The Old Vicarage at St Clement overlooks the Tresillian River and the wooded banks beyond which form part of the historical Tregothnan Estate. Why not book a special weekend break in one of our luxury river view rooms, including entry to the estate and a delicious full Cornish breakfast at the very special rate of £125.00 per night.
Usually closed to the public, Tregothnan open their gates one weekend a year for Charity. It is a widely anticipated opportunity to discover one of the most spectacular gardens in Cornwall at, what is believed to be, the largest charity garden open event in the UK. This year the gardens are open on April 22nd and 23rd 2017 and all the proceeds go to St Petroc’s, a charity dedicated to supporting Cornwall’s homeless people.
The Tregothnan garden is the largest private botanical garden in Cornwall and has an unrivalled collection of rare plants and trees. The plants have been collected over many centuries. Thousands of rare species sailed from overseas to be nurtured for the first time on British soil in the Tregothnan garden.
Enjoy a fascinating day out at the first ever tea plantation in the UK. Tregothnan is the home of British tea and the bushes which create Britain’s number one drink flourish in the warmth of its microclimate. The Boscawen family who have lived at Tregothnan since 1334 have created a unique botanical garden in Cornwall with a collection of plants no one believed could be grown in the UK.
Their dedicated team of gardeners spend months preparing for this event; pruning the record-breaking Camellia Maze, perfecting the magical ‘Himalayan Valley’ with its beautiful tea pagoda, planting new and mysterious trees and shrubs and mowing the acres of pristine lawns and pathways of the garden.
Spring always appears early in Cornwall, which means the garden plays host to some of Spring’s first fabulous Camellias, Rhododendrons and Magnolias as they respond to the warm weather and open in an explosion of colour across the garden.
After the secluded beauty of the botanical garden, visitors can take on the tea party atmosphere in the Tregothnan stable yard where Cornish cream teas with Tregothnan tea and Kea plum jam and hot and cold food and refreshments are served throughout the day. Musical entertainment, children’s activities, games and demonstrations are also sure to keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend.
You can purchase a selection of fabulous teas, homemade preserves and honey as well as a plant or two. We have some Tregothnan plants in the garden here at The Old Vicarage and I always fondly remember our visits whenever I give them a prune.