5 of the Best Gardens in Cornwall

April 23rd, 2018

Cornwall is renowned for its gorgeous landscapes, especially the incredible coast paths, beaches and cliffs. While known for the stunning seaside, Cornwall is also home to a number of gardens, each with a wide range of different plants, styles and interesting interactive qualities. We take a look at five of our favourite Cornish gardens for you to visit!


The Japanese Garden

While the garden may only be set in an acre of land, the Japanese Garden more than makes use of this space, with a Zen Garden, Water Garden and Stroll Garden packed into the gorgeous grounds. In the spring, the garden comes to life, with cherry blossom in full bloom. Transitioning into the summer months an abundance of flowers can be found, with a fascinating fusion of traditional and exotic blooms, including bonsai trees, bamboo, Japanese maples and succulents. From the tranquillity of the Zen garden to the calming sounds of the waterfall, and the colourful Koi carp swirling in the water, you’ll feel completely relaxed here!




This award-winning garden is a sub-tropical paradise, complete with Mediterranean plants, Australian tree ferns and a natural spring. The spring water drops into the Koi pool and flows through the whole garden before forming a large duck pond at the opposite end of the grounds. Trebah is a garden perfect for plant lovers and family’s alike, with plenty to see and experience. Alongside the exciting play areas, the gardens host an impressive bamboo tunnel, a passage of giant rhubarb leaves and amphitheatre. At the edge of the grounds, you can also find the private beach, where the crystal clear waters of the Helford Estuary lap at the coast, making for a picture-perfect view!


Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Having been ‘lost’ to years of overgrown plants and no maintenance, the Gardens were finally restored and unveiled in 1992 as the ‘garden restoration of the century’. Get lost in the winding paths and exotic jungle plants that decorate the 200-acre estate, including towering bamboo tunnels, banana plantations and giant rhubarb. Experience the wonderful wildlife on the woodland walk, with fantastic flora and fauna, as well as the Giant’s Head, Grey Lady and Mud Maid providing some exciting sights on the way!




Looking stunning year round, the waterside garden of Glendurgan is luscious and exotic. In the spring, the magnolias and camellias come to life, with the beautiful blooms adding a touch of colour to the grounds. Glendurgan is perfect for families, with the cherry laurel maze, created in 1833, providing an exciting activity for children and adults alike! Children also love the ‘Giant’s Stride’ swing – swirling you through the air – if you hold on tight!



With stunning views out over the Fal Estuary, Trelissick sits on the water’s edge, boasting 40-acres of equally breath-taking gardens. The gardens truly come to life in the spring, with incredible displays of colour from the camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. The tranquil gardens lead to the main feature of the area; Trelissick house, which is open for the public to explore and learn about the rich history. If that wasn’t enough, Trelissick is also framed by a whopping 375-acres of woodland, with oak, beech and conifer trees lining the riverside slopes; perfect for a day of exploring!


If you’re a nature lover and want to explore all that these Cornish gardens have to offer, then why not come and stay with us at the best family resort in Cornwall!? We’re perfectly located to visit these fantastic gardens, as well as the Roseland Peninsula and Cornwall’s amazing coast.

Celebrating the Daffodil in Cornwall

March 16th, 2018

As one of the clearest signs of spring, the bright and bold daffodil has long held a connection with Cornwall. With spring on the way, daffodils have burst into bloom in fields and gardens. To celebrate the much-loved flower, there are a number of daffodil themed events taking place throughout Cornwall.


Daffodil Weekend, Trelissick, 17th-18th March

Each year Trelissick plays host to the annual Daffodil Show, celebrating the beautiful blooms lovingly grown by the finest growers in Cornwall. The stables are exploding with colour, where the delightful displays of daffodils are on show. Over a hundred different varieties will be exhibited. There is also a children’s daffodil trail throughout the gardens to entertain the little ones.

Now that Spring is here, the gardens at Trelissick are bursting to life with buds blossoming into vibrant blooms. While there, wander through the winding paths and enjoy the gorgeous camellias, magnolias, bluebells, wildflowers, and wisteria that come to life at this time of year.


Heligan Daffodil Fair, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 10th-24th March

Over the past couple of years, over 50,000 Cornish Daffodils have been planted at the Lost Gardens of Heligan; so you can expect vast expanses of vibrant yellows and dainty white blooms dotted throughout the estate. If that isn’t enough daffodil for you, then there is also the fair area, where heritage varieties will be put on display in flower show style. There will be over 120 types of the plant on show here.


Daffodil Gold Rush, Falmouth, 2nd-31st March

A celebration of the daffodil heritage in Cornwall, this exhibition explores the history of Cornwall in relation to the nation’s favourite spring flower. With archive photography, botanical paintings and evocative artwork, the Daffodil Gold Rush will detail the relationship between Cornwall and these vivid flowers, with stunning creativity.


For those unaware of this connection, Cornwall has been key in the growth and distribution of this springtime flower for many years, with the Great Western Railway constructing a line to transport the so-called ‘golden harvest’ of daffodils from the Isles of Scilly, Tamar Valley and West Penwith to awaiting flower markets across Britain. Percival Dacres Williams, a daffodil breeder in the early 20th century, was known as the ‘Daffodil King’ in Cornwall, where he grew over 500 varieties of daffodil. These bulbs were bought by collectors and transported worldwide; some bulbs even being bought for the equivalent of £460 each in today’s money!


Join in the springtime celebrations in Cornwall with our child-friendly holidays in Falmouth!

Exciting Winter Walks Near Truro

December 22nd, 2017

With the South West Coast Path spanning the entirety of Cornwall, there are plenty of beautiful locations along the way for winter walks with stunning views. Walk off the Christmas pud with these exciting strolls through the Cornish countryside!


Trelissick Gardens

With gorgeous views and an incredible variety of plants, this garden sits right on the water’s edge, providing a year-round display of vibrant blooms. While you can take a casual stroll through the gardens to admire the flower beds, there are also 375-acres of park and woodland to explore. With an extensive number of trails to choose from, you can enjoy the gardens whatever the weather, picking your route based on the conditions or how much time (and energy!) you have. Follow the river and discover the creeks, or take in the views from the farmland and woods. Warm up after your walk by popping into Trelissick’s tea room and indulge in a delicious cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cake.


St. Michael’s Mount

For a bit of a different walk, combined with incredible views, why not walk along the causeway to St. Michael’s Mount!? While you’re there, wander around the village and harbour, before ambling through the gardens. Be sure to check the causeway closing times before you head off, as there will be no public boats to and from the island until mid-March!


Percuil River


The gentle, rolling landscape around Roseland makes for a calming walking experience, perfect for those wintertime rambles. Strolls across the beach are great at any time of the year, but there is certainly something quite enchanting about the seasonal scenery during this time of the year. While it is colder out and about in the winter, the beaches here remain sheltered, protecting you from the full force of the winter winds! If you are looking for a bit of a longer walk to burn off some of the mince pies you’ve been scoffing for the past month, then set off from Porthscatho and head south-west around the coast and headland, before returning up the inland waterway to get some incredible views from St. Anthony. This walk will take you through all sorts of striking landscapes, from beaches to wooded riversides, making it a very exciting journey!


Devoran Circular Walk

The beauty of this walk includes the fact it can be started from your cottage! Embark on a tranquil journey as you head towards peace and quiet along a track which was once used to link the copper and tin mines in the Centre and the North of Cornwall. Following the trail you can enjoy stunning views at Restronguet Creek and the River Fal as well as learning about the history of the port found on the interpretation boards. Regain your energy as the walk draws to a close by sitting down to a well-earned drink and bite to eat at the Old Quay Inn.


If you’re looking for luxury family holidays in Cornwall to get the New Year started, then The Valley is in an ideal location to enjoy all of these walks this winter!



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