There is something undeniably special about bluebells. Bursting into life in April and May in Cornwall, these delicate flowers transform woodland scenes across the county and capture the imaginations of all those who gaze upon them. In the immortal words of Emily Brontë:
The bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air:
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care.
For your chance to see these protected species, here are the top 10 bluebell woods to visit in Cornwall this spring:
Winner of numerous Chelsea Flower Show gold medals, Caerhays Estate’s 30-acre Burncoose woodland garden is a real gem. One of the most popular highlights of its garden calendar, spring sees the estate’s beech trees besieged by countless bluebells flourishing in the shade and nutrient-rich soil.
To find out more about Caerhays Estate have a read of our blog about Caerhays Castle and Gardens.
Where to stay nearby: End Cottage is six miles down the road from Caerhays Estate. Sleeps 7, from £582 for seven nights.
A beautiful destination for walks throughout the year, Cardinham Woods in North Cornwall are particularly enchanting in spring. Pick up one of the waymarked footpaths and weave between verdant canopies of green and reams of bluebells bobbing in the breeze. After your walk, warm up with a signature hot chocolate in the onsite Woods Café.
You could perhaps use these bluebells as a beautiful backdrop to a proposal?
Where to stay nearby: Robley Farmhouse is just two miles from Cardinham Woods and Lanhydrock Estate. It is a dog-friendly property and sleeps 8, from £774 for seven nights.
A magnificent late-Victorian country house, Lanhydrock’s extensive 450 acre-estate is home to manicured gardens and sprawling woodland. For a great way to welcome spring this year, follow its indigo trails and enjoy the sight of thousands of bluebells covering the woodland floor.
Where to stay nearby: Roseney Barn is just over two miles from the Lanhydrock Estate. It is a dog-friendly property and sleeps 2, from £345 for seven nights.
Another famous country park in Cornwall, Tehidy should be on everyone’s list of top places to visit in the county. Boasting 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of woods, bluebell spotting in spring is all but guaranteed every year here, with purple pockets decorating several areas of the estate.
Where to stay nearby: Little Gables is just over a mile from Tehidy. It is a dog-friendly property and sleeps 6, from £643 for seven nights.
Featuring picture-perfect bluebell woods, Trewithen Estate is one of Cornwall’s largest privately owned estates. Giving you a chance to explore its tranquil grounds, you can visit the site in spring and wander its woodland glades enswathed in seas of purple.
Where to stay nearby: Reskinvers Cottage is just over three miles from Trewithen. Sleeps 7, from £605 for seven nights.
The National Trust-run Penrose Estate in Helston is one of the best places for long, leisurely walks in Cornwall – and one of the top areas for bluebell spotting in May. Home to farmland, woodland, the county’s largest freshwater lake and stunning stretches of coast, it is a destination you’ll want to revisit every year.
Where to stay nearby: The Trusty Servant is under a mile from Penrose. Sleeps 3, from £317 for seven nights.
Pencarrow House and Gardens nestle at the foot of a yawning valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. While its regal mansion is known for being the seat of the same family since the 1500s, its grounds and woodlands are much-loved for their colourful bluebell displays in spring.
Where to stay nearby: Duck End Cottage is just over two miles from Pencarrow Gardens. It is a dog friendly property and sleeps 2, from £443 for seven nights.
Near to Torpoint’s Antony House (where Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland was filmed), Antony Woodland Garden awaits with a showstopping spectacle. Featuring 300 varieties of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and indigenous and exotic trees, the estate is also known for its mass of bluebells which dominate its woodland floor in late spring.
Where to stay nearby: Mowhay Barn is just over three miles from Anthony Woodland Garden. Sleeps 6, from £662 for seven nights.
A famous tropical garden recognised near and far for its natural beauty and amazing flora and fauna, Glendurgan Gardens in Helford are a treat whatever the season. That said, should you venture over in spring, you will be rewarded with huge swathes of bluebells buoying at the feet of fragrant rhododendrons, painting the landscape with gorgeous cerulean hues.
Where to stay nearby: Frenchman's Creek is half a mile from Glendurgan Garden. Sleeps 8, from £600 for seven nights.
10. Enys Gardens
Within Enys Gardens’ 30 acres lie picturesque open meadows and lush woodland where spring’s bluebells take centre stage. An idyllic dog-friendly destination for rejuvenating walks, these historic gardens are thought to be the oldest in Cornwall and are a must-visit for wildflower fans and tranquillity seekers.
Where to stay nearby: Goonreeve House is just over a mile from Enys Gardens. It is a dog-friendly property and sleeps 6, from £528 for seven nights.
For places to stay in Cornwall this spring have a look at our selfcatering holiday cottages in Cornwall.