Visiting on a hot July day on our way to Joshua's Cottage in St Ives, the superb gardens were at their magnificent peak. After the reception area and toilets, you stroll along to the ticket office, where you can walk on to the house and gardens, or take a stretched golf buggy (small fee) to the entrance.
There is a heady mix of formal, colour filled gardens close to the house, and sweeping herbaceous borders further up the hill. Beyond those, there are more walks around shrubbed and wooded paths leading to the quaint chapel, and rear of the house. Here you will find refreshments, a restaurant and toilets.
We decided to take the walk down through the woods to the river Fowey. The shade and tranquillity provided a lovely walk, and despite a lack of signage, we got to the river. With more lovely scenery along the river bank, we came out at a splendid stone bridge, and to the bottom car park. From there a hot walk up the open valley brought us back to the house/gardens, where there was an option to take the buggy back to base.
Highly recommended for a day out.
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