Seek out the canopies and champion trees dotted throughout the garden. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour to the gigantic gunnera. Then uncover the water garden built around a natural spring which cascades through a series of pools populated by inquisitive koi carp.
Our favourite Trebah spot is Alice's seat - an open-fronted summerhouse with cob walls and thatched roof, it's a faithful re-creation of the original structure built for Alice Hext who purchased Trebah with her husband Charles in 1907. It was rebuilt in 2002 using green oak timbers and the cob and cobbles came from the garden. Surrounding the summerhouse are scores of plants chosen for their fragrant flowers. To perch here with the sun on your face and such an intoxicating mixture of perfume to breathe in is one of the pleasures of a visit to Trebah.
As you meander down the footpath you’ll come across a shady dell. Full of ferns and ancient tree stumps where waters pour down a natural rock face, it's a place to sit and contemplate out of the sun before you head to the beach.
During the Napoleonic Wars, pirates and free traders populated the reaches of the river. But now this sheltered and secluded beach (Polgwiddon Cove) is an area of natural beauty. Skim stones, paddle and rock-pool when you reach the cove at the very bottom of the garden. Then tuck into one of our picnic hampers while you soak up the views of Helford River, Falmouth Bay, and the eponymous Frenchman’s Creek just across the river. Pure bliss.
On the rockery above Lawn Path there is an extensive planting of some unusual and rare varieties of succulents. Look for the South African Aloe polyphylla - one of nature's works of art, the leaves are arranged in a perfect spiral. On the banks above the Water Garden, the Agapanthus known as Lily of the Nile are producing globes of blue flowers on long strong stems and below, by the stream the Astilbes have graceful feathery plumes in soft shades of pink, white and red.
On Beach Path and Petrys Path, the mature Asian Dogwoods are laden with creamy white flower bracts, which become tinged with pink as the month progresses. The two acre planting of Hydrangeas are now starting to show colour. They were planted in the 1950s and are hand-pruned in early spring to promote the abundant flower heads. They are mostly vivid blue due to our acid soil.
WHAT TO KNOW
Trebah is a family and dog friendly garden, open every day of the year from 10am. One of the Great Gardens of Cornwall, Trebah is rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world. Please click here for entry prices or directions (it's just a 15 minute drive from the hotel.)
OUR GARDEN BREAK INCLUDES A THREE NIGHT STAY, ENTRANCE TO TREBAH GARDEN, A FERRY TRIP TO ST MAWES, A THREE COURSE DINNER AND CORNISH CREAM TEA. PRICES FROM JUST £209 per person, MORE INFO HERE OR BY CALLING US ON 01326 312707.