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In 1999, when Sue and Richard Nathan purchased Bonython, a quintessential Cornish Manor House close to the sea, they little realised that they were not just moving home, but were about to embark on an all-consuming journey of learning and discovery that was to become a way of life and lead to the creation of one of Cornwall's great gardens.
The Manor faces the prevailing south-west winds and is extremely exposed, but the beauty of the granite Georgian facade with tranquil open views across farmland to the distant sea, create a most perfect rural idyll. Whether viewed from inside looking out, where the light is exquisite, or from the fields looking back to see the classic symmetry reflected in the pool, it is an architectural and design triumph, described by Pevsner as "exceptionally elegant".
Fourteen years later, Mrs Nathan knows every plant in the garden, having planted each one personally, fitting them into a design which has been transformed from being a dream into a reality that she and her visitors can enjoy.
The thatched Summer House was created from a traditional disused stone ‘Bothy’, collapsing outside the walled garden. Repaired in 2005, it now reappears as a Tea House as if it were always there! Enjoy the wonderful view through the apple orchard to the first lake in the magic peace of the garden.
Beyond the lake is a stream, edged with stone found on the Estate. In spring, Camassias burst forth creating a wonderful haze of blue, followed by Irises in profusion. The journey continues to the second lake with surprising hot colours, and then on to the third, Quarry Lake, with South African restios, tender plectranthrus, tree ferns and bamboos, all thriving in this atmospheric, sheltered area. The journey back moves past birches, sculpture and our "chapel".
The walled garden
The potager garden
The first lake
The valley garden
The stream cascade
And now tea ...
The second lake
The hot garden