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Great Gardens of Cornwall (5 Day Excursion)

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Coolings Garden Centre

Rushmore Hill


TN14 7NN

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Great Gardens of Cornwall

Date: Sunday 17th June - Thursday 21st June 2018 (5 Days, 4 nights)

Depart 8am from Coolings

Price: Prices from £959 per person

(If booked before 24th December 2017 including Early Bird Booking Discount + 10% Coolings Family Discount)

Single Person Supplement £320

A Payment plan applies to this holiday if booked before 24th December 2017

The retail price after 24th December 2017 is £1,199

Readers will remember we visited Cornwall to see the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan last year.

Those of you who chose to come will recall the luxury of the superb Carlyon Bay Hotel where we were utterly spoiled in what most of us believe is a five-star hotel pretending to be a four-star hotel!

For this break we return for more pampering and pleasure to this lovely hotel and spa/golf course, in between our forays out into the wilds of Cornwall and its garden treasures.

At the time of writing, the gardens are still fully tied up with their 2017 season and are still to finalise their 2018 programmes, so it may be necessary to vary the days we see some of the gardens below. But hopefully all will fall into our timetable without difficulty!

Many of these gardens are hilly, so you will need to be reasonably comfortable with slopes and steps, to enter and enjoy all the gardens we will be visiting.

Day 1

We depart Coolings at 8am and head southwards on our luxurious coach, with frequent stops to stretch our legs.

On the way south we aim to squeeze in a visit to Mount Edgcumbe Gardens opposite Plymouth. Entry to these fantastic gardens is free, and our visit is dependent on making good time as we travel through the day.

Finally, we aim to arrive at the hotel at around 6pm, hopefully a little earlier.

Day 2

One of the joys of Cornwall is that nothing opens until 10am, and so we can have a leisurely breakfast and depart at a comfortable hour on each day we are staying in the County!

Our first visit of the day will be to Trewidden Garden, right down near the very end of the peninsula.

This garden has a rich horticultural and industrial past where you can experience the truly remarkable stand of tree ferns, set within ancient tin workings, and said to be the finest in the Northern Hemisphere.

Find Champion Magnolias, a venerable old Jelly Palm, and an extensive collection of Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas all within a mature woodland setting.

The Walled Garden has mixed borders to provide a riot of colour for the summer months, with ancient tin smelting kettles used as water features. Unusual, rare and exotic plants plus specimens new to cultivation provide a wide range of interest for visitors and garden enthusiasts alike!

Moving on from this treasure we next go to visit Bonython, situated on the Lizard Peninsula and close to the mainland’s most southerly point!

The manor house strikes a dramatic sea-facing pose, its grand façade dating back to the 1780s. Since new South African owners took over in 1999, a modern and exotic horticultural twist has brought Bonython to the attention of the keen plant brigades.

Explore the South African roots beneath the scorching display of ornamental grasses, cannas and proteas that bring one of the three lakes into a froth of colour throughout August and September. But rainbows don’t stop here. Herbaceous borders of the walled garden are lined with alliums, catmint and carefully selected varieties that enhance blue, purple, yellow and white colour themes. Even the herb garden has been sprinkled with ‘picking flowers’ to infuse it with vibrant pink and burgundy hues.

The array of species is enough to whet any garden-lover’s appetite, especially when it’s served up with a jaw-dropping view that stretches over the orchard of Cornish apple trees towards the swan-scattered Lake Joy. And a joy it really is, for a wander back through the woodland walk, or a meander through the tree fern and rhododendron dell can be described as nothing less.

Indulge in the enchanting atmosphere of what was a traditional garden, and has now been passionately infused with innovative planting to become one of the most interesting gardens in the southwest.

Day 3

Our first treasure today is another famous name, Trebah, a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop; the result of 175 years of inspired and dedicated creation.

Discover the magic of this beautiful valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River.

Trebah offers visitors a year round experience. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias; in summer, the giant gunnera is a must see for young and old. In autumn, Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond, and in winter, the spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whilst plants from the southern hemisphere flower.

The history of Trebah is a fascinating tale, from its creation by Charles Fox, part of the Fox family of Falmouth whose influence on Cornish gardens is well documented, to the second world war, when Trebah’s beach was an embarkation point for the 29th US Infantry Division destined for the assault landing on Omaha beach.

Between 1961 and 1971 Trebah was owned by the racing driver and car designer Donald Healey, who removed most of the concrete from the beach, built the boathouse and restored the ponds. In 1981, Trebah was bought by Major Hibbert and his wife Eira, who continued a programme of restoration, and in 1990 the Hibberts donated the house and garden to the Trebah Garden Trust, a registered charity.

If we can tear ourselves away from this superb paradise we’ll head to the superb Lamorran
Situated on the Roseland Peninsula, this sub-tropical Italianate garden of many levels is built on a south facing slope. It is surrounded by water on three sides, and with St Anthony’s Head across the estuary, creates a protected inlet to St Mawes and the river beyond, as well as a lovely view. .

These unique conditions mean that the garden remains frost free in all but the most serious of winters; the last recorded frost being in 1987. A wide range of plants from all over the world is therefore able to be grown, resulting in something of a plantsperson’s paradise. An extensive, eclectic and unusual range of plants can be found, with particular emphasis on southern hemisphere and sub-tropical flora.

It’s a plant person’s paradise with emphasis on plants from the Southern Hemisphere, and is divided into compartments and levels ensuring a sense of adventure while you seek out the hidden treasures.

Day 4

Our first stop of the day will be Trewithen.

Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, these magical Cornish gardens are home to a wealth of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles.

The creative genius of the early 19th century Cornish garden owners, and their hunger and passion for exotica, led them to sponsor the great Victorian plant hunting expeditions. The seeds and plants which they brought back from all over the world helped create these unique examples of wild and magnificent living theatre.

A beautiful place to visit, there is something to discover at every turn of Trewithen’s level gravelled pathways. Champion Trees, rare shrubs, exotic fern collections, woodland glades, wildflowers and the longest lawn in Cornwall – just some of the features of a truly beautiful place that visitors say is both inspiring and relaxing.

There are viewing platforms so you can get up close to the floral canopy, a rare camera obscura and a sycamore avenue.

Moving along from this triumph our next stop will be Marsh Villa Gardens.

This magical 3-acre water and woodland garden lies in a former tidal creek and is rich in variety and conservational significance. With the first plantings in 1988, the garden is well established, boasting extensive herbaceous borders and mixed beds, amongst a charming network of waterways which drain the Treesmill marsh levels.

A hornbeam avenue forms a central axis whilst meandering paths lead from one ‘room’ to the next ‒ to the large natural pond, the formal enclosed garden, the small woodland areas with under plantings, the boscage and the marsh ‒ whilst plenty of comfortable corners provide opportunities for enjoying the peace.

The Square Garden is glorious in early summer, with roses and clematis smothering the diamond-shaped pergola, and there are convenient seats where you can rest. Herbaceous borders are packed with colour, and there is an extensive collection of shrubs and mature trees.

Sit quietly in the large summer house overlooking the pond and you may see a kingfisher!

The 14-acre marsh itself is largely impassable but there is a path through a small section for you to enjoy a truly natural walk ‒ a walk where once the tide brought Daphne du Maurier's characters up the creek to the House on the Strand.

Day 5

We say goodbye to our lodgings and hope we haven’t put on too much weight as a result of the sumptuous food, before we make our way to our last proposed visit, Tregrehan.

Tucked into St Austell Bay, Tregrehan has an enviable location for a woodland garden. Cornwall’s atmospheric rainforest is sheltered by higher ground, gets adequate rainfall and has the mild Gulf Stream less than a mile away.. Towering conifers from the early Victorian Plant Hunters, combined with botanically important recent planting, has encouraged over 150 trees to reach champion status in the UK.

This family run non-commercial setting is a delight on open days, or any time by appointment. In airy contrast the old grain mill, walled garden, and magnificent glasshouse range is a wonderful space just to relax and unwind.

After this casual and relaxed last visit we will wind our way, with regular stops, back home with the aim of reaching Coolings at around 7pm, subject to traffic.


You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email is only confirmation. Your tickets will be sent to you within 28 days before you depart for your holiday.

Trip Specific Information:

1. It is recommended you have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of the trip

Additional Information:

This trip will depart at 8am from Coolings Garden Centre, we suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Within our car park there will be a designated area for you to park. Please follow the signage on the day.

The trip will return at approximately 7pm, but please be aware this time is approximate and can be subject to change dependant on traffic and circumstances beyond our control.

Coolings always use the finest quality coaches and all but the very smallest vehicles are fitted with toilets and we also aim to stop roughly every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and refresh ourselves.

A member of the Coolings team will be present throughout your excursion to assist you and be on hand should you have any questions or concerns.

Payment Schedule

Full Payment

You can make full payment for this holiday (per person) at the time of booking by phone or take advantage of a deferred payment period (see below)

Deposit / Deferred Payment

If you wish to defer payment for some of this holiday (per person) you may do so.

A third of the ticket price (per person) is due as deposit to confirm your booking. A further third, 2nd payment (per person) is due by 28th February 2018. The final third, 3rd payment is due one month prior to departure by 17th May 2018. All future payments should not be made via Eventbrite and can be made by calling Coolings on 01959 532269.

A full payment schedule will be sent to you after booking confirmation has been received. If you have any questions concerning our deferred payment process please contact us on tel: 01959 532269.


Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings?

Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post).

Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash.

If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods.

I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it?

Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.

What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here?

Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on events@coolings.co.uk to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on events@coolings.co.uk

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays.

What if I wish to cancel?

Refunds on Events and one day Excursions can only be offered 14 days before the event/excursion.

Refunds on holidays (trips of more than one day) can be offered under the following terms.

Figures expressed as % below relate to the full amount you were to pay for the holiday.

84 days or more before departure Coolings will retain 10%

83-57 days before departure Coolings will retain 30%

56-31 days before departure Coolings will retain 50%

30 days or less before departure Coolings will retain 100%

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details.

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