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“Pine Dining”

Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens
Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in St Austell
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Owner description: Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens is relatively unknown and yet possibly one of Cornwall's loveliest gardens. Situated in St Austell, Pinetum Park is 30 acres of well maintained and manicured gardens, offering 12 different garden styles and more than 6000 varieties of plants. One of the big selling points of the garden is that nearly all of our plants are labelled and whilst you can expect to find the usual Cornish suspects of camellias, rhododendrons and alike, there are many exotic varieties vying for your attention. Pinetum Park is in fact a series of gardens, all offering something different throughout the year. As the name suggests there is a Pinetum, a collection of 80 conifers set in four acres of land, this is a truly majestic and magical part of the garden, that takes your breath away on first glance. Not all conifers are evergreen and some produce wonderful autumnal colours, whilst others produce fir cones as big as rugby balls, making autumn an amazing time to visit. Whilst it would be worth visiting Pinetum Park for the conifers alone, there is so much more to see including a beautiful Winter Garden, planted to showcase the best of winter plants, all were chosen for their beautiful winter flowers, bark and coloured foliage and lots of scented leaves. There are also many heathers, hundreds of bulbs and some very unusual evergreen trees. The gardens also boast a Zen inducing Japanese garden, that features an authentic Japanese tea house and nearly every plant in the garden is grown from seed that were donated by the Kyoto Botanical Gardens in Japan, after a visit their many years ago by the garden creators. Pinetum Park is a relatively new and unusual garden, started 30 years ago by some local, horticulturists who set about travelling the world to collect seeds and plants to establish this remarkable garden. Now, well established, the gardens are open throughout the entire year and with so many plants to see, there is something to admire no matter what time of year you visit. The garden also has a tea room serving morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, a well stocked farm shop, full of delicious and well priced Cornish produce and a small nursery selling plants, all worth visiting in their own right. 95% of our garden can be accessed by mobility scooters and wheelchairs. You can hire a mobility scooter from the ticket office.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Pine Dining”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Wonderful gardens, a beautiful tranquil space - no gimmicks, no corporate sell, just the freedom to wander at your leisure and enjoy this labour of love. Occasional family friendly events feature across the year - my daughter has very happy memories of an Easter based event a couple of years ago - great fun!

The tea room really deserves an entry in its own right. It is accessible without paying for entry to the gardens and the fact that it is so well patronised by locals and visitors, is testimony to the quality of food and service and to pretty reasonable prices.

A family affair, run by a team of unfailingly friendly and cheerful ladies, there is a great range of hot and cold food, with daily specials and a clear emphasis on local produce. The home made chips, such a rarity in modern Britain, are to die for. Add to this delicious cream teas, superb coffee and an impressive collection of homemade cakes and you can see why this place is so popular.

Sunday roasts also feature, and we look forward to sampling them on our next visit to the area, I suspect they will give many a pub carvery a run for their money. I understand too, that evening openings are being planned for Summer 2014.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Glenn B
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

The tearoom was Highly recommended by friends and was not disappointed, Christmas craft fair was really nice to see hopefully there's one again this year. all staff was friendly and made us feel welcome we will defiantly be back for enough delicious meal!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Patricia D
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Hod Hasharon
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“Different, Original and Interesting Park & Gardens!!!”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We just happened to see the sign to the Pinetum Park while driving through St. Austell. Being the curious people we are, we stopped and went in.
The whole garden is beautiful and worthwhile.
However, the highlight for us and the main reason for this warm review is the Pinetum itself - A large lawn, beautifully landscaped, with a magnificent collection of pine trees of all sizes, shapes and types. There are over 80 different pine trees from all over the world, some of which are surprising, weird and even funny to look at.
There are bigger and more varied gardens, especially in the UK, but even if only for the Pine trees themselves, Pinetum is worth a visit.
If you are in the area, make a point of stopping here!!! It is right off the main road and is definitely worthwhile!!!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Shaked007
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“A wonderful and hidden treasure. ”
Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

We have only find memories of Pinetum Park, we only wish we could visit more often.

Highly recommended, please visit if you have a chance.

1 Thank kwilkyn
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Probus, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

I often passed the sign to this attraction, which is on the A390 as you go through St Austell, but never went in. That is until a few years back... This is a tranquil oasis of woodland and flowers, with a a small restaurant and flower/shrub sales. Highly recommended for a few hours of pleasant strolls including the Japanese Garden.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank jantzenuk
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