Tregothnan House, in 1880. Published in Morris, Rev. F.O. Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen & Gentlemen of Great Britain & Ireland, London, 1880
|Town or city||St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall|
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Tregothnan is located on a hill overlooking an inlet of the Carrick Roads.
The new house was built after 1650. This building was visited and described by Celia Fiennes, a cousin of Hugh Boscawen, the builder. In the 18th century, the house was the home of Admiral Edward Boscawen. In 1818, the house was enlarged by William Wilkins for the fourth Viscount Falmouth and in 1845-8 Lewis Vulliamy rebuilt it for the second Earl of Falmouth.
In 1872 the land holdings of Viscount Falmouth, of Mereworth Castle, Maidstone, Kent, were listed in the top ten land holdings in Cornwall, with an estate of 25,910 acres (10,490 ha), 3.41% of the total area of Cornwall.
Tregothnan is still managed by the Boscawen family today.
A tea plantation has recently been started on the grounds. Tregothnan was home to the first outdoor camellias in the UK, around 1800. The first commercial tea was developed from Camellia sinensis, the "Chinese tea plant", in 2001. The first 'English tea' was then sold in November 2005 to Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly. The Tregothnan Estate plans on marketing a brand-named tea house franchise called Festival of Tea, to be opened as far afield as China.
- Who Owns Britain by Kevin Cahill
- Tregothnan tea web page
- Tregothnan first grew Leptospermum in the botanical collection in the 1880s and may have helped introduce the genus to the UK in its Wardian Case, thought to be the only surviving example of a Wardian Case in the World. The extensive garden is usually open for a weekend in the spring and has become a major fundraising event for charities."NZ beekeeper offers to test $13 tsp UK 'manuka honey'". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
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