The 5 acres of landscaped gardens are perfect for taking time out to relax and families can enjoy the close proximity to Castle Beach. I quote, "We offer a warm welcome with excellent service, comfortable accommodation, a range of facilities and award-winning food." I don't think we received a warm welcome. Nobody came onto the coach to welcome us and give the usual spiel of thank you for coming to stay with us. The courier collected the keys from reception and we handed them out on the coach. Even as our passengers walked past the reception to their rooms there was no one there saying hello, in fact, they were ignored. None of the passengers mentioned this to me but having stayed in some very nice hotels, I notice these little things which all add to an enjoyable stay.
There are more than 12 hectares (30 acres) of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants.
As well as the garden, the 121-hectare (300-acre) estate, with its countryside, woodlands and coast, makes for breathtaking walks.
As well as the garden and countryside Trelissick has its own renowned art gallery with a wide range of work from local Cornish artists. Crofters café offers a range of light refreshments, hot luncheons and afternoon cream teas using seasonal and local produce. Trelissick also has a gift shop, second-hand bookshop and six of the best National Trust holiday cottages located around the Trelissick estate.
After spending 4hrs here we returned to Falmouth for a free afternoon where I enjoyed a glass of wine in the sun in the hotel garden.
Once again, the food was lovely at dinner this evening but the service was back to chaos. It was time to have a word but all the staff have disappeared!
At breakfast this morning there was a familiar face. Jo, a waitress who I remember from my last stay here who was the one to resolve all our little niggles. We had a good chat, she took notes and I am confident tonight's dinner will go swimmingly!
Today we are going to Truro for some free time. I don't think there is a Cornish tour we do where we don't visit Truro so in my opinion, for this to be in the itinerary of a gardens tour is very boring and unimaginitive. I only gave them 1 1/2 hrs here, enough time to visit the cathedral and have a coffee before we move on to do what we have come here to do, and that is to visit another garden, The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, asleep for more than seventy years, are the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the spring of 1991, the Gardens of Heligan lay under a blanket of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. A year later, the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery. In the northern gardens are two and a half miles of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a fine set of bee-boles, a wishing well and a superb collection of walled gardens. Remarkably much of the original plant collection has survived, sometimes to record sizes.
To the south lies 'Lost Valley' and 'The Jungle', a sub-tropical valley overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of Mevagissey, and overflowing with palms, tree ferns, bamboos, gunnera and numerous exotic trees and shrubs. If The Secret Garden and Peter Rabbit captured your childhood imagination, then Heligan will not disappoint you. The story boards make the visit interesting even to the non-gardener!