The two acres which surround the house have a relaxed feel with scented magnolias, roses and wisteria on the walls, and mown paths meander through the steeply sloping cider orchards. These are at their most spectacular in the spring, when the banks are covered in a breath taking display from January to April of naturalised snowdrops, primroses and wild daffodils. We leave the grass long until mid summer to enjoy the wild flowers which abound there.
There are always stunning views of the river to enjoy from the gardens at Penpoll, whatever the season, either close up from the riverbank, or from the terraces and orchards. Sleepy sunny summer days, and long shadows in the autumn, frosty mornings in the winter and early spring – every day is different and totally uplifting.
The pretty and secluded top terrace is a total suntrap, looking towards the creek. The large circular teak dining table and Weber charcoal barbeque make this a perfect spot for lingering sunny lunches . Steps from this terrace lead to the upper orchard, with views towards the creek through the lichen covered apple trees.
For those who like a bit more shade, there is a lower terrace where a comfy bench and a recessed slate seat are refreshingly cool on really hot days.
The little lawn directly in front of the house is where the resident swans and ducks come to show off their latest line of offspring, or to line up for bread. The creek here is very safe for ankle deep paddling and dam building at low tide. In the adjacent Spring garden, camellias rhododendrons and hydrangeas are ablaze in the spring and summer.
Beyond the bridge, roam in the lower cider orchard which borders the creek. Here we have a small mooring and steps for accessing a small boat or launching kayaks at high tide. A wooden table & bench provides a favourite spot for riverside picnics, swan feeding and birdwatching.
Please note that due to the steep slopes and many steps between levels in the garden, Penpoll is not ideal for the very elderly, or those in wheelchairs.