Pentillie Castle Garden

Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle and Garden
Pentillie Castle
St Mellion
Saltash
Cornwall
PL12 6QD
The gardens at Pentillie Castle were described as a ‘national treasure’ by Country House Rescue’s Ruth Watson when Channel 4 filmed here in 2009.
When she saw them they were still a tangled mass of laurel, rhododendron ponticum and brambles, with the odd path cleared through the ‘jungle’ that had been completely neglected for nearly 30 years.

One of the gardens main features include the American Gardens. Designed by Lewis Kennedy in 1813, the term ‘American’ comes from the importation of plants from America in the 1800’s. This area of garden is typical of many Cornish gardens, filled with a wide variety of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and azaleas. It is a profusion of colour from early spring. Old photographs depict fine lawns among small shrubs and summerhouses. It is hoped that the Castle gardeners can recreate this in years to come.

Since 2009, the Castle has been entirely renovated to provide luxury, award-winning accommodation, and work has taken place throughout the 55 acre woodland garden that surrounds the Castle. Principally, huge areas of rhododendron and laurel have been cleared thanks to a significant grant from Natural England to help eradicate the ponticum. This has opened up the woodland considerably, allowing exciting new glimpses of the River Tamar. However it has also meant that experts have deemed some of the wonderful 200 year old deciduous trees unsafe, as honey fungus has infiltrated their roots, and so sadly a number were felled in Spring 2012. However, a positive angle is that a vast number of bulbs have been uncovered.

Once a thriving source of produce for the Castle’s kitchen, the Victorian Kitchen Garden had fallen into disrepair and ruin. In 2012 restoration work began, and the garden walls have since been successfully recapped and the greenhouse fully restored to its former glory. A variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers now grow again in the greenhouse!

A great believer in resurrection, Sir James Tillie built his mausoleum so he could await on Mount Ararat and look at his favourite view, the majestic River Tamar. Since his death, the mausoleum had fallen into a crumbling state and urgent action was needed to save this historic building. With funding, restorative work begun on the mausoleum in winter 2012. During restoration, the brick built roof of a vaulted structure was discovered under the floor. After further digging, the entrance to Sir James Tillie’s vault was discovered, also revealing the infamous man’s final resting place, along with his leather chair.

The mausoleum was finally restored in spring 2013, along with Sir James Tillie’s monument. Whilst the public do not have direct access to the mausoleum, it is open on specific garden open days, and guided garden tours. All B&B guests have access to the mausoleum and gardens during their stay. 

Garden Open Day's
Tickets are £6 entry per person (children under 12 free). No booking required. Half price entry for Friends of Pentillie members!
With plants on sale and refreshments available in the Castle Dining Room at our 'pop-up cafe', we are also delighted to offer our Traditional Afternoon Teas at £18.50pp which are bookable via the office on 01579 350044.
Please wear suitable sturdy footwear. Dogs will be welcome on leads – please clear up after them and use the bins provided.

Future Garden Open Days…
Mother's Day, Sunday 26th March, 12pm – 4pm
Bank Holiday, Monday 17th April, 12pm – 4pm
Bank Holiday, Monday 1st May, 12pm – 4pm

Guided Garden Tours are also available for groups of 12 or more. For further information please contact the office on 01579 350044.

For more information on Pentillie’s gardens visit www.pentillie.co.uk

 

Outdoor Theatres at Pentillie

Pentillie's Outdoor Theatre's take place on the Old Tennis Lawn at the reverse of the Castle. The gardens open approximately 2 hours before the performances start, to allow guests to explore the Pentillie grounds.

Comedy of Errors – Wednesday 26th July 2016. Performance at 7.30pm, Gardens open from 5.30pm.

Join The Lord Chamberlain's Men as one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies is brought to life. This magical and comically entwined tale of mistaken identity will keep you guessing and laughing until its joyous conclusion!

Gardens open from 5.30pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Homemade food and refreshments will be available.
Tickets: £15 adult, £10 child (6-12 yrs, under 5yrs free), £45 family (2 adults, 2 children). Call 01579 350044 to book your tickets!

Emperor's New Clothes - Wednesday 16th August 2017. Performance at 6.30pm, Gardens open from 4.30pm.

Join Illyria for their hilarious take on this children's classic. Presenting Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved story, a hapless Emperor and a suit of clothes so fine that only intelligent people can see them is one of the greatest - and funniest - cautionary tales of all time.

Gardens open from 4.30pm and the performance starts at 6.30pm. Homemade food and refreshments will be available.
Tickets: £15 adult, £10 child (6-12 yrs, under 5yrs free), £45 family (2 adults, 2 children). Call 01579 350044 to book your tickets!

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