I have visited Trelissick Gardens before, once on my own and once with two good girl friends of mine. Now Nathan has become a member of the National Trust we went together to explore the gardens. I haven’t been in the summer before so I was quite excited to see what flowers were in bloom and see the views in the sunshine.
Trelissick is home to a lovely big Georgian house which is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The house has stunning views over the Fal estuary and on a clear day you can easily spot the boats moored on the estuary – there’s a room in the house that has lots of seats facing out over the estuary and there’s binoculars you can use to see what you can spot. The estate has lots of lovely woodland walks and you can take a longer walk through the gardens towards the estuary to Lamouth Creek and the quay at Roundwood.
We decided to look round the house first and I enjoyed showing Nathan the views. There was an exhibition going on that details the life of Ralph Allen Daniell who was a Cornish mining millionaire. The exhibition is called “money flows in” and is open from 2nd July to 28th October 2017. Apparently Ralph Allen Daniell was a key figure within the Cornish mining industry in the 18th century and his riches allowed him to buy Trelssick in 1813. The exhibition has various items and displays for you to enjoy and it added something different for me to see this time round.
We then decided to talk a walk around the gardens and ended up taking copious pictures of all the beautiful and colourful flowers. We meandered along hydrangea walk where the path was lined full with purple, pink and blue hydrangeas – they were glorious.
We carried on through Tregothnan View down to the ferry entrance on the Fal River. Here you get great views of the river and you can watch the King Harry Ferry go back and forth. The King Harry Ferry is a car ferry that connects St Mawes and the Roseland with Feock, Truro and Falmouth. It takes 10 minutes for the ferry to cross and by using it cars avoid the 27 mile route by road. From here you can also catch a boat ride with Enterprise Boats and take a trip along the Fal River to Falmouth, Truro or St Mawes. I think this is something I’d like to do one day.
After taking a few snaps of the river we made our way back up through the beautiful gardens and made a bee line for the shop as it was starting to rain. The shop sells all the normal National Trust gifts which are all a bit pricey in my eyes but lovely if you can afford them! Trelissick also has a second hand book shop, gallery and a cream tea can be obtained from the Crofters Café.
I think this was possibly my favourite time visiting Trelissick in terms of the flowers that you can see at this time of year – the colours were stunning and the scents sweet and fragrant. I have a feeling it won’t be the last time I visit.