Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere is an understated yet incredibly beautiful and established garden created in a scenic valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount. Prior to 1290, it was owned by the monks of St Micheal’s View of St Michael's MountMount before being bought by William de Tremenheere and handed down through the Tremenheere family for centuries until the final Tremenheere, ‘Seymour’, made his mark by planting a lot of the woodland that abounds today and starting work on the early landscaping of the 20 acres of land. In 1997, Dr Neil Armstrong acquired the core valley and started work tackling the overgrown plot and the varied landscape is now a bounty of colourful flora and fauna.Tremenheere Gardens
A modest track leads the visitor from the shop and café to the garden but it soon opens out into a large open space with a great variety of habitats from the riverside woodland walk to the more structured and tropical planting of the sweeping slopes.
In the setting of this dramatic garden lie artistic treasures to contemplate by internationally Sky renowned artists, my favorite being James Turrell’s underground chamber created in order to view the sky, particularly at twilight. I visited with my family and we spent ages in here just looking up at the blue. There is seating around the edge of a totally white interior ‘framing’ the oval view of the heavens. It may sound a little off the wall, but it is amazing what you notice when there is no other distractions around you, it felt really serene in there and I bet it is, indeed, fascinating in the evening and perhaps even for star watching at night.
As a treat at the end of the walk, which is quite a steep one (I am sure we burned off enoughThe Cafe calories to make up for it) is a beautiful café. In the theme of the rest of the garden, it is quite a bold and beautiful architectural statement. A curved building with a slate roof and, inside, open glass windows to the sky. Inside the cafe
There is a little shop selling a really lovely collection of colourful and inspiring gifts and delights including jewellery, candles, ceramics and more…

Tremenheere Shop
A white interior with pops of bright greens and fuchsia pinks make this a really fresh and vibrant space. A few feature pieces of retro or chunky furniture make it feel homely and not too stark.

Cafe FurnitureA curving bar is home to a profusion of irresistible looking cakes and bakes and a varied and seasonal menu is chalked up on blackboards behind.

Lovely display of cakes on the counterI had scallops which were served on a fresh salad with crispy streaky bacon and it was totally delicious.

Lunch at Tremenheere
Callestick Farm ice cream is served in the café but, when the weather is fine, the display freezer is wheeled outside and serves cones and tubs for an alfresco treat.Ice Creams at Tremenheere

A recent production of ‘Waiting for Goddot’ by the Miracle Theatre was held on a patch of land outside the café and the ice creams proved a fabulous interval indulgence serving an array of ice creams and sorbets to a tempted audience. Miracle Theatre Collage
Tremenheere is not only a beautiful tropical sanctuary of a garden but the artistic elements add real integrity and inspiration to the experience.  Everything has been done so well, from the fabulous architecture and décor in the café to the small things such as the cute signage, this is definitely one not to be missed!


2 thoughts on “Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

  1. We visited Tramenheere on our hols at the end of August and loved it. So different from many gardens you visit and have to say that the cafe was fabulous. Had the most delicious soup and chocolate brownie. Unfortunately it was a bit of a chilly day more suited to hot chocolate than ice cream ! Funnily enough we also hunted out Heather’s Coffee Shop during the week too !

    • Brigitte, it sounds like you have good taste – Tremenheere and Heather’s Coffee Shop in one visit! Like you say Tremenheere is very unusual and very beautiful too and the café is just the piece de resistance!

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