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Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
+44 1872 501310
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What a delightful home in spectacular gardens, a guided tour of the house is a must and be prepared... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Grandad700
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London, United Kingdom
Probably the best in Cornwall

We go here regularly and it is probably our favourite garden. The walk around is always delightful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gricper
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Fowey, 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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“car park” (12 reviews)
“tea room” (5 reviews)
“cream tea” (5 reviews)
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Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
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+44 1872 501310
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Reviewed yesterday

What a delightful home in spectacular gardens, a guided tour of the house is a must and be prepared for a long walk if you want to see the stunning rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. There is a small cafe and shop. Parking is at the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We go here regularly and it is probably our favourite garden. The walk around is always delightful and in the spring the plants are magnificent. The tea room isvalso worth a visit and combined with the beach and the castle tour it’s a wonderful place.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At this time of year the magnolias and camellias were absolutely stunning, and of course some rhododendrons - although we were told everything was a couple of weeks later this year due to the snow in March. We have previously visited in mid May when...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. Cafe on site, clean beach, sandy and rock pools. A must go to with dog!

Thank MrsM50
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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Porthluney Beach at Caerhays. Glad to hear that you and your 4 legged friends enjoy visiting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely peaceful garden. Although we were disappointed that the Magnolias were not in bloom just yet, probably delayed because of the cold weather, we still enjoyed a good walk around with our little dog admiring the many Champion trees, Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons.The car...More

Thank trickynicky63
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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Unfortunately the bad weather earlier this year has had an impact on our normal magnificent display of magnolias. I agree the walk...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Low key in the sense that there has not been a significant boost from television, as some major gardens have received, and better for it? I guess I am now in my sixth decade of visiting and there is evidence of ongoing garden development. I...More

Thank plymouth
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a cold but sunny March day we spent much of the day strolling around the gardens and on a guided tour of the house. The gardens were slightly disappointing because the camelias had been damaged by the cold wind and the magnolias were in...More

Thank FelixStowe10
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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. I am pleased to hear that after all the recent bad weather you were able to enjoy your visit in the sunshine.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent guided tour with loads of information. Interesting house. Lovely garden to walk round. Park at the beach carpark and walk up to the house. Steep paths in garden.More

Thank 958kate
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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays Castle Gardens. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the castle tour, the tour guides have all been with us for a long time so they know the castle very well. Our...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Hard place to find , but what a great find !! Only open for a few months a year . You have to park at the beach & walk in , unless your disabled in which case there is some parking at the castle entrance....More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We visited the Gardens of Caerhays Castle in late February 2018: the Castle itself was not yet open. However, the grounds alone are truly remarkable in early spring. Even with seriously cold weather and a vicious East wind, they proved relatively sheltered, and presented an...More

Thank scliff68
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Sarah Z
16 April 2018|
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Response from trickynicky63 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do - I saw lots of pictures of peoples weddings in the cafe area. I think it would make a wonderful venue, very beautiful and romantic.
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leslieprigg
13 February 2018|
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Response from Bookings C | Property representative |
Hello Leslie, we often hear from people who worked at the castle, most have happy memories of their time here. When did your gran work and live at Caerhays?
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