The National Trust

As well as owning hundreds of miles of Cornwall’s breathtaking coastline, The National Trust has many beautiful and unique properties and gardens in the county.  For detailed information of their properties and gardens in Cornwall log on to their site:


A sheltered garden with many unusual and rare sub-tropical plants.  Magnificent views of St Michaels Mount and The Lizard.  Shop & tea-room.  Tel:  01736 363148.  From Penzance – accessible by bus – First 17 A/B St Ives to St Just.

GODOLPHIN HOUSE, Godolphin near Penzance

An ancient & atmospheric house with delightful medieval gardens.  Wonderful views over West Penwith from Godolphin Hill. Tel:  01736 763194

ST MICHAELS MOUNT, Marazion near Penzance

The jewel in Cornwall’s crown, a fairytale island with an exotic garden, ancient harbour, a church and a medieval castle. Access from Marazion is by foot along the causeway, or by ferry at high water.  Tel: 01736 710507 for general enquiries & tide times.  From Penzance – accessible by bus.

SALTRAM HOUSE, Plympton near Plymouth

Saltram is a magnificent Georgian house with Adam interiors, gardens and landscaped parkland. It was used in the filming of the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’. Tel: 01752 333503 Email:

ANTONY HOUSE, Torpoint near Plymouth

This superb early 18th-century mansion is set in grounds landscaped by the renowned Georgian garden designer, Repton. The formal garden is the setting for the National Collection of Day Lilies. Tel: 01752 812191 Email:

COTEHELE, near Saltash Cornwall

Cotehele is an atmospheric medieval house set in extensive grounds running down to the River Tamar and Cotehele Quay. The house contains superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture. Tel: 01579 352717. Email:

GLENDURGAN, Mawnan Smith near Falmouth

This beautiful sub-tropical valley garden, created in the 1820s, contains many exotic trees and shrubs. The laurel maze, dating from 1833, is certain to baffle. The garden leads to the tranquil sandy beach and rock pools at Durgan. Tel: 01326 252020. Email:


Lanhydrock is one of the most fascinating and complete late 19th-century houses in England. The extensive servants’ quarters provide the ultimate picture of 19th-century ‘life downstairs’. The garden features a fabulous collection of spring-flowering magnolias and bluebell woods. Tel: 01208 265950. Email:


The tranquil garden of Trelissick, set on many levels, contains a superb collection of tender and exotic plants and commands panoramic views down to Falmouth and the open sea. Tel: 01872 862090. Email:

TRERICE, Kestle Mill near Newquay

A ‘hidden gem’, Trerice is an Elizabethan manor house famed for its ‘barrel-roofed’ Great Chamber. Its fine interiors are complimented by a delightful garden. Tel: 01637 875404 Email:

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