Explore Cornwalls Houses and Gardens - Private Driving Tour
What to expect
Enrich yourself in the local culture, history and best sights of Cornwall with your very own experienced and knowledgeable guide - Keith!
Visit the favourite places or those off the beaten track. Whatever your goals, Keith knows the best routes, itineraries, and places to take you to make the most of your visit.
Private tours are available for in a 4 seater, or 5-7 seater depending on the size of your party. You can pay for one day (£270 for up to 4 people, or £290 for 5-7 people), and benefit from discounts for additional days (20% day 2, 25% day 3 onwards).
I'll recommend the best places to visit based on your interests. The tour can be completely flexible to suit your needs. There's so many gardens and houses to see, so this trip can easily be expanded out to multiple days to see it all.
Cornwall is highly regarded as having some of the best historical buildings and beautiful gardens in the UK. We'll spend a day ticking off the 'must see' gems of Cornwall.
In the central range of garden and house tours; choose from visiting Pencarrow House and Prideaux Place; Creed House and Bosvigo Gardens; Trelissick House and Trebah Gardens or Lanhydrock House and Japanese Garden. In the south east of Cornwall, chose between Mount Edgecombe, KenCaro Garden or Pine Lodge Gardens.
If you aren’t sure about each of these, we can discuss what's best based on where you’re based, how many days you have and your interests. As an example, the below outlines what Pencarrow House and Prideaux Place encompasses.
We start the day at Pencarrow House. The present building is a Georgian mansion but the site has been occupied since prehistoric times. The current owners have owned the estate since the late 1500’s. The house boasts a fine collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain. The grounds are extensive – over 50 acres – and include an Iron Age hill fort, sunken Italian Garden with a quatrefoil fountain, ice house, palm house, ancient Cornish cross, and a grotto, which is believed to have been a secret meeting place.
We can lunch here or visit a local country pub and then move on to Prideaux Place, overlooking Padstow. This Elizabethan manor hour fell into private hands (the current owners) when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. The house is still very much the family home and as such is filled with an eclectic mix of antiques, paintings, family photographs and comfortable furniture. The gardens have been described as ‘stunning’ and are the subject of an on-going restoration programme. As well as the formal gardens and woodland walks there are numerous items of interest such as a classical temple, an obelisk, a grotto and an exedra, a small stone arbor housing funerary urns whose inscriptions date back to 50 AD!
The day(s) are yours and we're here to make sure you have the best possible time. So book in now while I have availability and we look forward to welcoming you!
Air conditioned 7 seater SUV
Services of a guide
What to bring
Make sure you budget for food, drinks and entry to places you want to visit.