The tranquil Trelissick mansion and its garden are set in 376 acres of woodland at the pretty village of Feock, which is situated about 5 miles (8 kilometres) to the south of the town of Truro and lies at the head of Carrick Roads on the River Fal.
Trelissick sits on its own peninsula in an unspoiled stretch of the Fal River. Picturesque planting is heightened by the folding contours and the informal wooded setting. There are four summerhouses dotted around the garden, perfect places for picnics, the magical Crptomeria tree and gorgeous riverside woodland walks to enjoy.
The house was rebuilt by Thomas Daniell, the son of a Cornish tin magnate, in the nineteenth century.
The house and gardens have since 1955, been in the possession of the National Trust. Thomas Daniell began work on the garden, although much of the garden we see today, is the work of Ida Copeland and her husband, Roger, who later inherited the estate.
The garden, which is set in extensive parkland of 400 acres, is noted for its year round colour and superb views of the highly attractive Fal estuary, one of the most beautiful estuaries in the country and Falmouth harbour. There are more than 12 hectares (30 acres) of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants.
Trelissick Garden is a plantsman's delight, there are superb collections of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, as well as rare varieties of hydrangea and sub tropical plants, there is also a newly established Cornish apple orchard. The garden contains the National collection of azaras and photinias, while the dell is planted with tree ferns hostas and hellebores. The small walled garden contains aromatic plants.
As well as the garden Trelissick has its own art gallery with a wide range of work from local Cornish artists. Trelissick Garden also has a shop, plant sales and the Crofters Cafe. Additionally, there are ferry links to Trelissick Gardens from Falmouth and Truro, from May - October.
Open air music and theatrical events in season are held regularly.
Follow the A39 from Falmouth or Truro, then onto the B3289 at Playing Place and follow brown sign posts or signs to the King Harry Ferry.
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