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For those thinking about a last minute getaway for a Cornwall cottage holiday, let us tempt you with the Tregothnan charity open weekend on the 11th and 12th of April. This is the only weekend of the year that Tregothnan is open for the general public to see the sweeping arcs of the largest Rhododendrons in the world, enormous Magnolias and ancient Camellias as well as the unparalleled diversity of trees, the rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful River Fal.
If you get a little peckish, there will be Cornish Cream Teas made with local produce and served with tea grown on the Tregothnan Estate, a barbeque of estate-reared meat and other lovely homemade lunches.
Other entertainments include a Classic Car display, some musical entertainment, children’s activities, games and demonstrations.
You can buy tickets for £10 online, and money raised this year will go to Cancer Research UK (this is actually very good value as well as being for a very worthy cause, the monthly tours are £35 and a private tour is £65!).
For a little more background information on why this is such a fascinating place, Tregothnan Estate is “proud to be the only producer growing tea in Britain”. It has been growing tea for around 200 years, starting with a Camellia Sinensis which grows in the Kitchen Garden, close to the only remaining piece of the pre-civil war house. Growing tea in Cornwall is actually not as difficult as it would seem, the humid air that comes from the Atlantic loses its’ saltiness before it reaches Tregothnan (meaning the house at the top of the valley) so the climate actually mimics that of the high Himalayan foothills.
Picture credit: Tregothnan.co.uk