We have a couple of fantastic local National Trust properties with Cotehele just a couple of miles away, where each year they have a Daffodil Weekend where you can see some of the varieties developed by Dan du Plessis at Lower Marsh Farm. Just up towards Tavistock is Lydford Gorge with its fantastic gorge and 30 foot waterfall down to the atmospheric Devil’s Cauldron.
Just down the road from us is Pentillie Castle where a new daffodil cultivar was found in 2015. Guided tours are available on the first Thursday of the month, March to September plus regular events (including plays, concerts for both adults and children) and open days.
Trematon Castle Garden just a few miles away which has views to die for and gardens of dreams! Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4.30pm from April to the end of September. Ken Caro is open from March until the end of September. Ince Castle Gardens have several open days during the summer and cover 5 stunning acres with river views.
The R.H.S Rosemoor Gardens are just 1 hour 20 minutes away. The famous Lost Gardens of Heligan are also within striking distance (a 1 hour 15 minutes drive). Or visit the Eden Project near St Austell which is just under an hour away.
This is a good reference site for gardens in Cornwall and gardens in Devon. R.H.S. Members get free access to a number of partner gardens each month which can be found here – this often includes The Garden House which is both close to us and gorgeous.
Also useful is the National Gardens Scheme site for finding excellent gardens normally not open to visitors (we have listed a few of the local gardens’ open days in our Events calendar). Then the Cornwall Wildlife Trust also hosts a number of garden open days which focus on gardens for wildlife and are often very interesting.
For shopping opportunities, The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery is in Lostwithiel and well worth a visit – their cafe is pretty good too (recently winning a Taste of the West Award).