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Washaway, Bodmin,
Cornwall, PL30 3AG


01208 841 722

Listed By

William Donelson

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open Snowdrop Sundays; 9th and 16th Feb 1st Mar - 31st Oct; Daily; 10am - 5.30pm

Parties/Coaches: No
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

30th Mar - 2nd Oct Sunday to Thursday inclusive 11 am - 3 pm (please check time of last tour)

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

16th April

Best Times of Year to Visit:

March to the end of June

To see:

Rhododendron (570 species) Camellias, Azaleas.

Admission Prices

Gardens Only Adult £5.50; Child £2.50; Over 60s £5.00; Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 Children)£13.00 Group discounts available. House (incl. guided tour) & gardens. Adult £10.50; Child (5 -15) £5; Family ticket (2adults + 2 Children) £28.00

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Shop and Cafe. Childrens play area. Many Special Event days throughout year - see own website for details

Garden Features & Events

Rare collection of cedars and conifers. Mile long carriage drive, 50 acres of gardens, lakeside walks and extensive Victorian rockery. Dog Trust Attraction of the Year House has fine collection of pictures, furniture, porcelain and antique dolls.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Tredethy Hotel Mount Pleasant, 7 miles from Bodmin

Inns & Pubs:

St Maybn Inn Sladesbridge Country Inn Earl of St. Vincent, Egloshayle

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

St Maybn Sladesbridge Helland Bridge

Description of Garden

These gardens are rightly famous for their collection of conifers, numbering over 160 different species and the extraordinary collection of more than 570 different species and hybrids of rhododendron. There are also over 60 different camellias. Many of the specimens in these collections are too tender to grow anywhere in Britain, except in the West Country. Two fine specimens of Chilean podocarps, one extremely rare, are to be found near the lake and the very rare Taxodium distichum 'Nutans', the Pond Cyprus, and the largest Deodar Cedar in the country, in the Italian Gardens and East Lawn respectively.

History Of Garden

The house, an impressive Palladian mansion, dates from 1760, but the gardens at Pencarrow were designed and laid out by the radical statesman, Sir William Molesworth, from 1831 during intervals in his parliamentary sessions, until his early death in 1855. He created the Italian Garden, rockery, the lake, the Carriage Drive and began the collection of conifers, claiming at his death that he had planted a specimen of all but ten of the species that could survive in these Isles. Charles Austin, a guest of his, named the araucaria araucana, by saying That would puzzle a monkey! Molesworth's family and descendants, particularly the late 15th Baronet, Lt-Col. Sir Arscott Molesworth-St. Aubyn, have continued the planting and re-planting and extended the collection.

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