View from Lamorran

HISTORY


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The gardens at Lamorran House were started when Robert and Maria-Antoinette Dudley-Cooke acquired the property in 1982. At the time the site was nothing more than an overgrown steep slope falling away to St Mawes. When considering the potential of the site, its location conjured up memories of their travels to the gardens of La Montella on the Italian island of Ischia, and from hereon their ideas were transformed into reality at Lamorran.

Robert's plan was to create an informal, romantic terraced garden with curving paths and occasional ‘reveals’ of the sea. A large collection of Rhododendron and evergreen azaleas were brought from their former garden in Surrey, forming the basis for the early plantings. For many years the family would travel down from London every Friday on the train, when Robert and the family would spend the weekend working on the gardens. Drawing inspiration from the spirit of Japanese, Mediterranean, and English gardens, Lamorran House Gardens began to take shape.

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In the mid-nineties an exciting opportunity to expand the garden arose, effectively doubling its size. Mark Brent was employed as Head Gardener and worked alongside Robert for the following 20 years developing the gardens. Taking advantage of the benign microclimate, they experimented with more and more exotic and unusual planting choices. A notable collection of palms and tree ferns can now be found thriving throughout the gardens, amongst a multitude of plants living on the edge of their growing capabilities.

The gardens continue to evolve; in 2004 a walled garden between the house and Lamorran Lodge was built allowing many new climbing plants to be added to the collection, and more recently a rose garden has been created. Today Robert and Maria continue to develop the gardens at Lamorran with the assistance of Head Gardener Jack Clutterbuck.


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The gardens at Lamorran House were started when Robert and Maria-Antoinette Dudley-Cooke acquired the property in 1982. At the time the site was nothing more than an overgrown steep slope falling away to St Mawes. When considering the potential of the site, its location conjured up memories of their travels to the gardens of La Montella on the Italian island of Ischia, and from hereon their ideas were transformed into reality at Lamorran.

Robert's plan was to create an informal, romantic terraced garden with curving paths and occasional ‘reveals’ of the sea. A large collection of Rhododendron and evergreen azaleas were brought from their former garden in Surrey, forming the basis for the early plantings. For many years the family would travel down from London every Friday on the train, when Robert and the family would spend the weekend working on the gardens. Drawing inspiration from the spirit of Japanese, Mediterranean, and English gardens, Lamorran House Gardens began to take shape.



In the mid-nineties an exciting opportunity to expand the garden arose, effectively doubling its size. Mark Brent was employed as Head Gardener and worked alongside Robert for the following 20 years developing the gardens. Taking advantage of the benign microclimate, they experimented with more and more exotic and unusual planting choices. A notable collection of palms and tree ferns can now be found thriving throughout the gardens, amongst a multitude of plants living on the edge of their growing capabilities.

The gardens continue to evolve; in 2004 a walled garden between the house and Lamorran Lodge was built allowing many new climbing plants to be added to the collection, and more recently a rose garden has been created. Today Robert and Maria continue to develop the gardens at Lamorran with the assistance of Head Gardener Jack Clutterbuck.

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