My day out: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
My day out: Tremenheere Sculpture Garden
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is an attraction in West Cornwall, nestled in a quiet sheltered valley near Gulval, yet only two miles from Penzance and less than a mile from the A30.
As it was only March, not all of Cornwall's houses and gardens had opened for the season yet, but Tremenheere was open and recommended to us by a local couple we met on our February day out. Tremenheere was completely unknown to us, and we are always looking for new ideas and inspiration to explore in our gorgeous county.
Prior to 1295, the land at Tremenheere was owned by the monks of St Michael's Mount before it was bought by a tenant farmer. The land at Tremenheere was said to be the vineyard for the Mount in the 15th Century and much later in the 1800s it was a noted strawberry growing area.
As like most other gardens we have visited in West Cornwall, we were expecting exotic and sub-tropical plants in a beautiful landscape and this time interspersed with some sculptures. Gardens we are obviously very familiar with; art is not our forte but we went with an open mind.
Thankfully on this occasion I was accompanied by my fit and agile friend so we were able to explore the grounds fully; the terrain does involve uneven paths, slopes and steps, so my elderly mother would have struggled on this outing. Dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens.
The gardens did not disappoint with a variety of half-hardy plants, woods, streams and a good collection of palms, ferns and bamboos. It is all very well-spaced out so we rarely saw another sole as we leisurely explored the 22 acres rising to 70m above sea level.
I’m afraid to say that the contemporary artwork was a little lost on us. I understand that some of the pieces are by internationally renowned artists, so I’m sure those in the know will appreciate the sculptural forms, textures and colours and there is also a gallery exhibition there.
To fuel your walk, there's a cafe/restaurant on site. The menu at Tremenheere Kitchen celebrates the best of local produce, but was a little bit too adventurous for my palate. We did however find the Agapanthus Tea Room at Trevine Nurseries just along the road who served us delicious sandwiches, scones and homemade cakes in a lovely friendly environment (plus views of St Michael's Mount from the outside WC!)
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden was very nice to visit, but there are also so many more for us to still explore in the area, so we hope to visit somewhere new next!
Useful things to know:
- It can become muddy in wet weather so suitable footwear is recommend at all times
- There are adventure maps for children
- The gardens are unsuitable for mobility scooters, wheelchair users and prams
- On-site parking is free