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Cornwall, PL30 5AD


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open every day in main season - 1st March to 31st October.  Gardens open at 10am, house at 11am.  Refreshments from 10am.  Plant sales and shop from 11am.  Parkland/woodland open all year.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Pre-booking essential  Coaches must be booked in advance

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

House opens at 11am.  Closes at 5pm during March and October, at 5.30pm in the intervening months. 

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Throughout the year

To see:

Rhododendrons, magnolia, camellias and tulips in spring.  Herbaceous borders, roses and colourful parterres during summer.  Autumn colour.

Admission Prices

Adult house & garden gift aid £13.95, standard £12.65.  Children house & garden gift aid £6.95, standard £6.30.  Family of 2 adults + 3 children gift aid £34.80, standard £31.60.  Garden only tickets available.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
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:

Dogs allowed in the parkland/woodland.  Disabled access to house.  Wheelchairs and mobility scooters available to borrow. 

Garden Features & Events

Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate; 17th-century gatehouse and long gallery; The ultimate 19th-century 'Upstairs/Downstairs' experience; Fabulous collection of spring-flowering magnolias and bluebell woods.  Cycle trails through woodland to suit all abilities.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

In towns of Bodmin and Lostwithiel. Lostwithiel Golf & Country Club.

Inns & Pubs:

In towns of Bodmin and Lostwithiel.

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

City of Truro (25 miles) Bodmin Moor (5 miles) Trerice (NT- near Newquay, 20 miles)

Description of Garden

Unusually for Cornwall, the majority of the gardens are laid out above the house, providing spectacular views of the rooftops framed by flowers from the many walks through the hillside woods. Around the house, the lawns with formal parterres planted with roses and bedding plants and about 30 huge topiary yews provide a beautiful and restful setting.

At the edge of the lawns there are some fine trees, amongst them Copper beeches planted by William Gladstone and Lord Roseberry, the 19th century Prime Ministers, and an extraordinary Field Maple covered in mosses and lichens. In the Higher Garden some astonishingly large stands of rhododendrons and camellias provide huge splashes of colour in spring and early summer. These contrast with the magnolias, some of which form a tunnel of blossom and which are complemented by drifts of white Pheasant's Eye Narcissi in the Top Walk.

History Of Garden

The house dates from 1634, but was radically re-modelled by George Gilbert Scott in 1857 for the 1st Baron Robartes. At the same time Scott laid out the garden in a formal design with low crenellated walls dividing it into sections. The design was simplified before WWII, although the parterres remain. In 1914 Lady Clifden laid out herbaceous borders surrounded by a semi-circular yew hedge which was augmented by the National Trust in 1971 by completing the circle and planting more beds. The 7th Viscount Clifden imported more spectacular varieties of shrubs and trees after he inherited the property in 1930.

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