Treviades Barton

We met our hosts, Robert and Mo Gunlack, in front of Treviades Barton Barton, we were told, being smaller than a Manor but more important than a farmhouse. The house dated originally from C13th. The later additions were completed beside the south facing Georgian granite front, looking out over the small front garden, a semi-circle of grass with neat borders, towards the Helford River. A lot of work of restoration and improvement had been done to the house and latterly the garden by the present owners.

Between the house and the lawn was a splendidly wide cobbled path, laid by Robert with cobbles from a Penzance street. We split into two groups for the garden tour and went up the granite steps at the side of the house. At the higher level the garden opened out into a large grassed area, formerly a tennis court, flanked on one side by a long Agapanthusborder, just coming into flower. Robert has ambitions to dig a large pond in a sunken garden in this area Mo isn’t so sure!  On up to a productive fruit and vegetable garden and down through a planting of young cherries and a walnut to the restored summer house. This is another example of Robert’s craftsmanship with a pitched slate roof replacing the original corrugated and with a circle of cobbles in front surrounding a well head.

We walked back towards the house under a clematis arch, through the double borders of the shades of pink rose garden and under a stone arch having its lintel raised to allow reasonable headroom.

We then went just up the road to the Potager Garden and Nursery for a welcome cup of tea.

Elisabeth Walker – 9th July 2011