In 1827 a thatched cottage stood where the light-filled family house now surveys the valley. Charles’s paintings of plants and trees line the stairwell and there are family furniture, books and paintings galore. Caroline trained as a cook and her breakfasts are superb, with homemade marmalade and jams – some from garden fruit. Bedrooms have sensational views; Violet and Magenta are as your Edwardian aunt would have liked. No TV but a grand piano, harp, and the view to Helford river is stunning. It’s a magical, exotic and wooded place, and there’s a sense of discovery as you wend down steep paths to Durgan beach. It is splendidly scented in spring with magnolias, bluebells and primroses. Summer, to quote Charles’s excellent book, “breaks in a wave of whiteness, with eucryphia, hoheria, myrtus and that ‘bombe Alaska’ of rhododendrons, ‘Polar Bear’, while autumn is awash with bulbs – amaryllis, colchicum, crinum and nerine.” In the winter this is still an important garden with its collection of fine trees, and, even in the wildest weather, a deeply romantic place to be. There is much to explore and Charles, garden designer and leader of tours, will tell you all you want to know.