Art & Gardens of Cornwall

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Barrington Court

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as The National Trust’s Barrington Court, a 16th century Court House that was rescued in the 1920s by Colonel Lyle, whose family firm became part of Tate & Lyle, while the walled White Garden, Rose, Iris and Lily Gardens were influenced by Gertrude Jekyll – continue to the 3* Best Western Fowey Valley Hotel at Lostwithiel.

Day 2 – Penlee House, Tate St Ives & Barbara Hepworth Museum

Guided tour of Penlee House in Penzance, a gracious Victorian home and now a first class gallery and museum, to explore the skills and craftsmanship of painting in West Cornwall including the world famous Newlyn School and Lamorna Group artists – tour by one of the local gallery guides of the Tate St Ives’ outstanding collection of works by modern British artists – guided tour of the Barbara Hepworth Museum offering a unique insight to one of Britain's most important 20th century artists.

Day 3 – Cruise on the River Fal, Trelissick Garden & St Michael’s Mount

A one way scenic cruise on the River Fal to Trelissick Garden, beautifully positioned at the head of the Fal Estuary with commanding panoramic views over the area – guided tour of the enchanting island and converted 12th century castle at the National Trust’s St Michael’s Mount, once the location of a Benedictine monastery and now owned by the St Aubyn family.

Day 4 – Pencarrow House & Prideaux Place

Guided tour of the Georgian Pencarrow House, the family home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns, with a fine collection of pictures, furniture and porcelain and whose grounds include a beautifully proportioned sunken Italian garden and over 700 different varieties of rhododendrons – guided tour of Prideaux Place, the home of the Prideaux family for over 400 years and filled with royal and family portraits, fine furniture and the Prideaux Porcelain Collection.

Day 5 – Lanhydrock

Welcome talk at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock introduces us to one of the most complete late 19th century houses in England offering period atmosphere and extensive servants’ quarters with a garden featuring a stunning collection of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias – return to our original departure points with comfort stops en route.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included  

Professional tour manager

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Barrington Court

Penlee House - guided tour

Tate St Ives - guided tour

Barbara Hepworth Museum - guided tour

Cruise on the River Fal

Trelissick Garden 

St Michael’s Mount - guided tour

Pencarrow House - guided tour

Prideaux Place - guided tour



Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Best Western Fowey Valley Hotel at Lostwithiel. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include: 

  • Trerice - Elizabethan manor house behind whose Dutch style gabled facade are ornate fireplaces, elaborate plaster ceilings and a superb   collection of English furniture
  • Trebah Garden - a 26 acre sub-tropical valley garden with a stunning coastal backdrop, rated amongst the 80 finest gardens in the world
  • Cotehele, near Saltash - a Tudor house containing a fine collection of textiles, armour and furniture, set in a riverside estate featuring formal planted terraces and a richly planted valley garden
  • Eden Project - houses plants, crops and landscapes from the humid tropics and warm temperate regions including olives, vines and citrus fruit from the Mediterranean, South Africa and California
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan - some eighty acres of walled gardens and a huge kitchen garden

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Art & Gardens of Cornwall

Date of tour: October 2018

Our trip to Cornwall was just fantastic. All the arrangements were perfect and the hotel was brilliant. Our driver was very attentive and he was proud to keep his coach spic and span. All the passengers had a great time and they were very complimentary about Tailored Travel. Thank you for making it all possible.

RL, Richmond


Date of tour: June 2018

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall. This is just a preliminary note to say how well it went. Being group leaders was hard, but enjoyable work. It was immensely enhanced by your immaculate preparation for each visit. We had everything we needed when we needed it! Thank you. We were met at each location by very friendly and efficient guides and the hotel looked after us very well. Mike, our driver was very good. He drove through the motorway traffic and the Cornish lanes with equal skill and was always cheerful and helpful. Thank you and Damian for the cheque. We were able to give a farewell party for the group and to enhance the gratuities with it.

BJB, Barbraham


Date of tour: May 2017

Well, we are back again safely having had a great five days! All went very well and I found myself enjoying my position as Tour Leader! The hotel was comfortable, the food was delicious and the dining room staff looked after us extremely well. Some enjoyed the pool which was a nice temperature. Alex was a good driver, a most agreeable person to have around and nothing was too much trouble. Our visits went extremely well. We had a lovely stop at the SS Great Britain and everyone enjoyed it tremendously, especially as it was a lovely sunny day - always makes such a difference! It was a shame that our one rainy day was our visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan but everyone tramped around and I hope enjoyed it. Barbara Hepworth’s house and garden were lovely. I have visited before, but everyone was enchanted. St Micheal’s Mount was a splendid trip. We had to cross to the castle by ferry (as we knew) but over there we had two wonderful guides. Lanhydrock was free flow with lovely helpful guides round the house which was so interesting. Gardens were at their best. Prideaux Place was a tad disappointing as the place had a film crew and things were topsy turvey (we did know about this). Knightshayes was a gem! Beautiful house and wonderful gardens; a fantastic kitchen garden and lawns stretching away for ever. All flowers seemed to be at their best and of course the wonderful sunshine helped. All your the arrangements were excellent, coach driver lovely, members of the Society behaved themselves impeccably and we all had a really fun time.

BS, Windlesham


Date of tour: October 2015

All was well with the Cornwall tour and the wonderful weather really lifted everyone's spirits. The hotel was good and well situated for easy access East and West. The food was good and the staff most amenable. Our driver Derek hailed from Bovey Tracey and so knew the roads like the back of his hand. All the trips went well. Many thanks.

PL, Hampton

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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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020 7064 4970
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