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22 Jul 2019

Tregothnan is home to the Boscawen family and the largest garden in Cornwall.  For one weekend in April, it hosts the UK’s largest charity garden open weekend.  The garden has an unequalled diversity of tress, historic botanical and rare collections, sweeping vistas and secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful River Fal.


During the weekend, visitors can get lost in the world’s largest Camelia maze, mountainous Magnolias and 40-foot crescendos of Rhododendrons in full flower.  They can marvel at the 100 acres of garden, and the Himalayan Valley which demonstrates more than 20 varieties of Camelia, used for tea in the plantations.  All of this can be topped off with a delicious home-made lunch or cream tea, in a delightful stable yard setting, still home to working horses.  Musical interludes take place close to Tregothnan House, which dates from the time of the Protectorate (1650s).


Tregothnan makes 13 different types of tea and 10 different types of herbal infusions.  The diversity of lands enables the estate to produce Cornish Manuka and wildflowers honeys, fine and rare Kea plum jam and sustainable coppiced charcoal.  Also, seasonal bouquets are created using luxury flowers and foliage sourced from the Estate.

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Tregothnan Tea Plantation


Cornish Yarg

25 Oct 2017


There are around 60 varieties of cheese produced in Cornwall but it is Cornish Yarg that is best known.  The recipe is said to date back to the 13th century but was revived in the 1960s by Allan and Jenny Gray.  Interesting, the couple used their own name spelt backwards, so “Gray” became “Yarg”.


Yarg is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese often likened to Caerphilly.  It is creamy and slightly crumbly in the core.  One distinctive feature is the nettle leaves the cheese is wrapped in which form an edible rind.  Apparently, the stings are removed by freezing the leaves first.  Another version of the cheese is Wild Garlic Yarg which is covered with wild garlic leaves.  Today, despite being exported throughout the world, Yarg is exclusively produced by Lynher Dairies near Truro.



Gold – British Cheese Awards 2017

Gold – British Cheese Awards 2016

Gold – Great Taste Awards 2016

Best English Cheese – International Cheese Awards 2012

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