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Caerhays Castle

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Address: Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
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+44 1872 501310

Caerhays Castle is one of the very few Nash built castles still left...

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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Inspirational location!

Car park close by the short footpath to the castle. Beautiful gardens. Located very close to the beach and stunning coastline. Great events - check out their site.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Car park close by the short footpath to the castle. Beautiful gardens. Located very close to the beach and stunning coastline. Great events - check out their site.

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Caerhays, Bookings & Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Caerhays Castle Gardens, we are happy to hear that you enjoy our beautiful location. We hope you will return soon to visit the gardens or enjoy the beach. More 

Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I guess I'd call this a place of choices, as it is well worth visiting if you are keen on castle architecture; Cornish history; wonderful gardens; and/or stunning views. And if you take the last item as an example - you don't actually need to visit the castle to appreciate its beauty and stunning location. Just drive down the coast... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were cycling a 26-mile loop beginning and ending in Pentewan and almost out of nowhere suddenly appeared this beautiful castle with its "swan pond" in front. We didn't attempt to go in for a closer look, didn't even know you could. However, it was one of the highlights of our ride that day, so even if you don't have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Although not yet visited, I plan to in 2017 due to the sheer effort and positivity of Sophie the booking coordinator. It was my Father's birthday and I needed to sort something fast, as is always the way I had left everything late and I phoned and spoke to Sophie. Her kind and helpful manner was a delightful and refreshing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Although we visited Caerhays Castle too late in the season to view their camellias and Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias, we were still delighted with the magical views of both the sea and forest, where one might imagine knights on horseback jousting on the lawns. The castle dates back to the 1200's when it was owned by the ancient... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We have often visited Cornwall and stopped at the beach below and looked up at Caerhays Castle but it has never been open to the public at the time of year we have visited. This year we made sure the castle and gardens would be open before we booked our holiday as we were determined to visit it. We went... More 

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Maryport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

The guide was entertaining as he took us through various rooms. The cafe was pleasant and the toasted sandwich was good. The gardens were poor ,10th June, and the ticket collector said March was the best month to visit to see rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. There are no long perennial borders and no exotic plants such as can be seen... More 

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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Stunningly beautiful, worth every penny, gardens wonderful, does not feel like a hard sell tourist trap, relaxed easy, forget the eco corporate Eden Project rip off go here much nicer lovely staff not a rip off sell , location wonderful , spoiled natural beauty. 10/10 thank you for a lovely day. see the beautiful plants,views & near the beach ,helpful... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Pleasant walk through beautiful spring flowers - camelias, rhododendrons, azaleas. Lots of colour. Didn't go in the castle, but sat on the beach at the bottom. Nice little cafe. Fairly steep in places but some routes buggy accessible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

It was getting late in the afternoon, when we arrived at Caerhays Castle grounds. A beautiful setting, to enjoy drinks and cakes, from the little cafe. The quiet private beach is only a short walk away. A place to return to for a better look round on our next trip to Cornwall

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