Tregothnan Estate, UK’s first tea plantation

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Tregothnan House and Deer Park © geograph.org.uk - Fred James/cc-by-sa-2.0

Tregothnan House and Deer Park © geograph.org.uk – Fred James/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Tregothnan Estate is beside the village of St Michael Penkivel 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Truro in Cornwall. St Michael Penkevil lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

The house and estate is the historic seat of the Boscawen family, Viscounts Falmouth, and is still managed by the family. The original medieval house was ransacked in the 17th century during the English Civil War. In the new house the date 1652 is carved in stone above the side gate. It was enlarged in the early 19th century to the designs of William Wilkins, the architect of the National Gallery in London.

Tregothnan House, in 1880. Published in Morris, Rev. F.O. Manor house © panoramio.com - Jane White/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tregothnan House and Deer Park © geograph.org.uk - Fred James/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Tregothnan House and Deer Park © geograph.org.uk - Fred James/cc-by-sa-2.0
Tregothnan Estate is famous for its large private botanical garden and arboretum. Tregothnan is not open to the public, but guided visits to the garden may be arranged.

A tea plantation has recently been started on the grounds. Tregothnan was home to the first outdoor camellias in the UK, around 1800. The first commercial tea was developed from Camellia sinensis, the “Chinese tea plant”, in 2001. The first ‘English tea’ was then sold in November 2005 to Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly. The Tregothnan Estate plans on marketing a brand-named tea house franchise called Festival of Tea, to be opened as far afield as China.

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