The gardens, only open to the public from April to September, are full of late summer activity and, as Trewithen's Head Gardener Gary Long explains, are a joy to visit at this time of year. He said:

"We are experiencing an early autumn this year and the colours that are starting to show are really beautiful.

"There is still so much to see – because it hasn't been too hot the hydrangeas are showing lots of colour, there are berries everywhere -including on one of our Champion Trees – the Acers are turning golden and our sub tropical Ginger Lily's are looking really good."

As well as taking to the levelled paths that wind through the gardens, head up to the raised platforms for a closer look at the trees or use the camera obscura, a fascinating device and the only one in Cornwall, for an unusual view of the gardens.

Recently awarded a Gold CHEFS Award in recognition of its commitment to offering healthy menu options using locally sourced food, The Tea Shop will be serving home cooked food and refreshments for visitors.

For those looking for a bargain, visit the estate's Plant Centre. With up to 50% off selected plants, most of which are propagated from Trewithen's own garden, take home a piece of horticultural history. Cornish bulbs and apple trees are in stock and tea and coffee plants make excellent presents.

Local residents in the TR2 area will gain free entry to the gardens (ID required).