The Eden Project
Possibly the 8th wonder of the world this construction of the worlds largest greenhouses is a collection of amazing tropical plants and it is still growing. The Eden project is a giant global garden and it is situated in a china clay pit the size of 35 football pitches in order to accommodate for the 47-metre high tropic dome. Because of the 50-metre depth of the crater practically hides the domes and gardens from view until you reach the visitor centre on the very lip of the crater.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Close to Mevagissey. Approx. 20 miles via Bodinnck ferry.
The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, asleep for more than seventy years, are now the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the spring of 1991 the gardens lay beneath a blanket of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. Just one year later the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery.
Heligan is now established as a world famous "Living Museum of 19th century horticulture.
Near Torpoint approx. 20 miles. One of Cornwall's finest early 18th-century houses, faced in lustrous silvery-grey Pentewan stone, offset by colonnaded wings of red brick and set within grounds landscaped by Repton overlooking the Lynher river. These include the formal garden with the National Collection of Day Lilies and fine summer borders, and the superb woodland garden with its outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Also of note are the 18th-century dovecote and the 1789 Bath Pond House. Antony has been the home of the great Cornish family of Carew for almost 600 years.
House and gardens (NT) - near Callington (25 miles) At the heart of this riverside estate, the house at Cotehele was mainly built 1485-1627 and was a home of the Edgcumbe family for centuries. Its granite and slatestone walls contain intimate chambers adorned with tapestries, original furniture and armour. Outside, the formal gardens overlook the richly planted valley garden below, with medieval dovecote, stewpond and Victorian summerhouse, and 18th-century tower above. Cotehele Mill has been restored to working condition, and at the Quay there are interesting old buildings housing an art and craft gallery and an outstation of the National Maritime Museum. The restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock is moored alongside. Regional winner of NPI National Heritage Award 1999/2000.
Country Park (Plymouth City Council) - on Cornish side of estuary overlooking Plymouth. Excellent views.
House and gardens (NT) - near Bodmin, about 20 miles The finest house in Cornwall, superbly set in 450 acres of wooded parkland and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees, lovely all seasons. Make sure you have enough time to view all 49 rooms, ranging from the richly furnished main rooms reflecting Victorian comfort to servants bedrooms to servants bedrooms, the great kitchen and the evocative nursery wing. First built in the 17th century and largely rebuilt after a fire in 1881, the principal rooms all have beautifully worked plaster ceilings, including that of the Long gallery magnificently illustrating Old Testament scenes. Through the crenellated gatehouse (1661) an idyllic walk down to the river Fowey at Respryn Bridge and back should not be missed.