Cornish Weekend on the Belmond British Pullman – 30th April 2021
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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.
The Cornish Weekend commences in London on 30th April 2021. Contact us now to register your interest and to secure your place on this hotly-anticipated weekend.
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 – Good availability
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: Trevibban Mill and Lanhydrock House – Extremely limited availability
Today begins with a visit to the working vineyard at Trevibban Mill. Here you enjoy a tour of the vineyard and associated winery, with a tasting of the popular wines produced here. This is followed by an early light lunch in these beautiful surroundings, with incredible views across St Issey valley. Later you continue to the magnificent late Victorian house of Lanhydrock near Bodmin. Take the time to explore this gem of Cornwall, with its grand interiors and interesting servants quarters, as well as its neatly manicured gardens, before returning to your hotel. The rest of your afternoon is then at leisure.
Option 3: Cornwall Weekend featuring St Mawes & Falmouth – Extremely limited availability
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.
Option 4: Cornwall Weekend featuring Padstow and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant – Extremely limited availability
Today you enjoy a full-day excursion to charming Padstow. You begin with a guided tour of Prideaux Place, a stunningly beautiful Elizabethan manor house overlooking the picturesque harbour. The manor is still owned by the original family who took up residence on its completion in 1592. Later you continue into Padstow itself; this attractive fishing port is perhaps best known nowadays for its association with the celebrity chef, Rick Stein. Enjoy a three-course lunch with a glass of wine at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant on the picturesque quayside where the lobster boats and trawlers land their fresh catches. After lunch, enjoy time at leisure to explore Padstow’s enchanting alleyways and shops before returning by coach to the hotel.
Please note guests choosing Option 1 or 3 will be staying at the Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth, guests choosing Option 2 or 4 will be staying at the Carlyon Bay Hotel near St Austell.
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.
Relax within deeply upholstered armchairs and celebrate Britain’s gloriously unique heritage. Sip champagne and embrace an element of the world’s most romantic and exclusive adventure.
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.