Cornwall’s southerly location and mild coastal climate make it a haven for gardeners. Whether you are a seasoned horticulturalist or a beginner looking for inspiration, or if you just enjoy the tranquility and beauty of gardens, there are so many fantastic places to visit within a short distance of Polruan Holiday. These include the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan and the incredible Eden Project.
Marsh Villa Gardens
Just 10 minutes drive from Bodinnick, near to Par railway station, you will pass an unassuming hedge and a small sign advertising Marsh Villa Gardens. Do not be fooled! Behind the hedge you will find three acres of the most incredibly beautiful and well kept gardens. You can see beautiful formal borders, mixed beds and woodland areas. There are marshland walks and a large natural pond.
You can tell the amount of care and love that has gone into making this garden. Anyone who enjoys plants and gardening will love to spend time here. It is such a great place to relax and get away from it all. Take your time and lounge in the shade of the trees and watch dragonflies buzz over the pond.
Chat to the owners, and find out about the history of the garden, which lies in a former tidal creek, upon which Daphne Du Maurier based her novel, 'The House on the Strand'. Enjoy a cream tea or a slice of delicious homemade cake. Browse the plants for sale. Dogs are welcome on leads.
Marsh Villa Gardens, St Andrews Road, Par
Tel: 01726 815920
Best Route (via Bodinnick ferry)
Hidden Valley Garden
A colourful 3.5 acre cottage style garden in a secluded valley. There are many beds and borders of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and grasses, with lots of colour throughout the season. There is also a potager for vegetables and herbs, and rows of soft fruit for ‘pick your own’.
There are collections of Crocosmia, Dahlia and Agapanthus. In one area there is a large wild life pond and bog planting and in a shady part there is a Fernery. Stroll through the Japanese area and Iris beds, and see the ‘Iris Fairy Well’. Relax away from the crowds, make your own refreshments in the tea hut and sample some delicious homemade cakes. You can purchase plants propagated from the garden & entertain your children with a garden quiz (for all ages).
Hidden Valley Garden
Tel: 01208 873225
Best route (via Bodinnick Ferry)
A Victorian garden, which is full of colour all year round. It has a magnificent collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. Beyond the gardens you can follow numerous paths through woods and parkland down to the banks of the River Fowey.
Lanhydrock puts on one of the counties most colourful spring shows, with over 120 species of cream and white magnolias amongst the many wild flowers that carpet the woodland. Learn about the history and the work involved to keep the magnificent gardens maintained via the new interpretation on permanent display in the garden's thatched cottage.
With so much space to roam, Lanhydrock is a family friendly day out. The restaurant has a good children's menu and there are baby-changing facilities on-site. There are also baby slings, and pushchairs for loan, as well as a children's play area to keep the children amused whilst you lie-back and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
The garden, shop and refreshments are open all year.
Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD
Tel: 01208 265950
Pine Lodge Gardens
Winner of the Bronze Award for Small Tourist Attraction of the Year in the Cornwall Tourism Awards, Pine Lodge Gardens is situated on the warm and sheltered south coast of St.Austell Bay, and provides excellent growing conditions for rare, unusual and tender plants. Many have been grown from seed from plant hunting expeditions all over the world.
The collection at Pine Lodge Gardens now stands at well over 6,000 plants, all labelled, in over 30 acres of well-maintained gardens, and it is being added to each year. Planting in Pine Lodge Gardens has been very carefully planned to provide interest throughout the year.
Pine Lodge Garden, Holmbush, St Austell, Cornwall
Tel: 01726 73500
Best Route (Via the Bodinnick Ferry)