Merchant House makes the perfect base for gardens and birdwatching breaks in Cornwall. People travel from all over the world to visit the Cornish gardens and with gardens such as Trebah, Glendurgan, Heligan and Trelissick on our doorstep it’s no wonder! We truly have the prettiest selection of gardens including ones such as Tregothnan which produces delicious Cornish loose leaf tea. Each season showcases a variety of flora and fauna with fantastic views, different areas to explore and even a maze in one and private beaches in others! Glorious gardens can be found all across Cornwall so you can travel as far or as little as you choose. One of our favourite gardens is Trelissick which is just a ten minute drive from Merchant House. They have the most amazing views, they are dog friendly and they are right next to the water so you can hop on an Enterprise Boat afterwards and sail to Falmouth or St Mawes.

Cornwall is also great for birdwatching. You can expect to see a variety of our feathered friends on your visit to Cornwall including Tits, Kingfishers, Bullfinches, Swallows, Ravens, Turtle Doves, Cuckoos, Goldfinches, Woodpeckers, Kestrels and Cormorants.

Check in and enjoy our free car parking, complimentary delicious afternoon treat with tea/coffee on arrival and free speedy WiFi then return from a day visiting gardens or watching for wildlife to a comfy bed, a hot shower, washing and drying facilities and a delicious full English breakfast to fuel you for another day out in the fresh Cornish air!

Find out more about booking a garden or birdwatching break at Merchant House by contacting us today. Garden entry must be booked direct.


AK Wildlife Cruises


AK Wildlife Cruises is run by passionate naturalist, Capt: Keith. B. Leeves. With thirty-eight years of experience guiding in both hemispheres, very little gets past his well trained eyes! Expect to see a variety of seabirds including Storm Petrels, Puffins, Peregrine Falcons, Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars, Herons, Guillemots, Gannets, Egrets, Kittiwakes, Oystercatchers, Gulls and more! Client participation and photography are actively encouraged on all excursions to ensure you capture these incredible creatures!

Daily cruises are available with the chance to see other marine wildlife from the Lizard Point in the West to the Dodman Point in the East.  You will also have the chance to spot huge basking sharks, harbour porpoises, dolphins of the bottlenose and common variety and grey seals!  The boat has a heated indoor seating area, open outdoor seating, toilet facilities, hot drinks and snacks available, making the journey as comfortable as possible! An intimate cruise, bookings are limited to 12, providing more space and a better chance to speak with the knowledgeable crew! Recommended to book in advance! Find out more at or phone 01326 753389


Trewithen Gardens

Trewithen Gardens

Revered as a masterpiece of landscape gardening, Trewithen boasts a wealth of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles. Comprising 30 acres of woodland gardens as well as more than two hundred acres of parkland, a visit to the gardens is sure to be memorable and exceptional. An International Camellia Garden of Excellence, you’ll also find over 200 varieties of camellia around the woodland gardens, creating an unforgettable array of colours to enjoy. Well worth a visit, the gardens are open from March to June each year. Find out more about Trewithen here:


Heligan Gardens

Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1992 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project.

Today Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic.vDogs with well-behaved owners are welcome to come and explore the gardens all year round! 



trebah house and garden; pond and hydrangeas

trebah house and garden; pond and hydrangeas

Trebah offers visitors a year round experience. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias; in summer, the giant gunnera is a must see for young and old. In autumn, Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond and in winter, their spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whilst plants from the southern hemisphere flower. Dogs are welcome at the garden and on the beach, all year round, but to be kept on a lead at all times.

With adventure play areas, children’s trails and special events all year round, they are a family and dog friendly garden. Click here for more seasonal information.