HRH Duke of Edinburgh visits Tregothnan to plant tea.

August 4th, 2014

We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the Estate on 1st August. The visit, inspired by the Prince’s inspection of our stand at the Chelsea Flower Show allowed His Royal Highness to inspect our tea gardens first hand.

During his visit, the Prince planted a Camellia sinensis tea bush in the Himalayan Valley tea garden, saw our tea machine in action, learned from our Beekeeper about the Manuka honey produced on the Estate and sprinkled our Manuka Smoking Chips on a barbeque fuelled by our very own Tregothnan charcoal. Finally, His Royal Highness planted a Royal Oak Quercus robur in the Jubilee Woods with the Parishioners of St Michael Penkivel.

Despite the rain, the visit went down a treat and we were able to present His Royal Highness with a selection of Tregothnan’s finest produce, including one of our eye-catching Edible Bouquets.

Drawing on 200 years of experience in growing Camellias for ornamental purposes, tea is now thriving in small gardens in many areas of the Estate. Herbal and fruit teas are also increasing in production in other areas of Tregothnan both in Cornwall and Kent.

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Tregothnan Green Tea and Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

April 24th, 2014

Spring is definitely in full swing, and what better way to enjoy this gorgeous bit of sunshine than with a healthy summery smoothie? Frozen fruit is just as good as fresh, and this combo makes it super tasty as well as being full of anti-oxidants and nutrients. The recipe makes 2 breakfast servings, or 4 smaller snack cups.

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Ingredients

1 cup of brewed Tregothnan Green Tea, cooled to room temperature, available here

2 ripe bananas

1 cup frozen cranberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen blackberries

10 frozen whole strawberries

1/2 cup plain soy milk

4 tablespoons of Cornish clear honey or light brown sugar, available here

Method

Quick and easy! Simply whirl all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

The Tregothnan Shepherd Hut

April 22nd, 2014

New for 2014 is a spectacular addition to our Wild Escapes holidays – The Tregothnan Shepherd’s Hut. Nestled in the creekside village of Coombe with views over the Fal Estuary, it is perfect for those who want to leave their modern world behind for the ultimate getaway.

Visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds by sharing the cottage with friends or family whilst relishing their own retreat and absolute privacy in the hut. A traditional shepherd’s hut from the outside and an indulgent retreat inside. Within this bespoke craftsman-built shelter is a romantic bed alcove with a double bed, kitchen and dining area.

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Our shepherd’s huts have been designed and built to exacting standards by Tony Brown, who has lived on the Tregothnan Estate for many years. His business came into being purely by chance; when his partner Carole said that it would be nice to have a shepherd’s hut to practice playing her music in, Tony decided that he would build her one himself. With no plans but memories from the film Far From The Madding Crowd, Tony built Carole the most beautiful hideaway. We would now like to share our special sanctuaries which reflect times gone by.

More details and booking info can be found here.

A Weekend of Success for Young People Cornwall at Tregothnan’s Open Garden Weekend

April 17th, 2014

This weekend saw masses of visitors descending on Tregothnan for its most successful Charity Garden Open Weekend since the annual event began in 1963. This year’s chosen charity was Truro-based Young People Cornwall, which reaches over 8000 young people in the county.

Although donations are still coming in and total figures are currently being tallied, Tregothnan has announced that more than £25,000 will be donated to Young People Cornwall due to record-breaking visitor numbers, which smashes the previous record for ShelterBox last year.

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Mr and Mrs Boscawen, owners of Tregothnan, said: “We have seen a staggering response from estate volunteers this year and a huge community effort. The gardens were looking magnificent in the sunshine – a triumph of post-storm recovery!”

The crowds enjoyed the space and tranquillity of the extensive gardens, while many more simply tucked into the fabulous menu of refreshments including Tregothnan venison on the barbecue and Cornish cream teas. Live music from Truro Male Voice Choir, Klaidolls and Redruth Amateur Operative Society Trust received rapturous appreciation and a three hour live broadcast by Radio Cornwall on Saturday was enjoyed by many more.

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Meanwhile, counting proceeds continues, and for those that could not attend the UK’s largest garden opening or as a little reminder of the weekend, a Young People Cornwall bouquet of flowers from the Tregothnan gardens is available to buy online, with a percentage of these sales being added to the final figure. Tregothnan is also running a photography competition for all budding photographers to send in their images to win@tregothnan.co.uk.

The date has been set for 11 and 12 April 2015, with the chosen charity being Cancer Research. Earlybird tickets are available here.

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Happy Birthday Earl Grey

March 13th, 2014

Happy Birthday Earl Grey! Today marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Charles Grey, who lends his name to the iconic Earl Grey tea.

The Story Behind The Tea

Earl Grey tea is a tea blend with a distinctive smoky flavour and aroma derived from the addition of rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. According to the Grey family, the tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Lord Grey, to suit the water at the Northumberland estate where he lived, to offset the preponderance of lime in the local water. One legend says that it was a grateful Chinese mandarin (whose son was rescued from drowning by one of Lord Grey’s men) who first presented the blend to the Earl in 1803.

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Tregothnan’s owners are direct descendants of the Earl, and our premium blend aims to be the ultimate tribute to the man himself. As tea blogger Geoffrey Norman recently said, our brew is “the most British Earl Grey…Ever.”

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