If you fancy a short break or week-long getaway this autumn, why not base yourself at Bosinver and explore some of Cornwall’s gardens at their finest?

happy-h-autumn-300x199As the leaves start to change colour they become truly spectacular – think every hue from brilliant red to golden yellow or burnt umber.

Here are a few of our favourites:

1. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are just down the road from us (close enough to walk or cycle to) and are a delight at any time of year. Don’t forget to stop by Lobb’s Farm Shop for some scrumptious seasonal produce too!

2. A favourite with dog-walkers and families alike, Trebah (Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth) is rated among the finest 80 gardens in the world, and is well worth a visit at any time of the year. The lush tropical gardens give way to a private beach, which makes an ideal place to stop for a picnic on a sunny autumn day.

3. Trelissick is one of several National Trust properties in the area. Overlooking the River Fal (between Truro and Falmouth), it has over 230 acres of gardens to explore, plus woodland and parkland. Take time for a leisurely stroll along the woodland walk, which offers sweeping views across the water.

September and October are often the best months for walking in Cornwall

Enjoy beautiful views across the Fal from Trelissick

4. Lanhydrock (near Bodmin, also owned by the National Trust) is an impressive late Victorian country house. In autumn the gardens are truly something to behold. There are also some glorious walks and cycle trails around the wider estate.

5. There’s a real sense of discovery when you visit Glendurgan, with something new (and sometimes surprising) around every corner. Don’t miss wandering down to Durgan village, a lovely traditional fishing village on the Helford River.

6. For keen horticulturalists, Pinetum Park in St Austell is the place to visit. With  over 6,000 labelled plants, it’s a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of Ray and Shirley Clemo, who travelled the world collecting seeds and plants to create this spectacular garden.

To find out about more gardens in Cornwall, take a look at the Great Gardens of Cornwall website.

Many of these gardens also welcome well behaved dogs on a lead. If you’re holidaying with a canine companion, they’ll love exploring them with you.

Now, which garden to visit first?

Do you have a favourite garden in Cornwall? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below, tweet @Bosinver or post on our Facebook page.