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Brief description of site

Caerhays Castle has late-19th-century and early-20th-century garden of around 20 hectares, surrounded by a wooded parkland of about 100 hectares. This is set within a larger agricultural estate of around 1400 hectares.

Brief history of site

John Trevanion, who inherited the estate in 1703, improved an existing house and developed gardens, thus creating 'a pleasant romantic seat'. John Bettesworth Trevanion commissioned John Nash to build a new house in 1807. John Charles inherited the estate in about 1880, and in about 1885 he began the woodland garden for which Caerhays has been noted in the 20th century.

Location information:

Address: The Estate Office, Caerhays Castle, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LY

Locality: St Austell

Local Authorities:

Cornwall; St. Goran

Historical County: Cornwall

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 204 Grid Ref: SW971416
Latitude: 50.2395 Longitude: -4.84678

The site is on the south coast off the B3267, 12 kilometres (approximately 5 miles) south-west of St. Austell.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily in March, April and May. Please see:
Pre-arranged tours can be booked in June and September.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: castle

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site first created: Before 1703

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 20

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