Devon & Cornwall


13 – 16 May 2017


from £455.00 per person






Saturday 13 May 2017

We depart this morning from our local area and travel towards the West Country, stopping en-route for refreshments (not included), before arriving at our first visit in Devon - Knightshayes Court (NT), one of the finest examples anywhere of the Gothic Revival country house.  The extraordinary “medieval romantic” interiors give an atmospheric insight into grand country living and the celebrated garden features a water lily pool, topiary, specimen trees, rare shrubs, seasonal colour and an impressive Victorian kitchen garden which supplies fresh, organic fruit and vegetables to the property’s restaurant.  Lunch is available here (not included).
































Saturday 13 May 2017 – cont.

We then continue to Cornwall and our accommodation for the next three nights - the Penmorvah Manor Hotel, in Falmouth.  All rooms have en-suite bathrooms together with LCD televisions with free view channels and radio, free wireless internet access, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, direct dial telephone and beverage making facilities.












Dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.



Sunday 14 May 2017

Following breakfast this morning, we depart for St Austell where we will enjoy a full day at the Eden Project, which has become one of Cornwall’s star attractions. The Eden Project is a 50 metre deep, 34 acre china clay pit which has been reclaimed and transformed to house 2 controlled environment plant conservatories, the larger of which recreates the climate of the Tropics and displays some of its plants such as cotton, rice, rubber, orchids, bamboo and rainforest flowers.  At its highest point it reaches 50 metres, taller than Nelson’s Column. The second conservatory recreates a warm temperature climate and houses plants from Southern Africa, the Mediterranean and south western America, with orange trees, olives, grape vines and hundreds of colourful flowers.  Lunch is available here today (not included).



We return to our hotel where dinner will be served this evening.




Monday 15 May 2017

This morning after breakfast, we will depart for another full day, this time at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. These award-winning gardens, asleep for more than seventy years, are the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the spring of 1991, the Gardens of Heligan lay under a blanket of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. A year later the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery.  Lunch is available here today (not included), however we have included a Cornish Cream Tea for everyone to enjoy in the gardens at leisure.











This evening, we will enjoy our final dinner together in the hotel.



Tuesday 16 May 2017

Sadly our trip has come to an end and we check-out of the hotel this morning after breakfast.  Before we return home today, we continue with one final visit today, to the house and gardens of                Killerton (NT).  The house displays a magnificent collection of 18th- 20th century costumes in period rooms (originally known as the Paulise de Bush collection).  The estate is set on a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it.  Countless trees and shrubs thrive in the gardens including rhododendrons, magnolias, stewartias and maples. A masterly rock garden in an old quarry sparkles with hellebores, hostas and geraniums among mossy rocks under a canopy of old camellias and maples.  Lunch is available here (not included).



Following our visit, we return back to our original pick-up point, stopping en-route for refreshments (not included), where we expect to arrive late afternoon.



Included in the price

·         3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the 3* Penmorvah Manor Hotel, Falmouth.  All bedrooms have private facilities

·         Comfortable coaching throughout

·         Admission to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project and entry to the houses & gardens of National Trust properties Killerton and Knightshayes

·         Cornish Cream Tea at Heligan



Not included (per person)

·         Single room supplement            £135.00

·         Insurance                                    £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65-74); £63.00 (75-90)