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Visit the Spring Gardens at Penheale Manor
May 21 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm| £3 - £5
There is a rare opportunity to visit an ancient Cornish garden on Sunday, May 21, when Penheale Manor at Egloskerry, near Launceston, opens its gates. Penheale house and garden were renovated in the 1920s under the direction of Colonel Norman Colville and offer a unique insight into the gardens of 400 years ago, with a style and atmosphere unlike any other garden in Cornwall.
Gardening writers say that to wander through its courtyards is to take a trip back to the days of the Tudors, and there are echoes of still earlier times: the lake extending beyond the walled garden is thought to have been shaped from the remnants of mediaeval stewponds. The estate once hailed as one of the finest and best-preserved specimens of ancient manorial residences in the county lay in ruins when Colonel Colville came to live there in 1920. The restoration of both the house and garden is down to the combined vision and skills of Norman Colville and Edwin Lutyens and, in the years since then, the courtyard and walled gardens have been extended and developed to frame and complement the unique range of buildings. Norman’s son, James Colville, also has a fine eye for detail and continues to improve the planting, the vistas and surrounding landscape
In the beautiful woodland, there are camellias and rhododendrons to delight lovers of Cornish spring gardens – the yew hedges, formal rose garden and sheltered herbaceous borders mean that a visit to Penheale is a treat. From the gatehouse to the courtyard pavilions above the house, and the long, sweeping lake, this is a garden on a grand scale.
Home made teas available and a prize draw to enjoy as well. Adults £5, children (3-12) £3. Tickets can be bought on the day.
(Photo credit: Fiona Colville)
- May 21
- 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- £3 - £5
- Event Category:
- Open Event