Muddy says: Put the kettle on! The largest historic, botanic garden in Cornwall, Tregothnan is home to the finest Cornish grown and blended tea.
The first-ever English tea plantations were established at Tregothnan in 1999 – the sub-tropical gardens providing precisely the right growing conditions. Hidden behind the iconic kitchen garden door – the oldest remaining part of the estate dating back to Plantagenet times – are the Camellia Sinensis plantations from which the leaves are hand-plucked at dawn.
Rare species were not new to the estate though, with Manuka bushes established from New Zealand in the 1880s and ornamental camellias prior to that in the early 1800s. Tea production started in 2005 and today Tregothnan creates and sells a wide range of black tea, green tea and herbal infusions homegrown on British soil including using their own Cornish Manuka and wildflower honey.
The exquisite botanical garden, on the banks of the deep sea creek river Fal, provides the inspiration for Tregothnan’s continued innovation for high-quality estate produce. Across the estate, the unique microclimate is perfect to support the beautiful British flowers to be cut for their range of hand-tied seasonal bouquets and interior decor.
Tregothnan is a working, private estate, so visiting the gardens is a truly special experience and must be booked in advance. The two-hour tour ends with a Tregothnan cream tea. The estate also offers a selection of floristry and gardening courses, as well as fresh blooms and tea for sale online. The estate shop, selling tea and estate produce is open weekdays.