If you take the ‘low road’ when leaving Cornwall via Plymouth and use the Torpoint Ferry instead of the Tamar Bridge,
then you can’t fail to pass Antony, ancestral home of the Carew Poles and donated to the National Trust in the 1960s.
I visited here in April last year to see the National Collection of Camellia japonica and on our way back from another holiday walking the coastal path it didn’t take much of a detour to drop down and pay a second visit, this time to see the National Collection of Hemerocallis.
When I was there at the beginning of last week, the blooms were just starting to show,
by now they will be rampant. Open Day is 13th July and features a ‘Daylily Walk’ with head gardener Mark Maunder. It’s a delightful garden, used recently in Tim Burton’s film of Alice in Wonderland, so if you are in the area, slow down, take the detour and enjoy the views.