GUIDED TOURS OF BOCONNOC HOUSE AND GARDENS
Boconnoc will be opening its doors for guided tours for a number of dates in 2014 to all those interested in learning the fascinating history of this beautiful estate and to explore the house and gardens. Dates include Tuesday 17 June, Tuesday 8 July and Tuesday 12 August.
You can also book private tours of Boconnoc House for groups of 12 people or more, starting from £18 per person which includes a two hour tour and a cream tea or lunch can be served. Please call the estate office on 01208 872 507 to make these arrangements.
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.
17th June, 8th July and 12th August – These afternoon tours include a three hour garden and house history tour with a cream tea at the end. Tours start at 2.30pm and cost £18 per ticket. To book these tours please call Invitation To View on 01206 573 948