Pentillie Castle, star of the popular Channel Four series 'Country House Rescue', opens its gardens to the public again this Spring on March 20th, April 3rd and May 1st & 2nd. And this year Pentillie will also host a specialist study day on the 18th Century's most revered landscape designer, Humphry Repton, on May 12, 2011 and a 'Bluebell Walk' on May 17.
Tutor Keir Davidson will lead the study day, providing a rare insight into Repton and his work in the Gardens of the Tamar Valley, with particular focus on the commissions he undertook in the Lower Tamar Valley, including Port Eliot, Anthony House and Catchfrench Manor. As well as two lectures, participants will be able to explore Pentillie's own Repton designed gardens, including parts not normally open to the public. The study package costs £85pp including entry, lunch, lectures and refreshments. Whilst the walk, which includes lunch, (with wine) costs £25pp. Pre-booking for both events is essential as places are limited.
The garden open days on March 20, April 3 and May 1&2 will run from 11am until 4pm, entry is £6 with children under 12 free. No booking is required for these and refreshments will be available in the castle. No dogs.
The open day on March 20 will be in aid of the RNLI, and visitors can expect to see primroses, camellias and early rhododendrons. The April 3rd opening (Mothering Sunday) will be in aid of St. Luke's Hospice and Pentillie's daffodils should be in full bloom. Whilst the openings on May 1&2, again in aid of the RNLI, will see the beginnings of the bluebells and some later spring flowers.
The Pentillie gardens were designed by Repton in 1809, (the family retaining the original book of his sketches and plans) and draftsman/designer Lewis Kennedy, who designed the stylish 'American Garden' in 1813. Over the years they fell into great neglect and their rediscovery has regularly been described as of more historical significance than Heligan.
The house has now been fully renovated and work has begun on the magnificent gardens. This historical walled kitchen garden dates from the early Victorian era, (there are weather records from 1855), and with the original structure intact the family are keen to restore it to the working garden it once was, supplying a plentiful local variety of fruit and vegetables to the castle. Currently there are probably still more weeds and brambles than vegetables, but work has begun to replant the traditional Tamar Valley cherry and apple orchards and the vegetable gardens are beginning to come alive again.
The American gardens are much more typical of many Cornish gardens, filled with a wide variety of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and azaleas, they are a profusion of colour from early spring plants, many imported from America in the 1800's.
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