TEL:01872 501310 Caerhays Estate, Gorran, St Austell, PL26 6LY
Opening Times for the Gardens: 13th Feb - 15th June 2012: Seven days a week from 10:00am - 5:00pm Conducted Castle tours: 12th March - 5th June 2012: Week days only (including bank holidays). Tours: 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
Overlooking Porthluney cove, and built by John Nash about 200 years ago, Caerhays Castle is owned and still lived in by the Williams family. The castle is a Grade I listed building. The exterior resembles a Norman castle and is built of rough stone quarried from the local neighbourhood. Parts of the original manor still remain including the ancient chapel and old walkway to the sea which retains the name 'Watchhouse Walk'. The estate is open for a limited period only, so do check opening times before you go.
The gardens have an international reputation for their camellias, rhododendrons and National Magnolia Collection. They are open to visitors from February through to June but are best seen in the spring from March - May. Guided walks of the gardens are available but need to be pre booked. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Porthluney beach will take you back to your childhood days where there were no speedboats or jet ski's only a shop selling ice-creams, snacks and beach toys. There is a large car park next to the beach and so long as your dogs are on a lead they are welcome. Out of season Porthluney beach is an excellent point to start a walk along the coastal path or to spend some quiet time with your fishing rod.
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