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14 April 2019The Art, Gardens & Historic Houses of Cornwall
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The Art, Gardens & Historic Houses of Cornwall
Sunday 14 April 2019


A five-night, six-day visit to Cornwall, focussing on the art, gardens and historic houses.

Cost: from £695 per person (single supplement £130, £70 supplement for Courtyard or Garden View rooms – limited availability. See below for more details) plus entrance fees if non-NT/ HHA member), and cost of meals. Two dinners with wine are included in the price.

For the full brochure and booking form please click here. Brochures and booking forms will be available at the Thursday lectures. 

Based in the 4* Alverton Hotel in central Truro, the trip will include a special morning lecture by Catherine Wallace, an Arts Society lecturer. On the way to Cornwall there will be a visit to Forde Abbey in Somerset, an elegant former Cistercian convent, home to the Mortlake Tapestries, with 30 acres of award-winning gardens, before proceeding to the hotel. A three-course evening meal with win or soft drinks is included that evening.  The second day includes tours of Tate St Ives, the 2018 Art Fund Museum of the Year, and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, and a guided tour of St Michael’s Mount, whilst on the third day there are visits to two historic houses, both with extraordinary gardens. Trerice is a delightful Elizabethan manor house, while Trewithen House has been in the same family for 300 years, and has a breeding colony of red squirrels as well as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence.

The focus of the fourth day is Cornish Art, with a lecture by Catherine Wallace as well as a visit to Falmouth Art Gallery, and in the afternoon there is a guided tour of Penlee House in Penzance, showcasing works of the Newlyn School including Sir Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight and Harold Knight. Our last day in Cornwall is spent first at Caerhays Castle & Garden, one of the few Nash-built castles still left standing, followed by a guided tour of the world famous Lost Gardens of Heligan, and later a farewell 3-course dinner at the hotel with wine or soft drinks.

On the way home there is a visit to Wilton House near Salisbury, home of the Earl of Pembroke, with its magnificent Palladian south front and state rooms.

The pick-up and drop-off point is Bullbanks Farm, Halstead Road, Aldham CO6 3PT (cars left at owners’ risk).  Members of the National Trust and Historic Houses Association should carry their membership cards and indicate their membership on the booking form. It is anticipated that entrance fees to all visited sites for non-members will total in the region of £115 per person, subject to negotiation of group rates. 

For full details about the Alverton Hotel, a beautifully unique, Grade II listed hotel within the Cornish capital city of Truro please click here. Photos of some of the sites to be visited can be viewed in the Gallery.