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Cornwall Garden Tours Brochure 2017

Trebah
I want help deciding which gardens to visit
I will need to use public transport
I do not have enough time to see everything I want
It would be great if someone could do the planning
and research for me
I do not want to drive on the 'wrong' side of the
road
If you are going to be visiting Cornwall
and can answer YES to any of the
following …
“ Jeremy helped me plan my tour of Cornwall …
I only had 3 days and I wanted to see as much as
possible. ” Ainslie, Los Angeles
… then I can help you.
St Michael’s Mount
What sort of tours do you offer?
I want you to enjoy Cornwall's gardens, mining heritage and great scenery as
much as I do. Each tour is different because it is based entirely around you -
when you visit, where you go, how long for, where you choose to stay. I offer
advice and help you plan an itinerary which works for you - time, interests,
budget. Tours are available throughout the year.
Your tour is personal, private, individual and unique - you don’t share it with
anyone else (except me!). This means that it is completely flexible to suit you
and your interests - and fit in with any other plans you have for your time in
Cornwall.
I accompany you throughout the tour but you can of course choose to explore
on your own at each garden or location.
“ Taking
people round
is a pleasure …
it never feels
like work! ”
Hello - let me explain!
I'm Jeremy Alder and I'm the driver, guide, tour
planner and owner of Cornwall Garden Tours.
I've lived and worked in Cornwall since 2006 and
before that was a regular holiday visitor.
After 30 years working in public service I was
made redundant so in 2012 I took the
opportunity to combine my love of gardens,
experience of helping people and living in
Cornwall to start Cornwall Garden Tours.
Taking people round Cornwall and helping ‘make
every minute count' is both a pleasure and a
privilege - it never feels like work!
I hope this brochure can answer your questions
about planning your own visit or booking a tour
with me - but if not please email me at
jeremy@cornwallgardentours.co.uk and I will
do my very best to help you.
What can I see?
Gardens are my speciality but you can include any combination you like including
spectacular coastal scenery, mining heritage and historic houses, castles and
churches, galleries and museums, food and shopping, film and TV locations - the
choice is yours.
Whether this will be your first visit to Cornwall or you are a seasoned traveller I
am confident I can help you discover the best of what is available. From iconic
sites like the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre or St Michael's Mount to the off
the beaten track locations, the less well known and 'by appointment only' gardens
- there is plenty of choice throughout most of the year.
“ Nice choice of gardens - wished we
had more time. “ Danielle, Switzerland
Pencarrow House
How many people can tour?
I can take up to six people at a time - but there is no minimum size and several of
my tours have been for a single traveller.
Using a small vehicle means I can take you to gardens and locations larger coach
tours cannot access - and we can normally travel round Cornwall more easily and
quickly so you have more time for seeing wonderful gardens!
When can I visit?
I can provide a tour at any time of the year - subject to my availability. Spectacular
spring colour starts in February with magnificent magnolias and by April all
gardens are bursting into bud, flower and leaf.
Cornwall has a very mild climate and there are some gardens and other
attractions open throughout the year - even during the 'off season' from
November to February.
“ A flexible, guided tour of Cornwall's most
beautiful gardens - Jeremy is a knowledgeable
and personable guide.” Betty, Washington
Floras’s Green, Lost Gardens of Heligan
Hello,
I am interested in a garden tour from you people. I will
be travelling to UK in July and would like to spend 2-3
days in the Cornwall area visiting gardens. I will be
travelling with my elderly mother who is very sprightly
but does tire. We particularly want to visit The Lost
Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project but would also
like to see a couple of smaller 'cottagy' gardens. We
would arrive by train but aren't sure where to stop off.
We look forward to you giving us a price and itinerary.
..to this
Itinerary
Mary and Jenny’s Tour
or.. “How I got from this Enquiry..
Day 1.
Pick you up at midday from Bodmin station and we
go straight to Lanhydrock (c.5 mins away!). We will
have time to visit Hidden Valley on the way to your
B&B at St. Austell as it stays open till 6.00 - c. 20
minutes drive to get to the B&B.
Day 2.
Pick you up 9.15 and we drive to the church and
gardens at St.Just in Roseland. Next we use the King
Harry Ferry to take the direct route to Falmouth - a
little sightseeing and a stop at Gyllyngvase Beach to
see Queen Mary Gardens and have coffee at the
Gylly café. Onwards along the coast road to Trebah -
3 hours should be ample here including lunch. From
here we travel northwards to Redruth to see the
Tregellas Tapestries and then it is a short distance to
Heartlands - thought you might like to see their New
Zealand garden! Return journey time from here is
c.45 minutes.
Day 3.
Pickup at 9.30 and we go straight to Marsh Villa
Garden - an hour should be ample. After this we go
to Heligan where we will send most of the day -
before we finish with a visit to Poppy Cottage. We
will need no more than 25 minutes to get you back
to your B&B.
Day 4.
Pick you and all your luggage up c.9.15 and go
straight to the Eden Project - it opens at 9.30. We
will spend the rest of your final day here - we wont
need to leave till around 2.30. to get you to
St.Austell station.
..via a dozen emails over
the next 3 months ..
Eden Project
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Poppy Cottage
or.. “How I got from this Enquiry..
Pick you up at midday from Bodmin station and we
go straight to Lanhydrock (c.5 mins away!). We will
have time to visit Hidden Valley on the way to your
B&B at St. Austell as it stays open till 6.00 - c. 20
minutes drive to get to the B&B.
Pick you up 9.15 and we drive to the church and
gardens at St.Just in Roseland. Next we use the King
Harry Ferry to take the direct route to Falmouth - a
little sightseeing and a stop at Gyllyngvase Beach to
see Queen Mary Gardens and have coffee at the
Gylly café. Onwards along the coast road to Trebah -
3 hours should be ample here including lunch. From
here we travel northwards to Redruth to see the
Tregellas Tapestries and then it is a short distance to
Heartlands - thought you might like to see their New
Zealand garden! Return journey time from here is
Pickup at 9.30 and we go straight to Marsh Villa
Garden - an hour should be ample. After this we go
to Heligan where we will send most of the day -
before we finish with a visit to Poppy Cottage. We
will need no more than 25 minutes to get you back
Pick you and all your luggage up c.9.15 and go
straight to the Eden Project - it opens at 9.30. We
will spend the rest of your final day here - we wont
need to leave till around 2.30. to get you to
Trip Advisor review:Wonderful experience
My Mum and I spent three days touring with Jeremy
from Cornwall Garden Tours. It was a fabulous three
days.
Jeremy had organised the days so that we saw a
range of gardens from the very small such as Poppy
Cottage and Marsh Villa Gardens to the huge such as
Heligan and Trebah.
It was a very well organised schedule and Jeremy's
experience was very valuable as he had visited the
gardens many times and knew the shortcuts and tips
to make the time we had available spent seeing the
best that was on offer. As we were from New Zealand
he made sure we saw any gardens that had links to
our country which we really appreciated. Jeremy met
us at the train station and delivered us to the train
station again when we left.
I would HIGHLY recommend using Jeremy and
Cornwall Garden Tours if you want to specifically see
certain gardens in Cornwall and don't want to be
rushed as is so often the case in bus tours. His
transport was new, clean and comfortable and he was
very attentive to our needs.
He is very easy to communicate with when organising
the tour from afar!
..and this Result!”
Hidden Valley
St Just in Roseland
Lanhydrock
Mary and Jenny
“ What a wonderful
time we have spent
with you Jeremy.
We thoroughly
enjoyed every
minute of it. “
Christobel and Tom, Australia
Does it matter where I stay?
I am happy to collect and return you to any part of Cornwall - so the choice of
where to stay is yours. I also leave it to you to choose and book your
accommodation - be it a cosy bed and breakfast, self-catering cottage or all the
luxury of a large hotel.
The final itinerary can involve you staying at more than one location - I pick you
and your luggage up in the morning and at the end of the day's tour I drop you
off somewhere new. This works well if you are relying on public transport, if a
guided tour is only a part of your holiday or you want to see more of Cornwall
and have limited time.
How long are the tours?
Again this is entirely up to you . You can ask for just a half day tour or one or
more full day tours - which can be either consecutive days or separated.
Similarly the length of the day plus when we start and finish is also your choice.
Depending on the opening time of our first stop and the distance we need to
travel I can advise whether a longer or shorter day is required.
The pace of each tour is dictated by you. We can spend the whole day walking
and visiting with barely a break - or you can choose to take it gently and have a
leisurely lunch. I am happy to fit in with your preference.
Some customers have included a railway station or airport drop-off / pick-up as
part of their tour. This means you can make the most of your first or last day in
Cornwall and don’t need to arrange a taxi.
Lanhydrock
What does a tour cost and what is included?
Each of my tours is costed separately to reflect the number of people, where we
start and finish, where we visit and the length of the tour.
As a rough guide a typical full day (8 hour) tour for two people visiting three
gardens would be between £230 and £270 in total. If you book three or more
days I reduce my quote.
The price I quote is for the whole tour (not per person) and includes pickup and
drop off from your accommodation, entrance fees to all the gardens and
attractions we visit, and any ferry or parking fees - so no hidden extras.
I provide complementary bottled water and you are also welcome to browse or
borrow from my travelling library of books about Cornwall's gardens, heritage
and history.
What sort of vehicle do you use?
I currently run my tours using a seven-seater Kia Sedona. This has air
conditioning, leather seats and sliding doors. Together with complementary
refreshments and my travelling library I carry spare hats, gloves, bags, camera
and phone chargers you are welcome to borrow - everything but the kitchen
sink!
I am licensed for Private Hire by the local council which means the vehicle is
checked and inspected every 6 months.
Magnificient Magnolias - a Spring highlight
How easy is it to book?
From the initial enquiry by email or phone to the start of their tour the time
required by previous customers has varied between 16 hours and just under a
year!
I completely understand that many of my customers spend just a few days in
Cornwall as part of a much longer overseas holiday so it can take a lot of
planning and organising before they know when they will visit and for how long.
I am happy to exchange emails for as long as it takes for you to finalise bookings
and for us to agree an itinerary.
Whether you have a list of “must see” gardens or just know the type you like
then I try and suggest an itinerary which includes those which should be looking
good for that time of year, and offers variety in terms of size, style and planting.
I also try and keep the amount of driving time to a minimum to help you make
the most of your time.
Once we have agreed the itinerary and the price further changes can still be
made - including during the tour if your circumstances change or you find out
about somewhere different to see.
How can I pay?
I use PayPal for secure credit card payments in advance - so I do not have
access to or store any personal details other than those for contacting you.
You receive an invoice by email and I ask that you pay in full by a month in
advance. Prior to this I offer a full refund should you choose to cancel your
booking. If you book a tour at very short notice I will accept cash payment at
the beginning of your tour.
Bonython
“ Great tour
experience …
this tour was
easy to book “
Sandra, Chicago
Website: www.cornwallgardentours.co.uk
Email: jeremy@cornwallgardentours.co.uk
Phone: 44(0)7593 922030
Mail: 31 Trevarrick Road, St Austell,
Cornwall, UK PL25 5JW
© Cornwall Garden Tours 2017
Interested in a tour?
Whether you are thinking of booking a tour or just
planning your own visit - here’s a few tips from me!
Best time to visit? April to May for spring colour,
by September still lots to see. Cornwall can get
very busy and booked up in July and August
Where to stay? Majority of gardens are in the
west and along the south coast. Ideal locations for
a base are Falmouth, Penzance or St Austell
Many gardens have limited opening hours or days
of the week - a few even close at the end of June
Self-drive visit? From St Austell you can drive to
most of Cornwall in an hour. Reaching most
gardens does not involve Cornwall’s infamous
narrow lanes!
My Top 5 you shouldn’t miss - Bonython, Heligan,
Pine Lodge, Trebah and Tremenheere
And finally … if you choose to enquire about a tour this
is the sort of information I ask about: how many
people, when you are coming, how long for, how you
will be travelling, where you will be staying, are there
particular gardens or places you want to see, are there
particular types of gardens you like, does anyone in
your party have a problem with steps or hills?
Thanks for taking the time to read this brochure.
Jeremy
St Agnes
Trebah
Gyllyngvase, Falmouth