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Gardens & Gardening

Gardens to visit in Devon and Cornwall.  From the early spring daffodils and the National Camellia collection glowing in the bright woods beside the blue Cornish sea, to the scents and delicate colours of the Elizabethan style gardens of Devon's Buckland Abbey, the fabulous wildflower meadows of the Garden House, the amazing landscaped riverside gardens of Hotel Endsleigh, there is so much for garden-lovers to see on both the Devon and the Cornwall side of Tamar.    

 

The Garden House near Yelverton is one of the finest in Britain, with lots to see all year round. From the formal walled terrace gardens to the sprawling colours of the cottage garden and the delicate beauty of the bulb meadow, there is always something new to see. The gardens are built around the remains of an old medieval house and barn, and delicious teas are available in the 18th century vicarage building.

Cotehele, Buckland Abbey and Mount Edgecumbe all have beautiful gardens and estates to explore.

Cotehele has a woodland garden that falls down dramatically to the River Tamar, and a heritage orchard of old Tamar Valley fruits. You can also walk around the tranquil Cotehele estate, along the river to Calstock, or perhaps up into the lost flower fields of the Danescombe valley, where the daffodils still bloom among the trees now growing in their forgotten fields.

Mount Edgecumbe's seaside estate hosts the National Camellia collection, and also has a very striking formal garden - both can be viewed free of charge. The Earl's garden is open in summer, and can be viewed by visitors to the house.

Buckland Abbey continues the Tudor theme with a recreated Elizabethan garden. Box-edged beds contain old richly-scented plants, and there is a small orchard planted with old varieties of fruit from the Tamar Valley and beyond. There are also attractive modern gardens with flowering rhododendrons and camellias.

 

Gardening dates for your diary

Not far from the quiet reaches of the upper Tamar , you will find the Coombe Trenchard Edwardian Estate at Lewtrenchard. Although the estate is only open to the public for special events, the annual Arts & Crafts Garden Festival held in June deserves a special mention.

 

Garden Centres & Nurseries in the Tamar Valley

If you are a garden enthusiast, why not visit some of the specialist nurseries and garden centres of the Tamar Valley? You'll find expert staff and unusual plants, some of them heritage varieties unique to the Valley.

Business Namesort descending Places to stay / Eat
Andrew Thompson Heritage Guided Tours

Andrew Thompson is an archaeologist and historian who has spent his working life exploring, explaining and interpreting the history and heritage of South West England.

He has over 25 years' experience teaching, lecturing and leading... more

Antony House (National Trust) Houses & Gardens

Faced in silver-grey Pentewan stone and flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick, this classically beautiful house is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. Still the home of the Carew Pole family, it contains fine collections of... more

Around the Valley Tours Pilgrim walks at Plymouth's Mayflower steps Guided Tours

Walks, talks and boat train and coach trips can be organised for individuals, small parties, wedding guests and special interest groups up and down the valley, from Plymouth to Bude via Launceston and of course further afield.

The ... more

Barn Restaurant at Cotehele Barn Restaurant at Cotehele Restaurants

Originally a 15th century tithe barn. Specialises in locally sourced, seasonal food. Patio seating available. Licensed. Open daily mid-Feb to 31st December (except 25th and 26th December). Private Parties welcome. Dogs welcome in the patio.

Bella Vista Lodge Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

This comfortable lodge, providing spacious holiday accommodation, sleeps 6 in four bedrooms. There is a fully fitted kitchen/dining area,  comfortable lounge with TV and DVD, bathroom and separate shower room and hot tub  on the patio.

The... more

Coombe Trenchard Gardens Houses & Gardens

Coombe Trenchard house and gardens was designed in 1906 by architect Walter Sarel, with terraces, garden buildings, paths and bridges. Still a work in progress, forgotten paths, woodland garden, water gardens and the pattern of long forgotten... more

Coombe Trenchard House & Gardens Bed & Breakfast

Surrounded by over 100 acres of its own parkland and woodland, Coombe Trenchard is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of West Devon. Explore the formal gardens and see the restoration of these Edwardian gardens unfold.

Just 3... more

Cornish Welcome Tours Guided Tours

Cornish Welcome Tours aim to provide tours which cater for whatever interest you may have. These may include History and Historic Houses, Film location tours such as Poldark, Doc Martin or Rosamund Pilcher Tours, Antiques, Gardens, Art, Golf,... more

Cotehele (National Trust) The front of Cotehele House, Cornwall Houses & Gardens

Cotehele is a National Trust-owned Tudor house with extensive garden, orchards, estate, quay and working water mill. Look out for family activities and other events.

The garden and estate walks are open daily throughout the year.  Dogs are... more

Cotehele boat trips Nancy Belle on the River Tamar at Cotehele Active & Outdoors

Board Shamrock's support boat the 'Nancy Belle' for a two-hour cruise up the Tamar to learn about the flora, fauna and history of the valley. £15. Times and dates vary accoring to the tide. Find details on... more

Cotehele Gallery Cotehele Gallery Arts & Crafts

Cotehele Gallery. A showcase of ever-changing high quality craft from professional West Country Makers. A pure delight for browsing. Open daily mid-Feb to December (except 25 and 26 December)

Countryman Cider Food & Drink

Traditional cider maker located in 15th century stables. You are welcome to tour our orchard, mill and press barn and taste samples in our shop. We also sell country wines, brandy, apple juice, cider vinegar and mead. Pottery jars on sale.

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Endsleigh Gardens Nursery Endsleigh Gardens Nursery - heritage apple Nurseries & Garden Centres

Endsleigh Garden Nursery is set in an old walled garden in woods above the River Tamar. It was once part of the Duke of Bedford's estate at Endsleigh.

We grow a wide range of grafted trees and are particularly proud of our extensive... more

Golf at China Fleet Country Club Active & Outdoors

With a par 72 parkland course, enjoy a challenging round of golf including holes with water hazards, tree lined fairways & 3 holes where out of bounds comes into play. Our 14th... more

Homeleigh Garden, Angling & Aquatic Centre Nurseries & Garden Centres

For all your gardening and pet supplies.

You will find us on the A388 1.5 miles out of Launceston on the Holsworthy Road

Open 7 days a week 8 am - 5 pm

Sundays 10.30 am - 5 pm 

Hotel Endsleigh Restaurant British modern cuisine Restaurants

Hotel Endsleigh offers a range of dining opportunities, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner to residents and non-residents in elegant Regency surroundings, with breathtaking views of the garden and open countryside. We offer... more

Launceston Castle - English Heritage History & Heritage

From the motte of this Norman castle, you'll enjoy the most fantastic views. Launceston was the former capital of Cornwall and the castle, commanding the town and surrounding countryside, controlled the main entry route into the county. Discover... more

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park Houses & Gardens

Former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe.

 

Miraculously the walls of his red stone Tudor House survived a direct hit by bombs in 1941 and it was restored by the Earl in 1958.

Now beautifully furnished with family... more

Pentillie Castle Wedding Venues

Your Cornish Castle for the wedding of your dreams…

17th Century Pentillie Castle is set within a 2,000 acre private estate on the Devon and Cornwall border. With breathtaking views across the River Tamar and to Dartmoor, this unique venue... more

Pentillie Castle and Estate Bed & Breakfast

Pentillie Castle is every bit as fabulous as its name suggests! It's a picture-perfect, fairytale kind of a place; a stylishly renovated 17th century castle that sits pretty in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Tamar.

It's... more

Port Eliot Estate Port Eliot Round Room Houses & Gardens

The house dates back to the 5th century and further spectacular additions, such as the mural in the Round Room by Robert Lenkiewicz and the maze in the gardens, are more recent. The grounds were landscaped in the 1790s by Humphrey Repton whilst... more

Port Eliot Weddings ALT="wedding venues in cornwall" Wedding Venues

For some, Port Eliot can be a retreat of tranquility and magic for others it can become a fantastical pleasure ground of music, drums and laughter.

An extraordinary marriage begins in an extraordinary location. Port Eliot hosts bespoke... more

Rising Sun Nurseries Nurseries & Garden Centres

House plants, bedding plants, patio plants and hanging baskets. Fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, rockery and herbaceous plants. Seeds, bulbs and full range of garden tools and accessories.

Friendly advice.

Coffee shop serving... more

Rowse Holiday Cottages Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

THREE LUXURY HOLIDAY COTTAGES IN CORNWALL

ROWSE, PILLATON, CORNWALL, PL12 6QU, ENGLAND

Cornwall is one of England’s most beautiful areas with fantastic scenery and a stunning coastline. There are wonderful beaches,... more

Tamar View Nurseries and Garden Centre Nurseries & Garden Centres

Wide range of plants and garden furniture.

Free parking. Open 7days a week

Restaurant on site.

Just off the A388.

Tartendown Nursery Nurseries & Garden Centres

Attractive local nursery selling a wide range of plants - shrubs, perennials, bedding plants, hanging baskets (a speciality) and exotics including tree ferns & palms.

Open 9am - 5.30pm Monday - Saturday and 10am - 5pm on Sundays.

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The Edgcumbe The Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay serves light lunches and afternoon tea Cafes

Serving morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas. Catering for private daytime parties. Dogs welcome in the garden seating area and in the tea-room during winter months.

Special afternoon tea on Sundays (3-4.45pm) in the Long Room... more

The Garden House Houses & Gardens

An enchanting, terraced walled garden set around romantic 16th century vicarage ruins. Quarry, cottage and South African gardens in naturalistic style giving glorious year-round colour. Rhododendrons, camellias, and spring bulbs, wisteria bridges... more

The Horn of Plenty Hotel Hotels

The Horn of Plenty sits in 5 acres of English country gardens, overlooking the spectacular Tamar Valley.

Expect superb food, elegant surroundings, stunning views and warm, friendly staff.

Located close to Tavistock, Dartmoor,... more

The Shippen at Coombe Mill Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

WILDLIFE HAVEN WITH RIVER, CORNWALL:  Private nature reserve, wildlife tours, woodland paths, free parking, walkers and cyclists welcome, romantic breaks. Regrettably no pets or children.

The Shippen at Coombe Mill is a one bedroomed... more