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Trematon Castle Gardens

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In a miniature mediaeval castle lies a minimalist regency villa with a magical garden and magnificent views.

In 2012, garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman moved in and began to plant a garden which is intended to play to the Castle’s romantic and pre-Raphaelite glories, the astonishing wild flowers, woodland and orchard, have been intensified with bold borders full of scent, colour, lustre and panache... 

here is mixed woodland with dogwood and magnolia, tulip tree, foxglove tree, evergreen oaks and oaks. At the end of April the Motte is a riot of wild flowers, carpeted with cowslips and primroses, bursting with bluebells, spangled with campion and purple orchids, and in the summer flushed with ferns and scented with wild thyme, majoram and woodbine. The orchard is awash with Camassias and Pheasant eye Narcissus, and under the shocking pink Cherry Tree are Fritillaries and Tulipa sylvvestris among a starry mass of crocus.

Many Cornish favourites are here, Camelias and some Rhododendron, Euchryphia, Carpenteria, Fuchsia, Mimosa and Cornus. to which we have added scented shrubs, loads of varieties of Philadelphus, and Lilac, Ribes odorata, and Daphnes such as D. transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’. There is an aromatic bank of Cistus, Lavender and Rosemary, Cardiocrinums and swathes of Alliums, Acidanthera, Agapanthus and Nerines.

For lushness and extravagance amidst the stoney ruins on the shady side of the Gatehouse Gunnera umbrellas reach up and right over a Neptine, while on the sunny side clamber Rambling Roses with Standard Roses in beds of downy Peonies with Lilies.

The great arc of the bailey wall to the west of the house shelters a double banked border. This is intended as a mixture of opulence, Topiary, Mecanopsis, Iris, Peony, Roses, Salvias, Campanulas, and medieval charmers, the violas, lilies, gillyflowers and sweet rocket of illuminated manuscripts.

It is very much a work in progress, very early days for the rambling roses, but a fascinating grouping of history, architecture, landscape and plants to visit even just as it is.

​The Garden is open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11:00am - 4:30pm (Last Entry) from 3rd May until the 1st September 2018. 

Entry is £8.00 per person, there is no Concession rate.  PLEASE COME WITH CHANGE AS ENTRY IS CASH ONLY

​N.B. Parts of the garden, especially the swimming pool may at times be closed at the discretion of the management

​REFRESHMENTS:  Tea, Coffee, Drinks & Cake are available. Picnics are not permitted in the Garden.

​PARKING:  Parking is in the Duchy Field to the West of the Castle and is some walk from the Garden, only a very limited numbers of badge holders may park by the Bailey wall.

​ACCESS:  Trematon Castle Gardens regret that the terrain in the gardens is not suitable for wheelchair users, similarly we are unable to provide blue badge parking spaces or other disabled facilities.

​DOGS: Assistance Dogs only please.

​COACHES: Only ‘Midi’ sized, 19 seater or smaller coaches can negotiate the narrow approaches to Trematon Castle.

​GROUPS: Due to essential maintenance that needs to be carried out when the garden is closed, Trematon Castle Gardens cannot accommodate group bookings on any day other that our regular open days.  

BY CAR:

Follow the A38 through the Saltash tunnel and over the Saltash services roundabout and continue into Cornwall. Take the third left signed ‘Trematon’ and ‘Trehan’, turn left at t-junction, then bear left at fork for ‘Longlands’ and ‘Trehan’. Trematon Castle is 1/2 a mile further along on the left hand side the Car Park will be clearly indicated on the left coming from Trematon and Trehan before the Castle Lodge and Entrance Gate. If you are coming from the Forder direction it will be found on the right, after the Castle Entrance and Lodge.

But for the benefit of local residence and not overly congesting the narrow lanes it is requested that you approach from Trematon and Trehan as directed and leave via Forder, St Stephens and Saltash.

GETTING TO TREMATON CASTLE GARDENS

BY CAR:   Follow the A38 through the Saltash tunnel and over the Saltash services roundabout and continue into Cornwall. Take the third left signed ‘Trematon’ and ‘Trehan’, turn left at t-junction, then bear left at fork for ‘Longlands’ and ‘Trehan’. Trematon Castle is 1/2 a mile further along on the left hand side the Car Park will be clearly indicated on the left coming from Trematon and Trehan before the Castle Lodge and Entrance Gate. If you are coming from the Forder direction it will be found on the right, after the Castle Entrance and Lodge.

But for the benefit of local residents and not overly congesting the narrow lanes it is requested that you approach from Trematon and Trehan as directed and leave via Forder, St Stephens and Saltash.

By Public Transport. The nearest train station is Saltash om the mainline Paddington to Penzance. From the station you can book a taxi for the remaining 1.5 miles.  Alternatively, the station is a short walk from Fore street,  Saltash’s high street, where you can take a the bus heading towards Wearde, getting off at Church Road and continuing to walk the remaining 0.7 miles to Trematon

Trematon Castle Gardens
Castle Hill
Saltash
Cornwall
PL12 4QN