High Cross, Constantine, Near Falmouth, TR11 5JN
Tel: (01326) 340444
Surprisingly peaceful garden
This 4 acre garden surrounds the 17th century farmhouse in peaceful pastoral setting. There is year round interest with an emphasis on tender, unusual plants, structure and form. The 16th century courtyard with listed garden walls, yew rooms, vegetable garden, traditional potting shed, orchard, new woodland area with children's interest, palm and gravel garden, complete the picture. The circular walk down ancient green lane via animal pond to Trenarth Bridge, returning through woods is a pleasant diversion. Abundant wildlife also fills the garden with bees in tree bole, a lesser horseshoe bat colony, swallows, wild flowers and butterflies.
The house dates from each of the past six centuries from sixteenth century cellars upwards and onwards, reflecting the changing fortunes and ownership of the farm. The original family of Trenarth passed it to the Trefusis family by marriage in 1658, then to the Nicholas family in the early eighteenth century: they held it until 1842; subsequently seven owners lived here until we bought it in 1992.
By 1992 the gardens had benefited from several decades of gardening by the previous owners. In the 1950's the owners had a horticulture business, raising thousands of anemones and daffodils for the cut flower trade: the remains of their green houses are still seen in the now restored potting shed in the walled garden. The subsequent owners planted in the 1960's a large orchard and yew hedging in the walled garden, built walls, and planted shelter belts around the farm.
Together, these features provide an invaluable backdrop for a garden-in-the-making since 1993. With the exception of a few magnolias, camellias, hydrangeas and the orchard, all of the planting has been done in the last twenty years.
The entrance to the garden is via a drive flanked by camellias, backed by a beech walk, and all under planted with bulbs, hellebores, and varieties of cornus.
Three miles south-west of Falmouth.
Just 3 Sundays per year
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