The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover romantic Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns from New Zealand or explore our Italian Garden and Alpine inspired Ravine. This exuberant garden hosts a riot of luxuriant foliage, outstanding trees and inspiring views, drawing the imagination on a journey far from our temperate shores.
The Garden House
The Garden House is a unique eight acres of vibrant colour and fascinating plants, featuring ‘naturalistic planting’ of over 6,000 varieties of plants within a beautiful South Devon landscape on the edge of mystical Dartmoor National Park. At the heart of this magical place is the walled garden, designed and planted by Lionel Fortescue and his wife Katherine in the mid-1940s. Lionel’s successor, Keith Wiley, added his own stamp to this part of the garden, particularly in the Ovals Garden, a sculpture in stone and planting centred on a thatched summerhouse. Brooding over all is the ruin of the vicarage tower: the vicarage tower was replaced in the 19th century by what is now the Garden House, where you can enjoy morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas in a beautiful mansion. Beyond the walls of the old vicarage is a glorious garden offering a host of delights, like the Cottage Garden and the magnificent South African Garden. The Garden House occupies a unique position at the forefront of a revolution in ‘naturalistic planting’ - working in harmony with nature and allowing flowers to intermingle to provide living kaleidoscopes of colour
The beautiful coastal town of Salcombe sits on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary making it one of the prettiest towns in South Devon. Located within the South Devon Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, it is known for its outstanding coastal views and rolling surrounding countryside, as well as a centre for sailing. The local beaches are nothing short of outstanding, with golden sand and turquoise sea. Salcombe town is lined with boutique shops, high street brands and independent producers, as well as local art galleries and gift shops - you can spend hours browsing through the town. Don’t forget to try some delicious Salcombe Dairy Ice-cream or the award winning Salcombe Gin - both have in town shops and distilleries you can visit.