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Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
+44 1872 501310
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Amazing tea rooms

Wow - what a wonderful day my partner and I have had today. Not only were we spoilt by such a... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Blu2grey2
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Disappointing day

Went last Saturday from Exeter. Took 2 hours to get down to St Austell area and then another 2... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Rose C
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Caerhays Castle is one of the very few Nash built castles still left standing, and is situated within approximately 120 acres of informal woodland gardens created by J C Williams, who sponsored plant hunting expeditions to China at the turn of the century. As well as guided tours of the house from March to June, visitors will see some of the magnificent selection of plants brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the early 1900s - these include not only the collection of magnolias but a wide range of rhododendrons and the camellias which Caerhays and the Williams family are associated with worldwide.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“car park” (10 reviews)
“cream tea” (5 reviews)
“gift shop” (5 reviews)
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Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
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Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Wow - what a wonderful day my partner and I have had today. Not only were we spoilt by such a wonderful castle and gardens, we stopped off for a traditional cream tea - had to be done! Fantastic friendly staff, top notch quality (confused...More

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Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays, we appreciate all feedback. I am pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable day. As you say, to finish with a cream tea is a must. The scones are baked...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017

Went last Saturday from Exeter. Took 2 hours to get down to St Austell area and then another 2 hours to find the place. Could not see any signs for it - I was on the road to Truro. Had to ask 4 people for...More

Thank Rose C
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. We were surprised to read that you found the whole experience disappointing. With regards to your journey, I am sorry that you found us difficult to find, we do have comprehensive travel...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017

The castle has a large very convenient car park and second car park further away from which it is a significant uphill walk to the castle. We were obliged to park in the distant car park and struggle up the hill. It was explained to...More

Thank A W
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We had not pre-booked for a tour of the house/castle but were able to join a group within half an hour. Mike and Elaine were our guides and were both amusing and informative. The tour took around 70 minutes and was full of interest with...More

Thank Johnofholt
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The gardens were absolutely beautiful - May is obviously a good time to visit. However we were unable to visit the house as they were expecting a coach party. Probably wouldn't have got to visit the Castle that day even if we had booked in...More

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Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Janet, thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Caerhays. So pleased to read that you enjoyed your time in the gardens. You are quite right it is advisable to book in advance for a castle tour...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Stunning gardens and location. Didn't do the house tour this time. Lovely beachside location. We loved it.More

Thank DeanaJane
Caerhays, Bookings Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Deana Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Caerhays. I am pleased to read that you had such a lovely time. Perhaps we will see you again for a castle tour although please note castle tours...More

Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

We decided just to visit the gardens and not the castle itself as there were lots of paths to walk around. The gardens were in bloom and had lovely magnolias and rhododendrons. Paths were winding and steep in places but we had a pleasant walk....More

2  Thank Tracey C
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear Tracey Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. I am afraid there has been a misunderstanding. The tearoom always provides jugs of tap water and glasses for customers to help themselves. The water jugs and glasses are on...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Thank you for a wonderful day that was the highlight of our visit to Cornwall. Beware you need to book ahead to join the tour of the castle. We gambled and went early during the week and were fortunate to get included on the house...More

Thank Graham Anthony R
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Dear Graham Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Caerhays. It is very good advice to book a house tour ahead of your visit as it can be disappointing to arrive and find they are all booked...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

An interesting visit for lovers of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. Good that many species are named. As the garden is on a steep hillside it is unfortunate that the main car park is more than a third of a mile away by the beach downhill....More

Thank Mary S
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Dear Mary Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. The gardens are accessed via an uphill walk from the beach car park but this walk does afford the visitor with some of the best views of the castle and...More

Reviewed 28 April 2017

We were lucky enough to visit the gardens in April when they were at their best. One of the loveliest gardens I have ever visited. It overlooks Porthluney beach which has a wide expanse of sand and a nice little cafe. We didn't have time...More

Thank Lynne A
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MillicentMayflower
7 March 2016|
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Response from Caerhays | Property representative |
Hi MillicentMayflower, unfortunately as we're in such a rural location there is no bus service to Caerhays Castle or the beach, however the closest bus stop is at Gorran High Lanes, around a five minute taxi journey away.
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judith k
13 December 2015|
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Response from Caerhays | Property representative |
Hi Judith K, Thank you for your enquiry. Yes, dogs are welcome in the gardens during our open season in the spring - we love having your four legged friends come to visit us! However, because we do have guinea fowl and... More
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lovecornwallforever
3 June 2015|
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Response from UncleChunk | Reviewed this property |
£8 for the garden only. I believe it is £13 for joint entry to garden and castle.
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