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Cornish Days Out: Trelissick Gardens [Feock, Truro]

October 20, 2015 No Comments

 

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The grounds of Trelissick Gardens will be familiar to those of you who have moseyed up the river Fal while staying with Cornish Holiday Cottages. The vast grounds of the estate arch their way down into the valley, dipping their toes into the water next to The King Harry Ferry. Trelissick house stands proud at the top of the headland.

Since last summer, and for the first time in Trelissick’s history, the historic house has been opened up to the public. A 17th Century manor house, peeking inside is an eye opening look into a house in transition. Whilst there are beautiful inlays, antiques galore and historic china decorated with rhododendrons, it is a house that has been, and is still lived in by the Copeland family. For those wishing to delve into the history of the estate there are knowledgeable volunteers on hand who are keen to tell you about the family and the house. As we enter we are told of their famous Spode China business and how the flowers from the gardens were used as patterns for their products.

After wandering through the house we exist through a high ceiling, art-deco conservatory, facing the river. It’s the sort of room you can imagine whiling away lazy summer afternoons in.

Entering the grounds themselves, the first thing to welcome us is a small, multi-sensory garden loaded with herby scents and smells. It’s a perfect hands on introduction and you are positively encouraged get tactile with the plants. We leave with the almondy vanilla smells of clemantis flammula clinging sweetly to our fingers.

The gardens are packed with azaras and photinias and over 350 hydrangeas – many planted before World War II. The meandering pathways are bordered by a mixture of exotic palms and shade giving trees and vegetation designed to give interest all year round. If you venture over a curving wooden bridge you will find a dominating cryptomeria japonica that was planted in 1898.

A cornucopia of apples greet us in the orchard. It’s a quite peaceful place and possibly my favourite part of the gardens. In the corner sits an ancient apple press, 6th wide. The orchard is home to more than 70 varieties of apple, including Pig’s Noses and Chacewater Longstems and they are ripe for the picking, some having already dropped to the ground.

At the beginning of October, Trelissick will be having a whole weekend dedicated to those apples. There will be info on a range of appley subjects and the ancient press will be in action! So there’s a good chance you could sample some of this year’s fresh apple juice.

Being a National Trust property you initially pay for parking and there are some fantastic woodland walks in the area that are perfect for dogs and family adventuring, if you don’t want to pay for the gardens themselves.

We definitely recommend their café. The home-cooked food changes seasonally and is good value for money: their sausage and bean stew is definitely a lunch time winner. Dogs are welcome with water bowls positioned next to almost every table.

 

 

 

Magnolias and Camellias

December 23, 2014 No Comments

Magnolias and Camellias are some of spring’s most glamorous beauties. With goblet or star-shaped flowers in colours ranging from pure white to deepest purple, many magnolias fill the chill spring air with gorgeous scent and Camellias, with their lotus like spiralling petals fill the garden with an exotic beauty.

Flowering from January onwards these plants are just some of the reasons to be booked in with Cornwall Cottage Holidays this spring. With so many beautiful gardens around the area, you could spend a whole week indulging your flower child.

Trelissick Gardens are cultivating Magnolia Stellata. With its lovely, lightly scented, white starry flowers, it’s a plant that looks stunning in full-bloom covering the bare branches before the leaves emerge. You’ll find many more magnolias and a whole garden bursting with spring delights.

The Trelissick website says it best itself: ‘Trelissick is a garden and estate of tranquil beauty with panoramic views down the Carrick Roads. Famed for its tender and exotic plants and shrubs it is a plantsman’s delight. The gardens feature walks through 500 acres of parkland and riverside woods.’

IMG_7646-3Trebah Gardens is home to a whole rhododendron valley that takes centre stage throughout spring. Towards Easter, the whole valley becomes a sea of rhododendrons. With its own variant in the pink blossoming Trebah Gem and hundreds of other varieties, you can understand why locals from villages like Mawnan Smith have been taking spring walks in the gardens for over a hundred years. The gardens are also home to the Himalayan tree rhododendrons, with varieties such as the magnificent Glory of Penjerrick, a plant with impossibly deep pink flowers, to the pale, lily-like flowers of the delicate Indian R. nuttallii.

For a more in depth look at what to expect from Trebah throughout the year go to this webpage.

Our next spring haven is the famous Lost Garden of Heligan. With more than two centuries of horticultural history, Heligan’s enchanting gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for your discovery. Home to a National Collection of ‘Rhododendrons & Camellias’, the UK’S largest rhododendron and the largest collection of Tree Ferns, The Lost Gardens is brimming with plantings to inspire and amaze.

Back towards the Helford and Mawnan Smith, April and May are great times to visit Glendurgan’s large, sheltered garden. We currently have a soft spot for this garden as friends recently got engaged in the centre of the 180-year-old maze. The shrubs range in colour from delicate lemon yellow to vivid magenta, and the valley setting shows them off to best advantage. There are rhododendrons and bluebells galore come springtime.

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!

 

 

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Cornish Gardens in Spring

February 19, 2014 No Comments

 

Spring is when the gardens in Cornwall are at their best. People flock to see the beautiful rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and magnolia all in bloom, and they are a spectacular sight!

 

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Trebah Garden

Just on the outskirts of Falmouth in the village of Mawnan Smith, Trebah has its own private beach on the Helford River, the wonderful Planters Café, beautiful gardens and a great gift shop. With fun for all the family the different walks around the garden can keep you busy for hours.

Nearest Cottages:

The Haven

Selangor

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Glendurgan Garden (National Trust)

Leading down through beautiful gardens with a brilliant maze into the hamlet of Durgan. Glendurgan is a National Trust garden and has a wonderful open air café.

Nearest Cottages:

Rose Cottages

Chy-an-Dour

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Trelissick Garden (National Trust)

On the River Fal with stunning views out towards Mylor Harbour and the sea, Trelissick has plenty to keep you occupied for a day out! With an art gallery selling local work, a second hand bookshop with some hidden gems, and that’s not even mentioning the garden.

Nearest Cottages:

Creek House

Trolver

Carrick Treath

ENYS GARDENS

Enys Garden

Known locally for its stunning displays of bluebells, Enys Gardens is found near Mylor and Penryn.

Nearest Cottages:

Acorn Cottage

Trehovel

Cavinack Cottage

 

A little further away

Eden Project

One of the UK’s biggest attractions and it’s down here in Cornwall! About a 45 min drive from our cottages with the three iconic biomes, a brilliant café, shop and restaurant. A must see for many when visiting the area.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Also about a 45 min drive from our cottages but with 200 acres of beautiful gardens to explore it’s worth the drive. An incredible garden that was lost and has been brought back to life.