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Enys Gardens

Enys is believed to be the oldest garden in Cornwall, and truly is the Sleeping Beauty of Cornish gardens. The tranquil gardens blend into the surrounding woods; in early May, the famous field of English bluebells brings visitors from afar. 

Situated a few miles east of Penryn in Cornwall, Enys Gardens, once abandoned for 60 years, now occupies a small wooded valley surrounding the Mansion House and its courtyard of pretty farm buildings. J.D Enys who occupied the property from 1837 1912 was a plant collector and geologist and brought many different species back from across the world including New Zealand. 

Approaching down the main drive through fields, there are wonderful views of Falmouth to the right before a web of pathways lead you into the woods. The centrepiece of the site in the Mansion House which was built around 1830 to replace an earlier house destroyed by a fire. The Mansion house was lived in until 1950, and then largely abandoned. The current owners have been gradually restoring the garden and buildings since 2010. Perhaps the greatest glory of the gardens is Parc Lye in early May, which becomes a huge magical field of bluebells, and draws crowds of visitors. 

This largely natural garden, with an air of history and mystique, is well worth a visit for those seeking an inspiring afternoon out. Discover the New Zealand flower garden, porter around the ponds and orchard, explore the beautiful woodlands and experience the famous bluebell meadow in spring.

Debbie loves...

Enys Gardens is on my doorstep so I visit regularly.  It doesn’t have the neatly manicured gardens of some grand country houses but it definitely has a very special charm of its own.  Check their website in May which will give an update on the percentage of bluebells out at the time.  Parc Lye when in full bloom is beautiful.  The current owners and volunteers have done an amazing job in recent years, slowly restoring the house and gardens back from the brink of dereliction.  Wear sturdy shoes to enjoy the garden to the full.

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