A leisurely stroll through beautiful gardens is always a relaxing and welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But many of the gardens in Cornwall offer a lot more than the beauty of the bloom and lush surroundings, many offer bespoke experiences, educational activities and the opportunity sample the best of Cornish food and drink.
GARDENS FOR CHARITY â€“ (throughout Cornwall) St Mawgan 8 miles from The Pentire Hotel
One unique way of immersing yourself in the flora of Cornwall is via the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Since 1927 the public have been invited the gardens of owners for good causes. Â£50 million has been raised so far for charities across the UK. One such garden near to Pentire open to the public is the Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery in St. Mawgan village from 13-14 May 2018. Why not find a NGS garden close to you in Cornwall, and if youâ€™re a budding photographer why not submit a photograph into their BBC Gardenersâ€™ World Magazine competition? Enter competition here.
EDEN PROJECT â€“ 22 miles from The Pentire Hotel
The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Nestled in a huge crater, this world famous eco project is home to several massive Biomes that house the largest rainforest in captivity, a plethora of plants, exhibitions and stories. Book online before you go to save on entry price. Not only does the Eden Project excel at educating and pioneering eco projects it is also a destination for all year round family activities and events in Cornwall including Englandâ€™s longest and fastest zip wire the SkyWire a giant swing, leap of faith and base jump, great for all those adrenaline junkies out there! Check their â€˜Whatâ€™s onâ€™ as they have many events across this year. On selected dates this May, you can dine in one of the biomes. The Med Terrace restaurant will be serving Mediterranean inspired menu with dishes suitable for vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. Just drop in for lunch, but you will need to book for an evening reservation.
LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN â€“ 19 miles from Pentire
One of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England with a genuine secret garden. Lost for decades and now an award-winning garden restoration, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a living and working example of the best of past practice. You could quite easily spend several days exploring the vast and varied landscape so booking yourself onto an Historical Tour Garden is worthwhile. Or why not sample some of the delights Heligan has to offer at one of their Feast Nights, where Gardeners and Chefs have united to grow and create some truly unique dishes with soil to plate of just 157 yards. The next Feast Night is on 4th May 2018 with more to follow.
ST MICHAELâ€™S MOUNT â€“ 33 miles from The Pentire Hotel
â€˜Explore the unexpectedâ€¦â€™ is how these National Trust sub-tropical gardens describe themselves. Situated on an island - St Michaelâ€™s Mount a and reached via a causeway, the gardens wrap their way around the site of a medieval castle. The mild weather from the Atlantic coupled with the granite outcrop produce a wonderful and surprising array of flora from aloe and agave to lavender and leucodendrum. There are terraces, walled gardens and lawns each with their own stories. Why not Meet the Gardener, a daily event from now until the end of June, where you can delve deeper into the history and thinking behind the garden design or get the children involved in Potting Up during the May Bank Holiday (Monday 23 May â€“ Friday 1 June). Use internationally acclaimed graphic artist, Neil Gowerâ€™s new map of the gardens to ensure you donâ€™t miss any hidden gems on your visit. Make a day of your visit and consider booking a table at the Loft Kitchen or Island CafÃ© for a well-deserved post exploration re-fuel. Chef Gregory Milne uses only the best local and seasonal Cornish produce for his dishes including hand-picked Cornish crab and local cheese and chutneys. The gardens are open at specific times throughout the year, in order to protect and preserve them so check the website for opening times - and donâ€™t forget to factor in tide times for the causeway too! Please note, St Michaelâ€™s Mount is not open to the public on Saturdays.
BARBARA HEPWORTH SCULPTURE GARDEN AND MUSEUM â€“ 32 miles from The Pentire Hotel
Opened in 1976 on the wishes of the artist herself, the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden & Museum in St Ives contains the largest amount of Hepworthâ€™s works. Now owned and managed by Tate since 1980, the studios and gardens where Hepworth lived and worked are a remarkable snapshot of her life and enable visitors to get up close and personal especially in the beautiful, calm and tranquil garden, home to her sculptures. Described as an atmospheric and spiritual experience, this highly recommended garden is a must for pure escapism, reflection and relaxation. If youâ€™re a Tate member admission is free. Further pieces of Hepworthâ€™s work are on display at Tate St Ives where you can save money on a joint admission ticket or book a group tour.
Cornwall has a rich, diverse and abundant landscape with a temperate climate that allows many varieties of plants and flowers to flourish that arenâ€™t native to the UK. Above are only a few of our favourites and just a snippet of whatâ€™s on offer beyond the confines of the traditional garden experience. For further information about gardens in Cornwall visit the Cornwall Garden Society.
The Pentire Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore and return to rest, so why not take advantage of our Summer Special Offer from Â£139 per person for 2 nights - dinner, bed & breakfast. Available from May â€“ September 2018.
This offer can only be booked directly by telephone - please call 01637 872334.