Polgwynne, Feock

On the 5th June, we visited Polgwynne in Feock where we had coffee on the spacious raised terrace, admiring the wonderful views and the stunning Wisteria just below the terrace. The owner, Amanda Piercy told us some of the history of the garden, before showing us round.

Polgwynne was built in the 1920s in the walled garden of a bigger, older estate, Porthgwidden (now divided into apartments).  In the 1960s, Hilda Davey, a keen plantswoman lived at Polgwynne, and some of the choice plants date from this time.

However, there is a champion tree a female Ginko biloba which is believed to be one of the oldest in the country. The Victorian glasshouses still have all moving parts working, and all have underground reservoirs fed by rain water. Below the house, there is an unusual rill, zig-zagging down the garden, widening and narrowing. It dates back to the 1930s and was much admired by our group. Mr and Mrs Piercy have preserved the 1930s rill by judicious repairs, looking after the plantings of previous owners, but also developing and putting their own stamp on a very charming garden.

Through an arch in the wall, topped with scented Holboellia, there was a newly planted garden featuring white roses growing up rusty decorative supports, and paths bordered with lavender.   This garden is flanked by the old garden wall on one side and a mature undulating tapestry hedge of yew and Rhododendron, on the other.

As well as stunning views down to the Carrick Roads, Polgwynne has retained a strip of woodland from the original estate giving access to the water.

Joan Farmer