Overview

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.


Opening
Opening

2020

Spring Gardens

Monday 17th February – Sunday 14th June 2020.

10.00am – 5pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Guided castle tours (weekdays only)

Monday 16th March – Friday 12th June 2020.

Find Us
Find us

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Mevagissey cars 07513 774529​

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit either garden or house for free - charges apply if visiting both. 

Garden £9
Castle £9
Castle and Garden £14.00

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits are welcome and refreshments are provided. 

Find out more on their website. 

Contact Sophie Catchpole at groupbookings@caerhays.co.uk or 01872 501 310

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Upcoming Stays

Invitation to Stay

A unique opportunity to stay in a wing of the castle, with separate access and wonderful views of the castle grounds, this guarantees you a memorable holiday.

Caerhays Castle The Rabbit Warren


Over three levels and with two double bedrooms each with a private bathroom, the traditional style is a charming step back in time.

Key features

  • Walk down the castle drive straight to Porthluney Beach
  • Triple aspect sitting room
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • Fridge with ice box
  • Both bathrooms have separate showers
  • Allocated private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Bath and beach towels provided
  • Wi-fi and basic sky available
  • No smoking
  • High chair and cot available on request
  • Free entry to Caerhays Gardens (Mid Feb – Mid June)
  • Note: Limited access for those with reduced mobility

Weddings

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

Accommodation

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.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

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.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch

Opening
Opening

2020

Spring Gardens

Monday 17th February – Sunday 14th June 2020.

10.00am – 5pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Guided castle tours (weekdays only)

Monday 16th March – Friday 12th June 2020.

Find Us
Find us

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Mevagissey cars 07513 774529​

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit either garden or house for free - charges apply if visiting both. 

Garden £9
Castle £9
Castle and Garden £14.00

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits are welcome and refreshments are provided. 

Find out more on their website. 

Contact Sophie Catchpole at groupbookings@caerhays.co.uk or 01872 501 310

Other opening


School Visits

Primary and Secondary schools are welcome for visits and schools make regular trips  to study local wildlife and fauna.


Walks

Caerhays Castle has 4 set walks around the grounds. Follow the red, blue, yellow or orange trails. 



Caerhays Castle & Gardens's history and features

From 1370 – 1840 Caerhays had been owned by the Trevanion family. The castle itself was built by the famous regency architect, John Nash. Work started in 1807 and was completed by 1810. There would have been little in the way of a garden in their time but the main feature of Caerhays then would have been its deer parks. These would have been useful as a source of food in the autumn/winter and would also have added to the beauty of the place during the rest of the year. The trouble with deer parks was that the deer had to be kept in an enclosed area by very substantial and expensive walls. The remnants of these can still be seen in some of the woods here today.

You may not have a very high regard for John Bettesworth Trevanion or for the extravagance of the home he built. However, he was only 21 years old when he came to Caerhays in 1801. It is as well to recall one of the few opinions we have of his contemporaries who described him as a ‘complete man of fashion in the best sense of the word and without anything frivolous or effeminate’. The quotation comes from the history of the House of Commons 1790-1820.

Read more about Caerhays Castle's history here