‘A real paradise’ Alastair said after his visit. This is a stunning estate on the edge of St Austell with one of the finest gardens in the south west. Jo and Tom (his family have lived and planted here since 1565) are avid horticulturists and run the whole place with verve. The history is breathtaking: 400-year-old grand oaks and sweet chestnuts, a lovely walled garden, yew walk, huge greenhouse, a fabulous collection of hybrid camellias grown in the 1960s and more recently Tom has added a lake and reclaimed the woodland garden. The magnolias are spectacular in spring, the bluebells dreamy in May and a Sitka spruce, the tallest tree in Cornwall, stands 46 metres tall! Lucky guests get to share this spectacular setting. The five converted stable cottages, sleeping two to eight, will suit laid-back couples and unfussy families. Set around a cobbled courtyard and built from local stone, inside there are no surprises in the comfortingly traditional décor. Each has a private garden, beams galore, free logs for the wood-burners, simple kitchens, basic bedrooms, dated bathrooms. Enjoy the serenity, or head out to the best of Cornwall.