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Trerice in November

November 2, 2015 No Comments


This weekend Debbie ventured over to Trerice near Newquay in the November sunshine (where did October go?).

Run by the National Trust from now it is only open at the weekends throughout the winter.

Read more on the website here.

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Glendurgan Gardens, Mawnan Smith

June 16, 2015 No Comments


For those of you who have stayed in, or are looking to stay in our Durgan holiday cottages, Glendurgan Gardens is right on your doorstep, burying its rich roots under your holiday home and imprinting itself on the shoreline. For the rest of you, this National Trust property is located between Falmouth and Port Navas, on the Helford Estuary right next door to Trebah Gardens and a stone’s throw from the Helford Estuary.

For myself, it’s a place that I couldn’t recall ever having been before last weekend; which is a shame really. A proper case of living somewhere without really taking the time to visit what’s around you. And what’s more, Glendurgan has a proper maze! Something that really excites the child in me

As you walk into the garden you are greeted by stone foxes, all gleeful expressions and jaunty body language, beckoning you in like characters from Alice in Wonderland. From here the paths began to curl and crook their way down into the valley.

The smells are the first thing you noticed as you descended into the sheltered valley. The scent of honey is thick in the air, prominent amongst the other sweet aromas of primroses, orchids, violets and Granny’s bonnets all bustling for space in the hedgerows. But the big draws are the exotic and frequently giant plants that give the space its air of wonder. Giant rhubarb plants live in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants bask in the sunny upper slopes.

The paths that criss-cross the gardens are mostly wheelchair and pushchair friendly, making this a great and easy afternoon out for families.  As you snake your way round you come across a tiny hut-like school room with a thatched roof perched atop it, a replica of the first school that was built in the area in 1829.

From here you can wander down to the main attraction – the maze. 180 years old, the maze was the brain child of Alfred and Sarah Fox, the original owners of the gardens and was inspired by a similar maze at Sydney Gardens in Bath – apparently, every child who cheated by breaking through the hedges was fined a shilling. On our trip we ended up chasing each other round the cherry laurel plants, racing to find the centre. One of us eventually gave up. The other didn’t – I’ve not been beaten by a maze yet.

To extend our day out we took the coastal path, at the bottom Glendurgan, round to the Helford Passage and to The Ferryboat Inn for lunch, before exploring the second half of the garden on the way up. As regular readers will know, we end up at The Ferryboat a lot, as do most of you lot and we have a feeling there might be a new chef in town. We’re not sure if this is a good or bad thing as yet, as we were given just one new potato each and the advertised ‘scallops’ ended up just being a single ‘scallop’. The rest of what we ate was excellent though – a beautiful combination of hake, scallops and crab. Hopefully, these are just teething problems though, and didn’t end up spoiling an otherwise fantastic family day out.

100 at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

August 6, 2014 No Comments


The performance was a promenade across the grounds of Heligan. It followed young Jack and his sweethearts experiences throughout the war. The performers reminisced about how life would have been for those at the garden and in the surrounding villages. There was singing from a group made up of 3 choirs and dance all set to a soundtrack including voice over readings of letters and accounts from the ‘Lost Gardeners of Heligan’ and their families. Over 6000 people came to watch the event and even became a part of it as the soldiers marched through the crowd out towards the smoke filled, flaming trees. In a moment of reflection at the end the names of those from Mevagissey, St Ewe and Gorranhaven who didn’t return were read out along with details about their character, interests and families.


The gardens of Heligan are looking healthy and there is plenty to do to fill a whole day. In the Wildlife centre you can watch pheasants, doves and other animals. The Jungle garden is excellent for adventuring and looking at unusual plant species and the Vegetable garden is plentiful. The Woods have dens and climbing challenges for children. There is also an excellent Farm shop full of local produce and a reasonable Plant sales shop.

Visit The Lost Garden of Heligan website here.

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The Tempest by Miracle Theatre

July 19, 2014 No Comments

photo 1 We went along to see Miracle Theatre’s latest touring production of The Tempest. We caught up with it in Falmouth in Gyllyngdune Gardens (near Princess Pavillions). It was brilliant, as two people who don’t know much about Shakespeare plays we found it really enjoyable. A ‘shaken and stirred’ version of the play, it always amazes me when such a small set and so few actors can keep you entertained for hours.

The production is touring the south west this summer and there’s plenty of opportunities to catch up with it. I am already planning on taking my family at the end of August.

For more information visit the Miracle Theatre website.

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Trengwaiton Gardens near Penzance

July 12, 2014 No Comments

Trengwainton Gardens were given to the National Trust in 1961, 25 acres of fairly level paths, mostly accessible to wheelchair users.

Many Cornish gardens are at their best when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom and I am sure this garden would have been beautiful in the earlier months too.  But  I visited this garden in July and was impressed by the cottage garden planting, especially the kitchen garden with all the traditional cottage garden flowers – Sweet peas, Hollyhocks, Corn flowers to name a few and a variety of vegetables.

From the terrace you can see for miles across the sea from St Michael’s Mount to The Lizard.

Small shop and pleasant tea house and walled tea garden – a sun trap.

Cornish Holiday Cottage bags

July 11, 2014 No Comments

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Our bags are working their way around Cornwall, here’s one at Trengwainton Garden near Penzance!


Trelissick Gardens and House

June 2, 2014 No Comments

Trelissick Gardens in Feock is run by The National Trust, a beautiful space with stunning views of the water and displays of interesting plant species. Until recently the house has not been open for guests, however this April some rooms in the house have opened to the public, The National Trust are fundraising to restore the buildings furniture. The view from the house is stunning, come rain or shine I don’t think anyone couldn’t appreciate that view!



Visit the National Trust website

Pope’s Garden – Port Navas

May 15, 2014 No Comments

When photographing some of our cottages in Port Navas I stumbled across this beautiful little garden in the middle of the hamlet. ‘Pope’s Garden’ with a bridge leading to it over the stream. A wonderful relaxing space, perfect for sitting back with a good book!

March at Trebah Gardens

April 10, 2014 No Comments

Winter is not often a season associated with flowers, however late winter is one of our favourites here in Cornwall. Magnolia, Rhododendron and Camellias all flourish, the gardens are coming back to life and carpets of daffodils starting to appear everywhere.

Trebah is wonderful at all time of year with a large children’s play area and lots of interesting areas for exploring, the garden is built in a valley leading down to its very own beach on the Helford River. Even in March people are sitting enjoying the sunshine and eating ice-creams from the Boathouse Café, while dogs play in the water. Trebah is also home to the joint tallest Magonlia in the UK, an incredible sight which flowers in March.

There is a stream running down the middle of the valley leading into a beautiful pond, complete with a bridge and this year they have been building an outdoor amphitheatre.

Trebah also has a great restaurant and shop selling lots of local produce, these are free to visit without paying entry to the gardens.