Welcome to Tregothnan which, translated from Cornish, means
“The house at the head of the valley”
It was here that John de Boscawen came when he married Joan de Tregothnan in 1334. The house has been kept within the same family ever since. The only remaining part of the original house dating back to the Plantagenet era (around 1450) is an imposing stone doorway at the entrance to the kitchen garden.
Tregothnan is a rare example of a living and working private estate, supporting many families and communities in a protected environment. It operates very much as it might have done nearly 700 years previously with tenants, farms and agriculture as the forefront of the Estate’s daily operations.
Tregothnan owns large areas of woodland throughout Cornwall and Kent. Good management of this woodland is key to our commitment to reducing the use of fossil fuels and finding greener ways to live.
The largest, historic, private botanical garden in Cornwall at Tregothnan has been protecting rare species in its unique environment for centuries. This magnificent garden is the heart of everything we do Tregothnan as it provides us with inspiration, produce and direction. The talented team at Tregothnan use expertise to nurture rare plants, shrubs and Camellia sinensis (tea plants) within our unique micro-climate. Eight miles from the coast with the deep sea creek of the Fal Estuary running through the estate, the winter warmth and humid conditions are perfect for our thriving tea plantations, which allows us to grow and produce the most British tea in history.
As well as growing English tea and a vast range of plants that create the delicious herbal infusions, a diversity of lands also allows us to produce Cornish Manuka and wildflower honeys, our fine and rare Kea plum jam and sustainable coppiced charcoal. Beautiful British flowers from the Tregothnan gardens are cut for our range of hand-tied seasonal English bouquets. The fabulous Kea plums are protected by trademark to protect the variety for future generations.