Gardens

The 5 acres of gardens at Pengelly are an intriguing mix of ornamental, jungle garden, meadows and woodland with a networks of streams and ponds inter-connecting with our main lake. Beyond the main entrance you’re immediately immersed in a grove of tree ferns and an avenue of pear trees leading upto the lake, beckoning you to your perfect country retreat.

Our Vision for the Land…

Restoring the site has been a huge undertaking, and we wanted to ensure we maximised the diversity of habitats for wildlife whilst also ensuring guests can experience a wide range of garden types in one site.  The land very much reveals itself as you walk through it, the dramatic views across the lake unfold as you approach the cabin, and the hundreds of hedging and trees we’ve planted give a real sense of privacy, seclusion and different ‘rooms’ to explore. There are a multitude of spaces to relax, reflect or read a book – that is if you can tear yourself away from your private decks at the Boat House cabin or Sail House luxury yurt, watching the wildlife or the glorious sunrises & sunsets over the lake. It’s hard to believe this piece of paradise sits only 15mins away from Cornwall’s north and south coasts.

Jungle Garden…

At the entrance to Pengelly Retreat you’ll find lush and exotic plants around a series of ponds. A stone bridge beckons you around our jungle garden with it’s striking bamboo, tree ferns and gloriously coloured acers. Spanning the centre of this garden is a newly built 10m wooden bridge and connecting boardwalk, a perfect photo spot for wedding couples!

The Tipi & Rose Garden…

Our newest part of the garden is a peaceful enclosed space alongside our stream, bordered by flowering Guelder Rose hedging and sweet smelling summer roses. Our beautiful Tipi which can seat upto 12, has an inbuilt deck, wood-burner, electric lighting and sockets. It opens up on one side – providing a really flexible space for private chef dining, wedding receptions, treatments, small workshops and events.

Meadows…

We have several large swathes of meadow, which we constantly enhance with spring flowering bulbs such as various varieties of Tulip, Daffodil, Lily, Camassia, Bluebell, Wild Garlic. We’ve planted over 2000 bulbs in the last few years! These meadows peak in mid summer, are then cut in the Autumn and kept short until early in the New Year.

The Lagoon…

Our lagoon is fed by the stream and is flanked by two bridges. On one side are the dramatic umbrella-like leaves of Gunnera, a plant you may recognise from some of Cornwall’s Great Gardens like Heligan and Trebah. The meadow here is rich with wetland loving plants and flowers, such was Water mint, Iris, Willow herb and Loosestrife.

The Lakes…

The main lake (approx 100m long) is the centre-point of the garden. Flanking the gravel path upto the lake is an avenue of ornamental Pyrus Chanticleer pear trees, which produce lovely early spring blossom and turn a deep crimson red in late autumn. In the margins, huge Typha bullrushes rise up on one side through which our new floating pontoon emerges – perfect for reflecting, watching the fish or diving into the water. At each end of the lake, alongside the Boat House and Sail House, we’ve planted dozens of gorgeous Water Lillies and other flowering aquatics such as Bog Bean.

The Forest…

Our pine forest provides a dramatic backdrop to the Sail House, through which a mown pathway meanders out into the meadows.

The Arched Bridge and Pond…

Beyond the forest lies an amazing 7m arched wooden bridge, inspired by the National Trust’s Trellisick Gardens, astride a large wildlife pond and leading to our wild outer meadow. This is a great sunny picnic spot, with hardwood seating on a mown patch of grass by the pond.

The Secret Garden…

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, at the end of our land and screened with bamboo is our amazing secret garden. A long network of raised boardwalks and bridges leads you through a dense canopy of wet woodland and bamboo, with the stream meandering through. It’s definitely a journey of discovery, and there’s even a large Buddha statue nestled amongst the trees.

We are also lucky to be close to so many famous gardens, so for more inspiration visit the Godolphin Estate, Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan, Trelissick and Trengwainton Gardens, with the famous Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan further afield.  The Cornwall Wildlife Trust also hold a number of Open Gardens each year.