info@lamorrangardens.co.uk

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Glendurgan Gardens (National Trust)

Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth
A hill with bluebells and lots of trees.

Set over three sheltered valleys running down to the Helford River, with weird and wonderful plants from around the world. The garden contains a wonderful laurel maze and a giant stride for the more active. Great for children.

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About an hour's drive. Open between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1st March – 30th September. Dogs not allowed.

Call 01326 252020

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