Visits for 2014-2015

Some of the visits are not organised by us, in which case they would be shown as such, for example 'South West Area Event'.

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Thursday 14 May , 9 July and 30 July 2015

Bosvathick House, Constantine

Please Note that all the dates are fully booked.

Tour of house and gardens and afternoon tea.

Maximum : 20 bookings for each date.

Bosvathick House is a Grade II small Georgian country house set in beautiful countryside between Constantine and Falmouth, near the north bank of the Helford River. Built in 1760, it was substantially extended in Victorian times and is something of a time capsule, with many rooms unchanged since the 1890s. Keeping much of the appearance and character of life a century ago, the house is a fascinating illustration of the changes in architectural and social fashions.

The 10 acres of gardens include a maze and a large lake, and have mature camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. A major redevelopment of large areas of the garden, formerly overgrown with laurel, was begun in 2013, and visitors can now enjoy perennial flower borders, a newly planted orchard and spring bulbs.

Please note the gardens may be viewed from 1.45 p.m. and the house tour will begin promptly at 2.30 p.m.

Location: 1.45 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: £14.00 to include a conducted tour of the house, access to the gardens, and a cream tea.

Please note that members are to arrange their own transport : plenty of parking available.

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Friday 26 June 2015

Japanese Gardens, St. Mawgan & Trerice

Following the lecture in April 2015 on The Art of the Japanese Garden : From Tradition to Modernity, we have arranged a visit to the Bonsai and Japanese Gardens at St. Mawgan, followed by an afternoon visit to Trerice Manor.

East meets West in the creation of this beautiful garden set in two acres near St. Mawgan. The bonsai nursery is closing later this year so enjoy the bonsai collection while you can, together with the water gardens, the stroll garden, the Zen garden and the Oriental statuary.

1½ hour visit, 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.

Trerice Manor at Kestle Mill is an intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem, Trerice remains little changed over the centuries. Built by the Arundell family in 1572, the stillness and tranquillity of this historic manor is much prized by visitors. A new feature is the Elizabethan knot garden.

Light snacks, lunch or cream teas are available for you to order at the Barn Restaurant.

3 and a quarter hour visit, 12.00 – 3.15 p.m. (to include time for lunch or tea, and a stroll round the gardens).


Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: Details to be advised

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Wednesday - Sunday 20 - 24 May 2015

Amsterdam and The Rijksmuseum

Key aspects of the trip were:

  • 5 Days staying in 4* NH Museum Quarter Hotel on Bed& Breakfast basis only
  • Flight to and from Exeter
  • Art historian Guide
  • Included entrance costs to Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Maurithuis (The Hague), Rembrandt House Museum
  • All transfers by coach
  • Partners who are not members of the society would be allowed to participate as the majority of rooms are shared.
  • There will be some walking involved in the visit

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Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: Cost £739 per person, Single person supplement £199

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Thursday 23 April 2015

Pencarrow, Bodmin

The largely Georgian mansion is still owned and occupied by descendants of the family who settled there in the 1500s. Open to the public since the 1970s, Pencarrow House and Gardens is a great day out for families, history enthusiasts, nature and garden lovers.

Pencarrow boasts a fine collection of paintings. China and porcelain in the house include Meissen figurines, Chamberlayne’s Worcester dinner service, Sèvres plates and candelabra, and famille verte plates of the K’ang Hsi period (1622-1722). The jewel in the crown is the large Ch’ien Lung famille rose bowl known as the Pencarrow Bowl, which was specially made by Chinese artisans based on drawings.

Pencarrow’s gardens are a combination of formal landscaping and woodland walks. Points of interest include an Iron Age hill fort, a sunken Italian Garden with a quatrefoil fountain, an ice house, a palm house, an ancient Cornish cross, and a grotto.

Tour of house and gardens included morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.


Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: £34.50 included coach travel and a day ticket to the house and gardens, including a coffee, 2 course lunch, and cream tea.