Bosvathick started life as a small farm hamlet on a plateau protected by a ridge from bad weather to the south west.
Here were two farms, each with buildings and a central yard between them. The bigger of the two houses became Bosvathick House. Although there was work done to the gardens and drive, we have few records of any changes before 1868. In 1880 it was decided to reorganise the garden and change the route of the drive. This work resulted in the defining of the present garden.
Like many other Cornish gardens, Bosvathick has magnolias, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas and many other plant specimens, but because the family worried about wind and privacy, banks of laurel were developed to shelter the house and shrubs and plants. Fear of wind and pruning ensured the garden became completely overgrown.
It is only now in this generation that the gardens are being claimed back from the overgrowth and areas are refound, re-established and old finds lovingly restored. Bosvathick’s garden is a work in progress where old shrubs are given more light and space, sometimes even a new location and where masses of summer flowering perennials fill the newly created borders. In 2013 we started a major redevlopment of large areas of the garden, formerly overgrown with laurel and designated a neglected field to become the new orchard with 34 mostly southwest apple varieties which should start producing in 2017, possibly earlier. We also have cleared around our 3/4 acre lake, now visible from the drive and it is yearly visited by a pair of Canada geese who have raised their goslings successfully in three consecutive years. We also have a newly constructed children’s maze and for summer glory the garden now features over 30 different rose varieties.
Visitors will now be able to see summer flowering herbaceous borders, a newly planted orchard and the early spring visitor will be greeted by several thousand spring bulbs followed by our native bluebells in early May.
Please click on the garden map below to enlarge.
Several members of the family get around everywhere with their young children and babies in all terrain pushchairs, even though the fields around the lake are perhaps more suitable with babies in carriers or backpacks.
People with walking difficulties will be able to see many parts of the garden; our 95 year old granny managed to get around everywhere with her walking stick. But please do take care as there are steps and uneven ground.
Unfortunately for people in wheelchairs the garden will be difficult to access as there are steps, uneven paths, lawns and sloping fields.
Dogs are more than welcome but will have to remain on a lead at all times throughout the garden and in the fields. We have a lot of birdlife in the garden including pheasants and guinea fowl. We also have plenty of less loved but accepted grey squirrels and rabbits, and around the lake area breeding duck, moorhen, geese and grebe. Occasionally we have cows in the fields as well. Thank you for your consideration.
A designated parking area is situated at the top of the drive – please follow signs. There is a lavatory for garden visitors but currently we do not have a changing area for babies. Also there are presently no facilities for disabled guests.
We offer hot and cold drinks, as well as a small selection of home made cakes served outside the main house.