When Sir James Tillie built the Castle in 1698, he had grand ideas for the gardens and his designs were enhanced and embellished by Humphry Repton’s influence in the early 19th Century. While Repton’s designs looked at the wider landscape, another garden designer, Lewis Kennedy, was later invited to re-design the ‘pleasure gardens’ at Pentillie. These became known as the American Gardens, due to the large amount of plants and shrubs that were imported from America to fill the area. For a full detailed history of our landscape design, please click here.
Now, the American Gardens are full of beautiful rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias and are wonderful space to explore. As well as the wonderful colours, we have a number of hidden treasures throughout the gardens for you to explore, including our Stone Circle, Bathing Hut, Mausoleum and Kitchen Gardens (where you will usually find our estate peacocks and friendly hens).
Our gardens are open on specific days every year, usually in the Spring, when the wisteria is blooming, the colours are beaming and the sun is shining. Please keep an eye on our Events Page for dates and details, or why not book an Afternoon Tea and enjoy a wander during your visit.
As a Friend of Pentillie, you have exclusive access to our gardens on a designated Sunday every month, alongside several exclusive benefits. The Coryton family are also delighted to take larger groups on guided garden tours throughout the year, during which they reveal the history, secrets and scandals since Pentillie was built. Please contact the Pentillie Team on 01579 350044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.