Pinetum Gardens
Pinetum Gardens
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Pinetum Gardens is a place of tranquillity, peace and spectacular garden scenery, a creation of Ten gardens from around the world. 40 years in the making, by the people who share the same values and dreams, with the least intention, we have flourished and grown to become the largest 'new' garden, and home to one of the largest plant collections in Cornwall. Destined to be a place where kindness and friendship matter, between us, between human and nature. We offer an intimate experience with a personal touch rarely found in our busy world. we are as much a delight for gardeners as we are a wonderful retreat for walkers and a place for families to explore and have fun with nature. Our gardens are wheelchair accessible almost everywhere and mobility scooters are available to use, dogs are welcome on a lead, plenty of seats around ensuring a relaxed moment to be enjoyed.
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  • Sigr D
    World2 contributions
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    Over Night Stay - Eden Project
    Fantastic value and excellent lodges where we stayed. Clean, well furnished lovely for an overnight stay for an Eden Project Experience. The gardens were a joy to walk around (bring a picnic & some wine)
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Kev575
    Boston, United Kingdom136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Pinetum
    Noticed this on the way to Tescos in St Austell & was very pleased when we went back later in the day. The best garden we visited on this trip. There are many different individual gardens & they are all superb. The highlights for me were the Winter Garden & the Pinetum, which is beautiful. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • bedhair-monkey
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to stay
    Stayed here for one night in a garden cottage. Cottage was clean and had everything you'd need for self catering. Grounds are beautiful and tranquil. Great place to walk the dog- gardens are open for guests at all times. Parking is close by.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • tasgard
    Hobart, Australia316 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK for a quiet stroll
    We visited Pinetum based on the glowing reports in brochures and online. Unfortunately, it does not live up to the hype. The grounds are nice but not outstanding. I have seen gardens far better in other parts of Cornwall. Yes the gardens are reasonably well presented, they are peaceful and spacious. There is a little Japanese garden and water feature that is possibly one of the notable parts of the gardens. The lawns and shaded spots would be nice places for a picnic in warm weather. The mature trees add to the parklike atmosphere of the grassed expanses. OK for a quiet stroll.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • TheLittleExplorers
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Stay
    We found this place last minute on Booking.com. It turned out to be a lovely stay in one of the lodges; everything was really clean, the mattress was out of this world, the sofas were extremely comfortable, and the kitchen facilities were perfect. The host was also very welcoming and kind. We will definitely stay again..
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Alistair S
    Par, United Kingdom118 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overpriced
    Very quiet tranquil gardens and ideal for sitting in the sun and resting. However I found the garden areas nothing special for the entrance price (£16), which I felt overpriced for what was offered especially having been to other gardens only a few days before which were an abundance of colour and plants for less than half the price. The cafe area is pleasant enough, but again prices are high for what is offered (£2.20 for a small bottle of water). I am afraid not somewhere I would rush back to.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Roy H
    Newbury, United Kingdom108 contributions
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    Far too expensive
    This garden was kind of ok but definitely not worth the cost. We walked slowly and just about managed an hour. It was like a very good municipal garden (which are free), yes there are some pines in a well cut field, but you would be disappointed if you went to a pine tree education.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • louisa p
    Cardiff, United Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place to stay
    My husband and I booked two nights here for an anniversary. We stayed in a log cabin, and had a lovely couple of days. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, roomy and well laid out. Large living room, galley style kitchen and double bedroom. It was cosy and had everything we needed. Excellent for our dog as well as we had the full run of the gardens at all times. We will definitely consider returning.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • James
    Tywardreath, United Kingdom375 contributions
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    Lovely local and relaxing,
    Lovely local garden rivh with native and non native plants and trees with cafe and loo's. Quiet and tranquil, but a bit muddy mid winter. We love it and have yearly passes. Dogs welcome on leads, fully wheelchair accesable.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
  • BellaPiper
    London, United Kingdom91 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning gardens…Uncomfortable lodge🙁
    We had a one night stopover from Cornwall to London in a 2 bed lodge. Firstly, the grounds and gardens are stunning and can only imagine in summer the beauty of everything. Sadly the lodge was not as glamorous and could do with updating and a deep clean. The furniture wasn’t very comfortable, it smelled musty and just didn’t feel very cosy or home like. The heating and water worked fine and it did the job as being practical for a one night stay but that was all. At £130 a night in Winter with a checkout of 10am (We had to pay an extra £10 to leave at 11am making it £140) we didn’t feel that it was worth the money.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 2, 2024
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Steve Bone
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
As the weather was forecasted as good, we thought we’d spend a few hrs looking around the 30 acres of various gardens linked by water (as it states in the Cornish attractions guide), but honestly seemed a lot smaller than expected and we were basically done in about an hr or so.

There were some interesting tree specimens but hardly any colour and things all seemed a bit stale. There was a few areas that had a pond in them but no ornamental fish anywhere. Not even in the Japanese garden, and certainly didn’t link the gardens in any way that I saw.

The restaurant courtyard/ garden was a very nice setting, and the staff were were very friendly, but after paying over £40 for 3 of us to get in, was taken aback at paying £2.30 for a can of coke!

I’m sad to say I definitely won’t be returning, and kind of wish I’d just saved my money and gone to the beach instead.

Written July 29, 2020
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Eloise C
Truro, UK11 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Family
We visited on albeit a rainy day but were really excited after seeing the reviews and pictures. I’ve driven past many times but never considered it in comparison to Eden and Heligan.

The visit was a birthday surprise and the cost of admission was expensive so we were anticipating something really amazing. Sadly we found nothing. It was The Fawlty Towers of tourist attractions for sure and would have be comical if it were not the price and that it complete ruined the day.

The gardens were tiny, nothing like the photos suggest. At a snails pace and after sitting in the Japanese garden (the only
Place I enjoyed looking Past the IKEA light fixtures) for 20 mins we had done after an hour. Staff were unhelpful. There were dreadful faded maps, poor signage and just nothing. You’d end up trampling in someone’s garden, the staff car park, past the only staff members present smoking. It was truly truly bad. Astonishingly bad. Will never go back. We couldn’t even stretch out the visit for longer than the hour with all the imagination in the world. The best bit was feeding the ducks which we could have done at our local park at the end of the road for free, with a much better cared for park (thank you Truro City Council! ❤️)

Yeah not even worth it to laugh how bad it is. I would share photos but there was nothing worth taking a photo of.
Written December 14, 2020
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Karen G
Northampton, UK1,239 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Couples
PLEASE don’t waste your money. This ‘attraction’ is the most disappointing place we’ve visited this holiday and offers nothing more than a lot of public parks would give for free AND this establishment charges the greatly inflated entrance price of £16 pp (no concessions for seniors).

I will admit you can visit more often If you are a resident in this area, making the admission fee probably a little more worthwhile but as a holiday maker, why would you want to waste anymore of your holiday revisiting a place that at best could be discribed as a pleasant park, at worst, a waste of your hard earned money. We’ve been to far better gardens for less cost.

The gardens are full of low Maintance shrubs, heathers and trees. Few/almost no colourful plants, not when we visited anyway.

The Japanese garden was the best part, however the pond was dirty with non of the ‘Koi Carp’ fish usually associated with oriental Gardens.

The lake was attractive but no better than the lake in my local park, which has information boards about the wildlife that lives there. No such information here!

There were very few signs giving the names of plants and trees. Little to no signage of where we were.

We walked round in an hour and we’re struck by the poor maintanence standards of the gardens, grassed areas and pathways.
Even prickly plants had been allowed to grow half way across the path. Weeds were coming up on the pathways and we didn’t see one gardener while we were in the grounds, which is unusual for public gardens. Even the gardens of the ‘private house’ in the middle, didn’t really looked cared for.

The photos in the leaflet/online were the best parts of the attraction and they appeared to have been taken on, shall we say…. A good day!

I’m sorry to be so scathingly critical of Pinetum Gardens but we really do feel cheated out of our £16pp entrance fee. I wouldn’t pay anymore than £5.

To sum up; the gardens were ‘pleasant’ at best. The toilets were nice and clean & the park staff were lovely, friendly and helpful but alas, I could not and would not recommend this place for holiday makers at the costly sum of £32 per couple, 11-16 year olds £8 pp.

If you do want to visit Pineham and you’re a gardener yourself, my advice would be don’t expect too much.
Written July 3, 2022
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Colleen R
Warrington, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My boyfriend and I booked here to stay as a birthday treat from him to me - we love to stay in quiet, secluded places off the beaten track and hoped this would be just that. I'd also wanted to visit the Eden project and knew this was close which was a huge bonus. We booked to stay here for 3 nights.

The gardens were gorgeous, lovely to wake up to and have a wander round in the morning, although smaller than anticipated.

The room was disappointing, and not as out of the way as we'd thought (definitely got sucked into the advertising). Moongate 5 is situated right in the middle of the gardens very close to the cafe which wasn't ideal for us to start. After dropping our bags and heading out for some food we returned back to the room that now had a really strong smell of damp, so much so that we had the window open for most of the night before we went to sleep. After going to sleep we both woke up feeling unwell. We brought this up with management at breakfast (which cost us £17 for a full english and a bacon butty, extortionate!) and had what felt like a battle over whether the room actually smelt of damp or not and the cause of the damp - whether it be because we didn't want the heating on, or the drains. Eventually there were two dehumidifiers put into the room. After a day out we returned and found that the room smelt exactly the same.

We were eventually moved to another room, which was somewhat better but did still have a smell to it - at this point it felt better to stay rather than spend £200 on another place to stay for the weekend (which I did find and was ready to move to). When we returned home we found that all of our clothes smelt of the same damp smell.

On the whole, this was not the much needed relaxing weekend we drove 5 hours for and we would not recommend staying here.
Written March 21, 2022
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Caking around Britain x
Wakefield, UK1,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Beautiful gardens set in acres and acres of land. There are many garden "rooms" to visit a lake, woodland and other areas of planting. The jewel garden here is the Japanese garden and the Winter garden is also very beautiful to walk around. This is a place where you can relax and enjoy being outside. It is lovely and quiet apart from typical countryside sounds and running water. There is a cafe and toilets on site and they sell a small selection of plants. The gardens are very well laid out and well kept. Well worth a visit. We stayed in a cottage on site so we had the pleasure of visiting the gardens when they were closed to the public, and first thing on a morning the gardens are so wonderful.
Written September 20, 2020
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Henry S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
From the start to the finish was superb. Our host (and owner of the gardens) was very gracious, welcoming and helpful throughout our stay.
We stayed in Moongate 5, at the heart of of the gardens next to the duck and goose pond. While compact, was very comfortble indeed, even with our Greyhounds in tow!
The on site coffe shop and cafe was superb with a range of things to eat (i highly recommend any of the cakes!) And friendly staff that can make a great coffee.
The gardens and park land are incredibly beautiful and dog friendly - we didnt see any traces of dog mess and the whole place was clean, tidy and very well kept.
We also visted the Eden project the day before, and we both agreed that Pinetum is mors beautiful than Eden!
We apent aroynd 2 hours wandering the grounds and found the Soul Bird Hideaway, what a lovely touch.

Cant recommend the place highly enough, and our thanks to Mr. Li for sharing your dream, and allowing everyone inside your gardens.

Hope to see you soon!
Written October 18, 2020
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tracerWarwick_
Warwick, UK440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We spent a very peaceful few hours wandering in these delightful gardens. There are a variety of very different areas, over a surprisingly large area. We walked from the small woodland garden, into the large pine area, then down to and around the attractive lake. Set in the centre of a large open area, is the attractive and varied Winter Garden, and beyond, the Japanese garden. The visit starts and ends at the Courtyard where the cafe is situated, and then, on the way out, another surprise in the Courtyard Garden.

A lovely experience. It does, however seem a bit expensive at £14 per person (compared, for instance with The lost Garden of Heligan at £16).
Written October 10, 2020
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layla
Par, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family

Over charged on entry which was then told that's my fault .. over priced drinks no price list I asked how much a hot chocolate was she said £2 then I was given it and charged £3 I had said you said £2 she said no I did not . I would not have willingly payed £3 for a miniature hot chocolate
There is only one toilet area so you have to walk all the way back to the start with small children I felt the staff were rude the cafe is dirty dated and frankly just horrible I didn't feel comfortable with my child eating there.
Written September 26, 2022
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grumpimus
Scarborough, UK271 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Located close to St Austell, billed as one of the largest plant collections in the County - not convinced it has as much as Trebah or Helligan if honest.
Entry price is £16 per person, luckily utilised the Gardeners World offer, so 2 for 1 price.
Even at £8 per person, sadly I felt underwhelmed once had been around the gardens.
The first area over the bridge was utterly underwhelming interspersed with areas out of access due to people renting cottages etc.
The Punetum itself is interesting, but honestly thought it would be bigger and more impressive.
The Winter Garden was interesting amd well stocked with wide variety of plants.
The lake with Geese and other water fowl past a few minutes as you walker around the lake.
Japanese Garden was very small but laid out nicely, not sure when would be best time to view it to gain the most from the plants.
The cottage garden and water garden, again rather small and the water garden was without water today, looked as though the pond has been drained for some time.
Nice cafe, serving usual fare.
Maybe have been spoilt by Trevah/Helligan and Pencarrow, but they had more to offer in my view. Certainly not worth the £16 entry fee and sadly wouldn't return.
Written June 23, 2022
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Caprice W
Newquay, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Recommended to visit here by a friend, so came along (2 adults & a 6year old), we decided to get the annual pass at £20 each rather than a one off of £14 due to this being so close to home. I’m glad we did this as we have now been 4 or 5 times so kind of feel it’s more value for money.
They’re beautiful gardens but it’s not massive so don’t expect to spend a day here, unless you’re setting down with a blanket and picnic. We made our own fun searching around, playing hide & seek and looking for little things hidden here and there.
...and so to the courtyard kitchen/cafe. Firstly no complaints about the quality of the sandwiches we had, pasties previously and drinks, but the price is way too high.
£6.50 for a Cornish pasty? £6.50 for a sandwich and a few crisps. Today we had a couple cans of drink...£2.30 each! They weren’t specialist local made drinks, it was a standard can of Rio. So £17.60 for a couple sandwiches and two cans of drink.

The two ladies working there today were very busy, but there was a stack of dishes outside the entrance (in a specified place for dirty dishes) that the owner instead of enjoying his cigarette could have helped them out some and took them inside.

We will be back, like I said we have the annual pass, but likely will be taking our own food and drinks next time.
Written September 16, 2020
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