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Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
+44 1872 501310
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Lovely quiet beach.

Visited the Castle's beach (Porthluney Beach) - the Castle & grounds being closed. There is ample... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
sid272014
Awfully dull

Must have been the least enjoyable visit to a castle I've ever had and to make matters worse the... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
David W
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Caerhays Castle is one of the very few Nash built castles still left standing, and is situated within approximately 120 acres of informal woodland gardens created by J C Williams, who sponsored plant hunting expeditions to China at the turn of the century. As well as guided tours of the house from March to June, visitors will see some of the magnificent selection of plants brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the early 1900s - these include not only the collection of magnolias but a wide range of rhododendrons and the camellias which Caerhays and the Williams family are associated with worldwide.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“car park” (10 reviews)
“cream tea” (5 reviews)
“gift shop” (5 reviews)
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Caerhays Castle Gorran | St Austell, Caerhays, Mevagissey PL26 6LY, England
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+44 1872 501310
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Visited the Castle's beach (Porthluney Beach) - the Castle & grounds being closed. There is ample car parking at £4 per car reduced to £2 after 1500 hours. A cafe is at one end of the beach with plenty of seats & tables. Whether you...More

Thank sid272014
Caerhays, Bookings Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Dear Sid Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to Porthluney Beach. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit and those magnificent views. We do not charge for parking all year so if you visit over the winter/early...More

Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Must have been the least enjoyable visit to a castle I've ever had and to make matters worse the food was very overpriced and at best averageMore

2  Thank David W
Caerhays, Bookings Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Dear David Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Caerhays Castle and Gardens. I am slightly confused because when I clicked on your review it stated you visited in July. Caerhays Castle closed for public tours on June 16th and the...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017

The Gardens are interesting both for their history of planting and for their development to the present day. The Springtime is probably the best time to visit - but following the well signposted paths is good at any time with views over Portluney Cove and...More

Thank MedEngland
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Today I visited Caerhays for the first time and was enchanted. We spent all day at the fete, had some lovely food, strolled the gardens and enjoyed our visit very much. It is a shame that it is now closed to the public for the...More

Thank Nannalaura
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We booked a guided tour of some of the castle's rooms and it was really interesting, the guide was both knowledgeable and friendly. The opening times are very limited as this is still a private family home and this is the first time in years...More

Thank croggie
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We were lucky enough to visit when the house was open for guided tours as the opening times are quite limited. Didn't see the gardens as it was raining but we will try to do those next time. It does seem a bit strange that...More

1  Thank JerseyGirl1981
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Firstly, the castle and gardens have a beautiful settings, with Portluney Bay in the distance and the castle is lovely. We had a lovely lunch at the tea rooms as well. However, the gardens, apart from around the castle are in a poor state. Long...More

Thank J R
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We visited today and for the first time after many years of visiting the castle and gardens admiring the castle and going to the beach we did a guided tour of the castle. Our guides today were Mike and Elaine who were very welcoming, extremely...More

Thank Janietip
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to Caerhays. I am so pleased to hear that after all these years Caerhays lived up to your memories! There have no doubt been a few changes especially at the beach...More

Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Wow - what a wonderful day my partner and I have had today. Not only were we spoilt by such a wonderful castle and gardens, we stopped off for a traditional cream tea - had to be done! Fantastic friendly staff, top notch quality (confused...More

1  Thank Blu2grey2
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays, we appreciate all feedback. I am pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable day. As you say, to finish with a cream tea is a must. The scones are baked...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017

Went last Saturday from Exeter. Took 2 hours to get down to St Austell area and then another 2 hours to find the place. Could not see any signs for it - I was on the road to Truro. Had to ask 4 people for...More

Thank Rose C
Caerhays, Bookings and Enquiries Coordinator at Caerhays Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Caerhays. We were surprised to read that you found the whole experience disappointing. With regards to your journey, I am sorry that you found us difficult to find, we do have comprehensive travel...More

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MillicentMayflower
7 March 2016|
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Response from Caerhays | Property representative |
Hi MillicentMayflower, unfortunately as we're in such a rural location there is no bus service to Caerhays Castle or the beach, however the closest bus stop is at Gorran High Lanes, around a five minute taxi journey away.
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judith k
13 December 2015|
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Response from Caerhays | Property representative |
Hi Judith K, Thank you for your enquiry. Yes, dogs are welcome in the gardens during our open season in the spring - we love having your four legged friends come to visit us! However, because we do have guinea fowl and... More
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lovecornwallforever
3 June 2015|
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Response from UncleChunk | Reviewed this property |
£8 for the garden only. I believe it is £13 for joint entry to garden and castle.
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