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Brief description of site

Trebah has 19th-century woodland gardens occupying about 10.5 hectares on a steep-sided valley site. There are significant internal vistas within the site from walks on the east- and west-facing valley sides, with the house itself acting as an eyecatcher from lower areas of the valley.

Brief history of site

By 1788 Trebah was the residence of John Nicholls, gentleman, who was probably responsible for building a house at the head of a wooded valley. In 1838 Trebah was sold to Charles Fox, of the noted Quaker family. Fox built a new villa adjacent to the late 18th century house in 1856-1857, and an associated 'pretty terrace garden' was described in 1858. In the late 19th and early 20th century extensive development of the grounds was undertaken, including the introduction of rare trees and conifers, tree ferns, and hybrid rhododendrons.

Location information:

Address: Mawnan Smith, nr Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5JZ

Locality: Falmouth

Local Authorities:

Cornwall; Constantine

Historical County: Cornwall

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 204 Grid Ref: SW771278
Latitude: 50.1084 Longitude: -5.11875


To the south-west of Falmouth. Signed from the A39/A394 junction.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open throughout the year from 10 am, with higher admission charges in peak season.

Key information:

Form of site: valley garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site first created: 1857 to 1876

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 10.5

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