Tregothnan created the first tea gardens in the UK in 1999. Tea thrives in this special microclimate thanks to an 18 metre deep sea creek keeping the temperature close to Darjeeling in India, all year round. In 2005, once the first bushes reached maturity, Tregothnan sold the first truly English cuppa, giving tea home on British soil for the first time in history.
Tregothnan has the largest, private botanic garden in the UK and have been pioneers of foreign farming in Britain for many centuries, experimenting with the tea genus amongst the oldest and largest ornamental Camellias in the country.
The Tregothnan Estate was formed in 1334 and has since been home to the Boscawen family and the seat of the Viscount Falmouth. Descendants of Sir Charles Grey, the Earl Grey himself, Lord Falmouth’s family create complex blends using varieties grown at Tregothnan from all over the world.
Tregothnan supplies some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants and has managed the seemingly unthinkable in selling their truly English tea to China.
High profile fans include Mary Berry, James Martin and Prince Philip who planted his own tea bush in one of Tregothnan’s magnificent tea gardens.