Cornish Weekend on the Belmond British Pullman – 31st May 2019
Prices from £1,150 per person
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With its wild coastline of towering cliffs and beautiful golden beaches, Cornwall is rightfully one of Britain’s best-loved destinations. It is packed with wonderful architecture and a rich artistic and cultural heritage, which you can discover on this fabulous 2 night / 3 day holiday on the elegant British Pullman. Departing on a round trip from London Victoria, you can experience a journey just as delightful as the destination.
Day 1 – London to Cornwall on the British Pullman
Your weekend begins as you arrive at London Victoria station, where you are welcomed to the Belmond British Pullman. Settle in to your plush seat as your steward serves a delicious lunch accompanied with a sparkling Bellini. Soak up the passing scenery through the large picture window as Belmond British Pullman travels west and admire the intricate details of your art deco carriage. As you continue through the dramatic scenery of the West Country, indulge in a three-course lunch with a glass of champagne and half a bottle of wine – served at your table of starched white linen cloths and sparkling bespoke glassware.
Following this gastronomic experience, the train arrives in Truro, or Par if you are staying at the Carlyon Bay Hotel. Here you are taken by coach to your hotel for the next two nights (your hotel depends on which of the four options you have chosen for tomorrow; please see below for full details). After settling in, you are invited to an informal drinks reception followed by dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day 2 – Discovering Cornwall
Make the most of a full day in Cornwall by taking in some of its wonderful attractions. Choose from the excursions below – availability for some of these options is extremely limited, so we would advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Whichever excursion you choose, this evening a table d’hôte dinner is served in your hotel’s restaurant.
Option 1: Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project – from £1,150 per person
Lying at the heart of one of the most mysterious estates in England, and the former ancestral home of the Tremayne family, Heligan represents the largest garden restoration in Europe. The award-winning gardens extend to some 80 acres of pleasure grounds, including a magnificent complex of walled gardens and an extensive vegetable garden, all restored to their former glory.
The Eden Project offers an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location. A gateway into the fascinating world of plants and people, it serves as a vibrant reminder of how we need each other for our mutual survival. Space-age technology meets the lost world in the biggest greenhouse ever built. 50 metres tall and the size of 30 football pitches, the magnificent Rainforest Biome is home to steamy jungle, lush tropical plants and a crashing waterfall.
Option 2: Trerice and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall – from £1,200 per person
Today begins with a visit to a real Cornish gem, the intimate Elizabethan manor house of Trerice, whose fine interiors and delightful gardens nestle in a peaceful rural location near Newquay. You then continue to Watergate Bay, where Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall, enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. This award-winning social enterprise gives disadvantaged young people the opportunity to train for a career in the kitchen. With fresh table d’hôte menus each week combining local produce with Italian flair, Fifteen offers a delicious, relaxing experience on the scenic north coast. Please be aware, there are round 20 steps down to the restaurant (and back up again after lunch), so if this could cause you difficulties please let us know in advance. Following lunch, return to the Carlyon Bay Hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Option 3: Cornwall’s artistic heritage featuring St Ives – from £1,200 per person
Today you discover more of Cornwall’s artistic legacy along with its stunning coastal views. Begin with a morning visit to Penlee House Gallery, set in a charming Italianate villa in Penzance. Inside you can admire a great many paintings by members of the Newlyn School, as well as archaeology, costume and photographic collections. Afterwards, savour a seafood lunch at The Goldophin Arms on Mount’s Bay, a two-mile stretch of beach in the historic market town of Marazion. The panoramic restaurant perches right by the water’s edge with breathtaking views of St Michael’s Mount. Continue on to the pretty harbour town of St Ives, where you are free to explore at leisure. The art mecca of the South West, the town is home to Tate St Ives among other gems. Complimentary entry is available at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, should you wish to visit. The coach returns to Falmouth in the late afternoon.
Option 4: Cornwall Weekend featuring St Mawes & Falmouth – from £1,185 per person
Your full-day tour today offers the opportunity to visit Lamorran, a beautiful subtropical Italianate inspired garden where the unique microclimate means that an extensive, eclectic and unusual range of plants can thrive. Then on to St Mawes where you can have a stroll around this pretty village before lunch. Savour a sumptuous three-course lunch with wine as you take in sea views from the Idle Rocks Hotel, situated on the harbourside of this charming Cornish village. After lunch, return to Falmouth to visit Cornwall’s National Maritime Museum, a celebration of the sea, boats and Cornwall or explore the town at your leisure before returning to the hotel.
Please note guests choosing Options 1 or 4 will be staying at the Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth, guests choosing Option 2 will be staying at the Carlyon Bay Hotel near St Austell, and guests for Option 3 will be staying at the Budock Vean Hotel near Helford Passage.
Day 3 – Homeward bound
Today you bid farewell to Cornwall as you are transferred from your hotel back to Truro station. Here you are welcomed aboard the British Pullman once again for the journey back to the capital.
The return to reality is sweetened by a delicious five-course lunch with champagne and wine on your journey. The liveried stewards also serve tea and sumptuous cake shortly before your arrival into London Victoria, where the journey concludes.
What to wear
Smart daywear is appropriate; please do not wear jeans or trainers. Do remember to wear sensible shoes as you will be outdoors for part of your time in Cornwall.
The Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is glorious in every respect. Originally conceived as “Palaces on Wheels” by George Mortimer Pullman, each lavishly appointed carriage is an original 1920s and 30s masterpiece from the golden age of rail travel.
Lovingly restored with breathtaking attention to detail, each car is a symphony of intricate marquetry, inlaid mosaic floors, sparkling crystal and beautiful Art Deco design.
The Belmond British Pullman can carry up to 226 passengers and the carriages seat between 20 and 26 passengers in each. On board passengers are seated in either ‘coupé’s’ (small compartments seating up to four people) or in the open car mostly at tables for two. There is a limited number of single tables and tables for three in the open car.
The Belmond British Pullman takes its name from George Mortimer Pullman, an American, who in 1864 built The Pioneer, the first railway carriage designed with true comfort for the passenger. The later creation of the Pullman Car Company in 1882 led to his domination of luxury train travel in Britain from that time onwards.
These luxury day cars formed the train that would take passengers from London to the English Channel ports as part of the famous Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, as well as travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The history of the train lies in the individual carriages which today form the Belmond British Pullman. The carriages have changed hands many times during their lifetime and bring with them stories and events which give them their unique character.