Pentillie Castle

Laid out by Sir James Tillie when he built Pentillie Castle in 1698, the garden walls are said to be some of the oldest in the UK. Sheltering a huge variety of shrubs, trees (including a collection from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh), the gardens stretch over 55 acres of the Cornish bank of the River Tamar.

From snowdrops in February, to berries that adorn the woodland trees throughout the winter, the gardens have a show of colour almost all year round. They are not heavily manicured, by contrast the woodland flowers are left to go to seed and the undergrowth left wild for the resident hedgehogs, and birds to live in harmony. Trainers or boots are recommended for these garden paths. You will be tempted to explore the many wandering paths past old ruins, ponds, up and down huge stone staircases, and via the remains of old summer houses.

As a woodland shrub garden, Pentillie’s gardens are usually open to the public on specific days in spring, when the flowers are at their finest. However, access to the garden’s forms part of any stay, afternoon tea visit or event booking. You can see how you would like to explore and enjoy Pentillie, and details of our garden open days by visiting


  1. Take the A38 towards Saltash
  2. After the Trerulefoot roundabout, you will pass through the villages of Tideford, Landrake and Notter Bridge
  3. On the brow of the hill after Notter Bridge, turn LEFT to Callington and A388
  4. After ¾ mile, you come to a t-junction. Turn LEFT towards Hatt
  5. Follow directions above from number 6



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Address: Pentillie Castle, Paynters Cross, St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6QD
Telephone: 01579 350 044

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