House & Garden
Mount Edgcumbe House (see above) (01752 822236)
- Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is one of four designated Country Parks in Cornwall a 5 minute drive from Blue Monkey. It is 885 acres overlooking Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar. The Park has been famous since the 18th Century, when the Edgcumbe family created formal gardens, temples, follies and woodlands around the Tudor House. Specimen trees such as Californian Redwood, stand against copses which shelter a herd of wild fallow deer. The South West Coast Path runs through the Park for nine miles along the coastline.
- The Formal Gardens are grouped in the lower park near Cremyll. Originally a 17th Century ‘wilderness’ garden, the present scheme was laid out by the Mount Edgcumbe family in the 18th Century. The Formal Gardens include an Orangery, an Italian Garden, a French Garden, an English Garden and a Jubilee Garden, opened in 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
- The Park and Formal Gardens are open all year round and admission is free. The Park and Gardens are jointly managed by Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council. Although the park covers a large area, there is little formal maintenance, ensuring it has a rough and ready rural feel in all but the formal gardens.
National Trust Anthony House and Gardens (01752 812191)
- Still the home of the Carew Pole family after hundreds of years only a 10 minute drive away. This beautiful early 18th-century mansion contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and textiles. The grounds, landscaped by Repton, sweep down towards the Lynher estuary and include formal gardens with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. The Woodland Garden has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. The magic of Antony was recognised by Walt Disney when it was chosen recently as the set for the film Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Note: members free to Woodland Garden (not National Trust) only when house is open.
Eden Project in St Austell (01726 811911)
- <Our vibrant global garden less than 45 minutes away tells the fascinating story of plants, how we use them for things like medicine, fuels, materials and food the world over. In this beautifully transformed clay pit into enclosed tropical gardens, you’ll find over 80 exhibits, including unusual plant combinations, unique sculpture and quirky information displays.
- A historical site detailing the Pilgrim Father’s trip to America in 1620. In the summer months, the Cawsand Ferry leaves the beach for a 30 minute trip to the Barbican in Plymouth.
- Also available is 1 Hour Harbour (Naval Warship & Dockyard) Cruise from the Mayflower steps, around the beautiful Cornish coastline, with full historical commentary on board.Both available Daily during the summer. Contact Plymouth Boat Trips: 01752 253 153 or 07971 208 381
Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell (01726 845100)
- Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. It is one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. Has a primeval jungle feel and is a 30m drive away.
Or visit nearby Looe, a pretty yet working fishing port.