Trematon Castle Gardens
The ancient battlemented castle walls are almost all intact, along with the Black Prince's Gatehouse. Drake unloaded his treasure from the Golden Hinde here and kept it in the Keep until ready to be taken to Queen Elizabeth in London.
In the middle of the Bailey stands the house, a white stucco villa combining Cornish romance and Regency elegance. Wild flowers cover the steep slopes up to the Keep and giant gunnera grows beside the Gatehouse. The garden is being restored and rejunvenated by tennants and garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman - www.bannermandesign.com - whose intention is to keep the mystery and lost world quality of this ancient place, while adding a pre-Raphaelite spring and summer and late summer floweriness unusual in Cornish gardens.
Rambling roses up walls and deep luxurious beds of peonies, irises, phlox and asters and dahlias abound along with exotic Echiums,palms, crinums lilies, regale lilies, pots of pelagoniums and aromatic banks of cistus, agapanthus and lavender.
They have put a huge amount of work into layers of scented planting, herbaceous, shrubs and bulbs whilst keeping a slightly wild and a very relaxed feel to the garden. There are steep woodland walks, with bluebells, tree ferns. rhododenrons and camellias. An Indian Pavilion and swimming pool was made by the previous tenants and work is about to start on an exotic garden of palms and bananas here.
The remains of an ‘Italian Garden’ in the woods is a future project as is the double walled garden to the north of the motte, which has been cleared but not yet planted. It is not possible to allow visitors to go everywhere and there are steep steps and slopes.
Parking is limited and the approach is through narrow lanes. See website for details.