Cornwall’s annual Spring Flower Show takes place in the magnificent grounds of Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel. A fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania that welcomes spring with exuberant displays in the competitive classes with camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons and ornamental shrubs and trees guaranteeing a brilliantly colourful spectacle. We also visit Padstow, St Ives, Prideaux Place and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Day 1 Morning collection from your home to join our coach for the drive west. We arrive at our hotel in St Agnes late afternoon.
Day 2 A morning in the coastal town of St Ives with its cobbled streets winding between tiny ﬁshermen’s cottages. A free afternoon in St Agnes.
Day 3 We spend the day in Lostwithiel at the wonderful Cornwall Spring Flower Show. Fabulous displays, gardeners’ question time, live music and plenty of local food on oﬀer make for a fantastic day.
Day 4 Today we begin at Padstow, a delightful little port, nestling on the beautiful Camel Estuary, with a colourful harbour surrounded by pastelwashed Medieval houses. In the afternoon we visit Prideaux Place, surrounded by gardens and wooded grounds overlooking a deer park and the Camel Estuary to the moors beyond.
Day 5 A visit to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. In 1991 the gardens were rebuilt from complete dereliction and now cover 57 acres with a further 100 acres of ornamental woodland, an impressive range of plant breeds and features, including an Italian garden, a sub-tropical ‘jungle’ valley, a crystal grotto, summerhouses and the Flora Green Lawn surrounded by giant rhododendrons. The afternoon is free in St Agnes.
Day 6 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel east with a stop at Dorchester before we reach the local area and our taxis to continue home.
This delightful and elegant hotel has been tastefully extended and is set in its own secluded gardens and woodland, and only 100 yards from the main street of the unspoilt village of St Agnes. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi, does not have a lift, but some ground ﬂoor rooms are available.