Our recent visit to The Japanese Garden in St Mawgan near Newquay
Whilst everyone else was buying their Halloween costumes we decided to visit The Japanese Garden on the last day of October, and coincidently, the last day of their season as they are now closed until 1st March 2017.
30 minutes from Butterwell Farm, very close to Newquay Airport and Mawgan Porth beach, is the small village of St Mawgan where the garden is located. The village also has a pub The Falcon Inn, village shop, tea room, post office and craft shop all within walking distance of each other.
The garden itself is run by a young couple who have recently taken over from her parents who have just retired. We received an extremely warm and friendly welcome and Natalie, the owner, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the garden and the bonsai trees and succulents they have for sale in the nursery. I’m sure you will find equally glowing reviews on their TripAdvisor page.
The nursery and shop are free to enter, and the gardens are a very reasonable £4.50 for adults, £2 for children and infants in arms or buggies are free. We had no problem pushing around our buggy as 90% of the garden was level gravel paths. Understandably dogs are not permitted (apart from guide dogs), however there is a large shaded parking area.
The garden is 1 acre in size and you could spend anything from 20 minutes to 2 hours walking around and taking in the peaceful surroundings.
The colours at this time of year were spectacular and we almost had the place to ourselves. We will definitely be back in the spring to see the change of seasons as it’s such a great location for when you’re passing through on your way to the coast.
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