Cosawes Barton

The CGT Visit to Cosawes Barton took place on June 26th 2014. Cosawes Barton is situated high on the SW rim of the bowl of hills surrounding Ponsanooth; a grand farmhouse dating from the 18th century, though records of habitation go back much further. The house and gardens are well sheltered by mature trees and the property extends to 17 acres of gardens, woodland and fields.

The present owners, Andy and Louise Bishop, have lived here for two years and initially concentrated on restoring the handsome farm buildings surrounding a courtyard for holiday accommodation

We arrived on a very wet morning and were welcomed by Louise who took us into her lovely dining room for coffee. She talked to us about the history of the property, and confessed that she was not a knowledgeable gardener being new to the subject, but was obviously interested and keen. She really appreciated the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the place which the family had fallen in love with when they first saw it.

The gardener, Andy Trebell, had been part of the establishment for 25 years, so was happily providing continuity and there were no plans for any major changes, giving time for the family to really get to know the garden. Unfortunately Andy was away when we visited, having gone to Cardiff to see Dolly Parton! Louise admitted that she would be no help to us with plant names, but we were free to wander. The rain had stopped and eventually the sun came out and everything sparkled!

The garden around the house is surrounded by a handsome dry stone wall, well sheltered by mature trees with borders of shrubs and herbaceous planting. Beyond the wall, a large area of mown grass is backdrop to several handsome large specimen trees, their identity giving rise to debate! Beyond again is a large area of recently planted woodland with paths mown through, and to the side the fields open out with the children’s play area and fields let out for horses. Altogether an idyllic spot much enjoyed by us all.

Elizabeth Walker