Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Some comments from visitors last weekend.

We promise we haven't made the following comments up. They are some of the wonderful emails that have arrived in our inbox over the last few days... Thank you to everyone who has written or filled out a comments form - it means lots to receive all your lovely words. We are very grateful. From the Coryton family

***Thank you for opening your lovely gardens to the public on Sat/Sun. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit on Sunday and intend to come again !
Congratulations on the quality of EVERYTHING and the friendly approach from all with whom we spoke. As my friend said "a lovely place and a lovely family ". We completely agree.

***Dear Coryton Family,
A quick mail to say we had a lovely day at Pentillie on Sunday. It was Mothers 78th birthday and after watching the House rescue a few weeks ago we decided to come and visit. We look forward to many more as you grow and develop your business.
Comments as requested
We were parked in the top field on your small hand out map. A cross to say you are here at the start would have been helpful. Once we got our bearings it was fine.
Tea room was a little chaotic this could be remedied with a more contra flo system ie have your tables in such a way that people immediately stop for Tea Juice Savoury Cake. then pay at the end. The queue went to the far side then back to the tea pot through the queue to pay the poor lady who stood up all day
If the table had been a little further out then people would have not just had a free for all.
Apart from that your staff were great friendly and a delight to talk too.
Well done for making Pentillie such a superb place to visit.

***Thank you for a really super day on Sunday.
We came to visit you with two family members from Tiverton in Somerset, we so enjoyed the day your family were all so helpful, the coffee/tea was just what we needed.
We long to visit again and wish you all good wishes in the restoration of Pentillie.
Please keep us informed of your future events

***We had an absolutely wonderful visit to Pentillie on Sunday - we have watched the television programme twice and it really felt like a visit to friends even though of course we don't really know you.
There were six of us in our party, and the overwhelming response was "how friendly all the Pentillie people are, not like the rather officious attitudes of some houses one visits." All the parking staff stewards must have gone to bed with fixed smiles on thier faces but their greetings all rang true and welcoming.
Congratulations on what must have been a very worthwhile day for you- we look forward to visiting again.

***Just wanted to say thank you for opening the grounds of Pentillie Castle to the public last weekend.
I visited on Saturday, and have to say the gardens are delightful and the situation absolutely stunning. The 'upspoilt' nature of the grounds added to the delight of the visit, so many gardens are a bit 'over imaculate'. Many NT properties, have very similar planting and not a weed in sight, so to see the individuality of Pentillie was a rare treat.
The coffee and chocolate brownie were very welcome too!
The atmosphere amongst fellow visitors was fantastic, one couple I chatted to had come from Surrey, which made my trip across the Tamar from Devon seem very insignificant! Everyone I came across expressing their appreciation of the gardens and the hospitality shown by all hosting the visit. Visits to other gardens has never produced such a chatty, friendly atmosphere with everyone seemingly wishing to share their delight
Hope you don't mind the email, but just wanted to express thanks for a wonderful sunny day in such a delightful place, Hope it was a success from your point of view and wish you all the very best with your ventures.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Garden opening a great success

Thank you all for coming to see the gardens last weekend. Nearly 2,000 of you came during the course of the weekend which was truly wonderful We loved sharing Pentillie with you all. And, if you didn't make it this time, we jolly well hope you can make it on Easter Sunday or Monday. The gardens will open again then from 10am until last admission at 3pm. No dogs we're sorry. Admission is £5 per person, children under 16 are free.

A special mention must go to our team of unbelievably amazing volunteers. Without them it would have been a disaster, so a very heartfelt thank you from all of us Corytons.

We look forward to seeing you at Easter

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Open day 10am until 3pm last admission

We are open again today 10am until last admission at 3pm.

The weather is gorgeous and more flowers are coming out daily.

We look forward to seeing you later today

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Gardens open this weekend.... Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March

The gardens will be open for the first time this weekend. Be warned they are very much a work in progress and you need sturdy walking boots or wellies and a fair amooutn of stamina. There is limited parking right by the castle, so be prepared for an expedition in every sense of the word!!

The gardens will be open from 10am until 3pm. £5 entry. Refreshments and toilets will be available in the castle. No dogs allowed - sorry.

Apparently rumour got out that the gardens will be open this Friday (13th March) as well... This is NOT the case. However, they will be open on Easter Sunday 12th and Easter Monday 13th April again.

We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

The Country house Rescue episode went to air again last night!

We had a lovely email from Allen who asked me to post this message on his behalf...
"Can you upload this to your blog please
Coryton Family 1 Ruth Watson 0
How rude can Ruth Watson be? I'd like to nominate her for a dress makeover with Trinny & Susannah. And just why doesn't she ever take those long jackets off (what exactly is she hiding underneath them). Ah well, Mum rose above it and won in the end. At least she did you one enornmous favour and put you on the map. We plan to come April 12, plus walking boots.
Also thinking about an exclusive rental for a group of friends that have been meeting up for over 30 years in the Autumn (not this year though as already fixed venue).
Just carry on as you are, you don't need any more advisors."

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Renovation renovation renovation!

I think that is the name of another TV show, but not one we are starring in this time.... Pentillie is being renovated - in a major way.
However, having started in September, we have an amazing team of about 20 guys working on site, who are doing the most unbelievable job.
Not only is the interior taking shape, paint going on, fabrics being chosen, bathrooms going in, carparks finding a home, but the gardens are opening and we are booking weddings!
I will try and add pictures soon, but for the time being suffice it to say that the renovation project is on time and on budget!
We will try and keep you posted on developments, but it is still a madhouse in our wee office!
We look forward to seeing lots of you in March and again in April when the gardens are open.
14th and 15th March, 12th and 13th April from 10am to 3pm. Wear sturdy shoes, be prepared to walk, and bring a bottle of water just in case it's tropical Cornish weather!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009


Shirley & Dave Maple [15.01.09]

Having watched Pentillie on Country House Rescue we decided to visit your website
and were so impressed as to what progress you had made and what an excellent
website you had created. Although, living in Salisbury, we are some way from you, we hope when we retire to visit Cornwall again and also to visit your gardens.

Some years ago we visited the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan and have
to say Heligan was by far our favourite. Your gardens look extremely interesting
without being formal, something which we love.

Once again, congratulations and best wishes to your family for a very successful business venture.