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Merchant House’s Magnificent Gardens

Cornwall is famed for its greenery, and there are lots of special places all over the county where this cherished chlorophyll has been cultivated for your leisure…it’s not all green either!

We’ve rounded up five of the best for you to pay a visit to when staying at Merchant House, follow us…

Trebah Garden

You’ll be hard pressed to think of something that Trebah DOESN’T have! As winners of a South West Tourist Award, their wall of bamboos, valleys of ancient rhododendron and hydrangea as well as a canopy of gunnera are proof that there’s everything children (and big kids) need for a days exploring.


Should you want a change of scenery (which we doubt!), there’s a private shingle beach on site for a quiet five minutes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Trebah Gardens is just outside of Truro at Mawnan Smith, it’s only a short drive from Merchant House and as they’re currently developing an ampitheatre, you’ll soon be able to add al fresco theatrics to your to do list! Add to this the fact that they are the perfect place for pooches, it really is the best day out for everyone!

Glendurgan Garden

Another treat on the outskirts of Truro is Glendurgan Gardens, a trio of valleys boasting excellent and exciting examples of plants from South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico as well as a bamboo bridge, an orchard, rope swing…there’s just so much!

As well as this, their champion trees boast national and county records; one being their 24-metre high giant pink tulip tree!

Lose yourself in the cherry laurel maze or have a paddle on the beach at the bottom of the gardens, even have a bite to eat at the Tea House! 

glendurgan gardens

Trelissick Garden

Trelissick Garden is just south of Merchant House, and as well as more than 30 acres of elevated gardens there are some great woodland, countryside and coastal walks on offer, so dust off those hiking boots and enjoy a good stomp around the grounds.

A picnic area and ‘Crofters’ restaurant lets you taste Cornwall in these exquisite surroundings, and well behaved doggies are allowed in the woodland and surrounding area, so Rover can enjoy a day out too! (They even sell dog biscuits on the estate, mmm!)

trelissick gardens

Trewithen Gardens

Proclaimed as being ‘one of the loveliest gardens in England’, why not check it out for yourself?

Trewithen Gardens is about a twenty-minute drive eastwards from Merchant House, so take to their gravel paths and admire this International Camellia Garden of Excellence’s well, excellent collections of rare and exotic camellia, magnolia, rhododendron, azalea, maple and holly.

We think a cream tea is a firm staple of Cornish life, so visit the Tea Shop for one of our favourite afternoon snacks. If you happen to overindulge, stroll towards

sycamore avenue, their camera obscura or a tour around 18th century Trewithen House!

Trewithen gardens

Bosvigo Gardens

A short distance from Truro train station (and of course, Merchant House!) is the labour of love that is Bosvigo Gardens. A collection of gardens surrounding twelfth century property are timed for Spring and Summer, especially ‘The Hot Garden’, where throughout August colour bursts forth in a sizzling array of crocosmia, salivia, lobelia and dahlias.

The Vean Garden, Walled Garden and Woodland Walk all offer different aspects of the flora that Cornwall’s unique climate caters for, with the all-important colours that please the eye so readily.

Open from 11am-6pm in the latter half of the working week from March to September, Bosvigo Gardens are a superb place for a peaceful afternoon in the company of some fine horticulture before leaving Truro and Merchant House, until next time anyway!

Bosvigo Gardens

Superb gardens are just one aspect of Cornwall’s varied attractions, just speak to any of our staff for some tips on where else to go during a stay at Merchant House!