Marsh Villa, St. Andrews Road, Par, PL24 2LU
Tel: (01726) 815920
Garden in a former tidal creek
This magical three acre water and woodland garden lies in a former tidal creek, and is rich in variety and conservational significance. With the first plantings in 1988, the garden is well established, boasting extensive herbaceous borders and mixed beds, amongst a charming network of waterways which drain the Treesmill marsh levels.
A hornbeam avenue forms a central axis whilst meandering paths lead from one 'room' to the next - to the large natural pond, the formal enclosed garden, the small woodland areas with under plantings, the boscage and the marsh, whilst plenty of comfortable corners provide opportunities for enjoying the peace.
The long narrow valley in which the garden lies was, in the 18th century, a tidal creek - the creek upon which Daphne Du Maurier based her 1969 novel, 'The House on the Strand'.
Copper mining on the hills above brought about the silting up of the harbour and drainage of the former creek, but when mining ceased in the late 19th century, regular fluvial flooding began in earnest. Our 17 acres are, for the most part, a boggy and impenetrable marsh, though a major flood relief scheme carried out in 1976 has brought flooding under control.
Close to the railway station in Par.
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