Paradise Lost & Refound in Cornwall

Based in Newquay, this new tour takes in breathtaking gardens, a heritage railway and beautiful Cornish stately homes…we feature Lanhydrock House, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Prideaux Place and the magnificent Lost Gardens of Heligan where we discover its spectacular gardens and the UK’s only outside jungle!

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Lanhydrock House & Bodmin & Wenford Railway
We enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and some free time before we head to
the magnificent late Victorian Lanhydrock House. We enjoy time at leisure exploring
the beautiful gardens and the two sides of Victorian life in this stately home, from
the “below stairs” kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters, to the luxurious family
areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms of “upstairs” living. In the
afternoon, we enjoy a return journey on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, the only
full-size heritage railway still operated by steam locomotives. Our journey from
Bodmin General station to Bodmin Parkway takes us along the unusually steep track
that climbs through the scenic Cornish countryside. (This is Day 4 if staying at the
Pentire Hotel).

Day 3 Truro & The Lost Gardens of Heligan
This morning, we make our way to the market town city of Truro, where we can enjoy
a stroll before exploring the town’s attractions, including the stunning Gothic Revival
Cathedral. After lunch, we head to the amazing Lost Gardens of Heligan where we
enjoy a leisurely 1 hour guided tour of the main features of the Northern Gardens
followed by a cream tea. With over 200 acres of garden paradise to explore, we then
have time at leisure to explore more of the breathtaking surroundings, including the
spectacular jungle! En route back to our hotel we enjoy a photo-stop at picturesque
Charlestown and its Grade II Listed Georgian harbour and tall ships, famous for
featuring in many TV programmes and films.

Day 4 Padstow & Prideaux Place
After breakfast, we make our way to Padstow, where we spend time at leisure
exploring this charming fishing port and famous foodie destination thanks to its
reputation for fabulous seafood restaurants and links to the celebrity chef Rick Stein.
In the afternoon, we visit Prideaux Place, a magnificent Elizabethan manor house
perched above Padstow’s busy harbour. We enjoy a guided tour of the house and its
rooms, which are in constant use by the family, before exploring the beautiful gardens
at leisure and enjoying the views. (This is Day 2 if staying at the Pentire Hotel).

Day 5 Departure (The Esplanade Hotel)
After breakfast, we make our way home.

For the Pentire Hotel based on 5 Nights:
Day 5 Newquay & Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
This morning we enjoy free time in Newquay itself, to enjoy the facilities of the hotel
or perhaps take a stroll along the fabulous Fistral Beach. In the afternoon, we travel to
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm for a 60 minute guided tour and tasting of this excellent
traditional brewery.

Day 6 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Esplanade Hotel

AAA+ Breathtaking Views
This Esplanade Hotel is perfectly situated opposite Fistral Beach with outstanding views of the Bay. All 90 bedrooms are stylishly decorated and there is a spacious bar, as well as a lounge and restaurant, which all offer fantastic views out to sea. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa bath and sauna. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable

Pentire Hotel

Newquay, Cornwall
Located in a residential area on the National Trust Pentire Headland, the hotel is in a peaceful location and offers lovely views over Fistral Bay which is within easy reach. Sandwiched between one of Britain's most famous surfing beaches and the Gannel Estuary, the Pentire is the perfect base from which to explore Newquay, Cornwall and everything that makes up a quintessentially English seaside break. After a busy day sightseeing, relax in the bar or the garden seating area, take a dip in the indoor pool or rejuvenate in the aromatherapy steam room. The 75 stylish rooms, decorated in neutral shades are accessible by lift and are equipped with hairdryer, a TV and tee/coffee making facilities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

The Esplanade Hotel

Newquay, Cornwall
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £284pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £96

• Porterage & choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• In-house activity such as bingo/quiz on 1 night
• Live musical entertainment on 2 nights

Pentire Hotel

Newquay, Cornwall
5 Nights Half Board

Twin from £289pp
Single Supplement from £36

• Porterage
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 2 nights
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Prices starting from...

£284 for 5 days

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