Tregenna Castle is set among 72 acres of parkland with stunning views to the picturesque harbour and beaches of St Ives. Over the years, the estate’s various gardeners have taken advantage of the moderate climate of the Cornish coast to indulge in schemes that are a plantsman’s delight. Tregenna’s gardens are renowned for their drama, variety and maturity. They are not really show gardens though - more a practical backdrop to the hotel and resort, providing shaded, winding pathways to explore and play hide and seek. By contrast, the castle’s manicured lawns are the perfect setting for romantic wedding photographs and formal parties. Each of the resorts’ self-catering cottages has its own garden setting, with plenty of room to play and acres to roam.
Tregenna’s mature planting provides architectural interest and colour throughout the seasons. The winter hellebores and the bare limbs of the mature woodland are soon joined by spring bulbs such as snowdrops and daffodils, which were planted to brighten the cottage gardens and have naturalised over the years. As spring progresses, catkins and vivid green shoots appear and bluebells carpet the wooded areas. Summer highlights are the many flowering shrubs but equally delightful are the daisies on the lawns - perfect for daisy chains. The gardens are a delightful backdrop to wedding photography throughout the year. Even the bare limbs of the trees and the very rare snows provide photo opportunities and dramatic architecture to the gardens in winter.