Enys Gardens made My Bucket List when a couple of friends visited to see the fields of bluebells and said how impressive they were and being less than a 10 minute drive from my house I couldn’t quite believe that I hadn’t been there yet.
The gardens are normally only open on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday which does limit your options but for our visit it was sunny with a fresh wind so perfect to get outdoors (but not nice enough for us to head to the beach). The house only opens on selected weekends throughout the year but that didn’t bother us as our motivation was the bluebells, however I would be keen to go during the Bluebell Festival next year when you can get a chance to explore the family home of the Enys family.
In order to make sure that we saw the the iconic spring flower at their best we chose to hold off visiting until the website advised that the fields were in full bloom. Going slightly later in May meant that whilst the bluebells were fully out the grass was also quite high slightly affecting the blanket of purple but they still were worth the visit.
There are a number of other features which are also quite impressive. The pond is just as spectacular as Trebah or Heligan and there is a waterwheel which offers a lovely backdrop for a family picture! The fields reminded me of Trelissick (although admittedly they don’t have the vista which includes the River Fal) and because there aren’t as many visitors as the some of the established gardens there is a real feeling of calm – it is somewhere you could take a picnic and a good book and easily spend the whole day there.
Adults are £5 and children 6+ £2 so fairly reasonable compared to other gardens reflecting the limited facilities but as we spent over two hours wondering around it offered good value for money.
The cafe set within the house courtyard is quaint. The menu isn’t extensive but you can get a High Tea for two for £15 which is the perfect way to round off your visit.
For me Eyns Gardens has the potential to be up there with the other Great Gardens of Cornwall but to do so would require significant investment. However, it is a little gem worth visiting especially when the bluebells are in full bloom.