On the banks of the River Fal lies the secretive estate of Tregothnan, home to the same family since 1335. Famous for having the UK's only tea plantation, you can only visit the gardens during their monthly tours or as a private guided tour.
The concept of a living country estate may be one that some people believe has already been consigned to the history books. Tregothnan is living and breathing proof that the working estate is as relevant today as in our past.
Translated from Cornish, Tregothnan means ‘The House at the Head of the Valley’ and at the beating heart of the estate is the private botanic garden. Guests are always spellbound by the scale and diversity of Tregothnan, as well as the passion of one family for this incredible living collection. The sheer scale of the garden is over 100 acres and with limited chances to visit, there will be plenty of peace!
Our top recommendations for a visit to the private estate are:
- Experience its unequalled diversity of trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves.
- Get lost in ancient Camellias, mountainous Magnolias and the biggest Rhododendrons in the world with 40 foot crescendos of full flower.
- Explore the Himalayan Valley to see England’s only home-grown tea – and don’t forget to take some of the famous tea home with you!
Dogs on leads welcome on private garden tours, monthly tours and at the charity open weekend.