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Gardens and Houses in Cornwall

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Cornwall is blessed with a plethora of glorious houses and estates with stunning gardens and grounds to explore. 

Many have been used as filming locations for a number of productions over the years, including Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Twelfth Night, Summer In February and recently, Poldark.

As well as the Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian manor houses with beautiful gardens and grounds, we also boast some amazing gardens in their own right.  Cornwall is blessed with a much milder climate than the rest of the country. Often species grow here happily which would perish in more northerly parts.  Spring comes earlier and the array of species and colours is breath-taking.

Located right across the county, wherever you choose to stay, there will be a fabulous house or garden to explore within a short drive.  Take a look at some of the highlights below:

 

  • Antony House and Garden, Torpoint - Superb early 18th-century mansion set in parkland and fine gardens.  Used as a film set for Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland film.
  • Caerhays Castle Gardens, Gorran, St Austell - Stunning house set in 120 acres of woodland gardens.  It has an international reputation for its camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias.
  • Cotehele, Saltash - Garden and Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture.
  • Glendurgan, near Falmouth - A valley garden of great beauty, created in the c1820's and running down to the tiny village of Durgan and it's beach. There are many fine trees and rare and exotic plants.
  • The Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery, St Mawgan - Situated in the lush vale of Lanherne. Authentic Japanese garden, water garden, woodland, Zen gardens and bamboo grove.
  • Lanhydrock House and Garden, Bodmin - One of the most beautiful National Trust properties in Cornwall set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees. 
  • Lamorran Garden, St Mawes - Savour the glittering sea views over Falmouth Bay from this stunning Mediterranean-style garden. Lamorran boasts over four acres of sub-tropical paradise.
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell - Discover the mysteries of The Lost Gardens, explore the Victorian Gardens, a sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project and beyond.
  • Mount Edgcumbe, Torpoint - Classically decorated Tudor house with an array of fascinating features, some stunning tapestries and unique grounds – a dozen different gardens which have expanded over the centuries but still kept the work of each generation.
  • Pencarrow, between Wadebridge & Bodmin - Georgian house boasting an impressive library, elegant but lived-in reception rooms, period bedrooms and collections of fascinating furniture and portraits.
  • Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, St Austell - 30 acre Plantman's Paradise! Over 6,000 rare and unusual plants - all labelled. Water features, formal and cottage gardens, Japanese garden and lake. 
  • Pinsla Garden, near Cardinham, Bodmin - 2 acre pretty cottage garden with flowers, sculptures and nursery situated in peaceful wild woodland.  Quiet, tranquil, easy to walk around with hard, level paths.
  • Port Eliot, St Germans - Stunning house that's been continuously lived in for over 1,000 years, longer than any other in the UK.  As well as its impressive age (the earliest piece of evidence of a dwelling is a tiled floor about 1,500 years old) there is also a beautiful garden to explore and the Port Eliot Festival is held here each year.
  • Prideaux Place, House and Gardens, Padstow - One of the very brightest jewels in Cornwall's crown; visually and essentially Elizabethan yet with a wealth of Strawberry Hill Gothic interiors. 
  • Trebah Garden, near Falmouth - Trebah is a uniquely beautiful, wooded 25 acre sub-tropical ravine garden with its own beach on the beautiful Helford River. Wild and magical. 
  • Trelissick Gardens, Feock, Truro - Perched at the head of the Fal Estuary, Trelissick boasts jaw-dropping views and a huge array of plant species. Quite literally at the water's edge. 
  • Trengwainton Garden, Penzance - Experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mounts Bay.  Home to magnificent walled gardens. 
  • Trerice, near Newquay - An Elizabethan Manor House with fine interiors and delightful garden. Challenge the family to a game of Kayling or Slapcock! Or just get away for the hustle and bustle and enjoy the tranquility Trerice has to offer.