Woodland Gardens

55 acres of woodland gardens stretched around the Castle and along the banks of the River Tamar

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Castle and Gardens are closed until further notice. More more information please visit our Coronavirus latest information page.


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 garden map can be viewed here.

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 contact@pentillie.co.uk for more information.

Our latest Coronavirus information

Views of the Tamar River by Charlotte Dart from Pentillie Estate

For more info…

Elopement price at Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, £1650