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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



11 Feb 2017


Just five miles south of Mevagissey and overlooking Porthluney Cove, lies the spectacular Caerhays, winner of the 2016 Garden of the Year Award (Historic Houses Association).  We always begin to think about this unique place in February, when the spring gardens re-open to the public until June.  They are internationally renowned for the largest collection of magnolias in England and containing one of four National Magnolia Collections (National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens).  A couple of years ago, when we first visited the 140 acre estate, we were bowled over, not only by the spring-time wonderland but by the stunning views of the nearby coastline and steep valleys.  It must be one of the most special and tranquil places on the south Cornish coast.


The gardens originated from the work of plant hunters in China at the start of the 20th century and the castle itself was designed by the famous Regency architect John Nash around 200 years ago.  Both the building and the two families who have lived and worked at Caerhays have played significant roles in the history of Cornwall and its former tin mining industry.


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