Flower Gardens

Cornwall is known for its fantastic gardens, such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah and The Eden Project. We are tremendously proud of the gardens at Polpier and work hard to ensure their beauty – we like to think they could rival the more famous local gardens, whatever the season!

South Cornwall’s mild climate means something is always flourishing in our many flower beds packed with camellias, hydrangeas, azaleas, lavender, fuchsias and hebes.

In summer, the front lawn – the centrepiece of the garden – is surrounded by a variety of stunning blooms and is perfumed with the intoxicating fragrance of salmon pink Ali Baba climbing roses.

Beside the house is the heather rock garden with a granite bench so that you may sit and admire the goldfish pond (which is also much loved by frogs!). A path leads from here to the swimming pool, flanked by purple osteosperum tresco.

Below the path, for those who fancy a leisurely wander, is the terraced garden with winding pathways through cloud-pruned shrubs.

Here you will find another nook to rest and drink in the view. At the end of the terraced garden, is a natural bramble and raspberry area, left wild to encourage butterflies and bees to thrive.

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These include hydrangea, ‘Mme Emile Mouillere’, with large white flower heads for dramatic arrangements. In summer, multi-coloured sweet peas waft a heady perfume. Please pick as many as you want. The flowers surround a specially commissioned sculpture by local artist David Paton – although one guest did think it was an ornate bird scarer!

There are plenty of other places to explore, most of which offer stunning views of the harbour and sea stretching to the horizon. Take your time, stroll and enjoy.

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Edible Gardens

The pride of the ‘edible gardens’ is the fruit cage. Facing south, it was restored several years ago with black, white and redcurrants, raspberry, blueberry and gooseberry bushes and peach and apricot trees. It is a wonderful experience to pick your own peaches to make Bellinis and we urge you to try it.

Our tiered vegetable garden produces a wide variety of fresh produce for the kitchen, including generous crops of courgettes, green beans, onions, leeks, artichokes, lettuces, rhubarb and strawberries. We aim to provide a wider choice for our guests each year, including asparagus to enjoy with some creamy Cornish butter.

Tomatoes pack the greenhouse in summer, ready for your salads or pasta sauces. Later in the year a mature vine which trails from the greenhouse roof is laden with bunches of black and green grapes.

Next to the greenhouse is the herb garden, with a vast selection for cooking, livening up salads or garnishing cocktails. Try the chocolate mint, it is delicious and smells just like After Eight Mints! The herb garden is also a beautiful spot to admire the glowing sunset over Mevagissey, perhaps enjoying your first Pimms.

Sloping away at the back of the Honeymoon Suite, our orchard is well established with variety of eating and cooking supplies – many of them Cornish. In spring, there are drifts of confetti like white and pink blossom and in late summer and autumn you can bake apple pies to your heart’s content. If you forget to buy the apple sauce to go with the crackling roast pork from Lobb’s farm just nip out to pick a few. Adventurous guests have even embarked on chutney making.

All produce is available to our guests – please pick your own or ask the gardeners for a selection.