Close

Tours and Itineraries

“Gardens & Glory”: World War Tours of Cornwall with Great Gardens

£1,164.00£1,932.00 inc. VAT

Introducing a unique 7 night stay with dramatic World War tours of Cornwall, celebrating the special links Cornwall has with WW2 and the US Forces stationed here, and incorporating some of the Great Gardens of Cornwall.

The Gardens & Glory Tour is Exclusive to Guests of America Loves Cornwall and Poldark’s Cornwall.

Clear

Description

Introducing a unique 7 night stay with dramatic World War tours of Cornwall, celebrating the history of WW1 in Cornwall, the special links Cornwall has with WW2 and the US Forces stationed here, and incorporating some of the Great Gardens of Cornwall as well.

You will be taking in some of the highlights of the famous POLDARK locations and seeing important DDAY landmarks whilst marvelling in the glorious gardens that have been defined and changed by Cornwall’s rich history and heritage.

Arrival and check in to your chosen hotel (transfers to be arranged on request) should be on the day before your tours commence.

Day 1:

10.00 am: Depart for The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Followed by time in their excellent gift shop. Heligan’s story has been defined by war-torn Britain, take time to appreciate the art installations and perhaps take a book home to learn more about the fallen who came from this beautiful estate and whose loss in WW1 caused the garden to be “lost” along with them.

12.00 noon: Drive to Charlestown Harbour for lunch and tour its historic port which features in so many international dramas such as Poldark, Frontier, Taboo, Master & Commander and many others.

2.30: Drive to Lanhydrock for guided tour of the house and talk on the tragedy of the story of its family and the loss they suffered during WW1 and its use in WW2 as a refuge for evacuees from the Blitz. Whilst we are here we can also explore its Poldark connections and the great historic garden and parkland.

5.00: Scenic drive back to your hotel or accommodation.

Day 2:

Depart at 10.00am: During open dates in Spring we have a choice of two tours for you.

Tour of Caerhays Castle Estate & Garden. Caerhays has been used in numerous film productions and features in the Poldark novels, along with the family that built it: the Trevanions.

Followed by lunch in the Castle café.

OR at all times of the year:

Tour of Trelissick garden, which was once the home of Sir Ralph Daniell and which holds a commanding position over Falmouth Bay, then take the Enterprise Boat from Trelissick, up the River Fal for one of the most dramatic World War Two tours of Cornwall possible: passing by The Smugglers Cottage which was Eisenhower’s billet during the preparations for the DDay landings and from where he signed off the final plans and set-sail. We will take a light lunch at The Heron Inn at Malpas then:

2.00: Arrive at Tregothnan estate. Home of Lord Falmouth and one of the largest private gardens in the country. Tour of the garden followed by home grown Tregothnan estate cream tea.

Return to hotel.

Day 3:

10.00 am: Depart for Trebah Garden tour, taking in the embarkation point for the 29th Light infantry on their way to Normandy for DDay landings.

12.00 noon: Lunch at Trebah then drive to Falmouth for free time to explore the town and shop for souvenirs.

In the afternoon you will have a choice of activities:

2.30pm: Visit King Henry V111th great fortress at Pendennis Castle. A castle with an enduring history spanning 6 centuries of defending the Southwest Peninsula.

OR

Pasty School with Charlie Choak whose family has run a traditional pasty making company for generations and take your own hand crimped piping hot pasty back for tea!

Then round off the day with a late afternoon drink at the famous Pandora Inn at Restronguet Creek before returning to your hotel or perhaps you may prefer to stay on here for dinner. The choice is yours and either way transport back will be arranged for you accordingly.

Day 4:

10.00pm: Depart for Holywell Bay. A main attraction for POLDARK devotees, Holywell also played a very significant role in WW11. See Penhale Camp for the last time before its demolition.

12.00 noon: Lunch in Perranporth, home of Poldark’s Cornwall, the real Wheal Leisure mine and Churchill’s Secret Army. We will visit the award winning museum here and take a look at Perranporth airfield from where a squadron of Spitfires flew air support for DDay the assault fleet. Perranporth airfield is one of the last remaining WW11 airfields which is still fully operational and used by private aircraft. Its WW11 Spitfire Hangar still stands.

4.00pm: Drive to Wheal Coates & walk to St Agnes Head, this is not only hallowed ground for Poldark fans but also the site of Cameron Camp where US troops trained for their assault on the Pointe Du Hoc.

5.30pm: After a location spotting drive back through St Agnes we return to your hotel.

Day 5:

Free day to perhaps have a rest or take a coastal walk. Depending on your chosen location we have a range of suggestions of places you may wish to visit at your leisure. For those not wishing to take a free day, we have the following options:

Option a) Tour of West Cornwall’s “must see” locations, including St Michael’s Mount, Minack Theatre and the stunning mines at Botallack and taking in Poldark film locations too. (£135 pp, minimum of two persons, excluding all entrance fees and transfers)

Option b) Tour to St Ives, home of The Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Musuem, Mousehole, Newlyn (last port of call of the Mayflower), Penzance and St Michael’s Mount (£135 pp, minimum of two persons, excluding all entrance fees and transfers)

Option c) Visit Port Isaac, better known as the fictional Port Wenn: setting for TV’s DOC MARTIN and the fishing port Padstow: Foodie capital of Cornwall with a tour of stately home PRIDEAUX PLACE. Another house whose history and family have figured in the Poldark novels and which has been used many times by film companies, notably for the stories of Rosamunde Pilcher.

Day 6:

10.00 am: Depart for Bodmin Moor and an exclusive visit to “NAMPARA”, the home of the Poldarks.

1.00pm: Lunch at The St Tudy Inn.

2.00pm: Guided tour of world famous Camel Valley Vineyard

5.00pm: return to the hotel

Day 7:

11.00am: Check out of your hotel and transfer to onward travel.

Prices

Tours Only

Based on guests staying within the local vicinity or requiring additional transfers. Price per person (including all tour transport, guides, and entrance fees to Gardens and Houses, but excluding lunches and alcoholic drinks).

The Gardens & Glory Tour is Exclusive to Guests of America Loves Cornwall and Poldark’s Cornwall.

  • Five days of touring £970.00 pp
  • Six days of touring £1105.00 pp

(Based on pick-up within 5 miles of Perranporth on north coast of Cornwall. Greater distances may be subject to surcharge.

Inclusive of hotel accommodation at The Residence at Bolenna (Perranporth)

  • £1692.00 pp (double occupancy bed and breakfast with dinner included on arrival night, for 7 night stay with 5 full days touring)
  • £1854.00 pp (double occupancy bed and breakfast with dinner included on arrival night, for 7night stay with 6 full days touring)

OR

  • £1770.00 pp (single occupancy bed and breakfast with dinner included on arrival night, for 7 night stay with 5 full days touring).
  • £1932.00 pp (single occupancy bed and breakfast with dinner included on arrival night, for 7 night stay with 6 full days touring).

 

Availability at The Residence at Bolenna is limited due to the immense popularity of the venue. Late bookings may need to be relocated to another hotel or guest house nearby but will still be eligible for the full package of tours & activities, as well as dinner. We will confirm your room at the time of booking.

** If you are visiting us from overseas, you may be able to reclaim any taxes payable from your own authorities either at the time of purchase, or on repatriation following your trip. Please contact your local advisors for details and relevant forms as this may also enable you to claim back other expenses whilst in the UK **

TRAVEL TRADE bookings:

To have one of our expert local guides join and host your existing tour, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for terms and prices

Some of our guests plan to visit Cornwall for a shorter time. We have 3 & 4 night options for all our stays. Please email [email protected] or call Karen Colam on +44 (0)7859803737 for us to individually design your visit to beautiful Cornwall.

FOR shorter stays or to combine one of our tour weeks with another and build your BESPOKE HOLIDAY, please email: [email protected]

For current prices and availability at another of our partner hotels or other accommodation of your choice please contact us at: [email protected]

Additional information

Option

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6