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 Name||Places to stay / Eat|
|Cotehele boat trips||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
|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.... more
|Port Eliot Estate||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
|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
|Gospenheale Barn||Holiday Cottages & Self Catering||
Carefully restored in 2006 using local materials, the barn retains much of its original character with granite lintels, oak beams and Cornish rag slates and yet makes use of modern 'green' technology with solar panels and underfloor heating.... more
|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
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
|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
|Cotehele (National Trust)||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
|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
Devon Yurt is one of the Uk’s leading luxury Glamping sites. It is set within 18 acres of beautiful organic farmland and gardens at Borough Farm, Kelly, with stunning views towards Dartmoor.
The yurts are contempary in style and a mix of... more
|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)
|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.
|Endsleigh Gardens Nursery||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
|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.
|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.... 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
|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||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
|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.
|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
|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.
|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
|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
|Around the Valley Tours||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
|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
|Port Eliot Weddings||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.
Coffee shop serving... 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