South East - Trip 1

We start off in the extreme south east of Cornwall, on the other side of the Tamar to the city of Plymouth, at Mount Edgecombe. This is a house, completed in 1553 and restored after being hit by a bomb in the second world war, which is surrounded by graceful and varied gardens originally laid out in the 18th century.

We will spend the morning here – the house alone is filled with paintings, tapestries, bronzes and other items of historical interest – before moving on to a county pub for a well-earned lunch.

After lunch we will spend a couple of hours wandering around Antony Woodland Gardens – over 100 acres of established woodland garden designated as an area of natural beauty and scientific interest.

Next we will move on to something on at the other end of the spectrum from Mount Edgecombe. Located in Saltash, in the shadow of IK Brunel’s iconic bridge, is Mary Newman’s cottage. This Elizabethan cottage and garden reputedly belonged to Sir Francis Drake’s first wife – the eponymous Mary Newman. We will stay here for an hour or so to give you the opportunity to savour the atmosphere of an authentic Elizabethan cottage garden and the interior of the cottage which is pretty much as it was in Mary’s day.

Mary Newman Cottage
Mary Newman Kitchen