Thursday: Completing our pickups we join the motorway system and make our way to St. Agnes. With suitable stops along the way we aim to be at our hotel late afternoon, giving you time to settle in before dinner.
Friday: After breakfast we drive to The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the first of our garden visits. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of the First World War, the Lost Gardens became Europe’s largest garden restoration project in the 1990’s and today the gardens are among the finest in the country and are home to a magnificent National Collection of Camellias and Rhododendrons. This afternoon we make the short drive to the coast and visit the colourful harbour village of Mevagissey, one of Cornwall’s most picturesque fishing villages.
Saturday: Today’s excursion has a foodie theme. The day starts with a scenic coastal drive as we make our way along the north Cornish coast to the charming fishing village of Padstow. The perfect destination for food lovers thanks to its selection of restaurants owned by celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and is the ideal place to have your Cornish pasty. Making our way back to St. Agnes we visit the family run Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, the largest cider makers in Cornwall, where a range of award winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves are produced. Whilst here why not sample a cider and indulge in a scrumptious homemade cream tea. We are in Cornwall, so make sure you get the cream and jam the right way round.
Sunday: We enjoy more spectacular Cornish coastal scenery today as we visit Penzance and St. Ives. Making our way to Penzance, weather
permitting we make a brief stops for photographs of St. Michaels Mount, one of England’s most famous and dramatic coast attractions. Penzance is the most westerly town in England, has the only promenade in Cornwall and is a good place for lunch. Continuing our scenic coastal drive we pass Land’s End and follow the dramatic coastline to St. Ives. Once a busy fishing village before developing into a picturesque holiday resort with glorious beaches and narrow alleyways leading down to the harbour. It holds strong ties with the world of fine art, boasting both the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum.
Monday: Our second garden visit is to Trebah Garden, overlooking the Helford River. Quoted as being “like a valley in the Himalayas”, Trebah is 26 acres of sub-tropical paradise set in a wooded ravine which extends from the House down to a private beach on the river. A stream cascades through water gardens and ponds, while huge tree ferns mingle with rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias in an ever changing display of colour. It is easy to see why Trebah is rated as one of the top one hundred gardens in the world. There will be plenty of time to explore, enjoy coffee and lunch and browse through the shop before we make our way back to St. Agnes. Along the way we enjoy views of the Carrick Roads, one of the world’s largest natural harbours as we make our way around Pendennis Head. Once back in St. Agnes there will be time to explore this pleasant little village. Visit the charming museum, go down to Trevaunance Cove or take a walk along the cliffs.
Tuesday: Sadly we must leave the Rosemundy House Hotel and start our journey home. Using the motorways and suitable stops along the way, we aim to be back in Essex by early evening.
Please read the itinerary carefully before deciding if this tour will be suitable for you:1) Whilst most of The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trebah Gardens are accessible to all, due to steep slopes and board walks, certain sections are unfortunately not accessible to wheelchairs. Accessibility maps are available at bth gardens. Sensible clothing and footwear is advisable for both visits.2) Coaches visiting St Ives for the day are not permittedin the town. We will set you down in the coach park and pay for the shuttle bus to/from town (subject to it running. It is possible to walk but there are several steps along the way.3) The Rosemundy House Hotel is a listed building, there is no lift and there are steps within the building.
SUPPLEMENT: No supplement – maximum 5 singles
The 3 star Rosemundy House Hotel is a friendly, family run hotel, based around an elegant and tastefully extended Queen Anne House. The hotel is situated in secluded and sheltered gardens and woodlands only 100 yards from the main street of the village of St Agnes and less than a mile from Trevaunance Cove. All the bedrooms are en-suite with TV/radio, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel boasts the ‘Tom Noggi’ restaurant where you can enjoy good food whilst sat at tables of two’s and four’s. There is a bar and several lounges. The hotel only has two floors and whilst there is no lift, subject to availability, there are some ground floor rooms.
Executive coach travel.• Porterage on arrival & departure. • En-suite rooms.• 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast comprising of a 4 course evening meal with choice of menu, plus tea/coffee and full English breakfast.• Entertainment as provided by the hotel.• Entrance to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and free time in Mevagissey.• Scenic coastal drive with free time in Padstow and a visit to Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm.• Scenic coastal drive with free time in Penzance and St. Ives.• Entrance to Yrebah Garden and time in St. Agnes.• Complimentary travel insurance • ALL THIS FOR AROUND £94.83 PER DAY
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