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On a Cornwall cottage holiday, a trip to Mevagissey won’t disappoint. Mevagissey is a picturesque old town with a labyrinthine maze of narrow streets of colourful, flower-strewn fisherman’s cottages tumbling down to the harbour, and a history built on shifting contraband and pilchards in vast quantities.

Today, the summer brings throngs of day-tripping tourists as the town is a popular stopping off point on Cornwall’s many boat trips. Other than visiting the quaint shops and galleries, soaking up the sun on the busy harbour or sandy Pentewan beach, enjoying a fresh catch in one of the quayside restaurants or learning about the village’s past in the town’s excellent but compact museum, the main reason to visit is to see the nearby Lost Gardens of Heligan, a couple of miles north of Mevagissey.

These gardens fell into neglect when the surrounding house and estate was commandeered by the Army during the First World War, but resurrected to spectacular effect by Tim Smit, the inspiration behind Cornwall’s Eden Project. Walled gardens, themed gardens, productive gardens yielding exotic fruits, subtropical gardens with banana and pineapple trees, romantic corners and herbaceous plantations – there really is something for everyone in this extraordinary setting. There are full visitor facilities, and produce from the gardens can be readily enjoyed in the Heligan Tearooms.

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