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Explore our gardens, lakes and walks

"Perfection in a garden"

On the beautiful Lizard peninsula

We would love to hear from you

Your luxury farmhouse or cottage

"I have put so much of myself into the garden, and it has given me so much joy, that I want to share it with others"  -  Sue Nathan

Bonython Estate Gardens

One of The Great Gardens of Cornwall

Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm from Tuesday 14 April  to Friday 11 September except Bank Holidays. £9 for Adults, £2 for Children. Telephone 01326 240550

Dogs on leads

Plants for sale

Car park

Disabled access


Toilets on site

Special party rates - call



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Bonython Estate Gardens is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, closing 18 September 2020.  We have enjoyed welcoming all our visitors again.


When is the garden at its best?


Unlike most Cornish gardens which peak in spring, Bonython improves from spring onwards, and by late summer the banks of South African plantings are really giving maximum colour and variety of texture. With so many different areas there is always something exciting.


Can we get refreshments?


Home made cakes and tea and coffee are provided in a thatched summerhouse overlooking the largest of the lakes with payment to an 'honesty' box.


Is it easy for wheelchairs?


The whole garden is accessible and the slopes are gentle, except perhaps back from the quarry lake. Visitors can choose different routes but as a garden of around twenty acres it does take some time to see all the features. Disabled parking is close to the main garden areas


When were the gardens established?


The walled garden dates back to the late eighteenth century but by 1998 nothing remained of the original plantings or layout. Extensively remodelled and replanted over the last ten years, the gardens now meander around the Manor house, making a delightful and varied whole, surrounded by ancient shelterbelts that were supplemented by nearly 20,000 new trees planted in the last decade.


Why do the gardens look so established when planted so recently?


Bonython sits on a confluence of good soils with a mixture of deep loams, hornblende schist and granite and serpentine outcrops on the southernmost peninsula of the UK. The moist warm air is great for growth!


Where does the name come from?


There are various explanations. the most likely being that it is derived from the Cornish bos and ython meaning ’place of gorse’. Gorse is still prolific, especially on nearby Goonhilly Downs.


What about dogs?


Well-behaved dogs on leads and guide-dogs are welcome.

Frequently asked questions about



Who are the owners?


The Manor dates from 1780 but it is since 1999 when Mr and Mrs Nathan took over the estate that the transformation of the gardens and property really began. Mrs Nathan is South African and much of the garden has an African theme in its planting.


How long should we allow for our visit?


About two hours will let you wander through most parts of the garden and enjoy refreshments.


Do you have plants and shrubs for sale?


We almost always have plants and shrubs we have propagated from seed and our own specimens for sale in the potager garden.


Who took the photographs on your website?


They were mostly taken by Sue Nathan with some by visitors, with particular thanks to Clive Nichols, Max Noble and Artur Rybicki.


Are there more lovely gardens like yours in Cornwall?


Yes, many, belonging to The Great Gardens of Cornwall. Please click on the link below.