The gardens at Pentillie 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 while they have certainly been well looked after and maintained in the past, our amazing gardener Chris Duke, and the boys who assist him for a couple of days a week, have rather too much on their hands to make every corner of the gardens perfect. As a result Pentillie’s gardens are wilder than most, but because of this they also leave you plenty of opportunities to discover many of it’s secret spots for yourself. Just make sure you wear suitable footwear, and please do not expect tarmac paths – you will be disappointed!
While the gardens are still very wild, we do not have immediate plans (or funds available) to make the gardens perfect. We are delighted to welcome you to look around, enjoy the space, discover the secrets for yourself, and indeed to offer advice if you feel able or willing. We will continue to maintain the footpaths, manage the trees and replant shrubs when and where we can. We will also continue to maintain the buildings in the gardens, including the mausoleum (restored spring 2013) and walled garden (walls and greenhouse restored in 2012-13).
Our gardens are open on specific days every year, generally in the Spring when the gardens are looking their best. Details of open days can be found on our Events Page. Guided Tours of the gardens can be also arranged for groups of more than 15 people. Please contact the Pentillie Office on 01579 350044 for more information.