Repton Day at Antony and Pentillie Castle

Friday 27th April 2018 10:00am

Being 200 years since the death of Humphry Repton, the great landscape architect, The Repton Day is a celebration of his work in Cornwall. Tours and Lectures will take place at Antony & Pentillie Castle in the company of historial landscape expert John Phibbs.

10.00am – Arrive at Antony in National Trust Car Park for coffee and cake.

Tours of garden conducted by Cornwall Gardens Trust President, Sir Richard Carew Pole and John Phibbs.

Return to the National Trust restaurant for a light lunch and lecture on Antony by John Phibbs.

Travel to Pentillie by car.

Coffee and talk by John Phibbs on the Pentillie landscape.

Tour of garden conducted by Ted Coryton, the owner, and John Phibbs.

Return to castle, cup of tea and talk by John Phibbs on Repton work in Cornwall.

Evening meal at Pentillie. Carriages at 8.00pm.


Antony is a beautiful early 18th-century mansion overlooking the tidal Lynher River nestled in parkland and stunning gardens landscaped by Humphry Repton.

Sweeping down towards the Lynher estuary the grounds include formal gardens with topiary,
a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. The Wood- land Garden has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. The magic of Antony was recognised by Walt Disney when it was chosen recently as the set for the film Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton.

Antony House, Red Book 1792

Humphry Repton was invited to Antony by Sir Reginald Pole Carew, MP for Fowey and Privy Councillor under Pitt, who recommended him. A Red Book was prepared in 1792

and Pole Carew gained Repton’s ‘approbation’ as a person ‘whose judgement I much revere’ Repton was then recommended to other Cornish landowners.

Pentillie Castle

Pentillie’s beautiful woodland gardens stretch over 55 acres around the castle and along the banks of the River Tamar. The gardens are not heavily manicured, nor are they full of flower beds and specimen trees. They were originally laid out by Sir James Tillie in c.1705, and are wilder than most. You are warmly invited to explore and discover the mausoleum (restored spring 2013) and walled garden (walls and greenhouse restored in 2012-13) that are just a couple of the hidden gems.

Pentillie, Red Book 1810

Sir Reginald Pole Carew of Antony recom- mended Repton to John Tillie Coryton and he was invited by the Coryton family to produce plans for the redesign of the landscape.

Many of Repton’s plans for the landscape were implemented and are still in evidence.