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We board our executive coach at Bullbanks Farm, Halstead Road, Aldham, CO6 3PT, where parking (uncovered & uninsured) is available for the duration of the tour. En route to Truro we visit Forde Abbey (HH property). Set on the banks of the River Axe, more than 900 years of history are encapsulated in this elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of award winning gardens. The Abbey is home to the Mortlake Tapestries, woven from cartoons painted for the Sistine Chapel by Raphael, and the garden has been described by Alan Titchmarsh as ‘one of the greatest gardens of the West Country’. We continue to The Alverton Hotel at Truro for a five night stay. Dinner is included in our hotel this evening and on our last night, and the remaining three nights are on a bed and breakfast basis.
We enjoy a guided tour at Tate St Ives – the 2018 Art Fund “Museum of the Year”, home to an outstanding collection of works by modern British artists. We then have a guided tour at the Barbara Hepworth Museum, offering a unique insight to one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists. Our guided tour of the enchanting island and medieval castle at St Michael’s Mount this afternoon introduces us to the converted 12th century castle that is now owned by the St Aubyn family and run by the National Trust and was once the location of a Benedictine monastery.
This morning we have a guided tour of the National Trust’s Trerice House and Gardens. Trerice is a delightful Elizabethan manor house, behind whose Dutch style gabled façade are ornate fireplaces, elaborate plaster ceilings and a superb collection of English furniture of the highest quality. This afternoon we visit Trewithen House and Gardens (HH) for a guided tour. Home to the same family for more than 300 years and an International Camellia Garden of Excellence, Trewithen’s horticulture, Champion Trees, intriguing pathways and unexpected treasures are both memorable and exceptional. Trewithen has recently welcomed back red squirrels to the garden. Part of a breeding programme, the red squirrels reside in a specially built enclosure near the Walled Garden.
Day 4 Special Cornish Art Day
This morning we enjoy a lecture by Arts Society lecturer Catherine Wallace at Falmouth Town Chambers. We then visit the adjoining Falmouth Art Gallery. The Gallery houses many of the works we will have just heard about, and also has a nationally important art collection. We continue the subject of the day by travelling to Penlee House in Penzance in the afternoon. Our guided tour on arrival re-introduces us to the art of Cornwall of the late 19th & early 20th centuries, particularly the famous "Newlyn School" of artists, which included Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight & Harold Knight.
This morning we visit Caerhays Castle & Garden (HH), and on arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the castle. One of the few Nash built castles still left standing, the property is situated within approximately 60 acres of informal woodland gardens created by J C Williams. We have a guided tour at the Lost Gardens of Heligan this afternoon, comprising over two hundred acres of superb working Victorian gardens including some eighty acres of walled gardens, summerhouses, lawns, lakes and ponds, huge productive gardens and fruithouses and a twenty two acre subtropical jungle. A farewell dinner is included in our hotel this evening.
En route home we visit Wilton House (HH) near Salisbury. Wilton House is the home of the Earl of Pembroke and the 460-year-old building stands on the site of a 9th century nunnery founded by King Alfred. The south front and the State Rooms remain a testimony to the architect’s skills and the popularity of the Palladian style of architecture in the middle of the seventeenth century.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply.
Morning lecture by The Arts Society lecturer, Catherine Wallace
4* central Truro hotel
Two dinners included
All excursions & guided tours included
Executive coach throughout
Tate St Ives – guided tour
Barbara Hepworth Museum – guided tour
St Michael’s Mount – guided tour
Trerice House & Gardens – guided tour
Trewithen House & Gardens – guided tour
Falmouth Art Gallery
Penlee House – guided tour
Caerhays Castle & Garden – guided tour
Lost Gardens of Heligan – guided tour
We stay five nights in Classic Rooms at 4* The Alverton Hotel (www.thealverton.co.uk) in central Truro. Located in a historic Grade II listed former convent, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar. All rooms are ensuite and feature a hairdryer, television, and tea & coffee making facilities. A three course dinner with a limited volume of house wine is included in our hotel on evenings one and five, and the remaining three nights are on a bed and breakfast basis. A limited number of twin or double Courtyard or Garden View Rooms are available at an additional cost of £70.00 per person, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Single room supplement £130
Courtyard or Garden View Room supplement £70 per person (twin/double rooms only)
Entrance fees to places visited as part of this itinerary (National Trust & Historic Houses properties free to NT & HH members respectively). Entrance charges to these properties for non-NT/HH members could amount to further £115pp (approx.). Further information will be supplied when numbers of NT/HH participants are known, & we have had a chance to investigate Group Entry rates.
All excursions & guided tours included