The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.
The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.
The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called "The Jungle". The gardens also have Europe's only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant's Head.
My boyfriend and I had stayed at the Hoops Inn on a groupon voucher for two nights last weekend and it was lovely. Very friendly staff, cosy room and in a beautiful setting. We had dinner there both evenings and the food was amazing, it was some of the best vegetarian food I have ever had and my boyfriend really enjoyed the mussels. They offer a great selection of dishes so is was quote hard to choose and the puddings, well all I can say is yummy. Also the breakfast selection is great. Wished we had stayed longer and would certainly go back. Thank you for a lovely stay.
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