We had a day for exploring at Mevagissey, and were spoiled for choice for gardens to visit. Nearby is the Eden Project, a big and interesting garden. It also has a big price and would have had big crowds on Bank Holiday weekend. Even nearer to Mevagissey is the Lost Gardens of Heligan, another likely to be busy. And it turned out that the Lost Gardens featured New Zealand plants so it was close to home in several ways. We settled on Trelissick House, with more park-like gardens. It’s close as the crow flies but the road takes the long way around. It gave us a nice relaxing day which was just what we needed after a couple of days moving around.
Trelissick Manor is near Truro, in Cornwall. It was home to the Copeland family, who owned and managed the Spode china factory. The gardens feature many rhododendrons and azeleas, which do well all round Cornwall. Much of the china produced by Spode used paintings of flowers grown at Trelissick. The property was given to the National Trust by the last of the Copeland line.
Beside the Trelissick Gardens, the Fel River is crossed regularly by the King Harry vehicle ferry, which hauls itself back and forwards on two huge chains. We took a trip across and back, because we could.
Eventually we wandered back through the gardens, and made our way back to Mevagissey. It was a lovely relaxing day in a beautiful setting. Just what we needed.