Mawnan Smith cottages and holiday homes

Cornish Garden Breaks


Nature thrives in the Cornish climate.

Spring arrives earlier in Cornwall. To that, we can thank the Gulf Stream bringing warmer air that provides the perfect climate for all kinds of wonderful flora to bloom.

The twelve best-known gardens in Cornwall are described as the ‘Great Gardens of Cornwall’. These gardens have proven to be historically and horticulturally significant, and we’re lucky enough to have six nearby!

In early spring woodlands along the Helford River are carpeted in bluebells and anemones, and a visit to the bluebell woods at Enys Gardens just outside Falmouth is a must.

From the magic of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, to the rows of specimen Dahlias at the National Dahlia collection. When you visit Cornwall for a garden break you’re certain to be inspired.

From cottages beside the famous Glendurgan garden on the Helford River to secret retreats set within their own landscaped grounds to enjoy in peace and privacy. Many of our cottages are perfectly situated for garden breaks in Cornwall.

Experience the champion Magnolia Cambelli in full bloom at Trebah Garden, close to our base in Mawnan Smith and recently named one of the top ten British gardens by Vogue magazine. Wander through bluebell-carpeted woodlands of the Calamansac estate, our collection of three luxury cottages on the banks of Helford River.

For the heady floral scents that sit still in the warm air, to spots for a picnic surrounded by the beauty and delicacy of nature, there can be nowhere better than our corner of Cornwall. And with the biomes of the Eden project just a 45-minute drive away, Cornish gardens can be enjoyed even in the mizzle.

Our carefully curated portfolio of Cornish holiday cottage contains properties with beautiful private gardens. From secret Italianate water gardens leading down to the turning tides of the Helford River to cottages nestled near National Trust houses and gardens. Take a look at our collection of holiday cottages perfect for garden lovers and see where you might spend your next holiday in Cornwall.


Explore Cornish Gardens

Our Guide

We love the local gardens on our doorstep. From the vibrant colours of the National Dahlia collection to the landscapes gardens of our favourite National Trust properties. Take a look at our favourites on our guide.

The Guide
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Cottages for Gardeners


Green-fingered guests will love a morning potter around Gyllyngdune Gardens in Falmouth, a beautiful public garden seperating this lovely apartment from the sandy shore of Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth.


Rose Cottage 1

Nestled in a small hamlet at the end of the National Trust’s Glendurgan Garden, Rose Cottage 1 is an ideal retreat for garden-lovers.

Rose Cottage 1


Ridifarne is a unique property. With an Italianate water garden amd views over the gleaming water of the Helford River, this is a magical spot for garden-lovers.


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Properties for garden breaks

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