Great Gardens of Cornwall

17 – 24 April 2022

Cornwall gardens are famed for exciting, rare and unusual plants and trees, mixing subtropical splendour with old English romance. They are most alive in spring, blooming with extravagance, backdropped by manor houses and rugged coastal cliffs.

Join Violets and Tea as we celebrate the great Cornwall gardens enjoying exclusive access of the most historically and horticulturally important gardens in this beautiful corner of England.

Welcome to a tour of surprises and stately scenes.


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Delight in a private drinks’ reception and tour at Caerhays Castle

Take a scenic flight to the Isles of Scilly to visit the extraordinary Tresco Abbey Garden

Stand in awe at the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, hearing tales of its remarkable restoration

Admire Stourhead, the greatest example of an Arcadian garden in England

Seven nights’ stay in handpicked, boutique accommodation

Day 1 / 17 April / Tylney HallExpand

We begin this lovely tour at Tylney Hall, our hotel for the first night and a Royal Horticultural Society partner garden. After partaking in a traditional English afternoon tea, we have time to enjoy the extensive historic grounds which include a water garden designed by famous English designer Gertrude Jekyll.Day 2 / 18 April / StourheadExpand

Setting off for Cornwall, travel across bucolic landscapes to visit Stourhead, a brilliant example of 18th Century Arcadian ideals. Experience the panoramic views as we wind around the lake in the shade of towering rhododendrons that need to be seen to be believed.

Enjoy lunch before continuing your journey to our wonderfully eclectic hotel in Penzance, the Artist Residence, for dinner and a restful night’s sleep.Day 3 / 19 April / Trengwainton Garden & Trewidden HouseExpand

Renowned for its stunning views over Mount’s Bay, Trengwainton Garden holds an exceptional collection of exotic trees. Relish in a guided tour before visiting Trewidden House, a private estate with an extensive collection of magnolias and famous towering tree ferns. While away the time enjoying lunch and our own exclusive tour of the estate.

Later we return to our hotel for dinner at our leisure with time to explore the local seaside setting.Day 4 / 20 April / Tresco Abbey GardensExpand

Take to the skies over Cornwall to visit Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly. Considered one of the best gardens in England, enjoy a tour and private lunch as we experience this subtropical extraordinaire comprising plants from five continents. We return to our hotel for dinner at our leisure.Day 5 / 21 April / St Michael’s Mount & Trewithen GardenExpand

St Michael’s Mount is a superb rocky island off the Cornish coast. Crowned with an impressive castle and medieval church, this architectural feat sits imposingly among terraces of flourishing plants that we are guided through. Beautiful blooms and stunning woodland provide the spectacular setting at our next garden. We travel to Trewithen, an extraordinary spring-time garden whose name translates to the ‘house of trees’ in Cornish. 

Then to our charming accommodation for the next three nights. The Vean is a private manor house situated on the Caerhays Estate which we have exclusive use of.Day 6 / 22 April / Eden Project & The Lost Gardens of HeliganExpand

Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people. A guided tour espouses both natural splendour and the Eden Project story.

Our next stop is at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Restored to its former glory after growing wild for decades, the garden showcases the ebullience of spring foliage. Expect inspiring views and whimsical sculptures.Day 7 / 23 April / Mevagissey & Caerhays EstateExpand

First this morning, we have free-time to wander the charming fishing village of Mevagissey. Narrow laneways and colourful buildings add to the charm of this delightful coastal enclave. 

We return to the Caerhays Estate nestled within the valley above Porthluney cove. Caerhays Castle is a Grade I Listed Building surrounded by a treasure trove of champion trees and spring delights. Be pampered with a champagne lunch before an exclusive tour of the house and estate.Day 8 / 24 April / Traditional Sunday Roast & FarewellsExpand

Leaving Cornwall, we enjoy a traditional Sunday roast at this picture perfect English countryside pub where we say our fond farewells. Late afternoon we provide a drop-off at Heathrow before returning to central London for guests staying on.

We are happy to assist with additional travel arrangements for those remaining in London.

We partner with select small, luxury hotels that provide exceptional levels of service, to ensure that our customers can experience a restful, comfortable evening after a day strolling through gardens.

Many of our hotels are old English homes and estates, offering charm as well as a few quirks. We hope that you enjoy these quirks as much as we do, as we feel they are part of the English experience.April 17 -18 / Tylney Hall, HookExpand

An impressive, character-filled four-star hotel which remains an outstanding example of a luxury country house. With fabulous dining, a library to relax in and as a Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden, this hotel exudes a sense of old world English charm.April 18 – 21 / The Artist Residence, PenzanceExpand

Set in a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of historic Penzance, this eclectic four-star hotel offers individually designed rooms, a roaring log fire and a smoke-house restaurant specialising in delicious local meals. On the doorstep are the boutique shops and Regency-style houses that make Penzance such a charming, coastal village.April 21 – 24 / The Vean, Caerhays EstateExpand

Our very own private, restored Georgian country house! Nestled within the wooded Porthluney Valley with stunning views over Caerhays Castle Gardens, this tranquil, luxury house will be all ours for three nights. With ensuited bedrooms and our own private chef, The Vean is a beautiful home away from home designed for comfort and relaxation.

Double / Twin occupancy: £4,400 per person

Single occupancy: £5,000


  • Seven nights’ luxury accommodation
  • Luxury minibus travel with professional driver
  • Entrance to all gardens and events, as stated in itinerary
  • Guided tours of houses and gardens, as stated in itinerary
  • Return scenic flights to the Isles of Scilly
  • Services of dedicated Tour Manager for duration of tour
  • Breakfast daily, four lunches, one afternoon tea and four dinners
  • Gratuities and porterage for all meals and hotels provided as part of the tour
  • Return airport transfers (please see our Terms & Conditions for details)


  • Flights (except those stated in itinerary), passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages and meals unless otherwise stated
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation
  • Additional transfers
  • Gratuities for Tour Manager
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, snacks, laundry, etc


Payment is due in two parts. The non-refundable 20% deposit secures your place on the tour and is required at the time of booking. Final payment is required at least 10 weeks before the tour commencement date. We will send you a reminder for the final payment.

We accept payment by international bank transfer and all major debit and credit cards (except American Express). There is no additional charge levied for card payments. We do not store your payment details.

You are financially protected by Protected Trust Services when you book with us.

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