It is difficult not to be stunned when you visit Caerhays Castle and its 140 acre Gardens which are the home of the Williams family.
The natural beauty of the coastline and its steep valleys, the architectural surprises, the inescapable sense of history and the range of activities and facilities that the estate offers, all set the scene for a wonderful day of discovery and exploration.
The gardens originated from the work of plant hunters in China at the start of the 20th-century. Caerhays bred the very first x williamsii camellias and is today the home of a Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias containing over 600 species and named hybrids from around the world.
The gardens have an international reputation and have been described as 'world class'. The castle itself was designed by the famous Regency architect John Nash around 200 years ago and both the building and the two families who have lived and worked at Caerhays have played significant roles in the history of Cornwall and its former tin mining industry.
Caerhays won the Historic Houses/Christie's Garden of the Year Award in 2016.
Gardens: 19 February to 17 June, every day.
Castle: Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 19 March to 15 June, guided tours only at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm.
Either garden or castle free to Historic Houses members, not both.
Situated on the south coast of Cornwall. Off the A39 between St. Austell and Truro. Close to Mevagissey on the coast.
Caerhays isn't accessible by public transport but cyclists can use the South West coast path.
Car park on site
Mevagissey cars 07513 774529
Historic Houses members visit either garden or house for free - charges apply if visiting both.
Castle and Garden £14.00
- Accessible parking
- Access statement available
- Accessible toilets
Caerhays Castle has 4 set walks around the grounds. Follow the red, blue, yellow or orange trails.
You can hold your wedding reception in the grounds of the castle with the lake and sweeping fields down to the sea.
For those dreaming of sea views... Beach Meadow is perfect for receptions, situated just above Porthluney beach, with breathtaking views out to sea and with the castle as a backdrop, you can welcome up to 250 guests.
The Old Coastguards Lookout is a totally romantic and unspoiled venue on the headland overlooking Veryan Bay with inspiring views out to sea and along the coast. Licensed for up to 20 guests, available April-September.
On the estate there are 2 venues licensed for weddings, 3 stunning places for a reception and luxury accommodation all in one magnificent, romantic location.
The Vean is a 5 * Gold country house retreat, with a license for civil ceremonies. The house is also suitable for receptions, for smaller numbers in the house or for up to 150 people in rural splendor with a marquee on the lawn. There are 8 luxurious double bedrooms, sleeping 16.
Caerhays estate has 12 beautiful, individual properties available for hire for short or long breaks.
For those who would like something a little extra special, The Vean, our luxurious five-star Gold property offers first class bed & breakfast and part or fully catered accommodation.
We are also delighted to be able to offer the stunning newly renovated & decorated Burncoose House which is available for private hire.
Whether it be a small conference, business meeting, corporate entertaining or activity break, Caerhays Estate is the perfect place for you and your company. Situated on one of the most beautiful Cornish coastlines we offer peace and tranquillity, unobtrusive service and excellent facilities with total privacy.
At Caerhays we offer a range of options that can be ‘tailor-made’ to suit your requirements. The Georgian Hall in the Castle, which seats up to 20 for a round table meeting or a fully catered formal lunch, lecture style meeting for up to 40 or a more relaxed buffet lunch. Also in the Castle, the Carlton Club and Courtyard are ideal for breakout meetings and workshops.
The grounds and gardens of the Estate are very varied, from the neo-gothic back drop of the Castle to the beautiful sandy beach at Porthluney. Perfect for a product launch or outdoor activities.
The Vean, is available for exclusive hire. With 8 en-suite double bedrooms. The house is fully serviced and can seat up to 70 people for a formal or informal lunch or dinner.
Primary and Secondary schools are welcome for visits and schools make regular trips to study local wildlife and fauna.