Country Houses and Gardens - you will be spoilt for choice!

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Cotehele (National Trust), pictured above displaying its traditional Christmas garland, has beautiful gardens sloping down to the River Tamar, an historic quay and mill and is well worth a visit.

Buckland Abbey (National Trust) is a short drive from Monkstone down the Tavy valley. The Abbey dates back to the 13th Century and was built by Cistercian monks. During the Elizabethan era, it was the home of Francis Drake. A Rembrandt painting has been recently discovered at Buckland Abbey. There are a number of lovely walks through the estate including three dog friendly trails.

The Garden House, considered to be one of the finest gardens in Britain, is not far from Buckland Abbey.

Further afield, there are also many interesting Gardens and National Trust properties within easy reach including:

Buckland Abbey (National Trust) makes a great day out for all the family

Buckland Abbey (NT), Devon Enjoying a walk by the seaside Walking at Lydford Gorge (NT) Cycling on Drakes Trail Fresh Local Produce