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Pinetum Gardens

Cuddra, St Austell PL25 3RQ, England
+44 1726 73500
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Kindling Lodge

Beautiful luxury lodge in fantastic setting. Wonderful place to stay with dogs. Would love to go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Juliet3021
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Devon
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Wouldn't have paid full price

Stopped by in June 2017 since my friend and I had a Gardener's World 2-for-1 ticket. It was OK, but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mdhayward
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Pinetum Gardens is relatively unknown and yet possibly one of Cornwall's loveliest gardens. Situated in St Austell, Pinetum Gardens is 30 acres of well maintained and manicured gardens, offering 12 different garden styles and nearly 6000 varieties of plants. One of the big selling points of the garden is that nearly all of our plants are labelled and whilst you can expect to find the usual Cornish suspects of camellias, rhododendrons and alike, there are many exotic varieties vying for your attention. Pinetum Gardens is in fact a series of gardens, all offering something different throughout the year. As the name suggests there is a Pinetum, a collection of 80 conifers set in four acres of land, this is a truly majestic and magical part of the garden, that takes your breath away on first glance. Not all conifers are evergreen and some produce wonderful autumnal colours, whilst others produce fir cones as big as rugby balls, making autumn an amazing time to visit. Whilst it would be worth visiting Pinetum Park for the conifers alone, there is so much more to see including a beautiful Winter Garden, planted to showcase the best of winter plants, all were chosen for their beautiful winter flowers, bark and coloured foliage and lots of scented leaves. There are also many heathers, hundreds of bulbs and some very unusual evergreen trees. The gardens also boast a Zen inducing Japanese garden, that features an authentic Japanese tea house and nearly every plant in the garden is grown from seed that were donated by the Kyoto Botanical Gardens in Japan, after a visit their many years ago by the garden creators. Pinetum Park is a relatively new and unusual garden, started 30 years ago by some local, horticulturists who set about travelling the world to collect seeds and plants to establish this remarkable garden. Now, well established, the gardens are open throughout the entire year and with so many plants to see, there is something to admire no matter what time of year you visit. The garden also has a tea room serving morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and a gift shop. 95% of our garden can be accessed by mobility scooters and wheelchairs. You can hire a mobility scooter from the ticket office.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Cuddra, St Austell PL25 3RQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful luxury lodge in fantastic setting. Wonderful place to stay with dogs. Would love to go back- highly recommended.

Thank Juliet3021
Zannah R, Front Office Manager at Pinetum Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your recommendation.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by in June 2017 since my friend and I had a Gardener's World 2-for-1 ticket. It was OK, but we went around in about half an hour and I didn't think there was much variety in the planting. A few nice scenes but I...More

Thank mdhayward
Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly memorable visit on a very cold February day. This beautiful garden, just outside St Austell, is open every day and provides an opportunity to enjoy some outstanding planting. The Winter garden was such a joy with its many colours and winter flowering plants,...More

Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been driving by Pinetum Gardens for years but decided to take advantage of January's free entry for Heligan members for our first visit. We are very glad we did! This garden is a real gem - very different to the 'typical' Cornish gardens...More

Thank Corydora
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Courteous welcoming friendly helpful staff, delicious inexpensive food, lovely warm atmosphere, beautiful gardens, a delighful experience , happy to recommend and will be back

1  Thank Gillian M
Zannah R, Front Office Manager at Pinetum Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review, and we're delighted that you enjoyed our beautiful gardens.

Reviewed 4 December 2017

As locals, my wife and I qualify for the discounted annual membership. It is our go to place when we want some air but do not want to travel far. Strolling down to the pond to see the ducks and geese give us great pleasure...More

1  Thank Dave J
Zannah R, Front Office Manager at Pinetum Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your review and kind words. A lot of work is going on at the moment as we continue to improve our services.

Reviewed 10 November 2017

We visited this garden in July, and the car park was very full. However, in no time at all we had lost the crowds and had the pleasure of enjoying the garden on our own and the chance to explore at our leisure.

Thank Weekender787
Reviewed 6 November 2017

First visit to these gardens and thoroughly enjoyed it. The individual gardens and woodland walks were lovely and it was very quiet there which was even better.

Thank CornishJacki
Zannah R, Front Office Manager at Pinetum Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your review. We look forward to you returning during another season.

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Visited Pinetum today and there was lots of autumn colour in the gardens which are well maintained. Beautiful area of trees, and lovely Japanese garden. Café was ok although we only had coffee and toast. Coffee could have been hotter. The only criticism was the...More

Thank chechexx
Zannah R, Front Office Manager at Pinetum Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your review. We are currently extending the carpark and upgrading all facillites on offer here over the coming months.

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Small menu but all good food and friendly service. Not had a bad meal there yet and if you sign up as a friend and visit the extensive gardens, entry is free and there is a discount on your meal.

1  Thank merangue1234
Zannah R, Front Office Manager at Pinetum Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your kind review.

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21 June 2016|
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Yes its an easy walk and toddler would be no problem but natually you would have to keep a close eye near the water areas. Hope this helps.
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