The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.
The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.
The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called "The Jungle". The gardens also have Europe's only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant's Head.
I can only rave about this Inn arrived for a two night stay DBB. The warm welcoming was lovely and we stayed in room 2 a beautiful 4 poster bed and luxury bathroom with a bouquet my husband had organized. Dinner was outstanding all the staff were wonderfully accommodating and nothing was to much trouble. Our second night was to celebrate my birthday and was presented with a personal card and cake with candles totally unexpected if your looking for a gem of a place I can highly recommend this Inn you wont be disappointed the food is 5 star as well as the service and staff we will return.
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