Spring comes early to Cornwall and as a result our gardens flourish, with colour returning triumphantly in springtime and species from warmer climes surviving our mild winters. Here are three gardens to visit in Cornwall this spring from your base at The Fieldhead Hotel – where we have our own slightly more modest stretch of sub-tropical garden for you to enjoy during your stay!
Cotehele House & Gardens
40 minutes/21 miles from The Fieldhead Hotel.
Location – Cotehele is next to the Tamar in East Cornwall, and is located between the towns of Callington, Saltash and Tavistock.
Gardens – This National Trust property comprises a Tudor house, beautiful gardens and walking paths which take in the estate and quay. The gardens feature formally planted terraces and the wilder Valley Garden, which leads down to the River Tamar. There are also orchards, ponds and dovecots to discover.
Visiting – The gallery, shop, Barn Restaurant and Edgcumbe tea-room on the quay are open 11am-4pm. The estate and garden are open daily from dawn to dusk. The house and mill reopens on 14 March for the 2015 season.
Click here to find out more about Cotehele.
40 minutes/19 miles from The Fieldhead Hotel.
Location – Mount Edgcombe is located on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall, close to Torpoint. It would make an easy day out from our hotel in Looe.
The Gardens – The gardens are Grade I listed and feature Italian, French and English styles of planting from the 18th Century, with a newly established American plantation and New Zealand garden. A large landscaped park gives way to woodland and coastal walks, and marvellous views over Plymouth Sound.
Visiting – The House and Earl’s Garden is open 1st April – 30th September 2015, Sunday to Thursday and bank holiday Mondays between 11am and 4.30pm (last admission at 4pm).
Click here to find out more about Mount Edgcumbe.
35 minutes/20 miles from The Fieldhead Hotel.
Location – Lanhydrock is near Bodmin and can be easily accessed by following signs from the A30, or travelling via Liskeard or Lostwithiel from The Fieldhead Hotel.
The Gardens – One of our favourite days out, this National Trust property is located within easy driving distance of The Fieldhead Hotel. The gardens at Lanhydrock have been developing since the 17th Century. Today you will find formal areas, stunning Magnolias, thatched cottages and lawns for picnicking on. The entire estate covers 1,000 acres, with parkland, woods and riverside paths.
Visiting – Lanhydrock is open all year round for visits to the estate and gardens between 10-6 every day. The house itself is open March – November.
Click here to find out more about Lanhydrock.
There are plenty more fabulous gardens in Cornwall, many of which are within reach of The Fieldhead Hotel. These include Pencarrow, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays Castle. We’ll be featuring them all on our blog over the coming months…