GUIDED TOURS OF BOCONNOC HOUSE AND GARDENS
Boconnoc will be opening its doors for guided tours for a number of dates in 2015 to all those interested in learning the fascinating history of this beautiful estate and to explore the house and gardens. Tours start at 2pm from the house and include tea. The costs are £18 per person and the dates of these are Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 20 May, Tuesday 16 June, 7 July and 15 September. To book one of these tours please call 01206 573 948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also book private tours of Boconnoc House for groups of 12 people or more, starting from £12 per person for a tour of the house and gardens. With a cream tea the cost is £18 per person or lunch can be served. Please call the estate office on 01208 872 507 to discuss details.
Boconnoc is the largest park in Cornwall with history dating back to Domesday. During the tour you will discover the colourful history including the story of how Boconnoc was bought in 1717 with the proceeds of the Pitt Diamond, by Thomas Pitt, once Governor of Madras. The estate is proud of its ties with three Prime Ministers and you will have the chance to see the bedroom King Charles I hid in during the Civil War.
The famous architect, Sir John Soane made additions to Boconnoc House and Stableyard and the Georgian Bath House in the grounds, finished in 1807 is one of the best of its kind. Extracts of poetry by A.L Rowse will be read and his evocative descriptions will help you conjure up times gone by on the estate.
The gardens at Boconnoc are bursting forth with azaleas, camelias and rhododendrons in the spring and the informal landscape beyond and the historic Deer Park have many ancient trees. There is now an extensive replanting scheme underway for future generations to enjoy.