Thursday, July 15, 2010

16 July 2010 Eden Project & Trenake Farm Looe Cornwall

Roadside sign to Trenake Manor Farm, Pelynt, nr Looe, Cornwall

Trenake Manor Farm

Trenake Manor Farm

The road to Trenake Manor Farm

Mick with Bee in the gardens of the Eden Project

Mick inside Biome

Lyn and Lavender in the gardens surrounding the Biome in Cornwall

Eden Project Biomes in Cornwall

Eden project Biomes in Cornwall

More rain over night and we left the Farm B & B at Luton in very overcast weather and cut through to the A30 and headed off skimming the top of Dartmoor National Park towards Bodmin. From Bodmin we headed south to have a look at the Eden Project just out of St Austell and East of Trethurgy.

The Eden Project is an amazing collection of huge Biomes containing several different climates in which they showcase all manner of plant life. You have to see it to believe it. To do so will cost you $16 though but apparently all the money goes to saving the planet in one way or another.

The place was packed with people wandering through the Biospheres and having lunch in the several restaurants. The place is huge.

There are about 8 or 10 carparks surrounding the place and bendy buses take you to the Centre for free. A bit like park and ride. It was a good job that they had these buses as you could walk your legs off once you got to the centre. What made it worse was that you had to descend quite a way to get to it and then ascend the winding road up the hill to get out. As well as this the Biomes had raised roads so you could get above the many plants.

Fortunately they provided transport back up to the exit so if you were buggered walking, you could catch it back up. We did this.

We left at about 2pm and headed off towards Looe in Cornwall as we had booked a farm B & B near Pelynt which was about 4 miles west of Looe. It poured with rain as we were driving down there but we arrived safely on a wonderful farm of 285 acres called Trenake Manor Farm that has been in the same family for 5 generations.

Lovely hedgerows, big trees, green fields with cows and horses grazing. There is certainly nothing like the English countryside.

Most of these farmhouses have walls that are about 2 feet thick. Lorraine, the charming wife of the farmer with a cute Cornish accent, (the wife, not the farmer) told us that some of the internal walls are 5 feet thick. It makes WiFi reception a bit iffy. Mick can only get on the Net if he sits on the top step of the stairs in the centre of the house!

Check it out at

Looks like the rain has set in for the night and a wet trip down to the local for dinner.

NB For Biospheres read Biomes. That's what they call them.

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