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3rd April 2018 | Regional News

Top 4 Historic Gardens in Cornwall

Britain is home to some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. From dazzling daffodils to wonderful waterfalls, there are plenty of gardens throughout Britain that are just waiting to be explored. If you’re taking a trip to Cornwall this year, then you’re in luck, as the region boasts a number of incredible gardens, home to ancient ruins, stately homes and an array of rare plants and wildlife.

As we step into spring, now is the perfect time to explore some of these fascinating gardens. So, here are four of our favourite gardens for you to discover on your next holiday in Cornwall.

Enys Gardens

Dating back to the 1700s, Enys Gardens in Penryn is considered to be the oldest garden in Cornwall. Offering peace, tranquillity and beauty, discover 30 acres of unspoilt scenery, whilst exploring the fascinating history of the local area.

Just over 30 minutes from Holywell Bay Holiday Park, most of the garden has remained untouched for hundreds of years, including the ancient meadows of Parc Lyre, where you’ll find endless shows of beautiful bluebells during spring. You’ll also find a variety of ponds nestled amongst the woodland, which were previously used to hold fish for the kitchens in Elizabethan times. Around the ponds, see if you can spot the historic waterwheel, which was installed in the 1820s to pump water to a nearby reservoir.

J.D Enys, a member of the family who lived in the area for many years, was a passionate plant collector. Over the years, he brought back a variety of incredible plant life from all over the world, including New Zealand and Patagonia, that can still be seen today.

Video sourced from Mijkra Garden Photography

Trengwainton Garden

Just 40 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park is Trengwainton Garden, where you’ll find 25 acres of wonderful woodland, exotic trees and rare plant species. The country house, once home to the Arundell family, dates back to the 16th century, and there are many areas of the beautiful gardens that have stood the test of time.

One of the oldest parts of the estate is said to be the walled garden, which dates back to the Elizabethan era. Although very attractive today, the purpose of the walled garden was to keep warm air from escaping during cooler nights. Keeping air trapped inside the garden allowed exotic plants to grow bigger and better.

On a visit, explore the 200-year-old kitchen garden, that is filled with a variety of fruit and vegetables. This is said to have been built to the exact dimensions of Noah’s Ark, so sit back and imagine how the animals would have entered two-by-two!

From magnolias and camellias to rhododendrons and bluebells, there are so many beautiful and colourful flowers to admire. Stroll through the wonderful woodland, surrounded by towering trees, where you’ll be greeted by a spectacular view across Mount’s Bay. Whether you’re looking for a great picnic spot or just want to take in the incredible views, this is the perfect location to relax.

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a truly spectacular place. Created in the 18th century as part of the Tremayne family’s estate, the gardens were left abandoned and neglected after World War I. Buried and hidden for many years, it wasn’t until the 1990s that this mysterious and wonderful garden was restored to its former glory.

Just 30 minutes from White Acres Holiday Park, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are now one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. From winding paths and enchanting ponds to rare plants and woodland wildlife, there are over 200 acres of incredible nature to explore. The Lost Gardens are also renowned for the many sculptures scattered around the area, so be sure to look out for the ‘Giant’s Head’, the ‘Mud Maid’ and the ‘Grey Lady’ whilst you’re there!

Another part of the garden which is not to be missed is the jungle. As Cornwall’s only outdoor jungle, explore the tropical gardens as you pass giant rhubarb and banana plantations, and tall bamboo. The jungle is also home to one of the longest Burmese rope bridges in Britain, stretching 100 feet above ground, perfect for those wanting a bird’s eye view of this incredible attraction.

Video sourced from Ray Woods

Caerhays Castle and Gardens

Overlooking the beautiful Porthluney Cove is Caerhays Castle, a stunning manor house which was home to the Arundell family from the Early Middle Ages, then passed by marriage to the Trevanion family. Although the castle itself holds a lifetime’s worth of history, it’s the surrounding gardens that make the area a truly magical place.

These 120 acres of wonderful woodland are located just over 30 minutes from Newquay Holiday Park, and are home to over 600 different varieties of plants, trees and flowers. This beautiful garden sprang to life in the early 1900s, when the Williams family took over the estate. Their love and interest for plants and wildlife helped them to create the incredible display that visitors can see today.

The gardens now boast the largest collection of magnolias in England, as well as hosting camellias, rhododendrons and dazzling daffodils in spring. There is also a range of fantastic woodland trails in the area, making it the perfect place for a family walk or picnic.

Video sourced from SKYDRONAUTS

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