Although private, the gates are open for two days only once a year for charity.
Internationally known as the home of English tea, Tregothnan is the pioneer of the UK’s only tea gardens and the only Manuka plantations outside its native New Zealand, as well as over 5000 rare plants including the Wollemi pine – a prehistoric species thought to be extinct until discovered in 1994. Tregothnan is an official 'safe site' for the keeping of rare or endangered trees from all over the world. The garden holds some 'Red Book' endangered plants and trees which are larger than any remaining in the wild.
Inspired by a tradition stretching back generations, the estate began supplying England’s first and only tea (Camellia sinensis) in 2005, although Tregothnan is believed to have been the first place in the UK to grow ornamental Camellias outdoors almost 200 years earlier. As well as growing English tea, a diversity of lands also allows us to produce herbal infusions, sustainable coppiced charcoal, Manuka and wildflower honeys, and our unique Kea plum jam.