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Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
+44 1872 501310
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Underwhelmed

Sadly we were totally underwhelmed by the gardens-they were pretty but fairly plain compared to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alicia M
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Castle and gardens

Take your time and enjoy the castle and gardens. The setting is just incredible and has the wow... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tony B
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Caerhays Castle is one of the very few Nash built castles still left standing, and is situated within approximately 120 acres of informal woodland gardens created by J C Williams, who sponsored plant hunting expeditions to China at the turn of the century. As well as guided tours of the house from March to June, visitors will see some of the magnificent selection of plants brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the early 1900s - these include not only the collection of magnolias but a wide range of rhododendrons and the camellias which Caerhays and the Williams family are associated with worldwide.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“car park” (16 reviews)
“tea room” (7 reviews)
“scones” (6 reviews)
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Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly we were totally underwhelmed by the gardens-they were pretty but fairly plain compared to other gardens we've been to (in our opinion that is). We didnt find the gardens anything special sadly. As for the castle we didnt go in as photos arent permitted...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take your time and enjoy the castle and gardens. The setting is just incredible and has the wow factor. The house tour is a must as is a visit to the private beach.More

Thank Tony B
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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Tony, thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Caerhays. I am glad you enjoyed the experience even this late in the season. May I recommend you also visit in the early Spring when the Magnolias are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to just have a tour of the castle. It was very informative and obviously a family home. The history was very interesting and we would highly recommend a tour. We didn't go round the garden as in early June most of the plants...More

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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your castle tour. The guides are very informative. The gardens are at their best in March, April and May but the views are magnificent...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you can visit in late April or early May then the Rhododendrons and Magnolias would be spectacular! Slightly past their prime by end of May but still stunning gardens and walks.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Renowned for the Magnolias and Camellias, these gardens are at their best earlier in the spring, but they're still worth a visit in May as the later flowering rhododendrons are spectacular. There are several different walks through the estate of varying distances and gradients and...More

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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the gardens. The gardens are extensive especially if you visit Old Park as well and yes you could easily spend a couple of days exploring.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's Spring and these are certainly Spring gardens. Azaleas, Rhododendron some going back 150 years are all on show. There are easy walks and some a bit harder. It was three hours of colourful bliss. After the walk a very good cafe serves lunches everything...More

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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Carl Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. I agree with you, the journey up to the castle from the beach car park offers not only the best view of the castle but the coastline too! I am...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living locally, we'd often seen the castle from the road but it was never open. Anyway, having checked and arranged a time for a tour, we finally arrived yesterday at 1255. Being Disabled, we were allowed to drive directly to the Castle where everyone was...More

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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays and recommending others to visit. I am very pleased to hear you finally managed to visit us and enjoyed the experience! Hopefully you will come and see us again perhaps early next...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beware of the car park attendant. She is quite nasty and has two border collies, one of which attacked our dog whilst walking on the beach. She tried to claim that our dog was to blame. Lovely beach and very nice gardens but try to...More

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Bookings C, Enquries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays, I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the gardens and the beach. However, I feel your comments about the car park attendant are rather unfair and I am quite sure that...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by friends but didn't get to see the place. We planned to have lunch and spend the afternoon there but hadn't realised that there is a substantial uphill walk from the car park. If you have reached your three score and ten, and your...More

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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Peter I have read your comments above and would like to respond but I am unclear from what you have written exactly what happened when you tried to visit us? We value all of the comments we receive good and bad as they help...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

We came upon the Castle en route to Heligan, so decided to drop in and we are so glad we did! The house tours were fully booked, but we really wanted to see the gardens. We spent two hours walking the blue and yellow routes,...More

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Bookings C, Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review of your recent visit to Caerhays. You are correct the house tours are extremely popular. They are also limited to week days excluding Bank Holidays so always worth reserving spaces prior to visiting....More

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Sarah Z
15 April 2018|
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Response from Bookings C | Property representative |
Hello Sarah, yes we do. We have several greenfield sites where you can have a marquee reception. We also have two sites that are licensed for ceremonies The Vean which is a restored Georgian rectory and can accommodate... More
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leslieprigg
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Response from Bookings C | Property representative |
Hello Leslie, we often hear from people who worked at the castle, most have happy memories of their time here. When did your gran work and live at Caerhays?
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