Posted 5 February 2019 by Beverley Fuller
This gorgeous warren of a garden is right on your doorstep when you're self-catering in St Mawes. Be ready to tackle some steep paths and steps to explore its subtropical planting and Italianate design – with the mild Roseland Peninsula climate and its sheltered position it's rarely troubled by frost. Lamorran is all about tranquility and harmony and it's been featured on Gardeners' World as well as in the top 10 of a BBC 'Nation's Favourite Gardens' poll. What a transformation from the overgrown tangle the current owners took on in 1982. Come and see it! Open Weds and Fri from April-Sept, but groups of 8 or more can book on other days too (handy if you're with a party staying in one of our larger holiday cottages), and under-16s get in free.
For a longer-established subtropical Cornish garden, also with a glorious coastal backdrop, Trebah is hard to beat. It's bursting with colourful, vibrant planting that cascades down to the Helford River, there are Champion Trees and special features for every season, including the must-see autumn hydrangea display. There's plenty for children to do too, with adventure play areas, trails and special events. With four miles of footpaths and dogs welcome, it's a lovely day out in South Cornwall. Open year-round.
About 30 acres of woodland gardens in 200 acres of parkland with scenic views means there's space to go off the beaten track as well as admiring the formal planting – Trewithen's an International Camellia Garden of Excellence, for starters. Intrepid plant-hunters have risked life and limb to put this collection together but native flora and fauna are just as important – check out the red squirrel pen! Trewithen means 'house of the trees' and there's a good reason, as visitors will soon see (clue: Champion Trees). We particularly love the camellia 'Donation' that was raised at Borde Hill in Sussex, home county of our sister site Amberley House Cottages. Open March-June plus August bank holiday
And one more... Tregothnan produces its own tea, and if you think about how well camellias do in this area it's not that surprising. It's Cornwall's largest historic private garden and it's open on specific dates under the National Gardens Scheme; plus private visits and tours by appointment.