Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall
One of the best time to explore Cornwall is in the spring when flowers are in full bloom, the temperature is on the rise, days are longer, and signs of summer hang in the air. Booking a stay at one of our beautiful self-catering cottages in Cornwall, will allow you to enjoy all of this and more, before the summer crowds arrive. What better way to put a spring in your step than visiting some of Cornwall's fantastic gardens? Our sub-tropical climate means you'll find plants here that wouldn't survive in the rest of the UK. Here's our guide to some of the best gardens in Cornwall to visit this spring.
Caerhays Castle is situated halfway between Truro and St Austell, and overlooks Porthluney Cove on the south Cornish coast. This castle-style manor house is steeped in history, and is home to 120 acres of gardens. One of the garden's highlights, particularly in spring, is the estate's magnolia collection. Caerhays boasts the Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias which has more than 600 species and named hybrids from all over the world. Dogs are welcome in the gardens on leads, and you can take a guided walk with the head gardener to learn about the different plants and flowers, from rhododendrons to daffodils. The gardens are open to the public for just a short period, from February to the end of June. (image: Caerhays Castle website)
Open all year round, these botanical gardens are located near Mevagissey, and boast 19th century Gardenesque style. These spectacular gardens were rediscovered just 25 years ago, and are home to 200 acres of wild and tropical land. You can walk through bamboo tunnels, under huge drooping tree ferns, and past giant rhubarb and bananas. Step into the Jungle and discover exotic plants, water features, and one of the longest Burmese Rope Bridges in Britain. Or, visit the Pleasure Grounds and stroll through the Italian Garden, or sit and enjoy views of St Austell Bay from the Northern Summerhouse. After, you've explored these romantic gardens, head to the café for delicious lunch or slice of homemade cake. (image: Heligan)
The Eden Project is famously known around the world for its unique biomes and indoor rainforest, and nearly two million different plants. In the spring, the grounds come alive with colour, and it's a great day out for all of the family. Outside, you’ll find plants including Erythronium, Pulsatilla, Iris and late-flowering Narcissus. In the Mediterranean Biome, you'll find colourful tulips and rock roses, and in the steamy Rainforest Biome, walk along the canopy walkway above the vibrant orchids, peace lilies, hibiscus and jade vine. When you've finished exploring the grounds, stop off for lunch or a drink in the restaurant or café while the kids have fun in the Log Play Area. (image: Eden Project)
This historic private estate near Penzance has been home to the same family for more than 300 years. Open to the public for a brief period from March until June each year, the gardens are one of the best places to see pink and white magnolias. The estate has 30 acres of woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland, and the name Trewithen means "house of the trees". The gardens have an array of diverse plants including the Cupressus cashmeriana, a Rhododendron 'Frill' that was created as a hybrid at Trewithen.
Home to the same family for more than 300 years and an International Camellia Garden of Excellence, Trewithen's horticulture, Champion Trees, intriguing pathways and unexpected treasures are both memorable and exception. You'll also find a gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir, and a plant centre where you can take home a piece of Trewithen. (image: Trewithen website)
Also don't forget there are lots of beautiful National Trust Houses, Gardens, Beaches and Cliff walks in Cornwall. Some free to use and all free to use if you have a National Trust card! Find National Trust locations in Cornwall...