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 Mount 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.
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 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 enough 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.
There is a little shop selling a really lovely collection of colourful and inspiring gifts and delights including jewellery, candles, ceramics and more…
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.
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!