The trees were already showing a trace of gold on their leaves, as we took the King Harry Ferry across the River Fal to the Roseland Peninsula, to visit the Lamorran House Gardens again.
Our last visit to Lamorran’s subtropical, Italianate garden must have been nearly twenty years ago and we were looking forward to retracing our steps through the palms as the far bank slipped away behind us and the faint vibration of the clanking ferry mechanism spread up through the deck to our feet.
The soul of Lamorran House Gardens
Lamorran House Italianate gardens are a must for garden visitors seeking a truly palm filled, sub tropical garden with a style of its own – flamboyant, dramatic, occasionally OTT but never boring – a garden with real soul.
Our first visit to Lamorran Gardens
We first visited Lamorran Garden, about twenty years ago, after I spotted an article in a glossy magazine, so a return visit was long overdue!
We were planning our own garden at the time of our first visit and “Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted” as they say, so we crammed in a lot of garden visits that year!
We bought a little bit of Italianate home with us after chatting with the gardener there that day and sourced the urns that flank our own Italian Garden entrance. Forward to nearly twenty years later and we were ready for revisit and what a treat we had in store!
Exploring the garden at Lamorran
The garden starts elegantly with a Koi Carp pond and palm fringed lawns leading to the elegant café terrace decked with lemon trees, with a range of three exciting yet intimate garden spaces culminating in a rose garden.
Immaculate gravel Palm fringed paths and steps snake ever downwards, winding between urns, follies and tinkling water. We spotted some of the urns we remembered from our previous visits, now weathered and soften by age and romantically engulfed in foliage along the way.
The sheer “Joie de vivre” and flamboyance of the garden was inspiring as each theatrical set peace was revealed along each turn of the way, leading with a flourish to the stunning views across the water.
We were grateful at the bottom to collapse on a bench in an arbour sated by the gardens and just absorb the peaceful view!
Finding the best route
The Gardener who met us near the entrance suggested that we followed the system of numbers and this time we did rather better at keeping them in order than on our recent visit to Bonython Gardens the other week.
The paths and steps drop steeply towards the river though and if you have joint problems it is a two painkiller garden.
Essential info about visiting Lamorran Gardens
Lamorran House Gardens will be open from April until the end of September on Wednesdays and Fridays We travelled by car from West Penwith taking the King Harry Ferry across the River Fal to reach the Roseland Peninsula before parked as indicated on the verge outside but it is also possible to take a river trip up from Falmouth disembark at St Mawes before taking ten-minute stroll to the gardens – which sound rather nice to me!
Upper Castle Road,
St Mawes. TR2 5BZ
Inspiration and Lamorran Garden
The four and a half acres of garden of Lamorran, inspired by the majestic gardens of La Montello on the Island of Ischia and ultimately inspired our own, has matured to a magnificent paradise of plants, temples and follies, set on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula and I think maybe we should explore there again and again.
Link to downloadable PDF from the garden site with every plant name – note it is http not https if your computer is fussy!
Lunch to finish our day exploring the Roseland Peninsula?
Teas are available in the garden but we were a little too early but when Charles suggested lunch on the terrace of the rather swish Hotel Tresanton I could only peer gloomily at my slightly horsehair embroidered clothes and mucker boots and refuse (in the rush get to the Roseland Peninsula I had exercised Danni our Spanish stallion and then leapt straight in the car ready for our adventure!) So we settled for a posh roadside picnic cafe before visiting the famous St Just in Roseland church to finish our day.
But I do plan a next time to revisit the enchanting Gardens of Lamorran House and maybe take in that promised lunch – maybe posher boots would do it!!