A Unique Cornish Garden

If Henry’s campsite ( see previous post) is a secret to be kept, then Bosahan can be added to that list too.

This most beautiful estate sits high above the Helford Estuary, opposite the famous gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah. The house is set in broad lawns with an italian style terrace and views over the river out to sea. Totally uncommercialised, there is no information, map or shop and it relies on peoples honesty to put their admission fee in the box.


To the rightt of this magnificent house and lawns is a valley which goes down to the sea. A valley filled with myrtles, giant redwoods, tree ferns, and a beautiful twisted cork tree ( seen in the photo below). There are numerous other important tree species including a huge gingko biloba.


Some paths had been tended and restored, whilst other areas had the charm of early heligan, totally overgrown and undiscovered. At the bottom of the garden, a sign led you through the gate and down a naturally wooded path with the odd tropical tree. Was it cleared, planted and then the indigenous trees repopulated the valley? With no leaflet and not a single person in sight, we will never know.


The beach at the bottom was sheltered and littered with clam shells; unspoilt and beautiful.

The only person we saw during our visit was the gardener who is single handedly looking after this huge estate garden. We brewed up a cup of tea and ate our pasties from the famous Ann’s pasty shop on the Lizard ( yes!! they are very good!!). The whole experience was totally magical due to the lack of human presence, with lovely birdsong and the rustle of the breeze in the canopy of the trees. Some of them had been here for a very long time.

Off the beaten track, at the moment this remains unique, but for how long?

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