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Secret Cornish Gardens

August 25, 2020 No Comments
Beneath the Gunnera at Trebah

The famously mild Cornish climate allows plant life more familiar with the sub-tropical to thrive on British soil. So renowned, some Cornish gardens are household names. Once presumed lost to the annals of time, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered and restored to glory. The Eden Project, built into a disused quarry is world famous for the extraordinary biomes.

Whilst The Eden Project & The Lost Gardens of Heligan make for a brilliant day out, it’s the secret gardens that delight the budding botanist within us. These lesser known slices of paradise, away from it all, make discovering them something to whisper about. Below we have listed a few of these, but let us know if you’ve discovered a new favourite garden on your travels through Cornwall.

Lamorran Gardens

From Falmouth a boat trip to St Mawes leads to Lamorran Gardens, one of the best-kept secret gardens in Cornwall. The terraced Italianate garden where views of the sea are framed by Corinthian columns transports you to the Mediterranean.

Enys Gardens

Tucked away just outside of Penryn, a visit to Enys Gardens during the spring is unforgettable. A carpet of Bluebells surrounds an old manor house with charm and mystery in abundance. At Enys, landscaped grounds extend into a woodland that becomes wilder and more magical with each and every step.

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

The natural and creative worlds converge at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens just outside Penzance. Wander through acres of landscape dotted with immersive works by artists such as James Tyrell and Richard Woods, admiring beautiful plants as you go before stopping off at the cafe serving brilliant food.

The National Dahlia Collection

En-route to Tremenheere you pass the National Dahlia Collection– where you can roam through hundreds of varieties of this special plant, often without another soul to be seen. See everything from the trendy Cafe au Lait Dahlia to pom-pom varieties.

Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden on the Helford River might not be such a secret garden thanks to a recent feature in Vogue Magazine, but it’s our favourite. The way the garden winds down to a private sandy beach immersing you in the sub-tropical flora is almost mesmerising. Trebah features in our short video clip below- where you can see just some of the magic to be found there.

Properties in our portfolio for garden lovers;

The Coach House in Mawnan is set within established gardens of a beautiful country house beside the Helford River.

The Calamansac Estate in Port Navas is set within 50 acres of grounds, carpeted with Bluebells and Anenomes in the spring.

Gwel an Dowr in Polwheveral Creek opens out onto a rose garden.

11 of the Best Cornish Country Pubs- with fires!

November 6, 2019 No Comments

As the nights draw in and the mercury creeps lower and lower, we’ve enjoyed being reacquainted with one of the loveliest experiences that winter brings, and apparently so have you!

Last week we asked our Instagram followers for recommendations of the best Cornish pubs with a warm fireside, and they sent us their top tips for places to warm up, perhaps after a long walk or a winter dip in the sea.

So without further ado, here are the best pubs in Cornwall with a cosy fireside, as chosen by you!

1. The Gurnards Head, Zennor (or thereabouts)

It’s just outside Zennor, but really the Gurnards head could be in the middle of nowhere. With dramatic cliffs to walk along before settling down, and accessed via one of the most beautiful roads in the UK, you’ll have much to discuss beside the fire.

2. The Pennycomequick, Falmouth

A firm Falmouth favourite with a wonderful fire and a perpetually jolly atmosphere. We love a little snooze in the fireside armchairs after one of their fantastic Sunday lunches, and the fact that our dogs can curl up beside the fire makes it feel even more like home…

3. The Star and Garter, Falmouth

Between us, the team at Cornish Holiday Cottages have spent a few evenings (and afternoons!) cocktail in hand beside this very same woodburner. After a walk along the harbour or a windy boat trip a visit to the Star and Garter in Falmouth is just the tonic…

4. The Ferryboat, Helford Passage

A walk along the Helford River just wouldn’t be complete without stopping into the lovely Ferryboat Inn. A beautifully decorated space with a super fire to warm any cold hands beside.

5. The Trelowarren Arms

Recommended by one of our local neighbors, and affectionately known as the ‘Trelly’, this is a real country pub if ever there was one!

6. The Punchbowl and Ladle, Penelewey

A gorgeous thatched country pub perfect for winding down after a walk around Trelissick, the National Trust property alongside the river Fal. This recently renovated watering hole is perfect for warming up during winter.

7. Harbour Inn, Porthleven

Renowned for bracing winds and crashing waves during the winter, there can be few places where a warm fireside is more necessary than Porthleven!

8. The Victory Inn, St Mawes

Tucked up along one of many opways and alleys in St Mawes, this secret gem might only be familiar to the curious among us. As the oldest pub in St Mawes, and with a cosy fireside to boot, this is a great place to pop into after a ferry ride over from Falmouth.

9. The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

Luckily for us this 15th Century pub is a very short walk from our offices – we can see it’s thatched roof and chimney from our desks!

10. The Royal Standard, Flushing

A perfect place to stop off and warm up after a walk along the banks of the River Fal, with great food too!

11. The Pandora Inn, Restronguet

Popular throughout the summer for an incredible pontoon for dining at sunset, the Pandora Inn cannot be overlooked during the winter months. With flagstone floors and low beams, this traditional thatched Cornish pub is a cosy delight.

If there is somewhere extra special that we’ve missed, of you would like to join the conversation and let us know what you think, we’ve love to hear from you! Let us know on instagram – @cornishholidays

Sailing on the Fal River

June 25, 2014 No Comments

It’s hard to miss the sailing boats here in Falmouth, with racing on every day of the week except Mondays. They are a beautiful sight! Here are a few photos from last night.pin-8 pin-1 pin-2 pin-6 pin-7