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Great Gardens of Cornwall – 2022

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19th May 2022
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5 nights, 6 days
Availability : Thursday 19th May 2022
Max People : 50
Don’t forget to enter your promotional code on the ordering screen. The coupon can be found in the leaflet from your local garden centre. 

Please enquire about a departure time for your centre.

 

We start our Great Gardens tour in the far west of England and enjoy a selection of Cornish gardens which are often exposed to wind but avoid the worst chills of frost.

Known for their acidic soils, they should be rich in rhododendrons and azaleas as well as many other lovely colourful spring plants.

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Departure & Return Location & Times

Estimated departure times: TBA

Please enquire about a departure time for your centre.

Transport from Merriments and Millbrook, Staplehurst can be arranged subject to demand. 

Departure Date

Thursday 19th May 2022

Price Includes

  • Luxury coach transport
  • 4* hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Entry to all named venues
  • Group Leader to smooth your way and explain each stage of the trip
What to Expect

Our aim at Pennywood Tours is to give you a relaxing and carefree time where we do all the work so you can sit back and enjoy the trip.

To this end, all tours are escorted by a group leader who will check you on board and make sure you can find your allocated seat. We’ll seat you with the person/people you are booked with but if you know of anyone else on the trip who has booked separately please let us know in advance and we’ll try to seat you all together. The coach will be a super deluxe vehicle with a toilet and is incredibly comfortable.

Our Group Leader will advise you of all the details of travel times, stops, when to return to the coach etc. so you will be in no doubt about what and when. He or she will be available for any additional questions you may have.

We will do our best to stick to our itinerary but you will understand that when there are traffic jams or adverse weather conditions, we may struggle to do everything as planned but we will let you know what information we have in these situations when we have it.

We look forward to seeing you and welcome any questions you may have by contacting us at info@pennywoodtours.com or on 01622 434 981.

Itinerary for Great Gardens of Cornwall

Day 1To Cornwall via The Garden House

We travel to Cornwall with regular breaks, and on this leg of the journey we will include a stop at Visit Hillbrush. Rather unusually, it’s a brush manufacturer with a shop and small museum attached, as well as a restaurant, where we will have lunch, which is included in the price of the tour.
Later in the day, we visit The Garden House in Devon, described by Toby Buckland as: “a plant spotter’s paradise”, where we’ll enjoy some lovely spring gardens.
In the evening, we’ll arrive at the Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell, where we’ll enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation for the holiday.

Day 2Bonython and Trewithen

Our first Cornish garden is Bonython, situated on the Lizard Peninsula, and close to the mainland’s most southerly point.
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 joy it really is!
Moving on we visit 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.
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 our visitors tell us is both inspiring and relaxing.

Days 3Lamorran and The Eden Project

We begin this day with a visit to the superb Lamorran, a sub-tropical, Italianate-inspired garden on Cornwall’s beautiful Roseland Peninsula.
A garden of many levels, it is situated on a south-facing slope, and is surrounded on three sides by the benign influence of the warming sea. St Anthony’s headland sits across the water, creating a protected inlet to St Mawes and the river beyond.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit The Eden Project. I’m sure there is little which needs to be said about this garden, except that the huge biomes remain as amazing as ever, with a stunning array of plants across the Jungle and Mediterranean zones. It’s no wonder scenes have been filmed here for James Bond films!

Days 4Trebah and Tregrehan

Our first treasure today is another famous name: Trebah, a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop; the result of over 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 their very own secluded beach on the Helford River.
In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.
In the afternoon we make our way to, Tregrehan. Tucked into St Austell Bay, Tregrehan has an enviable location for a woodland garden. Sheltered by higher ground, having adequate rainfall and with the mild Gulf Stream less than a mile away, lies Cornwall’s atmospheric rain-forest. 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.

Days 5Caerhays Castle and The Lost Gardens of Heligan

We start the Day at Caerhays Castle, where the garden is only open during the spring.
Set against the spectacular castle, the 140-acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed Grade II*. The origins of this historically important collection of Chinese plants can be traced back to the work of the great plant hunters Ernest Wilson (1876-1930) and George Forrest (1873-1932).
The gardens also feature many rhododendrons, camellias and trees which are nationally classed as Champion Trees by the Tree Register.
We will visit just the garden here in order to give us more time at our next venue, a personal favourite of many: The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
It’s remarkable to think that this estate, owned by the Tremayne family, covered 1,000 acres at the end of the 19th century, and that it was the Great War which marked the start of a long decline, with many of the men departing to fight, many, sadly, never returning.
At this point the story diverges from the majority of large country gardens, which were usually broken up and sold. Heligan was not and simply fell into ruin. The house was finally sold in the 1970s for apartments, but the garden was retained by the family. Then, a hurricane in 1990 prompted the interest of John Willis (a descendant of the Tremaynes) and Tim Smit (also of Eden Project fame) who discovered the remains of the garden. From here the restoration began.

Days 6Homeward bound via Stourhead

On our final day, we leave The Carlyon Bay Hotel and Cornwall to head homewards, stopping for frequent breaks, with a longer stop at Stourhead, where you can buy lunch and enjoy the beautiful landscaped gardens, famous for their sweeping vistas and quirky follies.

Please note that all destinations will require walking, with steps and slopes, which may be slippery, and the need to step between the quayside and boat deck. Sensible shoes are a requirement, and you should dress for the weather.

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Brian and Margaret, KentBrian and Margaret, Kent
These tours are ACE from the time you book until farewell at the end of the trip. They give personal attention to every detail. ‘Care – Consideration and Kindness’ should be their motto.
Elaine, South East LondonElaine, South East London
We have taken both day and mini-break trips( with good 4 star accommodation) with Pennywood.The trips are well-organised with a detailed itinerary allowing plenty of time to enjoy each house or garden, some of which are less well-known attractions.
Eric and Helen, LewesEric and Helen, Lewes
We have enjoyed a number of trips with Pennywood Tours, which save us driving long distances - and the coaches are very comfortable. What we particularly like, apart from the gardens we visit, are the hotels we stay in, which have always been excellent.
Jenny McDonald 2019Jenny McDonald 2019
Hi Pennywood Tours,Yes we have had some great trips this year, and thanks so much for sending me the big brochure recently, with details of Autumn 2019 trips and also 2020 trips. I feel sure that my friends and I will be booking something with you for 2020, because we have enjoyed our 3 tours so much this year.
Pam & JohnPam & John
We have travelled with Pennywood Tours many times, visiting places as diverse as The Isles of Scilly, The Battlefields of Arnhem, The Queens Bedding, The Gardens of Leonardeslee and Nymans and more recently The Post Office Museum. The arrangements regarding parking at the garden centre we depart from, travel to and from the venue and access to it have all been handled with a warm, friendly and professional approach.The visit to Aalsmeer Flower Market was amazing. It is a technological masterpiece.Imagine bystanders surprise when they see it is not the England Football Squad who emerge from the 'England' luxury coach ...
John Knight 2019John Knight 2019
Pennywood variety of visits/holidays caters for a range of interests from Houses & Garden, Country locations through to Historical and Military establishments. Something for everyone. An independent tour company providing excellent customer service be it easy of booking through to on the day arrangements. Comfortable coaches transport you throughout and from experience we can state that your tour will be memorable. It has given us the opportunity to visit numerous locations we would not have thought of visiting.
Julie, KentJulie, Kent
What can I say? I could Rabbit on for hours about the wonderful days out I have looked forward to and enjoyed with Pennywood Tours. How the way you look after us without being intrusive. I know you are keeping an eye on all of us. You create the atmosphere that we are just a group of friends enjoying a day out to interesting places. This, as a lone traveller gave me the confidence to venture on your longer trips.From the moment you climb aboard the out of the world coach, you can sit back and relax knowing that every ...
Keith and Marion, KentKeith and Marion, Kent
We enjoy days out and short breaks away but no longer want to drive too far so the trips arranged by Pennywood Tours are ideal.We just drive to the Garden Centre, park the car (for free) and join the coach.The trips are always well organised, friendly and relaxed. The coaches comfortable with first class drivers and any hotels we stay at are well chosen. We have been on quite a lot of their trips and highly recommend the experience.
Brian and Margaret, KentBrian and Margaret, Kent
These tours are ACE from the time you book until farewell at the end of the trip. They give personal attention to every detail. ‘Care – Consideration and Kindness’ should be their motto.
Marilyn and Jeff, KentMarilyn and Jeff, Kent
We never considered ourselves ‘coach people’ but after testing the water with day trips we now venture on longer tours. From Booking, either online or, our preferred option by telephone, the service can’t be faulted.Travel is by extremely comfortable coaches with ample ‘comfort’ stops and the tour leaders are always there for you.Accomodation is always first rate, we have no complaints there at all!Safe to say we are hooked and always look forward to seeing what’s on offer in the Pennywood Tours brochure.
Mr S, South East LondonMr S, South East London
I have always enjoyed your tours. We are always very well looked after and I have been to several very educational locations.I thoroughly enjoy the day trips and being transported in the deluxe Guildeline coaches. Your professionalism, relaxed nature and sense of fun makes it all the more enjoyable amongst the nice groups of people who go along. I look forward to the exciting new destinations for the coming year.
Sue, South East LondonSue, South East London
‘ My friends and I really enjoy going on trips with Pennywood Tours. The tours are expertly organised and run by a very friendly and knowledgeable team.The coach takes the stress out of the day as we can just sit back and relax!The gardens we have visited have been very beautiful (with lovely cream teas!)Our last trip to Highgrove was fantastic and we are all really looking forward to going on more trips with Pennywood next year’

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